Sunday, 22 May 2011

Leopard Optimist







What does every girl need? I'm sure there are a variety of practical/ ethical/ philosophical answers one could give, so no doubt a 'leopard print turban' is not the first thing to spring to mind. However, when I visited Bath with one of my friends a few months ago, I found the allure of this particular turban so strong that it ended up coming home with me. On picking it up from a vintage market stall, my head was clouded with images of Clara Bow, the Ballet Russes and Paul Poiret - rather than say a batty, old lady surrounded by cats and tapestry cushions. However, it does add a nice touch of eccentricity to any situation - along with providing a conversation starter.
This a rather Bath-centric outfit, as the sweet little jumper also came home with me after the outing. I bought it in a great shop called Black & White boutique, which I can highly recommend! It was, in the majority, made up of second hand and vintage high end labels. And what is the name on this particular label? Could it be yet another addition to the sprawling collection of vintage Jaeger? I liked how unprepossessing the biscuit and black colours looked on the hanger. To use a rather longwinded simile, this jumper was Jo (as played by Audrey Hepburn) in Funny Face - something that most people will pass by, until the potential is finally noticed. And although this sweater hasn't quite turned into a bird of paradise, it is a rather nice addition to my already bulging drawer of woollen clothes.
Back when we were enjoying the warmth of Spring, dad took some photos of me in this outfit in London. To the items already detailed, I added some customised silk shorts (roughly cut and hemmed from a pair of beaded pyjama trousers), and charity shopped shoes and belt. The sandals are second hand Zara - and yet they remind me of thirties or forties filmstar footwear.

I found a great post on the brief history of the turban as a fashion item on Knit on the Net here. From its original cultural use, through to being adopted as the fashion item du jour during the twenties, to its resurgence in the sixties, it seems to have been enjoying yet another surge in popularity this year. I love the idea that the etymology links back to variations on the word 'tulip' - as suggested by the folds and curves of fabric. And although leopard print is not usually something I'm drawn to, for me this hat was something of a tonic - working best in a small dose.

Before I drag myself off to bed (revision is not kind - especially when it involves covalent bonding: Chemistry!), I wanted to draw attention to two posts for anyone who might not have already seen them. Firstly, I was both moved and inspired by Pearl's second post on living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. And secondly, I was full of nostalgia-induced love for Lucy's Perfume Bottle design.

48 comments:

Elizabeth @rosalilium said...

I agree, the leopard-print turban is the perfect dose of eccentricity that just adds to a sophiticated outfit.
You look stunning as usual.

Good luck with the revision, Roz.
x

Kelly-marie said...

Oh wow, I love that turban! Such a lovely outfit all round. Hope your revision goes well. x

Kendall said...

Every time I see the word 'leopard' I want to say it as 'leo-pard'. ...Anyway. That turban is really neat. Very unique. And can I just say that I adore the backdrop in these photos? Makes me want to go to England ASAP. :)

Mikaela said...

This is amazing!! :)

xx,

Mikaela

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Dylana Suarez said...

That turban looks so amazing on you :)

xoxo,

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Caitlin Rose said...

I love that jumper! And I totally agree with you on the leopard print, definitely good in small doses. Those shoes are beautiful as well. Oh I really like this outfit, obviously : )

xx

Caitlin Rose

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

I've been searching for a turban for the past year and am very inspired by your leopard print version, do you know how old it is-- 60s or older?

Also I enjoy how you echoed the colours of the leopard hat in your outfit, the jumper is perfect paired with the shorts.

The Fancy Teacup said...

Those second-hand Zara heels are classy and elegant! And I can't get enough of that exquisite turban. You look beautiful in those rich, earthy colors.

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much love.

Fashionistable said...

Every girl should own a turban. Your is particularly wonderful and the sweater goes beautifully with it.Great styling as always.Xxxx

The Foolish Aesthete said...

Absolutely lovely pictures and outfit. And I love all your references to the Ballet Russes (I've referenced them in previous posts too), Paul Poiret and Audrey Hepburn. Last but not least, I love the Georgian architecture and Roman baths of Bath. (I went to grad school in U of Bristol right next door =).) Of course, so much of Jane Austen is brought to mind too. xoxoxo

Jazmine Rocks said...

i don't think i've ever seen you in leopard print before, but a touch of it suits you perfectly. oh, i wish i could find a cheap, secondhand full turban somewhere, i really do need one in my life!

long time no speak roz, have you been to the v&a recently? i hope you are grand! xx

the nyanzi report said...

The second shot from the top should be in a commercial.

Natalie Suarez said...

gorgeous! i love this! ur legs are endless :)

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Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh I looove that turban!! And the sweater is so great :)
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June Paski said...

love ur top and leopard turban!

Saige said...

Wow. That turban is fantastic. I don't think I could pull one of those off as well as you do.
Wonderful outfit too.

Love,
Deer. Lady

Miss Tami Lee said...

Oh I would kill for that hat!

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

very cute shirt!

<3 steffy
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Hazelnut said...

Awesome outfit! I really like the photo of you standing by the tree, and the one where you're running. I think you're a great model! (:

K.Fjórirthaler said...

wow, you look awesome. love the colors and your face is so beautiful.
good work..hihi ^^

Comtesse de ferveur said...

Thanks so much for your recent comment and visit. You look beautiful, I am a big turban fan (leopard is quite great!) and I HEART your vintage sweater.
xx

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

These photos are amazing! Love the headscarf! Found your blog via tumblr and really loving it!

L'age moyen said...

I love the turban. And I love leopard print, I have to keep that sort of thing in check - when you're young it's playful, when you're a bit older you can look, well, rather couger-like. Love the outfit and the jumper is so girl-in-bookstore-ish.

Jessica said...

As always you look great :) The turban is very unique!

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Libby said...

Such a beautiful outfit. And Funny Face is an amazing {if slightly creepy--Fred Astaire looks like he's her grandfather... have you seen Gigi? He reminds me of the man in that, singing "without little girls, what would little boys do?"} film, and I love all the costumes!
Good luck with your GCSEs.

sacramento said...

We both decided to go for animal print at the same time. How fantastic is that???
I read, admire and follow, Pearl.
Besos
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Doortje said...

Great turban and sweater, beautiful combination! Stunning shots.

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daisychain said...

I would say that turban could be classed as essential,
you somehow make it look so very classic. Just stunning x

Kate said...

Beautiful outfit, I'm not usually a fan of leopard print however I think the turban is gorgeous and works really well as you say, in small doses. I know how you feel about the revision- electrolysis is killing me!!
Thanks so much for commenting, it seems that no one has an unkind work to say about the beautiful Audrey Hepburn!
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RedPoppy said...

I love the leopard print turban! I'm a new Follower, would love if you'd check out my blog http://redpoppyfashion.blogspot.com
xo RedPoppy

Vanessa said...

Both pieces are lovely, I especially love the jumper, I'm sure Audrey would approve :)
xx
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Lydia said...

I'm loving this look. That turban is perfection.

Kellie W. said...

I love the turban! It really does make the entire outfit! I've tried to fashion myself a turban out of vintage scarves a few times, but it never works out...I should probably just buy a real one!

Sophie Loloi said...

You look lovely with a turban!

xx

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Hillary Rose said...

I love the silk looking turbin! It reminds me of something out of Sunset Boulevard.

♥ sugarpuff ♥ said...

Really lovely turban print and your style :)
you looks awesome and beautiful <3


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Vintage Vixen said...

What a classy look. How bizarre we both chose to wear turban on the same day. xxx

Ms LadyCakes said...

A touch of the wildside. Nice.

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Ruta, Look Ugly in a Photograph said...

You are so incredible beautiful! And I love your outfit. So gorgeous. I don't know if you already are a model, but you should be if you aren't. I would love to see you in an editorial.

And I read through some of your older posts and i think you are an incredible brave person, and that dress that shows your scar is gorgeous. I like that you are willing to embrace who you are.

Lidiya said...

Amazing photos, love love love the turban <3
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Flashes of Style said...

Wow! This outfit is so beautiful. Love the turban.

Pearl Westwood said...

In the first photo you look like a little pixie ;-) I am off to read all about the turban I can't resist a bit of fashion history. Thank you for adding my link x

SabinePsynopsis said...

There's something classical and beautiful in these pictures - you managed to make the leopard turban all yours (not an easy feat with such a strong piece, I think). I also love the customised silk shorts... Looking for some old PJ bottoms as we speak.

le sorelle said...

it's a good thing you picked that turban up - it looks fantastic. such a lovely, classic look with a more modern twist!

-j
sorelle in style

holly and the wolves said...

So gorgeous! You wear that turban so well :) xx

shannanj said...

you look stunning

Beatrice Balaj said...

Love the color scheme and the turban!


Xoxo,
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Mei-li said...

oo i love the one when your jumping and running this jumper look so well with your " tuban " I love turbans !!