Perhaps I was initially inspired by the black and white photos of my mother’s stunningly simple wedding gown. Or maybe it was the image of a headstrong Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind throwing bric-a-brac at the hapless Ashley Wilkes. It could even have been the Disney effect…
Whatever the reason, I have always been partial to an off-the-shoulder dress. (Case in point: every “important” dress I’ve ever chosen, from my senior prom gown, to pageant evening wear, to my wedding gown, has been white and off-the-shoulder!)
For me, off-the-shoulder is simultaneously more romantic than strapless and infinitely sexier than a blatant, plunging necklace. And this Spring, top designers agree.
According to Emily Farra of Vogue, who covered history-making runways shows this fall, “If we had to choose just one trend to define the Spring ’16 collections, it would have to be the off-the-shoulder silhouette. Seen on runways from New York to Paris and all over the streets, exposed shoulders were this season’s playful, sexy antidote to years of minimalism. Even better, it’s a look that appeals to girls of every taste: Whether your style is classic, romantic, or thrift-store bohemian, an off-the-shoulder blouse can go from day to night; leaves plenty of room for accessorizing, especially with earrings; and offers a skin-baring option for girls who prefer not to expose their arms or décolletage.”
And, while I won’t be pulling out my old prom gown anytime soon, I did find a few amazing dresses and tops, above, that would easy to incorporate into any spring wardrobe.
I am curious… will you rock the off-the-shoulder look this spring?
Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador and Cover Girl Ambassador. Susan Said…WHAT?! was named one of the Top 50 Beauty Blogs in the World by RebateZone.com in 2015. Susan is also the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! Read more about her in Family Circle Magazine.