101 guide to styling off shoulder tops

It’s 2017 and if you haven’t worn or appreciated the beauty, Off-the-Shoulder, you’re living in the wrong era! Oh, speaking about era, this classic has been in the industry since the Victorian days & have been doing the trends since then. Chill out, our Fashion expert, Lovely Samudrala, got your back. With our 101 guide to styling these ‘Bardot’ tops, we are sure you’ll never have to worry about being a fashion kill. Strikingly versatile, the off-the-shoulder style has it all. Perfect when crafted from sheer fabrics, or from heavier weights for cooler temperatures, garments can be tailored or free-falling, making off-the-shoulder design ideal for all. 

black off shoulder

Picture courtesy – Brigitte Bardot Wikipedia.


Look 1

Who - For the Delicate Darlings: We all know how amazing is the sight of a clavicle bone on a woman is right? It Well, Off-Shoulders are a perfect go-to for you beauties who have the lean body type.

What – Off the shoulders could be beautifying enough either one sided or two.

With – Distressed denims, pencil jeans, skinny jeans, boyfriends jeans, oversized palazzos, skirts.

Wow – A plus point of making your shoulders look broader and making your chest line larger! Now that’s a win-win girls.




Look 2

Who – For the healthy beauties: More than half of us who belong to this category don’t appreciate ourselves enough or are too narrow-minded when it comes to showing away our skin but that shouldn’t stop you from wearing Off-Shoulders. Yes babies, there’s one that’s just about perfect for you!

What –So here we have something more suitably called, the Cold-Shoulders. It could be mid-sleeves, 3/4th sleeves or even full. Doesn.t matter girls as long as it’s oh-so-cold.

With – Wide trousers, culottes, distressed denims, Jogger pants.

Wow – To throw shade on your chest, accessorize with elegant yet chunky heavy neck pieces and hey, focus on tube top bra’s to avoid any discomfort.



off shoulder and denims

Picture courtesy – Quora.com


Look 3

Who – The Girl Bosses. You rule the workplace but do you rule the hearts of the people at the workplace?

What – The future is female so why don’t we make a statement ourselves? Off-shoulders are a perfect example of classy yet decent wear for an office-look. Of course, if it’s not too showy. Wear collared formal shirts and button down the first line, pull it down your shoulders and voila! There you go Ma’am! Flowy fabrics, Full-sleeved designs leave a mark.

With – Pencil skirts to die for. Trousers, straight pants, cigarette pants, Midi skirts. Maxi skirts.

Wow – Stripes, Floral & Just basic plain fabrics are the best choices you can make. Team them with similar kind of designed bottoms for the monochrome-look. Carry oversized handbags and give your feet the love of pencil heels and you’re good to go Madame.


office wear

Picture courtesy – Aga’s suitcase


Look 4

Who – The day you feel like a lazy bug.

What – A casual brunch with your girl gang or a cutesy date with your love interest need you to be completely minimal in your look. Go for a casual breezy off- shoulder and you’ll still make people turn heads.

With – Ditch your heels, hook up with sneakers or flats, ripped jeans, skirts, boyfriend jeans are your bestfriends for the day.

Wow – Less is more guys. Accessorize with a metallic belt and add a simple choker.

Picture courtesy – Olivia Palermo



Look 5

Who – The Pseudo fit body.

What – There are days where we feel the world doesn’t deserve to see our beauty & then there are days where you want to keep yourself away from the gaga-ings! You feel us? We know it. You just need a sporty look with the basic off-shoulders. Oversized sweatshirts, tube top off-shoulders are just what you need.

With – Dungarees! We are screaming dungarees! Tights, knee-length pants.

Wow – Sports shoes, sneakers, ankle boots, thigh boots – these are what you need to make people, still die for you!

pink off shoulder dress

Picture courtesy – Pine Barren


Look 6

Who - Chainsmokers ready. Belieber’s ready, Tomorrowland ready! Any concert? READY!!

What – Go BOHO ladies. The only secret mantra to rock any festival. Floral off-shoulder dresses, Plain white off-shoulders are the choices you gotta make.

With – Abstract design shorts, Denim shorts, Palazzos, Fishnet stockings.

Wow – LACE. Heard of the fabric? Head now and gift yourself one! Add a bandana or a wrap-around on your head with over-sized eyewear and trendy chokers, neckpieces and finger rings. Oh, oh. Boots ladies! Gladiators. Duh, these festivals leave us with so much confusion!


concert look

Picture courtesy – Pinterest.


Did we give you the best advice? We hope we did. Off-shoulders are in trend now and are so versatile in their form that in the recent times, they’ve started conquering the Indian traditional looks too and have been making their place into our roots. Do give us your feedback, and let us know if we can serve you better. Want us to write on anything that you like? Drop us a message and we’ll get back to you with tons of other posts.


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Lots of love.


Niki Mehra