Off the shoulder clothing has come into fashion time and time again, and is a huge trend this season. I'm certainly giving it a whirl right now, maybe you've considered it and thought it's in the too hard basket? Not true! Let's see if I can convince you...
"How can I find the best strapless bra for an off the shoulder top?" I'm really sorry but there is no hard and fast answer! A strapless bra that works for you is mostly about the shape of the cup matching the shape of your boobs. I'm a 14D/16C and I have a Heidi Klum strapless bra from Farmers that I love - but that's not a lot of boob to have to hold up! You actually have to get out and try on a whole lot of styles and see what works for you. Triumph does an excellent one for a bigger bust and City Chic does a great plus size range. I recommend going to a big department store (I love Smith and Caughey's in Auckland for underwear) and trying on a whole range of options with knowledgeable shop assistants to run back and forward for you!
"How come my off the shoulder tops never stay off the shoulder?" It's probably because the elastic is too tight - generally if it is quite a loose fit around the shoulder it will stay where it should - not too loose though, you don't want to end up showing more than you'd planned! Also look for a neckline that slopes down from the shoulder like a half circle instead of one that is cut in a straight line.
My off the shoulder top is from Crossroads, it was $25 and comes in sizes 8-22 (only available in store at the moment, I got it in Albany, Auckland). I am wearing a size 16.
For those of you yelling at me "There is no way I can wear a strapless bra Monique - forget it!" give the cold shoulder a try! A cold shoulder top has cut outs over the shoulder and still leaves plenty of room for you to wear your usual bra - hooray! It also gives some arm coverage for those who fancy it. Sunblock is your friend ladies - a cold shoulder top makes for some interesting tan lines...
My cold shoulder top is from Crossroads, is available online for $21 and comes in sizes 8-22. It is so light and comfy and I love the forgiving cut over the belly! I am wearing a size 16. Shop it here.
Here are some other options you might fancy!
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