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the lasting appeal of hair bows

the lasting appeal of hair bows

when it comes to fashion, we all know that there are some items that either never really go out of style or just come back from time to time. such is the case with hair bows. runway shows have featured bows in various ways, and social media pages have been filled with images of up-dos with delicate velvet ribbons or imposing bows. the romantic, girly look never goes away. it just takes on different forms. the pastel shades, the floral fabrics, ballet shoes and the lace are all small details of the same aesthetic. 

chanel, runway s/s 1992 + marc jacobs, runway s/s 2010 + max mara, runway a/w 2023

celebrities like sarah jessica parker, zoe kravitz, selena gomez, emma watson, mandy more, gwyneth paltrow or hailey biber have recently been seen wearing this hair accessory. 

margot robbie + emma watson + zoe kravitz

we can go back as far as 2600 BC and find traces of hair ties, such as those on display at the metropolitan museum. or during the reign of louis XIV, when the fashion launched by the marquise de fontange (the king's mistress) became so extravagant that marie antoinette's hairdresser spent around 20,000 francs on hair bows. this wasn't even an exclusively feminine fashion, and until the 18th century it was quite common for noblemen to tie their hair up with a bow. in the 20th century it took on a certain feminine, innocent and delicate tone.

audrey hepburn + catherine deneuve + brigitte bardot

madonna took the hair bow trend in a different direction, pairing the accessory with her lace tops, stacks of bracelets and smudged eyes. this punk look gave the formerly feminine accessory a healthy sexy edge.

of course, placement, size, and material all play an important role in the final aesthetic. so just pick your style. it can cover up a bad hair day with a bold velvet bow. or a delicate ribbon for a halph down hair style.

@sofiamoserleitao.jpg + @haileybieber + @matildadjerf + @gwynethpaltrow

if you're styling your hair in a sleek ponytail or up or down with some volume, here are a few suggestions to give it a try.

 h&m + lefties +  lemon hair

cláudia cavaleiro the editor in chief for CINCO editorial. born in '82 in coimbra, she is graduated in philosophy from the university of coimbra. passionate about books and podcasts in a geek kind of way, she always find something interesting to research. loves to bring awareness to social problems and loves working at CINCO!

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