Summer Trends. Take a Bow!

August 7, 2009 • Fashion


For me, there's nothing as gratifying as getting all dressed up to go out. It is a definitively girly experience made that much more enjoyable when I can get my hands on that sacchariferous symbol of sugar-coated sweetness—the bow. All that buildup was just a fancy way of saying that bows have built a reputation for themselves over the years as an icon for the feminine, the innocent, perhaps even the demure. But today's revamped versions provide a much wider range of attitudes one can adopt when bearing the bow. Modern designers have taken this classic shape and reworked the foundation behind its simple design—off-center styles (on the front or sides of tops), voluminous proportions, and artful interpretations have stepped off the latest runways and onto the racks to my delight.

I particularly appreciate the bubblegum pink bows that adorn pieces by one of the labels responsible for making girly cool again. But if pretty in pink isn't your thing, mini versions in neutrals can be tucked onto heels or hairclips for a subtle, yet elegant nod to the trend. If you prefer to mix tender with tough, a dainty bag gets a dose of rocker chick chic when paired with metal studs and a chain strap. And of course, if you feel like it ain't broke and prefer the timeless Jackie O. take, then make the homage complete with a signature pop of color to complement the pretty pout. Whatever image fits you best, a bow can be the perfect final touch to your pretty little package!

Shopping Guide:

1.  Betsey Johnson Evening Little Darlin Corset Tiered Dress,  $357

2.  Moschino Cheap & Chic Bow Pump,  $213.92

3.  Yves Saint Laurent Black Leather Bow Large Bowler Bag,  $1,436

4.  Foley + Corinna Bow Dress,  $297

5.  Milly Knee Length Skirt,  $79

6.  Felix Rey Grey Leather ‘Jean’ Studded Bow Convertible Bag,  $336

7.  Thakoon Strapless Bow Dress,  $1,950

8.   Chanel Gold Twill Camellia Bow Hair Clip,  $280

9.  Lela Rose Bow Front Tank,  $208.50

10.  Robert Rodriguez Necklace Top,  $286

11.  Marc by Marc Jacobs Bow Peep Toe Pumps on Flute Heel,  $595

-Alia Rajput

Image Layout: Kyhra Cooper

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