The strapless gown has always been a classic, but now it's facing some serious competition from the off-the-shoulder dress. Like the strapless cut, this style is also a pretty shoulder-baring look, but there's something inherently more sexy and romantic about it in that it's a delicate blend of both sassy and sweet. The trend is able to show off a hint of skin without having to bare it all.
It certainly made a bold statement on the fall runways, where designers were able to highlight its range and versatility by incorporating the trend into dresses of various silhouettes. They also played with the cut of the off-shoulder itself, featured in every style from a modern twist to classy elegance. And no longer is the off-the-shoulder gown a summer look only — off shoulders that fall into cascading long sleeves are a gorgeous choice for a fall or winter wedding.
Let's just say that this style has a lot of shoulder appeal.
Theia's ivory silk mousseline Chelsea gown emits an ethereal bohemian beauty, with flowing sleeves and a trailing chiffon ball skirt. A straight neckline characterizes the off-the-shoulder look, complemented by an edge of ruffles for feminine romance. A hand embroidered seashell and pearl belt brings a bit of detail to this simple gown.
Rich in fabric and volume, Anne Barge's Reid gown brings drama in its simplicity. A structured and flattering silhouette makes it a showstopper, complemented by an off-the-shoulder look that meets in a revealing dip. A ruched bodice plays with texture against otherwise smooth fabric.
A confection of faille and crepe, Austin Scarlett's Simone dress is sleek, modern, and polished. A column silhouette carries a subtle yet striking design accompanied by a contemporary off-the-shoulder style featuring a bold fold. Playful, yet sophisticated.
Vintage romance is written all over Lihi Hod's lace Ella dress. A scalloped lace off-the-shoulder look, its cut perfectly highlighting and elongating the collarbone, is as sweet and dreamy as everything below it, from a bottom tier to a satin waistline bow, all of which combine for a full-on romantic effect.
Big blooms make an elegant appearance in Lela Rose's floral fil coupe a-line gown, The Cape. Here's a secret — the off-the-shoulder top is actually a capelet. Take it off to reveal a sweetheart neckline underneath. Beautiful and bold, this voluminous dress has an almost regal air that is certainly chic.