Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Fashion Vs. Cheerleading

Perhaps a very strange comparison to make, but fashion and cheerleading have one huge, oversized thing in common:

hair bows.

During the Spring/Summer catwalks of 2010, oversized bows were everywhere. From DVF to Luella, and Marc Jacobs to Milly, huge bows as hair pieces were staple accessories.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2010

In the Cheerleading world, one in which I have been involved in for just under three years now, oversized hair bows are a thing of uniform. Each competitive cheerleading squad has their own uniform with their own squad colours and name upon them, but the uniform for hair is widely recognised as being the same everywhere; high on the head ponytails (the higher the better!) with the oversized bows propped up on the top of the head.

Like the different uniforms for each squad, the bows worn are specially made to match in with the squad colours. As you can see from the photo above, the bows for my squad are black, red and silver.

Despite the hair bows being a part of the cheerleading uniform, bows have become somewhat of a fashion statement at the cheerleading competitions. Cheerleading bows come in many different shapes and sizes, colours and textures.

The photo above shows two of my squad members showing off their new cheer bows. The blue bow on the right is a stiff material with square sequins, whilst the purple bow on the left is a stiff plastic material with a shiny, glittery effect.

Perhaps not too disimilar to Luellas shiny plastic bows from her Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear collection?

Luella Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Ah, well maybe they aren't quite the same, but still similar enough! I hope you've enjoyed reading my peculiar comparison, and perhaps learning a little about the cheerleading world too!

I'll leave you with a few more examples of oversized hair bows in both the fashion and cheerleading worlds:

Milly Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Diane Von Furstenburg Resort 2010

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