Trend Report: Off The Shoulder

Trend Report: Off The Shoulder

Don't be afraid to show some shoulder this season in structured or free-flowing styles.

By Caitlyn Spanner | 16th September 2015

When I was 10, my three best friends and I owned the same one-shoulder crop top in four different colours. The result was a cringeworthy attempt at trying to look like the Spice Girls. Safe to say I wasn’t expecting that trend to make a come back anytime soon. But in the spirt of "what’s old is new again", I’m welcoming this off-the-shoulder update that's been dominating catwalks, blog posts and street style shots over the past season. And it doesn’t look like the trend is leaving anytime soon, with designers at New York Fashion Week taking on off the shoulder styles in a variety of different forms just this week.

There are two distinct styles for the off the shoulder trend. The first is more structured and formal. Brands such as Misha Collection and Jacquemus have championed the more structured variety of off the shoulder tops and dresses.

The second style is a free-flowing, casual variation and is evident in brands such as Rosie Assoulin and Seed to name a few. New York Fashion Week saw Rachel Zoe and Zimmermann present a stunning collection of shoulder exposing styles.

Alternatively, the one shoulder style has definitely made a comeback but with an up-to-date approach. Origami style folds, interesting angles and multiple straps make for a modern update. Maticevski has done a wonderful job at producing the one shoulder style in a contemporary and sexy way.

Bloggers who love this trend are Jessica Stein from Tuula Vintage, Zanita Whittington from Zanita and Leandra Medine of Man Repeller.

Whether it’s small peeks of skin, frills, lace or structure, there really aren’t many rules when it comes to showing some shoulder. It subtly accentuates the décolletage and clavicles in the most feminine way. The off-the-shoulder trend is perfect as we come into spring/summer for keeping cool while remaining on trend. Here are our picks of the season:


1 By Johnny Wide Line Stripe bodice $180. 2 Witchery stripe top $79.95. 3 Misha Collection Nairi dress $320 4 Maticevski Emotive silver bustier $280. 5 Seed printed one-shoulder top $79.95. 6 Stella McCartney top $2151. 7. By Johnny Geo-Raff top $180. 8 Rosie Assoulin Fine Cotton Faille Balloon Sleeve top $1695. 9 Nicholas off-the-shoulder elastic top $384.55. 10 Seed printed one-shoulder top $79.95. 11 Top Shop Crinkle Cold Shoulder top $55.95. 12 The Iconic S/W/F Adalyn top $179.


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Article by Caitlyn Spanner

Caitlyn is just your average fashion-loving, coffee-drinking, story-writing, narcissistic millennial on the eternal search for the perfect t-shirt. On weekends you'll find her hanging with mates, enjoying an ice-cold cider or strong piccolo (depending on the weather), and searching for said perfect t-shirt. She has a passion for sustainable fashion and expressing her creativity in any way she can.


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