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How To Wear Bows at 40+

Yes, there is a way to wear bows at work without looking like a kid

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What’s the  obsession with bows this season? Yes, it is official: those bows that your mother used to add to your updos as a schoolgirl are back and they are here to stay. The “coquette” hype, that new hyper-feminine trend, is one of the reasons for the viral return of bows.

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Generation Z woke up nostalgic one day, and exchanged those mismatched socks with white trim socks. Ballet flats replaced sneakers. The days of dressing in all-black has been replaced by the favorite colour of coquette fans: pink.

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In an almost-perfect world, femininity, sweetness, and a touch of childhood whimsy are the ways to go. But can you wear bows without looking childish? Totally. Let us guide you on how to fully embrace the coquette style.

5 HAIRSTYLES WITH BOWS

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HALF-UPDO WITH MAXI BOW

Bows don’t have to be tacky and flashy, even when they are huge. We are convinced that even Blair Waldorf herself would love this half-updo with a high ponytail. 

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LOW BUN WITH BOW

There is nothing more elegant and practical for everyday life than a polished updo with a low bun. Imagine walking into the office with your usual bun, and everyone seeing a cute mini bow when you turn around. 

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BRAID WITH MINI BOWS

Although our 20s are behind us, there is no need to deny your inner child the opportunity of wearing many bows. Whether one, two, or five mini bows are styling a braid: the more the merrier.

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BRAIDED PONYTAIL WITH A BOW

The simpler version of the previous one. A low braided ponytail styled with a ribbon tied into a bow. Simple, right?

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BRAID TWISTED WITH A BOW

Some are born with the talent of styling their hair professionally. If that’s you, take notes. Make a braid and twist a ribbon into it. Tie the end of the ribbon into a bow (it looks even better, when the ribbon is colorful).

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WHERE TO FIND THE PRETTIEST HAIR BOWS

 

Mango: Hair clip with maxi bow. Shop here.

Jennifer Behr: Hair clip with satin bow. Shop here.

H&M: Hair elastic with bow. Shop here.

Simone Rocha: Embellished bow hair clip. Shop here.

 

Zara: Bow hair clip. Shop here.

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