Off-The-Shoulder Tops: A Style Hack For All Body Shapes

Our fashion editor shares her favorite styling tricks for each body shape, plus her favorite pieces of the season
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The summer season makes for long days that slip into balmy nights, setting the stage for cocktails on patios, dinners al fresco, and dancing on balconies. Cue the sexy, and add a bit of sizzle to your look.

We’re loving an off-the-shoulder top—it shows just the right amount of skin, it draws attention to the neckline, and it pairs with everything from jeans to a midi skirt.

What’s more, when chosen wisely, it’s a great style for all body types. Here’s how:

  • If you’re big-chested: A single shoulder off-the-shoulder top creates an asymmetrical, diagonal sight line, which is slimming and draws attention away from the boobs (and also eliminated the dreaded boob shelf). Not-too-tight, fluid materials will work for you because they’ll softly shape the body; stiff fabrics can be too boxy, adding width.
  • If you’ve got a midsection: Choose tops in non-clingy materials, like cotton poplin or eyelet, that will stand away from your middle. We also love tops with fabric ruching, which also provide coverage and camouflage. Avoid knits!
  • If you’re hip & thigh forward: A single-shoulder, off-the-shoulder top creates a wide neckline, which will balance your wider hips. (Avoid a double shoulder which can have the effect of mimicking the hip width too much).
  • If your body is proportional or your shoulders are narrow: A top that is off both shoulders is a great pick for you.

Pro tip: Many shirts in this style can be worn off one shoulder or both. So choose one that flatters your frame and in a fabric that feels right, make a rezzie, and grab your sweetie…romance awaits.

Asymmetric Off The Shoulder Tops

Astir The Label Jacquard One-Shoulder Bubble Hem Blouse
Marcella New York Eliza Tunic
Ralph Lauren Floral Jersey Off-The-Shoulder Top
In Our Name Moco Lenzing Ecovero Off-The-Shoulder Top
Banana Republic Odile Linen One-Shoulder Top
Susana Monaco Ruched One-Shoulder Top
Reformation Annika Silk Top
Acler Nash Off-The-Shoulder Top
Minnie Rose Plus Cashmere Off-Shoulder Sweater

Tops Worn Off Both Shoulders

Banana Republic Chantel Off-Shoulder Crop Top
Maeve Off-The-Shoulder Cutwork Top
Banana Republic Bria Linen Off-Shoulder Top
Boden Off-Shoulder Ribbed Top
Michael Kors Botanical-Print Off-the-Shoulder Top
Tuckernuck Miranda Off The Shoulder Blouse
Maeve Lace Off-The-Shoulder Top
Enza Costa Silk Knit Off-Shoulder Top
Brochu Walker The Lori Off Shoulder

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