Obsessions: off the shoulder

From left to right: Brigitte Bardot, Christy Turlington, Sade Adu, Winona Ryder, Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie, Liv Tyler and Halle Berry.

This flattering base layer fuses ‘80s bodycon charm with modern versatility and simplicity.

There’s something subtly sexy about a wide, shoulder-skimming neckline. Factor in stretchy high quality cotton in classic black and the appeal skyrockets. Brigitte Bardot wore it well early on, paired with a neat waist belt, fishnets and a feline stance, cementing its status as the ‘Bardot’ top.

Later, the off the shoulder top became a mainstay of the 1980s wardrobe. Christy, Cindy and co popularized it and the staple lived on into the early ‘90s.

Reintroduce this sensual staple into your wardrobe. Whistles have two slightly different versions for the season ahead. The Long Sleeve Bardot offers a structured fit, with an empire line seam on the front panel. Pair with roomy tailoring for an easy day to night look. The Quintero Off Shoulder Top is crafted from soft ribbed cotton and sits even lower on the shoulder, thanks to a super wide neckline. Lightweight and cropped on the sleeve, this piece is ideal for evening. Just add boyfriend denim and a razor-sharp heel.