Giving the cold shoulder

DP dress, modelI love the summer months, the opportunity to wear lighter fabrics, embrace brighter colours and…. best of all…. not having to cart around an arsenal of coats, jackets or cover-ups!

So with the hot summer days finally here and (we hope) set to stay, it’s time to show some skin and what better way to do this than with one of this season’s biggest trends, the off- the- shoulder and cold shoulder look.

This style of top is actually quite versatile, a button-down version with skinny jeans and heels can look professional, or you can look effortlessly cute and casual by pairing a slouchy off the shoulder top with boyfriend jeans and sandals.

Brigitte Bardot put her own sexy spin on this look during the 1960s, wearing off- the-shoulder tops with everything from midi skirts to pants, and this season there’s a ton of shoulder-baring options out there from dresses to jumpsuits.

So keep your style game strong in Bardot and set your shoulders free with a floaty gypsy blouse or opt for a sleek silhouette with a figure hugging crop top. Here are just a few of our favourites…


Don’t forget your lingerie, with everything from strapless and multi-way bras to stick on cups and adhesive bras, there’s something to suit every off- the- shoulder style, but if these aren’t for you, invest in a bra that has pretty straps that you’ll want to show off.

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Yellow off the shoulder dress, £195 – Michael Kors at House of Fraser
All items – George at ASDA
All items – House of Fraser
Pluto Diamante Sandals, £40. Poplin Pinstripe Rouched Sleeve Bardot, £28. Ticking Stripe Skinny Raw Hem Jeans, £32 – all Miss Selfridge
Rochelle Broderie Off Shoulder Blouse, £49 – Monsoon
Yellow Floral Maxi Dress, £39.99 – New Look
Dress, £38 – Therapy at House of Fraser
Marie Jo Avero bra in ice blue – seesawlingerie.co.uk

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