THREE NEW NECKLINES TO KNOW
Cold-shoulder, one shoulder or Bardot – which new neckline trend will you work?
Naomi Harris wearing a one-shoulder ruffle top, left, and our one shoulder ruffle top, £29.
Currently enjoying a major revival after a bit of a hiatus from the style scene – you’ve got Yves Saint Laurent to thank for that – the one-shoulder is officially back. And it’s even more covetable if you add in a ruffle (another huge summer trend) like Naomie Harris. In super-soft jersey, our easy to wear black jersey number will take you from day to night – it looks good with everything from relaxed denim to a statement skirt. N.B. investing in a good strapless bra is non-negotiable.
Channel Anne Hathaway this summer with our frill hem Bardot dress, £59.
Not only are Bardot – or off-the-shoulder necklines – totally flattering, there’s something about wearing one that instantly makes you stand taller, with your shoulders back. Seriously, who needs Pilates? Improved posture aside, Bardot tops showcase the sexiest of areas – the collarbone, shoulders and back. Close-fitting Bardot’s – like our frilled black top, below – are perfect for pairing with summers full skirts and wide-leg trousers, while a looser style top is great with jeans. Bardot dresses meanwhile, can be worn 24/7 – with the right accessories. See how Anne Hathaway’s courts and waist-cinching belt add polish? Equally, flat sandals will dress it right down.
Subtly show some skin like Christine Lampard in a floral cold-shoulder dress, £69.
If the fast-approaching skin-baring season leaves you feeling cold (sorry, we couldn’t help it) then this is the neckline for you. A subtler take on the shoulder-showing trend, cold-shoulder designs leave just a flash of skin exposed, making them perfect for unpredictable weather days. That’ll be everyday then. If in doubt, go for a dress or top that leaves the shoulders exposed and upper arms covered – Christine Lampard’s floral cold-shoulder frock is a case in point that showing some skin can be demure.