If you read my recent post about the top 10 spring trends, then you might already be thinking about adding an off the shoulder top to your wardrobe.
The idea of shoulders as the new erogenous zone began last year with cold shoulder tops (tops with cutouts at the shoulders). Now the trend is in full swing, and we’re seeing tops that reveal even more skin – all of your shoulders and décolletage. Soft, romantic peasant style blouses and off the shoulder sweaters are at the top of fashion’s must-have list.
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 on at an outdoor café or going on vacation.
Keep in mind the elastic 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 from slipping up.
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 at the time 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.