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Cold Shoulder Controversy

Who will bear the bare shoulder?   Fashion trends come and go, and the cold shoulder is here to stay for spring and summer 2018 and beyond.  Fashion bloggers, online shops and boutique store windows are featuring cold shoulder and off the shoulder tops, dresses and jumpsuits.  For many, it’s a dilemma and often an outright NO.  As a boutique owner, we’ve heard it all, “I don’t like my arms, that’s for someone younger, I don’t know how to wear it,” etc.  etc. Before you blatantly declare, “That’s not for me,” please consider the different bare arm options, there are many choices and perhaps one that is worthy of a trip to the dressing room.


    1. Maximum exposure – These tops generally have an opening or an open sleeve that exposes the shoulder and most or all the arm. Some have a big open loop that extends to the elbow or a sleeve that simple has a slit to the wrist.  If you like your arms and shoulders, this is on trend and easy to find.


    1. On or off the shoulder – Peasant tops have been a hit for decades and this season we’re seeing lots of off the shoulder tops, most are gathered at the neckline, so they stay in place. The best of both worlds is a top that can be worn either way, show some skin one day or not so much another.  Think of a 9 -5 option which transitions to an afterhours look.


    1. Peek a boo – Flirtatious and fun, a peek a boo cold shoulder may open and close in more than one place exposing a bit of skin without going all the way. Grommets, ties, bows, lattice, etc. are used to bring the fabric together and allow some of the arm to show.  It can be a tiny slit or a lace up look that lets you dip your arm into the cold shoulder pool.  Other cold shoulder tops have a very small opening at the very top of the shoulder, sophisticated and sassy.


I implore you to consider these variations especially if you spy a top or dress that is perfect in every other way.   It would be a shame to pass up an entire rack of potentially fabulous finds due to a notion about a little opening on the sleeve.   Bottom line, don’t shrug off the cold shoulder!
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