Do you ever try to do one thing differently when you get dressed?
Just change it up.
I call it brain fashion aerobics for the creative mind.
This outfit was lacking a little somethin’ somethin’ and I picked a piece of blue velvet ribbon from my craft room downstairs and hopped on board the ribbon choker trend.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Remember that fairy tale about the woman with the ribbon around her neck? It is a bit of a horror story. In the fable a young woman with a ribbon around her neck meets and falls in love with a man but tells him he must promise to never ask about or remove the ribbon from around her neck. They are married and after spending many happy years together his curiosity gets the better of him one night and without waking his wife, the man cuts the ribbon while his wife lays sleeping. She awakens screaming at the top of her lungs,
“I told you never to ask about or touch the ribbon!”
as her head rolls onto the floor.
You can skip eating cheese and just read this bedtime story for extra vivid nightmares.
I couldn’t stop thinking of that story when I was wearing this outfit.
I suppose that could have been the worst thing to happen trying out this ribbon choker trend.
But lucky for me my head is still firmly on my shoulders…
This ribbon choker trend has been roaming around for years.
The most recent ribbon choker trend setter was the stylish Mr. Colonel Sanders. A fashion icon in his own time and someone I often look to for style inspiration.
That guy really understood how to create a personal brand and decent coleslaw.
And he obviously got the ribbon idea from here Edouard Manet’s famous oil painting, Olympia from 1863.
Of course at that time the ribbon choker was the sign of a working lady…but that didn’t bother Mr. Sanders.
When you adopt a trend you make it your own.
And Edouard Manet undoubtably lifted the idea from Marie Antoinette who loved to wear fancy ribbons around her neck.
Yes, I can totally see the resemblance.
That may just be because I am often heard yelling, “Let them eat cake!”
Because seriously…who doesn’t like cake?
The take-aways from this post are;
If you’re going to try out a trend, make it your own.
Trends come and go and then come back around again. Just when you think you’re onto something new, like the Bare Naked Ladies song you’ll realize, “It’s All Been Done Before“.