Darren Kennedy fashion file: How to wear... The Pussy-Bow
Move over statement jewellery, the only thing you should be adorning your neck with this autumn is a pussy-bow. Yes, that's right, the versatile and vintage bow has undergone a revamp and has become somewhat of an emblem for boho this autumn/winter.
Providing the perfect dose of femininity for any outfit, the new iterations of the pussy-bow add a lightness and a laissez-faire attitude to blouses and dresses. Having originally started life as a playful interpretation of the men's neck tie, the pussy-bow reigned on the 2015 catwalks appearing at Bottega Venata, Tory Burch, Chloe and Emilio Pucci.
Gucci catapulted them back into the spotlight with sheer and lace pussy-bow blouses making the look whimsical, romantic and most importantly relevant. Wear yours over wide-leg jeans or shorts for a casual, daytime look that channels the 1970s trend. Alternatively, layer under a sleeveless dress, letting the bow peep out over the neckline to give a simple A-line frock a new lease of life. They'll even work for office-wear - style a patterned pussy bow blouse under a sharp blazer for an über feminine take on power dressing.
Question: I'm going to a wedding in Marrakesh mid-September and I'm struggling with what to wear on the big day. I understand the benefits of wearing a linen suit, but I don't want to look like a hippy or the man from Del Monte. How do you walk that line?
Darren replies: Average temperatures in Marrakesh in September hover close to 30 degrees so it's wise to consider linen, which is undoubtedly the go-to summer fabric. It's probably the most lightweight and breathable fabric for the warmer months of the year, but it can be a nightmare when it comes to creasing so it's not necessarily ideal for travelling.
However, what I would strongly recommend is a linen-cotton blend as opposed to pure linen. As well as being slightly cheaper, a mixed linen fabric provides more structure and holds its shape, and is less prone to wrinkling while still offering all the breathability associated with pure linen. Marks & Spencer has a solid range of linen mix suits but it's best to avoid anything in cream if you want to escape any man from Del Monte jibes! This (1) grey-hued two-piece (jacket €95, trousers €40, Marks & Spencer) may be the answer to your sartorial woes. With a contemporary regular fit, it's 55pc linen and 45pc cotton.
Another option that is less overwhelming than stepping out head-to-toe in the trend is to build your outfit from one or two linen-composed garments. For instance, wear these (2) lightweight navy chinos made in a delicate cotton and linen blend (€49.95, Massimo Dutti) with a white shirt and (3) Zara's textured single button blazer (€49.95) for a classic Riviera look.
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