Off the Shoulder x 3 Tips on How to Wear

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Off the shoulder tops are having a major moment this spring! I love the subtly sexy style, and how classic Bridget Bardot they look. As this post shows, I love a good voluminous item, and this top by MLM is no exception. Not only is the style of an off the shoulder top classic, but this black and white gingham makes it even more so. I’ve rounded up 3 tips to make what seems like a tricky style seem way more approachable!

1: Pick a pattern or colour you love!

When it comes to pieces like the OTS look, you probably won’t get a ton of wear out of it unless it connects to your wardrobe in a solid way- by colour or pattern.

2: KISS!

The off the shoulder style is a major statement maker, so don’t feel the need to pile on a ton of other loud pieces. It’s definitely a KISS item: Keep It Simple Sweetheart.

 3: Up vs Down Hair!

If you feel uber revealing in the style, take the bareness down a notch by keeping your hair down or in a side braid. If you want to play up the sweep of your neck for a night out, add some delicate chain necklaces.

I played of the classic look of my mine with some Audrey Hepburn inspired black skinny pants (with a modern twist of a DIY slit on the knee) and my simple black flats. I can’t wait to play around with the blouse some more though.

Have you rocked this style yet for spring? I’ve linked some of my favourite tops below for some inspo, and encouragement!

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PS: I just discovered the exact MLM top I’m wearing is sold out on Shopbop, but available for pre-order here!


  1. Abby
    April 26, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    What a statement top! You made it look so effortless to wear!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 26, 2016 / 10:24 pm

      It’s definitely a standout piece!! Thank you love. Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 26, 2016 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you babe! The style really is fantastic. Hugs, Kait

  2. Ruthie
    April 25, 2016 / 11:53 am

    This look is def in my top 3 of faves of yours. I am obsessed with that top! It is AMAZE! You look incredible per usual!! xo

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 25, 2016 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you so much love!!! Hugs, Kait

  3. Heather
    April 23, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    I SOOOO love this look Kait! You are rockin that ruffle top and I adore how you styled it with that cute western belt! Such a beautiful spring look and you look gorgeous, girlie!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 23, 2016 / 11:44 pm

      Thanks babe! definitely pulling out the Western vibe recently! I hope you’re having a marvelous weekend babe. Hugs, Kait

  4. Shell
    April 23, 2016 / 10:49 am

    The photos, the outfit, the poses, EVERYTHING is perfection!!!
    Such a gorgeous top on you!
    xo, Shell

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 23, 2016 / 11:49 pm

      You’re so sweet! Thanks blog bestie!!! I can’t wait for Monday. Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 24, 2016 / 12:00 am

      Thank you gorgeous! Hugs, Kait

  5. April 21, 2016 / 11:42 pm

    Yoiu styled this top amazingly beautiful. Love the entire look.
    Kisses, Raysa

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 22, 2016 / 12:10 am

      Thank you babe! You are always so sweet and on top of all media. I hope you have the best weekend! Hugs, Kait

  6. Stefanie
    April 21, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    I love your style girl! Such an amazing look! This too would look ridiculous on me ?

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 21, 2016 / 11:19 pm

      Not at all! It’s all about making it unique to you babe. Hugs, Kait

  7. Jenna at Boston Chic Party
    April 21, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    You look so stunning in this top! Seriously, Kait, not everyone could pull this off with as much grace and style as you do- you are rocking it, babe!
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 21, 2016 / 11:20 pm

      Awwww thank you so much gorgeous! I hope you’re ready for a great weekend. Hugs, Kait

  8. Jen Frick
    April 21, 2016 / 11:52 am

    I literally gasped when I saw this top on instagram! You are gorgeous Kait! And I love your tip, KISS…yes yes yes!

    Jen |

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 21, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      Awwww I felt the same when I saw it online before purchasing it! It’s so perfect. Thank you so much love! Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 21, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      Thank you so much gorgoeus! It’s always a good one to follow. Hugs, Kait

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 21, 2016 / 6:25 pm

      Thanks love! I always want to try perfectly fitted petite clothing like you do, but somehow it just won’t work for me.

  9. April 21, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    I love this look on you and I love that top! You styled it perfectly! Xoxo

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 21, 2016 / 6:26 pm

      Awww thanks Gail! I love that pink peasant inspired top you recently wore. Hugs, Kait

  10. Tonya Michelle
    April 21, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    I love this whole look!!! Such a great #ootd

    • Kait Elizabeth
      April 21, 2016 / 6:40 pm

      You can never mess up with simple black skinny jeans! Hugs, Kait

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