The case for and against the pussy-bow blouse
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)