by Lauren Ciaccia

If there’s one trend that defines this season, it’s the off-the-shoulder silhouette. And bare shoulders appeared in so many guises throughout the Spring/Summer 2016 shows that I’m convinced anyone can fulfill their summer quest for elegant clavicle exposure. I personally love the versatility of this look — Long billow sleeves make this idea demure enough for daytime, while a subtle hint of decolletage is sexy enough for evening. 

Although I love a good crop top, it’s time to say so long to the midriff for now. With a cut-out here and a subtle, dropped strap there, the off-the-shoulder trend favors a new, more modern way to show off some skin. Here’s how to wear the key pieces: 


• The Architectural Top •

Off-the-shoulder shirts were the cornerstone of this year’s sculptural silhouette. Highlight your newly chiseled shoulders with one of the season’s bell-sleeved statement tops and accent with sleek jewellery like simple hoops or a choker.


• The Frilly Frock •

Effortless and feminine, a floaty off-the-shoulder dress evokes the ‘60s style made famous by femme fatales like Brigitte Bardot, and it’s the ideal way to highlight some beautifully bronzed skin. You can easily dress up this laid-back shape with a pair of lace-up stilettos and sleek drop earrings. 


• The Drop-Sleeve • 

Designers like Peter Pilotto and Creatures of the Wind took the idea of summer nonchalance and transformed it into spaghetti strap sleeves that strategically fall off the shoulder. Whether you choose a flirty tea dress or stick to a top, one thing’s for sure: all eyes will be on those shoulder blades. 


• The Cool Cocktail Dress •

Nothing complements a body-hugging bandage dress like showing a bit of skin (the sophisticated way). And who needs two shoulders when one will do? Play up the complex construction of an off-the shoulder cocktail dress by opting for an asymmetric style — bold pops of color and origami-esque folds are an easy way to work the trend today.


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