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How to Wear Pussy-Bow Blouses — and Look Cool Doing It

In the 80s, Margaret Thatcher was known as much for her uncompromising politics as her inimitable style. As Britain’s first female prime minister, she developed a signature uniform — some would say a suit of armor — that set the gold standard for career women across the globe. Her look was, as she called it, “never flashy, just appropriate“: A power suit, a black Asprey handbag, a single string of pearls and, of course, pussy-bow blouses that were “rather softening and pretty.” 

How to Wear Pussybow Blouses

Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Miu Miu Fall 2015; Images: Imaxtree

Those unmistakable bow blouses that were once the buttoned-up symbol of the Thatcher era have undergone a major transformation this season. Designers like Alessandro Michele at Gucci have reclaimed the prim and proper top for modern magpies who are more interested in the new wave of bohemia than the old ways of conformity. Today’s pussy-bow blouses are often sheer, trimmed with lace or paired with free-spirited staples like military-style jackets, velvet skirts and wide-leg trousers. What in the world would Margaret say?

For 12 new ways to wear the pussy-bow blouse right now, click on the gallery below.