There are certain silhouettes that are fail-safe when it comes to a wedding guest dress—a wrap dress, a sheath, an A-line midi, a tiered maxi, and so forth. All are gorgeous, versatile, and often universally flattering options for a range of body types and sizes whether you prefer something fitted or loose and breezy. When it comes to sleeves, there are no set rules (though it’s common practice to cover your shoulders for more conservative venues), making it a prime detail to experiment with if you’ve worn a few of the same silhouettes several times over. Enter: the one-shoulder wedding guest dress.
Elegant and eye-catching, a one-shoulder wedding guest dress is perfect for those who want to show a little décolletage (but not too much) and at the same time still have enough support on top from a single strap. While strapless silhouettes are still a major yes in our book, we’re more than familiar with the woes the shape can bring for bustier ladies. Then there are those who may be feeling strapless dress fatigue (it’s a real thing), in which case a one-shoulder dress serves as a fresh alternative with modern appeal. After all, asymmetry has been a big trend in fashion over the past several seasons from sleeves to hemlines and embellishments and shows no signs of slowing down. So, why not go for a dress that captures the mood of the moment?
There are variations of one-shoulder dresses from classic to fashion-forward. A simple sheath, pared-back mini or body-skimming midi will appeal to those with more classic taste. For a bohemian spirit, billowing midis and maxis in floral prints are whimsical for a wedding while voluminous single shoulders and uneven hemlines will appeal to a more directional aesthetic. If you’re craving something ultra-feminine, look for a one-shoulder dress with frilled detailing like ruffles or bows—both are incredibly romantic for witnessing ‘I dos’. If you’re all about a little black dress, a one-shoulder is the perfect way to take the look into modern territory—bonus points if you go for a festive fringe hem or delicate lace fabric.
If you think a one-shoulder wedding guest dress sounds flawless for your next wedding, ahead, we’ve scouted 40 gorgeous versions that are guaranteed to wow, for every budget and style.