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 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?
- Piamita off the shoulder blue dress ($665 – farfetch.com)
- Party dress ($23 – yoins.com)
- WithChic red dress ($24 – withchic.com)
- AX Paris party dress ($35 – axparis.com)
- Velvet lace top ($145 – bloomingdales.com)
- Vince Camuto long sleeve blouse (nordstrom.com)
- Crop top (choies.com)
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