Not all of us gals are daring enough to sport the bold, larger-than-life fashions stars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga have worn recently, but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on this huge runway trend. A new batch of tops and dresses with more demure shoulder embellishments have just hit stores, making this cute style accessible for both the not-so- brave, and importantly, the college frugalista.

The key to drawing emphasis to your shoulders (without looking like an extra from Dynasty) is trying the trend in small doses. Shoulder embellishments can work for all times of day and all occasions, especially if the trimmings aren’t too extreme.


Pair Forever 21’s Beaded Shoulder Design Top or Stud Shapes Knit Top (both $22.80) with jeans and stilettos for a comfortable but stylish night out. To add some flair to the standard “business attire” some occasions require, couple Forever 21’s sophisticated Blossom Shoulder Tee ($26) with a black high-waisted pencil skirt. During the day, try Forever 21’s Exposed Shoulder Knit Top ($17.80) over skinny jeans, combine Forever 21’s feminine Rosette Shoulder Knit Top ($17.80) with a voluminous high-waisted mini skirt, or strut to class in Urban Outfitter’s Silence & Noise Strong Shoulder Dress ($58) over leggings with tall leather boots. A piece that’s sure to impress? The Silence & Noise Beaded Epaulet Dress ($68; also available at Urban Outfitters) looks très chic paired with black opaque tights and booties.

With just a trip to your mall or a click to an online retailer, everyone can try out the hot new trend that brings all the focus to ladies’ sexy shoulders.


By Ali Straka, University of Missouri


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