Would You Wear It: Pussycat Bow

Would You Wear It: Pussycat Bow

Happy Saturday ladies! As you read this I will be heading down the highway looking for relief. We made a spur of the moment decision to escape our brutal temperatures and head toward the coast. We’ll be spending a few days in our old town to catch up with dear friends then heading to Carmel to visit with others.

It’s time for would you wear it. Each Saturday Pam from Over 50 Feeling 40 and I share a mannequin we have spotted and ask if you would wear what she’s wearing.

I don’t encourage or appreciate women who critique other women’s fashion choices. I believe we need to support one another. Honesty has its place but not at the expense of kindness. This mannequin has no feelings so she won’t mind if we critique what she’s wearing.

The pussycat bow has been in and out of fashion for as long as I remember. I bought my first one in Paris when I was 20 years old.

So tell me ladies. Would you wear this and why or why not?

Now let’s go check out Pam’s mannequin here.

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!

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  1. August 14, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    The look is a bit too girly for me and I’m not comfortable in anything that fits snuggly at the neck.

  2. L H Carter
    August 13, 2018 / 5:36 am

    Yes, I would wear the red and white dot dress. It is feminine, modest, and appropriate for many situations. But I think I would make my earrings or hair or shoes or handbag a hard core- off the wall-against type contrast to the dress to balance the retro vibe.

  3. August 13, 2018 / 3:36 am

    Just seeing that bow on that high, tight looking neckline gave me a hot flash. I had a very similar blouse when I was in my 30’s, without polka dots, and liked it very much back then. But I would feel and look miserable wearing that style now. Maybe it would be ok with the bow on a neckline that was a bit lower cut.

  4. Lucretia Roletta
    August 11, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    Yes, as a matter of fact I liked all 3 of the outfits on the manekins. I love some of the retro looks and feel they can be recreated for us that wore them, although in different ways. The Pussycat bow looks good here. It blends in and doesn’t hit you with frontal attack. I Like them on cream colored silky blouses, so classy.

  5. Joanna
    August 11, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    I must add that my mother wore blouses with a low, soft bow. It was her signature top and looked lovely on her. And, her favourite print was paisley. She passed when I was 46 and I still miss her almost twenty years later. Forgive me for gong down memory lane.

  6. Jean
    August 11, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Yes absolutely – a classic look, great for work! In the photo shown, I would loosen up the knot / tie.

  7. S Evans
    August 11, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    No, not for me. It reminds me of my former librarian and a couple of school teachers back during my elementary school days.

  8. August 11, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    I love the dress and have worn blouses with that bow many moons ago. I had a favorite paisley print with a bow. I loved that blouse with the bow. I wore it with a straight wool black skirt. Yes, it is hot in the Valley. I think you were spoiled living in the bay area. I was born in San Jose and raised in Santa Clara in the 50’s, and it was heaven. I have lived in the valley for 50 years, and I still don’t like it. We stay in the house now. Being 77 years old I can’t take the heat at all. And with the Carr fire burning massive acres. We are suffering from the smoke and ash. Enjoy Carmel. It is a beautiful place. I just returned from Paris, France in June. My daughter, two granddaughters (16 and 18) and I spent five days in Paris. The city of lights met all my expectations and more.

  9. Kay
    August 11, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Probably not…I find that too much stuff around my neck is not flattering anymore (since the advent of the jowls, haha.)

  10. Eileen
    August 11, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    Mrs. Doughtfire, wore this dress! Yes, if, in silk, and in cream , and a blouse, and untied/ open. The look is better if the bow is under a collar and can be removed, I bought one like it in Italy last year, in cream. I am a pear, so I can wear more on top. If I wore black, and it was midi length, and silk, it could be more versatile for a adult woman. As it is, it comes off young, and a little busy.

  11. Cyndi
    August 11, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    Vintage rewind! I loved this the first time I wore it and both the style and color would be flattering for my figure and coloring, so, yes I would wear. It’s one of those styles that has a ‘place’ where it would be a good look

  12. Birgit DuGuid
    August 11, 2018 / 11:43 am

    I love that look and wore it back in the ’80s.However, I’m too old for that look now. So no, I wouldn’t wear it now.

  13. Becky HARTER
    August 11, 2018 / 11:34 am

    I like the look, but I think it might be aging on a 60+ year old, like myself. I fear it would appear as if I had this hanging in my closet from years ago & decided to wear it to be trendy.

  14. Barb Thompson
    August 11, 2018 / 11:21 am

    Yes, I also wore this type of bow in the 70’s and got very tired of it. As a return to an earlier fashion idea, it is something that would look great on young, thin, professional women, as I was in the 70’s. It may be the latest fashion, but it will not look good on this 60ish plus size. But, Mary Tyler Moore wore it well…

  15. beth byrd
    August 11, 2018 / 11:13 am

    I think this dress is perfectly lovely for a young woman. But definitely not for someone my age (I am 60) as I think it would be aging. As others above have mentioned, I think a more open neckline is much more comfortable.

    Love these posts, Jennifer. So fun!

  16. Patti Shannon
    August 11, 2018 / 10:47 am

    That’s a definite “no”….been there, done that, no longer have the dress or want it.

  17. Debbie Davis
    August 11, 2018 / 9:03 am

    Though pretty and classic, I prefer a more open neckline! Have a great weekend!

  18. Jan
    August 11, 2018 / 9:01 am

    I enjoy the bow look but wouldn’t go out and buy it just because it is trending. I love polka dots though. To get some length in the front, I’d keep a button or two open and tie the bow loosely.

  19. Joanna
    August 11, 2018 / 8:45 am

    I think the dress is really cute, love polka dots and red is my favourite colour but…. it seems a bit young looking for a 65 year old. I would pass!

  20. Ann
    August 11, 2018 / 8:38 am

    If the top part of the dress (the blouse) were in a solid color and worn with a pantsuit with a jacket, it would look nice. But all these polka dots — in red no less — just overwhelming. I am short and am more comfortable with less around my neck — like a slight v-neck — so I don’t look like I’m choking.

    • August 11, 2018 / 8:43 am

      Thanks for explaining Ann

  21. Valorie
    August 11, 2018 / 7:56 am

    I think the dress is really pretty though not for me. Seems like it would make me feel frumpy with the bow and fuller skirt. That said, I WOULD go to Carmel in a hot second. We live in the PNW but were raised in San Jose. Carmel is our happy place. Time for a trip in October. Does Lucy love Carmel Beach with all the dogs?

  22. August 11, 2018 / 7:53 am

    As with others, I wore that look for professional wear and really have no desire to wear it any longer. I have a closet full of professional clothing that I need to recycle now that I’m retired and I’m sure there are a few blouses similar to that one among the jackets and skirts! I will say that I did like the look then and I still would wear a red polka dot in a simple shirt, but I’m surprised to see it return in that same fashion as the 80’s. As they say with mini skirts, “If you work them once upon a time, you probably shouldn’t wear them when they come back around!”

  23. Diana
    August 11, 2018 / 7:33 am

    If I wasn’t large chested and had a waste, I would wear this. Unfortunately for me, the higher the neckline, the longer it makes my chest area appear, so I don’t wear anything up around my neck, …V-necks are my best. And I don’t wear anything cinched in at the waste, as I have no waste. So, not for me, but I do think it’s a pretty dress that looks lovely on the right shape.

    • August 11, 2018 / 7:52 am

      Thanks for sharing your “why” with us

  24. Susan S.
    August 11, 2018 / 7:30 am

    I would say yes if I was working in the appropriate office setting. I have always liked bows. Very professional ( I used to be an accountant) , feminine, and classy. It is one style that I think I would like to see more of. I have seen some young stars wearing bows and also the First Lady. I hope that it makes a comeback.

  25. August 11, 2018 / 7:28 am

    No, I wouldn’t wear it. I also rarely wear anything buttoned up tight on my neck! BTW – we just got home yesterday from the coast….loved the high 60s, low 70s temps. Got home to almost 100….sigh….

    • August 11, 2018 / 7:53 am

      It’s brutal out here. I want to live at the ocean????

  26. Nancy
    August 11, 2018 / 6:49 am

    I am so SO sick of work outfits that make women look like little girls. Witness the trendy blouses with short puffy sleeves — fine on first-graders but in the office? Really? That said, the tie on this dress (if your mommy did NOT button it up to your chin) could look professional, especially under a jacket or cardigan.

    • August 11, 2018 / 7:54 am

      Everyone has a different aesthetic which is a good thing

  27. retro-roost
    August 11, 2018 / 6:33 am

    Enjoy your travels to the Central Coast!
    If time allows, travel into the village in Carmel Valley (hwy 1 to Carmel Valley Rd.). It’s inland about 10 miles, and there are nice restaurants, pretty scenery, and the wine tasting rooms are reminiscent of Napa Valley 20 years ago. Low-key, friendly, and in many of the wine rooms, the wine maker is pouring the wines.
    If the coast is gray, Carmel Valley will be sunny. : )

    • August 11, 2018 / 8:03 am

      Thank you! It’s on our list to see. I simply love that whole area.

  28. Susan
    August 11, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I have to be one of the few— I love the red dress! Not so much the skirts. You don’t have to tie the bow tightly, just let it drape- and if the fabric is soft like this I think it could be fine.

    • August 11, 2018 / 8:04 am

      You are not alone ;), Susan and thanks for the tip.

  29. Pat
    August 11, 2018 / 6:00 am

    Yes! I would definitely wear this. It’s classic and ladylike.

  30. Also Jennifer
    August 11, 2018 / 5:56 am

    No – the older I get, the simpler my wardrobe has become, and this isn’t at all simple. Also (as another commenter pointed out) it draws too much attention to my less-than-youthful jawline.

    • Sarah
      August 11, 2018 / 6:13 am

      I wore this 40 years ago and it looked matronly then. Sure not going to wear it now. It’s not flattering to be all buttoned up and closed up.

  31. August 11, 2018 / 5:56 am

    Jennifer, are you toying with us? 🙂 Isn’t this pic from ’77? I had that dress, those skirts, those shoes! Back then I was a pretzel and could sit like the model too.

    • retro-roost
      August 11, 2018 / 7:49 am

      Lol. So funny.
      The plaid skirt reminds me of Bobby Brooks.

  32. Diane
    August 11, 2018 / 5:52 am

    I also wore this type of dress in my 20’s many years ago. Would I wear it now in my late 60’s? No, because I can’t tolerate anything up at my neck especially something that ties. I have had to give up turtlenecks because I am constantly tugging at them and they were my winter standard on cold days. I also do feel this dress looks a little dated and frumpy.

  33. Cheryll
    August 11, 2018 / 5:51 am

    No. Reminds me of late 70s or early 80s. Not a bow person.

  34. Susan
    August 11, 2018 / 5:42 am

    Could you write about being in France when you were twenty?

    • August 11, 2018 / 5:58 am

      It was simply a short trip with my parents which left an indelible impression on me.

  35. Susan R
    August 11, 2018 / 5:27 am

    Yes I would wear a bow but not under my chin! The buttoned- up look is only good on people with thin necks- any extra flesh and the bow would be an arrow to the double chin! But I like a blouse or dress that has a soft tie at the cleavage. Preferably in a solid color or I think things get too busy. I should say that I’m not particularly busty – another reason I like softness there.

    • August 11, 2018 / 5:55 am

      Thanks for explaining for us

  36. August 11, 2018 / 5:26 am

    We formerly called it the secretary’s bow…from secretary to pussycat….but, I have one blouse with the bow and like to wear it occasionally to work. It is not something I wear often. I agree with Susan though, the mannequins I posted make it look good…but those manniquins make anythng look good in my opinion (which I rarely give on this day).

    • August 11, 2018 / 5:54 am

      Thanks Pam! Some mannequins do it better than others.

  37. Joanne W.
    August 11, 2018 / 5:20 am

    That is a no for me. Not only does it sound like my pregnancy tops from 1980 but it would not flatter my apple shaped body

  38. Linda
    August 11, 2018 / 5:12 am

    I wouldn’t wear the dress. I might wear the bow detail on a top.

  39. Lori Stewart
    August 11, 2018 / 5:07 am

    I didn’t like them when they first were in style and I don’t like them now.

  40. Maria Barrera
    August 11, 2018 / 4:58 am

    Not my taste! Definitely would not wear it!

  41. Susan
    August 11, 2018 / 4:57 am

    After taking a look at Pam’s mannequins, the dress with the pussy bow doesn’t so bad after all. However, the dress does remind me of something Krystal or Alexis might have worn in Dynasty sans football size shoulder pads. I think the problem with the dress is we are looking at it through the eyes of older women and the dress (I think) is aimed at a much younger target audience (well I hope it is).

    • August 11, 2018 / 5:43 am

      Perspective is everything;)

      • Deborah boykin
        August 11, 2018 / 10:21 am

        Agree 100%!!

  42. Sandy Andry
    August 11, 2018 / 4:57 am

    No. No. No. I wore the bow thing when I was pregnant in the 80’s. I had several bow maternity tops. No. Just no.

  43. Lynn
    August 11, 2018 / 4:52 am

    Absolutely not!!

  44. Lezlie
    August 11, 2018 / 4:36 am

    I had one of these and I loved it then but I would have to see a lot of people wearing them to consider it again. Honestly, it makes me think of my grandmother!

  45. August 11, 2018 / 4:18 am

    No, I would never wear this now! I am old enough to remember wearing this type of blouse in the 70’s.

  46. Cindy
    August 11, 2018 / 4:10 am

    I’m not a fan of bows & I don’t especially like a top that is buttoned all the way up, so this would be a no for me.

    • Susan
      August 11, 2018 / 5:00 am

      Yet, one of the actresses attending the wedding of Harry and Meghan wore a similar polka dot style, buttoned up to neck (no bow I think) and the fashion pundits raved about how stylish it was.

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