THREE WAYS TO WEAR AN OFF THE SHOULDER TOP

I always recommend that my clients have a selection of long sleeve/short sleeve/three-quarter sleeve and strappy tees, in a range of necklines, among their collection.  Granted, they’re pretty dull to purchase, but they shouldn’t be over looked.  They are a pretty important component to any versatile collection of clothes.  You’ve heard me talk about the foundations of a wardrobe and how important it is to build a strong bedrock (I plan on going into this in a little bit more detail later in the week)? Well, having a great selection of basics to choose from will go a long way to helping you achieve this.  I have a range of plain (and stripy) basics in my closet and last year I updated my collection with this simple, black, off-the-shoulder (OTS) number from H&M.

How to wear an off the shoulder top | 3 different ways to style an off the shoulder top, layered under a vest, worn with culottes and tied in a knot for added shape

I’ve layered it under jumpsuits, worn it tucked into maxi’s, teamed it with a sleeveless long-line shirt, and today, I’m showing you three more ways that this simple, inexpensive item has updated my collection.

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For my first outfit, I’ve tucked the top into a pair of extra high-waist (mum) jeans, layered it with a sleeveless duster and finished the look with my trusty leopard pumps.  A quick side note: if you’re pear shaped and have been struggling to find a pair of relaxed jeans that fit you round the waist then you must try these: (USA  // UK – In black…couldn’t find them in blue)  I tried on plenty of pairs – all of which should have worked but didn’t – before I found these in the sale in Anthopologie.  This is a perfect smart/casual outfit…a dress code I know so many of you struggle with!

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For my second look I’ve tucked the top in again, but this time into a pair of high rise (can you spot a theme going on?!) wide leg jeans.  I tried this outfit with the top un-tucked but because the jeans are cropped, it shortened my legs more than I would like.  So tucked in it is.   I don’t normally match my accessories but I wanted to elevate these jeans from ‘beach jeans’ (as my hubby refers to them) to something a little more chic and if anything is going to do this, it’s a pointy flat and matching tan accessories.

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And finally, my third outfit.  I wanted to pull together a dressier look for my final look, and these wide leg trousers/pants made the perfect piece to take the OTS top from day to night.  A cheeky knot tied at the front changes the shape of the top and highlights my waist – which is something that all pear shapes should be doing!  I’ve kept accessories to a minimum purely because  I want the top and trousers to be the star of the show.

So there you have it.  One plain, basic, top and three very different looks.

 

GET THE LOOK

OUTFIT ONE

TOP – UK  //  USA

JEANS – UK (in black) //  USA

SLEEVELESS DUSTER (similar) – UK  //  USA

PUMPS – UK  //  USA

OUTFIT TWO

TOP – UK  //  USA

JEANS – UK (similar) //  USA

SHOES – UK  //  USA

OUTFIT THREE

TOP – UK  //  USA

VINTAGE TROUSERS (similar) – UK  //  USA

 

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