Most of my friends and family know I’m not a big fan of anything with bows... but they’re everywhere! So, I had to start concentrating on what I like about this trend, instead of my fear of its overly girly look. When I dug deeper into my psyche I realized it wasn’t necessarily the bow on a dress I hated, but the association I had in my head with my childhood puffy and itchy bow dresses my mom made me wear to functions, despite my tantrums. These dresses were so uncomfortable that my hatred of bows has lingered for twenty years. Now that I got that off my chest, I want to reveal to all of you that I have talked myself out of this bow-hate and want to share some of my new found love of this whimsical and flirty style trend.
Eliza J Ruffle Wrap Dress
Available at: nordstrom.com
Nordstrom really has a great selection of dresses with a perfect placement of the bow, but I also found some fun accessories that incorporate the bow and are easy to wear for a starter girl like me.
My first pick is a gorgeous blue Eliza J. Ruffle Wrap Dress. I love the color and the wrap styling of this dress. Wrap dresses always make a woman’s body look so sexy and flirty, and this dress perfectly flows around most female problem areas. The ruffles frame the neck and cascade all the way down, and the bow adorns the waistline beautifully.
Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Dress
Available at: nordstrom.com
My next choice is a Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Organza & Taffeta dress-- one of my favorites. This looks like something you would see worn in the show Mad Men, which I love! This is a faux two-piece dress, and it’s just stunning. The skirt has a big bow at the front of the waist, but it doesn’t look overbearing because of the way it’s structured. This dress is feminine and perfect for a classy event. I would definitely wear some killer pointy heels with this outfit and some great bright red lipstick.
Continuing my bow extravaganza, I chose some sizzling Sheer Bow Back Tights from Bebe, which feature a bow-tie pattern imprint on the back of the calf. I love these tights! I think they are very sexy and can be worn with almost anything to give the outfit an edge.
If you need to spice up a look with something, but still aren’t convinced bows are for you, try the Rhinestone Bow Brooch from Bebe. It is a cute, blinged out accessory that can be added to the corner of a shawl or cardigan. This brooch is adorable and can be used in many creative ways without taking over your entire look.
Rhinestone Bow Brooch
Available at: bebe.com
As long as your not rolling out with a big bow on the side of you head, I’m starting to like the trend. But, if you start wearing bow earrings, a dress with a bow, and a bow brooch with your shawl at the same time, it might be time for you to invest in some dolls and dress them up with overwhelming bows. Keep it realistic for the sake of all the bystanders.
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.