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Trend Alert: Put a Bow on It!

Have you noticed the recent fixation that nearly every single celebrity on a recent red carpet is flaunting? It’s an unassuming ’80s accent we grew up with, one ingrained into our daily dressing routine. It’s the embellishment that brings us way back to simpler times and happy memories.

Yes, we are talking about bows in every shape and size.

What gathered momentum at this year’s Golden Globes—thanks to Emilia Clarke’s Miu Miu dress and Dove Cameron’s Monique Lhuillier gown—soon ignited into a full-blown fashion trend confirmed at last week’s Oscars.

Cases in point: Nicole Kidman stunned us all in an Armani Privé gown featuring a huge romantic bow at the waist; Saoirse Ronan stole our hearts in a millenial pink Calvin Klein dress with an exaggerated bow in the back; Emma Stone flawlessly navigated masculinity and femininity in a custom bowed Louis Vuitton tuxedo; and Kelly Ripa delighted us in a Christian Siriano gown sporting a surprise hot pink, bright green, and navy blue bow viewable from the back.

If you’re not keen on dresses with bows (I don’t know many people over the age of nine who are), fret not. Frocks aren’t the only canvas for bows to decorate this season.

Celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway explains, “Ribbons and bows are making a comeback because they’re such an easy way of updating your ponytail.” Completing our hairstyle in under 60 seconds and avoiding damaging heat tools? Sign us up!

Stars including Christina Hendricks, Emily Ratajkowski, Millie Bobby Brown, Margot Robbie, Julianne Hough, and Mandy Moore have been photographed trying out the bow trend for themselves by incorporating the modern accessory at the end of a messy braid, or tucked just below a high bun. 

Now, our question is: How will you create your own bow-tiful moment? (We couldn’t resist!)


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