Anyone else excited/intimidated by the off-the- shoulder trend we are seeing in every Legacy boutique east of the Tollway? Of course, I’m dying to give it a spin as The Style Wheel Big Deal this month and discover all sorts of gorgeous ways to style it! But can I pull it off? Will I wear it more than once? Are fashion trends really my thing?…YES! You can. You will. And they are. Want to see my favorite ways to style bared shoulders?

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Pairing this style of top with patterned shorts and lace-up flats allows the dramatic ruffle and bare shoulders to adopt a more casual, approachable feel. Keep accessories simple when aiming for the informal: delicate, layered chains around the neck and a wrap bracelet is everything needed finish the look. Grab a neutral tote—how beautiful is this patterned cork?—and enjoy this en-trend, comfortable look while lunching with the girlfriends or some afternoon shopping. Casual doesn’t have to mean careless.

Maybe it’s time for the neighborhood supper club? Tuck the blouse into a solid A-line skirt for a bright and festive evening ensemble. Create an unexpected yet flattering silhouette by raising the waist line with a neutral belt. Add a statement necklace and earring (yes, both!), as well as an embroidered straw clutch and you are ready to go for an evening of summer glam!

When you find yourself dressing for Date Night, add your favorite pair of pastel skinny jeans and a neutral wedge. Coordinate bright pops of turquoise in your handbag and jewelry. As Texans, we embrace this semi-precious stone all year round, but are most excited about matching it with shimmery, summer tans and a margarita at Mexican Sugar.

Enjoy embracing the flirty, off-the- shoulder trend this summer. Pair it with shorts, skirts or jeans and don’t worry about giving anyone the cold shoulder…this is North Texas, you know. Chilly summers aren’t in our vocabulary.

Fun Fact: Donna Karan’s favorite part of a woman is her collarbone—regardless of her size, that part of her neck and shoulder is always softly defined.

Photography by Patrizia Montanari

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Lauren Palmer

Lauren Palmer is the creator and publisher of the popular lifestyle blog, The Art of Living Beautifully. Her passion for teaching women to find and embrace their personal style lead her to become a Stylist...