Fashion and pop culture have an interesting relationship. This season, I think the fashion world took a cue from pop culture with the preponderance of tie-neck bow blouses, and I’d wager a pretty penny that the fashion folks caught on to the overwhelming popularity of Mad Men and Glee in the past year. There are plenty of woman out there dying to channel their inner Betty Draper, Joan Holloway, or, my personal favorite, Glee’s Type-A cardigan-wearing germ-a-phobe Emma Pillsbury.Regardless, you don’t have to be a priss, or a 1950s school girl, to rock the tie-neck blouse. If you’re averse to bows (I definitely am not), you can leave the neck untied for a more relaxed look.
For work, I suggest you take your inspiration from one Emma Pillsbury, and pair your tie-neck blouse with a pencil skirt, topped with cardigan or under a crew-neck sweater, and pumps or ballet flats. Wear simple jewelry: diamond or pearl studs, and, if you’re feeling really fun, add a broach.
For the weekend, wear the blouse with skinny jeans, riding boots, and a satchel-style bag, which are must-haves in the fall wardrobe.
For a more dressed-up weekend look, channel your inner ’70s child with flared-leg jeans, heels, a belt, and lots of bangles. Flared leg jeans are back in style again, and subtle ’70s inspiration is everywhere this fall.
Here are my blouse picks:
Patterson J. Kinkaid Tie-Neck Blouse, in pale pink, grey, and aubergine, $118, Shop Bop.
Dots Within Blouse, $118, Anthropologie.
DKNY Bow Neckline button blouse, in coral, $89, Bloomingdale’s.
Remain tie-neck satin blouse, in pale pink and grey, $88, Nordstrom.