Off The Shoulder Tops & Dresses from Luxe to Less

The OTS trend – Off The Shoulder – is definitely here to stay.

Making waves last summer along with it’s bra friendlier sister The Cold Shoulder, it’s such a flattering look once you’ve got your strapless bra situation under control.

It took me several attempts over several months to get my girls sorted (my hot tip would be to size up both across the back and cup and don’t worry about the size) but I’ve now found a great strapless bra which I then bought it in two colours, so I can finally embrace this trend.

If you’re interested, I bought the Delice by Simone Perele from David Jones in 14F in nude and black and I’m usually a 12/14E.

And embrace it I did on our recent holiday to Noosa …


Above, I’m wearing the Cold Shoulder Dress, $99.95 from French Connection in size 14 as it’s on the neat size with the elasticised waist. It’s also available in this pretty tomato red here, but limited sizes are available online, so perhaps try your luck in store.

I’m also wearing the fab Sofia Cruz Molli in Ante Negro* from StyletreadAdrift earrings from a couple of seasons ago and an Ourlieu clutch, a birthday gift from a girlfriend.

It was the perfect balmy evening outfit for a beautiful dinner at Ricky’s.


If you’re keen to try the OTS trend or love it already, for today’s post, I’ve found ten fab new season OTS options, all of which are under $100.

OTS Tops & Frocks from Luxe to Less

ABOVE, TOP ROW: 1. Lily Loves Anglaise OTS, $39 from Target; 2. Knit Bandeau Top, $39.95 from French Connection; 3. Frilly Off The Shoulder Top, $49.95 from Seed Heritage; 4. Juju Mexi Top, $95 from Birdsnest; 5. Sheer Insert Open Top, $99.95 from Witchery.

BOTTOM ROW:  1. Bobble dress by Threadz, $79.95 from Birdsnest; 2. Fern Off the Shoulder Dress, $89.95 from Sportsgirl; 3. Cheeko Dress by Boom Shankar, $95 from Birdsnest; 4. Lollybag Bandeau Dress, $99.95 from French Connection; 5. Domenica Off the Shoulder Dress, $99.95 from Decjuba.

There’s loads to choose from in the top department. There’s drapey block coloured styles with lace and other embellishments and printed styles which look great paired with skinny jeans, trousers or shorts.

More fitted styles, like the (2) and (3) above look fab paired with pencil, a-line or full skirts for some retro gorgeousness. I’ve got the Seed Heritage top above in black and am planning to wear mine with some printed wide legged pants.

For more options check out the great range of OTS at Dotti here.

For some fresh blue stripes I’m loving this Carnival Stripe Top, $89.95 from Portmans too.

There are also some lovely printed OTS tops in Mister Zimi’s new range too.

If OTS dresses are more your thing, there’s a style and shape to suit everyone from block colours, prints, minis, maxis and body con styles. My tip would be to try on a few different styles and see what style suits you and makes you feel your best. For me, that’s a-line or flowy styles with some length and upper arm coverage.

For some great tips and traps for how to wear OTS, check out this post at Styling You.

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* these shoes were kindly gifted to me by Styletread.

Are you on board the OTS train? Which, of the above, is your pick?