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Mismatched Headbows? Yes or No  
16th-Nov-2012 01:36 pm
Hi all. I just recently got a JSK that didn't come with a matching headbow and I can't seem to find any matching headpieces to such an obscure colour. So I was wondering, what do you ladies usually wear on your head if you are put in a situation like this?

Do you think a headbow that matches a colour of one of the item on the print (e.g blue headbow to match the blue jelly on a lavender AP Jewelry Jelly jsk, pink headbow to match pink teaparties on a lavender jsk) would be a yay or a nay?

Will a headbow from a different print match or clash with your outfit?

If I'm going OTT Sweet, can I have a myriad of colours (i.e pinks,blues,yellows) on my hair to match the colours of the print?

Photos as references would be appreciated!
16th-Nov-2012 03:23 am (UTC)
Sure, why the heck not? There's a good chance nobody will notice the print on the headbow as long as it looks good with the jsk, but it also depends on the rest of your coordinate. Like if you go too matchy-matchy with the rest of your accessories (eg blue headbow with pink jsk, pink shoes, pink everything else) it might stand out and look odd.
16th-Nov-2012 11:25 am (UTC)
That's true! I'm trying to get a top blue, bottom pink coord though! Not sure if it would work since I'm still waiting for some of the items to be shipped!
16th-Nov-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
Its all about proper color distribution for me. If I pull a color from the print of my dress as a headbow, I use the same color for say my shoes. The color needs to be properly distributed sobit isn't visually unbalanced. In this case, if your pulling a middle color to the top, you need to add it to the bottom or else it will be visual imbalanced ...if that makes any sense to you?
16th-Nov-2012 05:57 am (UTC)
This video is pretty good at showing this:
16th-Nov-2012 10:09 am (UTC)
thank you for the link - it's a really useful video <3
16th-Nov-2012 11:09 am (UTC)
That's alright.
I found it helped me out a lot as well so I thought I would share!
16th-Nov-2012 11:28 am (UTC)
I have seen that video before too! Thanks for reminding me!
16th-Nov-2012 05:37 am (UTC)
There's a good chance
16th-Nov-2012 09:19 am (UTC)
I actually prefer not to wear a headbow made from the same fabric as my dress, particularly in the case of busy prints with large designs that don't lend themselves well to making small size items. (I do like to wear matching headbows when my dress is plaid or dotted or something like that.) I like solid coloured headbows in the main or contrast colour of the dress much better.
16th-Nov-2012 11:26 am (UTC)
Haha...plain lavender bows are really hard to find (even under Brand stores). I had to get a custom-made one.
16th-Nov-2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
I just think a lot of headbows are unfortunately designed vis-a-vis the print. AP sometimes does really good work with print headbows (the Cat's Tea Party headbows seem to be really cute, and they cut Kotori no Sinfonia so that it looked good) but I once owned a BTSSB headbow that had upside down ponies on it.
16th-Nov-2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
It depends. I use the same headbow for my dreamy dollhouse and toy parade (both black with similar prints) but if the dress and headbow are in different colour and mismatch print so much is terrible!
16th-Nov-2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
I personnally think that mismatched printed headbows don't tend to look great in my opinion. Lolita fashion is about paying attention to all the details in a outfit and I would personnally feel uncomfortable wearing mismatching prints.. That's why I have at least one plain coloured headbow that matches with all the main colours in my closet. That way, if I happen to buy a printed dress without the matching headbow, I can at least wear one that is plain but matches the main colour of my dress. ~
16th-Nov-2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
As long as you balance out the color in your head bow throughout your outfit, you should be ok with a solid headbow in a different color. Also, If you can find a medium sized grosgrain ribbon bow in the color of your dress (check the little girl's hair accessory section of a casual clothing store, or a kid's accessory shop like claire's; or you can make one yourself if you are a little crafty ^_^), you can put it on in front of the headbow, off to the side, at a little bit of an angle and it makes it look less like you were having trouble matching and more like you intentionally chose it over a matching headbow.

If you are going OTT sweet, you can totally put more than one color from the print in your hair with accessories. I would say try to use more of your main colors, and less (fewer pieces, or smaller pieces) of the colors that are less common in the print to make sure it's balanced. Then, do the same thing with your other accessories. Have mostly things that are in your main colors, and then a couple things that tie in the minor colors for balance. ::edit:: just to be clear, when I say accessories, I mean like jewelry and such, not basics like blouse/socks/shoes, you probably want to keep those in your main color pallet, or mostly your main colors with little accents (like in the case of printed socks).

Granted, the more colors you introduce, the harder it is to balance everything out.

Edited at 2012-11-16 03:11 pm (UTC)
17th-Nov-2012 03:00 am (UTC)
That's really good advice! Thank you! I've got Jewelry Jelly in Lavender and the funny thing is, the colour is a cross between lavender and pink, it's really hard to find the same shade of colour.
16th-Nov-2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
I wear a matching headbow when I don't want to mix too many colours...

But stuff like Chess Chocolate in brown, I never managed to get a matching headbow for it! So I wear a gold headbow instead which I think looks just as cute ^^ (and then I wear brown/gold shoes).
Some other prints of AP have red accents in them, I find those look really cute with a red bow and red shoes.

The pink headbow to match pink teaparties sounds like it would look really really cute!!

Can even go wild and wear checker socks + checker bow or something if they match xD
16th-Nov-2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
I was actually planning on doing something like that on purpose. More than likely, pink Jewelry Jelly JSK with the lavender bow and socks with mint and blue accessories/everything else for a kind of OTT coord.

I think for a simple coord, a plain headbow or a headbow in a complimenting color would be just fine, so long as that color is found in the rest of the outfit. You don't want to add too many things going on in a simple outfit because then it just starts to look a little busy and crazy.

However, I don't have a lot of printed bows, but I have a fair amount of prints. I keep simple and more extravagant bows around in the main colors of my wardrobe. That way I really don't have to worry about matching things or having to obsessively track down the matching headbow if I want to wear the piece.

But I really wouldn't recommend mixing PRINTS unless you really, really know what you're doing. Some prints are easier to mix than others and some are just plain impossible. This is something I'd be super cautious with and not something I'm even comfortable doing myself.

Edited at 2012-11-16 06:54 pm (UTC)
17th-Nov-2012 03:04 am (UTC)
I'm trying to mix a milky planet lavender bow (from a certain store since there is practically no place else to acquire them) with my lavender jewelry jelly since the headbow itself has prints that are somewhat similar (not to mention tiny prints that hopefully don't show up conspicuously)

Edited at 2012-11-17 03:06 am (UTC)
17th-Nov-2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
I think that may be iffy, because even though they do share some elements, the theme is completely different. Go ahead and try it and see how it looks before you really plan a whole outfit around this idea. I don't know how big the Milky Planet headbow is, but the Jewelry Jelly one is fairly large and the print is pretty visible on it. You may be able to pull it off, but there is the chance that it won't work. And in that case, the worse that could happen is that you'll be stuck with a headbow you can't really use. So, I'd give it a shot if the headbow is cheap enough.
17th-Nov-2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
I agree! The headbow for Milky Planet is actually smaller than the Jewelry Jelly one, but I'm hoping to add other things to distract a casual viewer from the prints on Milky Planet. I'm not as worried since the headbow is about US$8 only!
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