Spring Bridal Trend: Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Dresses

Between plunging necklines and low backs, there’s no shortage of ways to bring sex appeal to your wedding dress.

If the idea of showing that much skin scares you, opt for an equally sexy (yet not vulgar) part to showcase: your shoulders. And what better way to up the ante than off-the-shoulder wedding dresses?

Off-the-shoulder wedding dresses might seem like solely a trend piece, but hear us out: the style is sexy enough to turn heads, yet demure enough to keep traditional parents happy.

Not sure if off-the-shoulder wedding dresses are right for you? Keep reading!

If You’re A Lace Lover

Off the Shoulder Wedding Dresses
From left to right: Rebecca Ingram, Ellis, Ines di Santo

One of our favorite ways to play with an off-the-shoulder neckline? Play with lace! We love how this Ines di Santo gown toughens up a sweet dress with a badass zig-zag trim. The Ellis gown plays up the regal vibes with long sleeves and a full skirt. If you’d rather keep the lace to a minimum, opt for the Rebecca Ingram gown with the lace bodice and the figure-flattering cinched waist.

If You’re A Modern Sophisticate

Off the Shoulder Wedding Dresses
From left to right: NCSposa, Rivini, Watters

If you’re a bride with modern flair, an architecturally-inspired neckline is perfect for you! Look for off-the-shoulder styles that feature a lower cut on the sleeves than on the bodice. The dropped sleeves on the NCSposa and Rivini gown are perfect for girls looking to create the illusion of slimmer shoulders and upper arms. The relaxed bows on the Watters gown are a fun (yet not frilly) spin on a classic ballgown silhouette.

If You’re A Modern-Day Princess

Off the Shoulder Wedding Dresses
From left to right: Maggie Sottero, Ines di Santo, Maggie Sottero

If you’re the kind of girl that plans on having their wedding resemble a fairy tale, your dream off-the-shoulder wedding dress should incorporate romantic flourishes! The trick is to keep it from getting too over-the-top. Both the Maggie Sottero gowns use lace trim to play up the girly vibes of each dress.

However, if your idea of a perfect wedding is to “go big or go home”, the pretty blue of the Ines di Santo gown is perfect for unleashing your inner Cinderella.

Looking for your perfect wedding dress? Be sure to check out our dress gallery (we have one for rings and bridesmaids, too!)

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