Maybe it’s just me, but I happen to think that you can throw a black bow on pretty much any article of clothing and it will look instantly elevated. From tops and sweaters to casual dresses and evening gowns, there’s something about the little—or big, depending on the case—detail that just feels fancy. That’s why I was quite pleased this past February when I noticed countless bows in velvet, satin, and grosgrain going down the runways of so many of our favorite brands and on a range of pieces. A memory I recently revisited while doing another deep dive into F/W 20 trends last month.
What’s especially great about this one in particular, however, is that while it does look and certainly can be expensive, it can also cost you as little as $3, as long as you’re not opposed to an easy DIY. All you need to do is buy the ribbon or pre-tied bows—Amazon is a gold mine of them—and sew or simply pin them to any piece you already own. Voila! An instant upgrade awaits. To see the best runway moments featuring the trend and shop ribbons, bows, and clothing that already features them along the way, just keep scrolling.
Offray Lion Ribbon 1 1/2in ($3)
Your dream dress is just a $3 DIY away.
Saint Laurent One-Sleeve Bow-Embellished Lace Mini Dress ($3590)
Ciao Lucia Ilaria Top Ivory Dupioni Exclusive ($325)
This top has seriously stolen my heart.
Emilyrose Couture Small Velvet Hair Bow ($12)
You can repurpose this hair bow to use on anything.
Topshop Black and White Tie Dress by Topshop Boutique ($170)
Such a chic fall dress.
Lug Von Siga Gloria Pussy-Bow Crochet-Trimmed Printed Crepe Maxi Dress ($535)
I love the drama of this extra-long bow.
Mango Contrast Detail Dress - Women | Mango Usa ($60)
A black bow on a white dress will always look chic.
Zara Knit Sweater With Ruffles ($46)
Of course Zara is on board.
Wee Ones Mini Grosgrain Hair Bow on No Slip Clip ($10)
Tack this onto a coat for a fancy upgrade.
Simone Rocha Bow-Detailed Stretch-Jersey Sweater ($550)
This sweater is high up on my fall wish list.
Staud Setter Dress ($86)
For $86 I might just have to buy this and figure out where to wear it later.
H&M Tie-Collar Blouse ($35)
This feels more like a wardrobe staple than a trend piece.
Sea Pippy Bow-Embellished Wool Sweater ($385)
Who else got instantly excited for fall upon seeing this?
Use this to fashion your own bows to pin onto clothing or as a belt with a bow tie.
Marianna Senchina Velvet Blouse in White & Black Polka Dot ($455)
The only thing chicer than bows are bows with crystals.
Lovers + Friends Layton Top in Black ($148)
How to take the trend into night-out territory.
Motique Accessories Store Jumbo Bow Clip With Tails ($8)
Two of these would look perfect pinned to the straps of a simple dress.
Self-Portrait Shirred Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress ($390)
Who doesn't love a statement-making back moment?
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