How to Style Off the Shoulder for Different Occasions (Part 1)

The really cool way to create some subtle sex appeal is to highlight one area, and each season, we get a new one. For this 2016 warm weather season, the trend is all about showing off your shoulder and décolletage, as it brings the flirty and flattering off-shoulder styles back to fashion. With a hint of the Bohemian look in much simpler and edgier way, from tops to dresses to jumpsuits, you’re sure to see a ton of shoulder-baring options out there, making it endlessly versatile and extremely popular from day to night.

As breezy as it may seem, the great way about this trend is that the off-the-shoulders are far easier to pull off than many other sexy trends of season’s past, and it requires a little effort on your part. It’s an elegant way to add some sex appeal to a classic ladylike dress or to a polished pencil skirt or pants. And it takes a going out top and jeans to flirty new levels. For a more relaxed and casual effort, don’t go too tight with this trend, a pair of sneakers and off-the-shoulder maxi dress are way to go to create that mix between feminine and sporty, making it interesting and very now.

Ways to Style an Off Shoulder DressWays to Wear Off-the-Shoulder Dress for Spring and Summer

However, rocking this style is a bit tricky, whether it can very easily look too ’80s, or too tacky, or too hippies. One important key to wearing this shape is to plan your entire look and the mood that you’re going for in advance. Don’t hesitate to play with lovely prints and colors, as well as designs and textures, and with tons of different kinds of styles out there, there are so many ways to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. Here are a few tips that make you wear your off the shoulders with a difference and lot of style. Check out various off-the-shoulder outfit ideas and get all the inspiration you need.

Ways to Style an Off Shoulder TopWays to Wear Off-the-Shoulder Top for Spring and Summer

What to Wear with an Off-the-shoulder Top

As versatile as the staple itself, off-the-shoulder tops are easy to combine with – from trousers to shorts, from overalls to skirts – the design can be dressed up or be made to look super casual. Here are styles on how to match your off-the-shoulder top with pieces from your wardrobe.

Different styles with jeans
Whether it’s a pair of skinnies, wide legged denims, flares, or even baggy jeans, off the shoulder tops go great with denim jeans.

Off the Shoulder Top with JeansWays to Wear Off-the-shoulder Top with Jeans

Whether it’s a pair of skinnies, wide legged denims, flares, or even baggy jeans, off the shoulder tops go great with denim jeans. You can start with the basic by pulling off skinnies and chic, feminine top, or try mixing high and low with a festive, exaggerated shape on top and baggy jeans on the bottom, finished with sneakers for extra relaxed vibe.

For a stronger hint of bohemian taste, a pair of high-waist wide legged denim can go perfectly with a basic off-the-shoulder crop top – to make it more of an elegant style, keep your accessories and jewelry decent, and avoid those ‘hippy-iconic’ details such as fringes, beads, rainbow colors, etc.

Perfect match with pants

Off the Shoulder Top with PantsWays to Wear Off-the-shoulder Top with Pants

Another way to wear the off the shoulder top is to team up with pants, especially wide leg pants, slouchy or lose pants. It couldn’t be more on trend at the moment, whether you want to pair with summer sandals for more relaxed combo, or with heels to make the outfit more formal. Stylish pants can also be complemented with a crop off the shoulder top where you may want to show off your belly button along with the shoulders.

Go unique and sexy with the overalls

As overalls (or dungarees) have also been around the scene of fashion for years, if you are looking for a unique way to wear an off-the-shoulder top, these two trendy pieces would make a great statement when paired together. The best thing is that these off-the-shoulder top are perfect for anything.

Off the Shoulder Top with OverallsWays to Wear Off-the-shoulder Top with Overalls (or Dungarees)

Go for a baggy, slim-cut or skinny fit of overalls – whether in fabric of denim or cotton – and creatively cuff the hemline for a modern boyfriend jeans style. Or you may incorporate some bohemian touches by going for a pair of denim overall dress with chic floral top. While a pair of overalls and a crop off-the-shoulder top could also create a casual chic, off-the-duty style.

Casually chic with different types of shorts

Off the Shoulder Top with ShortsWays to Wear Off-the-shoulder Top with Shorts

Go for a baggy, slim-cut or skinny fit of overalls – whether in fabric of denim or cotton – and creatively cuff the hemline for a modern boyfriend jeans style. Or you may incorporate some bohemian touches by going for a pair of denim overall dress with chic floral top. While a pair of overalls and a crop off-the-shoulder top could also create a casual chic, off-the-duty style.

Super feminine with styles of skirt

Off the Shoulder Top with SkirtWays to Wear Off-the-shoulder Top with Skirt

Wearing an off the shoulder top on a summer date would be perfect to pair with any different styles of skirt (from pencil skirts to full skirts to mermaid styles, from maxis to miniskirt). Or you may pair a simple white top with a vibrant asymmetrical skirt for an overall edgy and alternative look.

Off the Shoulder Top with Full SkirtWays to Wear Off-the-shoulder Top with Full Skirt

A combo of cropped off-the-shoulder shirt paired with maxi skirt or A-line skirt is also an option for great spring summer outfit for almost any occasion. Wear sandals for more casual and relaxed style (a perfect outfit for a day at the beach), or add heels to make it more feminine. It’s easy, comfy, and chic, also looks slightly vintage and cute

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