Who Spiked the Sock Bun?

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20121023-213720.jpgI think this was my favorite look of the week. I actually wore it on Tuesday, but I wanted to save the best for last. This outfit was awesome for 3 reasons:

1.  I wore my new spiked necklace I found on clearance at Target for like $7. Score! Like most shopaholics, wearing something new just makes me happy.

2.  I wore my striped peplum jacket, which I got a few months ago and have worn before (see here and here). Even though it’s not new, I got at Zara in Chicago, so wearing it makes me think of how fun that trip was.

3.  I finally rocked a sock bun in true fashionista fashion. Is fashionista fashion redundant? Probably. Anyhoodle, I’ve admired this cute little up-do on some of my favorite bloggers – like Kendi and Kimberly – and I like how it makes a typical bun look more large and in charge. Because that’s obviously what buns have been missing all these years. I made a couple of attempts that failed miserably. In searching for tutorials, I found two different “techniques,” if you can call them that.

One is where you put your sock donut at the end of your ponytail and just magically roll it down into a bun. Apparently it can be done, because that’s what happens in this video, which doesn’t seem to have any special effects. But I tried it and…didn’t happen. According to my trusty hair stylist, it’s probably because my hair has a lot of layers and/or is too straight. Fail.

The other way (and now I can’t remember where I got the link) is to put the sock donut around the base of your ponytail (over the elastic) and just spread the hair out and over the sock, securing it with another elastic and pinning the ends. Well, since my hair is actually pretty long now, the “ends” were several inches long and I couldn’t get them all neatly wrapped around the bun. Double fail.

“But wait,” I said to myself, “why does my sock bun have to look perfect like everyone else’s?” And I responded to myself, “Self, you are so right. You always are.” Then me, myself, and I went on to discuss how we had worn countless perfect ballerina buns in our many years of dance classes and we needn’t try to replicate them now that we’re grown-ups.

So in the end, I went with the second sock bun method, and I pinned random end pieces but didn’t worry about little bits sticking out. That’s me, throwing caution to the wind, as always. But I like it 🙂

Jacket: Zara

Tee: Target

Necklace: Target (I’m also a fan of this gold one and this colorful one)

Pants: Jag Jeans

Shoes: Bakers, old (similar but expensive version here, cheaper version here)

10 thoughts on “Who Spiked the Sock Bun?

  1. I love the sections out. It looks like you ran around doing fabulous things all day! I actually use a foam bun form, you can get them at Sally’ beauty supply. My long straight layered hair was doing the same thing-not staying on the sock as I tried to roll it down. With the bun form I spray it lightly with hairspray and then my hair sticks to it and I roll and spray as needed. Hope it helps! Also, they come in whatever hair color you want so you don’t notice if it shows through a bit.

  2. I love that your sock bun is now “large and in charge”. Awesome – you make me giggle. Also – love that outfit, that peplum jacket is great – I’m keeping my eyes peeled for something like that up here north of the border. Tea.

  3. Love the spikes, stripes and especially the bun. I’ve been tempted to try this but have been intimidated by my shortish hair and the fact that I’m all thumbs when it comes to hairstyling. This may be just the inspiration I need! HAPPY FRIDAY 🙂

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