Giving Winter the Cold-Shoulder

When it comes to showing skin, for me the shoulders totally have it. I love just a little hint of sexy, while still staying demure, feminine and elegant. So needless to say, I'm a big fan of cut-out-shoulder detailing. If you know me (or follow me) at all, that's probably super obvious since I've actually designed a number of pieces in just that kind of cold-shoulder style. But beyond my own designs, my closet is full of such tops and dresses and I just can't stop myself when I find another cold-shoulder piece I love. Enter this NYTT maxi dress.

I know I've mentioned this label before, but it's just too good not to share again. Not only do I love NYTT's designs, the comfort of their fabrics is to die for, and their fit is so flattering. So when I discovered this dress at Midnight Rambler here in Denver (, I knew I had to have it. In full disclosure, I actually first saw it on Midnight Rambler's Instagram page and began dreaming (and inquiring) about it months ago. Then when I was invited to be part of a holiday photo shoot there and saw another girl wearing it, I realized just how amazing it looks on. And finally, I tried it on myself and... know how the story ends. Happy to say its now mine.

There are so many things to love about this dress.....the cold-shoulder (of course!), the fitted, slightly flared sleeves (with a little split detail at the wrist), the flattering form-fitting shape, the leg slits on either side, and the soft, comfy fabric (which you know is huge in my book....I may have mentioned the importance of comfort a time or two before). Plus, I love the fact that you can dress this piece up or down so easily. The dress itself is a casual ribbed fabric, but the fit and style can definitely go dressier so you can change the look just by pairing with different shoes, accessories etc.

I actually styled it two different ways to show you just how versatile it is. For a more casual vibe, I paired it with my go-to AG denim jacket (embellished with some fun pins - I've included some options here, here and here), a homemade leather wrap choker, leopard ankle boots and a black felt hat. And for a dressier look, I styled with blue suede pumps, a long vintage glass bead necklace and blue fedora. (My cobalt hat is from Lack of Color, one of my very favorite hat brands, and I picked it up at Shea boutique in Denver last fall, but the hat I linked is similar in color and style.)

As far as sizing, NYTT sizes run 1, 2, 3, 4 (which basically correlates to XS, S, M , L respectively). I'm wearing a 2 and I would say that it runs true to size. So I'd recommend if you want a more fitted look, go with your normal size and if you want it to fit a little looser and roomier, size up.

I've linked this dress above, along with the other pieces I'm wearing (or similar options). And definitely check out NYTT's site for all of their awesome (and comfy) designs! 

Are you a fan of the cold-shoulder look? Would love to hear!

PS. Have a gorgeous week!




black felt hat