The Elegant Head Coverings of Yesterday

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In the beginning of the year, I discussed why I cover my hair. To recap, it is because I am a married Jewish woman and once a Jewish woman gets married, she is no longer permitted to show her hair. In biblical times, the main way to cover your hair was with a long veil type scarf that tied around the head. But now there are a lot of options for Jewish women.

I personally wear a tichel to cover my hair daily which is a scarf that is wrapped in a way that it can't fall off. There are decorative ways to do this too so it doesn't have to feel boring.


Other than tichels, Jewish women sometimes wear sheitels which are wigs The only rule about wearing wigs is that you have to wear a natural hair color so short black wigs would be acceptable. Other options include snoods and hats. 

I think it all depends on the woman and what she feels comfortable with. I personally enjoy hair covering because I can still express who I am but since I dress in vintage 1930s or 1940s dresses daily, I think my tichels help pull the outfit together since most women either wore turbans or a scarf around their head still.


Wearing a head covering almost makes me feel like I am back in the 1930s or 1940s. Taking these black and white photos gave me a feeling of nostalgia because I love the history of fashion from those eras. There was a certain elegance and class in women that you just don't see today. I believe a lady should never wear pants and should always wear either a dress or skirt. Something respectable but still tasteful.


Maybe I am just lost in a vintage world but sometimes, if you close your eyes, you can almost imagine that it's still that time. 

It makes me wonder when women stopped covering their hair all the time. Even up until Victorian times, women never left the house without a hat. And in the 1930s, women either wore a hat or a turban. Eventually a scarf, thrown lightly over the shoulders, would suffice into the 1960s as well. But after that, it seemed like hair coverings disappeared. 

But I intend to let it live on with me. I might be the only hair covering woman in my whole town, but that makes me proud. I don't mind standing out from the crowd. 


What do you think about head coverings? Do you miss the beautiful vintage ways women used to cover their hair prior to the 1960s?

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