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The Definitive Guide to Wearing Off-the-Shoulder—The Silhouette of the Season

The shoulder-baring look has officially crossed the clavicle to go from trend of the moment to wardrobe mainstay. Here’s everything you need to know to master this must-have.

Ah, strapless bras—both an off-the-shoulder essential and a self-inflicted torture device. Find a more flattering, comfortable and stay-put fit with our intimates intel:

Go a band size down—and a cup up—than your normal bra size to get the most support from the band, your sole source of reinforcement.

The bigger your cup size, the heftier the band should be. Translation? Small cup sizes (A-B) can try backless adhesive types or thin band widths, while fuller cups (C and up) do best with wider and longline styles.

Inner silicone strips help keep bras in place with extra grip for the girls.

Freeing those shoulders means introducing a few new steps to your regimen (P.S. It’s totally worth it.):

Go for the glow with a dusting of bronzer over your collarbone to play up beachy, off-the-shoulder styles for day, or sweep on a superfine, shimmery highlighter after the sun sets to embody all-out evening glam.

Apply—and reapply!—sunscreen to exposed shoulders to avoid the fashion-girl take on the dreaded farmer’s tan, but skip slick body lotions and oils that can cause your strapless bra to slide down…into a belt.

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With a silhouette this statement-making, bold accessories help balance out your major look-at-me moment:

Understated? Not this time—go big or go home with earrings like oversized hoops and colorful dusters that frame the face while teasingly sweeping bare shoulders.

Jaunty bandanas and cool-girl chokers (from dainty to edgy) flirtatiously lock eyes on the nape of the neck for a clever come-hither hint.

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