How To Wear A Tie Neck Blouse When You Are Over 40

A blouse is one of the easiest looks for women over 40 to wear. The fit is loose and your arms are covered, but a blouse can be nothing short of dramatic. One of the hottest trends for Fall 2019 is silky voluminous statement-making tie neck blouses with billowing sleeves. This fall you may want to invest in a tie neck or pussy bow blouse for upcoming parties and seasonal holiday events. Based on what we are seeing at spring fashion week 2020, this flowing 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. This term is used mostly by international designers. While checking out the latest blouses from designers on Net-A-Porter, I found a huge selection of gorgeous “Pussy Bow” blouses with billowing sleeves by designers like Valentino, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Balmain, Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu and Chloe.

I literally swooned over this hot pink Chloe Pussy Bow silk-jacquard blouse. I was also amazed by the versatility of this blouse because you can tie it a number of ways and the high low hem is so chic.


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How To Tie A Pussy Bow Blouse

Thanks to the exquisite styling at Net-A-Porter I can show you several ways to tie a pussy bow blouse. My favorite Chloe blouse has a high collar front so it can be tied elegantly in the back. But you can also tie this blouse in the front, with or without a bow!

How to tie a pussy bow blouse

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.

How To Wear A Tie Neck Blouse

How To Wear A Tie Neck Blouse
Antonio Berardi Pussy-bow crepe blouse, $880 |  Gucci Pussy-bow printed silk crepe de chine blouse, $1,800 | Balmain Pussy-bow silk blouse, $1,350 | Oscar de la Renta Pussy-bow cape-effect crepe de chine blouse, $1,590

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! Since the blouse creates a lot of volume, slimmer cut black tuxedo pants or leather leggings 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.

An in-between look that will work with a tie neck blouse is the “French Tuck.” This is when you casually tuck in the front of the blouse and leave out the back or a side of the blouse. It’s a purposely laid-back look you can achieve and adjust to what is most flattering on you. These blouses can be overwhelming and a French tuck takes out some of the extra volume.

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. Tie neck or pussy bow blouses can be very versatile. They look amazing with skirts, 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!

As you can see, the options for wearing these blouses are limitless. If you try one trend for fall ’19, 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 Balmain to ASOS here!


Carol Calacci

You may also like to read 9 Fall 2019 Fashion Trends To Avoid When You’re Over 40 and The Top 10 Fall 2019 Trends for Women Over 40.

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