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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
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Mad Men

The adorable owl print and droopy bow on this sunny-yellow shirt keep the style from feeling too fussy. (Lemon Liftoff Blouse, $118, "Anthropologie":http://anthrpl.ge/qEJh1o)

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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