Summer is approaching, the sun is shining and the white wine glass is chilled, but most importantly, let’s make sure it’s a full one!
So, what is my favourite little top to wear on these glorious sunny days? What do I casually slip on over my impeccable gym toned physique, as I sit sipping Prosecco overlooking the harbour where the Yacht is docked?!? Errrrrm, yeah…….well, with a heavy dose of reality, it is more likely to be the fab little ‘life saver’ top I manically threw on this morning. This would be the top that probably has a Cherrio stuck to it and is the one that I wear to lie back in the sun for a sneaky five minutes, to read my “Lean in 15” book, which will most likely end up just being used as a drinks coaster for the wine bottle (shhh…don’t tell that Joe Wicks). Yep, a true healthy heavy dose of reality. Besides, I suppose there is a chance I’d get bloody bored sat in the harbour with just Prosecco, without the prospect of fish and chips!!
Anyway, I digress. So with the fact that I have had many daily peeks at one of my past blog posts ‘off-the-shoulder tops are going nowhere fast’ from last year. I thought it would be a good plan to do another off-the-shoulder shopping post for this summer season. I was right, true to my word, off-the-shoulder tops are still prominent on the style radar. I knew, the fact that as they were such a success on both the Catwalk and the High street, would lead them to be around the street style scene for a good chunk of time. So drumroll at the ready for this years variations on the mighty off-the-shoulder top.
The Vintage Inspo
I love having a peek in my fashion history books and a nose around Pinterest for the Vintage inspo on a piece. Spotted some great images that uncover the shoulders and uncover the styling of this top from the 50’s to the 80’s. Fascinating to notice this years variations of this magic top are not too different from the evolving styles of yesteryear seen below. It can be such a pretty style top but there is also an element of strength and regality about what the style portrays too. How fab are these gorgeous women! Let’s face it though, I wouldn’t want to mess with them either!!
Top L-R: Jackie Kennedy 1950’s style, Brigitte Bardot 1960’s style
Bottom L-R: Lauren Hutton 1970’s style, Saint Laurent model 1980’s style
*Images via pinterest
The catwalk inspo
I absolutely adore this trio from the catwalk. Each designer has a different imprint and style on the off shoulder moment. I personally am in awe of the duchesse silk satin striped beauty from Monse. Stunning!!! But hands up for Chloe who took a sexy lingerie inspired black and ivory lace top and teamed it with contrasting striped track pants. It shouldn’t work, but you can’t help applaud the fluid lines and drape of the pieces that just seem to work wonders!
*Images via Net-a-Porter
The Luxe inspo
I’m head over heels in love with Cecilie Copenhagen pieces. She was on my ‘wish-list’ last year and unfortunately stays on the ‘wish-list’ as Browns and Matches can’t seem to keep her pieces in stock. I adore her fabulous version of the off-the-shoulder
dish cloth top. Yes, these are the pricey yet alluring gorgeous pieces that resemble ( a dish cloth) vintage rustic fabric, think very cool European (dish cloths) vintage fabric. Possibly seen (in the kitchen) of a dreamy 50 acre French Chateau in a rustic beautiful old town, where despite however much red wine and cheese I scoff, I would remain a whippet of a fine woman. Not much to ask for surely?! Oh well, back to the off-shoulder top. Bloody love it. Want it. All hail the Scarf print Jacquard off-the shoulder top.
Matches stocked them and then sold out at lightning speed.
*images via Matches
The High Street inspo
Now I’m very aware that I’m not actually wearing my off-shoulder-top sat in an exclusive posh harbour sipping something bubbly just like I’m also aware that I cannot drink red wine and eat my body weight in cheese in a dreamy French Chateau wearing my Cecilie Copenhagen top. But I have found some gorgeous off-the-shoulder treats that has me hiding my Visa card whilst I rummage through my wardrobe to see what I can sell in order to bag one.
Good old Asos has some lovely pieces. They are my insomnia nights go-to. I can spend hours looking through items and then every 5 mins or so, I have a ‘yes please moment’ and begin to create an overflowing online cart that has a big warning sign asking “is this real or pretend Flic??” Love their variations on the off-shoulder including the ‘cold-shoulder-top’ for anyone who is just not quite ready to tackle with strapless bras or reveal too much skin.
*Images via ASOS.com
Oh Zara! They are one of those brands that grasp me hook, line and sinker for one season, then leave me high and dry not yearning for anything another season. Well, the Summer’16 bait is damn good. Loving these tops that are wafting under my nose at the moment. A fab little variation with cold-shoulder options with the peek- a-boo shoulder along with the asymmetric frilled top. I’m sure no one is surprised that my selection features heavily a striped theme. Outstanding work Zara!
*Images via Zara.com
J.Crew’s hip younger sister has some simple yet beautiful tops this season. Madewell, made too bloody well, if you ask me as I got a little carried away in their summer sale last year (hush, hush!) A great trio of styles here. I’m gravitating towards the navy silk stripes, shock horror! But the folktale piece is also a beaut!
*Images via Madewell.com
Topshop particularly has my heart this year. They always have nailed the looks fresh from the catwalk but now they truly are in a league of their very own. I know I’m sounding like a broken record now, but they just keep churning out outstanding pieces that leaves my wallet quivering. Who dare not to applaud these options from Toppers. All to show off those sun-kissed shoulders with style. Topshop continue to dominate the high street options in my book.
No blog post is complete without some shopping quandary or another! I present to you the absolutely stunning striped cold-shoulder top from Topshop’s Boutique range. I spotted it a couple of weeks ago and screenshot it on my iPad in full glory. When I went back to catch the link for this post and possibly (
with very little bloody willpower whatsoever) order it, alas it’s completely sodding sold out. Well, of course, not only do I have shopping tears but cue a great big bloody shopping tantrum. There is nothing like the ‘sold out’ sign that ensures you want it even more!! Anyway, for you lucky Brits who can nip to their local Topshop, you may be able to get your hands on this treat. I can only pray it comes to Canada in 6 weeks time. The Canadian collection runs about 4-6 weeks behind the U.K. But sadly we don’t get all the collection and in my book, we miss out on the really fab quirky stuff. Well, maybe it’s not meant to be for me, but possibly it is for you. Go get it. Stunning piece again Toppers!!
Striped off-the-shoulder top from Topshop Boutique
*Images via Topshop.com
Styling the off-the-shoulder top
The half way measures
Well, I’m really liking the ‘cold shoulder top’ that’s on the summer scene this year. Perfect for anyone who can’t be arsed to be fidgeting and hoisting up a strapless bra or yanking down a top that’s riding up by your ears. It’s great for those who don’t want to show too much skin or maybe work in an environment where when one resembles a 60’s sex siren, deems ‘not appropriate’! A very cute style that works well with skinny jeans or maybe a skirt or shorts.
Try to play with contrasts
Just like we saw on the Chloe runway, wardrobe successes can be gained when you have a play around with contrasts. Maybe try teaming a luxe silk off-shoulder top with some distressed denim or a pinstripe shirt style off-shoulder with a leather skirt.
The proportions & textures
Pay attention to balancing those proportions. If your off-the-shoulder gem is loose, pair it with a slim bottom. Likewise, if the top is a cropped or fitted one then feel free to balance it with a loose or wider bottom. Think A line skirt, some culottes or wide leg sailor jeans, and not necessarily the wider bottom that is knocking on the front door the week post Easter sunday. Maybe that’s just me?!
Damn those bloody mini eggs!, they’re just as seductive as a Cecilie Copenhagen top!
How I wear mine
I absolutely love this years addition to my off-the-shoulder top collection. The crisp blue cotton of this top works wonders with my lifetime uniform bottom of denim! This is the Marks & Spencer limited edition collection top that I spied on Style Nylon. It was part of the M&S Limited edition collection for early spring and is unfortunately no longer available online. But you never know, you maybe able to bag one in store (probably in the sale now) or peek around the high street for a similar blue cotton version. I love mine, you won’t regret it!
Friday night: I am just about to nip out to visit a gorgeous local boutique, Viens Avec Moi, to have a glass of bubbly and toast their fab new summer collection.
Wearing: Old Navy Mens Panama hat, Marks & Spencer limited edition blue off-shoulder shirt (Spring’16), Topshop Jamie black rip knee jeans (current) , Zara black sandals, Mango ethnic fringed clutch bag
Sunday afternoon: Chilling in the garden with the family and the grey fluffy photo bomber. Lovely Sunday, where I can’t be arsed to wash my hair so shove it up and hope for the best with a retro inspired quiff! If only this ball of grey fluff loved me as much I love him. Nope, he’s a cat…he really doesn’t give shit!
Wearing: YSL perspex Sunglasses, Navy cotton bandana, Marks & Spencer Limited edition blue off-shoulder shirt (Spring’16), Gap 1969 best Girlfriend denim shorts (current), Bronze Havaianas flip-flops
So there we go. Get ready to bare those shoulders this summer with whichever version of this top calls your name.
Cheerio (as in the term ‘Good-Bye’ and not the oat cereal piece that is bloody stuck to my off-shoulder top!!)