Wearing a waist sash is a way to add flair to an outfit, to perk up a little black dress or to create a unified colour scheme for mismatched bridesmaid dresses. Tying the sash in the style of a kimono's obi sash gives an outfit an understated, but still feminine touch without adding the bulk of a large bow. For the best result, use a lukewarm iron to press wrinkles out of the sash before you wrap and tie it.
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Fold the sash in half the long way if it is too wide for your taste. Skip this step if you like the sash's width.
Place the sash's centre across your stomach and pull the ends around your waist.
Cross the sash in the back, without twisting it to add bulk.
Bring the ends back around to the front.
Cross the ends, tucking one end behind the other and pulling the ends tight. One end will be pointing upward out of the top of the knot, while the other end points downward.
Fold the top end down and wrap it around the lower end. Do not twist either end and do not tighten the knot yet.
Bring the top end back around to the front of the lower end. Tuck the top end under the knot to form a loop.
Tighten the loop and use your fingertips to smooth the sash's knot into shape.
Tips and warnings
- If you prefer the more tradition obi tie with the knot in the back, start with the sash's flat centre in the centre of your back.
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