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10 Ways to Accessorize a £1 Ribbon

06/11/2015 14:44 GMT | Updated 06/11/2016 10:12 GMT

An accessory can make or break an outfit. Too many and you feel like a walking Christmas tree, none and you can feel a little bare. As a passionate vintage collector, I am always hoarding treasures but one of my favourite, simple (and yes, extremely cheap!) accessories is a piece of ribbon.

Many people associate a bow with childhood but it doesn't have to be a two-pigtails-in-the- playground affair. Marie Antoinette adorned her shoes and dresses to show her wealth, couture designers have favoured bows and ribbons for many a catwalk collection and even high street shops are using them to their advantage. Here are my ten ways to accessorize the bow...

1- Neck Bow

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2- Waist Bow

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3- Hairclip Bow

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4- Shoe Bow

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5- Ponytail Bow

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6- Double Bun Bow

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7- Cleavage Bow (wink!)

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8- Wrist Bow Simple

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9- Alice Band Bow

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10- Twist Wrist Bow

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