Winter Fashion Trends 2011: The Cold Shoulder

Look, everyone, this model is giving us the cold shoulder! Should we be offended?

(Sorry, we couldn’t resist it…)

OK, we speak in jest. Well, sort of. There’s no denying that anyone wearing this shirt would probably HAVE a cold shoulder, is there? In fact, they’d have two. It’s that old conundrum: cold enough for long sleeves, but warm enough for bare shoulders. Philosophers have puzzled over this kind of thing for years.

We’re puzzling it over too, now, because the fact is, this is not an isolated incident. Nope, no sooner had we spotted this offender, than we suddenly started seeing cold shoulders EVERYWHERE. We’ve started to wonder if they’re stalking us, actually, and seriously, a Shirt Stalker isn’t something we’d wish on ANYONE. Trust us on that.

Anyway, having seen this style a lot more often than we usually would recently, we naturally got to wondering what you’d all think of it. Of course, there are worse things in the world than a cold shoulder. Like a cold ass, say. Or a clutchbag that looks like a pair of men’s underpants. But what do you think of exposed shoulder garments? Pretty? Or just pointless?


  • August 24, 2011


    Ooh, I remember I had a cold shoulder top back in high school. So I guess for me it’s a bit “so 90s”. I’m not particularly offended by these, but I don’t think I’d buy one now.

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  • August 24, 2011

    Emily via Facebook

    I’m trying to think of a good 90s joke, but all I keep picturing is “Blossom.” Whoa!

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  • August 24, 2011


    Just last week on Pretty Little Liars (my guiltiest of pleasures) Spencer spend the entire episode not just wearing a shoulderless shirt, but a DENIM shoulderless shirt. I spend the whole hour wondering how anyone could think that was a good look. The actress, bless her heart, did her best to pull it off but it was a disaster.

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  • August 25, 2011


    I think cold shoulder tops can look okay on a flowier top, but on a button-up top or something, it just looks weird, like it’s been awkwardly cut out or something.

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  • August 29, 2011


    I kinda like this: especially the light-pink and black one. I suppose the style looks okay if the cloth is kinda drapy so it looks like it drapes of your shoulder I guess. The other ones just look weird though.

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