Pussy Bow Blouses Work for the Woman

Pussy bow blouse under blazer | Girlfriend is Better
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The pussy bow blouse aka neck tie blouse aka secretary blouse should be part of every working gal’s wardrobe. The blouse-tie combo is a great way of implementing menswear in feminine fashion.  With all the “equal pay for equal work” going on now, it’s kind of cool to reassert fashion from a time period where women were massively integrating into corporate America.   Women were trying to figure out how to match their male counterparts without giving up their best assets.  Their sense of style!

Pussy bow blouses in feminine florals | Girlfriend is Better
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Go Retro

We especially love this look with a total retro vibe.  If you keep your pussy bow blouse stuck in the mid-century, you’ll out last any trends.  Think old school secretary with charm and good old fashioned values.  Mrs. Cleaver has nothing to worry about at the office, thanks to girls such as yourself.  You keep up the good work, doll!

Vintage pussy bow secretary blouse | Girlfriend is Better
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The Versatility of the Pussy Bow

There are two basic ways you can wear a pussy bow blouse. The first way is done up into a big bow – the bigger, the better! It takes an ordinary blouse and turns it into something original and feminine. It also takes away the need to wear jewelry and that’s always a plus if you work in a conservative environment and need a little pizzazz.  Pop!  Bing!  Pow!

Pussy bow blouses with emphasis on the bow! | Girlfriend is Better
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Let it All Hang Loose

We are totally smitten with Alexander McQueen’s take on the style (available on Net-a-Porter).  The bow should be long enough that the ends or loops hang to your waist.  This is the rock star equivalent of the pussy bow.  Super sexy and yet totally modest.  Amazing paired with high-waisted slacks and moves easily from day to evening.  Just add a clutch or some statement earrings like the ones we were dying over last Winter.  Some things never go out of style.

Rocker style pussy bow blouse | Girlfriend is Better
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The Long + Short of It

Look for sleeveless blouses in the summer for a fun and flirty look. The best pussy bow blouses come in very lightweight fabric, so you never feel bulky and done up. I like to wear the long-sleeved variety and just push them up if I get too warm.  Another option is to layer a sheer blouse under a slip dress.  Totally work-appropriate.  (Reference our article on slip dresses and our article about slips on the outside for more inspiration.)

Pussy bow blouses for Spring | Girlfriend is Better
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Make Your Own Bow

Better yet – grab a piece or ribbon or a thin scarf and make your own pussy bow! Making your own bow is my preferred option because you can get funky with mix-and-match patterns. Then it really does turn the blouse into true menswear fashion, where you can create your own tie.   Not to mention it’s fashion versatility!  Wear it in your hair, or tie it on your bag – it’s not neck-exclusive.

Make your own pussy bow tie | Girlfriend is Better
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Perfect for a Night Out

Up, down, tied, loose; this blouse just doesn’t stop working for you! It looks great tucked into a pair of vintage jeans (especially with a high-rise waist) and instantly dresses up your look.  (Try Michael Stars’ Flowy Bow Blouse – currently on sale!) I also like a pussy bow blouse over a hot pair of pants when you’re going for that loose and free look on nights out. One blouse and you’ve got so many easy options for your wardrobe. Menswear is super sexy when you add those feminine flairs. I kind of like a little extra androgyny in the office. It helps men to be less confused. An empowered woman is the epitome of feminist success, so if you’re not feeling the part, at least look the part! The rest will fall into place as you go.

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