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Trend Talk: Off-The-Shoulder

jessica stein, off-the-shoulder, trend talk, blogger

It’s time to stop with the cold shoulder; this spring/summer season is all about dusting off those neglected bad boys that have so considerately been letting structured jackets and long sleeves do the talking through winter, and let them have their moment in the sun, literally.

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If anything signals summer more than that feeling of Vitamin D on your skin, defrosting any last traces of winter, I’d love to hear it (ok, maybe envy-inducing beach selfies and ice cream running down your arm are a dead giveaway as well).

Instead of letting your legs do the talking this summer, or embracing the crop top (who has abs they can show off straight after hibernating anyway?!), it’s time to focus on those shoulders of yours, which, frankly, deserve a moment in the spotlight for all those years of maintaining your incredible posture.

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Aimee Song showing off her shoulders

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Never fear though, achieving the off-the-shoulder look doesn’t mean trawling back through your wardrobe to 2003 when boho was having a moment and off-the-shoulder tops equalled  layered peasant skirts, slouchy suede boots and a chunky belt (please tell me I wasn’t the only one who fell victim to this). This time around we’re all a little bit wiser and (hopefully) more fashion savvy so follow our lead and you should be onto a style winner.

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Trend-Setter, Katy Perry

One of our favourite options for getting the off-the-shoulder trend oh so right include investing in a flowy, off-the-shoulder top or dress that just screams balmy summer nights. Add a fringed bag and a straw hat you can ditch once the sun goes down and it’s a modern prairie update on the boho trend we mentioned earlier. Coachella, anyone?

For a luxe, after hour’s occasion, a structured bustier that so beautifully highlights your décolletage is an essential with tailored pants and heels (a midi skirt is also easily interchangeable). A formal event calls for that ‘wow’ effect and what better way to do so then to amp up the old school glamour, cover up that cleavage and leave a little more to the imagination.

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Ultimate Style Combo: Off-The Shoulder + Culottes

Teaming a cropped, off-the-shoulder top with two other of this season’s hottest trends; culottes and mules is basically a fashion trifecta (Hooray for you!). It’s the perfect outfit answer to what to wear to: Sunday lunch/after work drinks/any kind of birthday celebration, so much so, we can guarantee you will have this outfit on high rotation.

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Images via: stylecaster.com, instyle.com, tuulavintage.com

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