Sometimes you have to try your best – even when you’re failing.
That’s what I told myself as I prepared to test the most popular summer trend of 2021: the barely-there turban. A-listers Kylie Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski All are fans of early flashback style popularized by Christina Aguilera in her 2002 original “Dirrty”.
But can an average 8.22-year-old person do that?
After searching Google for options, I opted to buy a Mystique NYC print in black and gold for $22, which is more of a plain bikini top than a shirt. (Although you can try to wrap a scarf or sarong for the look, it’s easier if you buy one that’s pre-tied and designed to be worn this way.)
When I put it on, I felt a little uneasy floating. I’m pretty confident, but I’m not a perfectly toned, tanned supermodel either. The “shirt”—if you can call it that—showed every lump, bump, and mark that I was usually quick to cover.
My best friend and I planned an action-packed day, starting with a ride on the LIRR to Manhattan. The first time a train collided, I knew I was calling for help. This top is a nip-slip waiting to happen. Thank God for my quick reflexes and an almost empty train carriage.
Forty minutes later, we were outside Penn Station. I feel the wall of tourists, businessmen and buskers glued to me as I bask in the sun.
At 11 a.m., it felt too early to wear something skimpy. However, I pretended not to notice the tattoo on my sternum: a cherry-red butterfly that usually doesn’t see daylight, especially since there’s no beach nearby. I ignored calls from construction workers and harsh comments from men sitting on the curb, snooping around people trying to reach me.
“Your shirt,” was all the good-looking guy had to say, as he raised both hands just inches from my chest.
Sweat began to pour out from every pore of my body. Is it 90 degree heat, polyester blend or a panic attack?
Pro tip: the scarf is silky soft and sweat doesn’t mix. Over the next few hours, stopping to adjust my shirt became a regular occurrence.
Then, with some indecent exposure – and getting caught in a thunderstorm that made me sweat – we went to Dumbo and got some food from the Time Out Market.
That’s when everything turned around.
We joined a group of Brooklyn hangouts sheltering from the rain and I discovered that, although my belly was rolling – along with everything else – on display, the little top was starting to get attention. consistent, earning me many compliments from tourists, New Yorkers and food workers alike.
“Your shirt is so cute,” one girl suggested.
“I love your tattoo,” another excitedly shouted as she prepared the food. “I want to get one like it!”
Forget men – I can always count on women to boost my confidence, make me feel like a supermodel despite my goofy bangs and drenched jeans.
Finally, I can say that just wearing a wrap there is pretty nice during a heatwave. However, I am convinced by celebrities sticking their shirts to their chests. There’s no way they can go all day without a wardrobe malfunction – I’ll know.
And despite a few mishaps in my film and some unwanted male attention, I thought I’d keep the shirt. Maybe I’ll find a more appropriate place to wear it – like the beach, or a soirée by the pool.
Until then, I’m ordering some fashion tape, guard.
To try the bold trend on the cheap, check out $16.99 top pack from Amazon:
Or this, for $9.99 to $15.99, depending on color and size.
To make your own, here’s how to tie a head scarf:
Hold silk scarf out back horizontally so that it stretches across your back. Loop your sides forward, crossing in the center of your chest and covering your cleavage. Tie the back of your neck and adjust the front as needed. Fashionable bandages are recommended for coverage and security! (Hollywood Fashion Secrets makes ice great)
https://nypost.com/2021/07/21/i-wore-a-celeb-approved-scarf-top-survived-the-catcalls/ | I wore a celeb-approved scarf top — & survived the catcalls