There are two kinds of bows that should be in every cheerleader's lineup: Classy and Sassy.

We all have our big Minnie Mouse bows that we wear to competitions -- the kinds that stand out no matter how big our cheer curls are"”and the simple-but-clean ribbons we use to tie our hair back for games on the sidelines. These are our Classy bows: the tried-and-true accessories that match our cheer uniforms and add a little pop to our ponytails.

Every once in a while, though, it's fun to mix it up. Enter the Sassy bows, worn at pep rallies, homecoming, special events, and girls' nights with the squad. Maybe they're not exactly the school colors, or they're too funky for competition. That doesn't mean they're not fun to wear!

Try combining a ribbon of your squad's color with an animal-print ribbon for a wild accent. If your squad's colors are dark, like navy blue or forest green, swap them out for brighter hues, electric blue and lime green. Some ribbons even come in neon or glow-in-the-dark colors. If one of your squad's colors is silver or gold, there are sparkle and metallic ribbon options.

You can't go wrong with a big, cute bow! As a team, go ribbon shopping or even make your own bows for an impromptu bonding event. Your squad is sure to create bow-utiful accessories together!
Have you ever made your own cheer bow? What's your favorite bow style?