Looking to add a touch of femininity to your outfit? Meet your new go-to accessory: the bow! Once reserved for children’s wardrobes and formal dresses, the bow is quickly making its way into modern street fashion. In other words, the bow is back and bigger than ever. For a while bows have appeared on hair pieces and as adornments to our purses, but this Fashionista takes the trend to the next level by sporting an oversized bow as a belt!
An elegant way to polish up a commonplace outfit for class, this Fashionista chooses to pair a classic white fitted T-shirt and a simple pair of strappy sandals with a pair of bow-clad linen shorts. While this outfit is fitting for the accessory on sunny, warm days, the bow can easily and effortlessly make the transition from summer to fall. Wear this look now, as is; later on layer with oversized sweaters, thick tights and boots. You can also think about wearing these flirty shorts for a night out by completing the outfit with sheer stockings and a statement necklace.
This Fashionista rocks a pair of shorts that already have a bow attached, but those go-to shorts you already own can easily become a part of this trend. So, the next time you slip them on, pull a thin scarf (chiffon and cotton-spandex blends work best!) through the belt loops and tie it in a bow! For inspiration check out the sash by American Apparel.
Get even more creative by experimenting with different pattern and color combinations to create endless possibilities. For example, a polka-dot belt paired with floral shorts is fun and quirky, while rich navy blue and oxblood mixed with plaid instantly becomes that quintessential, ionic collegiate look for fall. When all else fails, combine one solid hue with another. Trends may come and go but color-blocking is always in style.
Spotted: Having a rightful place of their own on the runway since fashion shows began, bows made their presence known in the modern era during spring/summer 2009. That season, houses such as Chanel, Moschino and Marchesa, each with their own unique twist on the trend, displayed stunning garments adorned with oversized ribbons and bows.