Accessories Of Dress - Scarfs
( Originally Published 1924 )
Those who sang, "God bless you merrie gentlemen"—in the good old days when Christmas carols were more generally sung—wore long woolen mufflers. These mufflers went over the ears, around the neck and formed most effective chest protectors. We can not picture dear old Bob Cratchitt without such an accompaniment, and even Tiny Tim, borne aloft on Bob's shoulders, voiced his "God bless us every one" from the depths of his. The muffler has always worn a gay and festive air ; so when clothes began to adopt a standard of plainness and severity, the muffler proved to be an enlivening spirit. With tailored suit, sports clothes, or school apparel, the scarf is a necessity. It may be of wool, such as carol-singers wore, or of silk, knitted, monogrammed, or brilliantly figured. There are as many different ways to wear scarfs as there are scarfs themselves—and originality is all one needs.
A scarf of yellow knitted silk, striped in black and purple, may be tied in a huge loop under one's ear. How picturesque knitted Reseda green would be with long fringe, and the ends trimmed with Beauvais embroidered flowers, put around the neck, bringing the middle of the scarf under the chin to be crossed in the back, the even ends brought to the front where they are tucked under the belt. A long knitted silk scarf with a deep fringe and a monogram may be crossed under the left ear, the monogrammed end hanging at the front, the other end at the back.
Sweater, cap, and scarf, knitted and colored alike, make a jaunty skating set. Sometimes the scarfs match the coat or suit, but they are not so attractive as those that are selected in a contrasting color.
Toque and matching scarf of brown duvetyn, in-set with finely plaited bands of blue taffeta, are very attractive. Hat and scarfs of greenish-blue cloth may be appliquéd with white Edelweiss, with stems and leaves of brown and green chenille.
A scarf of fur, tied with narrow ribbon—in tiny loops and long ends falling to the knees—is very pleasing and economical if one has not much fur. Another round scarf of fur has a loop made of two strips of velvet and lace, two thorns, and a deep red rose.
For evening, scarfs will transform a plain chemise frock into a costume. One very long scarf swathes about the figure to the side, where its two ends meet, are caught by a flower, and trail—a foot in length—across the floor.
Another scarf of chiffon fastened at the shoulders and waists and falling softly at the back has the suggestion of angel's wings.