It’s no secret I love a good scarf, so here’s some of my favorite on screen moments starring this must have accessory. These wardrobe departments really got it right when they finished off their leading ladies with a scarf. If you’ve ever coveted an on screen style, here’s a guide to the best looks to inspire.
THELMA AND LOUISE
Grab a gal pal and scarf in tandem on a girls roadtrip. All you need is a wrapped headscarf, cateye glasses and signature red lip. BYO classic convertible.
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This iconic outlaw road movie challenged the gender norms of its genre at the time and won writer Callie Khouri best screenplay at the Oscars in 1991. The friends’ journey goes from housewife to hunted when their vigilante justice sees them outlaws for murdering a rapist. The women’s evolving wardrobe throughout the film mirrors their progression from the classic ladylike traveler to fugitive.
BETTY DRAPER, MAD MEN
Running errands, running the household, running the world! Look sophisticated and always put together no matter what fresh hell you wake up to.
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I adored the many scarf moments of Betty Draper-Francis. The attention to detail by Janie Bryant in the costuming for this series really had some showstopping moments. January Jones’ role gives us an insight into the complex roles of womanhood in the 50’s while she struggled to find fulfilling purpose in a society that limited her to mother and wife. Here’s to vintage style, not vintage values!
BONNIE AND CLYDE
For the fashion forward fugitive who gives no fucks. Ready to ride or die?
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With an exhilarating combination of romance and violence, young moviegoers immediately fell in love with this crime classic. Striving to escape the mundane, the beautiful femme fatale captured imaginations with her desperate recklessness and 30’s gangster vibe. Dressed in a signature scarf and beret, Faye Dunaway’s character had a confidence and sex appeal that was elegant and chic. The Oscars would nominate Theadora Van Runkle in 1967 for her costuming of this film.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
Sneaking around incognito or casually blending in? Go no further than the inconspicuous trench with scarf and glasses. Definitely not looking to attract attention here, go about your business….
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Images of Hepburn as a style icon in the little black dress have been mass marketed out of context for so long, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that disguised under the charming femininity of fashionably chic whimsy, the character of Holly Golightly is complicated, tragic and layered with subtext. Hepburn gives one of her greatest performances, with a subtle depiction of the deeply flawed call girl hidden behind the mask of carefree confidence.
It’s a shoot from the hip, quick draw style. It says ‘I’m casual and easygoin’, but don’t mess with me.’ When it comes to accessories, this ain’t my first rodeo darlin’.
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Sharp shootin’ and gun totin’ never looked better. You just cannot do the old west without a neckerchief. Doris Day sings some of her most memorable hits in this musical where she goes from homesteader tomboy to proper lady to snag the all important love of her life. Whip,Crack,Away!
With all these classics to choose from, it’s easy to see how a scarf can add the finishing touch to your vintage style. Whether it’s total glam or an everyday look, I hope you find outfit inspiration- whatever look you choose, there’s a scarf to suit!