Wrapping in a Corporate Professional Office Environment: Part 2

Meet Susan from New York City, who finds herself happily wrapping in “Corporate America!” Wrapunzel is honored to have her reveal her wrapping journey in a three-part Blogpost – Part One: Beginner’s Luck!, Part Two:  Storage and Structure, and Part Three: Corporate Me!

It’s Susan’s greatest pleasure to bring you her incredible tips and tricks – read on to see what might work for YOU!

Stay tuned for Part Three coming soon…

Part Two: Storage and Structure

In storing a large wardrobe of scarves, for easy access and for protecting the scarves from my kitten (who is sure that he can fly!), I store the majority of my “wear to the office” scarves in “gown” size multi-garment bags (54”, clear/see-through and heavy duty). I hang the scarves within the bag on hangers using cascading hooks so each hanger can hang from the hanger above, etc. Each garment bag is approximately 5 to 6 hangers deep, and with the garment bag being at gown size proportions, the scarves are kept where they are protected and easily accessible for choosing during your daily scarf search. For convenience and easy access, I also coordinate of my scarf color collections separately by garment bag. Because most of my scarves are stored by color range, they are stored in similar color tonalities, one each for:

  • Blacks, grays and muted silvers
  • Whites, off-whites, creams and beiges
  • Reds and burgundies 
  • Browns and earthy colors
  • Sunset Colors:  Gold, yellow, mustards, warm orangey, rust and sienna tones
  • Corals, pinks and purples
  • Blues:  All shades, including navy
  • Teals and turquoises
  • Greens:  All shades, and
  • Multi-colored (where the base color to match has more than one possibility to choose from)

When rushing to get out of the house early in the morning, I first select an ensemble color (suitable for the current season). Then, I grab the garment bag(s) containing the desired color ranges and then simply choose my scarf/scarves to wrap with from the selected garment bag. If winter, I will choose a heavier, winter-appropriate scarf. If spring/summer, then I choose from the lighter weight scarves in that same garment bag.  

I recently switched to one-piece stainless steel hangers (from Amazon) to hang my scarves because the “hook” portion of the hanger (constructed as one piece with a tip protector) does not pull out from the base when the hangers begin to feel the weight of many scarves. The clear zippered garment bags (multiple gown size) also serve to protect the scarves from my cat AND my kitten, not to mention other potential disastrous mishaps.

As mentioned above, I keep a separate garment bag of “multi-colored” scarves that have multiple  base colors, matchable to more than one ensemble, like

The exception to my garment bag storage method is my “special/delicate” scarves requiring special handling, such as metallic, glittery or patterned “accent” scarves. These “special” scarves are those that I find very delicate or easy to damage. These I store per style of scarf and not by color:

The end of the work day and evening are often tiring, and sometimes I just can’t find the strength to put all things back where they belong. I keep a clear container with a lid to simply fold my scarves and leave them protected until I can make the concentrated effort to restore them to their rightful storage places, whenever that may be!

Note:  I wish to thank my friend and co-worker, Eleanor Healey, who was dedicated in helping me to capture visual images to submit to Wrapunzel in support of this article. As a grandmother of 2, she’s developed a good eye!

Hijab in Healthcare

Meet Chaya! Working every day in the Healthcare field, Chaya was tasked by her current employer to research and provide documentation that her head coverings met the guidelines necessary for healthcare employees in sterile environments.  Here are her findings – they’re fascinating!  We hope you find them just as intriguing as we did, and helpful if you’re already in, or are considering, a profession in healthcare!

There are really two aspects to head wrapping in a healthcare environment- being the provider versus being the patient. The premise is, however, the same. The interesting part for me is that I work in an IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) laboratory these days, and similar to in an operating room, everyone covers their hair! But they wear those paper tissue caps and take them on and off, repeatedly, every time they go in and out of the lab – because they look ridiculous. And then they complain all day that their hair is messy. I don’t have that problem. 🙂 

I was wearing regular tichels and covering them with the paper caps, but I was concerned that this may not have been the best practice, and started researching where the concept of “scrubs” and head coverings in clean/sterile environments originated. There are two schools of thought behind it. First of all, you do not want to bring any unwanted “stuff” into the area – “stuff” being lint, pollen, bacteria, etcetera. Surgical clothing is designed specifically of low lint, low absorbency fabric for this reason. So a tichel with fringes was not the best choice.

And secondly, healthcare providers see many patients per day, and don’t want to carry pathogens from one room to the next. Again, the low absorption factor is important. This is also why in high-risk areas like an operating room, the facility provides the scrubs, and the facility washes the scrubs- so pathogens don’t leave the space to travel to peoples’ homes. 

My research led me to a position statement by the Association for peri-Operative Registered Nurses, who explored the needs of operating room staff members that wear head coverings. They acknowledged that ideally, head coverings in the operating room should be disposable or laundered by the facility, and loosely wrapped around the neck. They also understood that the typical caps used may be too transparent, or not cover enough (ears, neck) to satisfy the needs of some who cover. They state that it should be the responsibility of the facility to provide a head covering that meets standards both for the healthcare provider and the facility, whether that means letting someone layer two or three paper caps, purchasing a different style disposable, or ordering from their uniform supplier. 

These factors are what has led me to decide to have “work head coverings” and “home head coverings.” A bandana-like fabric would work just as well, but I went for scrub caps. Experience eventually led me to add back my Wrapunzel No-Slip Headbands underneath. (Yes, Wrapunzel No-Slip Headbands still meet standards! There was actually a study done exploring whether surgeons wearing socks and underwear contributed to increased infection rates. The consensus was that it did not.) 

My experiences in school with clinical uniforms and work with clinical standards taught me to know the guidelines and know my rights, as well as to inform employers of proper accommodations for my head covering needs. If there’s a facility policy, it usually isn’t hard to find. For example, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has a policy stating “For cultural or religious purposes, a solid navy blue, black, or white head-covering may be worn with the uniform scrubs.” And it’s right there alongside the rest of the uniform policies. In most encounters I had, I was either told something specific that was arbitrarily made up by the person I spoke to, or was told that there isn’t a policy, and to do my own research. 

When I was in school, I asked my instructor about my scarf and was told I needed to provide a letter from a religious authority (good thing my grandfather was a Rabbi with personal stationery!), and that my head covering had to be a solid color. I begged and borrowed for a burgundy scarf from everyone I knew. A year in, I met a student wearing what I’m pretty sure was the Wrapunzel Imagine That Scarf! When I asked her about it, she shrugged and said it didn’t occur to her to ask anyone, and nobody had ever approached her and told her a policy. When I worked in a hospital, I asked a coworker wearing a scarf. She said she had been working there when the hospital instituted their system of assigning a specific color uniform for each department. At the time, her supervisor had told her not to bring up scarves – she said “if they don’t talk with you about it, don’t ask! You’ll be the only pop of color left in the hospital!” At my current workplace, the Director of Nursing asked me to do the research and provide documentation showing that whatever I was wearing met guidelines, so that if ever there was a state inspection they could prove I was “clean enough.”

The result? Well, you’ve already seen a picture of me at work above, as well as other pictures of head coverings used by healthcare professionals. In addition, I’ve attached a very informative continuing education report that discusses my findings and more!

Wrapping in a Corporate Professional Office Environment

Meet Susan from New York City, who finds herself happily wrapping in “Corporate America!”  Wrapunzel is honored to have her reveal her wrapping journey in a three-part Blogpost – Part One:  Beginner’s Luck!, Part Two:  Storage and Structure, and Part Three:  Corporate Me!

It’s Susan’s greatest pleasure to bring you her incredible tips and tricks – read on to see what might work for YOU!

Stay tuned for Part Two coming soon...

Part One:  Beginner’s Luck!

Good day and thanks for stopping by.  I have been wrapping my head full-time since May of 2017.  I wrap daily in conservative, Corporate America.

Once I decided to wrap, I began my efforts with various YouTube searches for ways to cover one’s head if bald (my hair was falling out from what was eventually diagnosed as Alopecia). I was fairly ignorant as to why or how many women of various cultures were inclined to wrap.  During my initial searches on YouTube, I thought about getting a wig, but my physician advised me to avoid any potential irritation to my scalp which could potentially make things more challenging, at least at that time. 

To do my due diligence, I did try some of the many varied suggestions shared on YouTube, and learned that I could cover my head using old t-shirts and leggings, as well as by many other curious methods. After trying some of those, I found Wrapunzel (on YouTube) and have been a faithful Wrapunzelista ever since.  Wrapunzel stocks many gorgeous scarfs (for cold & warm weather), and also various accessory products to enhance one’s wrap.  They post an abundance of wrap tutorial videos on the Wrapunzel web site and also on YouTube, which is where I found this amazing company.  In these tutorial videos, Wrapunzel shows many ways how to begin wrapping, as well as how to improve and expand one’s wrapping technique.  

They also have conversations which help to support the emotional impacts of wrapping, such as how it makes all women feel beautiful, how it makes each woman’s uniqueness shine, how to handle questions you may get when you start wrapping, and many other interesting topics. These topics, plus others, were helpful to me as I started my wrapping journey.

After beginning my wrapping relationship with Wrapunzel, I felt really encouraged in decision I’d made to headwrap. It felt “natural” to me for the way I live my life.  From my perspective, the most important factor was to maintain an executive-level presentation in my company, as we interact with clients and other professionals outside of our company on a daily basis.  At the time, I was not aware of anyone else within my company who was wrapping.

Since I began wrapping, many have expressed interest in possibly starting to wrap themselves! I was often stopped at Grand Central Station with inquiries.  I began keeping Wrapunzel business cards with my monthly commuter ticket, so I had them at the ready when an inquiry was made. My personal corporate “uniform” consists of suit ensemble pieces and generally include a combination of either a suit, skirt, pants or dress with a jacket and sweater or cardigan.  Of course, I pair these with the classic ‘corporate’ pump, or with pants, often an ankle boot.  I match my headwrap to either the color of the skirt/pant/dress/suit, or to the blouse or tank I pair with them.

My goal in sharing my personal experience here is that it might prove useful to other women who also wish to wrap in a conservative, corporate, professional environment. Initially, I took what I learned from Wrapunzel and just figured it all out as I went along. 

In the beginning of wrapping, especially if you’re the only one doing it, it can feel unsettling.  Soon, however, you will realize that you are still you, and you can still execute all the aspects of your job while wearing a wrap.  I found that, as you become more at ease with being wrapped, those around you also become more at ease with it. Your wrapping will then stand out less and everyone will acclimate accordingly.  

At the start, some people in my office environment felt uneasy to express their curiosity and concern that health issues might be the reason for my wrapping.  I attempted to be at ease and make them comfortable to ask me anything, which then made their fearfulness turn into curiosity.  They became less concerned and this opened the conversations as to what or how I’d wrapped that day, with comments similar to “I really like your outfit today!” and “Wow, it matches!” 

If a particular day in the office is deemed especially conservative or stressful, then I am inclined to wrap conservatively with that in mind.  I might choose a turban style or simple wrap with classic tail(s).  If a more relaxed day, I might be a tad bit more creative in my wrapping.  My bottom line for my office ‘look’ is that I must always feel free to walk confidently into a conference room and engage accordingly.

Over time, wrapping my head has simply become a part of my “presentation” to my daily work experience.  Wrapping did not change my work ethic, my anticipated intelligence or my ability to conquer any project.  Many would compliment me on a scarf color or pattern, a particular “match” or style making me feel like the “Queen of Sheba” in their kind observations.  People would happily comment the likes of, “Blue is a good color for you!,” “ Well done!,” “Did you do THAT wrap yourself?,” “How do you always match your head wrap to your clothes?, ”I like what you have on top!” and such  (I then graciously shared that it was called a “wrap/headwrap”. The gentleman then responded that he didn’t know what it was called, but he liked it.)

Initially, I started simple in my approach to wrapping in choosing only one scarf and using simple wraps matching one color of my ensemble.  Later, I tried various kinds of scarves and combinations as I became more experienced and then more confident (thanks to Wrapunzel tutorial videos).  My ‘look(s)’ each day then became a topic of conversations, observations and expressions of curiosity. As long as I was comfortable with my wrapping, people had interest and would interact accordingly, also feeling comfortable with the topic.  Mostly, people would ask me, “Did you do that yourself?” and “How do you consistently match the scarf to your outfit?”

I respond with the answer “Wrapunzel.” Yes, I did wrap it myself. Wrapunzel taught me how to wrap and encouraged me to find my own style in wrapping. I purchased 99% of my scarves and wrapping accessories at Wrapunzel, and the rest were recycled from scarves that I used to wear around the lapel of my suit. Wrapunzel varies their stock seasonally, according to climate. They have numerous sales through the year. 

In starting my headscarf collection, I chose scarves that I considered would specifically match my work attire. The remaining items I might catch at a street fair in NYC and, occasionally, something will catch my eye at a store. Once I began wrapping full time, there were some items in my closet that I simply did not wear, until Wrapunzel stocked a scarf which I felt would match THAT particular color ensemble for work.  My office wardrobe ensemble was confined to that which also had a matching headscarf.  And so, I just waited.  Eventually, I did build a wrapping wardrobe that pretty much covers all of my office ensembles (across the seasons).  For myself, my wardrobe is sorted via color tonality, as are my scarves. 

Note:  I wish to thank my friend and co-worker, Eleanor Healey, who was dedicated in helping me to capture visual images to submit to Wrapunzel in support of this article.  As a grandmother of 2, she’s developed a good eye!

Olivia’s 7 Day Challenge!

We are so excited to introduce you to Olivia! Olivia is an amazing Wrapunzelista who recently shared a personal challenge that she created for herself on the Wrapunzel Community Page. We loved her challenge so much that we wanted to share more about it and her story here! Enjoy! 

A bit about me…
Hello my name is Olivia Henderson. I was born and grew up in the Baltimore area. I have been married to the kindest and most loving man for nineteen years and have had the pleasure of raising three strong and beautiful young adults.

The question of why I Wrap is complex. I could simply say it’s because  I am a married Jewish woman, that it makes me feel pretty, or that It creates boundaries. My daughter tells me it’s just who I am. All of these answers are true, but I think the biggest reason for my wrapping journey is that I find it empowering.

Wrap-spiration….
I have been on this wrap journey for many years beginning with the snoods and special hats bought for holidays, but I truly embraced covering full time when I saw a beautiful Israeli lady at one of my daughter’s ballet performances in a tichel. I was mesmerized by her simple elegant style. Soon after I discovered Wrapunzel and haven’t looked back. Now just because my family accepts my covering now, doesn’t mean it’s been smooth sailing. I thought most of the issues concerning my covering would be from strangers, but sadly it’s the ones we hold near and dear that are the challenge. During this time I got a lot of practice in patience, persistence, and perseverance. Lol. I say this to give fellow wrap sisters whose families are struggling with their choice to cover hope. They will come around given time.

The Marrakesh Turban Challenge began as a fun way to test my skills with different kinds of scarves and maybe use those scarves that just sit and look pretty. After the first day I realized that I wanted to do more… in our collections there are scarves that are only for this wrap or that wrap and it’s probably the style that sold us the scarf.

I met the Marrakesh Turban in the last 30 day challenge and liked it, but this uses a pashmina and that’s not warm weather friendly. It is also too fancy for everyday wear. Recently I got it in my head that I needed to challenge these ideas and that maybe by doing this it would push the imagination to see just how many other wrap boundaries I can change.

 


Day one is the Scarf of the Month from November. I had to use this one with all of its splendid colours and details …. including a strip of Magen Davids!!!!

Day two was chosen because of its simple elegance. Cotton fabric with a hint of shimmer.

 


Day three was chosen to truly test my skills with this silk stunner. A bit of patience goes a long way with this scarf. Lol

Day four was chosen because of necessity. Two days before a holiday means comfort and ease maintenance of scarf cleanliness is vital. Of all, I was surprised the most by how lovely this one turned out.

 


Day five was all about a return to glamour. This scarf is smooth as silk and wraps like a dream.

Day six was Harvest gold. This scarf is usually wrapped in partnership with its sister scarf in brown, never alone. It’s a rather simple scarf and yet it puts pizzazz into this wrap.

Day seven I wanted to pick a special scarf to end my challenge and this embroidered silky scarf fit the bill. Due to its contrary nature I must admit this one is the most underutilized scarf in the closet. That may change.

 

Check out the Marrakesh Turban tutorial here! 

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Meira: Matching Prints and Solids

Ever wondered how to match a scarf or top with a bold print to your other clothing? Not sure what goes with what? This is a common question! Check out Meira Schneider-Atik’s tips and tricks:

I’m a stylist. Among other things, I help women put together new and different outfits using what they already have. One of the questions that comes up time and time again is how to put colors together.

While I have a lot of different suggestions of how to not be afraid of trying new and different color combinations, there’s one suggestion that always works- use a print to anchor the whole thing.

If you have a printed clothing item that you love, then you know that the colors in the print go together. So use that as your base. Choose colors from the print and wear them in the outfit. You know they go because they go together in the print.

Here I am (below) wearing this awesome print dress that I found shortly before Pesach. I wore it for the first Seder and I paired it with my dark brown and taupe 2-in-1s. Those colors both show up in the print, so they work here (they’re also both neutral, so they go with everything).

You don’t necessarily have to wear a full-on print base outfit to do this. Your print could be just a subtle accent to your outfit. Here I am (above right) wearing my Bohemian Dreams scarf (one of my favorite prints) as an accent to my navy 2-in-1. My dark teal top and rich green earrings are both taken from colors in the print.

There are tons of color combinations that look amazing. Play around and find the combos that work for you. Use prints as you need them. Try to have fun with it. You can do this!

 

What’s your favorite way to combine prints and solids? Share with us in the comments!

Meet Paola, Lady Wrapstar!

I’ve been wanting you to meet Paola for a long time! Read on to find out more about this incredible Lady Wrap Star from the Netherlands!

 

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Paola! ❤

 

I found out about Wrapunzel in 2015. As a Muslima the scarf and I have a special relationship. I simply love scarves and have way too many of them. I wear them all year round, Summer and Winter, it doesn’t matter, around the neck but also on my head. In the beginning of 2015, I was thinking about wearing the headscarf again. I was looking for a different way to wear it (i.e. not like my granny haha) and started searching on the internet for inspiration.

I watched a lot of so-called “hijabi” tutorials but I also watched a couple of videos in which a young lady wrapped her scarf in a way that was totally new to me. She used words I did not know, like tichel and sheitel, but I liked what she did and wanted to know more. I needed to know more.

I watched video after video and learned a lot of new ways to wrap my scarf. But not only about wrapping scarves, but also about why Jewish women wear the headscarf or mitpachat. Soon after that, I joined the fangroup on Facebook and I was hooked.

From that moment on I learned so many new ways to wrap the scarf, especially the turban look, which I love and is my all time favorite now. But I learned so much more. I had never realized that it is not only Moslim women who wear the scarf. I found out that a lot of Jewish and Christian sisters wear it too and I was eager to know why.

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I learned how you could easily style your scarf, even when your hair is short (in those days my hear was often very short) using shapers and velvet headbands and all other kinds of accessories. But more important than that, I met a lot of ladies from all over the world and found out about a sisterhood, not only in the umma, the Moslim community, but beyond borders and beyond belief.  

Since I was a little girl I was interested in the world and its cultures. My granddad was the only one who really understood my fascination and he gave me books to read and took me on trips into town. He lived in the big city, Rotterdam, and I was growing up in a little sleepy town in which our Moslim family was an attraction itself haha.

Through the Wrapunzel Fangroup I met so many lovely ladies, from all faiths with whom I could talk about the things in life that are important to us. About headscarves of course, but also about so many other topics. The ladies in the Fangroup encourage each other, give each other tips and tricks, but most of all, are there for each other.

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And that is what I love about the Wrapunzel Fangroup. It is not only scarves, it is beyond scarves. It is about our lives, about our struggles (do I wear the scarf or not) but also about our victories. And most important it is beyond Faith. And in these days of hatred and blaming others I am really glad there is still something like sisterhood.

It is true that I am a little absent in the Fangroup nowadays. My job takes a lot of my energy (too much right now I sometimes think) and in the house, there are still construction activities going on. But I still read everyone’s posts and I am still inspired by the pictures and the sisterhood amongst the members.

I still love my scarves although I do not wear them on my head every day. That is my own struggle, my personal battle, something between Allah and me. But there is one thing I know. You will be there for me sisters xxxxx.

From Day into Evening

Read on for some awesome outfit transition advice from Wrapunzelista Meira Shneider-Atik!

A lot of fashion gurus talk about the “day into evening” dilemma that pops up a lot. You have your regular work during the day, but then you have a dressy event afterward and you don’t have time to go home and completely change clothes. This dilemma is easily solved by planning ahead and using a base and changing your accents.

I had this dilemma myself on Sunday. I had to take my daughter to a high school open house in the morning and then I had to go to an engagement party in the afternoon and another in the evening. But I planned ahead and used color and accents and it wasn’t difficult at all.

I started with a black base- shell and skirt- and just added colored accents.

For the open house, I wanted to look polished and pulled-together but also warm and approachable and not overdone. So I chose olive green for my accents. I wore my red Cranberry scarf with the olive green side showing and I wrapped it in a 1920’s style turban (favorite everyday wrap). It coordinated nicely with my olive cardigan. Olive is a color found in my irises and so it’s soft and warm and not too formal.

Once I got home, I just changed into my teal cardigan and teal Cranberry scarf (again in a 1920’s style turban). Teal is a much more dramatic color on me, so it comes off dressy, making it perfect for the engagement parties.

In all of those, I looked and felt just right. And I didn’t have to drive myself crazy.

Yes, these situations do happen, but with a little planning and strategic use of color, you can do this.  

Love, Meira