Always In Lesbian Style: Top 10 Cold Shoulder Tops

It seems like everywhere I turn these days people are clowning on cold shoulder tops. Why, just this week Heather and Jessica over at Go Fug Yourself said “I don’t know that I think the cold-shoulder look is that flattering. It makes people look slouchy.” Elle says they’ve reached “peak fatigue” with cold shoulder tops. Even The Toast co-founder Nicole Cliffe had a go, saying that “this cold shoulder top nonsense has gone on long enough.” Call me old fashioned but I don’t think cold shoulder tops will ever go out of style. In fact, here are the top ten cold shoulder tops to remind you why they’re always in, no matter the season.

10. Alex Vause

9. Delphine Cormier

8. Kalinda Sharma

7. Kristen Stewart

6. Santana Lopez

5. Sameen Shaw

4. Annalise Keating

3. H.G. Wells

2. Bette Porter

1. Carol Aird

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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  1. Thoughts:

    1. By strict definition I’m sure that Kalinda should be #1 for this, also I feel like at least 3 1/2 seasons-worth of Shane should factor somewhere.

    2. I appreciate this extreme gay-ification of an otherwise tedious straight take and think I would actually read style pieces if they were all like this.

  2. I’ve just created an account (after 2 years of lurking) to applaud you for making my day. This made me laugh so hard in Classic that my Latin prof flinched and overpronounced “facio”, sending the whole crowds into a gigglefit. Thank you!???

  3. I went through such a journey with this post. From thinking Heather wrote a fashion piece to thinking the internet was talking in lesbian terms I had never heard, I was amused at every wrong turn, then laughing hysterically by the time I landed in the joke. Truly a work of art.

    Also I would like to stand in defense of the clothing version of cold shoulder tops.

    • (An image of Emily Fields, another lesbian in favor of these tops, is supposed to be attached to this comment, but as anyone who has ever seen me attempt to comment on the Comments Awards posts knows, I am inexplicably incapable of successfully embedding an image in the comments. And this is a comment on a comment to comment on not being able to comment with a picture in my comment. Comment.)

  4. My girlfriend sent me a screenshot of the link to this article a couple of days ago, captioned “autostraddle have betrayed us”. I have only just actually opened/read this article via the comment awards. Reminding myself to click through those clickbait titles. Heather Hogan you rogue, you.

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