No, we are not talking about sailor knots although those are fun also. At Doina Alexei, we've long been fans of knotting and twisting the fabric in our design aesthetic. Not that bows aren't pretty, but there is something a little limiting about designing with them (in our humble opinion). Believe it or not, it is actually not an easy task to use a bow properly in clothing. The size, shape and fabric all have to be taken into account and on top of that, the positioning of a bow on a clothing item can prove to be a little challenging. Add it in the wrong areas of the garment and it will look too junior, make it too big in size and it will be too theatrical, use the wrong color and fabric and it risks looking a little out of place for everyday use.
We took the modern approach and replaced the bow with the knot. Knotting fabric is actually fun to do. We love adding knot details to straps thus creating original asymmetric looks, or simply draping the fabric in a soft knot creating a more feminine, classic look. Using knots in clothing design gives you a wide range of possibilities. When it comes to the size and placement, there isn't much that wont work. It always ends up looking original, modern and fresh. You do have to watch out for fabric knots that are too large or heavy because it risks looking too bulky and adding too much weight thus jeopardizing comfort. Overall, we think using a knot detail offers a versatile option over the bow. With a little creativity, knotting can be used on a variety of styles, from work blouses to casual dresses and beyond. Don't believe us? Check out the following examples as proof.
The feminine "fold knot".
The comfy knit dress with knotted side strap.
The everyday elastic waist dress with small knot detail.
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