How to Tie a Scarf for a Fifties Costume

The 1950s were a decade of accessories and fashion rules for women, with hats and scarves being two must-haves before a lady stepped out. Adding a pretty flash of colour to an outfit, a chiffon or silk scarf tied carefully around the neck could pull an outfit together neatly. With a nod to yesteryear, tie a scarf for a fifties costume and have fun jitterbugging the night away.

Choose a chiffon or silk scarf that coordinates with your outfit. Whether you are wearing a poodle skirt and a cardigan sweater or a tailored suit, pull a colour out of your blouse or skirt and use a scarf in this colour.

Fold a square silk scarf into a triangle and then fold it again several times until it becomes a long, thin piece. Gather a rectangular chiffon scarf together into a long and narrow scarf.

Place the scarf around your neck from behind and pull the ends around to the front.

Tie the ends together tightly around your neck in a double knot.

Slide the scarf knot so it rests on either shoulder.

Pull one scarf tail forward to rest on your collarbone and push the other scarf tail back to sit on your shoulder or slightly behind your shoulder.

Put your hair up in a high ponytail and tie another matching scarf around the ponytail.


If you have a blouse or sweater with a V-neckline, tie a small silk scarf around your neck in a double knot. Rotate the knot slightly off-centre and tuck the ends of the scarf under the neckline of the blouse or sweater.

Things You'll Need

  • Chiffon scarf
  • Silk scarf
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.