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Classic vs. Trendy: Cold Shoulder Tops

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With the exception of a few sorority t-shirts for memory purposes and my Oneonta State sweatpants that are the softest I own, there aren’t too many articles of clothing from my college years that were either worth holding onto or appropriate for…life.

In the years following graduation, I weeded through the Rubbermaid bins temporarily stored in my parents’ basement, packed to the brim with once-trendy clothing, and realized that most of my wardrobe was exactly that… temporary (more on that here). They were cute at the time and filled a purpose in college (never wear the same outfit out twice) but were otherwise useless to my post-graduate, non-frat-party-attending, career-seeking self. I did hang on to a few items, including a favorite gray, off-the-shoulder blouse from my junior year, and it wasn’t until I found a hole in it last summer that we finally had to say our goodbyes.

As I’ve mentioned many times in the past, I personally try to invest in classic pieces and spend less money on trendy items. However, as I’ve really thought about what “classic” and “trendy” mean, I now believe those terms are fairly relative. To me, classic pieces are items of clothing that serve as staples in a wardrobe and will be worn for years to come (i.e., a good pair of dark-wash, fitted jeans, a white blouse, a leather jacket, a nice bag, etc.). Trendier pieces are fun items that are in style for a season or two and are just as quickly deemed “outdated” (i.e., sparkly tube tops, low-cut pants, metallic braided belts, and anything else that took up space in my college closet). Since starting this blog, I have begun to realize that just because an item is trendy to me, doesn’t mean that it isn’t classic to you or something that won’t be worn for years to come, much like my gray, off-the-shoulder top.

Being I’m not Anna Wintour (sigh) with the entire fashion world analyzing how I dress, I find the best rule of thumb is to wear what I feel good in. Having this mentality allows me to really utilize my wardrobe and feel confident in whatever I put on, whether it’s a top from 2007 or one off the rack in 2016. Needless to say, I was so excited to see cold-shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops back in stores this year (cue Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One”). I think that they’re so feminine and flattering without showing too much skin which at 30 (all about that recent milestone here) is exactly the look I’m going for.

I purchased the cold-shoulder top that I’m wearing from Forever 21 a few months ago and although I can’t find it online, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites below. I really love this one and it comes in so many colors. This one is pretty inexpensive and looks amazing with distressed denim and this one is absolute perfection if you ask me! What do you think– are you on board with this “trend”?

Classic and Gray Post Signature

Top [Forever 21, similar here and here]  Jeans [Joe’s]  Bag [Henri Bendel– 50% off!]  Shoes [Vince Camuto, love these]  Sunnies [Loft, save or splurge]  Watch [Michele, case and band]

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6 Comments

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    toby knopfler
    June 29, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    i am so in love with that top! you look beautiful

    • Reply
      Michele
      June 29, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      Thank you so much Toby! It was $19.80 I believe…such a steal! Hope you’re doing well and thanks for stopping in xoxo

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    Kristen
    June 29, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I am super excited the off-the-shoulder tops are back in as well! I purchased a few inexpensive ones to wear for the summer! Looking gorge!!

    xoxo, Kristen
    http://www.suburbanreno.com

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      Michele
      June 29, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Right?! I think they’re universally flattering on everyone and I just love them! Thanks so much for the sweet comments girl xo

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    Lauren Mancuso
    June 30, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Love this post! I am SO excited about cold shoulder tops making their comeback (and don’t love the one I got from Anthro, so I’ll have to check out these options). This style never really went away for me, even when my friends told me it did, because I always thought they looked cute and felt confident in one! I may even still have that dusty rose cold shoulder top that I borrowed from you to make my 9th grade entrance from middle school and never returned…

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      Michele
      June 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you Sista! You definitely have the more toned shoulders out of the two of us so this style would look great on you. Check out the Topshop one I linked in that I mentioned comes in a bunch of colors (it’s so simple and pretty) and the Aqua one that I said is my favorite. I know how you love lace. Any you wear looks good on you so you should always feel confident 🙂 A dusty rose cold shoulder top? I didn’t even know it was missing (I’m sure that’s exactly what you always hope I say) but it sounds like it’d be perfect for me now!

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