Fashion

How to Wear Vintage Scarves.

November 8, 2013

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)

Vintage Scarves 1

Vintage Scarves 2

From Everybody’s Weekly December 17th 1949

Vintage Scarves 3

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.

Vintage Scarves 4

Vintage Scarves 5

Do you wear vintage scarves? Any styling tips?

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  • Reply
    mrsfoxfinery
    November 9, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Love scarves, you can never have too many I think.

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      vintagefrills
      November 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Couldn’t agree more! Xxx

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    Jessica Cangiano
    November 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Terrific ideas – and styles to drool over! 🙂 (I especially like the candy cane-esque scarf and accessory set, it would be extra perfect for Christmastime).

    I love scarves and wear them quite often, most commonly either on my head or tucked in around the collar on a suit. Sometimes I’ll use them for belts, too, and occasionally drape or tie them around my neck/shoulders (or tie one around the handle on my handbag).

    ♥ Jessica

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    Morning Waters
    November 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    You could always frame your Jacqmar scarf. If it is too big for your walls, you could highlight/frame the best part and gently fold the rest around the cardboard insert. I have several scarfs or pieces of barkcloth I frame and change them out several times a year. You can get some great cheap frames at thrift stores.

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      vintagefrills
      November 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      That’s a fab idea! I have some vintage magazines and sewing patterns framed this would look great next to them!

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    thevintagetraveler
    November 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Somehow I don’t think I’ll be trying the Little Dutch Girl anytime soon! But I love the pinned cowl in the last illustration.

    • Reply
      vintagefrills
      November 11, 2013 at 9:06 am

      I actually saw someone do the little Dutch girl recently and it looked ok on her! I prefer the slightly simpler ones myself though. 🙂

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    Fay
    November 11, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Such fabulous scarves and inventive ways to wear them – I think I will be stealing some of my mothers beloved silks! 😀

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      vintagefrills
      November 11, 2013 at 9:03 am

      We totally have to try all of these when we have a girlie night! Xxx

      • Fay
        November 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

        Most definitely hun! And soon! There are a couple I love and think would be good even with winter scarves! Well maybe!

      • vintagefrills
        November 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

        Definitely worth a try! Xxx

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