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Show Off Your Shoulders This Spring

The off the shoulder trend isn't new, but it's especially hot for Spring 2017. With cold shoulder, one shoulder and off the shoulder dresses, tops, and sweaters, the fashion world is showing that there are many fun new ways to wear and style this look. Here's a look at why this is such a great trend to add to your wardrobe and some tips to help you rock the shoulder baring look this spring.

Cutout shoulders can be sexy and yet, not too revealing.
Cutout shoulders can be sexy and yet, not too revealing.

Off the Shoulder Styles Appeal to All Ages

Why does the off the shoulder look keep coming around again? It's practically gone from trend to wardrobe mainstay over the past few years. The main reason - it appeals to women of all ages for several reasons. The shoulders age more slowly than some of the other body parts, so baring a bit of shoulder looks great on women of every age. Some women don't love showing off their arms with short sleeves, but this trend makes it possible to show some skin without showing off your arms. It's a fun way to be sexy, feminine, and flirty without exposing a lot of skin.

The Best Spring Exposed Shoulder Trends

This Spring, it's all about actually layering the one shoulder tops and dresses over other items. Layering adds an edgy look to the off the shoulder trend, and you're able to achieve the look with items you already have in your closet. Putting off the shoulder tops, sweaters, and dresses over a bra with ruffled straps adds a little sass to the look, while layering ribbed tanks beneath the tops leaves you with a tougher, boyish look. Also seen on the runway this Spring was an oversized one shoulder top layered over a sheer button-down. One shoulder cutouts and complete off the shoulder looks have both been seen on the Spring 2017 runways, so either of these options will have you looking on-trend.

The cold shoulder look from 2016 is still going strong as well. Whether the sleeves are fitted or loose and flowing, there are so many choices to continue this look into Spring.

Tips for Rocking the Off the Shoulder Look

From choosing the right bottoms with your top to prepping your skin, here are a few tips to follow if you want to rock the exposed shoulder look this spring:

Tip #1 - A Strapless Bra is Essential: You want the focus to be on your shoulders, not your bra straps. Invest in a good strapless bra. Look for strapless bras that have inner silicone strips to keep the bra in place more effectively.

Tip #2 - Prep Your Shoulders: Make sure you prep your shoulders before baring them. The shoulders can get dry, so moisturize liberally so they look great. You will also want to apply some sunscreen to keep skin protected.

Tip #3 - Pair with the Right Bottoms: It's important to balance out your silhouette with the right bottoms when you choose an off the shoulder or one shoulder top. If you're going with pants, you can go with wide legged pants if the top is is more fitted and skinny pants if the top is flouncier. This will balance your look. These tops also look good with full, flirty skirts.

Tip #4 - Choose the Right Accessories: The right accessories are important for pulling off this look too. A large, shorter necklace looks great with the cold shoulder trend. Layering multiple thin necklaces of different sizes can look great too. Bold hoop earrings and bright dangles that frame your face and hang down towards the shoulders look great.

Tip #5 - Learn to Style the Look for the Office: You can take this look to the office this spring if you style it correctly. Make sure you're not showing too much skin, and keep your look tailored if you're headed to the office. Structured, classic pants look great, as do cigarette pants. A classic pencil skirt will also look great with an off the shoulder top. Adding a chic blazer over your shoulders can also help you pull this look off.

No matter what look you choose, let you feminine side show and expose those shoulders!

One shoulder tank tops look great with leggings and jeans.
One shoulder tank tops look great with leggings and jeans.
A lightweight off shoulder swing dress is perfect to wear in Summer and early Autumn.
A lightweight off shoulder swing dress is perfect to wear in Summer and early Autumn.
An elasticized top provides a stretchable and snug fit.
An elasticized top provides a stretchable and snug fit.
Long sleeves with cut out shoulders creates an elegant and sophisticated look.
Long sleeves with cut out shoulders creates an elegant and sophisticated look.
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