This story was updated in January 2019.
Off shoulder tops are all the rage right now. We thought they’ll last just as long as the summer does, but hell no! The trend is back this year and it’s definitely here to stay. If you’re a trendsetter and want to stay ahead in fashion, this one’s for you!
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Off-Shoulder Styling For A Happier You
While off-shoulder tops are super fun to wear, carrying them off can become a hassle if you don't know what to do with them! But worry no more, for our tips on styling off shoulder tops will have you going carefree in no time!
1. Keep The Top From Riding Up Your Shoulder
Whoever has tried the off shoulder trend must be familiar with this problem. If you raise your arm, the top rides up on your shoulders. It’s an annoying little malfunction in its own way. To prevent this from happening and to keep your top in place, all you need is a couple of safety pins and rubber bands.This video will show you how easy it is to keep the top in place. Go check it out!
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2. For The Girl With Broad Shoulders
Dressing for your body type is key. If you’re blessed with broad shoulders, you possibly can’t take style inspo from women with a narrow torso. Similarly, you must pick a top that’ll best suit your built. For girls with broad shoulders, floaty tops and something streamlined that highlights your curves will work. Off shoulder tops with an overlay fabric will give your torso more shape.
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3. For Girls With A Narrow Torso
Anything streamlined will flatter your body. Steer clear from tops that are too long or have too much fabric as they might make your frame look broader. There are quite a few streamlined styles out there that’ll best suit your figure. You can go for body hugging tops and pair them with high waisted bottoms to draw all the attention on your waist! We say, adding an off-shoulder top to your ensemble will always be a good fashion decision!
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4. Pair It With The Right Bottom
There are no hard and fast rules about styling off shoulder tops with bottoms. You can pair an off shoulder top with a maxi skirt, jeans or even culottes. Depending on the style and fit of the top, you should choose a bottom that’ll best flatter your body and add structure to your look. If you’re wearing a well fitted top, pair it with something flowy, like a maxi skirt. If your top is floaty, wearing it with high waisted jeans and tucking it in would make a great outfit!
5. Wear Proper Lingerie
Wearing proper lingeries is an essential when it comes to styling off shoulder tops. It might sound obvious, but you have to admit that finding the ‘perfect’ strapless bra to wear is the toughest thing ever! Try going up by a size or try the sister bra size. Bra sizes vary from brand to brand and you will never find the ideal strapless bra unless you try several! A bra that keeps slipping down is the last thing you want when you’re wearing an off shoulder top.
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6. Fabric Matters
Fabric is important when it comes to picking the perfect off-shoulder top, since they have a power to make or break your entire look! Always go for flowy, flimsy fabrics as they add a feminine silhouette to the look. Avoid anything too stiff as it’ll look boxy and add unnecessary volume.
7. Accessorize Smartly
Again, there are no ‘rules’ about accessorizing when it comes to styling off shoulder tops, but there are a few things you must keep in mind. Dainty accessories like a minimal chain, choker necklace, or layered necklaces will look great with the top and complement your look. On the other hand, anything that’s too chunky and ends right at the neck itself, may not look great with an off shoulder top..
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8. The Right Hairdo Will Always Help!
Baring the shoulders completely can feel be a bit too bold for some women. If you aren’t too comfortable showing your shoulders or feel conscious, part your hair and bring them to the front. It’s a hairstyle that suits every girl and trust us, it’ll add a dash of glam to your look. If you want to flaunt your collar bones, there’s nothing sexier than a top knot!
9. Experiment With Sleeves
Since you’ll see SO many people flaunt the trend right now, there might be a style that’s more commonly worn. Don’t let that limit you from trying off shoulder tops with different type of sleeves. Off shoulder tops with an overlay fabric is most commonly seen on bloggers, but there are tops with bell sleeves and layered sleeves which are absolutely worth a try! Try a style that fascinates you. It might just become a wardrobe staple!
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10. Dress Up Your Neck
Heading for a formal occasion? Off shoulder tops can be styled for formal events as well, but if you want to make sure that your bare neck looks flattering, you can use body glitter or try contouring. Since you’re going to bare those shoulders, you might as well dress them up too, right?