From off-the-shoulder tops to shoulder-cutout dresses, this season it’s all about the shoulders. Exposed shoulders are pretty much the be-all, end-all of trends for Spring and Summer 2016. If you’ve been in a popular clothing store lately, you simply cannot turn around without seeing one.
One of the biggest misconceptions in fashion is that trends have an age limit. Absolutely not. You can wear any trend, at 20-, 40-, or 60-years-old, as long as you wear it in the right way. The exposed shoulder is the perfect example of a fashion fit for all ages and tastes. Whether your style is classic, romantic, or thrift-store bohemian, an off-the-shoulder blouse can go from day to night. In fact, it’s such a classic piece that many designers no longer consider it a trend, but a wardrobe essential.
Another benefit of this style is that the shoulders is one area in which we tend to not gain weight. We can choose tops that still cover our midriff, decolletage, or arms, but show just enough skin to make it feminine and flattering. This skin-baring option is great for women of all shapes and sizes.
“For me, it’s just about finding the right balance between sexy and conservative,” designer Johanna Ortiz tells Vogue. “All women feel comfortable with their shoulders, regardless of their age or shape.”
While I absolutely love the idea of off-the-shoulder tops, I don’t enjoy the ones in which the sleeves can be worn both on or off the shoulders. I find that those sleeves tend to slide up the shoulders every time I move my arms. I constantly end up having to pull them back down off my shoulders.
I like this particular Off-the-shoulder Chambray top from Mustard Seed because it has a tight, elastic band that hugs snugly around the chest, and likewise, the elastic band sleeves ensure no slipping or sliding along the arms.
Chambray is the lightweight version of denim. You probably have a classic long-sleeved buttoned chambray shirt in your closet. Chambray is actually a year-round staple, but it’s perfect for summer given its breezy, lightweight fabric and its casual, comfort style. You can pair this off-the-shoulder chambray top with white jeans during the day, or a black pencil skirt at night – and the results would be effortless either way.
If you’re looking to change up your blue-denim routine, the clear choice is optic white denim. So fresh and crisp, it’s the chicest neutral to sport. Welcome Summer with a style that features flared or lace-up details, or keep it sleek with a tried-and-true slim body, or go for that cool-girl vibe with a distressed pair.
I chose this White Cropped Destructed pair from J brand, with just a few shreds across the knees, and with raw, cropped hems to roughen up the pristine look of low-rise skinny jeans in an optic white wash and to balance the flirty, romantic top.
I like J Brand’s signature stretch denim because it really conforms to your figure for a micro-sculpted look. It’s also known for excellent shape retention after every wear, so you won’t have to worry about the waist stretching out when you bend and sit. Plus, they are petite-friendly, available in sizes 23, 24, 25, and up, and with smaller front-rise and back-rise lengths. With this cropped pair (26″ inseam), I didn’t need to have any hemming done.
You can regularly find J Brand jeans on sale on various online retailers, including Amazon.
Dune London’s Bodine Blush
I’m in love with these Blush Heels from Dune London. The color blush pairs perfectly with denim and chambray. In fact, blush goes well with outfits in any neutrals such as denim, white, nude/beige, or even black. With these Dune shoes, I love the elegant lace detail, the sophisticated pointed toe, the bow trim, and the slim high heel. It’s the ultimate in fun and girly.
Women are ready to be a little more playful and festive with their clothes. Even if you’re just going to lunch with your friends, put on a showy top or a fun pair of shoes!
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