The classic "Opera Scarf" a white silk tasselled scarf was one of those rare garments that crossed the great class divide almost from it's inception. Originally made in the early 20th Century by a variety of Savile Row establishments, primarily to be worn over Evening Dress for trips to the Opera, hence the name, soon became a popular accessory amongst artisans and the working man. They didn't become a fashion accessory until World War II, when they became de riguer amogst the fly boys of The RAF, worn under their Irvin Flying Jackets and the choice of Hollywood greats such as Cary Grant and David Niven wearing a white silk scarf whether in an action film keeping the stiff upper lip or dipping into a glitzy Restaurant.
By the early post WW2 era, when it came to scarves, Tootal was the undisputed King of Neckwear, one or more of their Classic scarves was a staple piece of clothing in every self respecting gentleman's wardrobe
By the 1950s and early 60s, the white silk scarf became a favourite with the Motorcycle Boys and Rockers, the sworn enemy the Mod, despite the scarf being probably the only garment worn by members of both cults.
Today, Tootal have revived this most iconic scarf and we are very proud to offer these beautiful 100% Silk Scarves alongside our range of other period classics.
Also available in Black or Red Polka Dot 100% Silk.
155cm long x 26cm wide