Summer has long been the season of ‘IT’ items, last year we saw the revolution of the cropped top come back into fashion,worn with high-waisted pants/skirt/shorts and this year it’s all about the off-the-shoulder look. From pretty tops with voluminous ruffled sleeves. to chic and elegant cocktail dresses, it seems exposed shoulders are coming back once again! (Last seen somewhere in-between the mid 1800’s to 2016).
In this week’s post I will share with you my latest ‘must have’, off-the-shoulder dress, and give you some styling tips on how to get the most mileage from your dress. Confession…I almost considered skipping the whole off-the-shoulder trend because I couldn’t really see myself truly embracing this iconic style. However one shopping trip into the city, 8 outfit changes and three hours later and it was safe to say, I was 100% on board with this trend!
Firstly, unlike any other trend the variations and options are almost limitless when it comes to off-the-shoulder, these include, ruffled styles, 90’s inspired clingy tops, and not to mention the off-the-shoulder’s ‘other half’ that is the cold shoulder top (which leaves skin bare between strap and sleeve). If that isn’t overwhelming enough, the next decision to make is to decide how much of this trend will you embrace in terms of deciding whether to invest in an off-the-shoulder dress, jumpsuit, top, shirt and even swimwear…..
As this trend is still very new to both myself and my wardrobe, I decided to purchase an off-the-shoulder dress (from Dotti) for all the events coming up through out the festive season. Prior to trying on a range of dresses, I had also tried on a lot off-the-shoulder tops, however the biggest difference between the different types of styles was the fabric and cut. I generally prefer a heavier more structured fabrics which I find sits more flattering on the body.
The A-line shift style is possibly one of my most favoured styles of dress, as it just sits perfectly on the body creating movement and flow. (The endless versatility a shift dress provides can not be stated enough!). Faced with two colour options between nautical stripes and black, I decided to opt for most versatile of the two…which also happened to be the black. Considering I am in need of a dress that can take me from midday to night, I deemed the black the most ‘practical’.
To ensure the look is chic enough to be the perfect lunch companion, I teamed a pair of tan and black, block heel sandals with the dress, for both style and comfort (note: block heels are great for all-day use). Then introduced to my look, a Kate Spade chain bag for extra detail.
To dress down the outfit, try adding a thin tan belt around the waist ,opt for a pair of nude lace-up sandals and drape a very delicate cross-body bag over the dress for an effortless chic style To dress up the outfit for night, team a pair of sky-high stilettos with the dress, introduce a statement embellished clutch and pile up the arm with stand-out cuffs and bangles. (Even think about introducing a pop of rose-gold coloured accessories to your look)
Attempt to steer away from necklaces, as they will interfere too much with the neckline of the dress. Go crazy with arm candy for extra pop, try a rose-gold metal cuff, stacked bangles, leather cuffs and statement watches. The off-the-shoulder style is one trend worth embracing , if only for that one item that catches your eye….or maybe three or four more items!