How to Pull Off an Off-the-Shoulder Top

A guide to wearing summer’s trickiest trend.


Find the Right Underpinnings.

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A strapless bra is a no-brainer—and if you’re on the bustier side, it’s also a necessity—but if you can, opt for reusable cover-ups instead. That way you won’t have to worry about constantly readjusting both your strapless bra and your strapless neckline. (We love that Bristols Six makes them in two different sizes and a range of skin tones).

To buy: Bristols Six Nippies, $18;


Try Cut-Outs Instead.

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Not sure if going completely cold-shouldered is for you? Test the waters with a top that has cut-outs rather than an entirely off-the-shoulder neckline. It’s an option that is equally as on-point, will allow you to wear your favorite bra, and will stay easily in place—no tugging involved. That’s a win-win-win.

To buy: Cooper & Ella “Ava” top, $125;


Dare to Bare.

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If you’re a sartorial risk-taker, try a twist on the trend that combines convenience and style: Pick a bra with pretty, embellished straps in a color that contrasts or complements your top, and let them act as an accessory to your ensemble.

To buy: Chantelle “Vendome” t-shirt bra, $53;