There’s an element of magic added to any holiday present when it’s topped with even the simplest gift bow. Whether a bow is big or small, matte or shiny, or solid or patterned, even the humblest of gifts seems spectacular when crowned with the perfect adornment.
When I was a little girl, I remember gingerly removing the sparkly bows that my grandmother would stick atop every one of my beautifully wrapped presents. Also a DIY maven, my aunt would scour out the most dazzling fabrics she could find and use them to make cloth bows that she tied perfectly around the gift boxes she handed out to my cousins and me.
Now that I’m in my twenties and focus more on giving than receiving this time of year, I feel like something is missing if even one of the gifts I wrapped is delivered without a beautiful bow.
Until recently, I thought that my favorite holiday embellishment was only used as a finishing touch on gift-wrapped presents, but now I’m convinced that the right bow also perfectly ties together a stylish ensemble.
When I was listing some items on Ebay recently, I found myself doing some selfish browsing and came across a brand new Tweed Magnificent Sash for only five bucks! While I’ve been trying to avoid spending anything on myself this holiday season, I just had to give in and make this one tiny purchase. The only thing that could have made the transaction any more exciting is if it had arrived in a bow-topped Christmas box, although the sweet note the seller included in the package was just as joy-inducing.
Honestly, I never expected to wear this terry-fleece dress outside of the house when I first purchased it from Old Navy. Actually, I bought it for the sole purpose of replacing the jersey-knit nightie that I have been wearing to shreds for the past three years. Quite frankly, the nightie was ready to bite the dust about a year ago, but I’ve been in denial.
After throwing the Old Navy dress on over some leggings to run errands a few months ago, I was unexpectedly bombarded with compliments. On its own, my “sleep dress” looks like a boring, oversized sweatshirt; with the right accessories, it is the perfect foundation for a number of cozy-chic outfits.
Needless to say, I’m still on the prowl for a replacement nightie.
Dress: Old Navy
Leggings: LC Lauren Conrad (Kohl’s)
Bracelets: American Eagle Outfitters (Similar)
Shoes: Mudd (Kohl’s)
Unfortunately, the only way you can buy the Miss Albright belt I stumbled across is by purchasing it second-hand. While I have seen it pop up in a few different colors on Ebay and Effortless Anthropologie, you can also find other adorable bow styles that are currently available in stores.
No matter what your style or budget is, you can add some holiday cheer to any outfit with one of these beautifully bow-shaped belts: