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How to rock a rib­bon

There’s no doubt about it, the fash­ion world is cur­rently ob­sessed with rib­bons. From the cat­walks of Paris to the streets of New York, de­sign­ers and style in­flu­encers are all tied up in the trend, and the best thing about it? If you can’t af­ford the run­way ver­sion of your fave bow-tas­tic item (err, all of us), a DIY so­lu­tion is just a trip to Spot­light — or your mum’s sewing room — away.

HAIR FRESHENER

How many bad hair days can one rib­bon re­solve? How long is a piece of string? Tied around a pony­tail, plaited through a French braid or pinned around the head and se­cured at the nape of the neck, hair rib­bons are mak­ing a come­back and we are on board. Keep a stash at work to el­e­vate your out­fit for af­ter-work

drinks.

NECK LEVEL

The 90s trend has al­most done its dash and our choker fa­tigue is real, but if you must wrap some­thing ‘round your neck a thin strip of rib­bon tied in a dainty bow will take your look from the fes­ti­val cir­cuit to fash­ion week. Even bet­ter, fas­ten un­der the col­lar of a prim white shirt and pair with a black blazer and skinny jeans or leather pants for Parisianchic points.

CINCH MOB

Bye-bye belts, we’ve found a new way of get­ting waist-ed and it’s a whole lot more fun. From coats and cardi­gans (the bulkier the bet­ter), to boyfriend shirts and ball gowns, a heavy­duty rib­bon tied once, twice, or thrice around your mid­dle is all that stands be­tween you and the ul­ti­mate street style mo­ment.

STYLE TIP

Can’t de­cide whether your out­fit is miss­ing a hair or neck ac­ces­sory? Get two for the price of one by se­cur­ing your locks be­neath a scarf-like length of rib­bon.

EN POINTE

Ex-dancers used to sewing satin rib­bons onto bal­let slip­pers will make light work of a DIY, Miu Miu-in­spired lace-up bal­let flat, AKA this sea­son’s It-shoe. Start with four lengths of rib­bon cut to 90cm each. Ap­ply clear nail pol­ish to the ends to stop fraying, and once dry, fold one end of each rib­bon over about 1cm, and then an­other. This is to re­in­force the bit you’ll be sewing to the in­side of your shoe. Pin it in place — if your shoe had a seam cut­ting it in half ver­ti­cally, it would sit just be­hind that — and then care­fully stitch around the edges and across the top to make a square. Leather buck­les af­fixed with grom­mets will com­plete the pic­ture, or sim­ply add an elas­tic strap across the top for some­thing more tra­di­tional. Wear with dis­tressed denim and cosy knits for that dancer off­duty look.

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PARIS YLE ST T EE R T S

STYLE TIP Put the baller in bal­le­rina by thread­ing satin rib­bons through your favourite bas­ket­ball sneak­ers. Or pick up a pair of Puma Bas­ket Heart train­ers, $130, from The Iconic.

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