Style stand­off

The case for and against the pussy-bow blouse

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Bethan Holt For

For me, the pussy bow epit­o­mises power dress­ing. It’s fem­i­nine and frothy, yet has a no-non­sense pol­ish. The New Ro­man­tics and Diana, Princess of Wales owned the look: if a piece is partspan­dau, part-sloane Ranger, sign me up.

This sea­son’s pussy­bow trend ties with the la­dy­like moods we’ve seen on the cat­walks. But there are ver­sions around with a more mod­ern kick, like this blouse by Pe­tar Petrov, with its in­ter­est­ing sleeves and snake­skin print.

Mak­ing the piece flat­ter your fig­ure is all in the de­tails – com­bine a soft fab­ric and a big bow, and then tuck it in at the waist in or­der to bal­ance your pro­por­tions.

Caro­line Leaper Against

The pussy-bow blouse, for me, is too stuffy. It’s Mar­garet Thatcher in the ’80s, it’s Me­la­nia Trump overly dressed on the cam­paign trail.

As a wo­man with a fuller bust, I find that this par­tic­u­lar neck­line does me few favours, adding vol­ume and ma­te­rial to an area that is al­ready pretty well loaded. In­stead, I’m cham­pi­oning the bow in an al­ter­na­tive po­si­tion. The waist tie, on this oth­er­wise min­i­mal shirt from Cos, is far more flat­ter­ing on me, serv­ing to high­light the smallest part of my waist with­out sac­ri­fic­ing any of the de­sign in­ter­est or the to­tal joy that comes with dress­ing one­self like a present in a big state­ment bow.

Bethan wears Silk blouse, £349, Pe­tar Petrov (match­es­fash­ion.com). Pleated trousers, £69, Cos (cos­stores.com). Mules, £36, Topshop (topshop.com). Caro­line wears Cot­ton shirt, £45, Cos (cos­stores. com). Straight-leg trousers, £25.99, Zara (zara.com). Leather mules, £545, Manolo Blah­nik (manoloblah­nik.com)

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