Cold Shoulder Casual

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Dippers

The cold shoulder trend came on fast and furious. It took me a minute to get on board, but when I found a few tops that really worked for me and didn’t feel fussy, I was sold.

I chose a beautiful navy blue cold shoulder top during my last styling appointment at Trunk Club in Chicago that you may remember from this post. I wore it on a date and felt so feminine and pretty. It was a bit of an investment, so I was thrilled to find a much less expensive option for a more casual outfit at Old Navy! Initially I bought this top in white, but it’s so unbelievably see-thru that I returned it immediately and chose the black option.

I have 2 colors of these easy pull on shorts from J.Crew Factory that I would highly recommend. They are perfect. They stretch a bit and have an elastic waist, and come in such fun color options. If you are in need of shorts this summer, these are what I would direct you towards!

To me, this style of outfit works for day or evening. I’d simply swap my wedges* out for some flats if I was wearing it to a playdate!

*my wedges are several years old, but I found some similar ones here! And also these!

p.s. some other cute shorts! Photos by Jordan Maunder at the beautiful Matthews House in Cary, NC. 


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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 06.15.17

It’s been a long while since I’ve worn a top showing off my shoulders. Time to bring it back now, it seems!

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Juliette | Namastay Traveling says · 06.15.17

Ah I have those shorts in so many colors! They’re so comfy and easy to dress up or down. The top is adorable too, love something that has a little more coverage than a tank top.

Claire says · 06.15.17

I love this cold shoulder trend and i got one in denim because it is the latest trend too! I like the shorts that you are wearing!

Sophie says · 06.15.17

I love cold shoulder tops but I am really missing a more elegant one that I could dress up and down – this one is beautiful and looks great on you!
Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

Karly says · 06.15.17

Oh Kate! I absolutely love this outfit on you. So pretty! I love how its perfect for the summer heat but still classy! I may have to purchase this top… maybe the shorts too! lol.

Blush & Pearls says · 06.15.17

Looks like I’ll have to start toning up my shoulders for this one! I think I have a couple of these tops lying around from years ago that I should probably wear again. Fun look!

Blush & Pearls by Angela

Whitney says · 06.15.17

That’s a beautiful photo of you! Thanks for the shorts recommendation…I’m in desperate need of a new pair for summer.

Christen says · 06.15.17

I love those shorts with it! After taking a few years hiatus with shorts, I’m back and trying to walk the line of being a respectable mother of two while not looking like I’m 60. #momlife

Jessi says · 06.15.17

Love those beautiful pictures!!!! Cold shoulder tops are my favorite this summer!!

Lindsey Huie says · 06.15.17

The necklace drawing your eyes toward the middle is very flattering! I thought it would compete with the shoulder detail but I like it together!

Erin says · 06.15.17

How does this top fit? True to size?

Beth says · 06.15.17

The shorts are sold out. Wahhhhhhhhhhh…..!

Caroline says · 06.15.17

I LOVE this top. I wish they had it in a chambray too.

Jenna says · 06.15.17

Off the shoulder tops are so perfect for this season! Loved the way you styled it. Have a wonderful day.

Evelyn says · 06.15.17

Loft has some cute ones too! I find these very feminine and pretty!

Jenny D says · 06.15.17

Talk to me about strapless bra…Is that what you wear with this kind of shirt? In need of a decent one that is comfortable.

Ashley says · 06.15.17

I’m curious about bra choice too! Love the outfit!

Kate says · 06.15.17

Yep, a strapless bra

Amber says · 06.15.17

First time I have come across your blog and I absolutely love the layout and design of it! I love the off the shoulder trend too, literally have not stopped wearing it! xox

Keisha says · 06.15.17

What kind of bra do you recommend with the cold shoulder top?

Kate says · 06.15.17


Kelly says · 06.16.17

I love this outfit! I saw these pictures and knew it was the fabulous work of Jordan. Love her!

Shannon says · 06.21.17

Love your long tassel necklace—where did you get it??? 😬