The 2017 take on this shoulder-revealing look is my favourite so far The cold-shoulder top is the summer trend that point-blank refuses to die. The world has been in geopolitical turmoil for a whole year, yet this shoulder-revealing top has not faltered for one moment in its quest for domination. Frilly, milkmaid-ish, white lace versions commanded last year’s holiday wardrobes; sultry, slinky ones monopolised Christmas party wear. The 2017 update is the spec I like the best so far: this summer’s version is a crisp shirt with shoulders exposed. This is progress, because until now daytime iterations of the look have flirted with a bucolic, daisy-chain vibe which, while adorable, is wearable only on the one Saturday in the year when it’s your goddaughter’s first birthday party in the park. And even then it works only if it’s hot and sunny, because most cold-shoulder tops are hopelessly uncomfortable if you wear a jacket on top.
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