If you have been following Happily Ella After for a while now, you know we are first and foremost a bow shop. When my daughter Ella was born, I was absolutely ecstatic. Years of dealing with crazy boys tearing up the house, stepping on cars and LEGOs around every corner, and living room wrestling matches took their toll and I was finally ready to have some quiet tea parties and play dress up with my baby girl. Suddenly, I became obsessed with putting her in the biggest bows I could find -- and she loved it.
When I began making my own bows, I wanted to ensure we had a wide variety for every occasion and season. Now I get questions all the time about which types of bows I recommend, or which style works best with what. Honestly, I find there is no wrong answer when it comes to adorable baby girls wearing bows, and everyone is going to have their own opinion on what they like. But I wanted to create a full guide covering all the styles and collections of bows we carry so that you can see and decide for yourself. So here it is, the Happily Ella After Ultimate Bow Guide:
Our best selling and most popular style of bow is the quintessential bow for any baby. If your unofficial life motto is: "bigger is better", then this is the style of bow for you. These ones are approximately 6 inches across, and you can choose between nude nylon, black nylon, and alligator-style clip to attach. I like them especially for pattern fabric bows, because the large style allows for more of the pattern to show. If you love the way a newborn looks with a gigantic bow atop their precious little head, then look no further. Plus, when your baby girl gets bigger, they can still wear the big bow without outgrowing it.
Some people prefer a smaller bow, so our small bow style gives you that option. This style is approximately 4 inches across, and also comes with your choice of either a nude nylon, black nylon, or alligator clip fastener. The small bows are perfect if you want something smaller, or if you are getting them for a smaller baby or newborn. Plus, since it takes less fabric to make, they are more affordable than the larger styles. The only downside is that with certain pattern fabrics, the small area of these bows makes it harder to show off the full pattern.
Headwraps come with the same size bow as a big bow (about 6 inches) and wrap all the way around your baby's head. This makes them great for elaborate patterns, as they offer the largest area to show off whatever pattern. However, because they require the most amount of fabric, they are more expensive than the big bows. They come in multiple different sizes: newborn, baby, toddler, and adult. Because they are tied to fit a certain head circumference, this type of bow can be outgrown by your baby girl whereas the nylon/clip bows are one size fits all.
Piggies bows are another style of small bow but they are worn in pairs. We offer both piggies and micro piggies. Piggies are 3 inches wide, micro piggies are 2 inches wide. They can each be attached with clips, or alternately they can both be put on a single nude or black nylon. If you are interested in this style, you can order directly under any small bow listing.
I hope you enjoyed the HEA ultimate bow guide and now you are basically an expert on all the different styles we carry. As we continue to expand our inventory and styles, we might add more options. Keep a look out!
What is your favorite style of bow? What bow styles would you like to see us add to Happily Ella After?