I Promise, This Small Switch Makes Simple Outfits Infinitely Cuter

From swimsuits to dresses, I can't get enough of this detail.

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I'll be the first to admit that, aside from some T-shirts and bike shorts, most of the clothes I bought in 2020 now sit in my closet unused. Staying home during the pandemic has truly convinced me that comfort comes first, and when I do venture outside, I end up wearing the same old outfits: long blanket dresses or a tank top and shorts, complete with a pair of Birkenstocks.

Still, there's one small switch I've made recently that has allowed me to find the happy medium, achieving no-fuss and fashion-forward all at the same time. Shoulder tie straps — or TinyTies, as I like to call them — have added a little something extra to even my most basic looks. Choosing items with this small detail makes me feel like I've put in a little more effort, even if it's still a throw-on-and-go (or lounge around) dress, top, or swimsuit.

Plenty of bloggers have made a case for TinyTies, too, proving they look great on everyone, work for any occasion, and can be worn in any type of weather. Get a dose of outfit inspiration, ahead, before shopping the trend for yourself.

On a Dress

In my opinion, no summer wardrobe is complete without a decent selection of maxi and mini dresses. While patterns and colors always amp up these easy pieces, TinyTies have the same eye-catching effect.

Shop Similar: Solid & Striped Tie-Shoulder Gingham Seersucker Dress ($248; solidandstriped.com)

On a Shirt

There's a time and place for closet staples, but for those who want a 'wow' moment, this detail will surely do the trick.

Shop Similar: Madewell Tie-Shoulder Tank Top ($20; madewell.com)

The Super Strappy Kind

The width and length of these shoulder ties vary: some are more bow-like, while others are thin and strappy. The latter gives a plain mini dress a sexy, '90s vibe.

Shop Similar: Reformation Othello Dress ($178; thereformation.com)

The Bow Detail

While not exactly a TinyTie, these ribbons are the same idea. The addition gives puff-sleeve designs with a sweet, cottagecore twist.

Shop Similar: LoveShackFancy Jessie Dress ($395; shopbop.com)

On a Bathing Suit

Not only will they make your one-piece or bikini feel more whimsical, a tighter knot has a cleavage-boosting effect.

Shop It: Summersalt The Tie Oasis ($95; summersalt.com)

For a Special Occasion

Sure, there aren't a ton of formal events happening right now, but a sleek black dress with shoulder ties feels somewhat fancy, especially if paired with stilettos.

Shop Similar: Sister Jane Sugar Blossom Tiered Cami Dress ($116; shopbop.com)

Layered in Cooler Weather

Once summer is over, there's no need to pack these dresses and shirts away. When things cool down, simply layer them over button-downs and turtlenecks.

Shop Similar: English Factory Plaid Tie Shoulder Top ($50; nordstrom.com)

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