13 Ways to Wear Bows As a Grown-Ass Woman

Cady Lang
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13 Ways to Wear Bows As a Grown-Ass Woman
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Bows have long been a marker of girlhood—a tell-tale declaration of youthful femininity when tied to a pair of pigtails or around the waist of a party dress.

But a run-through of this season’s runways showed that bows aren’t just for little girls anymore. At Balenciaga, Alexander Wang tied his lingerie-inspired pieces with silky bows for a look that was sultry, not simpering, and on the Proenza Schouler runway, strong, structural silhouettes were cinched with large bows that were a minimalistic paradox of an accent.

Outside of the runways, the street-style scene proved that this chic trend is not only here to stay, but wearable as well. From skinny bows tied around Peter Pan collars to flirtatious ankle-tied bow pumps, here are 13 ways to wear a bow as an adult woman.

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Aimee Song rocks Aminah Abdul bow pumps at Paris Fashion Week.

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Harley Viera-Newton's sweet bow-print sweater dress is chic, not cloying.

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A newsboy cap and a large scarf tied into a bow—accessories done right.

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A skinny bow tied at the neck gives this blouse a delicate finish.

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Rockabilly vibes with a teased ponytail and Lucite bow.

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The best way to tie up an outfit? With this simple bow skirt.

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'70s chic at its best in a Chloé bow blouse and wide-leg trousers.

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Anna Dello Russo tempered a pair of hot pants with a demure skinny bow blouse.

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Ulyana Sergeenko's bow-tied sandals were the perfect combination of sultry and girly.

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Alexa Chung's trademark tomboy chic was emphasized by her Peter Pan collared shirt with a black bow at the collar.

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Chiara Ferragni balanced her dramatic cape with a pair of denim shorts and knee socks.

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Zanna Roberts Rassi embraced full-blown feminine style with a ruffled dress, replete with a large bow.

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Bolo tie feels with this skinny bow and embellished jacket combo.

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