Harper & Harley editor Sara Donaldson provides a style lesson on one of the biggest trends, off-the-shoulder dressing. Her style tips? It's all about a play on texture, length and proportion and making sure your shoulders are the key focus of your overall look.
Words and styling by Sara Donaldson of Harper & Harley
This summer’s most favourite look, off-the-shoulder, is about to go through a season change. Updating the silhouette with beautiful new texture, this time we’re looking to soft-to-touch knitwear. Chic trans-seasonal designs will ease you into autumn perfectly while still letting you squeeze the last remaining fun out of summer dressing; showing a hint of skin.
The key to this look is layering textures and playing with proportions. I like to mix it up between a rib knit top paired with a cropped pant, or soft knit dress that finishes midi length. This is important to note, as this lengthens the look and creates a flattering silhouette. I believe less is more when it comes to styling feminine looks, and this one creates the perfect balance with a hint of skin at both the collarbone and ankle.
As for accessories, I prefer to keep the décolletage bare, opting for an earring over a necklace and choosing a bag without a shoulder strap so there’s no interference with the striking horizontal lines across the shoulders.