Lately, Sloan has been all about a hair accessory—whether a velvet headband or luxe bow—which actually makes things easier on me. She could be wearing anything (incidentally, she's also been very into dressing herself), yet still look pulled-together for school. And the same is true at any age: A luxe simple bow (recently, I've been drawn to velvet) has the ability to make an outfit effortlessly chic, if done right.
While I wore an oversized black bow here for a date night look, velvet bows are especially impactful when worn with a casual outfit, like jeans and a t-shirt. In scrolling through hundreds of inspiration images, I found a few universal rules for wearing a bow:
1. Let the bow speak for itself—pair it with neutrals and other understated pieces.
2. Contrast is everything. Adding an edgy (vintage tee, combat boots, leather jacket) or masculine (blazer) element can balance-out the femininity of the bow.
3. The more structured the bow, the younger it looks. The key is to go with a loose bow tie, and avoid juvenile or cutesy prints in your outfit.
4. Opt for a casual hairstyle. You can easily look "overdone" with a bow. The easiest way to avoid this, is to opt for an otherwise thrown-together hair style that isn't too coiffed. A low ponytail is generally a safe bet.
Here are a few of my favorite looks right now:
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