The Bow Neck Blouse is Back: 20 ‘Working Girl’ Tops to Shop Now

Jill Stuart Fall 2013, image: imaxtree

Jill Stuart Fall 2013, image: imaxtree

The bow neck blouse, you say? Isn’t that something I’ll have to dust off in my grandma’s wardrobe? Or more recently, in some “working girl” closet from the 80s? It’s true, these tops have had their moment in previous times. From the queen of England to Melanie Griffith, they retain a historical feel that calls to mind less than chic apparel. 

But that’s why we’re here, to make sure you’re steered in the right direction. Because when you open up your closet to pick out your office look, when the jackets are at the cleaners and the shift dresses are too boring to contemplate, you’ll want a modern version of this top. Designers and retailers are betting on it, and of course we agree.

From the ultra high end (think Chloe and Nina Ricci) to totally affordable, these are available in a huge variety of colors, prints and bow types, not to mention textiles. No matter your style, you’re going to find one you love. Try pairing one with your leather pants or leggings for a play on upscale and edgy. If you need to try before you commit, you might want to pick up the bow tie from ASOS—listed below—simply tie underneath any collared shirt and you’re ready to go.