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We can't get enough of this summer's off-the-shoulder tops and dresses—and the subtly sexy trend is surprisingly easy to wear! For inspiration, click through for 15 fun ways to get the look, all gleaned from some of our favorite fashion insiders—and to shop some stunning off-the-shoulder items, too.
1. Make like a sexy sailor.
Splashed with nautical stripes and tempered by skinny denim, this Rosie Assoulin stunner is like your favorite Breton shirt on steroids. Click through to shop the look.
2. Opt for a twist on your favorite tea dress.
A dainty floral number looks even sweeter with a little extra shoulder showing. Click through to shop the look.
3. Get normcore with it.
Teamed with vintage "mom jeans" and '80s-style snow-white sneakers, an off-the-shoulder top quickly becomes less overtly sexy. Click through to shop the look.
4. Go bold with shout-out-loud accessories.
Between this top's marigold hue, the matching (embellished!) flats, the statement necklace and that eye-catching oversized clutch, this is a lot of look—yet somehow it all works. The simple makeup look, beachy braided chignon and absence of heels probably have something to do with that. Click through to shop the look.
5. Embrace embroidery.
Pretty white stitching adds a beautifully bohemian touch to this smocked LBD. Click through to shop the look.
6. Balance feminine with masculine.
Teamed with a '70s-style floppy fedora and wide-leg trousers in a mannish fabric, a sheer OTS top looks almost office-ready. (Throw a cami underneath if you really want to try this look for work, though!) Click through to shop the look.
7. Double up on texture.
From far away, this outfit almost appears to be a matching two-piece set; up close, the blouse's white lace plays off the shorts' quilted finish wonderfully. Click through to shop the look.
8. Try one with jorts for an end-of-summer music festival.
Adding a pair of moto boots into the mix keeps things from feeling too Woodstock-ish. Click through to shop the look.
9. Add instant edge with leather.
Off-the-shoulder tops are inherently boho; if you're looking to avoid flower child comparisons, however, wearing something in black leather on bottom should work nicely. Click through to shop the look.
10. Use it to sex up a midi skirt and flats.
Normally, we'd caution against pairing a tea-length skirt with ballet flats—it can often look matronly. With a little décolletage on display, however, it's less schoolmarm and more whoa, mama. Click through to shop the look.
11. Create one long, lean line.
By going monochromatic from head to toe and showing off your shoulders, you'll instantly look inches taller. Click through to shop the look.
12. Go red for date night.
The only possible way to make an LRD more seductive? By picking a short, flippy version with bare shoulders, of course. Click through to shop the look.
13. Try a flirty take on mixed prints.
For double the pop, pair a clavicle-framing top in a peppy print with a flowing skirt in a contrasting one. Florals and dots are a great place to start! Click through to shop the look.
14. Show off the tiniest sliver of midriff.
Remember—you're already baring a fair amount of décolletage, so no need to go crazy here. Click through to shop the look.
15. If you dare, experiment with a maxi.
There are few looks as dramatic as a floor-length off-the-shoulder dress, but the look can easily become costumey. A few tricks to pulling it off: go for one in a solid color rather than a busy print, avoid jewelry (unless it's super-dainty), skip the over-the-top accessories and choose flat sandals instead of heels. That way, the dress can do all the talking—and you won't be mistaken for a lost flamenco dancer. Click through to shop the look.