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Pretty off The Shoulder Tops That Are Romantic for Summer

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.

pink off the shoulder top


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.

Pink off the shoulder top White-Pants-Lace-Bottoms

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.

navy floral off the shoulder


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!)

blue off the shoulder top




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.

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7 thoughts on “Pretty off The Shoulder Tops That Are Romantic for Summer

  1. Hi Deborah
    I need to go to a late afternoon wedding in August (not particularly formal) and was planning to wear a pair of white crepe pants and a navy cold shoulder lace top with pearls. I’m 59 – so I’m wondering 1) is the cold shoulder (not off-the-shoulder) still in style, and 2) am I just too old for it? I’m 5’11” and 175 pounds. This is an important day, so I want to look my best.
    Thanks so much!!!

    1. Hi Lee, Cold shoulder is fine, and yes, this sounds lovely. You are not too old. Crepe, Lace, and pearls display perfect for an informal August wedding – Romantic and summery.
      Cheers, Deborah

  2. When I first saw this style in In Style magazine, I didn’t think I would go there. But you’ve done it again, Deborah! Your choice of off-the-shoulder tops shows how this look can be classy for us 40+fashionistas. I’ll wear one of these on my next visit to Las Vegas.

  3. Hi Deborah, I love your blog, and this is the first time I have commented.
    I live in Australia, so this trend won’t hit here until later this year, although some of the Winter sweaters we see already are off-the-shoulder. I have broad shoulders, and do I mean general? (Ah, dear….genetics!). Is there a way of wearing this trend or adapting it not to make them look even wider or accentuate them? Or should I forget about it?

    Kind regards, Monica

    1. Hi Monica,
      I love hearing from my Australian readers!
      Great question, Monica! Yes, you can wear an off-the-shoulder but must balance things out. Wear your off-the-shoulder top with a fuller skirt or wide palazzo pants to do this. This will give the illusion of a fuller hip, creating that perfect hourglass shape. Can you visualize how fab you will look? I hope that helps! Cheers, Deborah

      1. Thank you so much for your advice, Deborah. I will try your suggestions and look forward to experimenting with this trend.
        Kind regards, Monica

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