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The ultra-feminine, ladylike trend is still flowing all across the board in the fashion world. This look has been going strong since early spring, and will probably take us right into the holidays. One of the biggest ladylike influences in footwear just happens to also be on my list of favorites: the use of bow accents.
Nothing says all-girl like a pretty bow. I have always been a big fan of bows, but there is one hiccup to this pretty embellishment. The tricky part is that once you get past a certain age and you want to wear any type of bow, you have to be careful about being too cute. Yes that can be dangerous, one thing you can do is to take note of where you put them, when you wear them and it definitely doesn’t hurt to avoid wearing too many bows at the same time.
This year, there is something for everyone; although it’s decorative, this embellishment can go casual or dressed up. The styles are varied because of the size and shape, and bows are not just being used on shoes, they are also showing up on boots – yes, boots. I know the idea of bows anywhere sounds juvenile and cutesy, and it definitely can be if you’re not careful, but most of what I am seeing for fall 2012 is all grown-up, and some of these styles are downright sexy, sophisticated, and very chic.
What is coming down the runway is not the grosgrain ribbon, velvet, or patent bows that are often worn by the preppy set. You can still find those options if that is your style, but the choices are endless and run from fun and funky to high fashion. If you’re not into bows on your toes, you can still add this trend to your shoe collection. Bows in leather, rhinestone, and other high-end textiles are being placed in various locations, like on the straps, in the back, and along the sides of shoes and boots.
You might be tempted to buy shoe clips or go the DIY route and that’s cool, but if your budget allows, you should definitely consider this trend; some of these styles are so intricate, they might be hard to mimic. Even you gals who are not typically fans of bows just might surprise yourself after checking out some of these styles.