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The Off-the-Shoulder style has become a popular way this season to show some skin while still staying conservative. Unlike bare decollate or midriff, exposed shoulders keep things classy and appropriate in a much wider variety of settings.

We knew this would be one of the largest trends of Spring 2016 after last year’s runways were flooded with the look from New York to Paris. This is perhaps due in part to it’s versatility and ability to appear in so many different forms – on tops, dresses, coats, jumpsuits, etc.

Whatever your personal style and taste, there is a way to incorporate the Off-the-Shoulder look into your regular fashion repertoire. It is a great mix of sexy, feminine and flirty, which lends itself to women of all looks and preferences.

What we really enjoy about a top like this is that you don’t have to think too hard when styling it. For all intents and purposes, it is the focal piece of your outfit and everything else is built around it. This means most of your work is done when you wear a piece like this. If you’re opting for a top with larger sleeves, keep the proportions of your bottom half in check with tighter pants or skirts. If your top is sleeveless or tight in the arms, feel free to play around with culottes, wide leg pants or boyfriend jeans. You can always finish the whole look off with a statement earring or necklace to break up all the bare skin near your face.

 

To get you started we’ve pulled together some of our favorite Off-the-Shoulder looks of the season to get you started. Scroll down for inspiration. 

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