Class to Night Out: Cold-Shoulder Dress

If you want to try out ’70s style without feeling costume-y, the cold-shoulder dress is the perfect place to start.

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3 cold shoulder dresses

Cold Shoulder Dress: 1. Charlotte Russe, 2. Lulu’s, 3. Charlotte Russe

While 1970s-inspired looks are always popular during warmer months, hippie-chic fashion is truly coming back in full force this spring. Easy, relaxed silhouettes and fun colors make it easy to feel comfortable and look casually put-together in the best way.

One of my favorite trends that embodies this throwback vibe is the cold-shoulder dress. Big, drapey sleeves and a loose shape make this dress comfortable and daytime-appropriate, while the shoulder-baring detail adds enough edge for a nighttime ensemble.

If you want to try out ’70s style without feeling costume-y, the cold-shoulder dress is the perfect place to start. Below, I’ll show you how to style one of these frocks for a day of classes and a night out. If you’re interested in this trend, read on!

Cold-Shoulder Dress: Class

Cold shoulder dress class

Product Info: Dress, Poncho, Boots, Earrings, Tights, Sunglasses

For a daytime-appropriate ensemble, layer your cold-shoulder dress with a pair of tights in a bold, eye-catching color. Pair them with a classic, neutral-colored boots. To add more of a bohemian vibe and keep you covered up for class, drape on a poncho-inspired cardigan in a fun print.

I love how heart-shaped sunglasses manage to feel modern and retro at the same time, so make sure to include a pair in this outfit. Finally, accessorize with trendy earrings to finish your look.

Cold-Shoulder Dress: Night Out

Cold shoulder dress night out look

Product Info: Dress, Earrings, Cocktail Ring, Midi Rings, Shoes, Belt, Necklace, Purse

To transition your cold-shoulder dress for nighttime, be as bold as you dare with accessories! Start by accentuating your waist with a decorative belt, then pile on the jewelry. Here, I chose colorful, fan-shaped earrings, a long knotted necklace, a bright cocktail ring, and delicate midi rings. Mix and match as much jewelry as you want in this look.

Oxford heels are a classic shoe choice, and the lace design on this pair adds a fun twist. Throw your essentials in a unique bag, like this amazing book-shaped purse, and you’re ready to go!


Are you a fan of bohemian-inspired trends? What do you think of the looks featured above? How would you rock a cold-shoulder dress for class or a night out? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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