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Fall Fashion 2011: The Bow Blouse

You don’t actually have to sit in the steno pool to look fabulously ladylike in one of this season’s hottest trends. Paired with a pencil skirt, the bow blouse (also called the tie-front blouse or the secretary blouse) is prim and proper, evoking a retro, Mad Men-esque office style. Worn untucked with skinny jeans and heels, it’s also the perfect addition to a weekend-casual ensemble. Related Stories: Fall Fashion 2011: Chic and Cozy Coats The September Issues: Where’d the Fall Fashion Go? The Prettiest Maxis and Skirts for Fall
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Mad Men
Swiss Dot Secretary Blouse
Mad Men
White House Black Market Dot Bow Shell
Merona Collection Carrigan blouse
Cable & Gauge Bowneck Tank
J.Crew blouse
ModCloth Fashionable Fancies Top
Banana Republic’s Mad Men collection
Kohl's blouse

Swiss Dot Secretary Blouse

With sheer sleeves, this blouse is cheeky and playful, but the somber color keeps it office-appropriate. (Swiss Dot Secretary Blouse, $59, "Piperlime.com":http://piprl.me/oEl6tc)

Swiss Dot Secretary Blouse

With sheer sleeves, this blouse is cheeky and playful, but the somber color keeps it office-appropriate. (Swiss Dot Secretary Blouse, $59, "Piperlime.com":http://piprl.me/oEl6tc)

Mad Men

Slouchy yet fitted, this knit V-neck has snappy button details on the cuffs, and the sleek shape makes it perfect for wearing with skirts or with a smart sweater vest. (Halogen Long Sleeve Tie Neck Top, $58, "Nordstrom":http://bit.ly/oW693o)

White House Black Market Dot Bow Shell

With a delicate cowl neck, this shell, from White House Black Market, fits like a traditional button-up blouse. (Dot Bow Shell, $78, "White House Black Market":http://bit.ly/qkAbF1)

Merona Collection Carrigan blouse

In a light olive green, this blouse has a bow detail that’s delicate, not overpowering. (Merona Collection “Carrigan” Woven Top, $26.99, "Target":http://bit.ly/pJZ0fs)

Cable & Gauge Bowneck Tank

This sleeveless shell works equally well by itself on warm autumn days and under a V-neck sweater when the mercury drops. (Cable & Gauge Bowneck Tank, $49.99, "Lord and Taylor":http://bit.ly/roozt6)

J.Crew blouse

Casual yet corporate, this easygoing blouse can be dressed up with trousers or dressed way down with jeans. ($175, "J.Crew":http://bit.ly/o0UjTm)

ModCloth Fashionable Fancies Top

With lacy details and cuffed sleeves, this whimsical blouse could have lived in your mom’s closet a generation ago. The generous cut is comfy, but still elegant. (“Fashionable Fancies” top, $49.99, "ModCloth.com":http://bit.ly/o12msu)

Banana Republic’s Mad Men collection

Part of Banana Republic’s Mad Men Collection, this top is sharply tailored and strikingly grown-up in a heathered plum shade. ($89.50, "Banana Republic":http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=71663&vid=1&pid=858972&scid=858972012)

Kohl's blouse

Eye-catching and whimsical, this sheer blouse has a fun swirly pattern. The deep green color is one of the hottest jewel-toned hues of the season. (Apt. 9 Swirl Chiffon Blouse, $19.99, "Kohl’s":http://bit.ly/oBxk72)

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