Off the Shoulder Chambray and Destructed Denim

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Mustard Seed Off-the-shoulder Chambray top

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.”

J Brand Low-Rise White Crop Destructed Jeans

Off-the-shoulder Chambray top, White Cropped Destructed Jeans, and Blush Lace Heels

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.  

Mustard Seed Off-the-shoulder Chambray top

Mustard Seed Off-the-shoulder Chambray top

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.


J Brand Low-Rise White Cropped Destructed Jeans

J Brand Low-Rise White Cropped Destructed Jeans

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 Bodine Blush

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.

Dune London's Bodine Blush

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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12 Comments on “Off the Shoulder Chambray and Destructed Denim”

  1. Elena

    I love love love the blush color shoes with this outfit. Not sure that I would have come up with that on my own. Looking good!!

  2. Seema

    You look great, and I love the blush heels!! Any suggestions on blush colored shoes for those of us who really don’t wear heels (flats with arch support or low heels or wedges?) Thanks!

  3. Cynthia

    Thanks for the tip! I’m going to use off the shoulder tops to look flirty while in my postpartum state!!! The ensemble is perfect and I LOVE the idea of blush heels

  4. Samantha

    Thanks for the information on the top. I never like buying those types I always feel they rise up.

    1. Janet

      Hi Samantha, thanks for visiting! Yes, these off-the-shoulder tops that do NOT have the option to be worn over the shoulders will totally stay put on your arms. The elastic bands help. The top also stays put over the chest area with the elastic band, like a good strapless top should. ????

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