The Cold Shoulder

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When the going gets hot, the hot get to stripping — layers that is. No one likes to be buttoned up once sweltering temps hit and the mode du jour turns all things easy breezy. Nothing lets you feel the wind beneath your wings quite like a little off-the-shoulder action. And, your favorite brands are set on making it happen with senorita-esque silhouettes at every turn.

A subtle way to go a little sultry, the flash of the shoulders could easily fall into the classy category of how to show some skin. Where plunging, retro necklines and bras as crop tops are on every young style enthusiast from here to Timbuktu, a slip of the shoulder seems like the elegant — and grown-up — way to show off your summer tan.

When you say off-shoulder, you’re immediately taken to Brigitte Bardot’s flirty je ne sais quois, French grace and the easygoing spirit of the ’60s and ’70s. Breton stripes, lace and ruffles have all had their moment, and there’s a reason they keep coming back with a vengeance. Frankly speaking, they’re flattering. You don’t have to have the best arms to relax in off the shoulder tops…most versions feature some flounce or fabric to be ultra-forgiving.

For nearly any event over the course of the summer–Casual Friday, Labor Day Weekend, sunset nuptials — give ’em the cold shoulder and shine day or night.

Off the Shoulder Swimwear

Arizona Off-the-Shoulder Swim Crop Top & Hipster Bottoms, JCPenney

Black Sunflower Print Off Shoulder Top & High Waist Bottom, Choices

White Black Off Shoulder Ruffle Two Tone One Piece Swimsuit, Lolli Couture

Bare it on the beach with bikinis and one-piece stunners that eliminate tan lines around the neck. These retro-tinged suits from Arizona and sexy little ruffle numbers of Lolli Couture allows any beach bunny to go tieless.

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