06/18/2012 08:39 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Bows Aren't Just For Kids: 7 Ways Adults Can Wear Them Too (PHOTOS)

My five-year-old daughter loves bows. She wears them in her hair, on her clothes and of course, she wears them on her shoes. She'd force her brother to wear them if he'd let her.

But the pretty accents aren't just for little ladies, especially when we see them done in tougher fabrics like leather or even plastic. One of our favorite iterations of the trend is Valentino's studded flats, topped with -- you guessed it -- a bow.

We enjoy the irony of the twee accessory, as long as the rest of our outfit doesn't call for a curtsy. Instead, pair your leather jacket with those sweet bow-tie flats, or wear your crossbody bow handbag with slouchy boyfriend jeans and an oxford shirt.

Here, seven bow-adorned items that definitely aren't for the preschool set.

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Stylelist 7: Bows