Bows Can Be Beautiful

Long relegated to humorous and not-so-humorous stories of horrendous bridesmaid's dresses (my girls had NO bows, thank you, and both looked gorgeous in their dresses), bows have taken some really hard hits as far as fashion for a long, long time. Other than the happy, floppy bows seen on some fine Derby day millinery, usually bows are the, well, butt of many jokes. This is a far cry from fashion's golden years of the 40s and 50s, when bows, while not ubiquitous, where plentiful and pretty though admittedly not dwarfing anyone's rear end or shoulders in a stiff imitation of a sequined butterfly's dying spasms.

It behooves us to recall that bows, used and placed properly, can add real personality and sweetness to a lady's outfit, putrid bridesmaid's dresses aside. Take this denim skirt from Cecilia Jane. Check out that fabulous bow! Isn't it lovely? With its high waist, this skirt really reminds me of the styles of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. You'll need a simple top to go with it, but that shouldn't be too hard to find in your closet.

A high-waisted skirt like this one is not only chic and pretty, it's quite figure flattering. Take another look - hourglass figure, anyone? Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers were on to something! Pair this cotton-Spandex skirt with a cute top and pretty pumps or espadrilles and you're good to go nearly anywhere you want - and the possibilities for mixing are just about endless. What about red mules or flats and a white top like the one shown for Independence Day? (Don't forget that skin-protecting hat if you'll be out in the sun all day.) Or a lace-trimmed top in gold with espadrilles or strappy sandals for a night out?

This $60 skirt is just beautiful and timeless. It might require a little courage to wear at first, but I can almost guarantee that once you see what great things it does for your figure and your mood you'll love it. The length is modest yet still comfortable without being creepy (you know of what I speak). Designed and handmade by Simonair, who hails from St. Thomas Virgin Islands, this is a gorgeous and fun skirt that could very well become a go-to piece in your wardrobe. It comes in sizes small to large, and while there's nothing about larger or smaller sizes, I'm sure an email to Simonair won't hurt. Her shop has other skirts available, as well as some really cute bags, tops, and tees.

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Anonymous Laura J. said...

I have to give you a bit of a hard time, Jen! I had a bow on the "butt" of my ivory silk shantung wedding dress -- but rest easy, it was quite tasteful and when my train was done up in the bustle, it had an "old-fashioned" look to it. Come ot think of it, the comb that my veil was attached to was a silk shantung bow with alencon lace and pearls . . . and my bridesmaids wore black velvet and dark, dark purple taffeta dresses, black velvet pumps (winter wedding) -- long sleeves, hi-lo hems, with a tasteful bow on the left hip bone, wheree the black velvet bodice and taffeta skirt were joined. They carried irises (my favorite flower) in arm bouquets. I just had to tease you, when it dawned on me that I had bows EVERYWHERE! LOL I'll email you pics sometime so you can rest easy that it really was a very loverly wedding! :)

P.S. -- Cool, this artist is a Virgin Islander. I lived in St. Croix in high school!

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