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While off-the-shoulder and strapless dresses are forever classic, there's something particularly timeless and flattering about a one-shoulder design. This sleek and simple neckline is perfect for wedding guests seeking to showcase their décolletage and shoulders while benefiting from a supportive single strap. Plus, you're bound to find one-shoulder dresses everywhere you turn. For instance, there are scores of irresistible options on Revolve and Reformation. Revolve's collection features one-shoulder numbers with figure-flattering designs, bright colors, floral patterns, and high slits. The Hanna gown's cutout detail, ruffle hem, side slit, and bold yellow hue prove that you really can have it all. And, with an array of patterns and colors to choose from, there is sure to be a version of Reformation's Evelyn Dress suited just for you. It's a tried-and-true style that you'll never stop pulling out of your closet. Not to mention, this style appears to be incredibly comfortable and dance-floor friendly—win win!
In solid hues, pretty florals, or allover beading, one-shoulder wedding guest dresses are versatile enough to be worn for all types of weddings and seasons. Floor-length gowns boasting this asymmetrical neckline always look polished and sophisticated for black-tie celebrations. There are long-sleeve options in moody colors, with some of our favorites being black, dark red, and deep emerald green for fall or winter nuptials. There are also stunning one-strap dresses with short hemlines and minimal embellishments that work beautifully for laid-back or daytime nuptials. When opting for something shorter in length, dare to wear a playful pattern or floral design in a pretty pastel or bold color. Plus, spring or summer is the perfect time to flaunt a flowy fabric, such as chiffon or a silky satin. But no matter the season, you'll often find one-shoulder pieces with a focus on the strap. Whether it's with ruffled fabric or oversized bows and cutouts, let your individual style and personality shine through with a statement detail.
Love this alluring neckline as much as we do? Ahead, we've rounded up 24 clavicle-baring dresses to suit all styles, shapes, and budgets.
For the Minimalist: Asos Design One-Shoulder Satin Maxi Dress
Runs: Small | Size: 0 - 14 | Materials: Satin
Although this slip is simple in design, it boasts lots of sexy details, like a thigh-high slit and a body-skimming silhouette. If you're attending a formal wedding, dress yours up with sparkly earrings and metallic sandals.
Best Fabric: Lulus Chasing Desire Red Satin Jacquard One-Shoulder Maxi Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Satin Jacquard
There's nothing quite like jacquard fabric with a satin finish to exude an effortlessly luxurious look. Paired with two striking color options, this one-shoulder midi is perfectly sophisticated and subtly sexy.
Most Flowy: Lulus Always Enamored Blush Pink One-Shoulder Maxi Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Chiffon
Romantic and effortless, this flowy one-shoulder gown is ideal for a formal affair in the spring or summer months. Plus, the soft pink hue adds a classically feminine touch that you simply can't go wrong with.
Best Puff Sleeve: Amanda Uprichard Manuela Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - L | Materials: Organza
Looking to make a statement? Opt for the oh-so-voluminous puff sleeve. A sleeve style that is very of the moment, this particular rendition is paired with a funky pastel pattern, asymmetrical hemline, and sheer detail.
For Effortless Elegance: Tom Ford One-Shoulder Cashmere and Silk Blend Mini Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Cashmere and Silk Blend
This is pure elegance at its finest. Ideal for fall or winter nuptials, this black long-sleeve midi features subtle ruching along the neckline, exceptional tailoring, and silk and cashmere blend fabrication.
Best Floral Pattern: ASTR The Label Santorini One-Shoulder Asymmetrical Midi Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: Small - Large | Materials: Chiffon
This soft floral dress is a positively dreamy pick for the guest who loves pastels and romantic details. A flouncy hem provides movement and makes dancing a breeze.
Best Blush Dress: Karina Grimaldi Pauline Dot Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - L | Materials: Cotton Blend
A blush dress is always a safe and stylish choice for a wedding guest outfit. That's because this pink hue is flattering on all complexions, appropriate for all dress codes, and can easily be styled with gold or silver accessories.
Most Bold: Hemant and Nandita Kilim One Shoulder Mini Dress
Runs: Small | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Velvet Devore
Cut from velvet fabric and designed with a single long sleeve, this floral mini is perfect for a late fall or early spring wedding. Its bold and vivacious print is sure to turn a few heads.
Best Slit: Birdy Grey Kira Crepe Dress Curve
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - 3X | Materials: Crepe
Is there anything more iconic than a slit when it comes to those dramatic poses for the camera? We didn't think so—and we can't forget about the dance floor either. Long story short, wearing a dress with a slit is the way to go. This particular one comes in four gorgeous color options.
Best Long Sleeve: Elliat Saronic One-Shoulder Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Satin
This long sleeve mini is adorned with dramatic drapery and a wide-folded sash that acts as an effortless bow. The stunning blue color is only accentuated by the eye-catching sheen of the satin fabric.
Most Comfortable: Norma Kamali Diana One-Shoulder Ruched Stretch-Jersey Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: XXS - XL | Materials: Stretch-Jersey Knit
Comfortable and a knock-out look? This lavender mini has it all. Featuring a one-shoulder design and intense ruching in its stretch-jersey knit, it's safe to say that we're obsessed.
Best Details: Lulus Truly Tempted Navy Blue One-Shoulder Cutout Midi Dress
Runs: Small | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Stretch Crepe
We're crushing hard over this navy blue fitted one-shoulder dress. The cutout design along the waistline adds an ultra flattering twist—and those buttons?! We're obsessed.
Best LBD: Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Nicolasa One-Shoulder Gown
Runs: True to Size | Size: 2 - 16 | Materials: Polyamide and elastane
Now this is a LBD that you're bound to continue to pull out of your closet for years to come. Its exceptionally clean fit, floor-length design, and ruffled one-shoulder strap is timeless.
Most Party-Ready: Aqua Shine Puff One Shoulder Bodycon Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: XS - XL | Materials: Polyester and spandex
You're the life of the party—and you know it! Show off your personality in this ultra fun puff shoulder long sleeve. This silver metallic little number is everything (and more) that you've been searching for.
For a Tropical Wedding: Significant Other Cindy Dress
Runs: True to Size | Size: Aus 6/US 2 - Aus 14/US 10 | Materials: Ribbed knit
We picture this marigold stunner under palm trees paired with bare feet in the sand of beach nuptials. Its vibrant color, effortless drawstring detail, and cutout design are ideal for a destination wedding. Plus, its light (wrinkle-free) ribbed-knit fabric is perfect for packing (or stuffing) into your suitcase.
What to Look for in a One-Shoulder Wedding Guest Dress
Now that you've gained some serious one-shoulder inspiration, consider the fine details that will make it an Insta-worthy look. First things first, focus on fit. No matter what style you're opting for, a well-tailored dress is always important. But when it comes to a one-shoulder number, this is key. Ensure that the strap is neither too long nor too short and that the bodice lays smoothly against your upper body and chest. If not adjusted correctly, an improper strap length could drastically change the look of a one-shoulder design—and risk a wardrobe malfunction.
The fit of the one-shoulder also influences the length of your dress. From mini, knee-length, midi, and to floor-length, there's a one shoulder for it all. Have your dress hemmed by a trusted seamstress or alterations specialist so that your look is polished from head to toe. Plus, we can't forget about what's worn underneath—and by this we mean, a well-fitted strapless bra—game changer. Especially if you're bustier, a great bra will keep you supported and sculpted all throughout the celebration. We know, we know—a strapless bra can sound like a nightmare. So, another great option is a bra with removable and adjustable straps. Remove one of the straps, but keep the strap that can be hidden underneath your one shoulder for extra lift.
No matter how you decide to alter or adjust your wedding guest look, ultimately choose the one-shoulder that not only accentuates your shape but also aligns with your own distinct style.
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