002Flirty and fun, decorative bows can be both chic and girly. A permanent fixture in both clothing and home ware designs across the years, their adaptability has seen them featured in many different trends as trimmings or the focal point of statement pieces. Alison Rowley has tracked down ten of the best vintage items featuring bows in their many guises.

1. With Eighties styling at the height of fashion once again, this fabulous Victor Costa for Neiman Marcus cocktail dress is a stunning way to make a statement, be it teamed with vintage or modern accessories.

Made from navy polyester satin, the fabric has boning around the bust and has been folded to create a large, striking origami bow at hip level. The look is softened with a sweetheart neckline and fine polka-dot netting that forms lightweight long sleeves- a typical style feature of the period.

This item is up for auction until 8 October and bidding currently stands at $9.99 (approx. £6.30).

Bust: 39″
Waist: 32″
Hips: 42″
Underarm to hem: 33″
Shoulder to hem: 43″
Shoulder to shoulder: undefined
Sleeve length: 17″ from underarm

Sleepyheadvintage at ebay.com

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