Dreading shedding the sleeves and tights? Ease yourself into skin-baring season with spring’s cold shoulder trend…

Just as we were coming to terms with removing the black tights and cosy knits we’ve been surgically attached to since late September, the weather goes and throws us a most unwelcome curve-ball. No sooner had we exfoliated from head-to-toe and broken out the gradual tan before the temperatures plummeted, leaving us in a bit of a wardrobe pickle.


So, what to do when fashion-land has skipped ahead to high summer but you’re still shivering? Get your shoulders out, that’s what. Approved by the catwalks and loved by celebs including Christine Lampard, Lisa Snowdon, Lucy Mecklenburgh and Diane Kruger, dresses and tops with cut-out shoulders provide an on-trend – and less daunting – way to show a little skin, even when temperatures are far from tropical.


There are myriad ways to work the trend too, from knitwear (perfect for right now) to statement tops and gorgeous dresses, and the real beauty of the cold shoulder is that it suits everyone. Think about it, have you ever heard anyone declare, “I hate my shoulders” in the same way they might bemoan their arms or tum? Exactly – shoulders are a seriously sexy body part to show off.


The fact you’re baring skin doesn’t mean cold shoulder styles should be saved for after dark. Take your wardrobe cue from Christine Lampard, who paired our grey cold shoulder knit – currently a steal in the sale FYI – with blush pink slouchy trousers, or Lisa Snowdon, who styled her top with chic black trousers. Our mango-hued cold shoulder blouse looks amazing clashed with our wide-leg cobalt trousers, while our chic black strappy top combines cold shoulders with a Bardot neckline to score a trend double whammy.

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On the dress front, we’ve got everything from delicate ruffled floral cold shoulders to a statement LBD and stand-out cobalt style that shows a subtle flash of shoulder. Whether you’ve got a summer wedding, are heading to the races or off on holiday, a cold shoulder frock is a fast-track to best-dressed guest status.

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