Giving Winter The Cold Shoulder

When I first decided that I wanted to write about the cold shoulder trend, I was thinking more along the lines of the brightly coloured, delicately designed, filled with optimism, spring dresses – specifically this one. Then I checked the weather this morning and quickly realised that we’re still busy fending off chilly temperatures of 3 or 4 degrees celsius which meant it was time to reel in the summer sunshine daydreams. Instead of waving goodbye to these dreams completely, I’ve compromised with myself. I’m not entirely happy about it but if easing my wardrobe into spring fashion with cut out jumpers and deconstructed shirts is the way to go, I guess I’ve gotta do what I’ve gotta do…

First up? Jumpers.

Self-appointed Queen of the Cosy this month, I’m still not ready to wave goodbye to my jumpers. In true salutation to this, today’s outfit of choice – this Missguided jumper and jeans – was what I reached for without thinking about it (also very coincidentally happened to be a jumper with cut out shoulders.) Said jumper has become a serious staple in my winter wardrobe ever since I bought it late last year. The current weather combined with the portion of my fashion brain that actually takes practicality and comfort into account over style still has me reaching for jumpers first thing in the morning (read: any chance I get) but that’s not going to stop me from giving the cold shoulder trend the recognition it truly deserves.

Yellow Tie Shoulder Knit Jumper, £36 at River Island

Black Cold Shoulder Frill Knit Jumper, £34 at River Island

Pink Cold Shoulder Frill Knit Jumper, £34 at River Island

Next up, let’s just take a second to discuss a trend that has become known as “shrobing”. Yep, you read that right. Brought to my attention by this article, apparently the term means shoulder robing. You know all those cool people you’ve seen on instagram and all of the amazing street stylers that have been plastered all over the internet in the last few weeks? They’re the people you will have seen flaunting this trend in our faces. It’s that look of pulling your coat down to reveal your shoulders (bare or not) in a look that I can’t quite decide whether it’s sultry or scruffy. (See below for your own verdict.) It seems we have creative director of Balenciaga and Vetements, Demna Gvasalia to thank for this (odd) phenomenon – as we do for most crazy and refreshingly creative things going on within the fashion industry at the moment. For a much more in depth, expertly written explanation of the trend, head to and read this article to understand shrobing in all of it’s true glory.

Image sources:, Popsugar

Last but definitely not least, the beautiful cold shoulder midi dresses that my spring wardrobe dreams are made of (and the originally intended focus of this post). Last summer we chose to bare all when it came to our shoulders and embraced all things off the shoulder. This Spring/Summer season we’re much more subtle in our approach, keeping things flirty and feminine with cut out shoulders and floral patterns. If these don’s scream SS17, I don’t know what does.

Hanky Hem Floral Skater Dress, £49 at Topshop

Cold Shoulder Dress, £24.99 at H&M

Purple Tile Print Cold Shoulder Midi Dress, £45 at River Island

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