An off-the-shoulder top is the perfect canvas: It draws attention upward to your décolletage and face. You can pair the top with a statement necklace or shoulder-grazing earrings. Or, keep the focus on your face, and accessorize with stacks of complimentary bracelets and bangles instead.
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Off-the-shoulder tops are also versatile. Go for a romantic look with a frilled version, or try a button-down silhouette for a crisp look. Pair your top with nice summer sandals and a maxi skirt for day and skinny jeans and heels for a night out.
I personally love this style because it exposes the less predictable gorgeous parts of the body like the neck, shoulder, collarbone, and top of the back. Off-the-shoulder tops have the added advantage of arm coverage for a little extra insulation, so they don’t seem as exposed as you might be in a strapless top.
One of my favorite off-the-shoulder tops is this Melange Off-The-Shoulder Shirt from Theory. It’s simple, yet classic. The elasticized shoulder and bottom cuff give me that check-me-out, flattering feeling—and I love the boho look of it.
This blouse is so versatile; I prefer to go with skinny jeans. But you can pair it with just about anything.
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So the next time you are looking for a nice blouse to invest in, think: Lucille Ball, Brigitte Bardot, Natalie Wood, and Grace Kelly: the original collarbone queens. Think of the blouse that will last, and that is the off-the-shoulder top.
Deddeh Howard is a fashion & lifestyle blogger, yogi, and student of medicine. Follow her on Instagram.