- Whether off-the-shoulders are timelessly attractive or not, a slip of the shoulder has historically been an indicator of feminine style, a framing that has roots in the early 19th century. Low neckline extending around upper part of arms, baring the Shoulders. In the 1890s, fashion introduced a sartorial solution for women who had to (or merely wanted to) move: shoulders accentuated by bold sleeves.
Look at Middleton, and the way she stands: hands in front, clutching a clutch, and doing little more. Because you can’t do much in them. You can’t lift your arm, you can’t carry your shopping and even if you do, over your shoulder, you can’t because you’ll mark your shoulder. The top has become code for the way in which you live your life: tan first, work second. Just like you can’t run in clogs or go bare-legged without a hefty taxi bill, you can’t really wear a bra with them, either, taking them to the far end of the humblebrag spectrum.
The off-the-shoulder trend dates back to the Regency and Victorian Era. They were the height of fashion in the early to mid-nineteenth century. Charles Frederick Worth, the father of haute couture, designed many elaborate dresses, many of which featured bodices with off-the-shoulder sleeves and were very popular with prominent figures like Empress Eugenie. Then in 1960s, French actress Brigitte Bardot put her own twist on this style, wearing off-the-shoulder tops with everything from midi skirts to pants, reviving the style. The style icon made off-the-shoulder sexy and trendy again and off-the-shoulder style also became known as the “Bardot” style.
Since resurfacing in 2014, off-the-shoulder trend has gained massive popularity. This look gives a sexy appeal without being too overt and looks good on a variety of body types; thus its popularity with consumers today.
Being on-trend (or engaged) are often happy accidents for us, but for Kate, the stakes are high. She has always gone for safety and modesty over anything on trend (she sticks to the five finger rule of designers: Emilia Wickstead and Topshop, and a few labels in between) at most wearing yellow (very spring/summer 2016). Going shoulderless has taken things to the next level.