On Trend: A Slight Slip Off The Shoulder

(L) Catherine Malandrino (R)   Kelly Kapowski in a

(L) Catherine Malandrino  SS14 (R) Kelly Kapowski in a Rosie Assoulin Top

Are you prepared to bare those shoulders? And how low are you willing to go? One of the strongest growing trends of the summer is the off-the-shoulder top, a retro classic that pays tribute to the casual styles of the 1980s/90s and runs as deep as the classic Crinoline styles of the 1860s. Today’s shoulder slip is varied in style and plunge. Some take a gentle dip off the curve of a shoulder while others are voluminous, falling drastically low on the upper arm.

This season’s burgeoning style has existed as a romantic variation on the ladies blouse for generations but designers have embraced it with more vigor the last two spring seasons. Designer John Galliano explored the style in his SS2013 collection, while Catherine Malandrino created a sophisticated French off-the-shoulder look for her SS2014 collection. Street style has taken the runway look and expanded upon it with personality and a casual grace that is reminiscent of the nineties off-the-shoulder queen, Lisa Bonet.

How ever which way you wear the look, be it subtle or brave, it is certainly romantic and shouldn’t be clouded with an excessive amount of necklaces or jewellery. Pare it down as simply as possible. It’s a perfect fashion scenario in which you can flaunt those golden summer shoulders. Whether you’re pairing the off-the-shoulder top with distressed denim or a high-waisted circle skirt, the look is chic and cool, so let that strap slip.

Elle Editor Danielle Prescod

Elle Editor Danielle Prescod

(L) Lisa Bonet, the queen of off-the-shoulder looks (R) A classic look in H&M

(L) Lisa Bonet, the queen of off-the-shoulder looks (R) A classic look in H&M

(L) Dress from "For Love and Lemons" Collection (R) Russian Fashion Star Miroslava Duma

(L) Dress from For Love and Lemons SS14 (R) Russian Fashion Star Miroslava Duma

A Style From Harpers Bazaar

A Style From Harpers Bazaar

One Response to “On Trend: A Slight Slip Off The Shoulder”

  1. Karen Shannon

    I always find off shoulder dresses and blouses very alluring. They look adorable and sexy at the same time. Love all the pictures, especially the one from style.com. Gorgeous!

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