Spring Summer 2012 Trend: Open Shoulders

by Anna Villaruel
(Seoul, South Korea)

March 22, 2012: Letting both of your shoulders peek from your garment adds a super relaxed and seductive feel to your outfit. And that's definitely a far cry from giving someone a "cold shoulder"!

SS2012 Fashion Trends - Open Shoulders - SS 2012 RTW Luca Luca
SS2012 RTW Luca Luca/Regis Colin Berthelier - NowFashion

It's not as simple as wearing a sleeveless blouse - the soft slits at the shoulders show just the right amount of skin, letting the skin peek seductively behind the draping. The first time I discovered this trend was last summer (and it's back and gaining its moment this spring!) on gorgeous Norwegian fashion blogger Ingrid Holm at The Showmanship:

Spring Summer 2012 Fashion Trends: Open Shoulders - Ingrid Holm

Alluring and sweet at the same time don't you think?

I didn't think much about this trend until I moved to South Korea last summer and discovered various styles of the open shoulder top. So I ended up buying this sleeve style in black and warm camel shirts by the Korean brand "Real COCO":

Spring Summer 2012 Fashion Trends - Open shoulder shirts - Korean brand Real COCO

Get the Look:



Product info: 1. White blouse - 2. Shorts - 3. Sandals - 4. Bag

How to wear Open Shoulder


This trend goes great with most bottom styles, but looks amazing with a skirt. I've worn it with a suede skirt as well as a pair of chino trousers.

If you want to sport a casual look, wear the top with slim-fitted cargo pants and espadrille sandals. Or go for a heavenly-inspired ensemble with a simple and flowing open shoulder dress.

In my opinion, trendy clothes and accessories in neutral colors can multiply your outfits (they go with everything!) but still keep you looking up-to-date :-) You'll look ultra-chic if you keep your bottom neutral and simple along with a few accent accessories. For example, white open shoulder top and a brown leather skirt, finished off with trendy gold or silver jewelry. Or if you want to achieve a bohemian look, try something exotic such as a South-western inspired bracelet. A simple pendant necklace works too.

Top picks:

Plum colored open shoulder blosueGold sequin open shoulder top
Product info: Plum blouse - Sequin top

Black Open Shoulder DressTeal-colored open shoulder dress
Product info: Black Dress - Teal Dress



What do you lovelies think about letting your shoulders peek from the sleeves? Tarty? Or chic?



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Aug 28, 2015
Useful Information NEW
by: Jenny

Thanks for such a useful blog. It helped me alot that to dress yourself and also can you please provide me the info about how to wear long maxi dresses. Thanks in advance.

Jun 05, 2012
open arms
by: Wanda Haynes

Perfect, I finally get to show my arms, without showing my arms.My sweetheart bought me a dress in this style. It looks great,an animal print dress with a hint of copper. It is very seductive, and he rubbed my arms all evening. I only wore dangle earrings with the dress. I felt that keeping the attention on the split arms was enough. When these sleeves are on a classic blouse it looks less frumpy. Sometimes a collard blouse can be a bit matron. This look has so much potential for day and evening.

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