Jabot Blouse

AKA: more commonly called a ruffle blouse (I realise using the name Jabot Blouse is a bit of a stretch, but I needed a ‘J’)

How to say it:  zhab-oh

Traditional Features: 

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  • back-closing with a standing collar and jabot-like ruffle falling from the neckline or,
  • front-closing with ruffles on either side of the front opening


…of the style: As a style of neckline/collar the Jabot dates back to mens wear in the 17th century. It continued to be popular through the 18th century and women began wearing it in the 19th century.

The jabot as it was, was quite formal and over-the-top look and in the last couple of centuries, as dress codes have relaxed, popularity of the traditional jabot has diminished in mainstream fashion – although the old-school style of neckwear does appear on the catwalk every now and then, and is still part of several traditional uniforms.

In the modern marketplace, a Jabot Blouse ( more commonly called a Ruffle or Ruffle Neck Blouse) tends to have ruffles arranged in a more modern way, ranging from flat, minimalist folds falling from the neckline, to soft, flowing drapes running down the garment, to small, more traditional ruffles that line either side of a front opening.

Despite the fact that the jabot began as a men’s style, the modern jabot blouse exhibits a definite femininity that can be soft or strong, but always eye-catching.

…of the name: This style of shirt features jabot-like ruffles down the front of the garment, and takes its name from this piece of decoration.

There isn’t a lot of information on the Jabot Blouse itself, but check out our post on the Jabot or check out the Fairchild’s Dictionary of Fashion

Random Facts

  • Jabot is the French word for a bird’s crop which is a muscular sack in a birds digestive tract near the throat. The Jabot emulates the look of a bird’s crop when it is extended, hence the name of the style.

21st Century Jabot Blouses

In the 21st century, the style of ruffles or ‘jabot’ on the front of the Jabot Blouse comes in all shapes and sizes and is limited only by the imagination of the designer.

L'Wren Scott Warehouse

L’Wren Scott, Warehouse

Red Valentino Michael Kors

RED Valentino, Michael Kors


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