How to wear fall's trickiest fashion trend

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There are some silhouettes I just don't want to see the back of – the cold shoulder trend being one of them.

There is something so understatedly elegant about a bare shoulder. A bronzed décolleté will forever be a part of the body which can be shown off without freezing or looking too risqué.

Much though some of my summer wardrobe items require packing away for Autumn/Winter (bye denim shorts) the cold shoulder look is one which I am holding on to.

If you too are keen to keep the cold shoulder going, I've styled up the trend two ways – dressing it up and dressing it down for the cooler seasons.

Anthropologie Off The Shoulder Top Outfit | Monica Beatrice Welburn | The Elgin Avenue Blog

Anthropologie Off The Shoulder Top Outfit | Monica Beatrice Welburn | The Elgin Avenue Blog

Off The Shoulder Top: Anthropologie | Flare Jeans: FRAME Clutch Bag: Karen Millen (Last Season – Fun For Autumn) | Necklace: Lulu Frost (Last Season – Similar) Bangle: Nadia Rabosio (Past Season – Similar) | Lip Colour: Collection Cosmetics in 'Mulberry'

Lulu Frost Gold Necklace Detail | The Elgin Avenue Blog

For me, the transition from a summer Bardot top in to a cooler-weather incarnation is all about the fabric and colour. Whereas I would have worn a white lace Bardot top in the heat, now I am on the lookout for luxurious tactile fabrics like velvet and silk.

I spotted this beautiful jewel-hued off the shoulder top in Anthropologie right at the end of the summer. I couldn't wait for it to get a little cooler and try it on.

Anthropologie Off The Shoulder Top Outfit | Monica Beatrice Welburn | The Elgin Avenue Blog

Anthropologie Off The Shoulder Top Outfit | Monica Beatrice Welburn | The Elgin Avenue Blog

For me, I want to feel warm and elegant when dressing up in the cold months. In order to counterbalance the Bardot silhouette up top, I like to wear a longline skirt or trousers. Right now my flare jeans are on rotation – you can read about how to style up your flares here. It took me so long to find a pair I really loved – now I'm hooked!

Another easy Autumn style update I've made is darkening my beauty look – I've loved unearthing my berry-coloured lipsticks and nail polish. I've been using the Collection Cosmetics Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in 'Mulberry' recently and I absolutely adore the colour! The formula is quite matte so I always use a little lip balm first – for £2.99 it's a beauty purchase well worth making this season.

THE COLD SHOULDER EDIT

Cold Shoulder Dress Outfit | The Elgin Avenue Blog

Dress: Primark | Jeans: FRAME Trainers: Converse | Bag: Karen Millen (Past Season) Lip Colour | | Scarf: Borrowed From Oli

Dressing Down Off The Shoulder For Autumn

You guys – this dress. Annoyingly I can't link to it as it's not available online, but if you have a good Primark near you – go! I spotted this little cold shoulder dress when I was in my local store, and immediately ran it to the till.

Luckily the elements I love about this dress – namely the darker print, and the cold shoulder silhouette are qualities shared by other gorgeous pieces on the high street right now.

I absolutely L O V E this version from Topshop – it would look amazing with little ankle boots. This cute swing dress would also be a great number to wear over jeans.

For daytime a sweet little cold shoulder dress works really well over skinny jeans or leather leggings. When I'm just pottering about I'll often wear my old converse or little black ankle boots.

Cold Shoulder Dress Outfit | The Elgin Avenue Blog

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