I’ve been noticing a trend lately, and I’m not sure how I feel about it: off-the-shoulder tops and dresses. On one hand, it’s a style that I’ve never worn, and rather than buying the same thing all the time, I do try to branch out if a trend works for me. On the other hand, I look at an off-the-shoulder item and realize exactly why I haven’t tried it: I can’t wear a regular bra with it.
I remember watching Project Runway (or maybe it was Project Runway All Stars) a few seasons ago, and one of the judges (I think it was Zanna Roberts Rassi) was critiquing the designers’ pieces and said that one of her criteria for something being wearable was whether or not a woman can wear a bra with it. All I thought at that moment was, “Yes! Halle-freakin’-lujah!” I typically take this criteria a step further and shy away from items that I can’t wear with a regular bra (i.e., a bra with straps). Try as I might, I haven’t ever found a strapless bra that fits really well, doesn’t cut into my rib cage, or doesn’t constantly drift south. In the words of Sheldon Cooper, “Ah, gravity, thou art a heartless b*tch!” If I find a top or dress I absolutely love that has spaghetti straps or is strapless, I’ll consider giving it a try, but more often than not, I skip it.
So if you are OK with wearing a strapless bra (or no bra at all), then the off-the-shoulder trend might be a great option for you. I haven’t decided if I’ll give this trend a try, but I’ve included some cute options below.
River Island Off The Shoulder Ribbed Bodycon Dress | River Island Lace Off The Shoulder Top | Chi Chi London Off Shoulder Full Prom Midi Dress In All Over Floral Print | Fashion Union Dress With Off Shoulder Detail | ASOS Off Shoulder Playsuit with Lace Trim and Floral Embroidery | Topshop Bell Sleeve Off the Shoulder Top | Forever 21 Off-the-Shoulder Crochet Top | ASOS Off Shoulder Knitted Top In Stripe