The one-shouldered look has existed since the togas of ancient Greece, but is clearly having a moment on today's red carpets, ready-to-wear runways, and in recent bridal fashion collections. The likely inspiration? Michelle Obama's flowy, white inaugural gown by Jason Wu, which had a distinctly "bridal" feel. The neckline is flattering on most body types—a brilliant way to show off your shoulders and collarbone with a bit more coverage than a strapless style would allow. We'll call it sexy-but-tasteful, because these dresses are all about elegant restraint, from a feminine and romantic Alençon lace gown at Anne Barge to Oscar de la Renta's crisp, sculpted silk faille mini.
Gown by Lazaro