Caffè tendenza - Hair bow season has officially made its comeback
And we cannot be happier!
It's official, bows are everywhere. Now that preppy girl hair is trending for 2023, oversized hair bows play a major role in creating that soft, romantic aesthetic look. Simple and essential, bows are the main character in this 2023 ballet core vortex, where things are getting girlier and prettier.
Sandy Liang’s most recent spring collection features bows in multiple forms: tied into skirts and corsets, printed into silky button-downs, or as satin “all-over” hair accessories that decorate ponytails and braids. Simone Rocha took it to the next level by sending models down the runway with bows on their faces, for a ribbon-tear effect.
Thanks to the “coquette” trend, an aesthetic that uses ribbons to adorn lengths and seal braids, bows soon became an elegant and romantic must-have which can embellish a hairstyle thanks to its hyper-feminine and innocent aura. Let's forget last year’s punk aesthetic and start embracing this new “girly girl” era of bows and ribbons by emphasizing the doll figure in all its delicacy and cuteness. Styled as clips or braided, bows are surprisingly versatile. A big silky bow is glamorous, a loose ribbon can be more boho, and an oversized bow looks more edgy. Also corset braids – as seen in Christian Siriano’s S/S 24– and tulle ribbons down the hair – as seen on Collina Strada’s or Chopova Lowena S/S 24 – are changing the beauty game. Halfway between a kinderwhore aesthetic, which describes the hypersexualized version of femininity, and a preppy girl style, which combines sensuality and innocence with the ability to be sexy, delicate and seductive, the bow has always been one of the most traditional accessories in fashion.
Graceful and naïve, the bow symbolizes rebellion and anarchy and was adopted by anti-bourgeois artists and intellectuals in France, like Madame de Sévigné , who began to use it as a symbol of liberation and political struggle. In the following century, however, Yves Saint Laurent made the bow a sophisticated sign of female emancipation, combined with smocking and suits.
Relaunched on TikTok, it is followed by several celebs including Lana Del Rey, Sydney Sweeney, Ariana Grande, Olivia Rodrigo, Hailey Bieber, Margot Robbie and Sarah Jessica Parker who showed up on the red carpet of the New York City Ballet's Fashion Gala with an updo embellished with a maxi black satin bow matching her outfit.
As little girls, how many times did we want to dress like our dolls... well now is our time to shine! So, grab a bow and make magic out of it!