The past few years have seen the off-the-shoulder trend go from a throwback look reserved mostly for theme parties to a style so prevalent it's almost harder to find a top that doesn't reveal a good foot of clavicle. But while it may have reached fever pitch in the past few seasons, spurring sales at retailers across the UK and even making its way into outerwear for autumn, it hasn't shown signs of slowing down quite yet.
For spring and summer, celebrities have been opting for some less-expected twists on the trend, from open-back versions to slouchy shirting. And for real off-the-shoulder devotees, you'll be pleased to know there are styles that are suited for a trip to the beach, and others that will have you covered for all your warm-weather weddings.
Below, shop five new and improved takes on the OTS look—and see how celebrities like Alexa Chung and Gigi Hadid are wearing them now.
These tops have all the louche appeal of wearing a men's shirt buttoned up part-way—without the effort of keeping it in place all day.
On Gigi Hadid: Adam Selman dress and shorts; Tony Blanco boots; Jennifer Fisher Classic Round Hoops (£215).
Who: Chrissy Teigen.
Yup, it was inevitable: the off-the-shoulder trend is about to take over a beach near you.
Backless Off-the-Shoulder Tops
Having an off-the-shoulder top with an exposed back is a feat of engineering—but fortunately, a few brands have figured it out.
On Jasmine Tookes: Misha Collection Mila Top (£180).
Long-Sleeve Off-the-Shoulder Crop Tops
Ultra-popular among Victoria's Secret models and Instagram stars, you can think of this look as basically a bandeau with sleeves. The Are You Am I versions, in particular, were just about everywhere at Coachella.
On Romee Strijd: Are You Am I Minka Long Sleeve Top (£93); Chanel bag.
Who: Romee Strijd.
This item is currently sold out but you can still pre-order it.
Off-the-Shoulder Evening Dresses
Capitalise on the romantic vibe of bare shoulders for your next formal affair.
On Alexa Chung: Loewe gown.
On Zoë Kravitz: Vera Wang dress; Sophia Webster Rosalind Crystal-Heel Satin Sandals (£395).