Warming Up to the Cold Shoulder

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

This season, designers are embracing the shoulder as the most desirable part of the female anatomy. The cut-out, open, and off-the-shoulder, mean that the cold shoulder has taken a hot turn in fashion. And the best part? Showing off a little skin is a trend that can easily be embraced by women of all age groups!

Exposed shoulders go street style (left), a floral dress from Frank Lyman (right), and a few shirts that make the cut (right).

Shoulders on Show

Shoulders are ageless. Shoulders never wrinkle. Why not show them off? Shepherd’s has carefully sourced cold-shoulder styles that are fun, flattering, and bra friendly. We’re loving that this style brings the eye up to the face, thus visually elongating the silhouette.

Pictured left: the cotton painter blouse from IC Collection paired with a printed pant. Centre: Sympli’s Focus tunic is a timeless best-seller, as it flatters most figures with it’s great neckline, relaxed shape and diagonal hem. Right: make heads turn with this cold shoulder jersey one-piece from IC Collection.

Rubbing Shoulders Around Town

Painting the town red? Showcase your assets with cutout styles that add a subtle dose of flirty and sexy to your look.

Left: Joseph Ribkoff’s tunic with arm slits spells out spring. Centre: a dramatic portrait collar dress from Montreal’s Samuel Dong is perfect for a special occasion. Right: the chiffon off-the-shoulder blouse and culotte from Joseph Ribkoff’s trend collection looks catwalk ready.
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Striking In Stripes

Once upon a time, stripes served a utilitarian purpose in the way of sailors and prisoners uniforms. Then, in 1917, Coco Chanel found herself fascinated with uniform of the sailors in Brittany and incorporated the linear pattern into her collections. Fast forward to a century later, and stripes are in in full view once again.

On the Catwalk

The leading fashion houses are putting an spin on stripes, taking them in a new tribal, quirky, and sexy direction. Any major designer “worth his/her stripes” is mixing the classic print with other daring patterns like leopard, floral, and Victorian paisley.

On the Red Carpet

Three of the “Best Dressed” looks at the recent SAG Awards were based in stripes. Fashion stylists were united in applauding these unexpected and bold choices, which stood out in a sea of standard chiffon and lace.

And at Shepherd’s (of course)

Many of our collections feature striped pieces that will update both casual and special occasion wardrobes. We are showcasing wearable, subtle, classic, and funky striped pieces, leading us to believe that there IS a stripe for every personality!

Left & right: a straight leg pant and relaxed sleeveless top from NIC+ZOE’s spring collection paired with the line’s famous knit toppers. Centre: a high contrast stripe is not as minimizing for the silhouette, but the hourglass shape of this Joseph Ribkoff dress will keep the eye in motion for an ultra-flattering look.

Busting Myths

Stripes CAN be slimming! Contrary to what we have been told, the vertical or horizontal placement of stripes is not important. It is rather the width of the line and the contrast between the base colour and stripe colour. The wider the stripe, the more it will widen and draw the eye outwards; whereas, a narrower stripe will quickly draw the eye upwards and, therefore, is more slimming. Break up a wider stripe with a strategic accessory – long necklace, scarf, jacket – or only wear it on an area of your silhouette that you want to accentuate.

Left: using a long necklace to cut through a wider, bolder stripe, elongates the silhouette of this striped tunic from Joseph Ribkoff. Centre: Eileen Fisher’s vaporous striped silk tunic looks oh-so-soft and is easy to wear. Right: Habitat’s subtle strip pant is a spring/ summer wardrobe staple that combines with a wide variety of toppers.
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