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, bananarepublic.com, $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, kohls.com, $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, macys.com, $79.50.
Weekend plans: A sleeveless bow shirt meets a tweed peplum jacket and jeans. From the Worthington collection at J.C. Penney and jcp.com, $30.