Whenever we’re invited to a fancy party or holiday affair, my son looks at me with a mix of horror and dread and asks, “Does this mean I’m going to have to get dressed up?” Rougebox’s adorable and kitschy handmade bow ties will definitely sweeten the dress up deal: they come in pop culture prints featuring Disney characters, superheroes, and Star Wars characters as well as offering more staid polka dots, paisley, and solid versions. One of the coolest aspects of the bow ties is their versatility: you can choose traditional adjustable straps or pick an alligator clip, which turns the bow tie into a hair barrette — or simply request barrette clips so that any girls in your family can get in on this patterned pop culture fun. The multitude of options (over 170!) and bright, appealing colors and designs will delight any child, especially those who typically favor tees over tuxedos. Rougebox offers men’s, kid’s, and toddler’s sizing so the whole family can get gussied up and still show their love for Mickey, Curious George, Elmo, and many, many others. Suddenly, you may find your tots are bow tie obsessed and requesting to wear them┬áto the park or the grocery store. This simple solution to our getting dressy woes now has us asking, “Why on earth didn’t someone think of this idea sooner?”

+ Rougebox bow ties and barrettes $7.50-$18.00

via Cool Mom Picks