One of the hottest trends to emerge from the AW15 catwalks is so simple, so easy, and so cheap, that you really have no excuse for not getting on board with it. For less than one whole English pound, you can make an addition to your wardrobe that will have you looking bang on trend quicker than you can say “I’m off to the haberdasher's buy a metre of ribbon”.
At Gucci – in everyone’s top 5 shows of the season; ask any fashion editor – many models wore narrow ribbons around their collars. So that’s literally all you need: a narrow ribbon. Wear with a Seventies-style wide-collar shirt and masculine wide-leg trousers, or try pairing with a librarian-style sensible skirt and a beret. Either way, it works, and you’ll still have plenty of money left to buy a new pair of shoes (a block heeled ankle boot will do nicely, since you ask). The slim ribbon ties in well with this season’s biggest trend – the Eighties – as this picture of Princess Diana (above) clearly demonstrates.
Of course, you could spend hours in the haberdashery section at John Lewis choosing your ribbon – who doesn’t love an excuse to while away the hours in the John Lewis haberdashery department? - but you can only buy ribbon by the reel at johnlewis.com, so unless you are thinking of providing ribbon for all your mates too, you might prefer Josy Rose for an online ribbon purchase by the metre. I like the 9mm velvet ribbon, which is just 85p per metre, but try red if you fancy something more eyecatching.
If you want a more look-at-me ribbon vibe, then go for a neckerchief, as seen at House of Holland and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Silk scarves can cost a fortune, but you can pick up some lovely retro neckerchiefs in vintage stores and charity shops (I have one with a map of the Loire Valley on it, which looks splendid with a stripy T-shirt and cigarette trousers). You could also opt for a wider ribbon (see a VERY young Janet Jackson for more adorable Eighties vibes, below) which gives a similar effect and is likely to be WAY cheaper.
So if you’re in doubt about how to tackle the autumn-winter 2015 trends, just remember that if you tie something round your neck, you’re basically sorted. Scroll down for more inspo.
House of Holland
Marc by Marc Jacobs