Coat: Yohji Yamamoto Y3, Jeans: Ralph Lauren Denim&Supply, Boots: Rag and Bone, Gloves: Orsa Couture, Scarf: Roberto Cavalli, Sunglasses: Gucci, Bag: Caracalla 1947 (sent for review)
Images: Ming Lun Chan
You order a high quality leather bag online, you get it in the mail, you open the pack, you unzip it… And you sniff it. That’s right. Snort snort. And if you don’t like sniffing new bags, you are weird and we can’t be friends. Or okay, we can. I do even weirder stuff. I literally examine the pores in the leather, look at the stitching (preferably in the sun light) and analyse the colouring technique. I like to see things I can admire, and this Caracalla 1947 weekender is one such thing.
Originally when the brand approached me, they asked if I was interested in looking at something which was not exactly what I’d normally wear… Like man-bags inspired by car races. Bah. Little did they know I have this inexplicable penchant for converting masculine things into items that look overly ladylike. Yes, friends – this was a MAN BAG before it got into my clutches. I think I just made it unisex. Or just sex. Whichever.
Onto the silk headscarf. For too long this style has been considered the grieving/matronly/are-you-still-in-the-50s look. It can look modern if you style it correctly. It helps to keep the hair in place – London’s a windy place, don’t you know. But there are rules to pulling this baby off.
First. Make sure the scarf is good quality silk unless hair static is your thing.
Second. Place it so that some hair (i.e fringe or bangs) would be noticeable, otherwise you may be mistaken for someone who wears this for religious rather than fashionable reasons. If faith comes first for you, make sure no or minimal hair is on show, this depends on religion and level of religiousness.
Third. The scarf has to blend in with the outfit as if it doesn’t, it instantly starts looking misplaced leaving the wearer to resemble the village idiot clown. Almost like man bear pig but village idiot clown. You get it, connect your styling dots.
Fourth – you should feel natural wearing something like this. If you have a hint of doubt and think that you will start questioning whether or not this was the right choice for you in the middle of the street, so will everyone else. However, providing you walk with a say-whaaaa face, there will be not further questions; not from you, not from the passersby.
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Anyway, I am off to catch a bus. See ya.