Tomorrow is May 25th; the 36th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi being released in theatres! In honour of that and because I’m desperately wishing that I could be at Star Wars Weekends in Walt Disney World, it’s a Star Wars post.
Summer is coming and if you have long hair like me, that means you might be looking for a more creative way than a ponytail or messy bun to get it all up and off your shoulders. Who better to turn to for ideas than Leia Organa and Padme Amidala? While their hairdos are intended for people with far more hair than most of us, they serve as great starting points and inspiration. Today, we’re going to use Princess Leia’s hairstyle from Return of the Jedi as a decently quick yet pretty way to put your hair up.
Step 1: Brush your hair out. I prefer to do this while my hair is wet but it’s your choice. I’m putting a picture here of my hair down to give you an idea of how much hair I’m working with here for this style.
Step 2: Put your hair in a low ponytail and then divide it into three sections. The middle section should be decently thicker than the outer two. How thick you choose to make the outer sections is up to you and depends on how far up on your head you want the braids.
Step 3: Do a basic braid to all three sections and braid as far down as you can.
When you finish, your hair should look something like this.
Step 4: Take the skinny braids and wrap them around your head, adjusting where you place them so that the ends will overlap. Bobby pin and hairspray until you think they are secure.
Step 5: Wrap the fat braid in an oval around the ponytail holder. Tuck the end beneath the rest and bobby pin securely.
And that’s it! You now have a do worthy of Princess Leia! Now get out there and save the Rebellion!
The Pre Fall 2013 Collection from Alexander McQueen was quick to make the internet rounds due in part to the number of intriguing pieces it contained. Where many saw religious and Puritan influences (and okay, we’ll admit that we see them too), much of the collection gave off a very different vibe to others: Star Wars. For the sake of the post, we’re going to pretend that the shoes with the giant square buckles aren’t there. This is aaaaaaall about the dresses.
We’ll start off simple with two looks that definitely give off Princess Leia of Alderaan vibes.
As Queen of Naboo, Amidala wore a number of elaborate outfits that helped establish her visually as the rightful ruler of the planet, despite being only 14, and to also help disguise the fact that a handmaiden had potentially taken her place for her safety. Both of the dresses below definitely waver from the Royal Naboo norm as the colouring of the dress on the left isn’t as typical, and the hemline of the dress of the right is much too high for one of the royal outfits. However, the black and red dress has a very strong feel to it and even reminds me ever so slightly of the battle dress that Decoy Queen Sabe wears. The cut and style of the white/grey dress would make it an appropriate fashion choice for Amidala if she were here on Earth.
In Episode II, we see a shift away from the voluminous regal dresses and a move towards a much more relaxed Padme, with the exception of the Senatorial gowns in the beginning. While we never see Padme (or Leia) in any short dresses, I could potentially see both of these dresses being in these women’s closets. The black dress still has that more structured and appropriate feel to it, while the white one reads as more relaxed.
The following two looks give off very strong Padme vibes circa Episode III, when her wardrobe again reverts towards being more focused on both Senatorial propriety and hiding her pregnancy. To be specific, the first dress reminds me of the Navy Linen Gown.
Oh. And then there’s this. Come on, you didn’t think that I’d look at this collection and not hone in on the Snowbunny look, did you?
Finally, we have two looks that don’t necessarily remind me of any particular characters, but that do still give off that same Star Wars vibe that much of the collection does. It’s unlikely that these would look terribly out of place around the Republic Senate.
You can check out the rest of the collection and see some of the looks that definitely read more Puritan than Galaxy Far Far Away over at Style.
Pictures taken from Style.com.