I’ve been giving the cold shoulder with off shoulder tops to these last dog days of summer!  Don’t you just love this trend!  It’s sexy without showing too much skin.  

off shoulder crop top

I bought this particular off shoulder top in Thailand but there’s so many choices out there these days!  And of course I had to get it in more than one color as with my lace dress.  

off shoulder top

A few tips though on finding the perfect off shoulder top.  Look for “sleeves” that are attached to the actual sides of the top like the one I’m wearing instead of one with an elastic across the shoulders.  This really helps with movement of your arms.  The off shoulder tops and dresses with one elastic all the way across tend to ride up your shoulders when you reach for anything!  But I’ll have to admit some of them with extra ruffles are so darn cute I might just never move my arms while wearing!

off shoulder white top

Look for something with a slightly stiffer fabric for extra poof or with a soft and flowy fabric for a more romantic feel.  My off shoulder top is a cotton poly blend so it’s more sturdy and I like the poof it gives.  Look for fun details like exaggerated sleeves or tie sleeves.  And a nice heart shaped neckline is always flattering (though really easy to DIY with a pin to your strapless bra).

Here are some of my favorite off shoulder tops:

I love it paired casually with cut offs and of course my trusty gladiators that I’ve been wearing all summer long.  And a panama hat is a  must for good sun protection.  And you can’t beat the beautiful wall mural I discovered while hunting for Pokemon!  Is anyone else playing that game?  I’ve stopped recently because I had to do an update and the game I think deleted  my account!  

forever 21 gladiator sandals

 

Off Shoulder Top Thailand similar hereherehere and here

Gladiators Forever 21 similar here, here, and here

Hat Target similar here, here and here (All under $20!)

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