one Off-the-shoulder ruffle sleeve top, five ways

I am pretty good and skipping trends when they don’t fall into the so-called “confines” of my personal style.  While I do not believe in staying away from all the trends of the moment, I do think it’s important to take a look at a trendy item and see how it fits into the rest of your wardrobe. All season I’ve tried to avoid this “fluffy sleeve” trend, but I came across this particular off the shoulder top by 1.State and thought that maybe I could make it fit into an edgy, minimalist wardrobe and still feel like myself. I haven’t done one of these five-ways posts in a long while, but here it is!

Typical outfit, with my favorite destroyed/distressed jeans:

Off the shoulder top + destroyed denimOff the shoulder top + destroyed denimAG Legging Ankle Jeans (4 year Fog) / Ann Taylor Mila Pumps (Camel) / 1.State Off the shoulder voluminous blouse (extra white) / Banana Republic Trip wrap leather bracelet / Forever21 wrap bracelet / forever21 rings / Chloe Faye Bag (black, but love it in carbon grey)

With a pair of culottes:

culottes + off the shoulder topJ.Crew Culottes (old) / Sam Edelman Amee Sandals Chloe Medium Faye Bag / Banana Republic Triple Wrap Leather bracelet / Forever21 Rings

Some petites may not like the cropped hem paired with some ankle strap heels, but I’ve never been one to worry about the ankle strap. But in case you are, here is the outfit paired with some nude heels:

culottes + off the shoulder topwith Ann Taylor Mila Pumps (Camel)

This look is a little 70’s inspired:

Off the shoulder top + wide leg jeansOff the shoulder top + wide leg jeansSam Edelman Rodney Pointy Toe Flats (Leopard) / Hudson Wide Leg Denim (very old) / Madewell Bucket Bag (newer version, love in dark cabernet) / Zara Choker (old) / Banana Republic triple wrap leather bracelet

I’ve always been obsessed with super wide-leg pants. I’m not sure what it is, but if I see a pair hanging on the rack, I’ll come running. Petites tend to shy away from a super wide-leg in fear of being shortened, but I don’t see a need to avoid them. I’m wearing them with flats, but a great way to lengthen the leg is to wear them with heels and keep the hem as long as possible.

Off the shoulder top + olive green pants + trench vestOff the shoulder top + olive green pants + trench vestOff the shoulder top + olive green pants + trench vestBabaton Trench Vest (sold out, similar) / Banana Republic Cut out wrap booties (last season) / J.Crew Martie Pant in Stretch Wool (see here in Stretch Cotton) / Apple Watch Series 2 /  3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch / Forever21 Rings

I was trying to think of a cool way to add layers, while still making it obvious that it was actually an off-the-shoulder top. I thought it would be visually interesting to add a vest, and I’m pretty happy with the look. I’m also loving the mix of a feminine blouse with an edgy shoe.

Off the shoulder top + shortsOff the shoulder top + shortsOff the shoulder top + shortsAritzia Linen Shorts (old, similar here) / Zara lace up flats (old, similar) / Chloe Medium Faye Bag / Apple Watch with Casetify Grid Straps / Forever21 Rings / Earrings (no idea, really old)

An outfit that is a bit more care-free and easy, is to pair with shorts. I did a little mullet-tuck of the top so it actually looked like I was wearing bottoms. Because really, what’s worse than looking like you aren’t wearing any pants? =)

To summarize:

five ways to wear an off the shoulder top

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Bow Blouse

The one thought that consistently pops into my head every time I do a little online shopping to update my wardrobe for this coming spring is, “Holy ruffles”. I have yet to decide if I want to partake in this trend (probably not), but at least for now, I will continue to wear the classic bow blouse. This Banana Republic version was purchased during the fall season last year and I’m quite a bit late posting about it, but is actually quite nice. It has a good amount of stretch, but it definitely runs on the small side. I went a size larger than my usual 0P, and I feel as if going up another size would still be quite comfortable without looking sloppy.

Bow Blouse + Camel Coat + Over the knee suede boots Bow Blouse + Camel Coat + Over the knee suede boots Bow Blouse + Camel Coat + Over the knee suede bootsBabaton Wool Coat / Banana Republic Bow Blouse / Paige Transcend Verdugo Denim / Stuart Weitzman High Street Over the knee boots / Chloe Faye Bag / Forever21 Rings 

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Wine

I know I’ve been rather quiet lately. Far too quiet, even for my own preference. But truthfully, the last month I’ve been struggling with a pretty awful eye infection that I still can’t seem to shake. As you can imagine, picture-taking isn’t high on the things I’d like to do. Today, my eye has been looking somewhat decently better so I decided that I would try to take a few photos with this wine-colored coat and see if I could make it work. A little bit of extra face angling, et voilà! A few photos that almost don’t look like I got punched in the eye. 🙂

Wine Wool Coat + 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel + Paige Black Denim + Chelsea BootsWine Wool Coat + 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel + Paige Black Denim + Chelsea Boots Wine Wool Coat + 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel + Paige Black Denim + Chelsea BootsZara Masculine Wool Coat (similar in grey) / Ann Taylor Booties (old but similar here) / Paige Verdugo Denim / LOFT Split Neck Tunic (here in blush) / BaubleBar Axelia Choker / Forever21 Rings / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

I fell in love with this wine-colored coat when I saw it online. It’s totally not within my regular color scheme, but I love a good wine/burgundy colored statement piece. It’s a great contrast to my winter wardrobe that’s heavy on the neutrals.

I’ve lived in these black Paiges ever since I got them before the Christmas holidays. I’m a huge fan of Paige denim, and these do not disappoint. For a long time, I had been opposed to super stretchy denim because I’ve always been of the mindset that  denim should feel like denim, not leggings. But given how denim has evolved over the last few years, finding a good pair of jeans without a significant amount of stretch in them *and* that have a great fit, isn’t the easiest to find. In the end, I gave in and I haven’t looked back.

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