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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.