How to Wear Bows as an Adult

How to Wear Bows as an Adult #theeverygirl

For so many of us, bows are a distant memory from our childhood - an unmistakeable sign of carefree youth especially when tied up in our hair. But if your insta-feed is anything like mine, you’ve seen bows popping up all over from some of our favorite style bloggers as well as on the runways of major fashion houses.  

Wondering how you can incorporate this style into your wardrobe without looking like a nine year old? From skinny bow belts tied around your waist, to oversized bows replacing your favorite necklace, here are a few ultra cool ways to wear a bow as an adult.  

Ditch the Statement Necklace for an Oversized Bow 

Think of the oversized bow as you would a statement necklace. It can layer over the top of a neutral or pattern. Try a simple, oversized silky black bow layered on top of classic pieces like a white button down or over top your go to shirt dress. Or opt for an all-in-one bow blouse paired with your favorite denim. 

Source: Allergic to Vanilla

I love how simple and chic this black and white combo looks paired with dark denim and cat-eye glasses.

 Source: Extra Petite

Jean from Extra Petite gets it right with OTK boots, a checkered shirt dress and silky bow. It’s a great way to completely upgrade the look of this closet staple.

Source: Love Sarah Marie

Proof that you can never go wrong in great denim, a good blouse and a leopard heel. Love Sarah Marie gets it oh so right in this oh so chic ensemble.

Source: Dudley & LuLu Rose

I absolutely love the whimsy of this dolled up look from Dudley & Lulu Rose in this gorgeous bow blouse with fun polka dot skirt. 

ASOS Bow Blouse $55
Bow Detail Blouse $65.90
Ann Taylor Neck Tie Blouse $69.99
Reniard Bow Top $140

Cinch Your Waist

We all know the simple trick of cinching your waist. And adding a pretty bow detail is a beautiful way to majorly amp up the lady-like vibe. 

Source: Lace and Locks

A stunning way to add even more drama to a maxi skirt done perfectly by Kim Le of Lace and Locks. 

Source: Stylelixir

Between the puff shoulder top and black bow belt over a full skirt, this look from Stylelixir screams polished and chic.

Source: The Law of Fashion Blog

This wrap vest gets an extra special detail with a wide bow belt; a perfect look for weekend errands by The Law of Fashion blog. 

Bow Belt $58
Taffeta Ball Skirt $120

Wrap Your Back

A peek-a-boo bow added to the back of a dress is one of my favorite ways to wear this trend. It’s both feminine and flirty - perfect for date night, girls night or any other special occasion. 

Source: Glitter and Spice 

The gold exposed zipper makes this cut-out stunner from Glitter and Spice a perfect combination of glam and edgy. 

Source: Love you Mean It

Between the bright hue and low back, this is such a perfect option for your next fancy affair. 

Source: Lace and Locks

I couldn’t love this dress anymore if I tried. It’s so incredibly chic paired with black pumps and fur. So perfect! 

Bow Cutout-Back Top $19.90
Navy Mini Bow Dress $60
Kate Spade Fit & Flare Dress $448

Don’t Forget Your Locks

Use ribbons and clip-in bows to tie up a proper bun, wrangle a side braid or throw your hair half up the adult way. 

Source: Gal Meets Glam 

I love how Gal Meets Glam adds a bow in such an effortless way.

Source: The Raw Edit 

The leather biker jacket and velvety hair bow strikes the perfect balance of rocker chic. 

Source: Atlantic - Pacific 

I’m such a fan of Atlantic - Pacific’s style and how easily this fun bow transforms the off duty bun into something way more special. 

Do tell! Which is your favorite bow look? 


Jeannine Benoit Adams #theeverygirl

Jeannine Benoit Adams


Founder of Ready Pretty, a personal wardrobe styling service based in Chicago, champagne and cheese fanatic, friend, wife and mom.