Amour Vert Collette tee | $58 (made in the US, tree planted with every tee purchased)
Sundry jersey cotton off the shoulder top | $75 (made in the US)
Organic by John Patrick organic cotton top | $285 (made in the US)
Rachel Comey off the shoulder top* | $391 (made in the US)
Every spring/end of winter off the shoulder tops have a moment. I can see why, they’re very sexy, but subtly so, and who doesn’t love to feel the sun on their shoulders?? I totally appreciate the look, and was tempted recently by the striped version of the organic by John Patrick OTS top above (which is also beautiful styled ON the shoulders BTW), but who am I kidding?? How does a top without shoulders fit into my lifestyle? And anyway, my shoulders get very cold in the air conditioning, so I’d have to wear something over it whenever I’m inside, which completely defeats the purpose.
An off the shoulder top would be a wonderful beach vacation sort of piece, if you’re going to be outside all the time, and lounging about, and I sort of like the look of an off the shoulder sweater, like this one by Callahan, with a cami or tank top underneath, or layered over a slip dress, for cooler summer nights. I really love this James Perse off the shoulder dress…
Shopbop has a whole section of off the shoulder tops, and of COURSE The Reformation has some very, uh, youthful and not-so-subtly sexy off the shoulder tops.
What do you think of off the shoulder tops? Do you wear them? Do you like the look?
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Nope. Like some of them on others but if I cannot wear a bra (a real bra) I’m not wearing the shirt. As a style, I much prefer the off-the-shoulder to the “cold shoulder” shirts that have been having their moment. Hopefully ending now? Not a fan of that style….
I completely agree with Hoyaheel– love the look on others but if I can’t wear a bra, it’s not happening! I also agree with your comment about always being cold so there’s no way I wouldn’t always have a sweater on top.
I agree with Hoyaheel and Beth: No bra means a no-go. Plus, I have a feeling…and I’ve heard this echoed by those that wear them….that they’d keep popping back up on my shoulders every time I move my arms. Cute, but trendy, hence, not worth the big bucks.
I’m with all those ladies who already commented, I think the look is very pretty in a photo but not practical irl — not to mention going braless is no bueno for me, and I have sworn off strapless bras FOREVER. My version of the look is a wide / deep V neck tee or sweater with a tank underneath, which I find just as subtly sexy.
I guess it means I’m old that I think the “cold shoulder” sweaters are ridiculous ;-)…I mean, if it’s cold enough to wear a sweater, don’t you want to cover your shoulders too?!? Looking forward to the death of that trend too!
I love the look of that Rachel Comey top, but for almost $400, couldn’t they hem the bottom and arms?!?
I now have become my grandmother 😉
Grechen Reiter says
haha.. i hear you. to be fair, i’ve found lately that when designer leave “raw” hems, they’re actually hemmed a quarter to a half inch ABOVE the hem so that it can fray without going too far, you know? it’s the “look” now, don’t you know? 😉 i like it on denim, but not necessarily on other things. it’s like with holes in jeans or clothes – we pay more for them LOL