Ribbon bow at neck

Green velvet ribbon neck-tie a la Alexa Chung

This post is a nod to the girl of the moment Alexa Chung. She often wears ribbon tied at the neck of a white shirt. So simple, so inexpensive, so subtle and oh so stylish.

I have a few pieces of velvet ribbon that I wear al la Ms. Chung. And while I am getting all enthusiastic about her, I love her approach to the red carpet. Always natural and utterly wearable. I almost feel I could wear what she does too. OK, maybe only those with a body like hers.

The other style essential in today’s post is the white shirt. Do I spend a small fortune on white shirts? Hell no! I buy girls’ school shirts at the supermarket. I sometimes even buy boys’ school shirts for a more slouchy look. And the best bit … they last and last. They wash and dry well.

And that’s not all I buy in the school section. For a softer take on Doc Martens, take a look at boys’ school shoes. I have even bought school ties when I was feeling a bit Gwen Stefani. I have a collection of school ties.

The Greenie Galleries at the top of this page have 100s of photos of older and newer projects showing multiple ways to make your own clothing and accessories. There are also ideas to recycle or upcycle.

See you soon.