Look classy but youthful in an off shoulder wedding dress
The off the shoulder wedding dress is among this season’s most popular bridal trends, and given it’s ability to suit all body types, it is no wonder that this style and its variations are being picked by brides for their special day. The style generally refers to any dress design which sits off or exposes either one or both shoulders, thereby emphasizing the neck, collarbone, and shoulder area. Off shoulder styles are said to suit every body type including plus sizes as they focus on the shoulder region and draw attention away from other parts of the body.
Given that it is less daring than the strapless styles which are available, the off-shoulder or one shoulder wedding dress is preferable for those who prefer to be not quite so generous with skin show on their wedding day, but still wish to add a modern, youthful air to their ensemble.
An off-shoulder wedding dress is actually not restricted to only one style, but comes with a variety of options which will suit the needs of various body shapes. For example, some off-shoulder wedding dresses are actually scoop or boat neck styles which can be pulled to one side to reveal a shoulder, while some have a thin strap on one side of the dress while the other is either covered or left bare.
So long as the basic construction of the neckline fulfills the “one shoulder exposed” criteria, the dress is considered off-shoulder. Other off-shoulder wedding dresses in the more avant garde category feature designs with one shoulder covered in sheer fabric or lace, while the other is covered in unusual embellishments such as feathers, semi-precious stones, and even fur. These avant garde creations are growing in popularity as more brides are seeking to make a statement on their wedding day.
For the more conservative bride, off-shoulder options extend to include the diagonal shoulder cut, which exposes only one side of the shoulders and covers up the other. The exposed side can be lightly covered with a lace or organza overlay which will cover the skin, but will still keep the off-shoulder aspect of the dress intact.
Another option which retains the off shoulder look but caters to the conservative bride, is the addition of a cap or bat sleeve to the covered side of the shoulder, while keeping a visible strip of cloth which holds up the other end of the dress. Embellishments could be added around the exposed shoulder area so that it is exposed but also covered; somewhat of a compromise for a bride who wants the look but is afraid of looking too risqué.
The off-shoulder look is classy, comfortable and does not require too much accessorizing although one could always adorn the exposed arm or hand with some statement jewellery to really bring in the trend. This style of wedding dress also comes in above ankle length sizes so this would be a good opportunity to accessorize with a pair of high heel stilettos. Enjoy this modern trend on your special day!
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