Off the shoulder edit

Wearing this season's off the shoulder trend gives you a confident, feminine edge. Trudi Brewer discovers why it works at any age.

Bare shoulders are officially the look of the season. Drawing attention to the décolleté, and collar bones is a clever way to cover the tops of the arms, making this trend both feminine and flattering. Here's how to pull off this look and some of our best buys.

Top tips
Check that the cut is not too tight under the arms, this will cause the elastic to ride up, and you will be forever adjusting the sleeves. Also check the elastic sits snug across the shoulders so it doesn't slip down. 

Break up the look of bare shoulders with a thin choker or layer a mix of gold and silver chains in different lengths. This softens that wide horizontal line.

This style can appear voluminous, so for those with a big bust, show off your waist by tucking a top into jeans or wide leg pants. Even if you tuck in one corner, it will help to elongate your silhouette.

Apply self-tan to shoulders for a faux glow on skin, and don't forget to moisturise skin that's on show, before you walk out the door.

Here's our favourite buys.

Top row 
Haiku off shoulder top, $310 from Camilla and Marc. Caspe gathered dress, $395 from Karen Walker. Angelia Top, $450 from Yvonne Bennett. Crinkle smock dress, $329 from Sylvester.

Second row
Straight world stripe top, $169 from Storm. Ruffle bandeau shirt, $139 from Country Road. Boho off the shoulder top in ivory, $199 from Superette. Rainer ruffle dress, $299 from Liam