There’s something about Summer that makes even tailored types want to dress a little more romantically. One of the easiest ways to do that is to show a little shoulder.
Cold shoulder tops (tops with cutouts at the shoulders) give you a peek at what’s to come. An off-the-shoulder top that reveals all of your shoulders and décolletage is even more feminine.
Off-the-shoulder tops may feel a little bold at first, but once you get used to the idea, you will see that they really are the perfect blend of ease and elegance. Slip one on with your favorite jeans, add some pretty jewelry, and you have that look everyone wants- classy but casual.
Where would you wear an off-the-shoulder top? You wouldn’t wear it to work ( too casual, alluring ) or any place with heavy air conditioning ( you’d freeze). But it would look great if you were going out on a Saturday afternoon somewhere special, having a meal at an outdoor café, or going on vacation.
Keep in mind that the elastic at the shoulders can ride up, so you don’t want to be doing anything too active. An off-the-shoulder top is more about show unless you get one with tiny spaghetti straps at the shoulders to keep your neckline in place.
Also, the reality is you will need a good strapless bra for a top like this, so my advice would be to pick one up when you buy your top. Otherwise, you might never get around to it. (We all know how that is!)
Some women like the off-the-shoulder look, but they don’t like the feel. There’s the worry that the top will slide off, so for any of you like that, try an off-the-shoulder top with tiny spaghetti straps for extra comfort. This blue peasant-style off-the-shoulder top is a pretty example.
With so many off-the-shoulder shirts to choose from, how do you decide? You can’t go wrong with one in a floral print or pastel colors like blue, peach, or pale pink. Look for feminine details. For example, this white one-shoulder top has a dramatic, soft ruffle. This feminine touch makes it look relaxed and subtlety sexy.
Final note: Be sure to keep your accessories soft and laid back to match the modern boho vibe of an off-the-shoulder top.