Vintage scarves are one of the easiest vintage items to get hold of, you can often find them in vintage shops, car boot sales and charity shops. Unless they are by a designer or collectible they are generally quite cheap as well.
Smaller scarves make great hair accessories and look great tied round a vintage up-do in a bow or used to cover pin curls. However larger scarves can be quite hard to wear. I’m not a big scarf wearer myself although I do have quite a few in my collection which I’ve accumulated over the years. With the winter drawing in I decided I’d like to wear a few of them. I always find one of the best places to look for inspiration for vintage styling are magazines of the era and I was lucky to find two articles on ways to wear scarfs, both from the late 1940s. (Click on Images to enlarge)
From Girls Own Paper December 1947
Some of the ideas seem a little over the top, but I’d love to try out some of them.
I love the Jacqmar scarves in the first article. One of my favourite things in my collection is this early 1940s valentines Jacqmar scarf, which is extremely rare. I love the though of it being a gift from a sweetheart during World War Two. It’s got a little fragile with age so i don’t actually wear it and may eventually sell it, as I know there a lot of Jacqmar collectors out there who would enjoy this even more than me.
Do you wear vintage scarves? Any styling tips?
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