Kate Spade keeps taunting me with emails about their new bow bedecked collection. For the past couple of years, Kate Spade has done a “Year of…” series with a theme highlighting a collection of merchandise each month. Two years ago, it was a color, last year it was a pattern, and this year it is “Things We Love.” January’s thing is a well-placed bow. I’m a sucker for bows. The above pieces are my favorites from Kate Spade’s new collection. One of my first bow items (circa 2004) was actually a pink leather Kate Spade purse with a subtle bow on the shoulder strap. I still enjoy wearing this bag in warm weather. I really should count the number of bow items that I own. I have bags, shoes, jewelry, jackets, blouses, dresses, skirts, tees, sweaters… Even my favorite sunglasses have bows on them.
I have 2 rules about wearing bows:
1. No more than 2 or 3 bow items at one time.
2. The bows can’t be too cheesy. Cheeky yes, cheesy no.
Here are some current bow items that I love:
And the pièce de résistance, combining my love of both studs and bows…
Valentino shoes via Pinterest.
Oscar de la Renta gown via Weddings Illustrated.
I spotted this great tutorial for tying the perfect bow on George & Ruby, the blog of Oscar de la Renta Creative Head, Marissa Kraxberger. I find this blog completely relatable as MK is also a mom with a career living and raising toddlers in NYC.
Lately the bow tie has been popping up on women and was recently highlighted on stylesetter Amanda Brooks’ fabulous blog, I Love Your Style (By the way, her book of the same name is also great). I adore bow ties on men and I think I might just try one myself, especially if I could look as cool as the girl pictured by The Sartorialist below.
Are there any motifs that are your weakness?
How do you feel about bow ties on women?