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Some young women wear some special type of tops like the above picture. The top could be a sweater or Tshit or any top can be made into it.

What is the common term for it in everyday conversation, for example, "she is wearing an off-shoulder top"?

Second, these women may influence your daughters as well.

Say, you have a 4 year-old daughter. She is wearing a normal Tshirt but then she wanted to copy these above women. That is she stretched the neckline of her Tshirt all the way to show her shoulders visibly to people around her.

Is it correct to say "Sweetie, don't stretch the neckline all the way show off your shoulders like those girls on TV like that"?

is "show off" used correctly here?

  • Like that is unnecessary, as you have already said like those girls. Oct 26, 2020 at 8:56
  • That's a tube top. If you like shoulders, see also halter top.
    – Mazura
    Sep 27, 2022 at 1:34

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"Off-the-shoulder" is a good way to describe the sweater in the picture.

For the advice to a daughter, you don't need to put everything in one package. Lots of your questions ask for a way to say something but assume that the other person doesn't exist and won't respond.

Instead you can just say "Sweetie, don't stretch your tee-shirt."

She then responds. She might say "okay" or she might say "why" or she might say "I'm not stretching it" or she might say "aww daaaad" or something else. And then you have a conversation. You respond to her, and so on.

"show off" is correct, if you think she is really "showing off" her shoulders. But at age 4 I doubt it. She's just stretching her teeshirt because she can.

Language is meant to be an exchange. It isn't like a guided missile that you launch at someone and then leave!

  • I am pretty sure that little girl was trying to show off her shoulders like in the cartoon.
    – Tom
    Oct 26, 2020 at 4:07
  • And it is idiomatic to say "that girl showed off her legs / shoulders / belly / etc", right?
    – Tom
    Oct 26, 2020 at 4:12
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    I agree with James that the little girl may well be imitating the picture without any understanding of the significance of an adult woman uncovering her shoulders (or any other part). Yes, you can use showed off if it is really being done on purpose. Oct 26, 2020 at 9:05

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