Trendy Tuesday: Off-the-Shoulder

This spring you cannot pass a store or magazine without spying the off-the-shoulder look!  Different from seasons past where we saw single-shoulder sleeves, strapless or cold shoulder cutouts, this look is one that most women seem eager to try this season.  Fit can be pretty critical with these tops and there are a few key things to look out for:

  • Volume – be aware of too much fabric overall or non-draping fabric, even the looser versions of these tops should still skim your curves
  • Length – Tops that fall at high hip are going to be the most flattering on the most people
  • Sleeves – Go for a fairly even line right off the shoulders, don’t pull these tops halfway down your arm.  Check your back view as well.  If you have issues with motion and the top staying in place, try watching this Refinery29 Video that uses ponytail holders and safety pins to correct the problem.


Aqua Ribbed Knit Top – $48 – Natty Gal’s top pic for stepping into this trend.  A great way to update your spring/summer date night outfits by pairing with a walking short or mini to maxi length skirt.

Sanctuary Clothing Julia Vintage Off-the-Shoulder Top

Sanctuary Julia Top – $79 – Great for boho girls, this print screams to be paired with denim!

Velvet Lace Top – $138 – Another great pair for denim, this top gives off a more girly-girl vibe.  Can also see it paired with a dark (or white if you’re brave) ankle pant for a dressier look.

Below are two examples of “don’ts”.  In the first photo there is just too much fabric and no sense of a body shape.  It’s also very long which adds to the “cinched up trash bag” feel.  In the second photo, two issues are highlighted.  First the top is both full and cropped; a tough look for most of us to pull off.  Second, the angled down sleeves are unflattering on even this thin model and would result in horrid armpit cleavage on the rest of us.  Keep these shirts off-the-shoulder, not off-the-elbows!

Author: Betsy Ramsey

Betsy Ramsey is the author of Natty Gal. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she now lives there with her husband and Bichon-Frise, Dolce. A mindful fashion & capsule wardrobe enthusiast, she travels extensively, visiting 56 countries to date. Betsy is committed to helping others live their most fulfilling life!

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