Tie-waist tops are unfairly typecast.
Almost every time I see one on a mannequin, it’s styled with cropped pants, a cardigan or an A-line skirt Betty Draper would push Sally under a bus for. No matter who makes the blouses, their labels might as well read "For Retrophiles Only." It’s silly, since with a little strategic styling, those tops can shift into sartorial territories miles beyond the corner where pin-up girls and mid-century housewives hang out.
To prove it, we’ve rounded up five different outfits, only one of which is Mad Men-friendly. The rest would look more at home on ladies ranging from Ke$ha to Kate Moss. Either way, each is an easy way to try out the tie-waist look while keeping your proportions flattering—so ultimately, tying the hem in a simple knot might actually be the blouse’s biggest challenge.
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