Until recently, I’ve been a bit cool towards the bared shoulder trend at least as far as for me to wear it. I suppose there are two key reasons that I hadn’t embraced the style. The first has to do with my figure. I’m a busty gal so the multitudes of off-the-shoulder tops and dresses don’t work for me (I haven’t found strapless bras to be a viable solution). Ok then, if we were having a conversation on the matter, you might suggest that I try the cold-shoulder style which provides coverage for bra straps. I would agree that the coverage would be there but the idea of a cut out at the shoulder frankly left me cold.
So what has changed? How did I go from ‘not for me’ to ‘ya, I’ll give it a try’? It was Sheela Goh and her invitation to join in on this month’s Project Sister Act, which she started in February of 2015. She defined the series as “a little endeavor bringing together five women ranging from teens to 50s, united in showcasing that style knows no age boundary.” I said yes without asking what the theme would be. When I got her e-mail with all the details, I was a little stymied as to how I would pull it off. With nothing fitting into the bared shoulder category in my wardrobe, I set out to do some shopping and sole searching as well. Fine, whatever.
Because it’s part of my nature to do so, in preparation for this post I googled ‘shoulder’ and got some interesting results. Used as a noun, a shoulder is both a body part and an emergency stopping lane (literally and figuratively). As a verb, it can mean to push aside (perhaps even roughly), to take upon or support, or to assume a responsibility. The word shoulder is the foundation word in several idioms like cry on someone’s shoulder, put one’s shoulder to the wheel, or work shoulder to shoulder. And then, of course, there is giving someone a cold shoulder.
Project Sister Act reminds us we are not alone in our pursuits of style. As an expression of one’s personality, it doesn’t matter in which decade you were born. Style should be and can be unique to you and as sisters, we will provide you with a shoulder to cry on, urge you to put your shoulder to the wheel, and work with you shoulder to shoulder. Don’t make assumptions and give a trend the cold shoulder. With a little effort, the same motif can be stylish on any and every woman, regardless of the year she was born. Go ahead, try it, you might like it.
Right To Bare Shoulders
Challenge accepted, I needed to do some shopping (oh, darn). Fortunately, I had enough time to not be rushed in this task. I started with an on-line search and found some possibilities which I ordered but returned as they didn’t fit. After a week lost on that effort, I hit the mall (several, actually) and finally landed upon this geometric print bared shoulder top on one of those excursions. I also found two others that may pop up in future posts.
I was drawn to the top I’m wearing by the colors; I love the combination of blue and black. To me, the pattern keeps the eye moving and minimizes the appearance of any bumps and bulges which is always a plus. I can see myself wearing this top with jeans for a more casual occasion just as easily as you see me in these pictures with a high-low maxi skirt for a more dressed up look.
A Bit Of Nip And Tuck
In keeping with the message of Project Sister Act, I going to share a hidden trick I used with this top because there is one aspect of it with which I’m not thrilled. It’s a bit too long for me as many tops are prone to be on a 5’3″ woman. If you just scrolled up to look the last couple of photos, you probably think that I’m being overly critical but I assure you that I’m not. It’s just a bit of nip and tuck solved the problem.
The top doesn’t have ruching at the waist as it appears to have in the photos above. In order to shorten the top into a better length for my body, I’ve tucked a pinch of fabric into the waistband of the skirt on each side. You can see the effect of this trick in the side-by-side photos below. The ruching effect and the pattern hides the evidence. The tucking also helped to define my waist since this top doesn’t have much structure. The side tuck isn’t all that different from the front tuck that also solves the problem of the too-long top and adds personal flair to an outfit.
Without further ado, I now present this month’s fabulous style sisters. Links to their respective blogs are below each picture. Please do take a moment or two to pop over and read their Project Sister Act posts.
Teen – Eve at The World According To Eve
20’s – Veena at Knowing My Style
30’s – Ada at Elegance And Mommyhood
40’s – Sheela at Sheela Writes
50’s – little ol’ me.
This has been my second blogger collaboration (did you see the Between The Lines post?) and I’m thrilled to once again be associated with such a wonderful group of women. I hope you’ve enjoyed Project Sister Act as much as I have and if you came to my blog from one of the others, I hope that you will continue to be a regular reader.
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