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The Five Greatest Moments in Pussy-Bow Blouse History

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Last night the second presidential debates took place, and while her husband was the one wandering around the dais, it was Melania Trump and her pricey choice in blouse that completely stole the spotlight. You see, while to the untrained eye, Mrs. Trump was wearing a neon pink blouse with a knot at the neck, fashion insiders immediately recognized the style as what’s called a “pussy bow” blouse — and social media was immediately set ablaze wondering if the choice was intentional.

The reason? Melania’s fashion statement happened to center on a garment whose name contained the exact word that, when blurted by her husband, caused tremendous political uproar over the weekend. The general consensus is that the double-entendre was unintentional on the part of the presidential hopeful’s S.O., but it still landed her the No. 1 spot on our list of great moments in pussy bow-blouse history. Read on for the feminine neck flourish’s most magnificent moments to shine.

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In fact, the aspiring FLOTUS wouldn’t even have a bow-topped blouse to wear if it wasn’t for designers like Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.

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Getty (2)

These two hugely influential designers both made this turn-of-the-century trend a key element of their brand’s aesthetic DNA, taking cues from the Gibson Girls, who were considered to be the feminine ideal of the 1890s, but modernizing it for the woman of the future.

Margaret Thatcher was a devotee of the style, which had masculine structure (and recalled men’s neckties) with feminine flair.

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As Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Thatcher set the precedent for how ’80s women would dress in the workplace, which became defined by lots of power skirt suits, pussy-bow blouses, and pearls.

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20th Century Fox

And, of course, without Margaret Thatcher’s pioneering looks, we would have none of Jane Fonda‘s legendary, neck-cinching fashions as displayed in the greatest Dolly Parton film known to man, 9 to 5.

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Michael Yarish/AMC/Everett

Which brings us back to the present day where Mad Men‘s Peggy Olsen single-handedly started a mini retro revival amongst the fashion set, giving the industry ’60s-revival fever. And it’s going strong today: Alessandro Michele’s past few Gucci collections are practically an ode to his love of all things pussy bow.

Now if we could just change the name of this style to something slightly less tainted by recent events, I think we would all be a little bit happier to see the resurgence of this particular trend.

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