40 One-Shoulder Wedding Guest Dresses That Will ‘Wow’

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Updated 07/26/18
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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.

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Boohoo One Shoulder Gather & Ruffle Midi Dress

Courtesy of Boohoo

SHOP NOW: Boohoo, was $50, now $25

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Eloquii One Shoulder Bow Detail Dress

Courtesy of Eloquii

SHOP NOW: Eloquii, was $129.90, now $24.97

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Who What Wear Floral Print One Shoulder Ruffle Midi Dress

Courtesy of Who What Wear

SHOP NOW: Target, $32.99

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Ava & Viv Plus Size Floral Print One Shoulder Dress

Courtesy of Ava & Viv

SHOP NOW: Target, $34.99

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Express One Shoulder Sheath Dress

Courtesy of Express

SHOP NOW: Express, was $79.90, now $49.99

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Lulus High Tide Yellow Striped One Shoulder Midi Dress

Courtesy of Lulus

SHOP NOW: Lulus, $59

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River Island Pink Lace One Shoulder Frill Occasion Dress

Courtesy of River Island

SHOP NOW: River Island, was $160, now $60

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Warehouse One Shoulder Asymmetric Dress

Courtesy of Warehouse

SHOP NOW: Warehouse, was $98, now $62

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ASOS One Shoulder Balloon Sleeve Midi Dress in Floral Print

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, was $64, now $44.50

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Black Halo Eleece One-Shoulder Bow Mini Dress

Courtesy of Black Halo

SHOP NOW: Neiman Marcus, was $325, now $81

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Love Like Summer x Billabong One-Shoulder Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Love Like Summer x Billabong

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $89.95

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Guess Elana One-Shoulder Floral Dress

Courtesy of Guess

SHOP NOW: Guess, $98

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Lauren Ralph Lauren One-Shoulder Maxidress

Courtesy of Lauren Ralph Lauren

SHOP NOW: Macy's, was $160, now $99.99

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Banana Republic Lace One-Shoulder Midi Dress

Courtesy of Banana Republic

SHOP NOW: Banana Republic, was $148, now $117.99

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For Love & Lemons Luella Jacquard Mini Dress

Courtesy of For Love & Lemons

SHOP NOW: Revolve, was $207, now $50

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Baily 44 Kathleen One-Shoulder Petite Dress

Courtesy of Baily 44

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $129.95

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Adrianna Papell One-Shoulder Gauzy Crepe Dress

Courtesy of Adrianna Papell

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $139

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& Other Stories House of Hackney Dress

Courtesy of & Other Stories

SHOP NOW: & Other Stories, $145

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Rachel Rachel Roy Rainbow Stripe One-Shoulder Midi Dress

Courtesy of Rachel Rachel Roy

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $149

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Mango Asymmetric Draped Gown

Courtesy of Mango

SHOP NOW: Mango, was $199.99, now $99.99

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Hutch Eliza Dress

Courtesy of Hutch

Hutch

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Aidan Mattox One Shoulder Dress

Courtesy of Aidan Mattox

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $175

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NBD Girlfriend Material Dress

Courtesy of NBD

SHOP NOW: Revolve, $188

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J.Crew Silk One-Shoulder Dress in Polka Dot

Courtesy of J.Crew

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $198

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House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Aries Dress

Courtesy of House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve

SHOP NOW: Revolve, $198

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Susana Monaco Lillie Gathered One Shoulder Dress

Courtesy of Susana Monaco

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $242

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Elliatt One Shoulder Ruffle Mini Dress

Courtesy of Elliatt

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $245

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Valencia & Vine Gabriela One Shoulder Gown

Courtesy of Valencia & Vine

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $268

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Whistles Almond Print Dobby Dress

Courtesy of Whistles

SHOP NOW: Whistles, was $399, now $279

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C/MEO Collective No Matter Floral One-Shoulder Gown

Courtesy of C/MEO Collective

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $295

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Apiece Apart Camellia One Shoulder Dress

Courtesy of Apiece Apart

SHOP NOW: Revolve, was $495, now $297

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Love Sam Sadie Printed One Shoulder Midi Dress

Courtesy of Love Sam

Love Sam

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Saloni Lexie Silk Off-Shoulder Dress

Courtesy of Saloni

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, was $595, now $357

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Joie Corynn One-Shoulder Lace Dress

Courtesy of Joie

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $398

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Anthropologie Shoshanna Skylar Open-Shoulder Dress

Courtesy of Anthropologie

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $425

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Asymmetrical Silk Chiffon Dress

Courtesy of BCBGMAXAZRIA

SHOP NOW: BCBGMAXAZRIA, $428

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Self-Portrait One-Shoulder Embroidered Minidress

Courtesy of Self-Portrait

SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $440

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LoveShackFancy Evelyn Dress

Courtesy of LoveShackFancy

SHOP NOW: LoveShackFancy, $465

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Veronica Beard Ballard One Shoulder Ruched Dress

Courtesy of Veronica Beard

SHOP NOW: Intermix, $495

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Mara Hoffman One Shoulder Dress

Courtesy of Mara Hoffman

SHOP NOW: 11 Honoré, $495

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