I must admit, I wasn't the biggest fan of the off-the-shoulder top when it first hit stores. It seemed showy. Too girly. Too yacht club?
But then, over icey margaritas one balmy afternoon, a fashion designer friend of mine shocked me awake when she told me she was in the market for one. "It's the perfect summer top if you are shy about your arms," she explained. "The shirt is like a tanktop with sleeves. It hides the parts you hate while keeping you cool. Plus, collar bones are a good look for everyone."
I had to admit, she made some really good points.
So, I went back to my apartment to do some research and found that off-the-shoulder tops were not only not going away, but had actually evolved quite a bit since I first noticed them. There is more variety. I once thought of them all as clingy or frilly crop-tops, but that just isn't the case anymore. There is, as they say, something for everyone! Here are some of our favorites.
Poplin Off-the-Shoulder Top
Do you see what I am saying? How crisp and effortless is this top? You can wear it over jeans for errands, over a flowy skirt for the derby, over a pencil skirt for a night out ... This is definitely going to be a go-to this summer.
Sombra Off Shoulder Top
Here is a new take on the off-the-shoulder top that is basically a mezmerizing work of art. How does it work? Can she lift her arms? All you need to know is that a girl never reveals her secrets.
Party at the Front Striped Top
If it is gets any more saccharine than this, we would all be diabetic. But my goodness, how babe-ish would you feel in this top?
Rachel Zoe Zuma cold-shoulder ruffled crepe blouse
Dare I say it? It's an off-the-shoulder top ... that is work-appropriate! This elegant shirt pairs well with any bottom.
Loft Eyelet Off the Shoulder
Never has there ever been a more perfect summer Saturday shirt.
Sendi One-Shoulder Top
Yes, this is part of a set and I highly recommend you get the entire outfit. Off-the-shoulder pantsuit? Move over, everyone!
ASOS Design Off-Shoulder Top in Polka Dot
Polka dots will never go out of style. You can trust me on this one.
Stripe Frill Detail Bardot
Just a simple, well-made everyday top that you are guranteed to fall in love with. Whereas a lot of off-the-shoulder tops try to be flattering by adding a cinched or cropped waist, this shirt simply goes for a taper. It's amazing for those of us who are willing to bare shoulder but not midriff yet.
Toulon Tiered Ruffle Top
Are you fun? Are you always the life of the party? Or, do you just have ambitions to be all these things? If you have answered yes to any of the questions, you need this shirt.
People Say Bodysuit
This is a necessity for all your tucked-in looks.
Here is a lesson in how to look super casual and sexy at the same time.
I.N.C. Cold-Shoulder Top
Ice blue is a gorgeous color that goes easily from day and evening during the summer. Also, if you are really savvy about it, you can even wear a halter bra with this shirt. You know, for those of us who need a little extra support.
Embroidered Bardot Top
I mean, I had to give you one hippy/bohemian/festival look. Tada!
The Lookbook is Bravo’s celebration of personal style. We keep you up to date on the inspiring looks from trend-setting stylistas, test and report on the most-coveted fashion and beauty products, and offer solutions to all your style-related conundrums. Like us on Facebook to stay connected to our daily updates.