Cold Shoulder: Off The Shoulder Looks For Tops & Dresses

One top spring 2017 trend that we can’t get enough of is the cold shoulder style. Subtly sexy and easy to pull off for all women, it is the perfect trend to embrace this season. The cold shoulder look was first seen on designer runways, but this look can be easily interpreted into your everyday street style with pieces from hard to find brands like BB Dakota, Style Standard and Veronica M. Geometric boho prints from Veronica M adorn cold shoulder tops and mini dresses for fun feminine looks that are easy to dress up or down for spring and into the summer for a very attainable look.
We’re breaking down the top reasons to love this spring fashion trend below.
Sometimes the difference between cold shoulder and off the shoulder can seem confusing since the styles are very similar, so we wanted to define these trend terms. Cold shoulder refers to a top with a high or crew-neck neckline with cut outs at each shoulder baring the shoulders while generally still covering the clavicle.
Off the shoulder however, is a top or dress that shows both the clavicle and shoulders with an exposed neckline that cuts straight across the chest leaving the upper chest and shoulders exposed. Today we are talking about the cold shoulder and how versatile this popular trend is.
What we love so much about the cold shoulder style is that it is flattering on women of all ages and all body types. It is so easy to wear and requires little styling to look fabulous. Showing just a hint of skin at the shoulders is subtly sexy since the shoulders are such a beautiful part of the body to show off without ever feeling too revealing. While off the shoulder styles may feel too youthful or too exposed for some people, the cold shoulder is a way to get on board with the look with less fuss and a wider appeal. So if you’re not sure you’re ready for off the shoulder, cold shoulder is the perfect alternative for a flirty springtime look that embraces the season’s trends in effortless style. The style is flattering on all women since everyone's shoulders look good! Take this little black dress by Style Standard for example, we can picture this versatile cut on so many of our customers. The classic black, long sleeve mini dress with exposed shoulders is effortlessly chic for all occasions while combining several of this years best trends.
As the weather starts to warm up this is the perfect spring trend to ease yourself into showing a bit of skin. We have cold shoulder styles in pretty spring prints and a range of seasonal colors for both casual and dressy occasions. The cold shoulder trend actually comes in many varieties from small structured cut outs, to drapey oblong openings, to what could also effectively be called an off the shoulder with a spaghetti strap creating the illusion of an open shoulder with a defined neckline. This variety means there are tons of stylish options to fit your fashion tastes for a trend that everyone can wear. This denim blue drapey top by BB Dakota is almost an off the shoulder, but the thin straps give it a more defined neckline and create clear open shoulders for a definite cold shoulder look. The pretty pale blue is perfect for the spring season, while the simple silhouette means this top will look great on so many women and fit into so many wardrobes.
This versatile trend can adorn both casual styles and dressy pieces for a touch of something fun that appeals to all ages. A simple Veronica M printed shift dress is elevated instantly by trendy shoulder cut outs, and this modern lifestyle brand has plenty of cold shoulder pieces to choose from. A comfy swing dress like this colorful paisley printed one is great for your everyday needs and will quickly become a go to in your weekday wardrobe.
A halter version of the cold shoulder dress like this fun pink Amanda Uprichard frock is classy and fun for dressy parties and events. The romantic hint of skin is perfect for a fancy party or wedding reception while the bold spring color is both timeless and on-trend. While the silhouettes and necklines of these two mini dresses look very different they both fall into the cold shoulder category making them hot ticket items this Spring for your day to day and your special events needs. We love that a trend this simple can add so much to a garment, and translates so well between casual and dressy styles making the trend so versatile and easy to wear.
Long sleeves or short sleeves, high neck or low neck, the cold shoulder style is popping up everywhere on premium designer tops. Oftentimes combined with a keyhole neckline or even a lace up, the cold shoulder works well with other hot trends creating unique pieces that make your outfit pop. It aligns perfectly with boho festival styles for upcoming music events on your calendar as the weather warms up and you want to show a little more skin. Colorful bohemian prints or pretty florals can make a cold shoulder top really stand out as a springtime favorite that wears well with denim and wedges for a fun, fresh outfit. Or opt for a pop of classic red with this high neckline top by Dora Landa that creates a bold and classy ensemble when paired with heels and fitted pants. Slouchy silhouettes are given more shape and a flirty touch when shoulder cut outs are added to the look, so expect to see plenty of loose comfy pieces incorporating this technique.There is a version of this trend to fit any style making cold shoulder a great trend for everyone to embrace this spring.