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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!

River Island Short Sleeve Blouse With Bow Tie

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.

Dorothy Perkins Grey Bow Pussybow Blouse

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.

Tinley Road Bow Blouse

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).

One that stood out to us — among many that we were swooning over — was one by a Piperlime in-house brand. The Tinley Road Bow Blouse ($59) is available in solid white and a loud neon snake print, but our pick is the leopard. Worn with dark denim or leather-accented leggings, it’s a chic downtown look that Olivia and Rachel would be proud of.

Available at Piperlime.

Sanctuary Dany Bow Blouse

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.

Banana Republic Tie Front Short Sleeve Blouse

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

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Shinola — From Shoe Polish to Showstopping Timepieces

Shinola watches

Baselworld is the world’s premiere trade show for horology, which is the study of telling time. Simple enough, right? Except Baselworld is full of complications, which is the watch term for fancy extras that do things other than tell time. Big names such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega and even Timex showcase their latest wares to the press alongside more fashion-oriented brands that have watch divisions such as Ralph Lauren, Herm¨s and Louis Vuitton. The surprise this year, however, wasn’t from a big couture house or a watch megabrand, it was from a little company based in Detroit. Shinola had a small display to showcase their range of watches and set out its M.O., to bring the fine art of watchmaking to the shores of America.

Detroit is no Geneva, which is where the watch world convenes, but it is a place known for American ingenuity, which makes it the perfect setting for Shinola. The company’s name is taken from a brand of shoe polish popular during wartime — pronounce it SHINE-ola — which has been immortalized in everything from Dolly Parton tunes to Steve Martin comedies. Today, they company is responsible for creating bicycles, leather goods and linen-bound journals in America. The journals are crafted in Michigan, the wallets in Missouri and the bicycles in Wisconsin, but the watches are made in the Motor City. The timepieces made their debut at Baselworld and became available to the public in March, but they sold out of their initial run of 2,500 watches in just eight days. But the brand is now making its brick and mortar Barneys New York locations nationwide.

Shinola Runwell Watches

Menswear circles are still obsessed with all things Made in America, making this the perfect time for Shinola’s release.

The watches themselves are inspired by vintage military designs modernized by deep saturated dials in blue and green as well as hazard orange accents. The watches contain Swiss movements, but are completely assembled in the company’s Detroit factory. Leather bands are sourced from Chicago’s famed Horween leather company and tanned in Florida before being used. The watch’s back proudly bears “Built in Detroit” branding no matter the model. The watches range from $475 to $725, which puts them far from the luxury European heritage brands, which can cost up to ten times more.

Shinola Birdie

And while women have been wearing big, bold men’s watches for years now, the company made sure that ladies get a piece of this American pie, too, creating more diminutive models just for them — though the men’s look just as great. The no-frills design coupled with a backstory that will make you proud of the red, white and blue make this something worth hunting down. For ladies who love exclusivity, girls-only model The Birdie (a smaller faced, more delicate watch) is the only style available in rose gold.

The brand is expanding, too, with a Detroit flagship opening soon and a New York location set to open later in the summer. Both locations will offer the full range of Shinola products, including the Runwell watch and the other two models in the company’s timely debut. And as for actual Shinola, the company plans on eventually re-releasing the shoe polish, too.

For more information, visit www.shinola.com.