This time around on Work it Wednesday I am showing two ways to style an off the shoulder embroidered top. As a woman well into my 40’s I find myself asking, “Can I really wear this, And Where?”
Honestly, I am not seeing a lot of off the shoulder tops out in my regular day to day life beyond trendy teenagers, yet they permeate my fashion feed. I have to admit I am having a bit more fun trying this season’s hottest trend more than I thought I would initially, as this is the third off the shoulder piece I have added to my closet this summer. However, I must say when I was browsing around making my selection, I intentionally chose an item I felt I could style in multiple ways beyond the expected and would also work with my wardrobe well. So here we have this fabulous embroidered cream and black peplum top with the prettiest of sleeves and incredibly lightweight fabric perfect for the heat.
My first take on this top was a casual boho look for the weekend while running errands. Y’all, I live in a smallish southern town and the folks at Lowes and my local grocery probably didn’t know what hit them! I felt pretty and that’s all that really matters to me. Besides, I am a Fashion Blogger and I like taking style risks and enjoying what I wear. I’m fairly sure the first time I wore a tulle skirt or a bold pattern mix out in public I felt out of place, but I certainly loved the positive compliments. I liked how this worked with my fave flare jeans and platform wedges. I enjoyed the slightly sexy vibe of this entire look, while still staying completely covered.
Jeans – Rock & Republic – Newer Version|
For my second take on this top I decided to go with a work mix to show how an off the shoulder top can work for the office. In this case I wore it with slim pants, a blazer, and pumps. The top offered its wonderful embroidered details and peplum for extra visual interest to perk up what could be considered a plain corporate look. I also showcased how it can be worn on the shoulders without the jacket and still be office appropriate. Fair warning – while this particular top can still be worn on the shoulders, it will be shorter at the waistline than when pulled off the shoulder.
Blazer – Liz Claiborne, JCPenney
Pants – Gap “Slim City”
So there you have it – two (or maybe three, depending on how you look at it) ways women over 40 can truly incorporate an off the shoulder top into your everyday life realistically. I always think it is worth taking a chance on new trends to see how you can make them work for your everyday life, as well as taking a step outside your norm for unexpected fun!