I've got a dilemma that has come up a few times, but now that I'm working in an office where the dress standards are higher than my last office by a considerable amount, I'm a bit baffled as to how to continue.
The background: I used to wear scarves, a LOT, when I was in college/just graduated. Long ones, square ones, all sizes and shapes. I wore them, most of the time, either tied around my head (covering most of my hair, which was and is long, and often worn in a bun) or tied around the bun with the ends trailing. Thanks to my mother's paranoia, I stopped wearing them like that post 9/11, even though they have no significance except that they are prettier than my hair.
I've now got this epic collection of large scarves. I'd like to start wearing them again. I'd like, occasionally, to not wear them around my neck, which seems to be the only way women around here wear them - and ideally, I'd like to wear them around my hair again (especially when it's really windy outside or if my hair is doing bad bad things, which it does occasionally). I'm normally in the camp of "I'd rather the bigot think I'm devout than the devout think I'm a bigot", but I'm not sure if it's not rude to... co-opt? I don't usually wear them in the headscarf style typical of the Muslim community (loosely draped around the face) but more of the Orthodox Jewish "cover all the hair" or the conservative Christian 'modesty' styles - ironically, have sold some of my scarves on e-bay, and those two communities are the ones that buy them!
Maybe I'm overthinking - but I certainly don't want to offend someone that wears their hair covered for a reason. I do, however, really want to start wearing these scarves again, and between my body style and my wardrobe, other than different variations of 'wear it around your neck' I can't figure out how in the world to wear them BUT around my head somewhere.