As off-the-shoulder tops rise in popularity, dumbbells are going unused at the gym

The University of Florida is located in, well, Florida. Our winters come and go like guests who arrive more than fashionably late and leave earlier than is socially acceptable, and subsequently, our top halves are usually showing the least amount of skin that is appropriate.

It seemed as though the crop top craze of the last few summers saw its last legs – er, abs – when people got tired of maintaining their workout routines.  The spring 2016 runways gave new life to the Bridget Bardot signature look (courtesy of Daily Mail) and eliminated the need for crunches to pull off that summer’s trend.

When the shoulder-baring runway hits caught on with A-listers, stars like Olivia Culpo, Lily-Rose Depp, and Rihanna exposed their collarbones to the world, and, as time would tell, so did we.

Your fellow students premiered these tops to the world not too long ago – everywhere from the UF campus and game day tailgates to all bars from midtown to downtown. Online retailers Missguided and Nasty Gal  and stores like Forever21 are the most popular places to buy these trans-seasonal staples, so if you haven’t caught on yet, the Oaks Mall is waiting for you!

My first off-the-shoulder purchase was a floral midi dress from Urban Outfitters. What drew me to it was its ability to cover my least favorite bodily extremity: my upper arms. I mean, you never have to do bicep curls again if you convert every top and dress you own into an off-the-shoulder. What could be better?

I still wear this dress during the day as 70 degree weather is no excuse to bring out the bomber jackets, but as nights become cooler in Gainesville, I adapt the trend by wearing off-the-shoulder velvet long sleeved one-pieces or knit sweaters of the kind.

When you want to look cute for class, wear a ruffled off-the-shoulder top tucked into a pair of high waisted mom jeans or over top a pair of boyfriend jeans.

For a game day tailgate, pair this rust colored cold shoulder tunic with your favorite white kicks (warning: they will get dirty) to bring a casual and sporty feel to a classic dress. If dresses aren’t your thing, this smocked top will go perfectly with flowing shorts the Gator color of your choice or with simple denim cutoffs – don’t forget your game day pin!

On a night out, whether it’s a social you’re going to, a date function, or just another Friday evening, bring two trends together with this off-the-shoulder choker top. Wear it with an a-line skirt or your favorite flare jeans and top (or bottom) it off with a classic Chelsea boot. Voila, you’re officially on trend!