OMG I love a one-shoulder. I am so happy it’s back on-trend (yes, I know… simple things!!) Whether it be a top, dress, or jumpsuit.. there’s something about this look that, to me, screams PAAARTAY!
This is the outfit to be saved for the ‘out out’ occasion; where disco lights, champagne, late cabs and hangovers are the norm.
The one-shoulder exposé has been around for centuries, from the Greek goddesses to 50s debutantes. But I most associate this look with the hedonistic, late 70s, party crowd. Images of Bianca Jagger sashaying into Studio 54 spring to mind… I would so love to have been a part of that era!
I have been a long-time fan of the asymmetric, one-shoulder look. I haven’t purchased anything new this season as I have several, beloved items of old, languishing in the depths of my wardrobe. All are black which, in my opinion, is the best colour for this look as the silhouette is a statement in itself, no further distraction required.
There’s the J.Crew dress I wore on my hen night (very similar to the Next dress I have selected further down), which, (thanks to 5.2 and yoga) made a reappearance in Brighton earlier this year; an 80s style, one-shoulder jumpsuit purchased a few years ago from Reiss which may come out to play this New Year’s Eve; and the simple AllSaints, knitted dress in the picture below.
What appeals to me is the simplicity and the clean line that a one-shoulder piece provides. I would personally avoid accessories that detract from the asymmetrical shape and the exposed collarbone. So no necklaces, just statement ear-rings.
If you find the look a bit too full-on or simply don’t have the occasion to wear it, then perhaps consider purchasing a top to wear with your favourite jeans. It’s a great look for a dinner or drinks party.
For a more formal, perhaps corporate occasion, a simple, one-shoulder top looks classy and classic tucked into a pleated or prom skirt, or with wide-legged trousers.
The one-shoulder jumpsuit has got to be my all-time favourite party look, it just oozes laid-back-glamour appeal!
Admittedly, the one-shoulder look isn’t going to appeal to everyone. You’ll need to feel confident about your arms (or at least one of them, if you’re going for full sleeve!!) I wholeheartedly recommend yoga for arm toning (I’ll be writing more in the New Year about my love of yoga.) Mr Club Forty, on the other hand, swears by arm dips to tackle any bingo wings☺
So what are your thoughts? Do you share my love for the one-shoulder? As always, I’d love to hear from you..
Thanks for reading!