Haute headwear

Angelie Martin-Spencer and Arlene martin

Saturday, October 27, 2012    

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As we close our tribute to women fighting breast cancer, we want to address an issue facing all women battling all kinds of cancer: hair loss due to chemotherapy and radiation. We do this by showing you some great, inexpensive alternatives for head coverage, other than wigs: scarves and turbans. An inexpensive scrap of fabric left over from a RTC project can easily be fashioned into a turban or a scarf and can be tied in many different ways to achieve a stylish, fashionable look.

Here are a few:

Look 1: is a scrap of fabric we had left over from an outfit that we cut into a triangle and surged the ends. This is a zebra print, in pink as we show our support this month. A scarf like this can be tied several different ways as pictured, loosely hanging at the back or as in Look 2: tied to the side in a bun.

Look 3: is actually a simple square scarf, folded into a rectangle. To get the look, wrap the scarf from the back of your head to the front and tie. Bunch and tuck the excess hang to create the bun seen here. Mastering these techniques is great as you can wear them over and over in different fabrics.

Look 4: is a GREAT buy or make. After all, this is Rock The Cloth, and the fact that it isn't very easy to find, then here's how it's made:

1. Using a fabric with a bit of stretch like knit or Lycra, wrap the fabric around your head from front to back, creating gathers/pleats as you go

2. Make a loose knot at the end and remove from your head

3. Pin pleats and gathers closely together along the knot and then undo the knot

4. Stitch along pin lines ensuring you close all openings

5. Turn right side out. Wear and enjoy.

Look 5: is the same turban dressed up with a jewel- encrusted brooch and turned to the side instead. This offers a great alternative, heading into the holidays and with the many formal functions one might have, it's a great way to look polished and chic.

Here's to finding the cure, believing and keeping up the fight against cancer. Check your boobs, ladies, and partners, check them too.



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