The seemingly innocent love knot is an illusionist when it comes to your wedding dress: A bow can magically enhance any area on which it's placed. Go sweet and subtle or lavish and large. Take a look at a few bows we spotted on the runway and featured in the fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.
1. Tie the sash however you want: in big or small loops, in front or back. It conceals where Tulle's "Simone" bustier and trumpet skirt unite.
2. Rosa Clara's crepe "Borgona" works its trailing ends. One wraps over your stomach; the other cascades down your side, shaving inches off hips.
3. Draw the eye all the way down with the dramatic, avant-garde detail of this Oscar de la Renta gown (bergdorfgoodman.com).
4. The petite version on Bhldn's column dress smartly hugs the side, highlighting a small waist with coy, vintage grace.
5. This Justin Alexander Signature boasts a tidy box bow that cinches the middle like a belt and a sweeping A-line skirt.