Subtle, quiet, feminine, this is how designers envisioned the new definition of sexy for fall / winter 2015. You can expect your wardrobe to be growing softly sensual in the upcoming months thanks to one peekaboo detail that is about to completely change the way you approach cold-weather dressing.

And we’re not talking high-slits, bare midriffs, or open backs, not even the tantalizing transparency, although they all build way for a sexy autumn and winter, instead we’re hinting to the exposed shoulders and their well-deserved return under the spotlight.

Read on after the break to learn all about the ways to bear your shoulders in style, come fall.

Off shoulder trend for fall 2015.

It’s usually the sunny months we tend to associate with the ease exuded by a bare shoulder, their high temperatures imploring for exposed skin and minimum amounts of fabric. But the way designers see it, the off-shoulder trend is the perfect way to inject some understated sex-appeal into the cold-weather uniforms.

And we couldn’t agree more. Striking the perfect balance between sexy and chic, the bare shoulders tend to look and feel all the more divine when cut into soft wools, cozy knits and sturdy suede. And if the catwalks served to proved anything, is the fact the there’s more than one way to incorporate the trend into your fall wardrobe. With that being said, keep an eye out for:

Asymmetrical necklines.

The thing about asymmetrical necklines is that they are inclined to look best when accompanied by effortless style vibes, when they appear almost unintentional, talking in casual notes but leaving an oh-so-luxurious impression, just like they’re imagined to do for winter 2015. That is when they are supposed to come hanging off the shoulders, leaving way for just a hint of exposed skin. If you love the look:

  • marry the structured tailoring with classic undertones and infuse the resulting strict silhouettes with the ease describing a bare shoulder;
  • update the little black dress statement with a cozy, wrapped, off-shoulder number, tied at the waist with a slim belt.

Off shoulder trend for fall 2015
Exposed shoulders at Stella McCartney and Sportmax, F/W ’15

Made out of a long sleeve and an exposed shoulder, these fall / winter 2015 dress silhouettes are ready to use asymmetry to bring back the heat into the colder months, employing the entire arsenal of sexed-up elements that includes high-slits, midriff peekaboo details, studs and laces.

While they certainly work on the runway and they’re definitely fit for a sexy night-out, this type of dresses wouldn’t necessarily make sense in the everyday woman’s wardrobe which is why you should keep the one-sleeve detail and give up on all the rest, for a chic, tamed yet still sexy interpretation of the trend.

Off shoulder trend for fall 2015
Exposed shoulders at Anthony Vaccarello and Mugler, F/W ’15

Sometimes, the asymmetrical shoulders are double the fun when they have their sex-appeal reinforced by either a deep plunging neckline, or an ample dose of chiffon ruffles. Use:

  • the deep plunge to make a statement for the night, playing up the exposed shoulder with richly-hued sequins, with chokers and high heels;
  • the playful chiffon ruffles to add movement to a bare shoulder, strengthening the sexy vibes with a few sheer inserts and a pair of killer booties.

Off shoulder trend for fall 2015
Exposed shoulders at Rodarte and Christopher Kane, F/W ’15


Equally delightful and effective, the cutouts serve as another gorgeous approach to the off shoulder trend, implying perhaps a bit more subtlety, a bit more restraint. This fall, seek them:

  • on flirty, pastel frocks made out of cozy mohair fabrics, where they’re used to spice up the long-sleeved silhouettes and add to their feminine feel;
  • on slick, fitted dresses falling just above the knees, where alongside a subtle plunge, they serve to add a bit more sex-appeal to the otherwise strict silhouettes.

Off shoulder trend for fall 2015
Exposed shoulders at Genny and Cushnie & Ochs, F/W ’15

But the bold slashes and cutouts are not meant exclusively for your winter dresses, not when they look so incredibly cool on crisp button-downs and convertible coats alike:

  • appearing casual and chic, a generous cutout adds to the crispiness of a white button-down shirt (or shirt dress), particularly when it is meant to be layered underneath a snug vest or a fur stole with the hair effortlessly tucked-in;
  • with off beat buttons, exposed shoulders and a convertible silhouette, this is no longer your ordinary overcoat for fall, but instead its cooler, updated and sexier rendition.

Off shoulder trend for fall 2015
Exposed shoulders at Thakoon and Celine, F/W ’15

Day to night.

If any of the above examples left you feeling unsure, just know that the exposed shoulder trend is an extremely wearable one, prone to transition beautifully from day to night, from subtle to sexy, from casual to sophisticated.

If you aim to expose your shoulders during the crisp fall and winter days, opt to do it using knitted sweater dresses or oversized jumpers falling beautifully off the shoulders. Style the casual-chic looks with lace-up platforms, leather bags and minimal make-up.

If you see them fit more perfectly into a night decor, dare use the bare shoulders as an elegant evening statement, balancing out their sensual feel with a classic shade of black, a pearl choker and a pair of minimalistic ankle booties.

Off shoulder trend for fall 2015
Exposed shoulders at Sportmax and Stella McCartney, F/W ’15

Arty angles.

For the fashion enthusiasts and art lovers alike, the runways made sure to introduce some more imaginative off-shoulders silhouettes as well, with details set on showcasing the full beauty of this effective fall /winter trend.

In between the magical, densely embroidered, off-shoulder sequin dresses at Proenza Schouler, and Rochas’ exaggerated necklines that drew all eyes on the bare shoulders, the peekaboo trend proves that its effectiveness lies just as much in wearability, as it lies in the boundless use of imagination.

Off shoulder trend fall 2015
Exposed shoulders at Proenza Schouler and Rochas, F/W ’15

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