I found myself in River Island yesterday having a mooch through the rails as the staff unpacked the latest order of goodies, I mean that must feel like Christmas every day for the staff of a clothes shop..fresh new fashion EVERY DAY! Anyway I noticed that as a brand River Island had gone quite big on the off the shoulder trend for Spring 2016 which prompted me to take a look at the trend and see which other brands have focused on it.
The Off the Shoulder or cold shoulder trend was featured on a number of runways including Peter Pilotto, Sonia Rykiel and Proenza Schouler. A romantic eighties feel with plenty of ruffles, I prefer the less fussy more conservative of the three in Peter Pilotto’s range, but the middle image from Proenza Schouler was recently worn by Cate Blanchett on the red carpet and she’s nailed all her red carpet looks so far this awards season in my view.
Cate Blanchett wearing Proenza Schouler SS16
I don’t think I’ve ever come across a client who hated their shoulders. So hell why not show them off, its subtle and sexy and like Cate you always have the option to cover your upper arm should you fear your bingo wings.
First up this fabulous 80’s disco fever jumpsuit from River Island is £50 most similar to the Sonia Rykiel show where channeling your inner Bee Gee disco diva was very much the thing.
I like the exposure of the collar bone and shoulders and the delicate ruffles create a great focal point, its a great choice for those with a small bust as the volume of the frills will give the illusion of a bigger bust. But for those with a bigger bust who don’t wish to draw attention to it, avoid this look as it draws too much attention to that area.
I spotted this prom style dress also from River Island £80 for two reasons, one its not massively dissimilar to the one above worn by Cate Blanchett, two its a very similar style to the rather expensive Self Portrait brand and a great price point to be able to replicate the look.
I like the shape of this dress for shaped or curved girls (those with a small waist and wider hips), this style of dress will nip you in at the waist complimenting your tiny waist and the skirt will skim over your hips creating that beautiful hourglass shape. Perfect!
I fear at 40 I may be too old to channel my inner Olivia Newton John, but look how cute this top is! Again River Island have gone 80’s mad with this cute lace top £26, I’d personally wear this with jeans or a pencil skirt to avoid looking like an ONJ who’s aged badly ;0) Simply too cute not to feature.
Anyway enough of the River Island love in, seriously if this is the trend for you..get down there! But if you fear its too young for you don’t take the look head to toe, interpret it in your way and I’d suggest down playing it slightly with pieces that make you feel comfortable. At the end of the day thats what’s most important, clothes can make you feel a million dollars so why settle for chump change.
Ok so you fancy giving the trend a nod but don’t want to be a full on slave, then this cute top with beautiful detailing at the back from Zara is £22.99. I like it styled for work with cigarette trousers with courts but its super cute with trainers too.
You could keep it simple with this top from H&M only £12.99.
The plainness of this top means that the focal point would be your shoulders, I would wear earrings or a choker or small neat tied scarf. It’s a great look if you want to draw attention away from your bust or bottom and want people to focus on your face and what you have to say.
To take it to the other extreme, if you are looking for an occasion wear dress maybe for the races, a wedding or just a night out with the girls this chic black number from Coast is £139
Perfect for you girls with a little curve to your hips but with less definition to your waist than a shaped curvy girl, this will create a fabulous silhoutte hugging your curves and showing off your beautiful shape.
More to come on Spring trends, with ruffles to follow so if the “cold shoulder” trend is not your thing they’ll be more trend blogs coming shortly. If you like something in particular or dislike even, do comment below or on my social media pages as I love to hear from you.