Friday, January 23, 2009

One Shoulder Elegance

Of course everyone is talking about the gorgeous Jason Wu gown that Michelle Obama wore to the inaugural ball--and with good reason. It was both fresh and vintage, ultra-glamorous and still completely appropriate. I think one of the things that made the dress so memorable is the fact that it really accentuated the first lady's best features: her toned arms and shoulders.

So we're taking a little inspiration from the beautiful Michelle (I'm sure it won't be the last time), and suggesting two of our favorite one-shoulder styles that give the same air of timeless elegance.

First, this one shoulder ruffled dress by Nicole Miller has a lot of detail--like the first lady's dress--but the single color and fabric keep it from being too busy. It's all about fit and texture.

And second, Trina Turk's Mayreau top is a unique and kind of bold piece, but still very wearable if paired with something simple like a black high-waisted skirt as seen in our look book. You could even wear it untucked with the cute pair of shorts for a casual summer look.

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