The Skinny Scarf; Your Affordable Entrée into Vintage Fashion Collecting

DSC_0727It is often said of fashion that everything old becomes new again. This fall, what’s new is the skinny scarf. Except for a brief showing on the Prada runway in 2014, the skinny scarf has not been seen since the seventies when it was de rigeur with granny boots, middy dresses, and floppy hats. So effective was the little silk accessory in creating that ‘70s silhouette that even the blouses with their necktie bows, mimicked them.

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Short skinny scarves also made a showing in the 1950’s with women borrowing from beatnik style to tie a hank of silk or cotton around their neck or in the hair. This was a popular look with poodle skirts, pedal pushers and sweater sets.

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Singers favour skinny scarves in winter and summer, in order to protect their vocal health. That’s why this rediscovered fashion favourite is known in some circles as the Jimi-Hendrix. It could just as easily have become known as the Jagger.

I managed to come from a trip to the east coast this summer with 11 of these retro and vintage beauties in perfect condition.  And I bagged them at $0.99 each digging through some bins at a Frenchies location.

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Labels to Look For: Echo, Vera and Christian Dior are just 3 of the amazing designer label silk scares that are hiding out there in thrift stores and vintage clothing emporiums. Even at retail vintage prices ($16 for  a lovely Givenchy I spied at Vintage Soul Geek in Hamilton, ON) a vintage scarf is an affordable way to start a vintage costume collection.

Published by Norma Shephard

I'm the founder and director of the Mobile Millinery Museum & author of five books on vintage fashion.

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