Oh Bows!

Bow blouses are a big look for Fall 2011. They look good with tight pencil skirts and looser, wide-legged pantaloons. Here is my only bow blouse — from the Rodarte for Target collection. It’s from Dec. 2009, but bows are still big (and judging from the New York Spring 2012 ready-to-wear shows, bright colour and sheer fabrics are also on trend.

But let’s get back to bows. If a secretary-style collar isn’t your cup of tea, may I suggest some bow-themed jewels and accessories instead? Here are some gew gaws from my collection.

A vintage plastic cuff.

A vintage silk bow pin.

A contemporary plastic bow ring (which I bought on my honeymoon in California).