Spring is definitely underway and not only are we showing some skin, we are baring it all – including the shoulders. Trends have a funny habit of making a comeback centuries later when you least expect it or when you’ve forgotten about them (I mean, gypsy tops?). And this is a great trend that has made a stunning return. It is an essential and a must-have this Spring/Summer 2016 according to all fashion houses across the globe – and I am referring to the cold shoulder/off the shoulder silhouette. Not only is it flattering to any body type, it’s a statement piece for any occasion, whether you chose to dress it up or dress it down. This blast from the (most recent) past is one look to keep all Spring long – and the great thing is that the designs are not as grunge and heavy as they were in the 80’s but now they have a feminine feel to the look and design which becomes a stylish companion with any denim.

Designers across the industry are showcasing cold shoulder and off the shoulder silhouettes in their tops and dresses making the choices endless. It is definitely official that shoulders are IN and showing them off is not a bad idea. This silhouette is sexy without being too revealing and let’s not lie to ourselves, it is also fun. What makes this trend cool is that it is universal and it’s not restricted to a type of woman, it even looks amazing on the red carpet. And no matter what size you are or body type you have, there is a cold shoulder shirt for you.

Pastels

The Pastel Revolution is here and these colours are bound to add a spring in your step and lift up your mood. Colour is the name of the game this Spring, with a hint of floral here and there but colours are on everyone lips. Pastels are the latest trend, allowing you to mix and match your favourites to get the look that you are going for. Make a statement with shades of pink, sobert yellow, fuchsia Ferrari red and baby blue – go bold, go pastel.

Sihle Mthethwa, Correspondent (Fashion)

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