Fall in Love With… Cold Shoulders


I’ve been slightly obsessed with cold shoulder tops lately. Cut out shoulders transform an otherwise simple piece into something a little sexier, a little edgier. The peek-a-boo shoulder adds a fun and flirty feel without showing too much. It’s subtle, but sexy. The look was initially introduced in the nineties when Donna Karan debuted her iconic “cold shoulder” dress on Hillary Rodham Clinton who wore the dress to the inaugural ball. When asked about the gown, Karan said that no matter what women think about their bodies, they never complain about their shoulders. And she’s right! The trend regained momentum more recently during spring 2012 fashion week when designers like Richard Chai LOVE, 3.1 Phillip Lim and BCBG Max Azria rolled out various interpretations of the shoulder splice.

Needless to say, I’m a big fan of the look. When it came to designing my spring collection for my LC Lauren Conrad collection for Kohl’s I was inspired to create a few easy-to-wear flirty blouses. And Donna’s famed cold shoulder made the cut.


I adore this blouse (pictured above) because I’m a sucker for floral prints and chiffon. When I designed it I wanted to create something feminine that would turn heads, which is why the shoulder splice was the perfect finishing touch. I love wearing this blouse over a camisole with dark wash jeans.

What do you think about the cold shoulder look? How would you wear the Floral Chiffon Top?

XO Lauren

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  • Melissa Panici

    Lauren I love this top!! This will definately be something I will buy in the spring! I would wear it with a camisole and dark jeans or pants as well:)

  • Jessica Galfo

    I absolutely LOVE this top. I must get it!! You and I have very similar choices in clothing :-)

  • Beth Schilling

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this, Lauren. This would be appropriate for many settings. Work, date night, girls night, and the list goes on. I like the cami/dark wash jeans idea but I would also wear this as Summer nears (yay!) with white or cream colored pants for work. Love, love love. So feminine and fresh.

  • Kasandra McAloon

    LOVE IT!

    I am going to look for this in the stores!

  • Leasha Ann

    Would love the grey coloured one, pity I cannot get my hands on it as I live all the way over in Australia :(

  • Kelby Peachey

    This top is beautiful!! I think this would look really cute with a skirt and either some boots or flats. So many options with this beauty.

  • Shannon Vesik

    Fabulous shirt! Can’t wait to buy it! When does your spring collection come out?

  • Mariella

    Love the blouse with flowers! and I really like to show my shoulders so this is a good option, so feminine…

  • Stacie Grissom

    I love the cold shoulder look too– and I love how you included the backstory on Donna Karan’s cold shoulder look for Hillary Clinton. :)

    I made a dress of my own recently with a keyhole cutout! :)

  • Emily Patch

    I am in love with this top Lauren! I can’t wait for your spring fashion line to come to Kohls so that i canbuy that cute top :)

  • Cate McLaughlin

    What bra would you wear with it? Is it ok to show the straps you think?

  • Stephanie McDonnell

    Ahhhh! I saw this just this past weekend, but they were out of my size. I was totally bummed. Didn’t think to shop it online. I really need to get with the times.

    BTW, I just made the Carrie Bradshaw skirt from Trash to Couture’s guest post: http://www.luxeboulevard.com/2012/02/carrie-bradshaw-meets-jlo.html

  • Miranda Yang

    love this top and all of your collection but can’t buy it in Taiwan. :(

  • Kellie Norton

    I love this shirt!! I’m always at Kohl’s checking to see if there are any new pieces! Unfortunately, they do not have it in my size :( so depressing! I’m thinking about just winging it and ordering it online! Thanks for making such an amazing Kohl’s collection, I literally wear a piece almost every day :)

  • Jenny Crabtree

    ADORABLE!!! would buy it in a minute! It can be dressed up with a skirt or with jeans… will be looking for one.

  • Isabel Ott-Bagwell

    So adorable! I love it!

  • Lauren Hoffman

    LOVING this trend, check out my picks here.

    <3 Lauren

  • baylie crank

    I love the top. I would most like wear with a skirt or dark wash jeans.

  • Marquita Broxton

    I love this top!! But I don’t think it would look good on me..

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  • Melanie Zamora

    I love this shirt Lauren! It’s so sexy and feminine! Can’t wait to get one for myself!

  • jessi mccormick

    I kinda need this, like today haha

  • Zoe Bryce

    Is there anywhere in the UK that stock and sells Lauren Conrad clothes? x

  • Liz

    love this look!!! this post has inspired me to go shopping!

  • Kimberly Soda

    Beautiful! β™₯

  • Alexandra Roeth

    I love these shirts but since im only 5 ft tall i dont think it would look good on me… :(

  • Shivangi Patel

    VERY CUTE !! :)

  • Denise D

    I love this top. I wish they still had it available in the color you have on.

  • Lacie Blake

    I just might have to get that shirt!! Thanks Lauren :)

  • Gina Mackey

    @AlexandraRoeth: Just because you’re only 5′ tall doesn’t mean you can’t wear this look. I myself am only 5′ tall and I LOVE to wear this look. It’s not about height with this look. It’s about how you feel about your shoulders. It’s a look that anyone can pull off, as long as they have the confidence to wear it. So, Alexandra, DON’T be afraid to wear it because you’re only 5′ tall! :)

  • Rosely C

    Love it. I love how feminine and fresh it looks. And I agree its so true you never hear any girl complaining about her shoulders.

  • Natalie Waites

    Love this and has given me such a good blog idea for the future x


  • brynn hammer

    You look adorable in anything! I wish wearing my hair in a bun I looked as cute as you do!

  • Marvin C.

    I Like it… The blouse is Beautiful, & looks Great on You Lauren – have a Great day…

  • Jill M

    Love the blouse, so I bought it on Kohl’s website. They were out of the purple so I got the Betsy Red color which I like also! Fun!!!

  • 6elii

    absolut lovely!

  • May Zayan

    love this look, I’ve been sportin it lately and really liking the feminine feel it gives to my whole ensemble. great tip!

  • Taylor Bonar

    Love this!

  • Crystal Posner

    Sooo Cute!!

  • Shellz

    I’ve always love the cold shoulder trend…its so feminine and smexy..lool



    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these tops!! So much. They are so fun and flirty! Check out our outfits of the day on our blog! http://ohsoprettythediaries.com

  • Anne Straub

    I really love your collection for Kohl’s! Unfortunately, your collection is not available in Germany. I really would love to get some pieces from your collection!!!

  • Rebecca Lawson

    super cute, very feminine. I love it!!! :)

  • Miranda Pali

    I absolutely am in love with the look!!

  • Petra Zeller

    This is absolutely awesome. I LOVE It. So cute. I love the colour and the flower print.

    xoxo, Petra


  • Larissa Wilhelm

    This is so cute! I’m going to have to take a shopping trip on my next paycheck!


  • Paige

    love the cold shoulder, very chic and goes with everything!
    definatly want this top!

  • tinamarie

    oohhh. very nice. i’d wear it with my slim cropped pants from gap or jeggings, i like james jeans (:

    gap slim crop pant

    james jegging jean

  • Heidi Scholl

    Love the shirt!! I made a special trip to Kohls’ to buy it after seeing in on line the other week. I just wish they still had some of your skinny jeans…everything seems to be flair / bootcut now.

  • Suzy Zhang

    i’m actully not a fan of these kinds of shirts but it looks great on you! :)

    i have a new blog post coming up so please check it out:) http://highprofilehighexpectations.blogspot.com/

  • Kelly Burt

    I’m a sucker for floral prints myself. I hope to continue building on my floral collection! This top is absolutely beautiful Lauren!! LOVE IT :)

  • Janine B.

    This shirt is so cute! I love how you paired it with the ballerina bun. Adorable!



  • soupforthegirlysoul

    i’m going to start looking for these shirts as I’m out! πŸ˜‰



  • Alyssa Prato

    I’m going to make a point to look for a few shirts like this when I go shopping!

  • PavlynGirls

    I love that fashion is repeating itself – the midi skirt, the cold shoulders – such a blast from the past! I love this top – the floral print is so feminine and the cut out makes your shoulders look so cute! I would pair it with skinny jeans in either black or white and some pumps – and its a perfectly romantic date look (maybe Valentines?) Its too bad we don’t have Kohl’s in Canada. However, we are certainly bringing Lauren’s PaperCrown to our boutique!


  • Maureen Feltz

    Love it! Looks super cute :) Can’t wait to wear these tops in the spring!

  • Kristen Curley

    I adore this look. Might take a trip to Kohl’s to buy this soon :)

  • Tina Rush

    I just bought a black and white cold shoulder top! Lauren, you’re right about the sexyness of this style. I felt so hot in it, I think I’ll wear it with a pair ok skinnies and heels for my Valentine’s date… Also, you’re LC Collection top is gorgeous!

  • Elisee prummel

    That top is amazing!
    I love that floral!
    I’ll wear it with a dark blue jeans!

  • Haleigh Conard

    gorgeous design and gorgeous print lauren! I love hearing about your inspiration :)



  • Kimberly

    The top is so cute! I would wear it with a dark jeans. Xx

  • Melissa mould

    This is so cute. I bought a new floral blouse the other day. Looks amazing with leather jeans. I’ve featured an outfit post on http://www.mediamarmalade.com xx

  • Jodie Bale

    the top is cute but its not a look for me…im very concious about my shoulders as i think there a bit manish so i tend to keep them covered.

    please follow me on tumblr….


  • Lauren Grimsley

    My mom bought me this for Christmas! My boyfriend loves it sooo much because it shows my collar bone πŸ˜€

  • Natalie Waites

    This great post inspired me to write a piece on revealing your shoulders, Love the Look!! http://iwantstyling.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/fashion-advice-2/

  • Yasmin A

    I’m on the website right now and it’s only available in red! I want the gray one. Is there any chance you’ll be putting up more at the stores?

  • Asha Mattai

    I also just checked the website, will this top be available in gray soon?

  • Parisbluepizza

    I have a few cold shoulder tops too :) this one’s nice. i love it. :)

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