Off Shoulder Shirt

off the shoulder topI really like the off-the-shoulder trend, but for some reason I was not able to find an off the shoulder top that worked for me. I had decided that I needed one even as the snow was still melting, but was not able to find one that suited me until a few weeks ago. It was beginning to look like I would have to pass on the trend this summer and had all but given up on the whole quest.

Gingham off the shoulder top

summer style off the shoulder gingham top

As a working mother, I don’t find myself with a lot of time to shop, and I do most of my shopping online. I must have ordered and returned 4-5 different off the shoulder tops. I tried white ones and chambray ones (I love chambray, and it broke my heart that I couldn’t make them work), but alas I had to return all of them. And then, one day, as I was making my way out of Target, this gingham off the shoulder top caught my eye. I checked the label, and it was cotton (because if you’ve read my other posts, you’ll know that I have an aversion for non-cotton materials, especially rayon). I was in a hurry, so I bought it without trying it on. It was gingham, after all. How could it not be good?

I was so delighted when I finally tried it on. It was perfect. The fit was perfect. It was the right balance between balloon-y and fitted (some of the other tops I tried skewed one way or the other in the most unflattering way). And, most importantly, the sleeves did not ride up as I moved my arms. That, if you’ve ever tried wearing an off the shoulder top in real life, is quite the achievement. So, hurray (!), I found my gingham (!) off the shoulder top.

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gingham off the shoulder shirt

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Get the Off The Shoulder Look:

MOSSIMO/TARGET gingham off the shoulder top (similar) and a few more cute cotton ones (non-gingham) here and here; black shorts (old) (similar); MADEWELL laceup sandals (on sale!)

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