How to Wear an Off-the-Shoulder Top

March 30, 2016

We The People Style
Everywhere I turn it seems off-the-shoulder tops are slowly taking over the world, urging collarbones and clavicles to shimmy their ways out of normal shoulder-covering tops and into something a little more flirty. I for one love any chance to show off my shoulders, so count me as part of the fan club!

Off-the-shoulder tops come in two basic variations (fitted and loose) but for this post I've mainly focused on loose tops, as I think they are more suited for spring and summer. If it's a tunic-length top, I like pairing it with fitted pants or tucked in to a pencil or A-line skirt. If it's short or cropped, wide-leg trousers are the perfect compliment! As I always say, good styling is all about balancing proportions, so keep that in mind when creating an outfit featuring an off-the-shoulder top.

I also love the addition of a simple necklace, as it draws attention to the neckline and dresses things up a bit. A thin gold or silver pendant necklace is all you need.

Want more tips on how to style an off-the-shoulder top? Scroll down to see how bloggers and street style stars have mastered the look! And below that, I've picked out my favorite off-the-shoulder tops to shop!

Outfit Inspiration

Fit Fab Fun Mom
Closet Voyage
Allergic to Vanilla
Le 21eme
Style du Monde
Ohh Couture
Tibi Street Style Blog
Style du Monde
Teen Vogue

Shop Off-the-Shoulder Tops

What's your favorite way of styling an off-the-shoulder top? 


  1. I would love one of these tops! All your inspiration pics are gorgeous! That first one with the yellow skirt really caught my eye though.

    1. Me too! I've been seeing them everywhere, hopefully I add one to my closet soon! And I know, isn't that color gorgeous? It's actually a very wide pair of pants, there's another photo on We the People Style with her kicking her leg out and it's really cute, never would think to pair an off-the-shoulder top with wide-leg pants!

      Thanks for reading, Kathrine!

  2. I totally love the off the shoulder trend. I feel like all have been searching for is off the shoulder looks lately!

    Meghan |

    1. Same! And there are sooo many options, I can't pick just one! Although I did find an off-the-shoulder dress from Madewell that I really loved. Thanks for reading, Meghan!

  3. Off shoulder with button skirt is a perfect combination (beside the off shoulder dress)
    And I agree that off shoulder is really a big hit in this season! :)



    1. Agreed! Button skirts are totally my jam right now, I see them and I'm like I HAVE to have them, even though I already have like 2 or 3 :P

      Thanks for reading, Chelsea!


I love hearing your thoughts! Thanks for reading! ♥︎Lindsey