The pussybow revival of late has turned the ribboned blouse into a runway staple, but the style’s roots are heavily entrenched in second-wave feminism. When women first broke into the working world, there were few guides on how exactly they were supposed to dress. Instead of bow ties, pussybow blouses became the officewear de rigeur for women of the period.
Now, brands like Prada, Miu Miu and Gucci have adopted the effeminate silhouette and reworked it with prints, different ribbons, textures and more. Pussybow blouses pack more of a sartorial punch than ever, making them a worthy inclusion into your working wardrobe. Pair them with A-line midi skirts to go full vintage, or wide-legged trousers and pumps for a more polished look with the ribbon knotted or deliberately undone; the possibilities are endless.
Here are six of our favourite renditions.
Look like a girly vision from an old Western film with this lightweight pussybow shirt. The white yoke with ruffles and black piping is a delicate, unique accent we absolutely adore.
Wallpaper prints may not be for everyone, but if you crave a little personality in your daily office attire, then they’re your answer. This tonal Gucci version is an attention-grabber, so wear it to a meeting where you need to command the room.
This androgynous Veddar blouse replaces the usual ribboned bow with a full-on tie. Inspired by vintage silk neckerchiefs, the clashing prints are best tempered down with flared, high-waisted black trousers.
Metallic fabrics are creeping back into the limelight. This Saint Laurent silver lamé blouse is a corporate-friendly take on the trend, so you’re killing two fashion-forward birds with one stone.
Wild prints or fabrics not to your taste? Then try something like this Maje cotton poplin shirt. The skinny ribbon is just enough of a contrast to make this top less one-dimensional, but still keeps it within the boundaries of conventional work gear.
Tom Ford’s coral pussybow blouse is a vision of luxury, thanks to its satin and silk blend composition. The high neck makes it look fresh and different from the standard collared pussybow tops, and less like something out of grandma’s clothing stash.