The Bardot Top
It’s certainly no secret that the off-the-shoulder top is spring’s hottest commodity. Whether it’s embellished with ruffles, gingham, or seersucker, every blogger out there seems to be infatuated with this fad. It’s an easy wear, optimal for statement jewelry, and seasonally ideal for the spring and summer months. With everyone trying it out, I figured I had to, as well.
I wanted something with a little flair to it, so I ordered a cuffed bell-sleeved bardot top from TopShop. Puffy sleeves that cuff at the wrist have been a favorite trend of mine since last year, when I binge-watched Mad Men for the second time and fell in love with Megan Draper’s glorious babydoll dress (see here). I accented it with a vintage Miu Miu neck scarf instead of statement jewelry; I thought it looked a bit more timeless. The pink shorts are from the J-Crew outlet (a size too small, but come on, they’re pink stripes).
I brought the outfit with me to Seaside this Spring Break where it was 50° most days. Honestly, it was the only outfit I brought that seemed worth enduring the cold weather for (AKA riding around on a bike for twenty minutes before running inside). Some pieces will just do that to you, but that’s how you know they’re keepers (I once wore a pleated mini-skirt on a winter trip to North Carolina, so I have experience in the field of freezing for fashion).
All in all, I’d say the shoulderless top is a pretty easy trend to get behind. The shirt will always be the statement piece in this case, so it doesn’t take much effort to plan out the rest of the outfit, which is usually the least of people’s concerns when they’re just trying to enjoy a vacation!
Photos by Forrest Culotta