Style Watch Essentials: Tie This On for Size

Just in time for the holidays comes a fashion trend that can double as gift wrap: satin ribbons. Ultrafeminine sashes, already considered hip by 4-year-old girls, are becoming must-haves for women 10 times that age. Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada are among the fashion powers touting the look in recent collections, tying ribbons onto blouses, dresses and shoes. Popular downmarket retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and other mainstream mall outlets have also appropriated the ribbon theme for everything from belts to tank tops. Whether tying them in bows or leaving them to dangle...

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