One of the major fashion trends seen pre-fall 2014 is the pussycat bow blouse, an excellent look for the young professional lady as it is both trendy and workplace-appropriate and exudes a bold, in-charge semblance.
Though bows around the neck have been worn since the 19th century, Margaret Thatcher made the pussy bow blouse a key part of her image during the 1980s. Thatcher thought bows were “rather softening” and “pretty,” and the look has been imitated by many other female politicians.
Today, the look has come back in a major way and has been seen all over the runways and throughout many collections this coming season. Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld has dubbed his bowtie the “scorpion bow,” which was fashioned from two layers of black satin.
Alice & Olivia featured a feminine, schoolgirl look by pairing the bow blouse with a pleated skirt and knee-high boots. Typically known for their party dresses, the designer decided to show off their tailoring techniques with structured suits and more refined and polished pieces.
M by Missoni added sophistication to their younger diffusion line with the bow blouse trend.
Michael Kors focused on a chic gamine look by offering menswear-inspired shirts and Mulberry went androgynous with fabric puffers and a utilitarian appeal.
As women’s wear flirts with a more stiff, mannish semblance combined with girlish neck bows, menswear heads into a softer direction by abandoning neck wear altogether.
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