Starting off first as a decorative hair piece, the bow has since moved through the fashion world and cemented its place as the dominant accessory trend of the year. Adorning apparel, shoes, carriers and just about everything else, the dainty symbol will add effortless charm to your ensembles. Beyond the coquette aesthetic that it is commonly associated with, here are four different ways to incorporate the bow into your wardrobe.

Feminine Charm

Reminiscent of girlhood, the simplicity of the bow evokes images of innocence. It lends itself well to classic feminine silhouettes in soft hues, adding a visually interesting detail to ballet flats and strappy sandals. This pink satin iteration features dainty ribbon ties on the vamps and ruched folds for a pointe shoe-inspired silhouette that is timelessly charming.

Grungey Twist

Translating the traditionally feminine bow to other aesthetics, the introduction of grunge elements gives the bow a modern appeal. Darker finishes make the bow understated and versatile enough for everyday wear, as seen on the vampy maroon iteration of the Margot patent crossover-strap ballerinas. Crossover straps give the ribbon ties a more striking look, so these flats will be an eye-catching element in edgy ensembles.

Glam Up

Bows should not be reserved for dainty, feminine looks — they can also be worn as a stylish adornment on glamorous occasions. Look for details that enhance the visibility of the bow — these leather slingback pumps feature double bows set with sparkling crystal embellishments. To make a statement, oversized bows will grab attention, especially when you sport them front and centre on a carrier.

Keep It Simple

Sometimes, the charm of the bow is best expressed in a subtle way. Muted colourways highlight its sleekness — these Mary Jane flats feature bows atop black toe-caps as a classy, elegant detail. They will peek out from under your more voluminous bottoms as a distinctive finishing touch. To adapt the typically dressy bow for casual days, look for a relaxed shape — the side-bows on the Odella curved hobo bag and Genoa bow-tie knitted bag are a wearable take on this trending detail.

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