Off-the-shoulder tops might be universally flattering but they’re everywhere – and come autumn, we want something new.
Enter the more grown-up wide neck blouse, which has echoes of its summer sister with a more tailored, luxe look.
Dubbed the new off-the-shoulder, the style has a nonchalant edge; essentially a shirt with a wider than usual neck, the key is for it to look like it might just casually fall of the shoulder at any moment, all while exposing the most understated part of your bod – the sexy décolletage.
These tops tend to come in a more structured, stiffer fabric than the traditional relaxed off-the-shoulder top, lending themselves to a polished look.
Look out for little details too: buttons, pinstripes, a discreet ruffle or an origami wrap help to add to the sleek finish.
What’s more, they’re versatile little things too. Of course they look spot-on with a pair of deconstructed jeans and heels, but they work just as well with a tailored pair of cigarette pants, wide leg trousers or midi-skirt.
And if you’re looking to do a bit of a DIY job on your wardrobe, you can easily pull together your own version: simply steal one of your other half’s or dad’s shirts and button up half way. Pull the collar wide to cheat your way to the look. Leave loose, tuck one side in or tie the flaps in a knot to the side.
H&M Wide cotton shirt, £29.99
Topshop Boutique Twist Stripe Top, £58
Johanna Ortiz wrap top, £400
Zara poplin top, £19.99