Prior to becoming a resident of FullTimeJobRealDealTeacherville, I slung espresso for a living (ha!) at a locally owned coffee shop.
It wasn’t out of the norm for caffeine-deprived clientele to make unwelcome comments about my choice of hairstyle (or lack thereof) and bizarre mixed and matched accoutrements.
Lisa was the ultimate all-star commentator. “Oh, Kayla, you look SO adorable today! Until I look at your mint green tights. BLECH. What WERE you thinking?!”
Well, Lisa, what I’m thinking is, “where in the heavens did you get that adorable hand-stitched Christmas kitten sweater?!”
A few months before deserting my coffee shop roots, the shop was purchased by a new owner. Most of the new rules bestowed upon us meager baristas involved a much stricter dress code.
My wardrobe possibilities were instantly slashed to bits. No more skirts. No more afro locks gracing my shoulders. And GASP, certainly no more green tights.
I had to dig deep within my personal pit of complete disappointment and utter fashion despair, and pull out from the depths of my soul the oldest trick in the book:
the almighty accessory.
My last weeks at the shop may have been spent in jeans and t-shirts, but I slowly and painstakingly rediscovered the power of a good accessory.
Without further ado, I introduce you to one of my personal faves.
The head scarf.
Step 1: Fold a square scarf (I prefer silk) into a triangle shape.
Step 2: Fold up triangle, starting at the straight side of the scarf. Leave the tip of the triangle face-up on the folded scarf.
Step 3: Place the triangle tip side of the folded scarf against the base of your neck, and tie in a not too tight knot at the top of your head. Don’t tie it TOO tight or it will slip around.
Step 4: Tuck the loose ends underneath the band of the scarf, and viola!
[Ew, that face!]
It also works with rectangular scarves, too!
Step 5: Make sure to channel Rosie the Riveter for the duration of the day.