First lets discuss body type. I think off-the-shoulder tops look best on women with small busts and thin arms. I carry most of my weight in my upper body; especially the bust and upper arms, so off-the-shoulder tops just accentuate that weight.
Secondly is modesty. Now, don't get me wrong. I do not consider off-the-shoulder tops immodest. I think women who have the body type for them and wear them are appropriately covered and look wonderful. But for me, I feel naked in them. I don't know why. I know it's not much different than a tank or a sundress, but there is something about having both my entire chest and shoulders exposed that's just too much for me. Perhaps I keep envisioning an actress sitting seductively in a bed wearing nothing but a robe slipping off her shoulders. Whatever it is, I personally do not feel comfortable in them which means I would not enjoy wearing such a top.
So, how do I participate in the cold shoulder look if I don't want expose so much skin? By wearing a cut-out top instead!
On our way home from Myrtle Beach my husband and I stopped in Wheaton, Illinois to meet our kids for lunch and pick up our cat whom they were pet-sitting. We arrived an hour early and there was a Ross store next to the restaurant we were to meet them. We decided to kill some time and shop there for a bit, and I'm glad we did because I found this pretty teal top for only $7.99!
I wore my shirt with white jeans, a long pearl necklace, a teal bracelet, my new Steve Madden wedges and I carried my new striped bag. I went shopping with this outfit on and I received so many looks and compliments. So many women loved this top! It made me feel very confident and I was so happy to have found a top that was trendy, yet appropriate for my body type and style.
The top is a sheer, lightweight gauze, so a tank top underneath is a must. I think by now everyone knows I love tops made of this type of material for summer. They keep me cool, yet covered. I can't wait to try this top with a pair of shorts!
To find such a pretty, trendy top for only $7.99 is such a bargain! I love Ross!
The soft mint or teal color is so pretty and flattering. I also love all the little details in this top: the pom pom trim on the shoulder, the keyhole chest opening, and of course the gorgeous embroidery! This top has it all!
My necklace I picked up at a boutique while shopping in Myrtle Beach. They had a BOGO sale so I got two of these necklaces: white and peach.
I wore a jade and pearl bracelet on my wrist (old).
Fashion trends come and out and each of us has to make the decision to either embrace a trend or skip it; but sometimes we can find a nice alternative to make a fashion trend work for us too!
I have worn cut out shirts before when I borrowed THIS TOP from my daughter and I also own a more modest cobalt blue top that has cut outs in the sleeves. In addition, I just ordered a off-the-shoulder top with thick straps and a sleeve around the thickest portion of the arm, so I will let you know what I think of that style soon as well. Even if I don't like it and end up returning it , I'll take a picture of me wearing it. I'm anxious to see if that style will work for me.
So what about you? Have you tried the Cold-Shoulder or Off-The-Shoulder Trend yet? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear from you!
Have a Great Day! Amy
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