How To Wear A Tie Neck Blouse: Best Ways to Style It

A blouse is one of the easiest looks for women over 50 to wear. Even though the fit is loose and your arms are covered, a blouse can be nothing short of dramatic. Always a classic fashion piece, the silky statement-making tie neck blouse is once again on trend for Fall 2023. This season you may want to invest in a tie neck or pussy bow blouse for upcoming parties and seasonal holiday events. Based on what we have seen on the runways over years, this look will be around for seasons to come.

What is a Pussy Bow Blouse?

The reason it is called a pussy bow blouse is because the bow is similar to one tied around the neck of a kitten or cat. (My cat doesn’t wear one, but I digress.) This term is used mostly by international designers.

Designer Pussy Bow Blouses

While checking out the latest blouses from Net-A-Porter, I found a huge selection of gorgeous “Pussy Bow” blouses from designers like Valentino, Gucci, Givenchy, Nina Ricci, Frame, Zimmerman, Alex Perry, Khaite, Balenciaga and many more. Between the exquisite styling at Net-A-Porter as well as looks from the runways, I will show you the best ways to wear a pussy bow blouse.


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Givenchy, Nina Ricci, Tom Ford, Alberta Ferretti, and Zimmerman Fall 2023 RTW | Photos: Vogue

Tie Neck Blouses On The Fall 2023 Runways

The variety of styling options shown on the runways for fall 2023 were endless. Floor grazing ties were shown at Valentino, oversized pussy bows at Nina Ricci, monochromatic and neatly tied under an all white power pant suit at Tom Ford, side tied silky printed bows contrasting leather and fur at Alberta Ferretti and long ties graced the necklines of romantic dresses at Zimmerman.

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Reiss Tora Leopard Print Bow Blouse, $240

How To Tie A Pussy Bow Blouse

There are several ways to tie a pussy bow blouse. This leopard print bow blouse from Reiss is a good example of the different ways to style the same blouse. You can tie it in a bow high on your neck (usually tucked into your pants or skirt), wear it open, or loop it through and wear it long in the front with a French tuck. A “French tuck” is when you casually tuck in the front of the blouse and leave the back or a side of the blouse untucked.

Adjust a Bow Tie Blouse for Your Body Type

Tie a larger bow with larger loops and shorter tails if you are larger busted. Or you can tie it to one side over one shoulder with a smaller bow. This works best if you are smaller busted.

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Khaite Tash pussy-bow silk-chiffon blouse, $1,180

How To Wear A Tie Neck Blouse

So how do you wear a tie neck blouse? These blouses are indeed dressy enough to replace a dress or even a gown for an elegant event. Pair it with my second favorite piece of covered up clothing…pants or jeans! Since the blouse creates a lot of volume, slimmer cut pants or jeans look best when wearing the blouse untucked. If you want to tuck the blouse in to give your waist more definition, then you should go with a high waist pant with a wider leg.

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Givenchy Pussy-bow silk blouse, $1,990

If you are tucking the blouse it looks best tied without a bow, more like a long sash in the front. This keeps the dramatic look of the blouse. For evening wear one with black pants in lux fabrics like silk velvet, leather or fine wool.

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Alex Perry Fallon pussy-bow satin-crepe blouse, $1,500

A monochromatic look creates a unified column of color like this vibrant blue Alex Perry ensemble.

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Gucci Pussy-bow silk-jacquard blouse, $2,150

Tie neck or pussy bow blouses can be very versatile. They look incredible with skirts, and a matching skirt like this Gucci look above. Try tweedy wool pants or even your favorite pair of worn out denim jeans. It’s the ideal piece for travel because you will be ready for anything!

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Frame Femme pussy-bow silk-satin blouse, $450

As you can see, the options for wearing these blouses are limitless. If you try one trend for Fall 2023, make it a tie neck blouse!

Shop Tie Neck and Pussy Bow Blouses

The designers inspire us but you don’t only have to pay high prices. Shop tie neck blouses from Valentino to H&M here!

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You may also like to read Red All Over: Top Fall 2023 Fashion Trend for Women Over 50 and Best Fall 2023 Shoe Trends for Women Over 50: From Runway To Real Way.

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