I was in Copenhagen for work last week and had a great time as always. The weather was stunning, even though it got a bit too hot actually – I thought I was going to pass out when I arrived at the SAND showroom it was so humid and after having a sip of pink champagne when our meeting had finished, I was drunk instantly (I am a very cheap date!). Thank the Lord for Lee Stafford’s Poker Straight Dehumidifier spray for my hair – it was actually looking pretty decent considering… I definitely recommend it (visit www.boots.com)!
I arrived a bit early for my first meeting so I had some wandering-around time. I thought I’d have a look for a couple of summer bargains to add to my Ibiza wardrobe (I’m not going until September but I’m trying to plan ahead – as by that time there’ll be faux-fur coats and ski jackets in the shops!). I headed to Vero Moda (www.veromoda.com) where I tried on some very “Scandinavian” trousers that I thought looked pretty cool (big harem-style things with pockets in a crazy print) but I looked like a maniac in them! They were far too baggy in certain areas but tight in others – not a good look unless you’re 17 or Danish (I don’t know how they get away with them but they really do)! I headed across the street to a shop owned by the same company as Vero Moda, called Pieces, a jewellery and accessories brand that also sells some seasonal clothing. Everything was very well-priced and they had some great summer stuff which was perfect, just what I was looking for (Pieces is stocked in some Vero Moda outlets in the UK – for more info have a look at their website www.pieces.com).
Anyway, I bought a very flattering/wearable black cotton throw-on dress for the equivalent of about £16, a scarf and a necklace. The scarf was one of those giant tube things which is meant to revolutionize your wardrobe. It’s basically a large sheet of jersey fabric (it was about £26). I was drawn to the colour initially as it was a bright limey-yellow, which I love for summer. I also thought about how rubbish I am at packing “lightly” for holidays and that it might turn out to be a multi-functional piece for Ibiza!
The instruction card offered 8 ways on how to use it… my brain could only handle 4. Undaunted, I approached an assistant with a view to creating a fabulous looking Grecian dress… She appeared even more clueless than me… What a challenge I thought!
So with my willing model Fiona, who also happens to be a garment technologist for Debenhams, surely between us we could master all 6??
Who knew you could have SO much fun with a piece of fabric – the possibilities were endless, we found about 14 ways to wear it that weren’t on the card… And hey, even if I wear it only as a scarf, I think I’ve had my money’s worth out of it already!
P.S. I found a smaller, but similar item in American Apparel called the “Circle Scarf” which was £30 – have a look at www.americanapparel.net. Have fun and get draping… And thanks for your help Fi!