Fall Fashion Trend: Bows
Bows are back baby and I wouldn't have it any other way! Oh it takes me back to a time of ribbons and pigtails and starched cotton frocks and afternoon tea parties with my dolls and stuffed animals. Granted, it was only last month that we were all swapping gossip over herbal tea and cucumber sandwiches but I did promise Miffy that we should do this more often.
One cannot ignore this phenomenon the way that the fashion conscious studiously ignore PETA protesters on the runway. From head to toe, outfits are being transformed to usher in a more gentle and fun femininity. About time too, because I haven't had a good flirtatious giggle and hair flick in ages.
Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Hello Kitty, it is no coincidence that these paragons of female virtue sport kicky hair bows. From time immemorial, these accessories have been used as a signifier of the female gender. Without bow shaped bones in their women's hair, cavemen would not have been able to figure out who to club on the head and drag back to their caves. Do you have perchance that thing where your jaw is decidedly mannish? And your facial hair is frighteningly excessive? Well stick a bow in your hair and you will feel pretty and witty and gay.
The beauty of the bow is that it's not just an embellishment - it can even be worn on its own. You can't do that with a pleat or a button (shut up Bai Ling).
Time will tell if this is just a gimmick or some kind of self-referential injoke perpetuated by industry insiders who would like nothing more than for us to look stupid at our own expense. As with any other fashion trend, I'm in it for the long haul.
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