This time last year, none of us could have predicted that an article like this would ever feel relevant. But here we are, almost a year after the first national lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic was announced, and a new trend is emerging for one-shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops to wear to your vaccine appointment – a sign of the times if ever we saw one.
What started as a tongue-in-cheek joke about Revolve’s Paige raundi sweater on Twitter has now become a sartorial option we’re actually considering, and not just for our appointment for the jab (which all adults are now set to be offered by 31st July).
Of course there’s a practical level to the purchase – just the right area of shoulder is exposed to give whoever is administering your vaccine a little less admin to deal with.
But given the unseasonably warm February weather (degrees in the teens in many parts of the country), and the fact we’ve been wearing nothing but oversized sweaters and joggers for at least the last six months, these slightly more revealing options are also a much-needed opportunity to inject some fun into our wardrobes as spring approaches.
If you’re still awaiting your slot (or indeed, your second dose), here are the pieces you’ve still got time to order to make your vaccinator’s life a little easier, and your own style options somewhat more exciting.
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Revolve Paige raundi sweater
The original that started it all – how could we not include it? The high wool content and on-trend roll neck make this a cosy piece that’s effortlessly stylish over jeans. It also comes in pink, black and camel.
Buy now £232.00, Revolve.com
4th & Reckless knitted off shoulder plunge jumper in camel
Top marks go to this affordable ribbed knit from Asos for an eternally wearable colourway and the elegant sweetheart neckline. It’s also an excellent reminder to keep your posture in check, as shoulders cut that low will surely slip down if you slouch.
Buy now £28.00, Asos.com
Sézane Bella bodysuit
We get strong ballerina energy from this Bella bodysuit from fashion editor-approved brand Sézane, which is made from comfortable organic cotton. The sunflower hue is especially cheering as summer draws nearer, but there’s a rainbow of other options, from mint green to basic black, up for grabs.
Buy now £75.00, Sézane.com
H&M jacquard-patterned top
We can imagine few things more fabulous than turning up to the vaccine centre in this extravagant H&M design. The cropped off-the-shoulder shape is ideal for tucking into tailored trousers to balance out your silhouette, and the eyecatching pattern and metallic thread woven throughout mean this is one you’ll want to rewear for outings on 21st June and beyond, too.
Buy now £99.99, Hm.com
Zara draped asymmetric top
Remember you don’t need to bare both shoulders – an asymmetric style like this gingham Zara top will do the job just as well. We like the fresh, springy colour palette, which is just as perfect for picnics as it is for your jab. The blue will even coordinate nicely with your “I’ve been vaccinated” sticker.
Buy now £29.99, Zara.com
Reiss Maeve one-shoulder top in neutral brown
We’re also fans of this striped maeve top from Reiss; it’s a relaxed, easy option that’s simple to style for the daytime or evenings out (remember those?) when the time comes. The straight one-shoulder neckline is smartened up a little by the button cuffs on the sleeves.
Buy now £135.00, Reiss.com
Mango off-shoulder crop top
Mango pairs this off-the-shoulder crop top with its matching cotton poplin skirt for maximum romance, but we think it’d look just as good with slightly more casual attire from your existing collection. No extra jewellery or accessories required with this one – those voluminous sleeves do all the talking.
Buy now £29.99, Mango.com
& Other Stories fitted off shoulder rib top
Classic, chic, contemporary – this isn’t a flash-in-the-pan purchase for just one day, it’s an investment that you’ll pull out and rewear over and over again. The deep fold of the neckline and ribbed material make it look far more expensive than its £55 price tag.
Buy now £55.00, Stories.com
Monki one-shoulder top
A puffed, pleated shoulder, a flattering fitted bodice, and a choice of staple black or white to coordinate with any outfit – this is the most affordable way to tap into the off-the-shoulder top trend we’ve found. For a tenner, you really can’t go wrong.
Buy now £10.00, Monki.com
River Island diamante one shoulder mini shirt dress in white
Not strictly a top, we’ll admit, but we couldn’t resist that diamante strap. Plus, a crisp white shirt dress in a lightweight material will never go out of style – we like the oversized fit and dropped waist on this quirky River Island design.
Buy now £55.00, Asos.com