How To Wear Off Shoulder Tops – Tips And Outfit Ideas

Written by Pratima Ati

When off shoulder tops first hit the fashion clothing lines, I really thought that this was yet another fad that will fizzle out soon. Surprisingly and thankfully, that didn’t happen. In fact, the off shoulder fashion has taken over every other kind of outfit out there.

So, if you are here for some tips on how to style your off shoulder or how to keep it intact (below your shoulders), you’ve arrived at the right place. Read on to find out all about it.

How To Keep Off Shoulder Tops In Place

Off shoulders are effortlessly stylish, except they can get really annoying and uncomfortable if they are not worn the right way. You might feel this discomfort particularly with tops that come with an elastic. Here’s a workaround that helps you keep that off shoulder in place.

Gather Your Supplies

  1. Two safety pins for each side, so you will need 4.
  2. Two plain black hair ties.

How To Do It

  1. First, attach two of the safety pins on either side of the hair tie.
  2. Do this with the second hair tie too – one for each side.
  3. You need to attach these to either side of the inside seam, near the underarm.
  4. Make sure that the safety pins are not visible from outside.
  5. The hair ties will look like dress straps, except they will be inside and not visible when you wear the top.
  6. When you wear it, put your arms over the tie.
  7. Try this, and you will see the difference it makes to your top.

Take A Look At This Video Tutorial

How to Keep Your Off The Shoulder In Place

How To Wear Off Shoulder Dress Outfits

1. Off Shoulder LBD

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LBDs are a staple in all of our closets. Now, take this sexy looking outfit and club the off shoulder style with this. The result? You’ve taken your LBD’s sexiness up a notch. Just wear the off shoulder LBD, color block it with red peep toes and a clutch, and strut around looking hot.

2. Playsuit/Romper

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Playsuits and rompers have all been there forever now. So, yes, you guessed it right, throw in the off shoulder style here and make it interesting and fun. Simple tweaks like these are all you need to rekindle your love for outfits you think you have outgrown.

3. Off Shoulder Shirt

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Off shoulder shirts are ubiquitous, and we are glad that they are. They spruce up your style quotient and look even better when styled with shorts, denim skirts or jeans.

4. Red Floral Off Shoulder Dress

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Short, floral, and off shoulder – a combination to die for! I don’t know about you, but it’s begging me to wear it this summer. Throw in a casual pair of shoes and a sling bag – your stylish shopping outfit is ready.

5. Off Shoulder Evening Dress

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Movie or dinner date? Inch away from the cliched LBD and choose this yellow off shoulder dress with the thick waist belt that cinches at the waist. Match this with a pair of black pumps and a statement clutch, and get ready to sweep your date off his feet.

6. Off The Shoulder Bikini

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Bikini with off shoulder sleeves? Why not? It’s uber cute and utterly chic. Make your beach vacations fancier and fun in this beach wear. Don’t forget to throw in a fedora too!

7. Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses and off shoulders are synonymous. Be it black, floral, printed, plain, straight cut or slits, you can wear a maxi dress in a million ways without ever getting bored of the off shoulder style. Come spring, pair it with a pair of nude ankle-length boots and statement jewelry – and you are all set to kill it in style.

8. Bridal Dress With Off Shoulder Sleeves

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If you think strapless bridal dresses are boring, try the off shoulder sleeves. These will make your dress look dreamy, stylish, and sophisticated. Off shoulders enhance your style instantly, so another way to incorporate the sweetheart neckline is to add a sheer illusion of off shoulder sleeves. You get to go bare neck or flaunt your neck piece in this style.

9. Off Shoulder Crop Top

Crop top – check; off shoulder – check. Nothing can get better than this off shoulder crop top because we can never get enough of either style. It goes best with long or maxi skirts. You could also use this as a layer or even as a blouse for a saree.

[ Read: 20 Different Ways Of Styling Your Crop Top ]

10. Off Shoulder Jumpsuit


Ok, before you roll your eyes and tell me that jumpsuits are done and dusted, let me tell you something. Jumpsuits are very much in and even back on the runways, plus jumpsuits in off shoulders style are so in. You need minimal or no accessories at all. Just a pair of pumps if you are headed to a party or casual shoes if you want to feel comfortable. Either way, this will be fun.

[ Read: 15 Latest Jumpsuits That Prove That They Are For Everyone ]

11. Off Shoulder Lehenga

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The best part about off shoulder blouses is that you can mix and match them with more than one outfit. They look great with or without the dupatta. Another interesting option is to try the off shoulder cape top to take it to the next level.

Also, off shoulder saree blouses are the new fad. Get one stitched or just use your plain off shoulder top and make do for a blouse. It’s funky, fun, and boho-chic.

12. Maxi Skirt With An Off Shoulder Top

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As we just discussed, maxi skirts with off shoulder tops are in, and nothing can beat this style. A plain skirt with printed/striped off shoulders or the other way round will work just as perfectly. Matching sets or a monochrome look with an off shoulder top and maxi skirt is dapper too.

There is so much you can with off shoulders – you can never run out options. You just have to be smart about wearing them. And the best part about them is that they suit all body types. Don’t shy away from trying this style, and if you already love it, let us know what your favorite off shoulder outfit is. Keep shining!

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of a bra do you need to wear for off shoulder dresses?

As a general rule of thumb, you need to wear a strapless bra for obvious reasons. Your entire chest and back area will be bare, so unless you are okay with the straps showing, go with strapless, stick-on or bandeau bras.

Will off shoulder sleeves look nice for wedding dresses and sarees?

Off shoulders on wedding dresses are the next big thing. So yes, it is cool to flaunt them. Also, sarees and lehengas with off shoulders are in vogue, so don’t think twice and go for it.

Do off shoulder sleeves suit all body types?

Off shoulder tops keep the upper portion of the upper body bare, so some may feel awkward while trying to pull this style off. But they look great with any body type and are also an interesting way to steer attention from any unflattering places. If you are still unsure, go for the cold shoulder style. It’s very similar, yet not so out there.

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After working in Marketing and Business Development for a few years, Pratima Ati jumped ship to pursue two things she loved – fashion and writing. She’s now a full-time Fashion & Lifestyle writer and has never looked back ever since. She sleeps early, reads often, and when she can't, she finally gives a closure to all the characters living in her drafts. Sometimes, they pass off as poetry too! That, and her training in Indian classical music and playing (learning) the veena keep her sane, civil, and bearable.