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Exposing both shoulders or trying the single-shoulder cut-out? The cold-shoulder trend is still blowing hot. Here’s how to rock it…

It has been aptly said: “The shoulder is the only part of a woman’s body that doesn’t age.” Little wonder then that the cold-shoulder trend refuses to cool down. It debuted on the runways a couple of seasons ago courtesy designers like Altuzarra, Vera Wang and Gabriela Hearst. And it has now trickled down to the mainstream, ruling every high street label, street shop style and even Indian wear.

“This ’80s style made a comeback a while ago and is here to stay. What makes it cool is its versatility and universal appeal — it’s sexy without being too revealing; feminine and fun without being over the top,” says designer Payal Singhal. The best bit? Unlike other trends like croptops, culottes and bralettes, cold shoulder flatters a wide range of body types.


Nothing says fashion like a cut-out in the right place, says designer Nandita Mahtani. “A cut-out shoulder drop waist dress with embellishments can steal the spotlight for an evening event, while a trendy top with cut-out sleeves is ideal for a work and casual day look,” she adds.

With new shapes and silhouettes coming in, the cold shoulder is getting a chic new look every time. What to start with? A white cold-shoulder shirt with an A-line skirt; or a solid-coloured cold-shoulder top with bolder print bottoms; or wear ruffled bra straps over an off-shoulder knit dress. Merchandising director with a leading rent-your-look brand Neeharika Makhijani says that it has now transitioned on to your anarkalis and salwar-kurtas. “It’s not restricted to western outfits. Kurtis, sari blouses and capes with cut-out shoulders are also in vogue,” she mentions.


The latest update on the look is the asymmetric design, notes designer Amit Aggarwal. His pick: the asymmetric cold-shoulder shirt. “Cold-shoulder tops are really upping the game. Pair the trend with other top trends like asymmetric shoulders, sheer necks, corseted bust, ruffles, stripes etc,” suggests designer Sonaakshi Raaj. But when it comes to flaunting this trend, ‘less is more’. Aggarwal advises: “Since you are already showing some skin, go for modest styling to balance things out.”


  • Ensure the cold shoulder fits the body well, too loose or too tight will kill the look.
  • Keep hair off the shoulders. Keep it tied up in a high bun or ponytail to divert all the attention to your shoulders.
  • Put on a pair of shoulder dusting earrings. With an exposed chest and neck, a bold pair of earrings is exactly what you need.
  • Wearing a strapless bra is a big yes! This will avoid your straps from peeking out time and again.
  • Tip: Use things in your closet to try this trend. Sport ruffled bra straps under off-shoulder dresses or balloon-sleeved tops over tanks and ganjis.

Two to Tango : Bring together your favourite trends – like cold shoulder with ruffles or frills

Asymmetry is in : Strategic cut-outs are impressive, impactful, and add a lot of sass to a look

Desi girl : Give Indianwear the cold shoulder treatment. Try embroidered ruffle crop tops, scallop kurtas or cold shoulder cholis

Learn to layer : Create your own designer, cold-shoulder ensemble by layering a tank over a top

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