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For the love of the pussy bow blouse

The pussy bow blouse has the power to transform. Slip one on with a waist-cinching pencil skirt or pair of tailored pants and your posture straightens, your mood lifts, and your hips swivel more confidently with every step you take. You're an objet de désir whisked up from another decade and deposited in the now, smack bang in that elusive space between masculine and feminine, stern and soft.

Helmut Newton: Yves Saint Laurent's Le Smoking

If the pussy bow blouse makes you think of sweet cartoon kitties with curling tails and eyes as wide as flying saucers, that's exactly the point: the bow is designed to sit right under your chin, framing your face the way a ribbon might frame a kitten's. But despite all that, the blouse also hides a kind of strength within it's elegant folds of fabric. Like her feline counterpart, the bow blouse-wearing woman is independent and belongs to no one. She has always been that way: Lauren Bacall was wearing it back in the '40s, Coco Chanel was a fan, and Helmut Newton immortalized it in his 1975 photoshoot of Yves Saint Laurent's Le Smoking. The blouse's popularity in the workplace of the '80s stemmed from the corporate woman's desire to equal her male counterparts by wearing a button-up shirt, but to do so with her own feminine slant.

 

Feminine and yet utterly powerful? It's no wonder she's such a classic.

Lauren Bacall wears the iconic style


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