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Asymmetrical necklines are certainly having a moment this season and were heavily seen at Spring 2023 Bridal Fashion Week. Designers from Anne Barge to Safiyaa to THEIA all spotlighted this unique trend in their newest collections, as it's a fresh and modern take on the one-shoulder look. Whether it’s a mini after-party dress or a formal ballgown, you can pair this neckline with just about any bridal style.
What is an Asymmetrical Neckline?
An asymmetrical neckline is one that features two different silhouettes on each side of your shoulders. Slightly different than a one-shoulder look, asymmetrical necklines typically showcase a unique design element.
What's more, runway designers aren’t the only ones embracing this new trend. Brands such as Lulus and Zara have recently taken on the style as well, so you can certainly find a variety of asymmetrical neckline dresses that fit not only your bridal aesthetic but also your budget.
Ahead, we’ve put together 21 of our favorite asymmetrical neckline wedding dresses for you to peruse this bridal season. Scroll on to see more.
Most Show-Stopping: Kelly Faetanini Isadora Gown
Runs: True to Size | Size: 0-24 | Materials: Crepe, feathers | Length: Floor
Take your bridal look to the next level with this truly statement-making ballgown from Kelly Faetanini. The long sleeve asymmetrical neckline is paired with a feathered skirt for a modern and romantic take on the traditional silhouette.
Best Satin Gown: Galvan Cropped Ushuaia Bridal Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: 34-44 | Materials: Satin | Length: Mid-calf
Sleek and simple, this satin gown features an asymmetrical neckline with a sash accent. The gown is made from bias-cut satin, which is a flattering choice for both curvy and straight figures.
For a Beach Wedding: Zimmermann Tropicana Asymmetric Neck Midi Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS-L | Materials: Linen | Length: Mid-length
For a more casual bridal look, consider this midi dress from Zimmermann. The gown is made from linen—perfect for beachside nuptials—and it features a flared skirt and a fully open back.
Most Modest: Safiyaa Salomé Draped Asymmetrical Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: 6-16 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Mid-length
Brides looking for a more modest bridal look will love this classy, crisp mid-length gown. It’s a great choice for any bridal occasion from the bridal shower to the rehearsal dinner and the big day itself.
Most Elegant: Fleur Du Mal Asymmetrical Cowl Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: 2-10 | Materials: Silk | Length: Mid-length
This sexy and chic gown, from Fleur Du Mal, hints at Old-Hollywood glamour with its draped asymmetrical cowl neckline. Pair with a silver bridal clutch and a slicked-back hairstyle.
Most Effortlessly Chic: Marcella Manhatten One-Shoulder Gown
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS-XXL | Materials: European Ponte | Length: Floor
Fashion-forward brides, take note of this elegant and edgy gown. Appropriately named "The Manhatten", this gown is perfect for city brides looking for a chic wedding day look.
For the After Party: Shona Joy La Lune Asymmetrical Bias Cowl Mini Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: 2-10 | Materials: Satin | Length: Mini
Another daring afterparty choice, this mini dress is a flirty and youthful choice to change into for your second or third bridal fit. The adjustable straps allow you to play with the length, making it great for brides of all heights.
For the Nontraditional Bride: Reformation Chandelier Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS-XL | Materials: Viscose | Length: Mid-length
We can’t help but imagine this slip dress at a picture-perfect backyard wedding. The combination of blue and white in the fabric is nontraditional yet still feels bridal-esque.
Best Romper: Lulus Ivory Satin Romper
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS-XL | Materials: Polyester | Length: Mini
We’ve been seeing bridal rompers pop up everywhere in the past few years, and we are loving this asymmetrical take on the trend. The relaxed shorts and added pockets, paired with the sleek satin are a balance between easygoing and formal.
Most Elegant: Badgley Mischka One-Shoulder Draped Crepon Bridal Gown
Runs: True to Size | Size: 2-12 | Materials: Crepon | Length: Floor
This sophisticated gown is beautifully crafted with unique draping and internal boning that creates a structured and timeless look. Style with a loose updo and subtle jewelry that has a hint of sparkle.
Best Black Gown: The Sei for FWRD Asymmetrical Cowl Midi Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: 0-10 | Materials: Silk | Length: Ankle-length
Who says that white is your only option for your wedding dress? More and more, brides are taking to unconventional colors for their bridal look. This black number is the perfect way to capture the trend while remaining timeless and tasteful.
Most Unique Fabric: Lulus Asymmetrical Midi Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS-XL | Materials: Polyester | Length: Ankle-length
We love a unique pattern on a wedding dress, and this swiss dot midi takes the cake. The draped asymmetrical neckline and asymmetrical skirt are a fresh take on traditional bridal style.
Best Floral Accents: Safiyaa Ramiel Ivory Long dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: 2-16 | Materials: Heavy crepe | Length: Floor
For a formal spring or summer wedding, we have our eye on this asymmetrical gown, featuring glittering flower bud embroidery along the neckline. The gown also features a subtle side slit that shows a bit of extra skin.
For the Modern Bride: Nadia Manjarrez Adria Gown
Runs: True to Size | Size: Contact brand | Materials: Satin crepe | Length: Floor
From Nadia Manjarrez’s Spring 2023 collection comes this modern and stylish gown. Incorporate another bridal trend into the look with lacey opera gloves, as styled in this photo.
What to Look for in an Asymmetrical Neckline Wedding Dress
When shopping for an asymmetrical neckline wedding dress, make sure to keep jewelry top of mind. This silhouette poses a bit of a challenge when it comes to necklaces, but that doesn’t mean wearing one is completely out of the equation. If you are set on wearing a necklace, a choker is a great way to highlight your neck without interrupting the neckline itself.
Is an asymmetrical neckline flattering for all bust sizes?
Asymmetrical necklines generally have less support in the bust area because they tend to be one shoulder or strapless. For this reason, it may not be the best option for those with a larger chest size, but there are some variations of the style that have more support than others. For example, a wraparound asymmetrical neckline usually has a high neck and can provide more support.
Is an asymmetrical neckline timeless?
While an asymmetrical neckline is a current trend that falls on the more modern side, that’s not to say that the silhouette can’t be timeless. If this is a style that you believe you will love in years to come, then it can be timeless for you. Just make sure you are picking a gown you truly love.
What hairstyle is best for an asymmetrical neckline?
You can pair just about any hairstyle with an asymmetrical neckline, but a low updo looks particularly great with the silhouette.
About the Author
Contributing writer Melony Forcier is a recent graduate starting her career path in beauty and fashion journalism. Before graduating, she interned with both Boston Magazine and Foundation PR. Additionally, she served as a fashion editor for Boston University's lifestyle magazine, The Buzz.