And so there is something to say about striking the perfect balance between feminine and sultry, sexy and ladylike. It can be done with a formfitting dress that hits just past the knee, a bit of lace overlay on a sheer top, or showing just the right amount of bare skin—and this season that comes in the form of shoulder bearing garments—from one-shoulder dresses to off-the-shoulder tops.
This gorgeous Oscar de le Renta gown is the perfect example of just how gorgeous baring a little shoulder can be (Plus can I just point out the amazing shade of green… stunning indeed!). Add a brooch to the shoulder for a bit more glamour. If you are looking for something a little less refined and a lot more “wow” then this Donna Karan dress is certainly what you are looking for. Pin your hair up and add a drop earring for extra-added shoulder baring drama.
Of course this doesn’t have to be all the drama of an evening gown—this cutout shoulder top by Parker is just as sexy. It is also a less intimidating leap into the bare shoulder trend: no worrying about baring your arms, or finding the right bra (one shoulder or otherwise) etc. leaving the emphasis on the shoulders. Plus this tangerine color is on point for spring.
Helmut Lang took the emphasis on shoulders to a whole other level with this extraordinary asymmetrical cap sleeve top. The shape and draping of the top give it a modern look that is only one pair of leather pants away from ultra cool and edgy. A pony like the one pictured here is no doubt the perfect hairdo for showing off that shoulder!
The off the shoulder tee has no doubt become a staple of fashionistas and non-fashionistas alike in recent years. I mean who doesn’t love an oversize tee or sweater that you can wear to workout, to the grocery store, or to lunch with your girlfriends and still look stylish or at least like you care. The likes of Victoria Secret and BCBG have catered trendy off the shoulder tees to the masses. This Free People slouchy knit sweater is perfect for a breezy spring day.
Somewhere between oversized tees and fabulous one-shouldered gowns are off-the-shoulder spring dresses. And who would desing a better one than miss off the shoulder Zoe herself? This adorable floral print peasant dress is perfect for a spring day and can easily transition into fall with a pair of opaque tights.
By Kristianne Young