I do love a silk blouse, especially one with ruffles, or a tie neck, or even a “pussy bow.” Pussy Bow blouses (or pussy cat bow, as they were originally called) have been around for years, decades… a century, even. And according to Net-a-porter.com, they’re back.
And not just Net-a-porter. Preston Davis featured these “forever pieces” from the Wall Street Journal article recently on her blog Keep It Chic. WSJ’s article “Your Style Guide to Pre-Fall Collections” included a lovely cream tie blouse by Derek Lam.
And although these models at the Gucci Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Show may look a bit dour, and the outfits a bit too dowdy-chic for my taste… I do get the point. Pussy bow blouses are back… in a big way.
And they haven’t actually been gone that long, you know. This outfit on Ines de la Fressange, was labelled one of the “must have looks” in 2011.
Now this may come as a surprise to some, but I don’t actually pay toooo much attention to the “must have” exhortations of editors or fashion bloggers, unless they happen to coincide with my own “must have” list, or if the “must have” item in question happens to have resided in my closet, unworn, for a few years. Then, well, then I listen. Especially if it’s the latter. It’s soooo much fun to participate in a trend when it costs you nothing at all. Except maybe the cost of dry cleaning said item.
And it so happens that I own a pussy bow blouse, that still fits, and that I still love. It’s a purple Tory Burch blouse from 2008. See.
I hauled it out last Christmas because I thought I might wear it with my leather trousers to a Christmas house party that Hubby and I always attend. But as it happens I wore something else. So poor pussy bow blouse has sat unworn since…oh… 2012, at least.
And speaking of blogging and learning. Did you know that the concept of the “it girl” is attributed to writer Elinor Glyn? Although Rudyard Kipling used the term before she did. And the very first “it girl” was the actress Clara Bow? There’s an interesting article in The Guardian.com about the origin of the term and the fate of famous “it girls” on both sides of the Atlantic.
Now I have to wrap up this post before I do something silly like chucking my i-pad mini out the window, or taking a large hammer to it. I’m at my mum’s this week, and trying to write this post on my i-pad is…well… challenging… frustrating… and inefficient. I apologize for any weird anomalies of formatting.
So, I’m signing off and instead of considering committing violence against technology… I’m going to make a cup of tea and consider all the other ways I can wear my old/new pussy bow blouse this fall.
What about you? Are you a fan of the pussy bow blouse?