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So retro, so charming. Take a bow!

The soft bow blouse is hard at work this fall. What's all the fuss?

For starters it goes with pencil skirts, wide-legged trousers, skinny jeans. It comes in all sleeve lengths, including three-quarter.

And while white or ivory is a versatile choice, colors and even some prints can update your wardrobe with what many consider a retro piece.

Read the care labels: Plenty are machine-washable.

Here's a look at some fall options; blouse prices given are the original.


Mad about you: A tie-neck top, in basic navy or berry, is fashioned with buttoned three-quarter sleeves, pleated shoulder details and bow collar. From the "Mad Men" collection at Banana Republic,, $89.50.


All in the details: Ruffles and pleating add charm to a tie-neck chiffon blouse available in two colors -- ecru olive or purple potion. From the ELLE collection at Kohl's,, $48.


Mix it up: A long-sleeve V-neck bow blouse pairs with a faux-fur vest and metallic pencil skirt. From the Ellen Tracy collection at select Macy's,, $79.50.


Weekend plans: A sleeveless bow shirt meets a tweed peplum jacket and jeans. From the Worthington collection at J.C. Penney and, $30.