Bow embellishments

Pint-size fashionistas know that bows can make you feel extra dressy. But why should 5-year-olds have all the fun? Bows – either motifs or the real thing – show up on women’s clothing and accessories this season for a little festive flair.

Two examples: Tommy Hilfiger’s black crew-neck pullover sweater with intarsia-knit red bow, left, $69.50, is featured in Macy’s holiday gift guide (see it at

And J.C. Penney ( offers Cosmopolitan Jessica platform pumps, top, $37, which are adorned with two bows on each shoe. Choose between white bows on black pumps or black bows on natural pumps.

Bows for the home

Bows appear in the home as well. Just in time for the holidays, Pier 1 ( offers an ivory 16-by-16 decorative pillow, right, with either a red or silver bow and rhinestone jewel, $19.95. Garnet Hill’s cotton cable-knit pillows come in three sizes and two colors – white or red – and are “wrapped” in contrast bows accented with green pom-poms, $34 to $78 (

And the Belle Boulevard tabletop and home decor collection from Kate Spade features a bow design on place settings, stemware, frames and more.

What to wear?

Still working on updating your fall wardrobe? InStyle Makeover, a special issue from InStyle magazine, lists these 10 key pieces of “wearable trends” to shop for: pencil skirt, multifabric coat (wool with leather, perhaps); bright chunky knit (pair a cable-knit sweater with tailored pants); winged tote (they’re talking big bags with expandable sides), leather T-shirt, possibly belted (really!), cropped pants, moto jacket, full-skirted dress, pointy-toe pumps and a printed suit.

And finally ...

“The clothes we wear send a clear message, and we’re responsible for every nuance.”

Tim Gunn, fashion consultant and television personality.