The older you get, the more you discover who you are and what your personal tastes are. This also translates into the type of clothes you like to wear. I naturally gravitate towards styles that are simple, feminine, and a bit dressed up. I’m a modest dresser who shies away from anything exposing too much of my body or skin to the public. A principle I have learned and adopted from my mom growing up is this, “Leave behind an air of mystery.” While some women are confidently showing off their hot bodies, I prefer to be covered in all the right places but showing a peak of skin when I want to feel a little sexy. The comeback of off the shoulder tops and dresses makes this spring and summer trend a huge personal style favorite for me.
My college days were the only time I ever saw off the shoulder clothes become a big trend at the time. I didn’t own much off the shoulder dresses, but I had a few sweaters and light tops to pair with skirts or jeans. The off the shoulder look is an alternative to full on sleeveless or strapless when you don’t feel like showing full bare arms, but want to reveal a moderate amount of skin. I also think shoulders are sexy and a great way to draw some attention to a pretty top or maybe a fantastic necklace or earrings you may be wearing with your outfit.
Off the shoulder has a range of styles to choose from, like bohemian chic or classic solids, and the tops themselves can come in short or longer sleeves, loose and airy or skintight fits. Although I haven’t worn many off the shoulder dresses, they’d be the perfect formal outfit to opt for over the usual sleeveless or strapless dress variety for a wedding or garden party.
The best part about most styles in fashion is they come in cycles. While one trend may not be the biggest hit at the moment, they do find its way back onto the style radar and turn something old into something new again. I’m actually glad off the shoulder is getting another chance at being relevant in fashion again. It’s about time I dig out my off the shoulder tops now that shoulders are the new sexy––for the moment anyway.
Is the off the shoulder style hot or not for you?