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The bow trend has gone too far

The bow trend originated with just hair bows, as seen above, but has morphed into something greater.
Kiera Kemppainen
The bow trend originated with just hair bows, as seen above, but has morphed into something greater.

I love bows. 

I have strands upon strands of ribbon to tie into my hair. I weave long ribbons into my braided hair; I tie a slick back with a bow. I knot a strand around the belt loop of my jeans.

And though I love bows, I must admit that the bow trend has gotten far out of hand. 

The moment I knew it had gone too far was seeing someone post on TikTok about how much they wanted the In Print We Trust “Put A Bow On It” shirt. Everyone in the comments agreed with the person, saying how cute and coquette it was. I thought it looked stupid. As far as I’m concerned, a picture of a bow does not make it cute. No matter how detailed a picture is, the 2D aspect isn’t bow-like.

As I continued to scroll, I was appalled at the bow pieces I was finding on TikTok.

Coach came out with an entire bag collection of a printed bow pattern. 

And though I love bows, I must admit that the bow trend has gotten far out of hand.

I think it looks so incredibly ridiculous. I hate that the bows are rotated in different directions. I hate that it’s plastered with little bows. This bag is the epitome of my hate for the bow pattern trend. The pattern of bows is following the constant trend-cycling of patterns. From stars to mushrooms, the fanatic never ends. Eventually, the bow pattern may become Gen Z’s version of the Millennial’s chevron.

Another bow outfit I saw on TikTok that I disliked was an embroidered bow on a sweatshirt. The creator drew out and hand-embroidered a bow onto a crewneck. While I appreciate the dedication, I think it could’ve been done in a way that looked more like a genuine bow rather than something drawn on.

I think that the bow sweatshirt would be cute if an actual ribbon were tied into a bow and then sewn onto the crewneck.

The next bow trend that appalls me has haunted me for years: the giant bows on dresses. While I understand the appeal of wanting a feminine touch to an otherwise plain dress, the large bow is rather unflattering, especially when it is used on the top of a strapless dress, like with Zara’s multitude of bow-front dresses. 

The best way to incorporate a bow into a simple dress outfit is by tying ribbons into bows around the straps, like Beginning Boutique’s Taylor Tie Back Mini Dress.

Basically, I only think bows look good when tied with an actual ribbon rather than being printed on. Though I think everyone should wear what they want to wear, I do judge when I see the overdone bows. 

In addition to the different ways that I like bows to be worn, as I have already mentioned, using ribbons for shoelaces is a good way to add a fun touch to an outfit without being all too common.

The next time you decide to buy or wear a bow on your outfit, please think about using actual ribbons instead of prints.

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About the Contributor
Kiera Kemppainen, Copy Editor

Kiera is a senior continuing her writing journey with The Central Trend for a fourth, and final, year. Being on staff for the past few years has been one of her favorite parts of her high school experience. Besides writing, Kiera spends her fall as a part of the FHC varsity golf team and her winter on the ski team. She also has been coaching a youth golf team for the past three summers. For the rest of her time, Kiera likes to be around her family and friends. Kiera looks forward to making the most of her senior year while being part of The Central Trend for the last time.

Favorite book to gatekeep: The Green Glass Sea, by Ellen Klages; it was her fifth-grade book project book that her mom recommended

Current obsession: Headbands Favorite movie: 10 Things I Hate About You Has she gotten over hating steak? No, and don't expect her to

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