Ah, the one-shoulder look. I have a special place in my heart for this style, and it makes me want to take a trip down memory lane.
In high school, I was way into the one-shoulder thing. I remember my favorite formal dress for school dances was a one-shoulder, iridescent blue, floor length dress with rhinestones at the top. Ah the early 00’s. I might giggle at it now, but I remember loving that dress and feeling amazing in it back then.
These days, I probably wouldn’t don a one-shoulder dress that’s iridescent and covered in rhinestones — but I most certainly would wear a one-shoulder top that fits my neutral + minimal aesthetic now. Isn’t it fun when old styles come back around and you get to put your current spin on them?
So let’s jump in! Today I’ll be sharing three quick outfit ideas, from casual to fancy, all featuring a one-shoulder top.
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Let’s start out with the easiest look. I kept things simple here and went tone on tone with a black one-shoulder top tucked into black shorts. Even though black clothes can be hot in the summer, I still love wearing them because they never show any sweat spots. And now that we’re into July, well, there’s a lot of sweating going on. :)
Here are several other one-shoulder tank options:
To finish off the look, I kept things casual and playful with flat woven sandals, a slouchy tote, and fun wood beaded earrings.
Now for our second look — I love this one because it’s not too dressy, nor too casual. It lands somewhere right in the middle, ideal for those occasions when you don’t know whether to dress up or down.
Want to know my favorite trick to make denim look extra modern? Keep the hems unrolled. I’ve always been a hem roller, but that’s starting to change. To me, it makes a big difference in the overall look — and it’s a good reminder that sometimes all it takes is a simple styling switch up to make an old staple feel fresh again.
Let’s talk undergarments for a second. What do you wear underneath a one-shoulder top? Well, at first I tried a strapless bra, but honestly I’m feeling over strapless bras these days. I like to go braless whenever possible, but with this top, it didn’t feel right. I wanted a little bit of extra security, so I found a soft, comfortable, one-shoulder strapless bralette to go underneath. It works just as well as I’d hoped!
Here’s the final and dressiest look. There are several interesting shapes going on in this outfit (wide leg pants, one-shoulder tank, half moon mini bag), so I kept my color palette nice and neutral. It gives the overall look a calm vibe, even though there’s a lot going on.
Side note: I have no idea when I turned into a person who wears heels all the time, but these days, I keep reaching for heels. I mean, sensible heels — preferably just 1 or 2 inches tall, certainly no taller than 3 inches. But still — heels! I can’t believe it either. Please indulge me while it lasts. :)
Anyway, I’ll keep it short for this last one because this outfit really speaks for itself. I’ll just wrap up by saying I love the way a one-shoulder top frames the décolletage in a different and unexpected way. It shows a little skin, but I don’t have to worry about keeping a low cut top in check.
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And there you have it!
Now I want to hear from you: Were you into the one-shoulder style in the early 00’s? If so, I’d LOVE to hear how you styled it back then. If not, what do you think about it today — would you wear it? How would you style it? Share away in the comments.
There’s lots of fun stuff coming to the blog later this month including my top 10 or so picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and a second installment of my summer collaboration with Everlane (here’s the first post in case you missed it).