How to Rock the One-Shoulder Trend

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Have you ever loved the idea of wearing a certain trend but didn't know how to pull it off or what to wear it with? Read on! In this weekly column, I'll highlight some of the year's biggest trends and show you how to wear them with your existing wardrobe!

How to rock the one-shoulder trend

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2009 is truly the year of the single shoulder. Ever since first lady Michelle Obama debuted her white, floral, one-shoulder-wonder gown to the inaugural ball back in January, the trend has been hotter than ever.

If you're looking for a different, dramatic look, you can't go wrong with a single shoulder - they provide a coquettish glimpse of skin, but cover enough to keep you comfortable. It's the perfect mix of edgy, sexy, and sophisticated.

If you've never worn a top or dress with a single shoulder, now is the perfect time to try the trend. Keep reading to learn how to rock it this season!

How to Wear the One-Shoulder Trend:

Here are some tips on how to make this trend work for you.


Start with a solid. Whether it's trendy magenta or classic black, choose a solid-colored one-shoulder piece if you're feeling nervous about the style. You can still look for chic accents, such as beading or ruffles, to give your solid color some punch, but don't be afraid to go basic at first.


Belt it! Celebrities have been rocking one-shoulder dresses with hot belts to showcase their waists and keep their styles far from frumpy. Take a cue from Blake Lively and Kendra Wilkinson and put a belt over your dress!


Keep the rest of your look simple. A fabulous pair of shoes and a great bag are all you need with a one-shouldered dress.  If you're going to wear jewelry, try a cocktail ring or glitzy earrings - you don't want a necklace competing with your neckline!


Don't cover it up! This is a style that is made to be seen, not layered over. Shoulders are pretty universally attractive, so show it off, sister! If you need to keep warm, try an open blazer, cardigan, or bomber jacket so your cute threads can still be seen.


Mix and match. Pair a slouchy one-shoulder top with tight pants or a pencil skirt for a boho chic look. If you choose a tight top, wear baggy bottoms! Wearing pieces of different proportions will keep your look fresh and  sophisticated.


It's all in the fit. Like most items of clothing, all one-shoulder tops fit differently, so you're going to want to try on a variety of options before making your pick. Sometimes the necklines can hit at the wrong places or fit uncomfortably. There are lots of options within this look, from the traditional grecian style to one full sleeve or even a solo spaghetti strap. Pick what speaks to you and go from there!


Consider the underwear. Pick your bra wisely! One-shoulder styles demand a strapless bra. Those colorful bandeau bras you might have in your closet from last spring also work well under one-shoulder tops. Your bare shoulder provides the beauty of this look - don't clutter it with a bra strap!

Cute One-Shoulder Tops & Dresses:



Product Information:

Tops: XOXO One-Shoulder Chiffon Top, Dillard's. One Shoulder Stripe Dolman Tunic, Arden B. One-Shoulder Flutter Top, Charlotte Russe. Ella Moss 'Odessa' One Shoulder Top, Nordstrom.

Dresses: T by Alexander Wang One-Shoulder Stretch Dress, Saks FIfth Avenue. Speechless One Shoulder Magenta Dress, Windsor. BCBGMAXAZRIA One Shoulder Tiered Dress with Belt and Free People "A Night's Party" One-Shoulder Black Dress, Bloomingdales.

Outfit Inspiration:

Now that you've seen my tips for how to wear this trend, as well as a few cute & affordable options, let's put it all together into an outfit! Here are some sample outfits incorporating one-shouldered pieces to get your inspiration going.

Party Night:


The belted one-shoulder top in this set gives the outfit a sexy and sophisticated edge. The black belt will define your waist and match your cigarette pants. Flat, studded gladiators are not only adorable, but will get you across campus (or across town!) blister free! Gold jewelry will bring out the rich color of your top.

Product Information:  Super Skinny Jeans in Midnight, American Eagle. One Shoulder Tiered Top, TopShop. Studded Gladiator Sandals, Steve Madden. Leather Studded Mixed Bangles, Miss Selfridge. Imperial Palace Earrings, ModCloth.

Girl's Night Out:


Channel your inner Sex & the City leading lady in a hot pink one-shoulder dress and leopard print pumps. You know your girls will appreciate your style, so go all out and take some risks! Notice the beaded choker in this set - if you want to wear a necklace with an asymmetrical top or dress, make sure it's a short one!

Product Information: Dellilah One Shoulder Dress, Forever 21. BCBG Generation 'Tinas' Platform Pump, Nordstrom. Black leather sequin clutch, Dorothy Perkins. Striking Anna Lou of London black jade Necklace,

Lounging Around On Campus:


This outfit provides the ultimate in stylish comfort for those lazy days in the library or dorm. Keep your cardigan open to show off the top's cute ruffles, and complete your lazy-day attire with a wristlet and rainbows should you need to venture out of your room.

Product Information: Top, Old Navy. Destroyed cutoff denim shorts and Aerie cardigan, American Eagle. Rainbow sandals, Amazon. Sitting Pretty wristlet, Nine West at Zappos.

Your Thoughts?

Do any of you have suggestions on how to wear single shoulders? Is it a look you like? Let us know in the comments section!

Also, let me know if there any other trends you're wondering how to wear! I'm always looking for ideas for new articles and am happy to help solve your fashion dilemmas.

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