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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!

Marimekko for Target

Target’s latest collaboration line with Finnish brand Marimekko, hits stores this Sunday, April 17th.  Staying true to their bold prints and graphic colors, Target anticipates this collaboration will sell out quickly.  While wacky color combos and bold prints reside well outside my fashion comfort zone, I did find a few pieces to try to snap up come Sunday!
 
This scarf is probably my favorite piece of the group! Love it as casual sarong paired with a bright tank and simple thong sandal for day. For evening, try tying the scarf into a top (many sources online for help on how to do that) and pair with skinny crops and either platform sandals or tie-up kitten heel shoes.

Scarf 60
Paprika Print 60″x60″ Scarf – $16.99

Click to zoomNext up is a blue-toned abstract print cover-up. Great to use on it’s own, as is, or wear as a tunic layered over a tank and paired with white crops and slides.

Albatrossi Cover-up – $34.99

 

Diane von Furstenberg 'Caserta' Slide Sandal (Women)

Last but not least, I’ll be looking for this fun and roomy tote.  The graphic pattern will give a lift to summer basics and the price can’t be beat! 

Oversized Beach Tote - Kaivo Print - Black
Kaivo Print Beach Tote – $19.99

Shoes-day Tuesday: The Chunky Heel

The chunky heel trend of 2016 is a godsend for this clumsy chick!  They’re stable and don’t sink into damp spring grass…what’s not to love?  Below are my three favorites for work, play and party:

VivianVivian

John Fluevog Vivian ($249) 
Also available in sky blue/white.  This cult-classic brand from Canada is known for funky designs and extreme comfort.  They’re shoes that will last a lifetime and always spark a conversation! 

The Pera - M.GemiThe Pera - M.Gemi

M. Gemi – The Pera ($298) 
In luggage, grey and black.  Love the grey for transitioning into spring and the black is simply bitchin’ all year round.

The Castello - M.Gemi

M. Gemi – The Castello ($298) 
In black, natural, raspberry and jade.  Lucite and lace stunners for a spring/summer wedding or charity event!

LOFT Marimekko