Make Your Own Dress Using Two Silk Scarves

  • Step 1: Identify two scarves. These ones are under the ownership of Hermes. The Real Real is a good place to find Hermes scarves if you want to replicate exactly.
  • Now, begin to hug your body with the lavish silk. The base outfit doesn't matter but in case you're curious, that tank top is from Nasty Gal and the shorts are R13.
  • ...Still tying
  • And here's where the dress formation really starts. You're going to tie the two scarves together over both of your shoulders (Pro tip: use a mirror because doing this in the public domain is not as simple as it may look)
  • Here is what the knot looks like. Feel free to tie at your leisure
  • Don't forget to smile!
  • NOW, you're going to layer the two scarves on top of each other so that your ass doesn't suddenly try to steal your lead
  • Still layering...
  • Now add a belt -- any belt. Leather, chain, or conveyer.
  • And fasten that fucker
  • I mean really fucking fasten it!
  • Are you listening?
  • Good!
  • Etttttt VOILA: you made a dress! Now accessorize like you are a heart according to a Rod Stewart lyric -- (as in, be free)
  • The perfect SIXTH summer outfit idea!
  • Woah! Did you make that dress?
  • Cool shades by Garrett Leight California Optical (see our California Closet feature on designer Garrett Leight).
  • And look! You can turn it around! THAT'S TWO DRESSES FOR THE PRICE OF NONE
  • Give or take a pair of Charlotte Olympia wedges (on sale from The Outnet)
Leandra Medine | August 11, 2015

Insofar the most cost effective fashion DIY idea we’ve ever had.

To be filed under:

a) One of the simplest DIYs of all time, Chow Chow (Martha Stewart’s dog) could have done it

b) Another great use for the dense collection of silk scarves this website has probably bullied your sock drawer into

Is the do-it-yourself mini dress, which requires exactly zero design skills but a mentality that espouses the virtues of working smarter, not harder.

I fell upon the accidental dress last weekend in Long Island when it occurred to me on Saturday that I packed a lot of silk shit to wear around my neck and in my hair but virtually no real clothing to wear on my person. Yes, I thought about the implications of nudity as a style choice that could snowball into a story, no I did not act upon the idea. What I did do, however, is this.

If you’re thinking to yourself, hold the phone what the fuck is that, I ask you to reconsider your gut and its reaction.

Because all you need are:

1. A pair of silk scarves

2. A belt (and if you listened to our make-your-own-rope-belt suggestion, you already have one of these — self-made and all)

3. Hands that are capable of tying knots

4. The ability to stand akimbo and pose for photos while flailing one of your wrists because everyone will be like, “Where’d you get that great dress?” And you’ll have to be like, “I made it, here’s an autograph.”

If you’re curious about the creation phase, I invite you to click through the above slideshow, which illustrates the process of building the dress — and if you’re naked and wondering what to wear while only in the presence of, say, towels or sarongs or scarves, table cloths, enormous napkins and other large squares of fabric, now you know.

Scarves by Hermès, Sunglasses by Garrett Leight California Optical; photographed by Krista Anna Lewis

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  • Luciana
  • Love it! Such a great idea. Gemma xx
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • now THAT is flipping adorable — a beautiful, silk vacation dress for a fraction of the price!!! now to find 2 scarves that’ll actually cover up my 5’9″ body appropriately 😉
    xo, coco | millennielle.com

  • Charity Dash

    amazing!!!

  • Genius! Now I need to find two scarves 😉

  • Awesome!! I would love to try this, must check if I have any scarves the right size!

  • I don’t know if everyone could pull it off as well as Leandra, cause she’s just naturally cute like that, but a great idea none the less!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

  • Z

    I’ll try it out in my next post too! Thanks fo da tip. 🙂

    http://www.desertislanddressing.com

  • Geniusssss! I’d be so afraid I’ll flash people though.

    http://charmystique.com/

    • Leandra Medine

      you mean EXCITED
      right

  • BK

    This is the most brilliant thing you have ever done

  • starryhye

    Gosh, you’re cute Leandra! Back in the day Hermes scarves came with a tiny little booklet, detailing all the fun ways to tie and wear their scarf. Not sure if this particular style was detailed but I enjoy the creativity, nonetheless! I’m quite sure I’m not so daring as to try and pull this look off. I’ve been actually planning on having my two Hermes scarves matted and framed, because, why the hell not?

  • Hannah Cole

    Now I just need to get myself my Hermes

  • Kathi

    Such a cool idea! Will definitely try it! Already saw it on instagram and went to the blog to see if u posted a diy already :)) Thanks! x
    http://www.mudemag.com

  • Lua Jane

    This reminds me of some Man Repeller articles from your early stages, so it’s great so se post like this now and again. It’s one cool ass dress Hermes dress as a result..and I just figured it rimes.

  • adoringdress

    Creative idea! But the problem is now i don’t even have one scarf, since i abandoned them when summer is coming. Ugh….

    http://www.adoringdress.co.za

  • Emma

    Love it! Where are those sunnies from @LeandraMedine:disqus ?? I love!

  • Laura

    I love the bag! Who’s it by? 🙂

  • DabblingintheRu

    They literally don’t make scarves big enough for me to do this, but it looks lovely on a lean person.

  • I LOOOVE those Scarfs TUTOS! You should work for Hermes ! ;D

    http://Sugarsheet.com

  • Clara

    you are amzing amazing amazing!!!

  • Lisa Lewis

    Going to try it!

  • More DIYs please!

  • Zoi Saz

    Great idea. I love the rings. Where can I find them?

  • Cherryblossomgirl08

    But wait! Where are all these amazing accessories from?