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Off-the-Shoulder Chic

Giving someone the cold shoulder? Bad. Having a (somewhat) cold shoulder because you’re wearing this season’s biggest trend? Well, that’s a good thing. Fashion-makers at über-design houses such as Lanvin (bottom left), Chloé and Calvin Klein paraded a single bare shoulder in their spring/summer 2009 runway collections, indicating that this seasonal trend has staying power.

Even if you can afford the high-fashion prices that come with the detailed design and craftsmanship of couture clothing, spending that much on a trend may not make much sense. T-bags crafts a short, tri-colored, one-shoulder dress to satisfy your craving at a fraction of the cost of couture (available at Neiman Marcus). Feel like wearing pants instead? Robert Rodriguez designed a ruffled one-shoulder top (available at Nordstrom in ivory or coral), which he pairs with pants and, of course, dramatic heels for the finishing touch. Stylish and attainable, this top is an example of how to look the part without breaking the bank.

The bottom line? Whether it’s form-fitting, full-bodied or hanging off your shoulder by a mere thread, there is a youthful essence to this must-have trend of the season, adding an interesting angle to dressing this spring.