It took me a while to figure out what all the recent hubbub was regarding pussycat bows. Suffice it to say that Donald Trump was caught on film years ago referring to grabbing a woman by an anatomical synonym that also refers to a feline. The day after this old film surfaced his current imported wife wore a bright pink blouse with a pussycat bow, providing fodder for the fashion blogosphere to explode.
I am usually easily regaled by smutty double entendres and potty humour, but I really don’t think there was anything intentionally ironic about Melania’s fashion choice. What I do find peculiar is that suddenly pussycat bows are being called pussy bows.
Vogue magazine found the earliest reference to the style from 1934: “a cunning bow that ties high under the chin and looks for all the world like those we put on a Pussy Cat when company’s coming.” The bows are made from an extension of the collar that I have seen range from small toggled cords to flamboyant scarf necklines – most often on a blouse worn under a chicly tailored suit.