Dare to Bare: One Shoulder Dresses


One shoulder dresses aren’t a new phenomenon as this style has been around since the Wilma Flintstone days. While the one-shoulder look isn’t always “in,” it does manage to reemerge every few years and 2008-2009 is one of those seasons. You can find full coverage versions or sweetheart necklines with thin straps. From casual day dresses to floor length evening gowns, there’s an asymmetrical dress for every occasion. Rosette trimmed straps and ruffles are popular embellishments that give these dresses feminine flair. Banded or belted waists give a modern update to the bare shoulder style.

Hervé Leger, Lela Rose, Carlos Miele, Abaeté
Fall/Winter 2008 Collections

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There has been a surge of asymmetrical looks on the red carpet. Whether long or short, form-fitting or flowy, celebs have embraced the one-shoulder trend. At the “Gucci Campaign to Benefit UNICEF” launch, Rihanna rocked an orange mini-dress with black tights & booties. Queen Latifah wore a bronze one shoulder dress at the American Music Awards. Gabby Union looks chic at the “Cadillac Records” premiere in this Grecian inspired number. Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester looks cute in a tiered, floral print Marc Jacobs dress at Lucky Mag’s 5th Annual Lucky Shops.

Here are a few O So Chic Shoulder Baring Dresses:

1. One Shoulder Tiered Dress $15 (ASOS)
2. Contrast One Shoulder Pencil Dress $57 (ASOS)
3. Lipsy One Shoulder Chiffon Dres $75 (ASOS)
4. Jessica McClintock One Shoulder Rosette Bubble Dress $95 (eDressMe)
5. Cachet One Shoulder Empire Waist Gown $168 (Nordstrom)
6. T-Bags “Neve” One Shoulder Knee-length Dress $224 (Tobi)
7. Thread Social One Shoulder Dress $505 (Net-a-Porter)

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  1. This is such a great look. I’d wear it!

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