Flawless Ways to Master This Summer's Off-the-Shoulder Trend

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We've always loved bare shoulders for summer's relentless heat - but this summer, showing your shoulders is taking on a whole new meaning. Fashionistas are setting aside their tank tops in favor of dramatic, off-the-shoulder tops that give off that relaxed, trying-but-not-really-trying vibe. While the trend can be intimidating at first, (especially if the last time you wore the look was for that French maid Halloween costume a few years ago *shudders*) once you figure out how to rock it, it'll become your favorite go-to look for summer's scorching weather.

1. Paired with shorts

One way to make your off-the-shoulder look read more high fashion than Halloween costume is to pick a top in an unexpected fabric, like chambray ($49.90, Zara). To add some edge, leather shorts ($16, Boohoo) and a statement ear cuff ($34, Bauble Bar) are perfect. Let's be real: Is there any more on-trend shoe right now than the flat slide sandal ($19.94, DSW)? We think not. Finish off the look with a leopard clutch ($14.99, Maykool) - the perfect touch for bringing just the right amount of classic and timeless to a trendy look.

2. With a skirt

Shoulder-baring tops are a major part of the '70s revival happening this summer - you'll rarely find one without the other! To put a retro spin on your off-the-shoulder top, pair a floaty, goes-with-everything top ($19.83, Romwe) with a chevron-patterned skirt ($68, Topshop) that screams '70s in the chicest way possible. For shoes, try a typical dressed-up heel with a boho twist - fringe ($39.99, Zara)! Retro is best paired with sleek accessories to keep the look in this decade - a sleek, faux croc chain bag ($19.98, Aldo) and a simple knot bracelet ($25, Banana Republic) would be safe bets here.

3. Wear it as a dress

Off-the-shoulder doesn't have to mean ruffles and a super voluminous outfit - and this sleek almost-shirtdress ($69, Pixie Market) is proof. The dress's chilled-out vibes are perfect for long summer days, so keep the rest of your look laid-back with chunky wood-soled platforms ($100, River Island) and a no-frills crossbody ($45, Macy's). You'll want chic sun protection: Mirrored sunnies ($14.99, Mango) and a straw fedora ($12.90, Windsor) are the answer.

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