In the 1960s and 70s, the three-piece suit was a staple of a woman's winter wardrobe. But instead of a jacket, vest, and trousers, the female version consisted of a jacket, skirt, and matching scarf. With their boxy construction and nubby texture, these two examples--both worn by socialite Betsy Bloomingdale--are likely inspired by the work of Coco Chanel, who paired skirt suits with coordinating scarves in the 1920s.
Los Angeles-based designer James Galanos (b. 1924) used luxurious materials and couture construction techniques for his ready-to-wear garments. The rough wool tweed of this suit contrasts with the smooth sheen of a silk satin blouse and belt. Sheared beaver was a sensual choice for the scarf's lining.
The wide, fringed scarf of this double-breasted couture suit by Hubert de Givenchy (b. 1927) is equipped with a pocket, perfectly placed to warm the wearer's hand.