How To Wear It: Off-The-Shoulder

What’s the perfect transition piece for early spring? Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses. Find tons of styles in 417-land boutiques, and read local experts’ advice on how to make them work for you.

Written by Rose Marthis | Styled By Elyse Philipak

Apr 2016

DO: Make it Fun
“A way to incorporate an off-the-shoulder top into your wardrobe is to pair it with distressed boyfriend jeans and a heel for a fun and flirty look suitable for day or night.” —Carissa Greenlee with Torn Boutique

 DO: Try it With Everything
“You can pair your off-the-shoulder tops with pretty much anything you have in your closet. I love this look because it can give off that laid-back, romantic vibe that everyone will be totally into for spring and summer.” —Lisa O’Dell with Blue Raven Emporium 

DO: Make it Flattering
“Find the fit that is best for you. If your shoulders are the widest part of your body, maybe don’t choose something that accentuates them, like a straight across option.” —Andrea Pena with MODERN Society

DON’T: Go Braless
“You are better off wearing a strapless rather than no bra. Invest in a good strapless bra, and look for a beige one since it can be easily worn under white or black tops.” —L.O. 

DON’T: Be Afraid to Ease Into it
“For someone that is scared to try the off-the-shoulder look, I would recommend the cousin, the cold shoulder. We have seen this trend the past few seasons and it isn’t going away anytime soon. The cold shoulder is basically a top or dress that has the shoulders cut out.  You can still show some skin, but have the security of a little more fabric.” —C.G. 

DO: Stick with Solids
“I would go with a solid. Depending on the style you choose, a print can get too busy.  Not to say that you can’t do a print, but I would just be careful.” —A.P.   

DO: Embrace Your Shape
“This style can flatter a variety of body shapes and sizes. Off-the-shoulder tops are fantastic for those with pear or hourglass shaped figures, as it balances out the proportions.” —L.O. 

DON’T: Go Too Trendy
“My advice is also to not go too crazy over the trend. Invest in a few pieces within that style that you really love. You don’t want to get stuck with them after it fades.” —A.P. 

DO: Make it Work for Work
“Off-the-shoulder for work can be tricky. In many cases it wouldn’t be appropriate, but if you want to try to adapt this trend to a more corporate kind of outfit, wear it with a pencil skirt or elegant trousers.” —L.O. 

DO: Keep it Casual
“Definitely wear your off-the-shoulder for everyday casual settings. Pair it with your favorite jeans or high-waisted trousers.” —C.G. 

DON’T: Forget the Fit
“When selecting an off-the-shoulder style, the top should fit your shoulders and bust very well to prevent any mishaps.” —L.O. 

DO: Up Your Confidence
“Trends aren’t always for everyone, and you know what’s within your comfort zone. But it’s okay to step out of the box sometimes. Ask a friend or two what they think before wearing it if you want a little reassurance.” —A.P.  

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