How to Tie a Scarf for a Fifties Costume

Written by kathryn hatter
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Chiffon scarf
  • Silk scarf

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    Slide the scarf knot so it rests on either shoulder.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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