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Trend To Try: Pussy Bow Necklines

Far from being fussy and out-dated, pussy bow necklines are back in favour this season. Billowing down the AW14 catwalks, this is a look headed straight for your wardrobe. Here, Style Insider brings you all you need to know about the trend…

What?
A stand collar on tops and dresses with extended ends that can be tied into a bow.

Why?
Bows have been worn around the neck for centuries, but the term ‘pussy bow’ first came into effect in the 1930s. Popular throughout the decades ever since, the neckline is perhaps best recalled as 1970s workwear with Margaret Thatcher championing the look during her tenure at Downing Street. No longer reserved for politicians, today, pussy bow necklines are firmly back on the high-fashion radar.

How?
Pussy bow necklines are most commonly worked in fluid fabrics, such as silk and chiffon, as they can create a more dramatic, floppy bow. This in turn, makes the trend perfect for evening; imagine a sheer pussy bow blouse with a pencil skirt or second-skin leathers. The neckline is also extremely office-appropriate. Layered beneath a jacket, the look mirrors that of typical male business attire. For a more kitsch approach, channel the Moschino AW14 catwalk and wear yours with a string of pearls.

Who?
Moschino aside, pussy bow necklines were seen on many of the AW14 catwalks, ranging in proportions from neat at Joseph to billowing at Givenchy and oversized at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Pussy bow necklines had a distinct ‘70s flavour at Emilio Pucci, meanwhile, especially when paired with shearling aviator jackets. Audrey Tautou and Olivia Palermo have been snapped wearing the trend as have myriad fashion editors; scroll through the gallery above to see our favourite takes on the trend.

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