Chic and Off the Shoulder: How to Wear the Summer Trend


This post is supposed to be about finding a stylish off the shoulder dress... But, really, it's also about finding the perfect strapless bra.

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You see, until recently, my sartorial options were extremely limited due to an unfortunate undergarment void. After having my second child, nursing, and experiencing an ever-evolving cup size, I was having a reallyl hard time finding a strapless bra that was both supportive and flattering. No matter where I went shopping or how many corset-like contraptions I tried on, it was a no-go.

You have to understand how this lack of functional lingerie would affect a fairly ample-chested gal's style repertoire. It effectively eliminated the option of spaghetti straps and cut-outs—and anything without straps was immediately taken off the table. So, when I finally, miraculously, and unexpectedly found the right strapless bra to suit my needs, I was beyond excited for all the new outfit opportunities!

But enough about my bra trials and tribulations... Let's talk about one of my favorite summer trends: the off the shoulder top/dress. It's such a subtly sexy way to show some bronzed skin. (Bonus, it's an easy way to avoid tan lines!)

I found this navy tasseled off the shoulder number and immediately fell in love. The dress drapes beautifully and is loose and flowing (as are most off the shoulder styles) so it's forgiving and comfortably breezy on hot sunny days. It's playful, beachy, and boho-chic. I paired it with a pair of metallic platform sandals and an oversize Jana Feifer hot-pink python bag (which fits everything but the kitchen sink!). How effortlessly cool is this outfit?

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1. Madewell Off-the-Shoulder Top, $68/ 2. Alice + Olivia Dora Off-the-Shoulder Ruffle-Top Drtcress, $368/ 3. Free People New Romantics Sunburst Dress, $168/ 4. AQUA Mini Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $68/ 5. Vince Camuto Off-the-Shoulder High/Low Blouse, $79/ 6. Diane von Furstenberg Camilla Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $470/ 7. H&M Off-the-Shoulder Blouse, $40/ 8. T-Bags Off-the-Shoulder Jersey Dress, $185/ 9. T-Bags Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $74

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To celebrate my sassy new style and the flirtatious fashion trend, I've rounded up a few more fabulous off the shoulder finds. This summer, I'm all about giving the cold shoulder—or rather, the cold shoulders.

Spaghetti straps... You're next!

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