Tweed mayor reveals his fashion statement of choice...
TWEED Mayor Barry Longland gets a touch sad at the end of winter each year.
He loves the cooler months in Tweed and even more so, the many scarfs he wears religiously.
The collection mainly consists of scarfs of similar material. Hand knitted wool of different colours and sizes are the key to a good cupboard of scarfs, according to the mayor.
With a large range of scarfs at his disposal, you might think it hard to choose a favourite, but not for Cr Longland, his can be seen hanging from his neck on the day the Daily News caught him on the beach in Kingscliff.
"My favourite is the Gazman. I have a nostalgic connection to that one, it is my formal scarf and my favourite for sure," he said.
Cr Longland never lets the weather dominate his choice of scarf, rather letting the outfit on any particular day choose the scarf.
"The scarf fashion for that day depends on the event or occasion and the outfit, my passion for fashion definitely helps in my choice," Cr Longland said.
"Scarfs are not just a simple device to keep the neck area warm, rather a fashion statement of sorts."
Cr Longland does not go in for other trends such as the skinny jean craze; he does like a good beanie in the privacy of his lounge room.
"I would love to see the hat make a comeback in the fashion stakes and of course it is a very sun smart option," Cr Longland said.
Don Dunstan, the former South Australian premier, once wore a pair of pink shorts into parliament. Cr Longland says he would not go for any such stunts in the council chambers.
"I wouldn't go for anything like Dunstan and the pink shorts, I hold back on wearing slogan T shirts even at election time," Cr Longland remarked.