One of the biggest trends we’ve been seeing over the last couple of months in the shops, on blogs and all over Instagram is the ‘off the shoulder’ trend. Lately we’ve been finding so many amazing jumpsuits, playsuits, tops and dresses and they’re all off the shoulder. This bardot trend is everywhere so it’s clearly one that a lot of people have been loving! It is a trend that has taken the stores by storm but unfortunately for us, we aren’t too keen. Yes we do know it’s probably an incredibly unpopular opinion but we do have our reasons so stick around and let us explain!
As pretty as the off the shoulder trend is, there are a variety of reasons we just can’t get on board. It’s not like we haven’t tried to fall in love with this trend, there are just a few factors that are holding us back.
YOU ‘NEED’ TO WEAR A STRAPLESS BRA
As two individuals who absolutely hate strapless bras, this is the main reason for us disliking off the shoulder clothes. Sure, you can try and wear a normal bra but we feel that this takes away from the whole point of wearing something off the shoulder. We are still yet to find a style of strapless bra that is both comfortable and supportive so until we do it’s likely we’ll be avoiding all the pretty clothes! Of course you can go bra-less if you like, although we personally don’t feel confident enough to do that!
YOU CAN’T PUT YOUR ARMS UP
This probably sounds a little odd, so let us explain! From the minimal encounters we’ve had with off the shoulder clothing (tops, in particular), we’ve found that whenever you reach up the whole item of clothing goes up too. This means that instead of the top lying flat across your chest, it actually goes up over your shoulders. Due to this, you find yourself continuously pulling the item of clothing down and rearranging it, that’s too much effort for us!
THEY DRAW ATTENTION TO PARTS OF OUR BODIES WE AREN’T
This is where this post gets a little bit personal. As two people who are quite self conscious of their arms (Rachel) and shoulders (Lauren) this style of clothing probably isn’t for us. I (Lauren) have always found that where I have quite broad shoulders, anything that draws attention to them makes me feel uncomfortable and in my opinion, can often look unflattering. Due to feeling this way I obviously choose to not wear this trend, I have 1 dress that is of this style and I only really wear it at home because I am so self conscious.
WE ALWAYS GET THEM CONFUSED WITH SKIRTS
“Look at that cute skirt over the- oh wait, it has arms….” As our blogger friend Paris reminded us, off the shoulder tops often look like skirts from a distance, which is incredibly annoying when you think you’ve found the perfect skirt then you pick it up to find the arms floating around. Look at them, just sitting there looking all pretty waiting to troll you!! Not cool!
OFF THE SHOULDER IS EVERYWHERE
As we’ve already said, this trend is everywhere and that is something we have been a little frustrated about. Every nice item of clothing we have found has been off the shoulder and it seems as if there is no other style of clothing out. Don’t get us wrong, it looks amazing on everyone we’ve seen wearing it but it can be annoying when you can’t find anything other than bardot tops, dresses etc!
Obviously if you guys are loving the off the shoulder trend then that’s perfectly okay! Everyone we’ve seen wearing it looks lovely and we just wish that we could pull it off and feel comfortable and confident ourselves! Can you relate to any of the points we’ve made? If you’re somebody who can’t get enough of the trend then maybe you could give us some tips on how we could try to fall in love with it too!