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Ask Annette & Debbie: Is the Cold Shoulder Still Cool?

Dear Annette & Debbie, Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are practically everywhere, and while I love the shape, I wonder if it’s too late for me to commit to the trend. Is it on its way out? Is there a way I can make it feel fresh? —Morgan W.

Dear Morgan, We are of the belief that the cold shoulder isn’t going anywhere—and for good reason: it’s feminine, creates a beautiful silhouette, and elevates everything from cutoffs to jeans to dresses. The other good news is that there are so many fresh iterations of the trend, whether you want to keep it demure or pump up the volume, there’s something for every comfort level here at Intrigue.


If you’re apprehensive about revealing too much for the office, or just like to keep it simple, opt for a top or dress that shows off subtle slivers of collarbone and décolletage. Pair with a platform shoe and add a dramatic earring to finish.



Straps, ruffles, and asymmetrical details are the next step. Ultimately, these necklines are more festive and make the most sense in a dressed up scenario; you’ll want to balance the intricate details with subdued classics—pencil skirts work particularly well, even denim.



We love the drama here. These elaborate blouses can go both ways: super dressed-up with elevated pants or a skirt, even a streamlined jean for a night out. Keep the shoes and bag simple so they don’t compete with the neckline.


Hope these tips helped! Remember, we are just a phone call, message or drive away.

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5 Slimming Style Rules Almost Every Celebrity Follows

When following the world of celebrity fashion and dressing you start to notice certain trends—of the sartorial kind and otherwise. One such timeless pattern that everyone seems to strive for are the slimming styling rules. The best part of these figure-flattering tricks are that they work for any vibe, whether your look is feminine and sweet or bold and trend-driven. Scroll down to check out the top five slimming style rules and pocket them for yourself!

1. Long Outer Layer

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Wearing a longer outer layer will make you feel more slender as it so graciously conceals all the stuff you probably want concealed, but also makes you feel cool. Plus, as the weather gets warmer, swap out your light jacket for an extra-long vest.

2. Flared Skirt


If you have any thighs or hips to speak of, a dress or a skirt with a flared shape will likely be ultra-flattering on you. It will nip in at the tiniest part of your waist, and flow nicely over your curves.

3. Monochrome


Wearing one color from head to toe is visually lengthening, making you look taller and leaner. Black is a classic slimming choice, but we love how an all-white outfit looks for summer.

4. Belted Waist


Highlighting your waist with a belt is a slimming trick that works on women of any size. It’s the best way to fake an hourglass figure and highlight your middle section.

5. V-Neck/ Maxi Dress

The slimming wonders of a deep V-neck and a maxi dress are not to be ignored. Not only will it make your jawline and neck appear slimmer, but the upside-down triangle shape draws the eye down to your narrow waist and mimics the silhouette of an hourglass. The maxi meanwhile, elongates the body.

What’s your best slimming trick?