Girly bows are everywhere nowadays because they are feminine and all-age appropriate. For example, in the ad that inspired this post, a lady wore a blazer with a huge, silver bow chocker. Her look stunned me. Until this moment, I never realized how a huge, bold bow tie necklace could make such a fashion statement. I guess the best gifts do come wrapped and with a bow.
Just like tying a ribbon to a holiday gift spices up the gift, tying a ribbon to ourselves spices up our outfits. This is especially true if worn with your winter bulkier clothes, because a ribbon can establish that important waist line. I found a stretch bow belt that looks great if worn over a plain old jacket or over a simple dress. I love the belt's stretchy part. It's black and glossy, and the patent look would provide additional spunk if worn over a fur vest. But, best of all, I like the mixed textures. The actual bow polishes off the patent look nicely. This belt exudes sophistication and you never go wrong when you exude sophistication.
→ Buy the White House Black Market Stretch Bow Belt, $48.00, at whitehouseblackmarket.com.
Although this next item isn't quite as sophisticated, it exudes flirtation and highlights your creativity. Betsey Johnson's mesh bow ribbon choker is hot! This chocker fuses this season's essential forms together from mesh, to chains, to bow ties. You can wear this necklace with any collared shirt, and show off all the bling a women needs. Liven up any boring top with this choker. If you ever get sick of this necklace, you can always sew it onto an old v-neck shirt for a designer look.
→ Buy the Betsey Johnson Mesh Bow Ribbon Choker, $75.00, at betseyjohnson.com
Next, strut around in some black widow shoes. These are edgy and flattering, but girly enough to prevent you from stepping too close to the dark side. These shoes will remind you that we all wore little bow tie shoes when we were five, and they should remind you that we are no longer that innocent. Peep toe + bow tie + black = spectacular. Paint your toes with a deep brown hue and you've got yourself a knockout look. Ladies, step back and let the heel in.
→ Buy the Giuseppe Zanotti Double Platform Bow Pump, $750.00, at neimanmarcus.com.
Finally, I would like to transition away from fashionable bow ties for a moment. Has anyone seen Martha Stewart's bow tie wine stoppers? These are too cool to pass up. I am planning to give these as gifts, and I already ordered some for my own mini holiday get together. Synergy between fashion and food does exist.
→ Buy the Martha Stewart Home Bow Bottle Stoppers, $40.00, at macys.com.
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.