So what if the groundhog just predicted six more weeks of winter? It’s going to take more than sub-freezing temperatures and inches of snow to keep us from swooning over spring’s most popular bridal trends! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to discuss one of my new favorite styles, the off-the-shoulder gown. This romantic and timeless look is perfect for any bride, and with six million people planning on getting engaged this V-Day it’s a good thing there isn’t a shortage of dresses to choose from.
The off-the-shoulder gown has been “in” for centuries, first gaining popularity in the mid-1800s. While the trend was considered fashion forward at the time, these days showing off the collarbone and shoulders is no longer quite as risqué, and is even considered a modest choice in comparison to a strapless or midriff-bearing ensemble.
(Russian Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna in 1829.)
Both classic designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa, as well as those that are newer to boast bridal lines, including Inbal Dror and Reem Acra, featured gowns with off the shoulder features in their 2015 spring and fall lines. The off the shoulder gown is perfect for the bride who wants to accentuate her neck and shoulders, while still receiving additional support and modesty that a strapless dress may lack. Lace, tulle, and beading are features of some of our favorite off the shoulder gowns, adding a little something extra while not overpowering the dress, or the bride who’s wearing it!
With so many amazing styles to choose it’s hard for us to pick a favorite! Which would you wear?
Oscar de la Renta & Marchesa
One bride that we loved photographing, Desiree, looked stunning in her lace and beaded off the shoulder gown. Besides her beautiful crystal headpiece, Desiree’s handsome husband Gabriel was the other perfect accessory!