Cookie banner

This site uses cookies. Select "Block all non-essential cookies" to only allow cookies necessary to display content and enable core site features. Select "Accept all cookies" to also personalize your experience on the site with ads and partner content tailored to your interests, and to allow us to measure the effectiveness of our service.

To learn more, review our Cookie Policy, Privacy Notice and Terms of Use.

clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

How to Wear Off-the-Shoulder Tops

Racked has affiliate partnerships, which do not influence editorial content, though we may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. We also occasionally accept products for research and reviewing purposes. See our ethics policy here.

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

An off-the-shoulder top is the easiest way to cheat a good outfit. Because the style draws such commanding lines, it doesn't require very much to support it — just a good sense of balance. Counter a flirty top, like the flouncy Pixie Market style in the gallery above, with a pair of beat-up jeans; pair a voluminous version with cut off shorts or close-fitting jeans; wear a more fitted top for culottes or wide leg pants. Check out 11 different takes on the OTS top in the gallery above, with picks for minimalist girls (slides 2 and 5), boho types (check slide 4), and nautical idealists (slides 1, 3, and 8 should please you).