No matter how classic or timeless we want our wardrobes to be, so much of what we wear everyday is trend driven. It’s the trends that make our closet staples feel contemporary and fresh, even if they’ve been in our style rotation for a long time.
Unfortunately, while some trends are home run hits — boyfriend jeans, anyone!? — others are, well… questionable. I could wax poetic about the BEST trends you just have to try, but I thought it might be easier to voice my opinion about a trend that I’m advising you to take a pass on.
Are you ready for it!?
Cold-shoulder cut outs.
Ok, I’m apologizing in advance if you LOVE this style and have been wearing it on the regular. Honestly, so many of you have. Just in a single night out last week, I spotted 16 women wearing cold-shoulder cut out tops.
If you’re one of those ladies — sorry, hun. You’re still fabulous. I promise.
Just hear me out, though.
The reason I’m taking a pass on the cold shoulder cut out, is because of all of the trends that have trickled down from runway to retail, this one seems the most severe and easily dated to me. It’s the kind of style that you’ll look back on in old photos and wonder to yourself, “What the h*ll was I wearing!?!!” — like MC Hammer pants from the early 90’s and the bunch socks of the 80’s.
While we’re no strangers to embellished tops highlighting the shoulder area — I adore the draped off-the-shoulder, one shouldered and ruffled, bell sleeve styles — these designs are putting a modern spin on a style that has been around for decades. More importantly, these designs are flattering.
Wearing a fitted, high neck, long sleeve top with only circles cut out at each shoulder is much more severe. In simple terms, the cold-shoulder cut outs don’t really do anything to flatter or highlight your figure.
They’re just there. Staring at you like 2 eyes… but on your shoulders.
(Whew. So relieved to get that off my chest…)
Now, let’s talk about the good stuff!
I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite embellished tops for you to swap into the rotation — you know, after you’ve bid adieu to those cold shoulder cut outs that we shall no longer speak of!
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