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Monday Mingle: Off The Shoulder Tops

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I'm taking on two of the hottest summer trends: the off the shoulder top and shorts. While shorts are nothing new, we're now seeing them getting more and more dressed up. You don't have to just be Beyonce to pull off heels and shorts, I'm here to bear witness that just about anyone can pull this off without looking trashy or like you are trying too hard.

Black Cuff | Black Shoes | Off The Shoulder Blouse (H&M) | Eyelet Shorts

To keep it classy, you've got to keep it simple. Black and white is a good place to start. Colors that we can all pull off, colors that you likely already own. I got both pieces at H&M (woohoo not too expensive). I paired them with a pair of Dolce Vita heels from last year and a black cuff from ShinyMix.

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The shoes are incredibly comfortable and work with these eyelet shorts. The heel isn't too high so I can walk in them. This look is great to wear for a daytime look or a outfit for travel.

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Playing with Off the Shoulder Tops

As for the off the shoulder look, I wasn't sure about this trend. I thought it might be too young for me. But I went for it. This top is easy and breezy. I thought the bows on the shoulders make it playful. H&M is a perfect place to shop for these trends. Chances are this top won't be "in" next year. Spending more than $50 on it doesn't make sense.

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Summer is all about showing a little skin, but this outfit doesn't look inappropriate or like I'm ready for a nightclub.

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And may I mention one more fun thing about shorts? They are so much better than mini shirts. What a pain, all that maneuvering to keep yourself covered. Shorts keep you cool without all the wardrobe maintenance.

Summer Shorts Styling Tips:

  • Look for shorts that hug curves but aren't too tight--especially if you are showing skin on top.
  • Opt for a heel that ins't too high.
  • Keep the accessories simple. I added a simple drop earring and a cuff.
  • Hair and makeup should be relatively simple. Ponytails look great too!

What do you think? Are you keen on either of these trends for summer? Let me know what you've been wearing (andy off the shoulder tops?) and I hope you'll join the Monday Mingle fun.

Monday Mingle is the stylish collaboration between Kristin from Bon Bon Rose Girls and Cheryl from Oh to Be a Muse and Momtrends. Each week we post about our personal style and then invite our friends to join in the fun. You can add your own link over at BonBon Rose Girls this week!

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