Michelle Obama Nails the Grown-up Cold Shoulder Trend

Off-the-shoulder style tops are making a big comeback this season. You’ll find variations of the ‘cold shoulder’ style all over the high street in lightweight cotton and jersey knits in every imaginable colour. Although one might think that these kind of tops are only destined to be worn by a younger generation, style icon, Michelle Obama, has turned that preconception on its head.


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 How She Wore it

As a mum and wife who has always been under scrutiny for everything she has worn since her husband’s presidential inauguration in 2009, Michelle Obama nailed the look during her recent holiday to Italy. She chose an oversized single shouldered Teija blouse for an al fresco dinner with friends in Montalcino.

With pink being one of Summer 2017’s hottest colours, Mrs Obama chose a pink pinstripe cotton. What made this item work was its shape. Emphasis was on the shoulder and the bust area was ruched. This immediately made it clear that the style was not designed for a girl but for a woman. This was not the only amazing top she was seen wearing during the trip. Baring her shoulders once again, she selected a top with fine ties and a flounce that cut across her chest.

Befitting the Italian Mediterranean climate, she opted for white cotton fabric. It is no wonder that the world sees her as an American style icon.


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 How to Get That Look Down

Shoulder baring can easily go wrong. The most popular shape on the high street is the timeless Bardot neckline that fully expose both your shoulders. If you don’t feel comfortable exposing that much, you might explore designing your own a-symmetrical ‘cold shoulder’ top which can provide one shoulder of support and an interesting alternative to elastication that cuts straight across the bust area. There are beautiful, weighty cottons available from online fabric stores such as https://www.higgsandhiggs.com/fabrics/plain-cotton-fabric.html. If you keep the look loose and flowing you are bound to nail it. Pair the volume of the top with white tapered jeans or tucked into a pair of high waisted trousers. Top it off with some of the seasons hottest sandals, hoop earrings (like those worn by the former FLOTUS) and good sunglasses.

Undoubtedly, we will be following Michelle Obama’s style closely to see what new ways she will find of re-inventing classic styles.… Read More

How to style a grandad shirt

Despite their misleading name, grandad shirts needn’t look old and fusty at all. If you’ve been wondering how to style a grandad shirt for every occasion then read on for our essential guide to rocking this on-trend top.

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The key feature of the grandad shirt is that it’s virtually collarless, with just a small collar usually of around two centimeters at the base of the neck. The reason for this was because it arose from the early 20th century when factory workers would rip off their oversize collars to stop them getting in the way of machinery. The other key thing to know about a grandad shirt is that it is set to be huge in men’s fashion for the upcoming autumn winter season.

Go casual

One of the best ways to wear this shirt is in an informal way which lends itself well to this kind of top. Pair it with a simple white t-shirt, jeans or chinos and wear it open. This look is perfect for breezy summer days, informal gatherings or as day to day wear. This also ties in with another key trend; layering.

With a cardigan

Yes, team it with yet another old man bit of clothing on chilly days for a surprisingly modern and fresh look. A cardigan is certainly the way forward as opposed to a crew neck jumper which would swallow too much of the tiny collar or a v-neck that would simply be at odds with it. In fact, no jumper really works well with a collarless shirt which is why it has to be the dependable cardigan. Make a statement autumn look by matching the colour of the cardigan and the shirt (and if you have the style-guts, the trousers too); another key trend for the autumn/winter ahead.

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 Go formal

The grandad shirt can be adapted for formal occasions with ease. In this instance do it right up to the top button and pair with a slim fit blazer and trousers. Ideal for laid-back autumnal weddings or meals out. This kind of shirt is available from many brands including the ever popular collection of mens Farah shirts found at http://ejmenswear.com/brands/farah.

Rock the grandad shirt in style with any of these options – one for every occasion from a football match to date night to an important meeting.… Read More