To socialize or talk informally preferably over a drink. Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense hobnobs, present participle hobnobbing, past tense, past participle hobnobbed.
But honestly. Hobnob is a safe space for women who prefer iced coffee over a perfectly curated wardrobe. It’s a daycare center for women who are intrigued by trends, but also don’t care. It is an open bar for those who swear on vintage Chanel and whose pension funds hang in their closets.
Slowly getting back out in the world, I find myself wanting to reinvent myself and my style. Out through the wardrobe doors goes everything I cannot come up with at least 7 styling ideas and entering are the things I can see myself wear every day of the week. It may sound boring but I have to tell you it is quite the opposite.
Having spent large parts of the past year-and-a-half in yoga pants or cashmere sets I crave to be creative with my clothes again. I need to challenge my mind to find those looks I myself think are interesting.
Enter the scarves. A good scarf is like a blank canvas. Free your mind and you can paint anything you like.
Draw it as a belt
Forget everything you know about belts and tie your scarf as one. I remember the first day in high school the girl from the senior year showed me and my classmates to be around the campus. She wore low-cut jeans, a rib tank top with a black bra underneath and a scarf tied as a belt in her light-washed Replay jeans. She was the coolest girl I had ever seen. Now I re-create her look 15 years later. Minus the low-cut.
Tie it like a tie
I have spent the pandemic looking at 80s movies and it has made me crave silk ties. Not in your usual computer consultant way though, but in a late 70s early 80s way. Wide and silky. Like a scarf. Or like and actual scarf.
Drape it like Halston
Pretend you are Halston for a brief moment (you have watched it on Netflix, haven’t you??) and drape your scarf over everything. The rule is, there is no outfit that does not like the company of a scarf.
Scarf, belt and bag by HERMÈS. Trenchcoat by Yves Saint Laurent.
Fanny Ekstrand is a writer, creative consultant and founder of Hobnob. She says she is the master of vintage shopping and knows all the pasta dishes in the world.
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