Show a little shoulder girls! Off the shoulder wedding dresses are hot this season and come in various unique styles. Find out how you can incorporate this style not only to your wedding dress but for your fashion forward bridesmaids as well!
“Spring 2017 wedding dresses officially ushered in the age of the off-the-shoulder, and for fall the trend is still going strong,” says Brides.com. The bare shouldered look is not only stylish, it’s both flexible and versatile too! For a summer look, choose a lightweight short sleeve and for late fall or winter, try a long sleeve instead.
Off the shoulder wedding dresses also look great when incorporated with other trends. “Ruffles, feathers, and tiered skirts all made an appearance, and sleeves were also a major focus, with flutter sleeve styles and billowing bishop sleeves turning up in some of our favorite collections,” says Brides.com. Pick one or more of the trends mentioned to pair with an off the shoulder dress for a look that will WOW.
Since there are so many styles to choose from, browse Elle.com to find the one that looks good and feels most comfortable on you. You can even choose from a variety of necklines, beading and lace (pictured below). There are endless styles of off the shoulder wedding dresses to fit your personal style.
Finding the Perfect Dress:
Before you find the dress of your dreams, there are some important things to keep in mind when preparing to go wedding dress shopping. Check out our Ultimate Guide To Wedding Dress Shopping for insider tips and in depth advice from a bridal expert on how to prepare, what to bring and what NOT to do during your bridal appointment.
A few tips to get started when shopping for wedding dresses:
Before dress shopping:
- Search for inspiration on Pinterest and create a wedding dresses board!
- Have a price point in mind.
- Consider the time of your appointment when booking. If you want to avoid a busy store, try an appointment during the week.
While you are shopping:
- Be open minded!
- Show your consultant your wedding dresses Pinterest board.
- Be open to help and suggestions from your bridal consultant.
- Stay true to what makes you feel the most comfortable and confident.
- Take photos of yourself in each dress so you can remember and flip through the wedding dresses you tried on later.
Find the dress that matches your vibe
Off the shoulder wedding dresses come in many, many styles, especially as they have become more popular. As a result of the uptake in this style, designers are making more unique and elaborate off the shoulder wedding dresses to match all the different bride personalities. Check out some of the various styles below:
Boho Wedding Dresses
The dress pictured below is a perfect off the shoulder option for laid back boho bride. Off the shoulder is a little more conservative, while also still showing a little skin in a different way than a strapless gown. Pair boho off the shoulder wedding dresses with with loose waves or braids and a flower crown, for the ultimate boho bold look.
Photo: DH Gate
Blush Wedding Dresses
If you read our Wedding Trends: Neural Wedding Colors post, you know that neutral wedding colors are very popular this season. So much so that neutral wedding dresses are becoming popular as well! Try an off the shoulder dress in blush (pictured below) for a unique and non traditional look that’s right on trend!
Photo: Wedding Bells
Traditional and Chic Wedding Dresses
Form fitting dresses accentuate how truly chic off the shoulder wedding dresses. Try a simple, form fitting dress like the one pictured below to achieve a more traditional look and add flair with accessories or even a folded over top (pictured below).
Photo: Wedding Forward
Bold and Edgy Wedding Dresses
For bolder brides try adding chiffon sleeves or something edgy for a badass and bold bridal look. Nontraditional framing, such as fit and flare, is very unique and will make for a truly one of a kind edgy look. Fit and flare (shown below) creates a beautiful flow as you walk down the aisle that will ensure all eyes on you!
Photo: Wedding Inspirasi
Off The Shoulder Bridesmaids Dresses
You may also consider incorporating this style as you look for bridesmaids dresses. Check out some of the various off the shoulder bridesmaid dress styles below:
The Loose Off The Shoulder Sleeve
This off the shoulder bridesmaids dress is not only stylish, it’s comfortable too. The sleeves hang down rather than being tight around the arms providing additional comfort. Your bridesmaids will be able to raise their arms as they dance the night away while also being fashion forward! This dress below also incorporates a sweetheart neckline, which is gorgeous!
Photo: Ali Express
Off the Shoulder With A Ruffle
From tops to casual dresses and now to bridesmaids dresses, off the shoulder dresses with a ruffle is both simple and versatile. It’s a dress everyone can feel confident, comfortable, and beautiful in. Every bride knows that confident bridesmaids make happy bridesmaids!
Photo: Inside Weddings
As you can see, there are many options when it comes to off the shoulder wedding and bridesmaids dresses – and we’ve only covered a few! For more off the shoulder wedding dress inspiration check out our Off The Shoulder Wedding Dresses Pinterest board. Try something new and turn heads with your shoulders!
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