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Seasonal Trends

Spring 2016 Trend #5: Take a Bow

big bows runway

Gucci, Chloe, Lanvin


Ahh, finally. The first spring trend that is applicable to a normal lifestyle. The dramatic looks shown on the runway took volume to the extreme, but bows are back no matter the size. Think shoulder ties, pussy bows, bow appliques, and tie-waists. As much as we love Gucci’s giant tulle bows, we think we owe you some solid but on-trend spring work looks too. Dying for more runway shots? Check out Vogue’s rundown on the bow’s presence at the spring shows.


If you’re planning on getting one update to your work wardrobe for spring, it should be a pussy-bow blouse. Look for a version with a contrast tie, like this example from Ted Baker, for a bold yet sophisticated look that creates a fresh take on the colorblocked outfit.


bow blouse outfit

Ted Baker Bow Tie Crepe Top, $165

Roland Mouret Arreton Wool-Crepe Pencil Skirt, $875

3.1 Phillip Lim Soleil Small Textured Bucket Bag, $950

Rosantica Calle Gold-Tone Beaded Earrings, $165

Salvatore Ferragamo Mimmi Slingback Pump, $650



This dress by J.Crew nails the bow-applique look. Top it with a blazer for work, then wear it with bold jewelry for drinks afterwards. The Judith Leiber clutch may take the trend a step too far, but that’s what we love about it. Matching strawberry earrings, anyone?

dress outfit

Chloe Crepe Blazer, $2,650

J.Crew Presentation Dress, $138

Marc Jacobs Fruit Stud Earrings, $50

Judith Leiber Couture Crystal Bow Clutch, $5,995

Tory Burch Cecile Ankle Strap Sandal, $275



For more beautiful bows, shop the items below.



Happy Shopping!

lani and kyle


Lani Inlander is a personal stylist, working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day. You can find her in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and New York areas.

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