Our Favorite Bow Blouses for Under $60
This is the season of the blouse. Really. While we report on all the hottest trends, we certainly know that not everything is truly a must-have. But this easy to wear look actually is, whether you’re channeling your inner Zooey or you’re looking to add a dash of secretary chic to your wardrobe. From New York to L.A., we have been spying sheer ones, tailored versions, flowing florals and our favorite — the bow blouse — paired with everything from tailored pants to voluminous skirts and skinny jeans. If you don’t believe us, believe ’80s band Journey: “Any way you want it, that’s the way you need it.” And may we add that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get in on this trend or have to be a certain size to look great in one. We’ve scoured our favorite online retailers for some fabulous bow blouses to pair with fall’s investment pieces. While you’re at it, buy a couple!
The River Island Short Sleeve Blouse with Bow Tie ($34.49) is the perfect way to step slowly into the bow blouse trend. The sheer shirt is perfect on its own with denim or work-ready trousers. We even love it paired with shorts the way ASOS styled their model. And you can add the black bow when you want to add an extra punch. The blouse also features feminine details such as tuxedo-inspired covered buttons, pleated sleeves and a menswear-inspired club collar.
Available at ASOS.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, up the Zooey Deschanel ante with this patterned pussy-bow blouse (ignore the name) by UK fast-fashion giant Dorothy Perkins (they’ve got over 600 stores across the Atlantic another 50 around the world). The Grey Bow Pussybow blouse ($27) is something we could definitely picture the New Girl star in, especially with its sweet bow-on-bow print and secretary-inspired details. Pair it with a cardigan for real Deschanel style or a more tailored jacket to play off its hyper-feminine ruffles and bows.
Available at Dorothy Perkins.
At SoHo’s new Piperlime store, we loved how each rack was merchandised by trend — and it just so happens that there was a huge blouse section (in addition to picks from the site’s style arbiters Rachel Zoe and Olivia Palermo).
Available at Piperlime.
Another Piperlime pick, the Sanctuary Dany Bow Blouse ($49.99), gives you a bigger, bolder bow-tying opportunity and lightens the rest of the look with a sleeveless silhouette. We love the color for the transition into fall. Wear it with some oxblood accents and a tailored jacket when the chill starts to set in. The marine-green will pop against any of your standard navies and blacks, so wear this with everything. It’s a big statement (especially if you tie your bow big and fluffy) that works all year long.
Available at Piperlime.
While bold is beautiful, we understand that not everyone has the guts to pull of a nearly-neon blouse. Of course, Banana Republic has an option that’s sedate but still super cute. The Tie Front Short Sleeve Blouse ($59.99) is completely office appropriate, but still lets your associates know that you’re definitely on trend without going over the top. While it looks great with your work staples, you can take it out of on weekend jaunts and after-dark environs by wearing it with your favorite jeans, bold accessories and more.
Available at Banana Republic.
Photos courtesy Piperlime, Banana Republic, ASOS, Dorothy Perkins and Zooey Deschanel