If you’re a woman over fifty, you probably remember the dress for success movement that ushered in the era of the tie-neck blouse back in the 70s. Well, it’s backkkk. Big time. It’s one of the hottest selling items this year, and those adorable 20 and 30 somethings are embracing it enthusiastically as something new and exciting!
If you want to amuse your daughters, let them know that back in 1977, when The Woman’s Dress for Success Book became a best-seller, author John T. Malloy advised women who wanted to move up in business to wear tie-neck blouses with boxy navy-blue or gray skirt suits. Pants were deemed too sexy and inappropriate for the office. This will undoubtedly cause your daughters to die laughing. 🤣 And then you can take all of their tie-neck blouses for yourself. 😁
Today I’m showing five ways to wear the versatile tie-neck blouse. It’s a must-have statement piece for fall, for sure! Despite its innate girliness, the tie-neck blouse can be empowering but also feminine and flirty, depending on how you tie the bow.
Style #1. How to Style a Tie-Neck Blouse: Easy, Breezy & Casual
For a casual look that you can pair with crops, ankle jeans, skinnies, or fitted slacks (like I did), leave the ties undone and hanging loose. If your tie-neck blouse has a shirttail hem, you can even leave it untucked or front tucked for a super casual look that would be perfect with slip ons, sneakers or flat booties. Add some larger, casual earrings to finish things off beautifully.
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Style #2. How to Style a Tie-Neck Blouse: Low Bow
This casual style works with jeans or dressier pants, and you should think of the bow as a necklace. If your tie-neck blouse is a solid color, consider adding larger, statement earrings, but if your blouse is a print, stick with simple and classic earrings, as I did. For shoes, consider high-heeled mules, low-heeled mules, flat mules, or loafers. (These loafers have a collapsible heel so that you can wear them as either mules or loafers!)
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Style #3. How to Style a Tie-Neck Blouse: Old-Fashioned
Yep! This is the old-fashioned, dress for success way to style this blouse! It’s perfect for the office. Style this look with nice pants, pencil skirts, or dressy denim. Keep your earrings simple and classic and pair it with high or low heeled loafers, sandals or pumps. I wouldn’t wear this style with blue jeans unless the top were more casual like this one.
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Style #4. How to Style a Tie-Neck Blouse: Half Bow, Side Tie
This style is fresh and feminine! Start by making an “X” in the front, as I did in the first photo. Then cross one of the ties around the back and bring it to meet the other one over to the side where you want to tie your bow. The two ties will (obviously! 😊) be different lengths. Don’t worry about that! Just tie a bow, as usual, using the longer tie to loop around the other. Once you have your (unsymmetrical) bow, pull the loop of the shorter tie through, so you have two tails and only one loop. This is called the half bow, and it’s a thanggg right now! My stylist taught me how to do it, and I love it! Every time I wear it, people ask me how I did it. 😀
Let the chic side bow do the talking by keeping the rest of your look simple and clean. Try it with dressy ankle pants, classic pumps (THESE feel great, ship/return free, and even come in wides!), or cute slingback kitten heels. Stick to simple stud earrings.
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Style #5. How to Style a Tie-Neck Blouse: Back Tie
I love this look, but I’ll admit, I didn’t do a very good job of pulling it off in these photos! I didn’t have a mirror, and I forgot to ask my photographer if the bow was centered, so there you have it! 😂 That being said, the back tie look is chic and dressy! I love the way it gives the effect of a choker in the front. The party is in the back, for sure, with a center tied bow that oozes class. When you do this look, do a better job than I did by flattening out the ties in the front, and making smaller loops with longer tails in the back. (Also note that if you try to ask your husband for help with this, he will be utterly confused by the entire situation and basically feel that you are speaking a foreign language when you start explaining what you need from him. I’m not saying how I know this, but there it is. 🤣)
Wear this dressy look with a pencil skirt, dressy ankle pants, or trouser pants. Pair it with classic pumps or cute slingback kitten heels. Since the ties make a choker look in the front, try some chunky hoops, geometric statement earrings, or tassel earrings.
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Similar Leopard Tie-Neck Blouse or here (MIne sold out.)| Black Comfort Stretch Ankle Pants | Block Heel Sandals | Pave Circle Stud Earrings (Pack of 3 colors, I’m wearing the black.) | Apple Watch | Lipstick (Latte Confessions) | Gel Nail Polish (Need a Tan) | Toenail Polish (Darjeeling Darling)
I fell in love with this leopard tie-neck blouse at first sight! As I told you back in my 2019 Fall Fashion Trends post, animal prints are bigger than ever this year, and the fact that it was a tie-neck blouse made it perfect. (Especially since I knew I wanted to do this post for y’all!) I hope today’s post gave you some fresh ideas for how to style this versatile top. I don’t know about you, but I pretty much think that any shirt that you can wear five different ways makes it a must-have! I thought this blouse ran a little bit large, so you might consider sizing down. For reference, I’m wearing an XXS.
I’ve curated a boutique below of a wide variety of tie-neck blouses and dresses! I’ve got all kinds of styles, colors, and prices, so enjoy browsing! Hover over each image for pricing info, and click through for more details or to shop.
Photos by Megan Weaver.