November 10, 2011

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Terms in fashion that make me uncomfortable, Chapter 1: The Pussybow

I've been threatening (via Twitter -- nothing crazy this time) to launch this new blog segment and when the outfit presented itself, so did the opportunity. Thus, please throw your hands together for the first chapter of Terms in Fashion that Make Me Uncomfortable, featuring this season's comeback kid, The Pussybow.


What is a "pussybow" you ask? Awkward and uncomfortable name aside, a pussybow is a large floppy bow tied at the neck of a blouse or dress, as seen beneath my horrified face and double chin pictured above. When I first discovered that this type of tie-neck did indeed have A. a specific name and B. this specific name, I wondered, "how could something so ladylike be called something so unfortunate?" Then the "aha" moment occurred and I realized, what is the most ladylike thing of all? Oh yes, I'm going there.


blouse: vintage Valentino, jacket: DVF, shorts: vintage, shoes: c/o Stuart Weitzman

I sincerely hope that this relationship is nothing but a result of my own sick deduction, because otherwise, as you can see in the full-body photo above, the two seemingly have nothing else in common. Nevertheless, "pussybow" will remain a term in fashion that makes me uncomfortable. What about you? Where do you think this name came from and most importantly, why?

Stay tuned for Chapter 2 of Terms in Fashion that Make Me Uncomfortable: The Wizard's Sleeve.

Just kidding.

22 comments:

  1. Yeah, it's an odd name. I get flushed mentioning it in public.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
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  2. Haha, yes, uncomfortable to wear and to say! Looking forward to what term is next...

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  3. oyyy. I had no idea it was called that. It's like the tramp stamp -- not that I really wanted one before but if nothing else, knowing that it's called that will make me avoid them like the plague.

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  4. Love this post. The colour of the blouse is awesome! Can't wait for the next chapters in this series.

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  5. ahaha you never fail to make me laugh which is not easy. love reading your blog! will be staying tuned for that next chapter lol. ;) xx Kailee @ www.themannikin.com/blog

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  6. Ok, I'm taking a more innocent look at this term. Pussycat is a name for a cat, which could be considered a demure, ladylike animal. So the pussybow is a reference to a demure style, not unlike a cat.

    I know, I'm really reaching (and probably not making much sense). But better that than wearing a vagina around your neck.

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  7. HAHAHAH, I totally agree, it's an awk-weird term! You look so chic! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

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  8. Your pussybow looks very nice lol. Seriously, great outfit.

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  9. Hahah that name makes absolutely no sense! Thank you for bringing this to our attention and giving us a great laugh!

    On another note, that blouse looks amazing on you! That colour is just yum.

    xxx
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  10. Beautiful blog.kiss
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  11. hahahahahaha !. your face. 2. the pussy bow. it's SO weird! totally agree…and i've been wondering why more people haven't been bringing it up. how about the "cat bow"? as long as it's not called meat curtains…..

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  12. hahaha I can tell already I am going to like this series. And yes, few things are logically more "lady-like" than you know what.

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  13. Haha you're hilarious, love that first picture! I was actually wearing a dress with a pussy bow yesterday and told the bf how the bow was called. He thought I was joking. Nope! I also think it's a very strange name and I am sorry, I guess I am also of the 'dirty minded kind'. Your "aha" moment didn't occur to me though, but I can't say that I haven't though about, well, that kind of pussy (when saying pussy bow - not on other occasions...)

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  14. What if its about the little bows that you can tie around a kitten's neck as seen in Disney's Aristocats. Like a collar? I think thats probably a more likely reason for the name ;P

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  15. I love pretty feminine bows like that one, but the name for it does sound odd. I can imagine myself wearing that pretty bow and, being a guy, hearing some local rednecks use a term like that - but honestly I'd never heard that name used before - and I really love ultra-feminine ribbons and bows.

    I love how you mugged for the camera in the first photo and the beautiful scenery in the background in the second one.

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  16. Pussybow is a bad name but it's a name people wouldn't forget so maybe that is good marketing. I actually love pussybow type of dresses and shirts. It makes me feel more ladylike when I wear one. I actually have an outfit coming up featured on my blog.

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  17. You are hilarious and I just started following you on Twitter. Sense of humour in fashion is a MUST!

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  18. you are too funny! ....I didn't even know that those big bow things were called the "pussy bow" now I will think of it everytime I wear my beloved bird print/pussy bow blouse!

    Love your shorts here p.s.

    ~Bronwyn
    www.chicinvancity.com

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  19. i'm all about the pussybow.
    also, i love you, you're hilarious.

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  20. hahaha!! ok, i knew the name, but after saying it aloud (alone in my apartment), i am now red in the face. how the heck did someone manage to name something so delicate and dainty so... not that?

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  21. hahahaha this post actually made me laugh out loud (hope my boss didnt hear me! - whoops!)
    You're hilarious and super stylish!

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  22. You are so freaking funny its unreal!!!! Not to mention the fact that I looooove your style, its quirky, fashion forward and slightly off-kilter.....LOL (hope you take that as a compliment!).
    Lots of love from Ottawa!

    - http://www.twin-perspective.com/

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