Off-the-shoulder tops are EVERYWHERE this summer. From small-town boutiques to corporate giants offering up dozens of different styles each it’s hard to decide which is for you. So here are some helpful style tips and some of our top picks to help you narrow it down and get a little sunshine on those shoulders! Stylist tip: invest in a quality strapless bra. It’s worth splurging for if you like this style. You’ll thank me later.
Classic Blue and White Stripes
Why we love it: It’s easy to wear! The loose fit is flattering on almost anyone and it can easily be paired with just about any color pant or short you can think of! Our recommendation? Pair it with a light pink chino short and throw a cute fedora on top for light and easy summer look that will keep you cool all summer long.
H&M, 19.99, hm.com
Black Tassels with a Pop of Color
Why we love it: The thick band at the top elongates the shoulders for a lengthening effect that will make your collarbones look fab. Plus it helps the shirt stay put better (always a bonus). The tassels along the bottom add a cute touch too. Like the model in the picture is wearing, jeans work great with this. Throw on your favorite pair of boots a fun bright pair of earrings and you’re out the door!
Wrangler, $41, wrangler.com
Embroidered Dress with Bell Sleeves
Why we love it: With the word “retro” being thrown around the fashion world on a daily basis, this fits the bill! The folky 70’s inspired cut and floral embroidery add charm and interest, while the denim material adds some fun structure to the bell sleeves. This is definitely a cowgirl “do”! Paired with a pair of tan boots or brown leather sandals and worn with a messy boho side braid this look has “summer chill” written all over it.
Umgee, $38, cavenders.com
Why we love it: The color is so versatile! You can easily pair this top with jeans or white shorts for a lighter look or with darker bottoms for an edgier feel. The double layered sleeves keep the shirt from being boring but are a nice alternative to the sometimes overwhelmingly voluminous styles commonly seen. This is a great look for the more understated cowgirl. Don’t be afraid to add some fun tassel earrings to ramp it up!
H&M, $24.99, hm.com
Strapped and Printed
Why we love it: Sometimes we just hate strapless bras. If that’s you, this top is for you! It still has the same aesthetic and style as an off-the-shoulder top but with a little more stability. The pleated sleeves give a subtle feminine flare along with the rounded cut to the bottom. We love the French looking floral print and light colors. This shirt is great for hot summer days outside.
Wrangler, $28.80, wrangler.com
Flared, Floral and Fabulous
Why we love it: This top is for the fashionistas! The radically flared bell sleeves are a total show-stopper and have we mentioned the print? It’s gorgeous! Pair with a high-waisted skirt (a denim one like THIS is a great option) or with a pair of black or dark wash skinnies. With a loud shirt it’s always best to go a little understated with the jewelry and accessories. A pair of small gold hoops or studs will do the trick!
Free People, $78, freepeople.com