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The Best Off-the-Shoulder Tops of the Season

Off-the-shoulder tops. Friends, we are witnessing a trend with staying power. When off-the-shoulder tops were first spotted on the street style trendsetters two years ago, or even when they popped up on everyone last year, some still contended the trend was fleeting.

However, the popularity of off-the-shoulder tops again this season is proving to us all that the trend is here to stay for a while – and for good reason! Last year, I gave you 3 good reasons to try the trend.

  1. The trend is flattering on all.
  2. It is sexy in a subtle and classy way.
  3. It will transition perfectly from spring to summer.

If you need any more convincing, Fashionista, Glamour, and StyleCaster all named it one of the top wearable trends for spring from the Spring 2016 runways.

Rather than try to convince you further of your need to add one of these to your closet this season, I’d like to focus on giving you options at every price point. I’ve rounded up over 70 off-the-shoulder tops that I love this season. To make browsing easier for you, please allow me to segregate them by price-point. Recognizing that everyone’s shopping budget is different, I will give them names based solely on their relative price-point: “steal” indicates a price less than $150, “sensible” equates to a price point between $150 and $500, and anything over $500 is considered a splurge here.

Take a gander through each category, and let me know your favorites. I’d love to hear! As always, details of my look can be found at the bottom of this article.

Off-the-Shoulder Tops : Steals

Off-the-Shoulder Tops : Sensible Selections

Off-the-Shoulder Tops : Splurges

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Final Notes

A few things I’d like to which I’d like to draw your attention today…

  1. Curated by Carrie : Be sure to regularly take note of this section on the bottom half of homepage. “Curated by Carrie” is a small selection of my very favorite finds, updated weekly.
  2. Wear + Where + Well Boutique : Then, for an even larger selection, be sure to check out the boutique. This page is continually updated with 100 of my favorite finds.
  3. Wear + Where + Well Facebook page : If you’re not already following us on Facebook, I’d really appreciate you doing so!
  4. Wear + Where + Well newsletter : At the beginning of May, we will be launching an email newsletter with exclusive content. If you haven’t already, please consider signing up. Sign up box is located on the bottom half of the homepage.
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Thanks so much for being a part of the community here. Have a great week!

Photos by Maritere Rice at the new #sugarandclothcolorwall in Houston. Read more about the wall here. We are so thrilled to have the huge happy wall in Houston! Big thanks to Ashley and Jared at Sugar & Cloth.

Details of My Look

Caroline Constas Lou off-the-shoulder top | Rag & Bone distressed skinny jeans | Fendi cat eye sunglasses | Elena Ghisellini bag (coming soon; similar on sale here) | Christian Louboutin marbled Pigalle heels (sold out; also love these and these) | Dannijo Cielo ChokerDior lipstick | OPI nail polish


  1. Sydney says:

    What a great read, thanks Carrie!:) I have been looking at off the shoulder tops for a few days and I think I finally need to press buy! I really like some of the great patterns in these tops, could be a good way to bring patterns back into my closet! Of course your photos and your outfit are beautiful!<3 I want to come to Houston so badly to use that incredible wall! I really wish Vancouver could create some beautiful are like that! I hope your having a great Monday!!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Sydney! Yes – check them out… There are some great bargains! Definitely something that will be on repeat through the warm months.

  2. Sheri says:

    I’m with Sydney…I wish Vancouver would create some great walls like this.

    The tops are pretty! Not sure if I would do the off the shoulder look as I like to wear a bra (mostly to give my small size some shape), so not too sure if I’d feel comfortable without one, or even a strapless one.

    Thanks for the fun post.


    1. Carrie says:

      Hi Sheri – yes, we are so glad to have this wall in particular in Houston! So many colorful options on this one wall.

      I used to struggle with that issue with off-the-shoulder tops too. I finally found a strapless bra that is relatively comfortable on me. Plus, I look for off the shoulder tops with a big thick elastic band to keep it secure, plus a nice quality fabric with some thickness to it.

      Thanks as always for reading and commenting. 🙂

  3. Anastasia says:

    Caroline Constas ones happen to be the ones I like the most, hehe! Adore their slightly undressed vibe they give.

    And yeah, it’s incredible how popular this trend is becoming! I do feel like trends are in a way a thing of the past, but in this case – they’re literally everywhere! I’ve been reviewing the “trends” at the World Figure Skating Championships a few weeks ago, and even there you could spot a few skaters rocking the off-the-shoulder dresses (Gabriella Papadakis looked stunning!).


    1. Carrie says:

      Anastasia – no surprise, I agree wholeheartedly with you. Caroline Constas makes the best off-the-shoulder pieces. From a practical standpoint, I love how secure they stay, while the elastic is not too tight. Just perfect.

      Oh I’ll have to check out the skating looks! Thanks for the tip.

  4. I have a question. I have a large breast. And if like very much off the shoulder tops, I have the feeling it exaggerates the … Volume. A particular shape to recommend, to prevent this ?

    1. Carrie says:

      Good question! I don’t have that issue, but can certainly understand the predicament. Even being smaller, I feel a little overexposed in some off-the-shoulder tops. I also feel like some of them aren’t going to stay in place.

      So I personally like and would recommend styles like the one I’m wearing — with a thicker elastic band that will keep it nice and secure, and then a shape that floats away from the body.

      In my opinion, Caroline Constas (http://bit.ly/1VhyJaJ) does the best job with this particular style.

  5. Jyotsna says:

    I cant get enough of the OTS trend either! Love the one you are wearing, so pretty! x

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank ya, chica! Xo

  6. Jennifer says:

    You are fabulous, Carrie! Love these photos and totally a fan of the off the shoulder trend! Love this one on you and your picks are great too! Hope you had a great day!

    xo, Jennifer

    1. Carrie says:

      That’s so nice! Thank you, Jennifer.

  7. Bella B says:

    I am obsessed with off the shoulder top right now I have bought so many!!! I duffs need to get one with pattern like your in your picture. you look so gorgeous carrie!!! I should really come visit you!!! I have so much free time on my hands now!

    Sending love

    1. Carrie says:

      You should come visit! Email me, Bella. I’m sure we can work something out. Hugs –

  8. molly says:

    Such a great post! I’m obsessed with off-the-shoulder 🙂


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Molly!

  9. Erica says:

    What an awesome Round-up!!!! I’ve been on an obsessive search to find the perfect off the shoulder top and now you have just did all the work for me! Thanks!!!

    xx Erica

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much for saying that, Erica! There are several specific ones that I think would look fabulous on you! Can’t wait to see how you wear one.

  10. Laura says:

    Love the embroidered paisley on your off the shoulder top! So beautiful!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Laura! Isn’t the embroidery a beautiful touch? It’s so well done.

  11. Jane says:

    Can’t get enough of these OTS tops!

    1. Carrie says:

      They look so good on you, Jane! Thanks so much.

  12. Amazing, you are looking so elegant in this style!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Pauline!

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