(Marc by Marc Jacobs/Nordstrom)
Who else is on the fence with the bow blouse trend? I really feel like you have to be right on for this look or it just comes off horribly.
I am busty, not big persay (32DD), but pretty full. Since I have a lingerie background, I have done my gathering of well-fitting undergarments. For some people, this sizing issue can completely make a trend piece look horrible on them. It just does not work. For me, it is having something around my neck for several hours. I just do not like it. Its like a silky scarf, getting fearfully close to the beverage at my desk or draping over my keyboard keys. As if my hair was down.
(Diane von Furstenberg/Nordstrom)
Unless I am wearing a work outfit, heels, hose (of whatever sort), pencil skirt, ballet bun – the bow blouse just does not work. I feel a bit contrived pairing it with a pair of skinny jeans and stilettos. I think I look like a joke. Probably just a proportion thing.
(Alice + Olivia/Neiman-Marcus)
This all being said, maybe my impression will change since now it is a trend. This whole time, I have been wearing vintage bow blouses and these new bold colors may do just the trick. I would love one in a subtle pattern and another in maybe a deep rich jewel tone like a teal… Or both (see below).
I currently own some vintage silk ones from Doncaster, Carlisle, Worth and Juliana Collezione. They have not been worn in a while, and it was fun wearing them in a law office as they were a fun pick-me-up to the regularity of suits and oxfords. Who knows when I will pull them out!
What do you think of this trend? Did you wear these in their various revivals in the 70s, 80s and hold on to them? Are you hoping to purchase a few pieces for this season?
4 thoughts on “Fall 2011 trend: the bow blouse”
This is calling my name, have no idea how many bow blouses i have but am always drawn to them…..loooove this look!! Very classic.
If I find the right one I would be on board with this trend. So many are hit or miss. I think they look cute but aren't always flattering
I love the bow blouse. Mango (a Spanish chain) had a variety of different ones a couple of years ago and I bought three that I still have and still love. I'm sure I'll hang on to them for awhile
I love bow blouses too – they really are so universal but you do have to watch to see how your shoulders/bust/waist all impact the overall look. I'm pretty hourglassy but I definitely wear them regularly!