Back in October I ran across the little booklet above, Vera scarf tying art. It’s one I’d been looking for so was glad to buy it when it came up at a fund-raising silent auction for the Costume Society.
There is no date on the booklet, but it is later 1960s or early 70s as far as I can tell. The illustrations remind me of the ones done for small features in Glamour magazine in the same period.
One thing I’ve heard women say over and over through the years is that they love scarves, but don’t know what to do with them. The Vera Company must have been very aware of this problem, and they wisely set out to do something about it. The booklet covers the basics (“the triangle fold”) but also shows how to wear a scarf as a top (“halter ties are body art”) and how to hang a scarf on the wall.
Turbans seem to be having a bit of a fashion moment, and so here are four ways to join that trend. I like the demi-Leia look, number 4.
The dog collar reminds me of that old scary story about the girl who always wore a scarf (or in some versions, a ribbon) tied around her neck. Turns out it was holding her head on her neck.
I can remember when young women were doing the scarf-as-top trick, but I was too afraid that it would lead to over-exposure. Sometimes a little fear is a good thing!