When off-the-shoulder wedding dresses made their debut in the bridal world, designers ran with the concept, transforming a once seasonal trend into a lasting style. You'll find this alternative neckline on tons of fabulous wedding dresses because it flatters most body types and highlights the upper body in a way that's elegant but a bit sexy, too. The best part is, off-the-shoulder necklines work in tandem with every gown shape, from mermaid to column-style to ballgown, and complement a range of fabrics, from whispy tulle to intricate lace to crêpe de chine.
You can choose from teensy straps, voluminous styles, and even long-sleeve versions. A long blouson sleeve á la the Renaissance is the epitome of romance whether you go for a sheer, embroidered, or silk jacquard version. Traditional gowns appear tasteful with delicate off-the-shoulder straps made of silk chiffon, tulle, or lace, reminiscent of 18th-century necklines. For a whimsical look, consider an off-the-shoulder gown with fantastical details like embroidered floral or metallic appliqués, voluminous tiers and ruffles, or puff sleeves.
To inspire your search for a gown with this ultra-romantic neckline, we rounded up 50 of our favorite off-the-shoulder wedding dresses below.
BHLDN Theia Blake Gown
The criss-cross bodice on this ivory crepe gown gives way to an off-the-shoulder sweetheart neckline for a soft, feminine touch. A sweeping train completes the look.
SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $900
Hayley Paige Ricci Gown
This fitted, tea rose-colored wedding dress is covered in sparkling details. It features a sweetheart neckline, detachable off-the-shoulder sleeves, and a graceful sweeping train.
SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $1,495
Allison Webb Ambrose Gown
This ivory-over-cashmere fit-and-flare gown features embellished lace, a corset bodice, detachable off-the-shoulder sleeves, and a chapel train. It's also available in solid ivory.
SHOP NOW: JLM Couture, Price Upon Request
Martina Liana Luxe Off-The-Shoulder Embroidered Lace Wedding Dress
This off-the-shoulder A-line wedding dress features embroidered lace and sheer French tulle, hand-cut silk organza flowers, and detached puff sleeves. Details like exposed boning in the bodice, light beading, and a flowing train complete the look.
SHOP NOW: Kleinfeld, Price Upon Request
Dany Mizrachi Off-The-Shoulder Gown
This unique allover lace gown atop nude lining features a sheer tulle off-the-shoulder overlay with an attached train.
SHOP NOW: Dany Mizrachi, Price Upon Request
Ivy & Aster Michaella Dress
A truly romantic look, this gown has both thin straps and off-the-shoulder sleeves for a cold-shoulder look. It's made from dotted tulle and features a full tiered skirt.
SHOP NOW: Ivy & Aster, Price Upon Request
Hayley Paige Clyde Gown
This ivory, chiffon beaded A-line gown has a gold-dusted bodice with micro beading. It features detachable off-the-shoulder sleeves and a cutout back.
SHOP NOW: JLM Couture, Price Upon Request
Ashi Studio Couture Off-The-Shoulder Dress
This couture gown is all drama with its voluminous layered tulle high-low skirt and sleeves.
SHOP NOW: Ashi Studio, Price Upon Request
Lazaro Margaret Gown
This champagne floral embroidered A-line gown features off-the-shoulder cap sleeves complementing a sweetheart neckline, a sheer corset bodice, and a circular skirt with horsehair trim.
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Georges Hobeika Fall-Winter 2020-21 Collection Look 18
Three-dimensional floral embroidery adorns this sheer tulle off-the-shoulder ballgown.
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Ines by Ines di Santo Ani Gown
This embellished, long-sleeve, tip-the-shoulder trumpet gown has an illusion back, pearl buttons, and a detachable cathedral train with lace embellishment at the hem.
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Justin Alexander Signature Parker Gown
This mermaid gown's romantic sweetheart neckline complements its embellished off-the-shoulder straps, which come detachable. Beaded lace overlays beaded and sequined tulle for a sparkle effect.
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Theia Bridal Sasha Gown
This soft, romantic gown is made from giupere cotton lace and features off-the-shoulder cape sleeves and a mermaid sillhouette.
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Netta BenShabu Madison Gown
This gorgeous gown is dripping in shimmer. The sweetheart fitted bodice with off-the-shoulder straps gives way to a voluminous full skirt.
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Allure Bridals Camellia Dress
This gown's off-the-shoulder neckline is scalloped in eyelash lace. Elbow-length bell sleeves and the semi-sheer skirt's long train are romantic touches.
SHOP NOW: Allure Bridals, Price Upon Request
Oscar de la Renta Bridal Collection Fall 2020 Look 5
This fitted mermaid gown has off-the-shoulder straps comprised of 3D florals that adorn the bodice and trickle down onto the skirt.
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Sareh Nouri Florence Dress
This A-line gown is made of lovely lace with floral and leaf designs and comes with a detachable off-the-shoulder capelet.
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Carolina Herrera Bridal Fall 2020 Collection Look 6
A fitted satin mermaid silhouette contrasts beautifully with elbow-length lace sleeves and lace trimming at the neckline.
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Elie Saab Bridal Fall 2019 Collection Look 9
Net-like fabric adds a modern touch to this classically bridal ballgown featuring off-the-shoulder sleeves and floral embroidery.
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Monique Lhuillier Marbella Gown
The cuffed off-the-shoulder neckline adds a unique touch to this ivory ballgown with a pleated skirt.
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Alon Livné White Rita Wedding Gown
Oversized sheer lace-and-tulle sleeves fall off the shoulders of this fitted corset wedding dress featuring a high side slit on the skirt and a French-lace-look top.
SHOP NOW: Alon Livné White, Price Upon Request
If you don't want to feel totally bare, a dress with mid-length, long, or bell-shaped off-the-shoulder sleeves will conceal your upper arms in a beautiful and stealthy way.
Lela Rose Bridal The Isle Gown
Available in white/nude and white/white, this off-the-shoulder fit-and-flare gown features whimsical floral appliqué along the bust and sleeves.
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Watters Augustus Gown
This chic, silk Georgette sheath gown features statement-making, off-the-shoulder interlacing ruffles.
SHOP NOW: Watters, from $2,574
Zuhair Murad Fall 2020 Bridal Collection Look 11
This white-over-nude ballgown is elegant and glamorous with its 3D floral embroidery, bodice with exposed boning, and sweetheart neckline with off-the-shoulder sleeves.
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Wtoo by Watters Miles Gown
This effortless off-the-shoulder dress is made of layered stretch mesh and features shirred sleeves and a full skirt. Eyelash lace along the neckline adds an elegant touch.
SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $1,278
Grace Loves Lace Loyola Set
This stunning two-piece gown is handcrafted from layers of floral burnout silk and crepe de chine. The off-the-shoulder top has an elasticated neckline for a customizable look and the full skirt features a dramatic train.
SHOP NOW: Grace Loves Lace, $1,800
Tadashi Shoji Athena Gown
You'll look like a Grecian goddess in this off-the-shoulder crepe gown with a cascading ruffle, floral appliqués, and translucent tulle along the neckline.
SHOP NOW: Tadashi Shoji, $828
B by Yolancris Brava Gown
This simple mermaid crepe gown has gorgeous off-the-shoulder puff sleeves with long cuffs for a unique look.
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Rime Arodaky Wolf Gown
This fitted crepe dress has a floral embroidered overlay and thin straps as well as oversized balloon sleeves for an off-the-shoulder effect.
SHOP NOW: Rime Arodaky, $4,609.88
Maggie Sottero Zariah Gown
Available in all-ivory or ivory-over-blush, this off-the-shoulder princess gown features lace motifs over sparkle tulle, a sequin lace bodice, and an asymmetrical ruffle tulle skirt with horsehair trim.
SHOP NOW: Maggie Sottero, Price Upon Request
Sabrina Dahan Liliane Gown
This whispy tulle gown is beautifully airy. The off-the-shoulder neckline, bodice, and skirt are adorned with beaded 3D florals for added romance.
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Anne Barge Evermore Gown
Available in silk white over nude or all silk white, this off-the-shoulder A-line gown with a sweetheart illusion neckline is made from crepe de chine with re-embroidered oral lace for a classic look with a modern touch.
SHOP NOW: Anne Barge, $5,710
Morilee Kristabelle Wedding Dress
This long-sleeve, off-the-shoulder gown has a fitted bodice and a full skirt with a cathedral train and a feathered hemline. Beaded accents and textured embroidery add tons of dimension.
SHOP NOW: Morilee, Price Upon Request
Mira Zwillinger Harmonie Gown
This ivory silk fil-coupé ballgown has lovely rose motifs and floral drape cap sleeves for an off-the-shoulder look.
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Watters Visconti Gown
This elegant sheath has an illusion off-the-shoulder neckline with the choice of short or long sleeves. It's made of Hanover lace over nude lining in a range of skin color options.
SHOP NOW: Watters, from $3,074
If you want to rock the off-the-shoulder look but are worried about everything staying in place, opt for an illusion off-shoulder neckline or cold-shoulder sleeves.
Whistles Rose Wedding Dress
This modern off-the-shoulder A-line gown features lace fabric, a Bardot neckline, a raised front hem, and a boned bodice.
SHOP NOW: Whistles, $774
Nouvelle Amsale Nara Gown
This off-the-shoulder ballgown features a sheer tulle-enveloped bodice with sequins and a voluminous organza skirt.
SHOP NOW: Nouvelle Amsale, $2,695
Savannah Miller Gayle Gown
This modern and unique A-line gown is made from heavyweight stretch crepe with an ombré pearl tulle overlay. The draped tulle off-the-shoulder sleeve gathers into the cuff and features an ombré pearl embellishment.
SHOP NOW: Savannah Miller, Price Upon Request
Suzanne Howard Imperial Topaz Gown
Pictured in Latte, this floral-embroidered tulle gown features wispy off-the-shoulder sleeves, emanating major sun goddess vibes.
SHOP NOW: Suzanne Howard, $9,142.09
Isabelle Armstrong Como Gown
This Mikado ballgown has a plunging neckline and draped organza sleeves for a classic and romantic bridal look.
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Houghton Sandy Gown
This gown is practically made for a beach wedding. The off-the-shoulder lace overlay contrasts beautifully with the free-falling body of the gown featuring buttons.
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Michelle Roth Georgia Gown
This gorgeous off-the-shoulder ballgown features dimensional beaded floral lace and a tiered tulle skirt for a dramatic look.
SHOP NOW: Kleinfeld, $3,200
Alexandra Grecco Etienne Gown
This dress is simple elegance at its finest. An A-line silhouette in classic white is enhanced by a cuffed off-the-shoulder neckline with tie sleeves.
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Berta Style 18-126
This glamorous gown is full of stunning details, like off-the-shoulder three-quarter sleeves with ruffled cuffs, floral embroidery on the bodice, and a plunging illusion neckline.
SHOP NOW: Berta, Price Upon Request
Odylyne The Ceremony The Monrose Gown
An iridescent fitted lace bodice with a sweetheart neckline gives way to asymmetrical off-the-shoulder flutter sleeves. The high-waisted skirt falls into tiered ruffles for a unique look.
SHOP NOW: Odylyne The Ceremony, Price Upon Request
Galia Lahav Casablanca Lily Gown
This embroidered sheer tulle ballgown is adorned with 3D rose motifs and features a sheer corset pleated skirt and a dramatic, ruffled off-the-shoulder neckline.
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Inbal Dror Style BR-18-28-C
The branch-like embroidery on this off-the-shoulder gown makes it truly unique. The fitted bodice with off-the-shoulder sleeves contrasts beautifully with the dramatic full skirt with a train.
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Lihi Hod Stella Gown
This gorgeous mermaid gown features ruffled off-the-shoulder sleeves and a sparkling brooch at the waist.
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Paolo Sebastian Style PSS/S2010
This couture ballgown features blue tulle, an asymmetrical off-the-shoulder neckline, and 3D multicolored floral embroidery.
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Jenny by Jenny Yoo Cooper Gown
This modern fit-and-flare gown in knit crepe has a convertible, foldover, off-the-shoulder neckline for a customizable look.
SHOP NOW: Jenny by Jenny Yoo, $1,200