An off-shoulder neckline, as the name clearly tells you, is a wide-open neckline exposing the shoulders. It is also known as the Bardot neckline after the starlet Brigitte Bardot, who really popularised this neckline in the 50s. A Bardot neckline/off shoulder neckline is usually elasticized and gathered and may be decorated with frills/ruffles.
It is a classic neckline – which adorned the gowns of beauties in the Regency period. You can look straight out of a Jane Austen novel in the right costume with this neckline. Today you will find it even on the most casual t-shirts and knit sweaters. It is never out of style.
We have seen everything and more of the very flattering Off-shoulder neckline. I am obviously late to the party but here are some simple basic ways in which an off the shoulder neckline can be designed.
If you want more fancy or glamorous, check out a fashion magazine and follow celebrities who regularly ace this neckline, like Meghan Markle – or you can browse some pictures in this Pinterest board
Off shoulder style 1
This is the most basic type of off shoulder style – a simple elastic gathering at the neckline.
Off shoulder style 2
This top has a bigger ruffle than the basic off-shoulder style given above. A paper bag effect is created by making the casing for the elastic bigger.
Off shoulder style 3
This is a peasant style off-shoulder top with a small gathered frill along the neckline. The waist is gathered by a separate shirred panel.
Off shoulder style 4
This top is made of a soft stretch lace fabric. The ruffle on the neckline falls and acts as a sleeve covering for this sleeveless top
Off shoulder style 5
This top has a neckline that is shirred.
Off shoulder style 6
A fitted lace off shoulder top with unlined floral lace serving as the sleeves
Lace is a favourite for Bardot tops – you can have it form fitting in stretch lace. This lined top has circular lace ruffles and long lace sleeves
Off shoulder style 7
This princess line top has a separate elastic band along the off shoulder neckline. The lace ruffled panel is attached to the elastic band.
Off shoulder style 8
This is a favourite style with wedding gowns with a band across the shoulders. This top has cap sleeves.
Off-shoulder style 9
This is a cape style top with off the shoulder neckline. The neckline is shirred.
Off-shoulder style 10
This one has a cascade of double ruffles in two lengths, layered one on top of the other.