Tuesday, 27 March 2012

#getMoody 26: knot me!

Everybody Buys Vintage

One of the most entertaining things of looking at old pictures is, in my opinion, the fantastic looks you can spot. Pieces you would never wear nowadays and back then seemed brilliant, hairstyles that today would make you want to shave your head, make up that provokes genuine laughters... And yet, vintage styles are coming back stronger than ever, so photos also make an amazing source of inspiration.

Saved by the Bell
1989 - 1993

The piece that inspired me for today's look is a classic shirt. How is that special, you might probably be wondering. Well, let's rephrase then: a knotted shirt.
These used to "scare" me for quite a while after it became fashionable to wear them with extremely low-waisted trousers, the ultimate chavy - certainly not classy in any case - look. Luckily there is a way to make up for every mistake, so years buried the belly look and (not so luckily) also the knotted shirt.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Contemporary fashion sphere is invaded with trends from almost each and every decade in the 20th century. 60s, 70s, 80s looks dominate catwalks and streetstyle, which doesn't mean there is no room for some 40s and even 20s outfits. We could say that everything is fashionable at this particular time. So looking back at some of the very lovely mid 80s looks gives the perfect formula to perform knotted shirts like a style master: high waists.

Jeans, trousers, shorts, mini-tube-skirts, mid-leg skirts, XXL skirts, ... thousands of combinations that result in a classy, playful outcome as long as there is a high waist involved. What I really love about a knotted shirt is that you can also use it as a "cover", unbuttoned and showing something daring underneath, or even on top of a long dress. The combinations are endless, as long as you follow your gut, you will certainly find the one that suits your personality best.

I must confess I have a little bit of trouble picturing this look for men. Knotting the end of a shirt shortens it, which is what makes it perfect for high waisted bottom pieces, precisely the element that i don't quite see on a guy. An alternative that I like could be wearing an oversized shirt, leaving the 2 last buttons unbuttoned and make a knot on each of the loose ends of the shirt.

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