the Charming Charlie Blog


JUNE 13, 2016

Why do we love summer? Because there’s no better time to show a bit of skin (well, that and a million other reasons)! And there’s no better way to do it than with the Cold Shoulder. This style is everywhere right now—and it’s really not a mystery as to why. Universally flattering, it comes in a mix of effortless silhouettes (read: endless options). Check out our favorite iterations of the latest and greatest closet essential—plus, more of the shoulder-baring standbys you need now and where to show them off.

BOHEMIAN CHICin the desert

Get serious style cred by trying out the cold-shoulder in combination with other can’t-miss trends. Fringe and crochet have become synonymous with carefree, contemporary looks (think the festival-inspired pieces of spring and summer). A boho top with both of these timeless accents gives new life to tried-and-true jeans. For even more fuss-free fashion, slip on a shift dress with the same free-spirited detail and finish the look with statement earrings. Flaunt yours on a sweltering night out in downtown Palm Springs, or at another desert destination—you’ll look chic while keeping cool.

Bohemian Chic in the Desert

BREEZY BEAUTYat the beach

Nothing signals rising temps like an abundance of airy tops and beautiful maxi dresses—cold-shoulder or cami designs perfectly complement these staples. Whether it’s a solid top all about delicate detailing or a dress covered in a pretty print, showing some shoulder lends an air of ease. Balance these breezy cuts by topping them off with a classic hat or pair of sunnies! And boast them on the balmy beaches of Miami or another tropical spot.

Breezy Beauty at the Beach

ONE & DONEin the city

Offering the ease of a dress in an alternative silhouette, the jumpsuit makes a sharp sartorial statement. A cold-shoulder or sleeveless design will set your summery style apart and easily transition from day to night with a switch up of accessories—opt for peep-toe booties that you can wear all day, then add a bracelet set and clutch to create an evening look. Wear your one-piece wonder to stave off the heat and keep up with the hustle & bustle of a big city like NYC.

One & Done in the City


The drawer must-have that delivers time and time again (especially when it comes to beating the heat), a basic cami is the quintessence of versatility! Its simplicity makes it the perfect blank canvas to build looks around when worn on its own, but it’s just as much of a layering essential. Style tip: let it peek out under a chambray shirt for a pop of color.

Camis to Take Anywhere

With such a range of interpretations, the cami and cold-shoulder trend makes a chic case for giving ‘em the cold shoulder! Whether these wardrobe wonders are kept casual or elevated, they make staying cool look better than ever. Stop by again soon to see more of the things we’re obsessing over and how to wear them!

Shop camis & cold shoulder styles in time for summer.