Worn by both Fashionistos and Fashionistas, bows are making their presence felt this summer season. Adorned in an endless sea of bowties, fratdaddies all over the U.S. have already expressed their approval of the gender-neutral accessory. While I’m sure most of us can admit to obsessing over beaus in bows (cue Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby), the trend proves even more versatile when taken on by the female gender. With a multitude of varieties ranging from Lady Gaga inspired hair bows and oversized clip-ins to the continuous summer essential of bow-garnished jellies, the possibilities are infinite.
While fluctuating Floridian summer patterns unquestionably call for thin, airy fabrics (an umbrella is always a good idea too), campus roamers should stray from bland, unembellished pieces. This Fashionista schools us in summer-appropriate pieces, while showcasing her southern sorority spirit.
Adding a feminine touch to her summer-ready outfit, this Fashionista opted for a bow-adorned blouse in a dainty, blush color. An easy transition from the spring to summer season, pastels and subtle hues are undoubtedly of the moment, and clearly complement this Fashionista’s bow details to help express her sweet and southern style without looking over-the-top girly… Although alarmingly large hair bows commonly turn heads on UF’s sorority row. This trend is usually paired with none other than frat tanks and Nike shorts and the extreme trend, which too-often crosses the line between cute and ex-cheerleader, should probably be retired after high school.
Continuing the soft, feminine feel of her outfit, this Fashionista paired her bow-embellished tank with delicate white lace bottoms. Accentuating her delicate short-shorts (an absolute must for scorching Florida summers), the large bow simultaneously dresses up the lace material, allowing the outfit to easily transform into a girls’ night-ready ensemble. Try a crop top version of the bow blouse for a night out!
Complementing the blouse’s versatile feature, this Fashionista layered a J.Crew inspired bubble necklace atop the tank’s high neckline. Pulling her hair back, the clever Fashionista brings focus to the bow and statement necklace layers. While attention is brought to the tank, the different texture of the white lace shorts introduce balance and create depth and intricacy to the bottom half of the outfit.
Forever serving its purpose as the ultimate girly accessory, the bow trend is here to stay. With a variety of ways to sport bows, both Fashionistas and Fashionistos have the freedom to utilize the trend to their advantage, portraying an array of different styles and distinct personalities.