Why Cold Shoulder Tops Are Perfect For Fall

I know what you’re thinking. Cold shoulders definitely do not sound seasonally appropriate. I used to think the same until a cool fall day came and I wore this gorgeous burgundy sweater from HER. Boutique (use code ‘missmolly20’ to get 20% off). I was pleasantly surprised with how perfect it was for the weather. We are well into embracing the essence of fall and yet, here in Seattle the weather is still completely unpredictable. One day, it’s pouring down rain; the next, we are blessed with the sun. Being prepared for anything is an absolute must, which is why I’ve found cold shoulder sweaters to be the perfect for the season. HERboutique.com | Cold Shoulder Tops | Fall FashionHERboutique.com | Cold Shoulder Tops | Fall Fashion

It’s all about the material.

Turns out cold shoulder tops don’t have to be “cold” at all. In fact, I was very warm wearing this burgundy sweater aptly named Feels Like Fall. Now that spring and summer have officially passed, it’s time to start thinking about thicker and heavier fabrics. As the weather transitions, so must our fabrics. Cold shoulder sweaters still fit the season because the thickness of the material will be plenty to keep you warm. 
HERboutique.com | Cold Shoulder Tops | Fall FashionHERboutique.com | Cold Shoulder Tops | Fall FashionHERboutique.com | Cold Shoulder Tops | Fall Fashion

Layering makes a difference.

If you’re in an area where fall is in full front, don’t think that cold shoulder tops won’t work. I made this mistake at first, and I’m so glad I gave it a try. A top like this can take you right through the winter if you have your winter accessories ready to put on over it. Most buildings are heated during the cooler months, so if you’re prepared with seasonally appropriate outwear, then that exposed shoulder shouldn’t stop you from being cute for fall.HERboutique.com | Cold Shoulder Tops | Fall Fashion

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Can you wear a sweater and still be sexy?

I think so! Cold shoulder tops give that subtle hint of sexiness without showing too much skin. They have a subtle hint of flirty appeal, without being overly flashy. My personal style has always leaned more towards a classy and sophisticated nature and cold shoulder tops do exactly that while still being on trend. This top is able to find that perfect balance with cute open shoulders and dual side slits, but with a cozy and oversized fit. It’s all about balance!HERboutique.com | Cold Shoulder Tops | Fall FashionHERboutique.com | Cold Shoulder Tops | Fall Fashion

Styling tips:
  • If you’re going for a fall look think fall colors.  I’m all about burgundy this season, but it turns out this sweater also comes in black. I’ll take it in both, please!
  • Pairing a sweater with jeans and heels or boots is always a classic option, as I did in this look. If it’s oversized like this one, wearing it over leggings is perfectly acceptable!
  • For an edgier look and still fall appropriate, pair a cold shoulder sweater with a mini skirt and over the knee boots. Sometimes I like to tuck in my sweater a little bit to polish off the look.
    HERboutique.com | Cold Shoulder Tops | Fall Fashion
HERboutique.com | Cold Shoulder Tops | Fall Fashion
I’d love to hear from you! Have you tried the cold shoulder trend yet?
Keep smiling!



Believe it or not, this is my first off the shoulder top, and now they’re all on my wishlist!

Shirt:  “Feels Like Fall Burgundy Sweater”

Only $42, but use code MISSMOLLY20 to get 20% off this top plus EVERYTHING from HER. Boutique. (comes in black too)


Photo Credit //  Samantha Weissbach Photography

Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. November 12, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    I LOVE this look on you!! That color is so lovely, and your styling ideas are fantastic! Thank you so much for linking this sweater – I love it and it will definitely be on my wish list!

    • November 26, 2016 / 4:14 pm

      You’re so welcome Shaylynn! Thanks for the compliments! They have another sale coming up on Cyber Monday so be on a watch for it! I know you’ll love their clothes!

  2. November 13, 2016 / 9:01 am

    Oh I have been all about cold shoulder tops this year and so thrilled that they made/make them in cozy sweaters and sweater dresses too! That’s a beautiful color on you Molly and you look gorg as always. Hope to see you soon friend.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • November 26, 2016 / 4:19 pm

      I’m so glad you’ve been into cold shoulder tops too! They look amazing on you, especially with that gorgeous smile you always show! Hope to see you soon lovely!

  3. November 13, 2016 / 10:58 am

    I totally understand that weather, Vancouver is so similar to Seattle in that sense! This cold shoulder sweater is perfect for this crazy changing weather! I love that colour on you!


  4. November 13, 2016 / 11:09 am

    Love this sweater on you! And the color is perfect! I think cold shoulder tops are absolutely sexy. xxoo

  5. Vanessa H. Wood
    November 13, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Love the look of this beautiful sweater! I may have to try this trend!

  6. November 13, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Great look – I would not have thought of cold shoulder tops for fall, but this one is just perfect!

  7. November 13, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    You look so adorable in that cold shoulder sweater!! I especially love how you styled with the pop of blue! Hope to see you soon girl!!! What a great selection that boutique has in cute sweater options!

    Sarah | http://www.theblondegiraffe.com

  8. Sarah Gallo
    November 13, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Love that top! You wear it so well!

  9. Thomas Falkenstedt
    November 14, 2016 / 6:33 am

    And here I thought we had approx the same temperature in the south of Sweden as you do in Seattle, but apparently that’s not the case as it’s a LOT colder here right now. We even had some snow last week, but that doesn’t stop us from looking good right? 🙂 Just like you said, with the right layering you can make any look work throughout the winter and this cold shoulder top is not exception. I love how you styled it and you look absolutely adorable! 🙂


  10. November 14, 2016 / 6:42 am

    I actually love this idea! It’s still pretty warm here in FL, so real full coverage sweaters are out of the question. This seems like a great piece to wear here for fall vibes without sweating to death.

  11. November 14, 2016 / 6:51 am

    This is such a cute sweater Molly! I’ve not seen a style of Off the shoulder sweater like this one before and it looks fab on you! The colour is gorgeous too especially for Fall. Vancouver weather right now is probably much like Seattle but I’m still wearing dresses and skirts too, it’s all about the layering 🙂


  12. November 14, 2016 / 8:07 am

    This particular cold shoulder top is GORGEOUS, Molly! Something about the top strap part and how it all lays is just so pretty + flattering. and lovelovelove the color!

    Coming Up Roses

  13. Mariann Yip
    November 14, 2016 / 9:19 am

    I love cold shoulder tops too! And that color is perfect for the fall and looks amazing on you 🙂


  14. November 14, 2016 / 10:52 am

    That color is gorgeous on you! I don’t have a sweater like this…yet…but now I’m on it! You sold me, girl! xoxo

  15. brittany
    November 14, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    I love a good shoulder 😉 They are always so flattering and spice up a normal sweater!


  16. Mummytimestwo
    November 14, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    What a great outfit. That top looks fantastic and really wearable.

  17. November 14, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    Such a cute look! I love the mix of colors you have going on. I actually don’t have any cold shoulder sweaters, but will definitely be looking for some!!

  18. Maya Witten Claros
    November 15, 2016 / 5:18 am

    You seriously do make that sweater look sexy!

  19. Casey Oakley Bennevault
    November 15, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Love this sweater!! Would you believe I don’t own a single cold shoulder top despite the fact that I love the look?! Definitely going to have to get one ASAP!

  20. Ines Naouali
    November 15, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Beautiful look! I need to get that burgundy color back into my closet for this fall/winter. Xx


  21. November 15, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Molly, this color on you is EVERYTHING. Absolutely stunning. I agree – and now I need to grab a cold-shoulder sweater for myself! In love!

  22. Darci Wolfgang
    November 15, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    LOVE this top and this trend, thanks for the styling tips!
    xo, Darci

  23. November 16, 2016 / 6:58 am

    The thicker straps on that sweater are perfect! Some cold shoulder tops have very thin straps. How see through is the sweater? It looks a little thin (it’s already too cold here to wear light sweaters). Great choice on the color!

  24. November 16, 2016 / 7:07 am

    one of my favorite trends EVER – can’t get enough of these. like you said it’s a way to step up your look and make it a bit sexier without showing too much. love the burgundy!

  25. Taylor Smith
    November 16, 2016 / 7:07 am

    This look is AMAZING on you! I love how chic it is for fall.

  26. November 16, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    I definitely think this sweater is sexy! I love the shoulder cutouts and the shape of it and especially the color! Would love to have this in my wardrobe for the holiday season!

  27. nisharawat
    November 18, 2016 / 12:24 am

    Love the off shoulder top trend this year so much.Love the color of your top and how you have styled it. Beautiful!

    Nisha | http://simplistique.com/

  28. Taylor
    November 23, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Love this sweater, that color was MADE for you!
    I can definitely relate when it comes to crazy weather, I’m in California and the weather is always bi-polar!

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