It’s rare, but every now and then a trend will evolve into a mainstay, and off-the-shoulder tops are well on their way to making the shortlist of New Age classics.

Thanks to brilliant designers, the skin-baring look has continued to evolve for quite a few years now. While the predecessors put the emphasis on straight-lined silhouettes that highlighted the entire décollatage, 2021’s best designs feel refreshing with unexpected cutouts, strappy details, and asymmetric finishes.

What’s even better? The shoulder-baring look is no longer strictly reserved for warm summer days. The latest crop of designs skews more into fall territory, thanks to peekaboo details infused into cozy knits, lightweight jackets, and soft cardigans.

If you kept close tabs on the street style scene during fashion month, you might have noticed a few runway show attendees incorporating the sophisticated reveal-and-conceal tops into their looks. One guest used the silhouette to add a sultry touch to a pair of baggy trousers (a look that could certainly be copied for a casually cool return to the office), while another flashed a hint of skin with a long-sleeve blouse adorned with circular cutouts.

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Goldsign The Fonteyn off-the-shoulder ruched ribbed stretch-jersey thong bodysuit

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Jacquemus Ascua off-the-shoulder knitted sweater