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From the Runway to the Red Carpet Bows Take a Bow

If you watched an award show this season or caught any of the various fashion weeks around the world you know that bows are back. Almost every designer has some sort of bow design in their collection including the fanciful femininity of Rodarte’s Fall Winter 2019 Collection to the witty Givenchy backpack bows.

A myriad of red carpet looks also followed this trend. At the 2019 Academy Awards more often than not, the bow made the statement or finished the look. From the Reem Acra gown with an oversized bow worn by Angela Bassett to the playful pussy bow blouse by Awkwafina from DSquared, bows ruled.

The current bow craze has women reaching into the netherworld of their closet for bow looks long cast off but not forgotten. But before you pull out that glittery disco bow dress from the 70s make sure you understand the look. From oversized to tiny, today’s bows are sophisticated. But not to worry gals, Madge Central has your back with these vintage looks and much more in the shop.

Vintage bows from MadgesHatbox
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The 1950s were a great era for smart bows used in all sorts so sophisticated ways.  We love this Lilli Ann suit from 1952.

Lilli Ann Suit ad 1952

Our orange and brown polka dot dress by Jean Lang Original elevates 1950s style with the flattering bateau neckline and large black flat bow.

 Of course, bows on hats aren’t anything new, but these chapeaus use them in unique ways.  One of our favorite hats currently in the shop is this mid-century Ranleigh black velvet turban with the large satin bow on the back.  It reminds us of a current design on this Rasario gown worn by Candice Swanepoel at the amfAR Gala in New York.

This vintage netted 50s close hat is all bows and silk leaves perfect for a spring wedding or Easter in its gray and light pink tones. 

If you are in more of a mind for jewelry, fast forward to the 1980s another era that loved bows.  Snag these pretty, pretty  rhinestone bow earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane for Avon.  Gold metal with just the right amount of bling.

So bow up this season.  It’s a fun and flirty way to add some pizazz to your wardrobe.

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