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I'm a firm believer that you're never too hold to rock a bow. Transitioning from "girl" to "woman" doesn't mean we have to give up some of the extra feminine frills that we loved so much as little girls such as tulle (ask Carrie Bradshaw), lace, or BOWS! We just have to rethink HOW we wear them so that we come across as feminine rather than like we just left a tea party full of stuffed bears (rather than a super cool fabulous tea party full of mimosas and macarons).

One of my favorite online boutiques, Mint Julep, shares my love for all things bow related. They have so many playful bow options for women of all ages to rock in style, without looking childish. I wanted to share with you all two incredibly easy ways to wear bows as an adult. Don't worry, the list doesn't end at 2, but these are some of my simple favorites:

1) a well placed back bow and 2) a tied up waist!

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This polka dot chambray top is so on trend right now between the chambray color and playful pattern. It's both effortless and dressy (one of my favorite combinations). I paired it with some white skinny jeans for that classic summer look, and some perfectly on trend cut out block booties. Since Chicago is insanely hot right now and I'm all about fully embracing summer style, I added my favorite gold flecked cork clutch.

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But the best part about this top is the well placed bow on the back of the tank. The scale and placement of the bow really make it the star of the top. It looks feminine, sophisticated and far from little girl. By pairing this top with sleek pieces, such as a well fitting pair of white skinny jeans, I'm able to elevate this top to a more adult level. Tops and dresses where the bow meets at the cross section of tank straps is extremely popular right now (and for good reason). These little feminine details are easy to dress up and down while still remaining comfortable.

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Another great way to rock a bow as an adult is through a well tied waist sash. Waist sashes help accentuate our curves as women but tightening our waists. Tying these sashes into giant bows are a great way to add a feminine touch to a dress, while still remaining womanly.

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I'm absolutely in love with this light blue gingham patterned dress because it's so perfect for summer, feminine, and can be worn as an easy summer dress or dressed up for a summer party/wedding. I went for an easy going look, accessorizing with simple pink heels, a summer fedora, and a simple white Kate Spade cross body.

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By keeping my accessories simple, I was able to create a look that was effortless, summer chic. I'm able to rock this bow in a way that is ladylike, but not little girl. It's all about balancing out your bow with accessories and complimentary clothing that keeps you (and your bow) looking like you're a fashionable adult (rather than an adult trying to look like a little girl). If you rock a very feminine detail in a big way (such as a giant bow), try to make it one of the only very feminine accents you have. Don't rock a bow, tulle, lace, etc. all at once (unless it looks incredibly chic - it's possible!) But for the most part, it's a pretty good rule of thumb.

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What's your favorite way to wear a bow?!

Polka Dot Top (c/o Mint Julep) // Jeans // Brown Block Heels // Cork Clutch

Blue Gingham Dress (c/o Mint Julep) // Pink Heels (old - similar here) // Hat // Crossbody

White Rope Bracelet // Long Necklace

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