How to wear off the shoulder

Off the shoulder is so hot right now.

Shoulders are out on display, in a ‘oh so feminine way’ everywhere I look.

And what a fabulous sight for sore it is.

There is something so utterly graceful about seeing just a hint of skin, and not full on over exposure, don’t you agree?

Anyway, dare I say I’m becoming as obsessed with off the shoulder, nearly as much as I am with pockets.

How could this be?

So imagine my sheer delight when I happened upon this fabulousness in Seed after I hot-tailed my Christmas cheer ass to Brisbane last week for a shopping day with my baby girl…more about the rest of my haul, later this week.

How to wear off the shoulder

I know. Right?

  • Off-the-shoulder.
  • Pockets.
  • Maxi.
  • Black.

How could a girl refuse?

4 ticks and a huge celebratory dance might have happened…well it would have, if my feet weren’t bloody killing me of course  –  also Beckie may just have disowned me, on the spot.

Nah, I had my eyes fixed firmly on the prize, so much so, that I didn’t even bother with the formalities.

Who needs to try something that gorgeous on?

Not me (the queue was far too long in David Jones anyway) and I’m not know for my patience.

Instead, my hot little hands were trembling with excitement.

At this point, I don’t think my ticker could stand the pressure of waiting in line anyway.

No. Size 12 straight to the till for me beauties. Straight to the till for me 🙂

How to wear off the shoulder

Seed off the shoulder dress style no: 1085111 not showing online, try instore | Windsor Smith Crystal heel in Sand $159.95 Style tread ^ | Mimco Origami Pouch (on sale) $99.00 | Mimco Narrow Hinged Bangle in Leopard $69.95 | Mimco Neutrino Bangle $59.95 | Sunnies Dissh (not showing online)

As I’m a dinosaur, I can remember this trend the first time around. Can you?

I liked it then, but I didn’t love it.

This time around, is crazy love heart eyes for me.

Back in the day, the elastic seemed to always be riding up and driving me crazy though.

This time, it doesn’t seem to bother me at all.

I have to pull it down occasionally, but only if I’m excitedly throwing myself around like a crazed orangutan 😉

Yep its safe to say, I have enthusiastically embraced this trend with gusto.

Plus, look how flattering off the shoulder is on the top of the arm – you know, that jiggly bit that has a life of its own (well mine is jiggly and extremely untoned)?

This style offer coverage but it’s still floaty and ladylike.

I just can’t get enough.

I also simply adore that it suits most figure shapes too.

How to wear off the shoulder:

  1. Firstly. Don’t write it off until you’ve tried it – promise me!
  2. Try on one size up or down from your normal – everyone’s shoulders are different.
  3. Don’t freak out if the elastic moves – just work out if you can cope with it – can you drink a glass of wine easily?
  4. If you have a smaller bust look for a more fitted silhouette and not too voluminous.
  5. Fuller bust benefit from a deeper frill/cuff.
  6. Column shaped girls look good, when the eye is drawn to the waistline (like the dress I’m wearing).
  7. If you have legs for days, embrace the shorter fuller styles (works a treat for apple shapes).
  8. Maxi’s are fabulous for balancing out girls with ‘junk-in-their-trunk’ i.e. ME the typical pear.
  9. Hour-glass girls benefit from emphasising that incredible waist, shoulder and shapely pins.
  10. Bra wise: I try to avoid wearing one if there is a cuff on the top. Instead I wear a stick on bra for a bit of support and nipple modesty. Otherwise try a bandeau or invest in a fabulous strapless bra that doesn’t feel like torture…my search goes on for this illusive comfortableness!

My first purchase was a white off the shoulder top from Katies (no longer online).

The gorgeous Maudie (@istyl on Instagram) insisted suggested I buy it.

She was spot on correct. Left to my own devices, I probably would have thought my boobs were just too big.

See even stylists need a gentle nudge sometimes too!

The Katies one was cheap enough not to break the bank, but fabulous enough to convert me.

I toughed the pretty up with my favourite Bohemian Traders droppies  – if you scroll through my Insta feed you’ll see I’ve worn it loads.

The combination made me feel edgy without being too girly. This is why I believe it can work for almost everyone, if you’re brave enough to give it a go.

Because, if I’m ever in doubt about whether I can make a trend work for me, I ALWAYS dip my toe in gingerly by opting for black (this is especially true in a shorter dress).

Do you remember this one from Country Road? It was my first off the shoulder dress.

Its versatile enough to be worn anywhere – dressed up or down. But the best thing is how deep the cuff is. It works like a dream for a touch of summer black.

The gorgeous Nikki Styling You blogged about her love of black off the shoulder frocks yesterday, off the shoulder is on her love list too.

So, if you’re not yet on-board yet simply start by asking yourself what you love wearing the most? Tops or dresses?

Then jump in with both feet. I dare ya!


Have you embraced the off the shoulder loveliness? Any purchases you would like to confess…you know my style confessional is always open 😉


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  • As the proud of owner of broad shoulders I don’t tend to wear the off the shoulder look well, but it looks just gorgeous on you. A cold shoulder is much more flattering on me. 🙂

  • Love your shoulder elastic test – can you drink a glass of wine!! So true 🙂 This style is gorgeous. It looks fantastic on you and I can see why you had to have that dress. I purchased a new strapless bra in the sales so now I am all set for some off the shoulder items in my life xox

    • I already know you will look DDG in off the shoulder Wendy, you have such a fab figure…and of course, you MUST do the elastic shoulder test too hee hee 😉 xx

  • Haha I remember the trend first time around too – I think I was in about Grade 7 or 8 and just becoming fashion conscious!

    • Everything really does come full circle in fashion doesn’t it Janet? This time I’m in with bells on! xx

  • Philby13

    Love the look…..loved it first time round too ?

  • As you know I’m quite an off the shoulder convert. Unfortunately there is never the option of going braless for me – my girls need support at all times. A strapless bra and a bandeau over the top works for me.

    • You rock this look Karen. In fact you rock every look – big fan girl here!
      Any opportunity to ditch my bra makes me happy, although I must bite the bullet and go and buy one that is comfortable – even if I will need to rob a bank to afford it! xx

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    You look gorgeous in this style Bev, because you have great shoulders! Does that sound weird?! Having said that, I have a top & a dress this style because as you say, it’s so flattering and so on trend. I LOVE that maxi dress too…stunning! xx

    • Thanks so much Nat! My shoulders are probably the one part of me that I quite like, so I’m jumping on this trend with gusto and showing them off at every opportunity! Like I said on IG, this would look fabulous on you too xx

  • Kathryn

    Hi Bev, oh yes I remember them last time around, and I loved them. I actually have a black off the shoulder dress in my wardrobe, I think I bought it from Swimwear Galore two years, and ummmm I haven’t worn it yet. It’s a bit short. I chickened out when I took it on holidays, kept thinking ‘am I too old’ and ‘will I look like mutton dressed as lamb’ all the usual thoughts. I’ve been watching the trend though, and I think I will just go and buy a different dress, in black. Love your shoes! Beautiful as always! Kathryn x

    • Kathryn as soon as you feel well enough, get that black dress out and wear it with pride. And then, pop to the shops and buy yourself another one, just because you deserve it. Especially with how poorly you have been. Guaranteed to cheer you up no end! Thanks for the love sweetness, hope you’re on the mend now xx

  • Maudie – Chic Styling – @istyl

    Thanks for the mention Bev and so happy that I could convince you to buy the Katies top. The off the shoulder looks amazing on you.

  • Oh I do need that support group as I WANT this one too! Looking gorgeous xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Absolutely stunning Bev I have 2 off the shoulder maxi dresses and 2 tops I do love the style but find they still slip back up,also you can drop one sleeve and wear them one shouldered they look fab worn like that too,so one dress 2 different ways….winner!
    I am with you on not liking strapless bras,I have a bandeau one which does the trick but I must try them bra less.Gorgeous dress Bev ?????

    • Lisa you have the perfect figure for off the shoulder. I love seeing you rock this look!
      I meant to add dropping one sleeve for a one shoulder look on the blog…I’d never even thought about it, until I saw Violette (Stylish Age) rocking her BT dress that way! One shoulder is harder for me to wear, but works so well for lots of gals.
      Not sure if you’ve read my message on IG yet, but I just wanted to say a big thank you for all of the love you have shown me in 2015 (and continue to show me) on the blog – you were one of my top 5 commenters! You’re a star Mwah and a big hug xxx