Hair Bows Trend
Hair bows have become a beloved street style staple. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

It's official: we've reached peak bow. They're everywhere. As omnipresent a hair, clothing, shoe, handbag, even facial decoration as they are an element of gift wrapping. With that in mind, for the purpose of this article, we're going to focus on the hair category or else we'd be here all day.

Hair Bows Trend
Another (street style) way to wear the trend. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Sandy Liang and Simone Rocha, arguably the preeminent promoters of the bow trend, have been showcasing the accessory's versatility for some time now. At the former's Fall 2023 presentation, select models had long, perfect blowouts dotted with tiny, precise bows. Others wore supersized, Pollyanna-style statement ribbons with long, flowing tails that descended well below their lower backs, calling to mind wedding veils. Another handful had tied, ironed-flat, footlong ribbons pinned just above their ears, perhaps the most "wearable" take on the trend.

Hair Bows Trend
Useful for holding pigtails in place. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

At Simone Rocha Fall 2023, in addition to the "bow tears" — tiny, tied, red ribbons placed below models' eyes — one model's hair was itself fashioned into gravity-defying, tightly-woven braids that formed a heap of makeshift bows on her crown. For Spring 2024, the London-based designer presented her take on Elizabethan cauls. Mesh with mini ribbons scattered all over, of course.

Hair Bows Trend
A more haphazard approach. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Unsurprisingly, statement hair ribbons were all the rage among Spring 2024 showgoers. (#Influenced.) Some knotted black grosgrain or velvet bows at the ends of tightly woven pigtails or the base of slicked-back ponytails. Others did the scattered mini-bows look on waves, braids and blowouts alike. One tried out Liang's twinning behind-the-ear tuxedo ribbons (or a knockoff pair?). Another gathered her half updo with an embellished barrette from Jennifer Behr's coveted line. We haven't seen too many bowed headbands, yet, but given their prevalence on the market, their one and done-ness and fashion's apparent raring nostalgia, we imagine there'll be more.

Which brings us to our next point. Why the ribbon-aissance? Why now? It seems the balletcore, coquettecore, regencycore and prairiecore aesthetics all converged and brought us to this point in hair accessorizing. Fashion girls are reclaiming their power, rebranding and embracing hyperfemininity. Think Barbie, think Renaissance. We're taking a page out of the stylebook of Time Person of the Year Taylor Swift and giving our inner 13-year-old a makeover, updating her awkward 80s barrettes, her Blair Waldorf-worthy headbands, her schoolgirl ribbons.

Hair Bows Trend
The more, the merrier. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Also, bows are super accessible. Especially this time of year. Here's a quick, money-saving hack. Pluck the ribbon off your most prettily packaged present and knot it around your ponytail for a look that's feminine and fierce.

Or treat yourself to a new and extremely fun hair accessory. We've rounded up some of our favorites below. With clips, pins, scrunchies, barrettes and headbands done in velvet, organza, silk, denim, taffeta and more and price points that range from $10 to $478 (for an entirely crystal barrette by the aforementioned Behr), there's truly something for everyone.

And remember, a polished, shiny coif is key for keeping your infantilizing hair accessory looking cool and grown-up. This is no throw-on-and-go item.

Urban Outfitters Ribbon Hair Bow Barrette Set
Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Ribbon Hair Bow Barrette Set, $10 at Urban Outfitters

Sandy Liang Palermo Bow
Sandy Liang

Sandy Liang Palermo Bow in Black, $178 at Sandy Liang

Curried Myrrh Channi Bow
Curried Myrrh

Curried Myrrh Channi Bow, $78 at Free People

Free People Bianca Bow Headband
Free People

Free People Bianca Bow Headband in Navy, $30 at Free People

Free People Quincy Mini Bow Set
Free People

Free People Quincy Mini Bow Set of 4 in Ivory, $14 at Free People

Lelet NY Jenna Petite Bow
Lelet NY

Lelet NY Jenna Petite Bow, $130 at Moda Operandi

Gucci Horsebit-Jacquard Silk Scrunchie Set
Gucci

Gucci Horsebit-Jacquard Silk Scrunchie Set, $395 at Matches Fashion

Simone Rocha Black Crystal Bow Ribbon Daisy Chain Headband
Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha Black Crystal Bow Ribbon Daisy Chain Headband, $231 at SSENSE

Natasha Accessories Limited Skinny Bow Barrette
Natasha Accessories Limited

Natasha Accessories Limited Skinny Bow Barrette in Red, $90 at Bergdorf Goodman

Jennifer Behr Belle Bow Barrette
Jennifer Behr

Jennifer Behr Belle Bow Barrette, $478 at Jennifer Behr

Sandy Liang Ninetales Headband
Sandy Liang

Sandy Liang Ninetales Headband, $148 at Sandy Liang

ShushuTong Silver YVMIN Edition Headband
Shushu/Tong

Shushu/Tong Silver YVMIN Edition Headband, $182 at SSENSE

Madewell Bow Medium Claw Hair Clip
Madewell

Madewell Bow Medium Claw Hair Clip in Pale Gold, $14.99 at Madewell

Nina Ricci Taffeta Bow Hair Clip
Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci Taffeta Bow Hair Clip in Fuchsia, $164.50 at Nina Ricci

Alexandre de Paris Satin Bow Barrette
Alexandre de Paris

Alexandre de Paris Satin Bow Barrette With Swarovski Pearls in Brown, $293 at Neiman Marcus

Room Shop Mini Ribbon Clip Two Pack
Room Shop

Room Shop Mini Ribbon Clip Two Pack in Green, $24 at Lisa Says Gah

MM6 Maison Margiela Black Bow Headband
MM6 Maison Margiela

MM6 Maison Margiela Black Bow Headband, $138 at SSENSE

Free People Lady Bow
Free People

Free People Lady Bow in Lilac, $16 at Free People

Emi Jay Bow Barrette
Emi Jay

Emi Jay Bow Barrette in Drama Queen, $19 at Emi Jay

Ashley Williams Bow Hairclip
Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams Bow Hairclip in Pink, $130 at Dover Street Market

L. Erickson Playa Bow Satin Scrunchie Ponytail Holder
L. Erickson

L. Erickson Playa Bow Satin Scrunchie Ponytail Holder, $24 at Neiman Marcus

Lele Sadoughi Antoinette Bow Barrette
Lele Sadoughi

Lele Sadoughi Antoinette Bow Barrette, $49 at Shopbop

Sandy Liang Salon Clips
Sandy Liang

Sandy Liang Salon Clips, $98 at Sandy Liang

Alexandre de Paris Twisted Bow Side Barrette
Alexandre de Paris

Alexandre de Paris Twisted Bow Side Barrette, $80 at Bergdorf Goodman

Lelet NY Denim Bow
Lelet NY

Lelet NY Denim Bow, $82.60 at Bergdorf Goodman

Natasha Accessories Limited Center Rose Silk Bow Barrette
Natasha Accessories Limited

Natasha Accessories Limited Center Rose Silk Bow Barrette, $100 at Bergdorf Goodman

Ganni Ruffled-Ribbon Checked Hairband
Ganni

Ganni Ruffled-Ribbon Checked Hairband, $68 at Farfetch

JCrew Velvet Bow Clip With Crystals
J.Crew

J.Crew Velvet Bow Clip With Crystals, $35.99 at J.Crew

Bella Bella Boutique 2pc Bow Bobby Pin Set
Bella Bella Boutique

Bella Bella Boutique 2pc Bow Bobby Pin Set, $18 at Bella Bella Boutique

Jennifer Behr Agatha Bow Barrette
Jennifer Behr

Jennifer Behr Agatha Bow Barrette in Mist, $198 at Jennifer Behr

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