First we tackled sequins, and now it's all about bows. While bows are traditionally known to be dainty, we set out to find pieces that teeter the line between ladylike and cool. We found everything from adorable bow-print corduroys to sweet rain boots, and even a tough bow necklace (yes, it's possible), for you to add a whimsical touch to your look right way. With the holidays fast approaching, step inside to shop 13 bow-tiful pieces that are anything but expected.
Bows are no longer just for the frill-seekers. The Spring 2012 runways — namely Miu Miu, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf, and Carven — have proven that these sweetly twisted knots are the perfect flirty accent for any serious style-setter. To this point, it's less about the overtly girlie Little Bo Peep fluff and more about the subtle ways in which we can show off a romantic detail without going overboard. From bow-infused clutches to silky tie-front blouses, it's easy to incorporate this ladylike offshoot into your day-to-day wardrobe. Whether you find inspiration straight from the catwalk or look to celebs like Emily Blunt, seen in cool Gianvito Rossi bow-tie pumps, and Sarah Jessica Parker, who recently wore a Spring '02 Louis Vuitton frock cinched with a bow sash, there's certainly a happy styling medium for the bow-inclined. To get you started, click through to see our editors' picks — and shop your favorite iterations now.
French film actress Brigitte Bardot earned the term sex kitten with her series of playful, sexy movies. With her trademark pout and bedroom eyes, Brigitte inspires the first installment of our Valentine's Day Lingerie Guide. To get a little dose of sex kitten in your boudoir, look for details like lace, bows, ribbons, hearts, and silhouettes that aren't aggressively sexy or too sophisticated. Click through our picks for some irresistibly flirtatious pieces, and resist the urge to purrrrr.
>> Holiday spirit comes in all forms, but it certainly doesn't mean you have to dress like an elf to get the holiday mood going. Our subtle festive picks — spanning from a chic pair of navy bow-embellished pants from Marc by Marc Jacobs to a red plaid tartan top from J.Crew – are ideal for day wear and beyond. Peruse the slideshow for more nuanced holiday dressing ideas.
A pretty bow can instantly make any girl feel like a lady. It's a quick and easy way to dress up your look and add a bit of extra charm, and this outfit from Fab reader The Frugalista Diaries is a perfect example of how to take a bow. She tucked a floppy bow-tied blouse into a black skirt, added argyle-print tights and Mary Janes, and even slipped her hair in a cute topknot. I am loving her classic and feminine look — also an ideal office-to-evening ensemble.
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Have you guys seen Real Housewives of New Jersey? Well I am beyond obsessed with the way Teresa dresses her girls. I remember her saying on the show that "she raises divas not tom boys" and boy she wasn't kidding. I love all those cute big bows and headbands she buys her daughters, which is why I've been looking all over for cute big bows like this for my own daughter. I have yet to find an actual baby store that sell these big bows, but I have found a couple websites that sell them. Of course some are pricier than others, but for the most part they are pretty cheap compared to many others out there.
Here are some of the websites that I've liked the most:
I can't wait to receive my daughter's bows! She's been a diva-in-training since birth!
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli's couture dreams for Valentino came to life through details. Sweet details. Like delicate bows, babydoll cuts, paper-thin lace, soft ruffles, cage frocks, dusty feathers, and larger-than-life rosettes. It was a collection designed for the hyper feminine girl who has nothing but chic, chic, chic on her mind. At times long dresses resemble airy nightgowns, drop-waists bring a fresh feel to red carpet dressing, and sheer details are borderline sexy. While the details and silhouettes are complicated, the color palette is anything but. Three bright red dresses walked down the catwalk, while the remaining pieces were black, off-white, and blush. Will future red carpets reveal a sweeter side? If Valentino couture has anything to do with it, then yes!
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It you like it, put a bow on it! Jessica Alba popped quite a few headbands on her daughter, Honor, and Michelle Duggar often opts for floral bonnets for her babes, but everyone loves a bow! From the time a girl has enough strands of hair to gather in a clip, moms start their ribbon collections. We asked Amanda McNamara, the owner of Etsy shop A and J Accessories, to share some bow tips. She said:
1. Don't worry about being too matchy-matchy or having the perfect shade of pink to match your daughter's dress. Mix it up — pair stripes with polka dots, mix a green bow with a pink dress and let your creativity fly.
2. Bigger is better! Unless your daughter's hair is close to non-existent (like my daughter's was until she was almost 2), throw a big old bow in her hair! You are only young once so you may as well live it up!
3. Bows are an inexpensive way to spice things up so don't be afraid to try lots of them. I hate to admit it, but my daughter had almost a different bow for every outfit even before I got into the business of making them!
4. Kids are like celebrities these days . . . they are constantly followed by paparazzi! So when she's in her ketchup-covered play clothes, a bow or headband is the finishing touch to make sure she always looks adorable.
5. And finally on a more practical note, if your daughter hates hair bows and is constantly pulling them out, try a headband or vice versa. Kids are finicky and you never know what they are going to like.
If you think bows are just for little girls, think again. As a ribbon addict, I'm always looking for ways to use grosgrain, silk, or printed ties to add some spice to my home without making it look like Holly Hobby took me hostage. Leave it to the Etsy artists to color me a world of flowing ribbons. Come check out my favorite bowtastic items for this week's edition of Etsy Finds!
Michelle Monaghan found a remarkable way to turn up the heat on the red carpet at the Prince of Persia premiere in LA. Look closely, and peep the bow surprise on her Andrew Gn dress. We've seen a lot of bows in our lifetime, but the unexpected placement on her thigh is a genius way to update a tried and true classic. We like this trend so much, we're also trying it out on tops, shorts, and even rompers. What a bow-tiful surprise!