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 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…
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)
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.
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.
THURSDAY – SILK CHOKER
Yep, Chokers are still hot, so why not update your neck with a tightly knotted silk version? Simples.
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.
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!
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!
Photos found on Pinterest and Glam Radar