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Welcome to our Ask the Expert column where we answer all your fashion conundrums.

This month, we talk about the trending bows and ribbons. It’s a cute look but not so cute when you don’t style it appropriately as an adult.

Black makes it classy

You can thank Sarah Jessica Parker for consistently serving looks. Always having a knack for being unconventional on the red carpet, she took the brief for the New York City Ballet Fall Gala seriously, donning a tulle dress with an oversized bow. She is proof that even in your 50s, you can pull off a statement ribbon with sophistication – the trick is to go for an all-black ensemble.

Try an athleisure look

You might not be ready to splurge on a tracksuit from Sandy Liang, but what you can do is to get creative. Add ribbons to a tracksuit for an unexpected contrast. Pair your outfit with this season’s ladylike heels, and you’re all set to go.

Incorporate leather details (preferably with a patent finish)

You can channel an edgy vibe even with pretty embellishments. First, your choice of bows must be oversized (the bigger, the better) for a dramatic effect. Next, your clothes should spell sexy from the get-go – we’re talking miniskirts, cute bandeau or halter tops… you get the memo.

Think beyond your outfit

Bows are trending everywhere, from hair accessories to earrings and necklaces. Our mantra? Go big or go home. Take your cue from Simone Rocha’s Fall/Winter 2023 collection, and dare to adorn yourself in ribbons. Pro tip: Keep the rest of your look a little more casual and grown-up – hair that’s a little tousled, a loose ponytail, and a sweep of red lipstick is always a good idea.

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