Not all scarves are built the same way. Throughout history, this garment has taken on many different forms. None of which are more popular than the white silk beauty of the aviator scarf. While many people have a vague idea of its flight-borne origins, not too many individuals are aware that it has been used in other ways from generation to generation.
This type of scarf has had many changes in its design that go beyond the traditional white and silk variety. In fact, even in its early days, the aviator scarf was actually manufactured in black and red by the army.
It is also a misconception to think of this kind of apparel as always pristine and free of design. Some military groups wore the scarf with insignias printed on them to designate their group. A glaring example of this is the use of specially designed aviator scarves by a group of military pilots known as the Flying Tigers.
Despite its many variations, the silk aviator scarf remains the most popular primarily because it became known as a standard accessory for pilots. Famous aviators such as Amelia Earheart and Howard Hughes were regularly pictured wearing them. As the years progressed, even other hobbies and activities made use of them. This type of scarf was used for motorcycling as well as car racing.
When the scarf became synonymous with Hollywood glamour, the fate the classic silk scarf as a wardrobe staple was sealed. It is one of the few pieces of clothing that can transition from a businessman’s suit to an artist’s garb. The demand for it lies with the fact that silk is quite expensive. Wearing it connotes luxury, wealth, and in some ways, status.
Eventually, synthetic fibers made duplicating silk possible. This is one of the long-standing variations of aviator scarves: not all are actually made out of silk. Some are made out of fibers that are soft and light like the original material but is actually made synthetically.
The length of the scarf is also a source of variety. More often than not, the length of this kind of scarf is six feet, which gives enough material for the wearer to wrap it around the neck several times to protect his or her neck and provide warmth. However, the scarf has evolved to showcase lengths that reach up to 10 feet to accommodate those of the larger set.