6 Different Looks You Can Create With Pussy Bow Top

Pussy bow is a type of neckwear that is often attached to women’s blouses and top. While tops with bows tied around the neck have been around for a very long time, the term “pussy bow top” only surfaced around the 20th century. Some believe the name comes from the aesthetic of the garment which is similar to bow tied around cats. Others believe that the name has no other origins than by taking it from a slang for the female genitalia.

Though we certainly won’t be discussing on which etymology makes more sense, I’d love to focus on the latter belief. People believe that the name “pussy bow top” refers to the euphemism for the female reproductive organ just because pussy bows were made to be a “girly tie”. This has something to do with the feminine effect that the pussy bow gives to any kind of outfit.

The late Margaret Thatcher, who was known for wearing pussy bow blouses, reportedly said that she thought the bows were “softening”. Pussy bow blouses became a key part of Thatcher’s political image. And during those same decades, when the first women to rise up to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder wore such garment, pussy bow tops became a symbol of femininity amidst environments once run solely by men. A feminist symbol.

Today, pussy bow blouse is making a comeback. No longer a symbol of ladylike, designers have taken to the clothing once famous in the Thatcher era as an image of the Bohemia. Fashion labels like Gucci and Chloe reimagined the top with a more whimsical and romantic air through billowy fabrics and deep and rich hues that completely screams Bohemian.

The pussy bow blouse will definitely be a trend in the spring/summer of 2016 but it’s already building its sartorial fanbase this fall and winter. Here are some looks you can create with pussy bow top.

CASUAL

Pull off a simple pussy bow in a peasant blouse for a casual look. Go for a laid back and easy outfit which you can easily conjure by adding denim–the fabric epitome of casualness–to your attire.

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CLASSIC

A classic look will be needing a good amount of timelessness to how fashionable your outfit is. Clothes will have to be in simple and clean cuts without too much tailoring accents. But this is not the case of pussy bow tops as, more often than not, the tops are billowy and contains ruffles. In this case, stick to teaming pussy bow tops with basic clothes or any article of clothing that are neatly intact tailoring-wise to balance out the whimsicality of the top.

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OFFICE

For incorporating pussy bow blouses to your office wardrobe, you can basically follow the guide for classic look. Otherwise, simply replace your white shirt with the pussy bow blouse in your two-piece suit and you’ll be good to go.

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PREPPY

Most pussy bow tops associated with the preppy look are those top that have a different color for their bow. For instance, a white blouse with black bow–a classic and typical preppy garment.

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VINTAGE

When achieving a vintage look, you can opt for loose silhouettes or choose garments in rich hues that give off that sense of nostalgia. Such colors will be mustard yellow and dark olive among many others. Basically, create a throwback essence to your outfit.

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BOHEMIAN

As mentioned above, pussy bow blouses of this year lean more on being Bohemian-inspired. This means that they are breezy and romantic-looking. These will be a great look you want to take note of for the festival season next year.

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