Oh, to wear a headscarf and look as fabulous as Audrey...
A year or so ago, after I'd just got myself a Douglas Sirk box-set and was somewhat over-indulging in Hollywood melodrama, I got thinking about headscarves.
In All That Heaven Allows, Cary frequently pops a scarf on to cover her head as she steps out into the brisk winter weather to met with her handsome beau, Ron.
|Image source: screen grab from All That Heaven Allows|
It made me think how sad it is that you no longer see women walking around in stylishly wrapped headscarves, covering neatly coiffed hair to be revealed when they are out of the reach of wind or rain. And I don't mean tied under the chin in the way of the Queen:
Not even in retro-trendy, Rosie the Riveter style:
But rather, over the head, brought under the chin, and then around to tie at the back of the neck, in 1950s style:
|Image source: discovered long ago and now can't remember! |
Apologies for being rubbish...
They're such a handy accessory as well because you can quickly and easily convert a silk scarf which you've tied around your neck into a head-covering should the need arise. And then switch back around afterwards, limiting the chances of accidentally leaving it on the tube.
So, I was determined to reintroduce this idea to the streets of London. One evening, I just needed to pop down the road to pick up a couple of bits from my local Tesco Express. I decided that this was the perfect, low-pressure moment for a test run. I was all ready to go, scarf in place, bag over my shoulder... but as I glanced in the mirror just by my front door, I had a sudden change of heart. Somehow, it just didn't look right. I'm not sure if it was lack of confidence or lack of technique but I shamefully backed out.
And now some other clever clogs in the fashion world has taken my idea and introduced headscarves for summer. Too late for me and my trend-setting plans now.