Thursday, May 5, 2016

Spring/Summer 2016 Trend Report: Off the Shoulder

S/S 16 Trend: Off the Shoulder #3
S/S 16 Trend: Off the Shoulder #2
S/S 16 Trend: Off the Shoulder

Hello! This spring/summer 2016 season has been the first season that I've really taken to almost all of the trends that walked down the runway, from baby blue colors to eye-grabbing stripes to choker necklaces to this stunning off the shoulder trend. However, I think that the off the shoulder trend may be my favorite fashion trend this season. It's flirty and playful while also still put-together and feminine.

This trend can be found in a variety of different styles from bohemian to preppy to feminine. I'm particularly drawn to the boho, free-spirited off the shoulder options. Count me in for adventurous prints, unique embroidery and interesting texture! The off the shoulder pieces from the spring/summer 2016 ready-to-wear collections of Alice + Olivia and Madewell were by far my favorites. Other designers that included this flirty silhouette in their spring/summer 2016 collections include Boss, Tory Burch, Prabal Gurung, Creatures of the Wind, Paul & Joe and Chloé. 

One of my favorite things about this trend is that it exposes and emphasizes part of the body that is usually covered up- the shoulders, collarbone and neck. And it does so in an incredibly flattering manner. We're used to seeing tiny mini skirts strut down the runways, leaving a lot of leg exposed or crop top after crop top, exposing half the torso. Not everyone feels like they can pull these styles off (you won't ever catch me in a crop top with my stomach out!) because they are not always universally flattering. However, leaving your shoulders, collarbone and neck exposed flatters every body type while instilling a sense of grace and beauty.

I've already added one off the shoulder piece to my wardrobe and will keep a look out for more of this flattering trend to add to my wardrobe. Wondering where you can purchase this trend for yourself? I'd recommend Tobi (where my off the shoulder piece is from!), Nasty Gal and Free People


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