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Off the Shoulder: To Bare or Not to Bare?

Off the Shoulder

While I love a good bare shoulder, the newest crop of pieces border on vulgar. Some designers appear to be underestimating the power of the shoulder. Just a flash of skin is all you need to make your point. The style can evoke everything from vintage sophistication to ‘70s boho chic, but dip too low and things go from provocative to downright distasteful. In which category do you think these pieces fall?

Free People Printed Cold Shoulder Dress: The brand puts its signature flower child spin on off the shoulder, to delicately patterned results. On Shopbop for $89.60 (from $128).

ISSA Esther Shoulderless Top: Wear this with the arm cuffs for a take on Sandy in Grease, or remove them for something more modern. On Shopbop for $345.

Nightcap Clothing Carmen Crochet Top: Pair this crop top with a printed maxi skirt for a bohemian, music festival vibe. On Shopbop for $198.

Mes Demoiselles Felicie Off the Shoulder Top: Though I like the simple neckline, pairing this style with sheer fabric might have been a bit much. On Shopbop for $122.50 (from $175).

Saint Laurent Sequin-Embellished Silk-Georgette Mini Dress:icon This highly sequined collection from Hedi Slimane got a decent amount of flack for seeming less catwalker, more streetwalker. On NET-A-PORTER for $6,000.

Off the Shoulder



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