fashion . Styling Tips

How To Wear Ribbons For A Sophisticated Look

Quintessential girly

  • MLL on 1 Nov, 2019

    Features Writer

Wearing ribbons is the quintessential female move when it comes to changing up or levelling up the hairstyle. There’s something so girly and nostalgic about wearing ribbons on your crowning glory. The problem, however, is that ribbons tend to do just that: make you look quite a bit too girly. It's something that might not work well if you’re going for a more sophisticated look. Despite this challenge, there are many ways to incorporate a ribbon into your look and style that won’t remind people of pigtails and Mary Jane shoes. Here are some tips to elevate the ribbon from girly to chic.

Add drama to a bun

This ribbon hairstyling tip is great when you’re planning to attend formal events like weddings or a big birthday bash. Add drama to a simple updo by tying a thin, bejewelled ribbon around the bun and let it snake through sections of your hair. 

Subtle and classy

Want to look extra femme but don’t want all the attention of a big ribbon? Then try a nice, black satin ribbon to give your hair something extra while still keeping it classy. 

Hairbands for drama

Ribbons aren’t just used for ponytails or braids. Try one when you're letting your hair a bit loose. Choose subtle colours like black or navy blue to give your ribbon headband a minimalist appeal or go bold with a printed one. Tip: Keep the ribbon in place by using hairspray.

Twist around braids

If you have time to make your hairstyle more elaborate, why not twist thin ribbons while doing a braided hairstyle to give your hair a whimsical upgrade?

A jewelled twist

Some might find it tacky but we think there’s something quite Parisian chic about using jewels and bows in a hairstyle. End a chic braid with a small bow and simply add a bejewelled clip to give your hairstyle a nice twist. 

Don’t just settle for one

If you’re feeling like adding a touch of the avant-garde to your style, don’t just settle with one bow. For a bigger statement, opt for contrasting colours to create a statement accessory. 

The ballerina bun

Here's something that's sweet and pretty. Tie a nice ribbon around a high bun to create the regal stance and silhouette that ballerinas are known for with just a touch of personality.

Bracelet pretty

You don't need to limit yourself to using ribbons just for your hair. Think outside the box. Might we interest you to try a ribbon scarf as a bracelet? Pick one in a neutral colour for a sophisticated look or brights for an oomph in your outfit.

Bag it

Add something pretty to your favourite bag by tying a nice ribbon scarf on the handle. It's a good way to customise your purse and express your personal style. 

(Cover photo from: sparksofjoyce)

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