Shoulder in or shoulder out?
So upfront I should say that for me, the jury is out on these. I will admit I don't loathe them as much as I did at the beginning of the season but I haven't fully bought into them quite yet. There's still something sort of... errr, dare I say.....street wear about them. And I don't mean "down with the kids" street wear, I mean "down with the prossies" street wear.
SORRY SORRY SORRY but that was my thinking. I don't know why... I really don't. They just struck me as slightly cheap looking.
However - however however however - I have come round - probably as I've been indoctrinated with them, you can't not have been, they're everywhere - to thinking maybe they're a good option for Summer.
Maybe they will work as the "disgraceful" element to an otherwise graceful wardrobe. The top you can add in to breathe new season life into last season's (or older's!) favourite pieces.
Certainly lots of you asked on the bardot top post, if I could have a look at them as bardot tops give bra issue. Whereas the upside of these is that no strapless bra is needed (seriously IS there a strapless bra that actually works and doesn't inch its way down your body during the day to end up being a belt by lunchtime? If you know of one, I am ALL ears).
These would be ideal to dress up or down and all the ones I've chosen for the purpose of this blog are bra-able. There are lots of versions which have spaghetti straps which = boulder older without straps required again so what is the point?
First off - one of the main ones that made me think - aha, these can exude class... from the rather wonderful Baukjen. Who's models always make me feel like Grotbags.
Marian Cut out Shoulder Top £69 from Baukjen White jeans and you're set for any day activity. I'd put with black skinnies and hey ho, night out. Just add heels. And even better, the code STYLE517 should give you 25% off with free delivery and returns.
Similar again but this time in off white (or cream apparently...).
ASOS Oversized Supersoft Cold Shoulder Top Asymmetric Hem £18
They also have this in grey....
Although I have to say I think I prefer this one. In fact, this one I really REALLY do like. Fabulously casual and super easy to wear. You can keep your holes in your jeans at thigh level mind you. And I think hell might freeze over before I wear a baseball again (oh famous last words - I shall SO be sporting a Frozen one at Disney, won't I?)
Daisy Street Cold Shoulder Top £12.99
Then there are jumpers... These in fact strike me as being quite useful Summer numbers... for those days when it's too warm for a full on jumper but too cold for a mere tee. And they're the ideal night out tops as it's never that warm in the evening in this country. Or perfect for on holiday for taking out in the evenings to fling over a dress.
ASOS Jumper with cold shoulder £28
Or a swing top from Monki £20 Ok so slightly less jumper now to be honest..
But in the black it is DIVINE
If you're still not sure then maybe this will alter your opinion as I think this is a complete game changer. I LOVE this. Absolutely absolutely adore.
Whistles Stripe Cold Shoulder Jumper £85 Appears to be £10 cheaper at ASOS than anywhere else. Go forth and shop
More jumpers at Topshop - in the blush which is gorgeous.
Pointelle Mesh Cold Shoulder Top £39
And in the black These somehow work so much better in the black for me... (but then I am a black addict at the moment... don't know why I say at the moment. Always).
There is of course the skinnier option. I think this is maybe what made me think nah in the first place. I think it's definitely trickier to pull off a top like this that's fitted...
But these two are a great starting point... easing myself in gently.
ASOS Jumper in Rib with Cold Shoulder £22
If Baukjen can pull it off, then it definitely gets my seal of approval.
Lila Cold Shoulder Top £59 from Baukjen
And finishing with two slightly off piste numbers - firstly a sweatshirt. I will admit I LOVE this look. I would happily wear this outfit on down days (like my outfit for today for example).
Missguided Cold Shoulder Sweatshirt £25
Aldworth Acid Flower Print Cold Shoulder Blouse from Finery London £49 (don't forget Paypal20 for your 20% off)