Fashion, Trends

It’s Time for the Shoulder to Shine

Get rid of those collars

Leena Hassan

If we have to choose one trend that defines Spring 2016 collections, it would be the off-the-shoulder silhouette. Seen on runways from New York to Karachi and all over the red carpet, the shoulder cutout is becoming a popular way for designers to show some skin— but not too much! The versatility of this trend is what makes it so exciting.It appears in shirts, dresses, coats, jumpsuits… you name it, with countless options from day wear to evening.

Shoulders came into view rather artfully at Oscar De La Renta and Ghulam Dastgir, while Harmony by Hang Ten and Zara Shahjahan presented their own gorgeous designs. Showcasing the perfect neckline with the right amount of skin shown is not only sexy but also an art unto itself. The bared shoulders themselves consist of three clear-cut types.

Bardot necklines

Equal parts ladylike and playful; Bardot necklines are the easiest way to work this trend. Take a page out of Nadia Hussain’s book and look suitably red carpet ready in a body con bardot neckline top with embroidery. If you don’t feel comfortable baring your shoulders, layer a top over a button-down for an unexpected, quirky look.

Shoulder cut-outs

Shoulder cutouts are a very common sight, with varying cuts, colors and designs, as seen on Issa, Nazli Akbar and Farah Talib Aziz. If you’re a woman who’s self conscious about her arms, than a cold-shoulder top is a great way to cover up without looking too stiff. Here, Maliha Aziz wears a flirty and feminine button-down version of the trend. To dress up the look, team a slinky cut-out top with a pair of wide-leg cropped trousers and some colourful stilettos . If you’re the adventurous type than try adding spice to the trend with a cut-out peplum twist.


Asymmetrical necklines are targeted towards the more adventurous fashionista, as opposed to those who have the need for everything to be balanced. Playing with single shoulder designs provides looks with a flirtier, more feminine edge that balance out the often-masculine accents on the catwalks. Nina Kashif, the General Manager of Urdu One looks sleek in a silky monochrome Sania Maskatiya number, with an added twist of ruffles that made the look more impactful, channeling a cool 80’s vibe.