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Tied Together: Ivy Guys, Vassar Girls, and the College Scarf

6th November 2017

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Back in the heyday of the Ivy League Look, when a boy was going steady he’d remove the locker loop on the back of his oxford-cloth buttondown, signalling to other females that he was spoken for.

And how did a female student signal she was taken? By wearing her boyfriend’s college scarf. The practice was especially popular at the two schools that most set the style in campus fashion: Princeton and Vassar.

The illustration does indeed feature a Princeton scarf, presumably on a Vassar girl.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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