(PEOPLE) -- 'Tis the season for tying the knot, and stars like Brittany Murphy and Christina Ricci have gotten a little loopy, accentuating their waistlines with pretty bows.
"It adds a feminine touch," says Bad Company's Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, who tied one on for a recent film premiere.
Designer Roberto Cavalli agrees. "A bow brings a touch of romanticism to an outfit," he says. "It's a nostalgic expression of elegance."
The style dates back to the mid-19th century, when "accessories were a sign of wealth," says Kevin Jones, museum collections manager at L.A.'s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. But today, adds Jones, "you can add a bow to a dress or jeans and personalize a look easily and cheaply."
Keeping the bow tied, though, is another matter.
"Bows have a natural tendency to come loose," warns L.A. stylist Brenda Cooper. "They do require maintenance and sometimes retying. You definitely have to keep an eye on them."
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