Off The Shoulder, On To Summer

Off The Shoulder - Outfit Idea - Defining Delphine

You instantly stand a little taller in an off-the-shoulder dress. I think it’s because off-the-shoulder brings attention to the collarbone and shoulders, a subtle part of the body that is powerfully alluring.

Off-the-shoulder first became fashionable during the age of romanticism (roughly speaking the 1800’s). This was a time in the arts when expression and feeling was emphasized over reason and classical rules. And isn’t it true still today that when you slip into an off-the-shoulder dress you feel that a suitor should read poetry to you or commission your portrait as you sit by the sea?

This one, from Loft was inspired by the sartorial style along the seashores of Brittany, France. It has a cute, all-over hen print and is cut in a way that seemingly elongates the body. I have several maxi dresses, but this one is special. I’m ready for romance in it.

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Off The Shoulder - Outfit Idea - Defining Delphine

Off The Shoulder - Outfit Idea - Defining Delphine

Off The Shoulder - Outfit Idea - Defining Delphine

Off The Shoulder - Outfit Idea - Defining Delphine

Off The Shoulder - Outfit Idea - Defining Delphine

Off The Shoulder - Outfit Idea - Defining Delphine

French Hen Maxi Dress: Loft, $98; Denim Jacket in Mallow Wash: Loft, $89;

 

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