How To Wear The Off-The-Shoulder Top Trend Over 40

We tried to avoid it but the off the shoulder top trend is prevailing once again this season. Several years ago we took a united stand and advised women over 40 to skip it along with cold shoulder looks (which we really hate) but many of our readers have communicated they like it and we feel we need to clarify. We agree that some women over 40 can totally work the look and we like some of the new variations for 2020. So now of course, Lauren and I are warming up to the trend. Yet, there are some rules we like to follow.

How To Wear The Off-the-Shoulder Top Trend

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We prefer off off the shoulder tops that do NOT have elastic at the hem (you don’t want to be tugging at both ends) and are happy to find some longer tunic style tops like this Bobeau Womens Coye Poplin Off-The-Shoulder Pullover Top now on sale for only $7.99. The longer length is much more flattering, elongates the torso, will not poof out in front which makes you look bigger – and and will not ride up. Score!

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Some of the updates on off-the-shoulder tops for 2020 include interesting asymmetric looks. This 3.1 Phillip Lim Asymmetric Off-The-Shoulder Cotton-blend Taffeta and Satin Top is a perfect example. This is an elegant and sophisticated way to wear an off-the-shoulder top.

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Another option is to find a top that can be worn on or off the shoulders like this Scoop Women’s Printed Off-the-Shoulder Top for Walmart for only $19. It comes in other colors and prints too. With a top like this you can wear it both ways.

Off-the-Shoulder Top Trend Over 40 Rules

1. Make sure you have the right body type for an off the shoulder top. You need to be really honest with yourself. When you are over 40 if you are smaller chested, smaller shouldered and have a tight decollate you can pull off the look. If you can’t claim all of the above, avoid this trend.

2. Wear a strapless bra with your off-the-shoulder top. This should seem obvious, but we thought we should make it crystal clear.

3. We recommend long sleeves. An off-the shoulder long sleeve top looks more sophisticated than short or flutter or no sleeves!


4. Avoid cropped versions. The words “crop top” should not be in your vocabulary

5. Avoid midriff versions. It’s needless to say, but just in case.

6. Avoid extra ruffles at the neckline! It’s too young-looking and will visually add weight.

7. Stick to sleek silhouettes and avoid extra embellishments.

8. You can still skip the trend altogether!

So now you know how to wear the off-the-shoulder top trend when you are over 40. Are you going to try it?  If you must get one, here are some “Fountain of 30 approved” off-the-shoulder tops.



If you enjoyed this post check out 10 Fashion Mistakes That Make You Look Older and The 7 Jean Styles Women Over 40 Should Have In Their Closet.

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11 thoughts on “How To Wear The Off-The-Shoulder Top Trend Over 40”

  1. Editorial note from a woman over the dreaded 40 mark: it’s ‘you’re’ not ‘your’ when referring to tip #1. This was just one of many writing errors. Hire a proofreader (maybe one over 40) lol

  2. I’m over 40 and I wear what I like. I didn’t just hit 40 and fall apart. My shoulders really aren’t that offensive yet lol. I really hate it when women feed misogyny and tell women that once they are past a certain age they should cover up as they are basically past their sell by date, which is what your article is doing. 40 is so young!

  3. This is such crap. Women can wear what they want, when they want. We don’t turn into monsters as soon as we turn 40.

  4. I really wish that people would stop writing things like this. This is part of the reason that women feel like getting older is such a horrible thing. If we lived by most people’s standards women are kids until 18 then gorgeous until 29 and old hags after. Wear what you want, live life and age gracefully. I’d rather age and “dress young” than the alternative which is not aging at all.

  5. Lol I try to use any littⅼe tһing thаt happеns ɑt work ɑs an excuse tо quit…
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