A NEW SCARF STYLE FOR EVERY DAY…

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Hermes Plaited Braids

Maybe you are a master turban or headscarf wrapper already and if so, congratulations, it’s a great look(!) and if you had a dreamy pile of scarves like this lucky chick, would you have a million ways to wear them too? I have a huge basket full of scarves (OK, maybe they are not all Hermes!) and if you have been routing around in markets, thrift shops, inter-netting and generally hoarding them for as long as I have, you will probably have a fair few beauties too – but what the hell do you do with them all, except for draping them, gypset style around your home, flinging one in a bow around you head (particularly good for channeling Bridget Bardot, whilst hiding hair roots in the week before a hair appointment), tying a bow onto my shopping basket and occasionally attempting – and in my case usually failing – a chic turban style ala Eva Mendes, or J Lo on holiday?

The Hills are alive

The dream (left)… the reality (right) for me anyway

 

Practice makes perfect though and if my sister could carry off the headscarf roll, so can I… maybe… one day…     But in the meantime, I’m determined to get more mileage out of all my vintage scarves, so I’m putting a few new styling techniques to the test – one day at a time. A new scarf style for every weekday…   

MONDAY – HAIR

So the easiest style to carry off as I mentioned earlier, is the knotted or bowed scarf. It’s pretty on all hair lengths and is really simple to do. Plaiting a scarf into your hair is a bit trickier, especially if you are attempting a ‘plaited headband’ creation, but it can look wonderful if you put in the time and effort.

*Tip: Get up a lot earlier to try this, and not on a very hot day like I did*

Then I also discovered that’s it really simple to make your own hair donut with a scarf too (if you have the hair length) and it’s a nice fast Monday morning style too.   

By the way, when I started to write the instructions I realised that a diagram would help, so here I am below, rolling my bun…

Head Scarf Diagrams

Just scoop up your hair into a ponytail and secure it tightly to begin with.

Then fold the scarf in half, to make a triangle shape and then loosely roll it so you have a long length to work with.

Grab the scarf and begin the make a simple knot in the middle, then pull the length of your ponytail through it and tighten the knot.  

Slide the knot almost to the end of your hair, hold the loose ends of the scarf, one in each hand and then begin to roll the hair until you reach the base on the ponytail.

Wrap the scarf around the bun a couple of times, then tie a nice bow or knot and fluff up your bun a bit to loosen some tendrils.

Tadahhhh, you have a pretty bun! And when you take it out later you will have fab ringlets too.

The scarf beefs up your bun, like a foam hair donut, but the silk shows through instead of foam when you rough up the hair, and gives a similar outcome as in the photos below (found on Pinterest)

Bun

TUESDAY – BELT UP YOUR TRENCH COAT

Or any other coat really! But a Trench coat is a nice transitional item to wear open, in late spring, early Autumn, so you can play with the fastening at the back, rather than closing the coat and chuck it on over almost anything.

Belt With Trench Coat

WEDNESDAY – SMARTEN UP WITH A TIE

This is surely a workwear option? Well it depends on where you work of course but I reckon a funky bright scarf, tied like a men’s tie with a crisp button down shirt is a winner. Really easy with a long, neat ‘Twilly’ scarf which you can either tie in a double knot or as a traditional men’s knot. Both work well, but you can go far more flamboyant with a large silk square.

A Twil

Tie

THURSDAY – SILK CHOKER

Yep, Chokers are still hot, so why not update your neck with a tightly knotted silk version? Simples.

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FRIDAY – WRISTS AND ANKLES

I’m loving this trend and it’s almost the weekend so I think we can get away with a superfluous accessory like an ankle scarf can’t we?? Actually this could be a step too far for a lot of bosses – like I said before, it depends on your job – but I found that knotting one small silk square on each wrist (same colour, but each with a different print) and allowing them to poke from my shirt cuffs worked really well, as did rolling back the sleeves (in a similar action to the hair donut) then knotting my sleeves above the elbow was tremendous and got a satisfying round of applause from my fashion-y mates.

Ankles

SATURDAY – SCHOOL OF ROCK

Actually, this is a no-brainer and a bit of a cheat as it’s one of my favourite scarf styles already, but it’s Saturday, there’s a party and my outfit calls for a little bit of rock n roll!

rock n roll scarf

A ‘Twilly’ is a long thin, ribbon-like and crisp cut length of silk and it makes the perfect rock n roll scarf. If you don’t have one, you can use a large silk square by holding one corner and allowing the scarf to drape longways. Tie it tightly with a small neat knot and pull to one side (like in the centre Hermes photo above)   Rock n roll!

 

SUNDAY – MINOR DETAILS

It’s Sunday and although I don’t want to draw any attention to my face (it was a late night), I do want to complete the challenge, so I did some belting. An Obi works very nicely to draw the eye to the waist, but I plumped for a funky little tie at the hip on my jeans (as in the photos below from Pinterest). Not as tight and restrictive as the beautiful Obi or a full belt through all of the loops – perfect for a bit of Sunday Brunching!

belt detail

Photos found on Pinterest and Glam Radar

BIG & BAGGY, VERY LONG, WIDE LEGGED PANTS

If you were a teenager in the late 90’s or the Noughties, there is a good chance that you may have worn a pair of JNCO or a version of the cult baggy, flared jeans. There is also a good chance that you parents hated those jeans with a passion.  Often worn slung off the hips – or far lower, encrusted with dirt, the hems were always worn-out and filthy around the bottom and Mothers everywhere pleaded…

 

PLEEEEAAASE let me wash them. Look at the bottoms… ripped to shreds!

We haven’t seen your feet for 6 months!

You look ridiculous. How can you even walk in them? You CAN”T even walk in them!!

 

And actually that part was quite true; I could barely walk in mine, it was more of a slow (parent enraging) shuffle really – building to a ‘thhhhwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, if you picked up any pace. Climbing stairs was a problem and I remember almost breaking my neck while running for a bus – a combination of excess denim and the sticky rubber sole of my purple suede Wannabes – and honestly, could anyone really skate in them?

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It wasn’t a style I stuck with for long because for me, Grunge erred on the girly side with slip dresses, floral prints, fishnet tights, platform shoes and Doc Martens, so the heavy baggy (dare I say it, unflattering?) 20+ inch flares and baggy top didn’t rock my boat, but the new trouser shapes on the runways for Fall/Winter 2017 and 2018 Resort give me hope. Far more flattering, the super wide legs are balanced with a higher waist (even for the boys!) and with 30’s 70’s and 90’s influences, there is a style to please all of us.

Wide leg pants 2018

Hello Long Legs!    Both Solace London and Topshop’s jeans are higher on the waist and the flare falls from the hip, lengthening the leg and accentuating the waist. Win win! Topman’s 90’s style jeans hang straight and are worn higher on the waist too, so no bums on show here.

Wide-leg Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta 2018 Resort Collection; Bleached out denim and cool cotton, wide legged pants paired with a boyish shirt, or a basic tee and a slim fitting androgynous jacket and the shoulder baring sailor shirt and wide pants are reminiscent of Coco Chanel’s very first ‘Nautical Collection’ in 1917.

Wide Leg Pants Vintage

Take some styling tips fo from some master trouser wearers – see how Coco Chanel’s tuxedo jacket lapels point into the waist? Match your super baggy trousers with some masculine tailoring and tomboyish basics, but  don’t forget to narrow your silhouette at the waist, underneath your jacket too.

Wide leg denim now

Happening right now. GET involved…

Great news, you can still do a cropped top with high waisted big baggy flares and will for the foreseeable future! A baggy onesie jumpsuit from Native Youth and  an.urban Katherine Hepburn-esque baggy jeans and t shirt combo.

Wide leg AG Lana

AG ‘The Lana’ jeans come in indigo, black and classic engineer stripes and have a lovely Seventies-Mom vibe.

Style them with flat slides, a peasant blouse or a stripey t-shirt and a French market basket now, then throw on a blazer for fall and channel Jane Birkin.

Wide leg pants

Pretty Sweet; candy stripes from Johanna Ortiz; Underwear as outerwear #stillgoingstrong at Miu Miu; and be sure to find the perfect heels or wedge to let these Solace London silky beauties almost graze the floor – or good luck with the dry cleaning later!   

Wide Leg Pants and Double Denim

Ulla Johnson and Valentino 2018 Resort, making a case for double denim. A far cry from the Canadian Tuxedo, Doubling up  CAN be pulled off with some thoughtful styling. Think about textures and shading, work some pretty, or tough details and definitely don’t think ‘Britney & Justin’.

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From left: Luxurious camel from the neck down works on Imaan Hammam, with her long limbs and torso, in Vogue magazine for Fall 2017 (photo from @imaanhamman instagram);

Working curves with a perfect balance of floor length draped fabric, and a generous amount of skin. Note how the wide open necked shirt and knotted waist create a flattering triangle shape (wide at the shoulders and narrow at the waist) photo of @poshdollaz from the @blackgirlswhoblog instagram account;

You have to be careful not to become ‘swamped’ by any A-line separates worn on top of wide, flared pants, but this floral flouncy blouse works for two reasons – it’s short enough to reveal the narrow fit at the hips and the cold shoulder (and beaming smile!) draw the eye upwards and ‘lengthen’ her petite body. Photo from @versona_slidell instagram.

TRENDS – FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF IS ACTUALLY EVERYTHING

While watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off this weekend, two things occurred to me:

1. It’s still just as good a movie as when I watched it the first time in 1986

2. 2018 will look a lot like this!

Ferris Bueller Movie Pic

If you haven’t watched it recently (or at all – don’t say you haven’t seen it at all, please don’t say that..) get it prepped on your TV, throw on your dressing gown, lick your palms (Ferris’s advice for faking an illness) sit back, laugh and enjoy. But hey, I’m not condoning truancy – so you don’t have to ‘chuck a sicky’ – as it’s known at home, in fact I’d suggest you sit up in class, pay attention and take some style notes for a few of this year and next’s hot trends.

There’s some excellent print mixing from both Ferris and his Mom; some stripes, plaid and patches involved and even a beret, but for most of the movie Ferris is wearing a patterned vest (actually music notes, but it looks like animal print at first glance) a plain t-shirt, Rayban Wayfarers and a BOMBER JACKET which is where we will start.

Ferris Bueller Trends

Top left and right: Coach 1941 ready to wear; bottom right: Rocking out in your Robe with Highway Robery.

BOMBER JACKETS

Stuart Vevers at Coach 1941 has been working the bomber jacket into his ready to wear collections for a couple of seasons and it’s a shape he’s sticking with for 2018 too. Also known as the Varsity, or baseball jacket, it’s an accessible shape and a pretty safe way to work an athletic style with a touch of urban chic into your wardrobe because you can wear it as you would a biker jacket; over dresses, with your jeans, or do some colour blocking with a lightweight silky one, worn as a blouse. Originally an American leather goods brand, you can always expect a great hide jacket from Coach (shearling & biker styles withstanding) but as well as leather there are suede, satin, and velvet versions to choose from, with animal prints, block colours, applique garage and car patches and buckles to choose from, all thrown together with a cool-girl capsule collection of pretty print dresses, plaid and edgy leather minis, eighties style chain belts and hats and biker boots; definitely a collection to covet and be inspired by.

Ferris Resort 2018

Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli has put a grown up, luxurious twist on streetwear too, with buttery soft leather and satin Varsity jackets, teamed with silk pleat skirts (both razor edge and wide folds), sports socks and sandals for his Resort 2018 collection.

BATHROBE CHIC

Just roll out of bed, belt up your robe like a trench coat, slip on some shoes and hit the street! Well, OK there’s a bit more to it than that, but loungewear as outerwear is still a strong trend and the ultimate in elegant comfort and luxurious louche has to be the dressing gown. There are designer variations on the kimono, the silk dressing gown, and the smoking jacket, and the high street is eventually catching up, but now that Balenciaga and Gucci have decreed it, the day draws closer where we can legitimately strut into work wearing a bathrobe!

Ferris Bueller Bathrobe Style

Clockwise from top left: Gucci; Balenciaga; Etro; Band of Outsiders

WESTERN STYLE

When preppy girl Sloan sees the school nurse enter the classroom, that’s her cue to slide on her white, fringed leather jacket, and get ready to make her escape. The culottes I can still live without, but I remember how badly I wanted that jacket, it was love at first sight and (to my joy) on the runways this year, we’ve seen cowboy boots, stetsons, parson’s hats, bolo ties, buckles, button downs and fringing – a whole load of fringing – from Alexander Wang with edgy black leather (see that killer khaki parka below for details) and white fringed ankle boots; piped cowboy shirts and stetsons from Missoni Spring 2017 menswear, to mention but two and there’s a new sheriff in town and her name is Maria Grazia Chiuri, at Dior! True Grit – meets Ralph Lauren – meets Hollywood glamour, Lascaux style animal paintings, tarot card applique, Tina Turner worthy sparkling tassels and yes, suede fringed jackets… Yep, J’adore Western Style Dior.

Clockwise from top left: Luxury fringing from Dior; Trimmed moto jacket from Coach; White leather from Everly; Kendal Jenner’s western belt and Alexander Wang’s parka.

Then there’s big sister Jeannie with her high waisted jeans and braces, blush pink blouson jacket and glossy head of curls. With its handful of buttons and applique patches, Jeannie’s jacket would be pretty cool right now and reminds me of the Oliver Spencer men’s 2018 Spring jacket and the ASOS satin bomber jacket in the collage below. Red is going to be hot hot hot for Fall, but pink is here to stay too, with Fendi, Ports, Maggie Marilyn and Valentino featuring candy pinks in their resort and Spring collections, accessorised with SPORT SOCKS, and flashes of red and yellow.

Ferris Bueller Jeannie Style

But it’s the curly bangs that I’d like the most. I’m pinning styles like mad on my pinterest board, but working up the courage to chop off a few inches comes next…