Off Shoulder Tops – A Complete Guide

If you are not wearing off shoulder tops and dresses in 2017, you are a fashion road kill. When it comes to this trend, women are constantly questioning themselves on whether they’ll be able to carry it off and which style to wear to suit their body type (the kind of bra to wear). Unlike wearing a crop top which makes you conscious about adorning a great body with a flat stomach, shoulders almost always look good. This trend has been doing the rounds since the mid-1800s and needs to be understood better.

 

THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU

1. BROAD AND ATHLETIC SHOULDERS

If exposed midriffs and attracting attention to cleavage is not your thing, then the silhouette that needs to be followed is an asymmetric one shoulder shirt. These are now available in stores with elastics to keep the off shoulder in place.

Wear with – Skinny jeans, flared pants, pencil skirts, heels 

Magic tip – DIY this look by going for an oversized classic shirt, unbuttoning the first button, and draping the sleeve on the exposed shoulder or both the shoulders.

 

2. PETITE AND NARROW FRAME

Try keeping your shoulders completely bare to make the clavicle area look flattering. Off shoulder tops make petite women look broader and ergo it is advised to keep the overall outfit balanced.

   

Wear with – Ripped jeans, boyfriend jeans, straight cut, boot cut jeans, palazzos, shorts, shoes, flat sandals, chokers

 

Magic tip – If you are going for a loose top, go for skinny jeans or a pencil skirt with it.

 

3. HEAVIER AND BUSTIER WOMEN

The idea here is to create less volume on the chest and the waist area. The advised style to wear here would be shoulder cutouts and cold shoulder tops. The best part about cold shoulder tops is that you can keep most of your arms covered if you’re not ready to show them yet.

Wear with – Joggers,  culottes, wide legged pants, mules.

 

Magic tip – Accessorise with a multi-layered choker, statement earrings, a bandana or maybe a neckerchief to keep the focus off the chest.Wear a bandeau bra instead of a strapless bra for a better fitting.

 

HOW TO WEAR IT LIKE A BOSS

 

1. WHICH BRA TO WEAR IT WITH

It’s very enticing to make a fashion statement with the new off the shoulder trend. But when there are drooping sleeves, cut outs and low plunging necklines involved, there’s a lot of planning to do. A strapless bra might be the first thing that comes to mind, but there is a multitude of options you can choose from, which may include a corset, a bra top, adhesive silicone bras, adhesive gel petals.

 

WHERE TO WEAR

 

1. PROFESSIONAL SETTING 

An off shoulder top is also suitable for semi-formal gatherings and jobs where you need to be dressed in business casuals.

       

Wear it with – A buttoned-down version of the off shoulder top with skinny jeans and formal heels. Pair a peplum off the shoulder top with cigarette pants, or pair an off shoulder formal top with flared tie-up pants.

 

2. CASUAL SETTING

An easy breezy look can be achieved with an off-shoulder top if you are headed out for a casual date, a day out like a picnic or if you are just going to grab your favourite cup of Starbucks coffee.

     

Wear it with – A cute floral skirt or boyfriend/ripped jeans. Go for white shoes as an alternative to heels for a casual day out.

 

3. SUPER CASUAL COACHELLA /CONCERT SETTING

If your weekend plan includes hitting a music or food festival, then off shoulder tops are just perfect.

Wear it with –  An off the shoulder crop top with shorts. Add some accessories like chokers, hats. Go for cowboy boots instead of flat sandals, or slip on sandals.

The best part about these tops is the effort required to kill it with your fashion sense anywhere and everywhere is a bare minimum. Follow our magical tips and you are good to go!

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