Ah, street style. That elusive source of fash inspo filled with totally unwearable trends that no one would ever rock IRL. Or would they?
We though we’d investigate a couple of these trends to show you where they came from, who is wearing them, and whether they have legs on the actual streets. You know, without a bunch of fash people nodding, knowingly:
“yas girl, I love that medical-goods-store-sourced bedazzled muumuu you’re wearing, such runway reference, very future.”
This week we investigate: The Hair Choker.
Trend: The Hair Choker
Requirements: Hair longer than your shoulders, a long ribbon
For those who: Don’t have a fear of being yanked from behind
Likely norm friend response: Awkward silence and occasional confused side glances
IRL difficulty rating: 7/10
Who is to blame for these fashunz?
It was a natural progression from last year’s turtleneck hair-tuck, really.
Look, we’re sure that someone in the history of humankind did this before Spring Fashion Week last year (see: Marc Jacobs SS14), but this trend seems to have picked up steam after the September shows – namely Mary Katrantzou’s SS16 runway hair featuring chokers secured into a bow at the back, over the hair, and Christopher Kane’s cable tie chokers also shown fixed over the hair on the runway.
Throw in a Man Repeller how-to in January this year, plus a few fashion-forward bloggers picking it up after the shows, and you have yourself a legit trend.
Show me some pics so I know it’s legit
- Well, obviously Man Repeller are fans.
- And Leandra herself (see here and here).
- Zhang styled it for Teen Vogue.
- Oracle Fox wore it to Valentino in Paris.
- Even I tried it at MBFWA.
How do I wear it, as a normal person, IRL?
This is a choker, elevated – so basically it’s a night time move. Ain’t nobody popping out to brunch with their hair tucked into a velvet choker with a huge bow at the back. Unless you’re Helena Bonham Carter, in which case I’d recommend that you pair it with two different coloured shoes and a cane fashioned out of snake fangs.
After trying it myself, I’d recommend styling it as a back detail: so pair it with a simple, drop back dress or low-back cami. Even an off-the-shoulder top or jumper is the perfect accompaniment to show off the bow.
The more simple the outfit, the less you’ll like like a psycho slave to fashun. Kind of like this headband choker bow.
#triplethreat #nextlevel #ohgodmakeitstop
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