How to wear off-the-shoulder when you’re older
As most of us tend to be more covered up as we get older, it’s pleasing when fashion throws up an age-defying style that offers us a chic way to reveal some flesh and make the most of the latest erogenous zone. Off-the-shoulder tops are having an oh-so-democratic fashion moment and I for one will be showing some shoulder (just as soon as I sort out a new strapless bra). Sarah Rutson, vice-president of global buying at Net-a-Porter is another fan. “As someone who is themselves hurtling towards 50, I love off-the-shoulder,” she says. “It’s elegant and it doesn’t age. No one has bad shoulders.”
Dorrie Jacobson, 81, from Senior Style Bible agrees,’I personally love anything that flashes a bit of shoulder.’ Jacobson says the challenge, as the years pass, is ‘how to dress in an alluring way that is still subtle, tasteful and sophisticated’ and, for her, shoulders are the answer: ‘Regardless of age or body type, all women have gorgeous shoulders, and should flaunt them.’
I’ve written about off-the-shoulder styles for the Guardian but my main tip is: don’t be fazed by fashion, or those silly you can/you can’t rules. Simply wear an off-the shoulder top like a regular shirt or sweater; with a pencil skirt, cropped and wide leg trousers or culottes. Add a pair of statement earrings and shimmy.
Favourite off-the shoulder styles include Hope Fashion’s merino and cashmere sweater, Baukjen’s classic jersey Bardot style (available HERE), Tibi’s ivory crepe (available HERE) and navy broderie anglaise (available HERE).
Will you be showing some shoulder?