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Fashion’s Cold Shoulder April 12, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — carlawordsmithblog @ 10:57 pm

“Shoulders never gain weight.”

Donna Karan


Have you looked around in clothing stores lately or flipped through a fashion magazine? If so, you’ve probably noticed a trend that’s all the rage: the “cold shoulder.” I’m not talking being rude or being a snob, I’m talking fashion’s flirty hot style that’s flattering on almost everyone.


It’s all about the off-the-shoulder look this spring and summer and it’s looking good!  Don’t shrug those shoulders ladies, bare them! Everything from totally dropped shoulders to peek-a-boo shoulders to cut-outs to split sleeves is all the rage. They are all fun and they are absolutely fab!


Being a woman of a certain age and size, I personally have yet to try the design, but everything I read and look at assures me that the flowy form works and works well on all women. Spring runways were chalk-full of them and the breezy look is the perfect thing to pack for that summer vacay. So start shopping for a shoulder silhouette (try saying that three times!) and join the obsession of showing and showing off your clavicles!


Here are just a few ideas:


I’m obsessed with this Trina Turk “Neville” dress:



I also like this black and white Verdi II blouse and Jewels by Jen’s asymmetric stunner:

Iridescent-Strides-Verdi-II-Top jewels-by-jen-peek-a-boo-2-cold-shoulder-top-d-20160201112616717~446706


If you’re on the fence about the off-the-shoulder idea, look for the option of wearing the shoulders up or wearing them down like on these two designs from Intermix:

Intermix Intermix dress


The trend can be oh-so-casual through the likes of Johanna Ortiz, Tory Burch’s embroidered Eliza top, or festive polka dots:

Johanna-Ortiz-Cotton-Striped-Off-The-Shoulder-Tulum-Top-Seen-On-Olivia-Palermo   TB Eliza   Cut-It-Out-Blouse


Or you can glam and dress it up like Roza and Sonia Rykiel did here:

Roza-Dress1 3-sonia-rykiel-spring2016-rtw


And how stunning does Selena Gomez look in this drapey dream by Camilla and Marc:

Selena in Camilla and Marc


Slacks love a good shoulder from Moda Operandi or an H&M bodysuit:

Moda Operandi H&M bodysuit


Full figured? No problem. Michael Kors and Aidan Mattox gotcha covered:

MICHAEL-Michael-Kors-Cold-Shoulder-Top Aidan-Mattox-Sequin-Cold-Shoulder-Dress


And if that’s not enough, here’s The Row’s simple yet stunning Ninja top and a dress I’m drooling over:

The Row Nanja Cold-Shoulder-Midi-Caftan-Dress

As with any fashion trend, be sure to do it subtly, age-appropriately, and affordably. And as you can see from all of the above, keep the jewels at home. The style screams “clean line” and anything around your neck or dangling from your ears will only hurt the look. Have fun shopping and share your shoulder stories and buys!


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