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What are Pussy-Bow Tops? How Do You Wear Them?

Prerna Gauba | Oct 27, 2015, 15:44 IST
What are Pussy-Bow Tops? How Do You Wear Them?
This season, something that has been in fashion for decades has suddenly taken a leap over other trends. A fancy name for a blouse (and it’s sure to catch your fancy too) is the pussy-bow blouse. Pussy-bow tops are basically those that are accentuated with a bow around the neckline. The term ‘pussy bow’ has been taken from general consensus on the Internet. Though the term is inspired by feline cartoon characters wearing bows, you have to admit the term has a double meaning with a 'feminine' connotation!
Why are they the ultimate choice for the working girl in the West?
It all started when women in the Western world entered the workforce as corporate executives, which was previously a male-dominated arena. At that point of time, there were no established examples or references of how to dress as businesswomen. Women wore formal suits with skirts and button-down shirts with a ribbon tied into a bow around their necks – a feminine interpretation of a man’s tie. The pussy bow has been a part of fashion since then and continues to be a must-have in the working girl’s closet. (Here’s how to add some quirk to your daily workplace dressing.)

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  • Pussy-bow blouses were worn during the Margaret Thatcher era, teamed neatly with a prim pencil skirt.2 of 3
    Pussy-bow blouses were worn during the Margaret Thatcher era, teamed neatly with a prim pencil skirt.
    When did they become popular?
    These kinds of tops were worn during the Margaret Thatcher era, teamed neatly with a prim pencil skirt. These tied-up blouses, which might also be listed as ‘ascot blouses’ or ‘secretary blouses’, cropped up in the late ’40s and early ’50s. It was the best way to make a simple top look different and ladylike. After years it has been rekindled as an emblem of bohemia for the Autumn-Winter 2015 season. (These are 5 fashion rules you should break)
  • In case you don’t have a pussy-bow blouse, tie a skinny scarf in a knot around your neck.3 of 3
    In case you don’t have a pussy-bow blouse, tie a skinny scarf in a knot around your neck.
    How do you wear them?
    There are many readymade pussy-bow tops already available. In case you don’t have one, tie a skinny scarf in a knot around your neck. If you are not an expert at tying your shoelaces, do not try too hard. Settle for a messy knot that hangs down onto your chest. Another option is to leave it hanging like a tie! But of course, it is ideal to tie a prominent knot and make a good bow. 
     
    Choose the right fabric for this silhouette like satin and georgette. It can be paired with high-waist flared pants or pencil skirts. You could also go for jeans and trousers with the same.  Also, colour blocking will always add to the fashion appeal of this ensemble. (Here's why flared pants are the best investment this season.)
     
    Is it a good idea to accessorize them?
    Keep it minimalistic. Skip neck accessories and choose smaller studs for your ears. Focus on wearing complementing cuffs, bracelets and rings. (Try these hair accessories under Rs 500.)
     
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