The Pussy Bow

Leandra Medine | October 5, 2011
Disclaimer: this has most nothing to do with vaginas or Givenchy.

hat: Tibi

This installment of 1 Piece, 3 Ways takes a turn for the unusual because instead of previewing three different outfits highlighting one particular garment and asking: “are you repelled?” I’ll show you one outfit, and while you may or may not still most certainly be repelled, figure this more a tutorial than a collection of photos for you to look at. Last season the bow blouse started to make a quiet comeback and when I say comeback I mean way back from when Coco Chanel was still designing Chanel. I speculate the British decided to dub the bow blouse a “pussy bow” because no respectable American would do so, you know, outside the confines of Fantasy World on 6th Avenue. But enough about the pussy…bow, this is about how to wear it and whether or not you can successfully repel or conversely propel in said blouse, see below.

jacket: Rebecca Minkoff, blouse: Tory Burch, jeans: Goldsign, ponies: Christian Louboutin, bracelet: DANNIJO 

In version number one I stand inexplicably angry before you. As you can see, I’ve tied my burnt orange frayed pussy bow dropped, like a bolo. This version offers neck room and neck room offers a peek at the collarbone, and you know, collarbones are sometimes deemed sexy. If you ask me, I wouldn’t take the chance. You may as well just wear the bow untied and if it’s left untied, why is it there to begin? Am I right? As you can see, pussy bows really bring the philosopher out in a woman.

So we take it up a notch, literally and rid the prospect of collarbone exposure. I’m likely more giggly simply because of that. More women should unleash their inner-man and celebrate the unisex bow tie. You see what’s so great about this caliber of blouse is that it adds a feminine quirk to the prospective bow tie. I’m happy, you’re happy, our necks are warm. No one loses. Except, you know, maybe some silly Saturday night plans.

And last, a third way to tie your bow:

Your heads free game, kids.

Like a headband…but way more bunny rabbit chic. Sure it makes simple head gestures a bit harder to perform, but why should your neck have all the fun? Now tell me, which method will you be exercising in your effort to welcome the pussy…………bow?

  • the last method would be particularly abhorrent and stylish with some fake glasses, perhaps in the footsteps of dame iris apfel….

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  • i wear a lot of pussy bows, just love them. now i will have to refer to them by their true name and enter it into conversations, frequently and not necessarily when i am wearing one. VIVA LA PUSSY BOW!

    xxoo
    http://www.paperplanesandmaryjanes.com

  • Hilarious! I used to hate when people called them pussy bows, but hey! Why not celebrate it?

    http://www.thoreausdaughter.com/

  • Number one or two, my head is too round for the cute head bow 😛

  • Love the outfit on the first photo !

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.blogspot.com
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Definitely number two, the third one would be too extreme!

    xoxo
    Fashion Agony blog

  • Haha is this seriously what they call this? Hilar.

  • Lia

    haha amazing. so genius the pussy bow

    xx
    Glass of Fashion

  • love it!
    <3

    Fashion Philosophy
    http://www.fashionphilosophy.net

  • I started hunting for vintage pussy bow blouses 3 or 4 years ago. So glad they are making a comeback!

  • Great coat!

    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

  • i just got a dress with a pussy bow and have been racking my brain as to how to tie it! unfortch i think my dress would bee too short if i tied the bow around my head and would not be repelling at all!

    style-extraordinaire.com

  • i love ur style!

  • Anonymous

    You look like Eva Mendes!!

  • adorable. I want a very warm neck too now:)

  • First time in your blog and I really love it!

    xoxox from Spain!

  • Is a belt too much with the pussy bow on top? 'Cause your waistband looks naked to me. Otherwise I love it.

    BTW, one of my 4 year son's preschool classmates was wearing a tiered pink skirt over brown track pants today and I thought of you. I whipped out my iPad and showed her your post on skirts over pants but she was unimpressed. I think 4 yr olds have been rocking this look since time immemorial.

  • I am showing this post to everyone who didn't believe me when I said that a pussy bow is a valid name for a bow blouse. I feel so vindicated right now!

    Tina

  • I'm a total sucker for pussybow blouses and my closet is stocked full of them. You rocked the look!

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  • Haha, this post is fantastic 🙂
    Love your sense of humor, as always!

    xx Grace
    Dream-Boating

  • I love your blog, I am not a regular commenter but I do read it everyday. I like the second look, especially since I love donning blazers and cardigans, I think it complements the look better. It does kinda put a nice chic feminine twist on the menswear look.

  • Lookin good lookin good.

    Belt Giveaway

  • 2nd for me!! 😀

  • These shoes are gorgeous! It's the first time I'm reading your blog and I must say I like it:)

  • those shoes are the bomb.com – need them in my closet ASAP!!

    xo, Merritt

    Manolos and Martinis

  • Meredith

    I just bought a shirt from Old Navy and it had a pussy bow. Love your blog!

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  • I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good. This is a great article thanks for sharing this informative information. I will visit your blog regularly for some latest post.

  • I really love that bow on the blouse, such a chic detail. Meow!

    Kaye
    Fashion Blogger
    http://thestyleflux.blogspot.com

  • I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good. This is a great article thanks for sharing this informative information. I will visit your blog regularly for some latest post.
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  • I love the pussy bow blouses! So chic and versatile 😉 Pussy bow club for sure!
    xx-Tammy
    http://www.herstyledview.com