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?

Wide leg pants 90s

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.