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Dare To Bare? Styling Guide To Slay The Off Shoulder Trend

By Vaishali Valecha

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 5 min read

Off shoulder, the style has been a rage for a while now, it keeps coming in and out of the fashion world pretty often but whenever we do get see it, we encounter multiple styles and variations of this trend. It was initially recognized as a chic and formal attire but it eventually led to becoming an outfit option that you can enjoy on any occasion. From casual to formal, weddings to music festivals, we've got you covered on how you can wear and especially style, the off shoulder trend.


First things first, you need to make sure you're wearing the right kind of bra underneath an off-shoulder top as it is a make or break deal and it can change how your top fits and looks. Invest in a strapless bra or a pair of silicon pads. These two are made for clothing pieces like an off-shoulder top, a halter neck top and a backless top etc. It comes with detachable straps which are helpful for when you want to wear such pieces. You can add this to your lingerie collection and stop freaking out the next time you think about adorning them bare shoulders.


1. Casual Chic

Giving us major goals on how to slay on a casual day while grabbing a cup of coffee. The evergreen combination of a white off-shoulder top and blue denim along with white sneakers is a fuss-free option for women on the go. Pair it up with some sunglasses for protection from the sun and an added style statement and a small sling to stash your essentials. To accessorize add some dainty gold jewellery and stack some bracelets on your wrist.


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2. Festival Time

Music festivals are everyone's favourite. Coachella tho is one of the best ones to attend. Kendall is rocking the cropped off shoulder top with a double slit sheer skirt. Layer some dainty and chunky neck pieces and a body chain to accessorize. A statement double 'n inverted buckle belt and a fringe sling for all your necessities during the concerts/festivals. To finish off you can add a pair of Chelsea boots and a bandana or a headband just like the rope one that we see on her.



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3. Tucked Up

Dungarees are back on trend! Remember acting cool in them back in the '90s? Well, relieve your childhood fantasy all over again and that too in style. Yet another classic combination of white and black, one can never go wrong with. Dungarees over an off-shoulder top balance the feminine vibe with the cool tomboyish vibe. A chunky gold bangle, a quilted black sling bag and a straw hat to accessorize along with some vans or boots will help you finish your look.



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4. Indo-western

All the family get-togethers and traditional ceremonies are a perfect way to add this lovely indo-western outfit to your wardrobe. A-line straight kurti, with white imprints, compliment the cigarette pants really well. Bow/Knot details on the sleeves add a little quirk to the kurti. A bold junk silver choker for jewellery and metallic V-strap slippers look really elegant.



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5. Business Like 

An oversized shirt or the one you stole from your boyfriend is going to help you makeshift this look right here. All you have to do is fold in the collar and spread the shirt across your shoulder as shown in the image and button it up. Style it up with some ripped high waist jeans, boots and a big statement bag. Tiny studs for earrings, a gold bangle and cat-eye sunglasses to accessorize and you're set.



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6. Mod-ish Desi

Why just stick to basic off shoulder tops when you can incorporate the trend to the next level? If you are a saree lover, this look should be your inspiration. Sonam Kapoor, being the fashionista that she is, is doing wonders to the beautiful net saree. Lacy off shoulder blouse gives a twist to the classic saree look. Statement earrings and a sleek watch along with with a bejewelled gold boxed clutch compliments the overall majestic vibe of the look.



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7. Party Girl

Go bold or go home, this look is very sexy and dapper. Black is your best bet when it comes to a party/clubbing outfit. It always looks amazing! A lacy co-ordinate set that is body-hugging, and fits you like a glove is all you need to make 'em heads turn is. To spice it up, add red stilettoes, a pair of big hoops and a bold black bracelet. This outfit is going to make you the talk of the town.



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8. Wedding Bells  

Be it the bride herself or her bridesmaid, off shoulder blouse with lehenga is a popular trend amongst all. An embroidered blouse with floral motifs and glitter are the star element of the look along with fringes on the bottom that add a lot of movement to the blouse. Pair this up with statement earrings and wedges for footwears to dance all night in comfort. This look is perfect for a pre-wedding ceremony for the bride and if you're the bridesmaid then, consider this as a perfect fit for your best friend's wedding.



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With this list of styling tips and tricks about the off shoulder trend, you'll be able to master each and every look mentioned above. But the question is, which one do you love the most and would be willing to give a try? Do let us know in the comments down below, Until then, PEACE!

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Question: Where can we purchase off shoulder tops?

Answer: Shein, Forever21, H&M, Sarojini and Janpath flee markets.


Question: How can we style these off shoulder tops?

Answer: Jeans, Shorts, Skirts, Palazzo/Flared Pants and cigarette pants are some of the options.



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