This summer the “it” item that everyone (including you) will be obsessing over is the off-the-shoulder look. From pretty tops with voluminous, ruffled sleeves to basic and easy to wear dresses, it seems exposed shoulders are the latest (and most flattering) way to show some skin. Unlike abs, shoulders always look good. So yes, you can skip a cardio class or two—simply dab an illuminating body lotion on those sexy clavicles, and you’re prepped to wear this summer’s hottest trend.
The spring 2016 runways may have been filled with shoulder-baring ensembles (Tibi’s ethereal version is this season’s take on the classic white shirt) but this trend has been on-and-off the scene since the mid 1800s. Couturier Charles Frederick Worth (a.k.a. the OG of Haute Couture) designed elaborate dresses, many of which featured bodices with off-the-shoulder sleeves. Brigitte Bardot put her own sexy spin on this look during the 1960s, wearing off-the-shoulder tops with everything from midi skirts to pants. Her signature smoldering-yet-effortless French Riviera style is still emulated today on the runway, the red carpet and even the sidewalk. Here’s to democratized jet set style.
An off-the-shoulder look is this season’s cool girl calling card. We have put together the perfect outfit, to show you how to style it!