If you follow me on Insta you've probably already noticed that I'm really into this summer's off-the-shoulder trend. Soft dresses and tops with exaggerated volume are interesting to sketch, and the new shapes seem to make for especially striking street-style and editorial images. These are just a few of the "off-the-shoulder girls" I've worked on recently.
Last week, I came across a few photos of model Amanda Norgaard wearing this deep blue dress (above) while browsing through her City Guide to Copenhagen (for W Magazine). She just looked so cool and at ease, with her effortless, silky gold hair and her just-structured-enough skirt length. I wanted to sketch Amanda's look not only because it seemed to embody the relaxed-yet-lively vibe I encountered when I was in Copenhagen a few weeks ago, but also because it shows that an off-the-shoulder piece doesn't have to be beachy or boho or even casual at all. Here off-the-shoulder feels perfectly trim and together. I think the trend works best that way.
I was so into this Talulah Horatio dress that I tracked it down at Aritzia way back in March when there was still snow on the ground. I chose the frosty blue color instead of the white, and that's what inspired the sketch (above). Unfortunately, I haven't had nearly as much fun wearing the dress as I've had drawing it! It's ridiculous, really, but I just can't keep it on my shoulders. It looks okay when I'm standing still (or hunching a little like the model in the top right-hand photo) but if I take two steps it immediately falls down. No one else seems to be dealing with this issue though, so it's probably just me.
My drawing of Vanessa Hong wearing JH.ZANE at Paris Fashion Week FW15 (above) was the first off-the-shoulder sketch I did in 2015, back in early March. It's remained one of my most popular sketches this year. I still love the unusual semi-detached sleeves with their geometric folds. How can a top have all those ruffles but remain so minimal and perfectly pared-down? Above are the series of work-in-progress sketches I worked on leading up to my final version.
So how do you feel about the off-the-shoulder trend? Have you gotten a chance to try it out? Comment and let me know! Here are four of my favorite off-the-shoulder finalists to get you thinking!