From breezy beach tops to summer frocks to blouses you can wear to work, the off-the-shoulder trend is everywhere this season, and it comes as no surprise that the top bridal designers have incorporated the trend into some of their best wedding dress designs. There’s something about showing that extra hint of skin that women just love, and some of our favorite designers have figured out how to do off-the-shoulder wedding dresses just right. It’s a trend that translates well into just about every silhouette you can think of, and it’s an easy (and flattering) way to add a touch of sex appeal without having to bare it all.
The 10 Best Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Dresses for 2018
This trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so whether you’re shopping for a gown for your summer 2019 wedding or planning ahead for your 2020 nuptials, add these ten dresses to the list of those you simply can’t ignore.
1. Angelina Faccenda Bridal Gown Lysandra
The off-the-shoulder look pairs effortlessly with lace, and the Angelina Faccenda Bridal Gown Lysandra
is a perfect example of how you can cover your arms without being too covered up. Crafted from delicate lace, detailed with beautifully scalloped edges, and accented with crystal beading that gives it a subtle sparkle and shine, this style is ideal for the bride who wants a traditional look but also wants to show some skin. This A-line lace silhouette lets you add a bold statement necklace, wear your hair in a chic up-do, sweep your hair to one side, or even accessorize with chandelier earrings that graze the shoulders. The shoulder-baring neckline makes it appropriate for any elegant indoor affair or destination wedding on the beach.
2. Blu by Mori Lee Gown Kiersten
Ultra-romantic and timeless in a chapel length design, the Blu by Mori Lee Gown Kiersten
has a regal appeal with sheer long lace bell sleeves that add an undeniable air of sophistication. Here, the off-the-shoulder neckline works in perfect contrast to the long bell sleeves, offering a sculpted look with scalloped lace edges in an elegant sheath silhouette. The elegant keyhole back opening adds just the right amount of embellishment for the bride who wants a touch of skin showing. Balancing modern romance with vintage-inspired elegance, this style is designed for the woman who wants a graceful, classic look but aren't scared to show a little skin.
3. Mori Lee Bridal Gown Marquesa
There’s something quite magical about the Mori Lee Bridal Gown Marquesa
. Crafted from soft and luxurious layers of Marcella satin fabric, it’s perfectly cut in an incredibly flattering A-line silhouette and features a beautiful crystal belt at the bodice. It’s the type of dress you can picture Grace Kelly wearing, the kind that never goes out of style, the kind that’s memorable for its graceful design elements but not designed to overwhelm the woman wearing it. The off-the-shoulder neckline and tiny cap sleeves give it a dreamy, ethereal effect, while the beaded waist treatment accentuates the narrow, natural waist. Not to mention the gorgeous chapel train to top it off!
4. Willowby by Watters Bridal Gown Everly 54117
Boho babes, this one’s for you. The Willowby by Watters Everly Bridal Gown
begs to be accessorized with a flower crown and a fresh green bouquet. Lace wedding dresses rarely look so effortless and ethereal, but this one features a distinctive shell lace pattern that adds to its free-spirited sensibility. A tiered flounce adds a relaxed element to the overall look and continues around the back in a soft and subtle drape that bares just the right of amount of skin. The A-line silhouette forms a sweeping train, making this style perfect for any garden wedding, rustic affair, or sunlit beach.
5. Maggie Sottero Bridal Gown Montgomery 6MC274
You don’t have to be a princess to look and feel like one on your wedding day. With its traditional ball gown silhouette, the Maggie Sottero Montgomery Bridal Gown
features layers of voluminous tulle, a Swarovski crystal embellished lace bodice, and illusion accents that make it look regal and grand from both the front and back. The sheer illusion details play beautifully against the off-the-shoulder neckline, creating a truly memorable look for the bride who wants to be regaled and remembered. Sparkling accents at the waist add to its charm and lend a touch of glamour to the overall design.
6. Casablanca Bridal Gown 2169S
Short can be chic when it’s done the right way, and the Casablanca Bridal Gown 2169S
is a great example of how an unconventional dress can have a classic appeal. With scalloped accents and long lace sleeves, this sexy slender sheath is perfect for the bride who wants to flaunt her figure but wants to maintain a look that’s soft and romantic as opposed to overtly sexy. If you’re not convinced that you can pull off a short silhouette, Casablanca also offers bridal gown 2169, a full length trumpet version of this same design.
7. Sophia Tolli Bridal Gown Magnolia
Gathered and ruched into a fit and flare silhouette, the Sophia Tolli Magnolia Bridal Gown
offers vintage-inspired glamour for the bride throwing a luxurious, black tie affair. Picture yourself walking down the aisle or making the entrance into your reception in this stunner, and it’s easy to see why Sophia Tolli is one of our favorite designers. Foregoing sleeves for slender straps, this off-the-shoulder dress is a chic alternative to the strapless silhouette, as it offers stunning beaded lace straps that are removable. With hand beaded accents and a lace up back, you’ll be sparkling and shining in more ways than one.
8. Enchanting by Mon Cheri Bridal Gown
The pretty scoop of the off-the-shoulder bateau neckline makes the Enchanting by Mon Cheri Bridal Gown
one of our favorite choices for the modern bride with a timeless sense of style. A trumpet silhouette and chapel length train make this option worthy of any traditional wedding celebration, while the illusion neckline and lacy floral motifs that climb over the lace edged cap sleeves add a hint of irresistible romance and delicate charm. The use of soft, draping charmeuse fabric along with the deep illusion back filled with a single row of tiny covered buttons gives it that perfectly polished look.
9. Blu by Mori Lee Bridal Gown Leticia
With intricate, english net fabric that exudes vintage glamour, the Mori Lee Bridal Gown Leticia
is a beautiful example of the off-the-shoulder wedding dress trend. With a ball gown silhouette and sprinkled beads on the skirt, it has a timeless appeal that makes it perfect for the modern bride with a love for fairtytale style ball gowns. The cap sleeves offer a bit of coverage and support while making the off-the-shoulder bateau neckline a natural extension of this elegant design. The bodice features three-dimensional floral appliques that all comes together with a thin sash that gives it the slim waistline and that beautiful princess look.
10. Wtoo Bridal Gown Reed
If you’re looking for an off-the-shoulder wedding dress with sleeves, the Wtoo Reed Bridal Gown
just may be exactly what you’re looking for. The beaded cap sleeves provide just a hint of support and coverage, while the sweetheart neckline draws attention to the décolletage. In elegant tulle with a slim A-line skirt, this style is designed to fit and flatter women of all shapes. The waistband is accented with a double faced jeweled sash, creating a timeless look from every angle. It often seems like trends are gone before we’ve even been able to figure out how to fully pull them off, but off-the-shoulder trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Find the off-the-shoulder wedding dresses shown above (and dozens more) at the Wedding Shoppe! You may also like...