Pussy Bow blouse, anyone? If you are embracing the 1970s, then you will be embracing the pussy bow blouse. This fine faashion speciment pops up now and then, and had a pretty good run from the 1970s right through to the early 1980s. Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana were fans. But don’t let that put you off.
The key to this seaosn’s pussy bow blouse is that, well, it’s not always exactly a pussy bow blouse. We’re relaxing the remit on this a little bit. We’ve found a dozen gorgeous blouses which we think fall far enough into the pussy bow remit to qualify, but are all very different in their own right.
We’ll start with a classic, pussy bow, in a beautiful autumnal orange, from Dorothy Perkins @ BHS (£20). Team this with a wide A-line skirt, in cord or denim for maximum 1970s points, or just add it to your jeans – favourite skinnies, or 1970s flares.
Another more classic version of a pussy bow is this fantastic H&M chiffon blouse, with a detachable black bow. Pussy bow one minute, plain blouse the next. Two styles in one, for £19.99.
If you want to go completely leftfield with your pussy bow interpretation, then this beautiful peachy-pink scuba big bow blouse from H&M (£29.99) isn’t quite pussy bow, but we love it. Team with a tweed skirt suit and a floppy hat for top 1970s style points.
Ditsy, Liberty-style floral prints are very 1970s. You get points just for thinking about these prints. New Look’s blouse (£19.99) is perfect, with a think neck-tie, pussy bow style.
BHS have a blue, short-sleeved version (£22) with a cute floral print, and, again, a simple neck-tie.
French Connection’s boa print chiffon pussy bow blouse (£65) is perfect with bow undone, black jeans and some serious attitude, or bow tied, leather A-line skirt, and a cape.
Same blouse, different print. If paler is your thing, then try this white chiffon dotty version from French Connection (£65).
BHS have a gorgeous burgundy chiffon pussy bow blouse (£25), perfect teamed with a leatherette skirt, and a 1970s attitude, agreed?
H&M’s gorgeous neutral silk blouse (£49.99) will feel delightful on, and that lovely bow can be tied, or left flowing free.
New Look’s orange frill neck blouse (£19.99), with a neck-tie, is retro-perfection. You could almost buy this very blouse in the vintage store.
GAP’s draped, floaty blouse (£34.95), shown in blue here, but available in four colours, is probably the least pussy bow of them all, but is a perfect casual blouse, equally at home with a pair of jeans, as an A-line skirt.
Finally, Edition by Preen’s floral blouse at Debenhams (£40) in the classic 1970s shades of brown and orange, ticks all the right boxes – it has gathered sleeves, drapes beautifully, has that ditsy floral print, and has a cute neck tie.