Exercise Your Right to Bare Arms

January 31, 2010 • Magazine

Exercise Your Right to Bare Arms

Exercise Your Right to Bare Arms

Sun, 2000-01-30 05:00

Joseph Ungoco

When you want someone to work harder you tell them to put their “shoulder into the it”. When you’re looking your best, you’re putting “your best foot forward”. Well, in my ongoing effort to help you look your best, I say “put your best shoulder forward!” The very best in the season’s asymmetrical looks will have heads turning wherever you’re going. No matter whether it’s a hot date or a night out on the town with your very own personal Sex and the City cast, dare to bare and step out with confidence.

In order to better help you solve your clothing dilemmas and fashion emergencies, I’ll be highlighting the best in one-shoulder dresses that are available right now at Net-A-Porter. If you see something you absolutely need to have in your closet or wear out tomorrow night, just click on the designer’s name and you be just a few clicks away from having that dress on your doorstep!

I’ll skip right over the LBD options and go for the best prints of the season that are perfect for any night on the town. Diane Von Furstenberg‘s one-sleeve number is as refreshing as the palm tree print it features. Slip it on and you’ll instantly feel like you’re sipping a cool drink on a hot beach. The double petal sleeve will flutter alluringly with any subtle wave you make at your latest target. If animal prints are more your style, then Roberto Cavalli‘s black-and-white python print on silk satin will have you locked-and-loaded for any walk on the wild side. Whether you’re a full-fledged cougar or just entering your puma years, none of the boys will be able to resist your charms in Temperley London‘s tonal leopard print wool knit dress. The crossover front and tulip hem add another level of sophistication and sexiness to the design. Wear it with tights or be prepared to cause a stampede!

Think you can’t pull off a one-shoulder dress in the daytime? Master of American sportswear, Michael Kors proves you – wait for it – WRONG! Pastel colors may signal the full bloom of spring, but nothing says early spring to me like pale blue. This wool dress has a whisper of stretch to it, just enough to keep you comfortable all day long, and the asymmetrical stitching ensures that your best assets are shown to their best advantage. Bare one shoulder and you’ll have a leg up on everyone else. By far, my favorite one-shoulder short dress option is perhaps the most daring. Alexander McQueen‘s color blocked dress is simply mesmerizing. The windmill effect of this little number will have all the would-be Don Quijotes in the room tilting your way!

Finally, if all this one-shoulder business has you feeling nostalgic for the days when you watched your mother get ready for a big night on the town in the 70’s – perhaps mom was a Studio 54 girl? – I couldn’t talk about one shoulder without talking about Halston. Who doesn’t remember the Ron Galella paparazzi shots of Liz and Liza dancing the night away with one perfect shoulder bared to the world? Well, fear not, you don’t have to raid your mom’s attic to get this look. Halston Heritage has the perfect updated version in hot pink satin. Forget giving Bianca Jagger a run for her money in her heyday, you’ll you’ll be cutting in on Jade Jagger’s action today!

1. Roberto Cavalli Asymmetric Silk-Satin Dress $2,565
2. Diane Von Furstenberg Carmona One-Shoulder Dress $550
3. Temperley London Leah Printed Wool Dress $895
4. Alexander McQueen Knitted Asymmetric Spiral Dress $1380
5. Michael Kors Stretch-Wool Asymmetric Zip Dress $1395
6. Halston Heritage Asymmetric Silk-Satin Gown $545

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