Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing The One Shoulder Top

Posted In: My Outfits

This season one shoulder tops are the new of-the-shoulder tops making them a bit more weather appropriate while still showing a glimpse of bare shoulders. They are very versatile, very easy to wear and can be a great for a festive season. 

Depending on what you wear them with, one shoulder tops or dresses can be chic and glamorous or casual. Either way, though, they come with a little bit of sex appeal. If you are looking for a different and dramatic look, you can’t go wrong with a single shoulder – they provide a coquettish glimpse of skin, but cover enough to keep you comfortable.

As you probably remember from posts here, here and here I had a loving affair going with off-the shoulder tops but now I am ready to move on and try the single shoulder silhouette. There’s something intriguing about seeing one shoulder, probably because it’s a little unexpected and a different way to show some skin.

When it comes to wearing the one shoulder top is all about creating clean lines and showing off a bare shoulder. Here are a few do’s and don’ts on how to best wear this look this season.


Make the shape of the top the main feature of your outfit. The eye is going to be automatically drawn to this area, so keep the rest of your look quite minimal so they don’t compete.

Pick your bra wisely. One-shoulder styles demand a strapless bra. Your bare shoulder provides the beauty of this look – don’t clutter it with a bra strap!

Keep your hair off your bare shoulder. You’ve got it on show so don’t cover it up.

Take extra care of your skin. Your shoulders will be taking the centre stage and you want to create a beautiful glowing effect. You can use a little of illuminator on collarbones and shoulder for an evening event.


Wear a necklace. If you’re going to wear jewellery, go for a cocktail ring or statement earrings – you don’t want a necklace competing with your neckline.

Drape a shoulder bag over your bare shoulder. You’ll completely ruin the line the top is creating, instead wear it over the other shoulder or opt for a clutch.

Cover your shoulders. This is a style that is made to be seen, not layered over.

Photos by Marcel Herciu Photography

My Outfit:

Top: Zara
Jeans: French Connection
Heels: Dune (similar here)

Thank you so much for reading!



  • Karen
    December 13, 2016

    That’s a stunning top. I saw someone wearing a similar style the other day but with a bra strap showing. I may not know much about fashion but even I was like “strapless bra!!” 😂

  • Talya
    December 13, 2016

    I have to admit I love the off the shoulder look but terrified of wearing it myself although you totally rock it – great tips!

  • five little doves
    December 13, 2016

    Oh what a fab outfit! I love a one shoulder top and always wear my hair up if I do so I can show it off to maximum potential. Great tips!

  • Cathy Glynn
    December 13, 2016

    This looks stunning but is so simple, great tips for styling this type of top x

  • Jen
    December 13, 2016

    First thing I need to say is, I adore your shoes! They are gorgeous. Also, you look fabulous, and can really carry the one shoulder design off. Not sure I can. (I’m Janet Robertson-Peverley on FB)

  • Joanna
    December 13, 2016

    Love your outfit especially your shoes. I’ve never worn a one shoulder top before but love the look of this one.

  • Holly Campbell-Smith
    December 13, 2016

    ugh I would love this outfit if it wasn’t so cold up here in Scotland, even indoors every inch feels like it needs to be covered. But this is my kind of updo for Christmas.

  • clairejustine
    December 13, 2016

    Such a lovely top. You styled it great. Love this look. The colour of your shoes are beautiful. too 🙂

  • Ana De- Jesus
    December 13, 2016

    I love your one shoulder shop and it is an interesting take on the original off the shoulder top. Love the colour too xx

  • Lyndsey O'Halloran
    December 14, 2016

    This is one of my favourite looks of yours! Love the colours and the top is stunning!

  • Natalia Molinero
    December 14, 2016

    I totally agree with your dos and don’t. Long time ago that I don’t wear a one shoulder top, I may have a look to the one you are wearing, it looks really nice! x

  • BloggerMummyLauren
    December 14, 2016

    Oh wow, this outfit looks great on you and I LOVE the grey. It’s been a long time since I’ve worn a one shoulder top but I love the look you’ve created and would love a similar top for my christmas night out!

  • Dean of Little Steps
    December 14, 2016

    Fab tips! I guess wearing a one-shoulder-top isn’t for winter, like you said, what’s the point in wearing it if you’re going to cover it up? As always, you look stunning!

  • Sarah - Craft Invaders
    December 14, 2016

    Beautiful top and great tips – I love your whole outfit especially those gorgeous shoes! Hope you have a fab Christmas x

  • Dinda Rossi
    December 14, 2016

    Beautiful. Love your outfit, especially your shoes. I’d love to use it in the summer in my country. <3

  • Newcastle Family Life
    December 14, 2016

    I love this look, I love one-shoulder outfits and remember when they were fashionable a few years ago. Great tips x

  • Lisa Backsnbumps
    December 14, 2016

    I do like the one shoulder top. Zara have some great clothes.

  • Sharon
    December 14, 2016

    I love the off the shoulder look in all weathers! The shows are fab!

  • five little doves
    December 14, 2016

    Re-visiting, lovely outfit and you pull it off so well! xx

  • Chloe Ciliberto
    December 15, 2016

    Great tips. I love this look. I love off the shoulder looks and this top is so beautiful. x

  • alina
    December 15, 2016

    I agree, there’s no point in getting the top if you’re going to cover it up and it should be the main focal point of the outfit. No need to wear a necklace either completely agree. Nice photos.

  • Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs
    December 15, 2016

    This is my favourite look here. Absolutely love the colour too! 🙂 x

  • Angela Key Milnes
    December 15, 2016

    What a really nice post and a good outfit! I really love the tops.

  • Ickle Pickle
    December 15, 2016

    I love the top – the colour is gorgeous. Great tips for wearing it too. Kaz x

  • Fashion and Style Police
    December 16, 2016

    You look so stylish. I love the outfit. Especially the shoes.

  • Anosa
    December 16, 2016

    I love how you’ve style the one should and how it looks on you. My boobs are too big for one shoulder so I avoid them

  • Zena's Suitcase
    December 16, 2016

    It’s a great look isn’t it, I love that there’s some detail to the top and it doesn’t need much else

  • Kara Guppy
    December 17, 2016

    Stunning outfit, those shoe are beautiful too

  • Kerry Norris
    December 17, 2016

    Fab tips. Picking the correct bra is such an important one x

  • Rafal
    December 18, 2016

    You look beautiful in this great styling and high heels.
    Share your post on my blog.

  • Natassia Crystal
    January 6, 2017

    Great tips.. and they sound very logical! 🙂

    You look gorgeous! Love the heels! 🙂

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  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    May 11, 2017

    Love the coordinated outfit and shoes. I haven’t tried one shoulder since uni 🙁 but looks like a great trend

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