Ask Laurie:
Is the Cold Shoulder Still Cool?

Ask Laurie: Is The Cold Shoulder Still Cool?

Dear Laurie, Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are practically everywhere, and while I love the shape, I wonder if it’s too late for me to commit to the trend. Is it on its way out? Is there a way I can make it feel fresh? —Morgan W.

Dear Morgan, I’m of the belief that the cold shoulder isn’t going anywhere—and for good reason: it’s feminine, creates a beautiful silhouette, and elevates everything from cutoffs to jeans to simple cotton dresses. The other good news is that there are so many fresh iterations of the trend, whether you want to keep it demure or peacock with volume, color, and a bit—or a lot—of skin, there’s something for every comfort level.


Straps, ruffles, and asymmetrical details are the next step. Ultimately, these necklines are more festive and make the most sense in a dressed up scenario; you’ll want to balance the intricate details with subdued classics—pencil or midi skirts work particularly well. Since there’s more going on up top, skip the statement necklace and go for rings and bracelets instead.

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