Off Shoulder Tops – A Complete Guide

If you are not wearing off shoulder tops and dresses in 2017, you are a fashion road kill. When it comes to this trend, women are constantly questioning themselves on whether they’ll be able to carry it off and which style to wear to suit their body type (the kind of bra to wear). Unlike wearing a crop top which makes you conscious about adorning a great body with a flat stomach, shoulders almost always look good. This trend has been doing the rounds since the mid-1800s and needs to be understood better.

THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU

1. BROAD AND ATHLETIC SHOULDERS
If exposed midriffs and attracting attention to cleavage is not your thing, then the silhouette that needs to be followed is an asymmetric one shoulder shirt. These are now available in stores with elastics to keep the off shoulder in place.

         Off shoulder tops - white DIY shirt - Image One shoulder ruffle striped blue shirt Kim Kardarshian black one shoulder top

Wear withSkinny jeans, flared pants, pencil skirts, heels

Magic tipDIY this look by going for an oversized classic shirt, unbuttoning the first button, and draping the sleeve on the exposed shoulder or both the shoulders.

2. PETITE AND NARROW FRAME
Try keeping your shoulders completely bare to make the clavicle area look flattering. Off shoulder tops make petite women look broader and ergo it is advised to keep the overall outfit balanced.

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Wear withRipped jeans, boyfriend jeans, straight cut, boot cut jeans, palazzos, shorts, shoes, flat sandals, chokers

Magic tipIf you are going for a loose top, go for skinny jeans or a pencil skirt with it.

3. HEAVIER AND BUSTIER WOMEN
The idea here is to create less volume on the chest and the waist area. The advised style to wear here would be shoulder cut outs and cold shoulder tops. The best part about cold shoulder tops is that you can keep most of your arms covered if you’re not ready to show them yet.

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Wear withJoggers,  culottes, wide legged pants, mules.

Magic tipAccessorise with a multi-layered choker, statement earrings, a bandana or maybe a neckerchief to keep the focus off the chest.Wear a bandeau bra instead of a strapless bra for a better fitting.

HOW TO WEAR IT LIKE A BOSS

1. WHICH BRA TO WEAR IT WITH
It’s very enticing to make a fashion statement with the new off the shoulder trend. But when there are drooping sleeves, cut outs and low plunging necklines involved, there’s a lot of planning to do. A strapless bra might be the first thing that comes to mind, but there is a multitude of options you can choose from, which may include a corset, a bra top, adhesive silicon bras, adhesive gel petals.

2. HOW TO KEEP THE SHOULDER IN PLACE
Embracing this boho trend is also coupled with the problem of keeping the off the shoulder top actually off the shoulder. For reference, you can watch the video below:

WHERE TO WEAR

1. PROFESSIONAL SETTING 

An off shoulder top is also suitable for semi-formal gatherings and jobs where you need to be dressed in business casuals.

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Wear it withA buttoned-down version of the off shoulder top with skinny jeans and formal heels. Pair a peplum off shoulder top with cigarette pants, or pair an off shoulder formal top with flared tie-up pants.

2. CASUAL SETTING
An easy breezy look can be achieved with an off shoulder top if you are headed out for a casual date, a day out like a picnic or if you are just going to grab your favorite cup of Starbucks coffee.

     Off shoulder dark blue top Lucy hale off shoulder white top casual chilling starbucksone shoulder top with floral skirt knee length socks and bellies

Wear it with A cute floral skirt or boyfriend/ripped jeans. Go for white shoes as an alternative to heels for a casual day out.

3. SUPER CASUAL COACHELLA /CONCERT SETTING
If your weekend plan includes hitting a music or food festival, then off shoulder tops are just perfect.

  coachella off shoulder trendkendal jenner wearing off shouldercoachella off shoulder trend

Wear it with  An off the shoulder crop top with shorts. Add some accessories like chokers, hats. Go for cowboy boots instead of flat sandals, or slip on sandals.

Check how you can style that off shoulder dress here – Show off your clavicle with off shoulder dresses

WHERE TO BUY OFF SHOULDER TOPS

1.  BUY ONLINE

Off shoulder tops on Myntra
Off shoulder tops on Koovs

2. BUY IN DELHI –

Forever 21, Dlf Place, Saket
Mango, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
Madame, Sarojini Nagar

3. BUY IN MUMBAI –

Global Desi, Lower Parel
Globus, Malad East
Chumbak, Ghatkopar west

4. BUY IN BANGALORE –

Forever 21, KR Puram
Shoppers Stop, Koramangala
Vero Moda, Indiranagar

The best part about these tops is the effort required to kill it with your fashion sense anywhere and everywhere is a bare minimum. Follow our magical tips and you are good to go!

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