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Wednesday , March 28 , 2012
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The pussy bow blouse
Neha Dhupia
Kim Kardashian

1. Fabric comes first: Ditch crisp cotton and go for satin. This trend needs soft and sensual handling, something that satin does best. Besides, the bow isn’t as effective when done with coarse material. If satin isn’t your style, your next bet is georgette.

Karisma Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor

2. Separate story: Though many dresses come with a pussy bow detailing (like Sonam’s Diane von Fürstenberg), separates do most justice. Pair it right. We recommend a high waist... pants, skirts or a pair of trendy shorts. Remember that the satin pussy-bow blouse looks best tucked in, even if you team it with a pair of jeans like Karisma Kapoor or colour block it like Neha Dhupia.

3. Accessory appeal: This is one outfit that doesn’t need an accessory to make it stand out, and any extra dose will surely mar it. Since the focus of your ensemble is around the neckline, avoid those chunky neckpieces or even something as minimal as a pendant. Studs look simple and classy, but if you are itching to pile it on, aim for your wrist.

4. Finishing touch: The pussy bow blouse isn’t just any other blouse, so spare a thought for your make-up and mane. There’s scope for styling — leave your hair loose, secure with a jewelled hairband or make a vintage-y pouf. For the face, we suggest a classic red mouth and liner. Or smoky eyes and a nude mouth. Or just dewy skin. Go with your mood.