Top: Zara,  similar  | Skirt: ASOS,  similar  | Bag:  SheInside  | Shoes: Philip Lim,  similar  | Bar Necklace:  Shane Co.  | Earrings:  Rocksbox  - get your first box of jewelry FREE using code allgussiedupxoxo | Rhinestone choker: Forever 21,  similar  |
Top: Zara, similar | Skirt: ASOS, similar | Bag: SheInside | Shoes: Philip Lim, similar | Bar Necklace: Shane Co. | Earrings: Rocksbox – get your first box of jewelry FREE using code allgussiedupxoxo | Rhinestone choker: Forever 21, similar |

The off-the-shoulder trend is not new. If you look back to the fashionista’s of the 50’s and 60’s, you will notice that Grace Kelly, Brigette Bardot, Francis Bergen, and more all bared their shoulders in the name of fashion. 

The trend really took off a couple of years ago, and I fell in love. Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are sexy without being too over the top. Unless you’re showing your midriff at the same – no thanks! Then, this year, the trend exploded. Everywhere you look on Instagram, there is an off-the-shoulder top! Kind of like seeing that ferris-wheel in every other Instagram photo during Coachella. That is the magic of social media basically ruining a trend before its time should be up.

I was certainly late to the game on buying an off-the-shoulder top, because while I still love the style, I don’t want to have the same top that 800 million people already own. So, I waited until the perfect top found me.

I know that I’m sounding a little too serious regarding a SHIRT…

I stumbled upon this gorgeous, metallic, pleated off-the-shoulder top at Zara and I fell in love. I love that it is so different than most – not preppy, not white linen or cotton, and not a cheap looking floral print. Done. I was sold. 

My tips for not looking basic in an off-the-shoulder top:

1. Pick an unexpected material or texture

2. Stick to your individual style: if you’re not preppy, don’t give in to the usually preppy style of these tops.

3. Try a cold shoulder top, or an asymmetrical, one sleeved top instead.

How do you feel about the off-the-shoulder trend?