Writer, Stylist and Fashionista Nikki Oji shows us how to style her Helen Ruth Accessories for perfect Summer style. Words and pictures are copyright of Nikki Oji Wears.

Nikki Oji wearing red Blood Moon wool scarf, styled as a Summer head scarf with drop earrings and red lipstick

”If you’ve been cutting back on buying clothes during lockdown, or for sustainability reasons, accessories are the quick and easy route to a style refresh!”

First up, Nikki chose our Blood Moon scarf, showing us that wool doesn’t have to mean Winter!

The Head Wrap

” In summer, our hair can be at risk from the sun’s drying rays. So whether you’re concerned about the condition of your locks, or you’re just having a bad hair day (we all have them!), consider styling a square scarf or foulard as a head wrap. Could there be anything more glamorous? I first tried this on my honeymoon, poolside at the Gansevoort Meatpacking in lower Manhattan. Compliments were abundant and I felt like a movie star from old Hollywood! Ahhh those were the days! ”

” This Helen Ruth scarf is 100% fine wool twill, with a hand frayed edging, which feels super soft and light to wear. It is enormous! So, once we’re taking off on our travels again, this scarf will be an essential companion for staying cosy on board a flight and for those cooler nights beneath the stars… Meanwhile, I’ll wrap myself in it in the garden and enjoy an Aperol Spritz, or two! ”

I LOVE this look – so glamorous and a totally new take on how to wear my oversized scarves. This would work equally well in a large silk scarf such as the ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing‘ or ‘Two Sisters

The Pocket Square

A silk pocket square is a really fun way to add a splash of colour to a smart tailored look. I love a hint of androgynous styling, mixing masculine and feminine clothing together. Nikki chose our Moonlight mini scarf – two currently available in our web shop!

” Although summer isn’t usually a time for tailoring, with enforced staycationing this year and our unpredictable climate, a blazer is never far away! So I’m borrowing from the boys with this exquisitely designed, 100% silk pocket square, which is hand drawn, printed and hand finished in Scotland by Helen Ruth. ”

The Wristlet

” Despite its size, the pocket square can brighten up many a look, in a variety of ways. I’ve tied it to my wrist, below, rock-chick style – one to remember once music festivals get back underway! ”

The Pony Tail

” Tying a pocket square to a high ponytail adds a preppy note to summer hair, and a splash of colour on those duller days. ”

The Face Covering

”If someone had told me I’d be featuring a face mask on an accessories edit 6 months ago, I’d have laughed and thought them unhinged! Such are the life-changing times we’re living in now.

Given that face coverings are our new normal, it’d be nice to have something pretty to wear… so here are a few of my favourites by Helen Ruth. ”

The Hair Band

”This one’s a no-brainer! Perfect for keeping hair off your face when sunbathing (SAFELY), or for applying make up and skincare. This pretty, silk, printed hairband is handmade with love in Scotland, by Helen Ruth. ”

Our silk hair bands have been a massive success as lockdown hair becomes a serious issue! Thanks for all your hair band purchases. Still a few in stock, and I’ll be getting more back in soon so keep an eye on social media for updates on this.

Hope you enjoyed these styling tips from Nikki Oji, has it inspired you to get experimenting with your silk squares? I’d love to hear your styling tips and see your scarf selfies! Tag me on Facebook and Instagram so I can see how you’ve been wearing your Helen Ruth accessories.