Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Number One Bows

bows

bows  
works cited: gap jeans; ralph lauren outlet button-up; madewell sweater; j.crew boots; american apparel sash

I've worn this outfit a couple times this winter and haven't yet managed to get a picture of it. I started wearing the giant bow first as a joke when I went to high tea a month or two ago, but then I ended up keeping the bow on all weekend, long after tea was over and the bow was an ironic costume-piece. Now I unapologetically love the slightly cartoonish, playful vibe it lends an otherwise preppy outfit. It makes me feel like I walked out of one of my childhood Frances Hodgson Burnett novels.

48 comments:

Allie (Wardrobe Oxygen) said...

LOVE the bow! It's whimsical yet very wearable, and I love it with the rust-colored cardigan and boots!

modern Suburbanites said...

love the bow!! so adorable!!

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Christina said...

Funny because I was just defending Emma Stone and her choice of dress for the Oscars with an exaggerated bow. I love the look.

Bookish at Breakfast said...

Oh I love this!! I know what you mean about the bow, but it completely works with the whole outfit.

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meg said...

I appreciate any post that has a Burnett allusion. I adore that your style has substance. Also. I am now officially in the market for a large black bow.

Meg
Meg in Progress

Jessica said...

Ha! Yes, it is very Little Lord Fauntleroy! :o) Love it!

Kenzie and Maddy said...

I love the bow!!! That looks adorable!! I love this outfit!

kelsey said...

LOVE!

Sequins said...

That bow is fantastic! Even before I read about it being costumey, I knew I had to DIY one myself. Time to go digging through the old fabric stashes...

Kiley Kate said...

I think the bow is adorable!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@sequins--yes, this is basically just a length of fabric! plenty of long rectangular scarves or just a swatch of jersey fabric would do the same thing.

Michelle of Chellbellz said...

Gah! Love it! I wish i could pull this off, i have a bigger chest! think the bow looks GREAT! Looks like you're ready to ride off on a horse or something while still looking stylish!

Shophopper said...

Funny how you mention the button up as 'ralph lauren outlet' - I assume you know that the garments sold in RL outlets are fabricated especially for these outlets? The price cut isn't the result of overstock, but of inferior materials and a different construction. Kind of shocked me when I found out.

FutureLint said...

I LOVE the oversized bow! And the colors are so pretty together!

Shophopper said...

(Oh and I really like the whimsical bow!)

manda said...

I know what you mean. I always feel a little silly with big bows in the neck area, but glad you got past it because this looks really cute :)

Frannie Pantz said...

I love the bow! I'm glad that you held on to it!

diary of this girl - megan said...

that bow is amazing!!!!!! i want one! i am in love with bows right now :) bow shirts, bow accessories, bow jewelry :)

Rebecca said...

I love the bow and am so glad you got a picture of it!

Jessica said...

Oh! I love that cardigan! What a great color and it looks so comfy too.

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Mrs. Baker said...

haha so fun! the bow works great with this outfit!

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Liz said...

I love it! I don't blame you one bit for wearing this fantastic bow. I would do the same.

Elizabeth Benfield said...

fun!

LatteLove said...

that is a such a great look with the bow! I have a dress sash that would work perfectly with this!

Bog-Bog said...

Cute cardigan and bow!

Diana said...

Wow, you really pull that bow off! It is completely reminiscent of a Hodgson Burnett novel, which makes it all the more adorable.

Sal said...

What a fabulous, fun flourish! Glad you kept the big bow.

barefootandvintage said...

you are killin' it these days! this bow doesn't look cartoonish on you at all. i really adore this look.

ThePinkMargarita said...

love this look! going for equestrian? :) you look amazing!

xoxo,
The Pink Margarita

Anonymous said...

Lovely!! (: xx

Rach said...

it's just classy! love it!

rach
modestemusings.blogspot.com

Emily said...

I love it!! Now, on to the really important issue here: The Secret Garden or A Little Princess? (I'm not sure that those qualify as a pair of things people make each other choose between, like cats vs. dogs or beach vs. mountains, but I'm doing so anyway.) I loved The Secret Garden, but I never could stand Sara Crewe in A Little Princess-- she was so priggish. In fact, I have to admit that every time I've met an H-less Sara I've had to overcome a slight initial prejudice .

Come to think of it, though, it's nice to recall that there was at least one work of Victorian children's literature that I didn't soak up completely uncritically. Did anybody else here immerse herself in 19th century children's books as a kid, and then have to do some serious work unlearning Victorian mores and ideals of womanhood as an adult? Somehow I grew up during the height of the self-esteem movement and yet was so caught up in books that I fully indoctrinated myself into a code of feminine self-sacrifice, repression of anger, and so on. Did anybody else do this? or does anyone care to pretend she did to make me feel less silly?

-Emily W.A.Q.A.W.V.W.W.W.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

oh emily, WHY OH WHY don't you live in DC? i feel like we would be best friends!
now i'm a little scared to admit this to you, but 'a little princess' was my absolute favorite book growing up. i think i read it some 17 times before the end of 5th grade. but yes, sara was sadly priggish. i loved the secret garden, too, but never as much as a little princess. i think i liked the idea that happiness came from within, regardless of one's station in life (not that i was either a princess or a scullery maid at 9, these were important lessons to learn!).
and while i've never thought seriously about the victorian mores of femininity, now that you say it, i'm sure the same is true for me! i read tons and tons of late 19th century books, especially older children's books my grandparents and great-grandparents gave me like this this bizarre series of somewhat racist twin books ("the swedish twins," "the african twins," "the german twins").
please say you'll still love me even though i love 'a little princess'! i'm sure my own ten year-old priggishness found her especially appealing but i swear i've overcome that phase in my life :)

Rae Veda said...

Your top is super cute! I adore the bow. xo, rv

http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

Kate said...

I'm so into bows - large, small, etc. - and I think it looks great - totally wearable. :)

Britt*Secondhand Magpie said...

That bow is adorable!! It keeps it so simple, and so sweet! Love this!

Thrifted Shift said...

Ha! Go you! I'm not into the big bow thing myself, but I've definitely worn things as a joke and then started wearing them for realz. I'm glad I'm not alone!
--TS
http://thriftedshift.blogspot.com/

Caitlin said...

Wow! I completely love the bow! That's such a unique idea, and the matching black boots just tie the outfit all together. Perfect! :)

Sarah-Anne said...

Girl, this outfit is amazing. The huge bow only adds to it!

Val said...

Oh do I love an obnoxiously sized bow. Well done!!

The Daily Distraction

Anonymous said...

I adore it.

Sparlingo said...

a) I love it, and I've done the wear-it-playfully-then-realize-i-legitimately-love-it routine before as well.

b) Is that you on shop.meganneilson.com website?

Hannah said...

OMG. Giant bow. LOVE IT!! Must do this immediately! Is the sash you bought meant to be a giant bow? Or did you tie it yourself? Tutorial???

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

hahahah--hannah, i bought it as a sash to tie around my waist but you can do a lot with it. i tied it myself after googling "tie a pretty bow"--it's pretty much like tying your shoelaces except i had to loop under rather than over to get the loop symmetrical. do it! bows are the best!

K said...

love, love love it! Thanks for sharing this adorable outfit.

Nena Nadine said...

I honestly love that bow on you!

2ndhandknowledge said...

The bow is so fun! I love the sweater, too!

Lesleigh said...

I love that a joke turned into something so adorable! You're inspiration to try new things:)

Lesleigh
http://pearlsonastring.com

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