When I saw the look book from Michael Kors’ pre-fall campaign I fell in love with what looked like an organza bow. To me it was a new take on 20212′s man-style dressing and made any white short look so high fashion. Case in point: When Chinese model Ming Xi donned the bow tie at an event. This look is how I will be wearing the bow tie now that Summer is coming:

So here’s my super-simple DIY version using supplies from my friends from Spotlight Australia (details of my collaboration with them to come).

I styled the look with MAC Lady Danger red lips, my perspex bag from Haji Lane in Singapore, shirt is from COS and the pants are by WA designer and close friend Steph Audino. Sunglasses are Quay Eyewear from What Women Want in Singapore.

Here’s how you can make this floppy bow tie in 45 minutes at home:

For this, you will need some organza-type fabric which is sheer black (make sure whatever gauzy fabric you choose you can fray it), brooch pin backs, fabric scissors, black needle and thread.

First I folded the fabric to get a piece about 20cm in width that was double layered.

Cut this piece out. Using an iron, iron the piece of fabric into a cupboard fold so the 2 raw edges of fabric meet at the back.

Fold the 2 ends together and pin in place, raw sides facing in:

Squeeze together the place where the pins are and stitch together:

From here, fold and cut a second piece for the bottom of the tie, also double-sided and 20cm in width:

From here  place the centre of this second strip to meet the centre of the bow you’ve already tacked and stitch together:

Cut a thin strip of fabric 9cm in width and iron this over itself a few times until you have a sturdy band 3cm in width. Use this over the centre of the bow for finishing:

Sew on  your brooch pin:

I then removed some threads from each end of the bow to give a more “raw” look:

Amazing pictures for this post by Cody Roberts of Curbside Collection. You can follow him on Instagram here and book him for shoots here.



Let me know what you think!