30 One-Shoulder Wedding Dresses for a Chic Affair

The perfect balance of unique and timeless.

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Choosing the right neckline for your bridal dress can be difficult. And if you're like many brides, perhaps you want something nontraditional that will remain timeless for years to come. Well, one style that has been consistent throughout the years is the one-shoulder neckline. It’s the perfect balance of edgy and unique, but still offers the stability that a strapless dress might not have.

This neckline is a multifaceted silhouette, appropriate for both formal and casual weddings, spanning all budgets and styles. For those looking for a statement-making bridal ensemble, you can find many one-shoulder styles with dramatic detailing, like oversized bows, ties, or floral appliques. However, no matter what qualities you're seeking in a wedding gown, there is a one-shoulder dress that will meet (or exceed) your expectations. 

Ahead, we’ve rounded up 30 of the most eye-catching, one-shoulder wedding gowns for every bridal style

For a Black-Tie Wedding: ML Monique Lhuillier Lionel One-Shoulder Dress

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Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: $4.95-$10.95 standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days 

For a formal black-tie wedding, you cannot go wrong with this one-shoulder column gown. The sleek bow tie detailing gives this structural dress a playful feel. Plus, the high leg slit allows you to show a bit of skin.

Best Draped-Detailing: Badgley Mischka Collection Draped One-Shoulder Crinkle Georgette Gown

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Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

This uniquely designed gown is crafted from crinkle georgette and features a draped left sleeve and bodice.

Most Glamorous: Jenny Yoo Zara Dress

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Size Range: 0-18 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: $9.95 flat rate shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

Sparkle under the twinkle lights at your reception in this glittering floor-length gown from Jenny Yoo. The simple spaghetti strap one-shoulder neckline is a crisp touch to this glamorous and modern gown.

For the Minimalist Bride: BHLDN Audrie Dress

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Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Midi | Shipping: $4.95-$10.95 standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

We love this simple slip dress for backyard nuptials or a courthouse wedding. Style with a statement bridal heel for a fun twist on a crisp look.

Most Elegant: Nouvelle Amsale Pearce Gown

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Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: $4.95-$10.95 standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

Timeless and effortless, this floor-length gown is a breathtaking bridal dress option. The snugly fit waist adds a flattering shape, and the rolled hemline makes for easy alterations. 

Most Gothic-Inspired: Lavish Alice One-Shoulder Mesh Corset Minidress

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Size Range: 0-14 | Length: Mini | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

Nontraditional brides will love this gothic-inspired corset dress from Lavish Alice. The sweetheart neckline adds feminine detailing, while the singular puff sleeve has a wow-effect that stuns.

Most Unique Neckline: Aidan by Aidan Mattox Draped One-Shoulder Minidress

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Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Mini | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

This Grecian-inspired dress features an asymmetric sweetheart neckline and a self-tie shoulder strap. There's also another wrap self-tie that falls along the waistline.

Best Tie Shoulder Dress: Amsale Satin Tie Shoulder Midi Dress

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Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Midi | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

Less is more with this minimalist tie-shoulder gown from Amsale. Pair with strappy heels and a statement clutch.

For the Nontraditional Bride: Markarian Lionette White Floral Twist Dress With Open Back

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Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Midi | Shipping: Free ground shipping | Return policy: Final sale, no returns

Style is the name of the game with this one-shoulder floral midi dress. The open back is at once statement-making and chic.

Most Statement-Making: Reem Acra One-Shoulder Draped Minidress

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Size Range: 2-14 | Length: Mini | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

Not only is this jaw-dropping mini dress chic enough to be on a runway, but it is also convertible. Wear the draped floor-length sash for photos and remove it for a short and sweet wedding after-party look.

Best Asymmetrical Hemline: Halston Reia One Shoulder Ruched Jersey Dress

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Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Ankle-length | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

This sexy and contemporary jersey dress from Halston is the perfect dress for your rehearsal dinner festivities. Style with a silver clutch and crystal statement earrings. 

Best Cut-Out Detailing: Mac Duggal Satin Gathered A-Line Gown

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Size Range: 0-14 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

For a modern take on a classic bridal gown, consider this satin dress from Mac Duggal. The statement cut-out detailing on the shoulder is a trendy accent.

Most Dramatic: Imad Eduso Adaez Dress

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Size Range: 2-16 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: £155.00 standard shipping | Return policy: All sales are final

Walk down the aisle, in style, in this thigh-high slit dress. The shiny silk satin material is sure to glisten under the lights.

Best Under-$100 Option: Lulus Love You Best White One-Shoulder Ruffled Tulip Midi Dress

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Size Range: XS-XL | Length: Midi | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

This budget-friendly dress is perfect for a second look or a more intimate, low-key ceremony. Plus, the stretchy knit fabric is comfortable and wearable.

Best Patterned Gown: Theia Natalia One-Shoulder Sequin Gown

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Size Range: 0-18 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 14 days

This gown is all about the details from the sequin embroidery to the sequin leaf threadwork. The thigh-high split and the keyhole cut-out neckline show a bit of skin in a sophisticated way.

Most Show-Stopping: Bronx and Banco Lola Blanc Sheer Feather Gown

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Size Range: XS-L | Length: Mini | Shipping: Free ground shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 14 days

This sheer mesh fabric dress from Bronx and Banco demands attention. The feather-detailing along the hemline is incredibly on-trend, and the sequin embellishments add a bit of glam to this already eye-catching dress. Wear with a nude slip for a more bridal-appropriate look.

For a Cathedral Wedding: Peter Langner Camelia Gown

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This grand ballgown is perfect for a formal cathedral wedding. Even more, the oversized bow detail on the back of the dress will be a surprise for guests as you walk down the aisle.

Best Jumpsuit: Amsale One Shoulder Jumpsuit

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Size Range: 00-32 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Free shipping over $75 | Return policy: Full refund within 14 days

Jumpsuits are a fashionable and comfortable alternative to a traditional wedding gown, and we love this one-shoulder ensemble from Amsale. It can also easily be hemmed for petite brides interested in this style.

Best Fit-and-Flare Gown: Amsale Fatima Gown

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The fit-and-flare design is one of the most flattering options you will find during your dress search. Our favorite part? The dramatic back streamer.

Best Chapel Train: Azazie Alta Wedding Dress

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Size Range: 0-30 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Flat-rate price based on subtotal of order | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

This classic dress will stun as you walk down the aisle with its subtle chapel train. The gown comes in both diamond white and cream.

For the City Bride: Michelle Mason One Shoulder Silk Gown

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Size Range: 0-12 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Flat-rate price based on subtotal of order | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

City brides will love this undeniably chic silk gown from Michelle Mason. Pair with a loose updo and glowy makeup for an effortless look.

Best Ruffle Detail: Rebecca Vallance Greta One Shoulder Belted Ruffled Cloque Gown

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Size Range: UK6-16 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Free standard shipping  | Return policy: Full refund within 28 days 

Structured and sophisticated, this floor-length gown is crafted in cloque for a puckered look. It features a detachable belt and a front split with ruffle detailing.

Most Romantic: Sachin and Babi Aubrey Gown

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Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Full-length | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 14 days 

If you opt for a fairytale wedding aesthetic, you must consider this dreamy one-shoulder dress from Sachin and Babi. The oversized bow is whimsical and features a crystal-encrusted knot.

Most Customizable: Justin Alexander Signature Gramercy Gown

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While this dress is absolutely stunning as is, it comes with plenty of customizable options. The skirt can be made with or without the front slit, and the chiffon streamer is detachable and can be removed whenever you want.

Best Slit-Detailing: Showpo Desire me One Shoulder Thigh Split Gown

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Go for bold with this dramatic high-slit gown. It has a classic ballgown cut with a train, but it’s also made more functional with two-side pockets.

For a Courthouse Wedding: AAIZÉL+ NET SUSTAIN One-Shoulder Maxi Dress

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Size Range: UK4-14 | Length: Ankle-length | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 28 days

Courthouse weddings allow you to have a bit more fun with your wedding day look, and we love this sustainable, sculptural option for your intimate nuptials. Pair with kitten heels and a statement-making hair accessory.

Most Party-Ready: Retrofête Ella Dress

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Size Range: XXS/XXL | Length: Asymmetrical mini | Shipping: Free ground shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

Get ready to dance under the disco ball in this sparkling, sequin mini dress from Retrofête. It’s the perfect second (or third) look for your wedding day that radiates party.

Most Regal: Legends Romona Keveza Style L2252

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This regal gown is perfect for a spring and summer wedding. It features an oversized back bow, thigh-high slit, and cathedral length train.

Most Unconventional: Markarian Juno White Floral Brocade Gown

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Size Range: 0-14 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: $25 standard shipping | Return policy: Final sale

We are swooning over this quirky and unconventional gown from Markarian that’s perfect for a spring or summer wedding. The dress features an eye-catching open back, but the star of the show is the tulle flower detail at the shoulder. 

Best Floral-Detail: Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Gosia One-Shoulder Gown

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Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

This seemingly simplistic gown is made unique with the floral detail that sits upon the shoulder of the dress, paired with a keyhole cut-out.

What to Look for in a One-Shoulder Wedding Dress

One-shoulder wedding dresses are perfect for the bride who wants a classic silhouette with a subtle, yet exciting, twist. This neckline comes in dresses of all lengths and styles—from grand ballgowns to mini dresses. Even more, we love that they offer brides the opportunity to have standout detailing on the neckline. If you’re feeling bold, look for a one-shoulder dress with exaggerated detailing—such as an oversized bow or intricate floral applique. For those looking to go the minimalist route, consider a singular twisted strap. 

FAQ
  • Are one-shoulder wedding dresses timeless?

    While one-shoulder wedding dresses can be viewed as a trend, they will always come back around in style. If you are worried that your dress may not stand the test of time, opt for a classic and simple one-shoulder silhouette instead of a dress that features many different trends at once. 

  • What season is best for one-shoulder wedding dresses?

    Luckily, one-shoulder wedding dresses work great for any season! However, for brides getting married during colder months, be sure to consider the detailing on the singular strap which could possibly cause issues with any outerwear pieces you choose to wear.

  • Are one-shoulder wedding dresses flattering for all body types?

    Yes! One-shoulder wedding dresses are flattering for all body types, and are a great way to draw attention to your décolletage and shoulders. 

About the Author

Contributing writer Melony Forcier is a recent graduate starting her career path in beauty and fashion journalism. Before graduating, she interned with both Boston Magazine and Foundation PR. Additionally, she served as a fashion editor for Boston University's lifestyle magazine, The Buzz.

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