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While they were once part of your hair repertoire (probably when you were six) hair bows are now probably at the bottom of your accessory essentials. Lately though, I’ve seen a number of them popping up on the red carpet and on the runway. Done correctly, they look chic on updos, braids, and ponytails. This is a look that will definitely be sticking through the next few seasons. Don’t let old memories of oversize bows for picture day scare you from this stylish do. Click through to style notes to get the details on how to rock a bow in 2015. –– Michelle Rotbart

Keep It Simple

To make this look an actual stand out, keep it chic and simple. Opt for a ribbon or cord around a low ponytail or a classic braid. Make sure to keep the color of the ribbon neutral, so it doesn’t distract from your coif but simply embellishes it. Leave color bows to the 7th grade cheerleaders.

 

Go With Mixed Media

If super girly is not your style, toughen a ribbon up by using a strand of leather, lace or yarn instead of classic silk. This takes your look from super feminine to a bit more of a devil-may-care attitude. If you’re still having trouble with overt bows, try wearing one as a headband. Tie a cord around your head and then turn it so the loops stick out to your liking.

 

Keep It Loose

You’re not Minnie Mouse, so avoid bows that sit right at the top of your head. Bows today look best when they’re low and casual. Opt for a pony, braid, or chignon at the nape of your neck with a single tie around the base or at the ends. If you want to get super creative, you can make the ribbon part of your braid, by weaving it through.

 

Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group

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