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.
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: