5.31.2009

The Story of a Shoulder

I am a child of the 80s. Thus, it is no surprise that I can remember a time when the New Kids on the Block were being chased by legions of fans; parents were knocking one another over to purchase a chubby Cabbage Patch Kid for their offspring; and Jennifer Beals and her incredible dance moves a la the film Flashdance were being copied by everyone on the planet. Despite such an upbringing, the off-the-shoulder tee shirt trend never appealed to me much. Now, in the year 2009, I’ve become obsessed, and want to own one in every color.

LnA "Off the Shoulder Long Sleeve Flashdance Top I pre-ordered this LnA Off the Shoulder Long Sleeve Flashdance Top in Midnight from Singer22 just last week and am counting down the days until it will arrive on my doorstep. The neckline is wide, very reminiscent of a boatneck; while the body has a loose fit that is similar to the cut of the boyfriend style. The fact that the sleeves are long so that you can roll them up when the weather turns warm, or wear them down when it’s a little nippy? A feature that makes me overjoyed. I plan on wearing it with skinny jeans and ballerina flats for an effortless look that is chic and sophisticated, yet playful and fun!

Alloy "Off-Shoulder Tee" I constantly see items in the Alloy catalog that I would love to add to my burgeoning clothes collection, but it was this Off-Shoulder Tee in Iris that caught my eye, and made me eager to whip out my credit card in 0.5 seconds flat. This top is a staple for every girl for the warmer months. Dolman sleeves. Off the shoulder. Available in summery colors like heather coral, pool, lime, orange, hot pink, and many, many more. I don’t know about you, but I have all sorts of plans for this marvel. I'll wear it while lounging poolside with a fruity drink in my hand. I'll strut up and down the boardwalk sporting it with lace-up espadrilles and a mini. Someone pinch me; I must be dreaming.

Brandy and Melville "Off the Shoulder Long Sleeve" If I could live in sweatshirts, I gladly would. Unfortunately, since they oftentimes appear sloppy and unfashionable, as opposed to chic and trendy, I try to steer clear of them. This Brandy and Melville Off the Shoulder Long Sleeve, however, changes that. Equal parts comfy and cute, while remaining completely smart and trendy, this is an off the shoulder top that I desperately need to add to my wardrobe. And I’m not just saying that because, aside from a cute off the shoulder look, it sports a sweet little swingy bottom that is utterly irresistible.

Victoria's Secret "Off-the-Shoulder Top" Oh Vicky, somehow you never cease to amaze me. Regardless of the fact that you are known for your lacy underpinnings, your Off-the-Shoulder Top proves that you are one to be reckoned with even in the clothing world. This is an off-the-shoulder offering that you don’t get lost in. The material is drapey, yet manages to cling to and showcase every curve; while the cowlneck seemingly shimmies over your shoulder to display a little skin. As with almost everything from Victoria ’s Secret...je veux!

Free People "We the Free Gypsy Jersey Top" Palm trees are synonymous with Southern California (the place I currently live). White is one of my favorite colors. Free People is a clothing site that I frequent multiple times per day. Gypsy is the name of one of my cats. Correct me if I’m wrong, but with the amount of coincidental occurrences between me and the We the Free Gypsy Jersey Top, how could I possibly not buy it? This is a piece that would look absolutely amazing topping a tie-bikini bottom. And paired with candy-colored short shorts? Ah-dor-a-ble!

What’s your take on the off-the-shoulder top? Better left in the 80’s, or a fashion trend to embrace for the summer of 2009?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to LnA Clothing, Alloy, Shop Intuition, Victoria's Secret, and Singer22 for the pictures.
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32 comments

Couture Carrie said...

Yay for Flashdance-inspired fashion! These tops rocks ~ nice finds, especially the VS!

xoxox,
CC

Charlotte said...

I love them! I actually have one myself from asos. I love them because it's very casual, i think. So, it's a trend to embrace, definetely.

Leia said...

I love off-the-shoulder clothes - tops as well as dresses! I remember having a blue snakeskin one-shoulder bodycon dress when I was about 12 (I let my mother dress me, haha!)
I think the top you bought would look fab with skinny jeans and ballerina flats. I really love that Victoria's Secret top you posted as well!

LML said...

i really like this look - godd for day and night!

la petite fashionista said...

i LOVE off the shoulder tops! It's the perfect way to show a bit of skin without being totally scandalous. I love the Free People one at the bottom!

:)

la petite fashionista said...

i LOVE off the shoulder tops! It's the perfect way to show a bit of skin without being totally scandalous. I love the Free People one at the bottom!

:)

Savvy Mode SG said...

Oh i bought a off the shoulder dress from emporio armani last season and still in my closet with the tag on. sad!

ps. doing another giveaway, hot pink linen scarf. perfect for summer.

jayne said...

hmm something has always confused me about them haha

Kristin said...

Remember when Kelly Kapowski rocked that look? Loving the Victoria's Secret top!

Marian said...

hhehhe wore a slightly off the shoulder top yesterday for an afternoon at the park. these are cute!
muah x
marian

Iris said...

I love the first one! The fit and color are perfect.

Erica said...

Love this :-) BTW, we have the same name. You spell yours the exotic way, though....I got stuck with the boring "erica" spelling. Love the blog!

mariarose said...

I really like off the shoulder tops..Some can be slightly dodgy, but the ones you've picked out are pretty cool. It's a revival I actually like, it suits a lot of people. I like the Free Gypsey top the best, white is really pretty...Would look great with those shorts! Or just like worn on a beach with bikini bottoms! xx

Laura Trevey said...

Flashdance re-lived!!

Emz said...

God I've always always loved off-the shoulder tops! It's so unfortunate that it was against high school dress codes. But I love the look and your picks!

jess said...

The off the shoulder tops look great. My friend has a new found New Kids on the Block obbsession its pretty amusing.

Keith said...

I always loved seeing girls like this. I have no problem with it. I loved it back in the 80's and I love it now.

Nicole Marie said...

yup i love it!

Eda said...

I think that one shoulder tops are incredibly sexy and sensual, especially if you have beautiful shoulders.

MICHELE3 said...

I too am from the 80's and what is weird and true is that everything comes full circle..Ah the memories of the 80's..I like the off the shoulder tee..Its sexy and stylish all at the same time..xoxoMish

ana said...

I want one!! I love clothes that can be stylish and confortable and this piece is the one!
have a nice week :)

Meream said...

I actually wore an off-shoulder number during our 80's-themed party last Christmas. I still have the dress and I love wearing it. :D

Amelia said...

Off-the-shoulder tops always look really comfy to me. I have a feeling I'd keep trying to pull the shoulders up, though...

bryna said...

love that look, always wanted to pull it off! vanessa looks great!

myvogue said...

Great finds - I love the one from Victoria Secret!!!

Neira said...

theres just something about off the shoulder tops, theyre so sexy

xoxo
neira

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

Wish I had lived in the 80's, i swear I was born in the wrong decade1 These off the shoulders are brilliant, LOVE LOVE LOVE them!
XOXOXO
Libby
http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

fashiongrail said...

I swear if would wear these everyday if I could! I bought 2 last month and have been wearing them constantly. They look really cute with a belt over them for an even slouchier look.
Great post:)

agentnoir said...

I'm totally feeling the off the shoulder look. I think its so perfect with a pair of leggings and open toe heels!

Eyeliah SS said...

I have been coveting the off-shoulder for a couple of years still not finding one of my own. I will check out these, thanks!!!

P.S. You need to (for some reason) check out this post.... http://stylesymmetry.com/?p=1026
:-)

misslikey said...

love flashdance shoulders

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