How was your Spring Break?
I’m desperately clinging on to whatever (minimal) tan I managed to pick up during my Gulf Coast getaway. As someone who doesn’t really tan, I appreciate any semblance of color I can hang on to as a friendly reminder that yes, my body actually saw sunlight a few days ago!
One of things I’m bringing back from the beach in addition to some stray sand — that stuff gets into every crevice! — is a renown appreciation for the off-the-shoulder styles we’re seeing everywhere. Warm weather dressing generally calls for the shedding of layers and the baring of skin. Needless to say, this exposure might make some of you uncomfortable or feeling less than confident. Fortunately, the shoulder and collar bones are some of the most beautiful parts of a woman’s body, so regardless of age, size and paleness — go ahead, give them all the cold shoulder!
Some styling notes for your favorite off-the-shoulder-styles:
• Many off-the-shoulder dresses tend to fall on the shorter side — don’t be afraid to treat them as a tunic and layer over slim fitting jeans for a more casual take on the look.
• Forego a necklace and instead, style an off-the-shoulder top or dress with statement earrings to keep the neckline from looking too busy. Oversized earrings with further draw attention to your face and décolletage area and provide a fun spin on the cold shoulder style.
• Warm weather trends are some of the most fun and require the smallest commitment when it comes to budget. You can find great on-trend styles for pennies, well, not literally pennies, but you get the idea. While I always recommend buying the best quality for more substantial fall and winter clothes, summer lightweight fabrications are almost indistinguishable regardless of price point. So go ahead, have fun with your summer look!
Also, you might have noticed that a few of the styles I selected are currently 25% off — hooray! BLOOMINGDALE’S is currently running their Friends + Family Sale now through 4/10. To take advantage of the sale selection, make sure you check it out sooner vs. later as the best styles tend to get snatched up pretty quickly. Personally, I couldn’t resist and just added THIS DRESS to my collection!
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