What is an Off-the-Shoulder Dress?

The off-the-shoulder dress is a style of dress where the bodice is asymmetrical and the strap, collar or sleeves are cut off at one side of the top’s shoulder. The dress may or may not also have a wide neckline. The style was created in the early 1990s by designer Marc Jacobs and later popularized by actresses Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. It has since been sported by female celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Katy Perry and Rihanna.
Off-the-shoulder dresses were originally considered a chic alternative to the bustier, but later became seen as a more conservative look and more suitable for business than leisurewear.
Off-the-shoulder dresses have not been as popular as they were five years ago, but fashion industry insiders said there has recently been a surge in sales, with retail stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue offering more off-the-shoulder dresses in their collections. They also argued that off-the-shoulder dresses are more popular among middle age women and older women who do not want to wear a bustier. Off-the-shoulder dresses are also a popular choice among women who have larger breasts.

off shoulder mother of bride dress
off shoulder mother of bride dress

Characteristics of a Good Off Shoulder Dress

An off-the-shoulder dress is a bold fashion statement. It is a sexy silhouette that accentuates curves and highlights the shoulders. This style of dress is for the bride who wants to be daring and stand out in her wedding photos. The silhouette is still very feminine and graceful because of its flowing, loose design. Some off-the-shoulder dresses are asymmetrical at the top’s shoulder in front only, while others are asymmetrical at all the shoulders. The asymmetry makes the off-the-shoulder dress appear more unique, modern, and trendy.
The dress fabric and style should match the wedding gown’s color scheme, especially when the bride is wearing a white gown with a colorful off shoulder dress. Off-shoulder dresses in white are also quite elegant and can be worn as part of another look. The style of off-the shoulder dress is most flattering on women with smaller shoulders because it creates the illusion that they have more curves and shape.
These dresses can be worn as an accent to an outfit, as centerpieces at the wedding reception, and can also offer excellent back-up options if the bride is unable to wear her own wedding gown. Off-the-shoulder dresses are simple, but they are still quite beautiful statements of style because they resemble a bridal gown with sleeves attached.

off shoulder mother of bride dress
off shoulder mother of bride dress

Tips on How to Wear an Off Shoulder Mother of the Bride Dress

The silhouette is not for those trying to hide their curves. This dress has an empire waist that can make the wearer look wider. A petite bride may look better in this style of dress because it will give her more length. If a girl is very busty, she should wear a structured, padded or push-up bra underneath to create a more balanced, flattering effect. The strapless off-the-shoulder dress is not for those who have a big bust. The straps and the neckline will not be supportive for large breasts. The dress can accent the bust if it is fitted at the waist by adding a long, shaped waist chain.

off shoulder mother of bride dress
off shoulder mother of bride dress

Tips on Choosing a Design that Matches Your Style and Personality

These dresses can be casual and comfortable, or formal and elegant. They can be worn for special occasion such as a prom, wedding and even for a night on the town. Some off-the-shoulder dresses are made of lace, satin or chiffon, while others are made of taffeta or tulle. There are also designs that have many layers of fabric; they look like one piece gowns but they allow free movement with the straps removed. On the other hand, there are also designs that are one-piece only. These are made of a delicate fabric that allows it to flutter in the wind, or they are in a knit fabric that is so figure flattering and thin it is barely there when worn.
Off-the-shoulder designs can be made of a variety of fabrics and colors, but the fabric and design should still compliment your figure, figure and personality. The style that you choose should be in line with the occasion. There are events for which you would wear a more formal type of dress, such as proms or wedding gowns, so that it is important to choose dress that flaunts your figure; you will still have to look elegant. If you pick a dress that is one-piece, the fabric should be a thin one, so that it is more revealing in keeping with the nature of this style.

off shoulder mother of bride dress
off shoulder mother of bride dress

Conclusion & Recap

An off-the-shoulder dress is a bold fashion statement. It is a sexy silhouette that accentuates curves and highlights the shoulders. This style of dress is for the bride who wants to be daring and stand out in her wedding photos.
It is a favorite among the Hollywood crowd when it comes to red carpet fashion. It has been featured on multiple celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner. The off-the-shoulder trend is also the perfect option for your bridal shower and engagement pictures.
There are many styles of this dress that you can choose from. There are playful styles that have a cap sleeve, which gives it an innocent feel, or one with a frill sleeve, which gives it a whimsical style. You can also go for a classic off-the-shoulder style that is one shoulder, or two.
The wedding dress styles that I have featured on this list are all gorgeous, but the best part about them is that they are affordable. You will not have to break the bank to look and feel like a million bucks.

off shoulder mother of bride dress
off shoulder mother of bride dress