Off-the-Shoulder Dresses for Every Occasion

Whether you’re packing for an upcoming tropical vacation, a bachelorette party, or a black tie event (lucky you), an off-the-shoulder dress is a flattering and unique must-have this summer. We’ve spotted the stylish silhouette on some of our favourite celebs like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Katie Holmes, and also on a few of our most beloved street stylers and runways too.


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Katie Holmes
At a recent screening of Miss Meadows in New York, Holmes bared her shoulders in a burgundy satin F/W 14 Zac Posen dress. She accessorized with solid pumps and a simple bracelet, leaving all eyes on the alluring off-the-shoulder neckline.

Balmain S/S 14
?We can hardly count the number of things we love about this off-the-shoulder dress. From the knife pleats to the gold chain details to the long slim sleeves — it’s chic from head-to-toe!

Christian Siriano S/S 14
?Because of the versatile shape and neutral colour, we’d totally wear this frock from day to night.


Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème

Street Style
?Scored an off-the-shoulder dress with a ruffled hem? Lucky you! Embrace that fiesta vibe and pair it with a sleek choker.

?Image via Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème


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Solange Knowles
?Never one to shy away from bright colours and bold shapes, it’s no surprise we spotted Knowles in this emerald green Carven dress at a Miu Miu event in New York a couple of months ago. She paired her off-the-shoulder cocktail dress with bright pink pumps and opted for matching green eye shadow for a thoroughly fun evening ensemble!


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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
?Sigh, we can always count on Huntington-Whiteley to turn out a chic bohemian outfit, and her recent look at a party in the desert is no exception. She wore a flowy Kenzo Creased Georgette Dress ($725) with thin, layered necklaces and Laurence Dacade Studded Two-Buckle Sandals ($1140).


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Chelsea Leyland
?The always stylish DJ showed us a chic way to wear a dress with flats at a Jimmy Choo event last month. She styled a velvet Emilio de la Morena dress from the F/W 14 collection with Jimmy Choo Patent Leather Pointy Toe Flats ($595), and the result was a perfect party look.


Collage Vintage

Street Style
Sometimes the back is just as important as the front, which is why we’re starry-eyed over this chic street styler in Balenciaga.

?Image via Collage Vintage

Zoe Kravitz
?Kravitz turned heads on the Divergent red carpet in a white off-the-shoulder Balenciaga dress from the S/S 14 collection recently. The satin and mesh frock looked completely cool with her bold chandelier earrings and statement rings.

Lily Aldridge
?We know frequenting black-tie balls isn’t exactly a common occurrence, but should the need for a gala-appropriate off-the-shoulder gown arise, look to Aldridge’s amfAR ensemble for style guidance. Her matching Rosie Assoulin top and skirt from the S/S 14 collection create the illusion of a floor-length frock. We also adore her finishing touches, including slick-back hair and an open-ended choker.

Alberta Ferretti S/S 14
This is the kind of dress that would be worthy of a Tommy Ton street style snap.

?Shop The Look: Sheer Lace Detail Dress ($2374)

Phoebe Tonkin
?The ever-so-stylish Aussie actress gave us a great girls’ night out ensemble idea at a PaleyFest event in March. Her black Camilla and Marc dress paired flawlessly with her understated JewelMint earrings and Saint Laurent Leather Sandals ($795).


Style Du Monde

Street Style
If you’re opting for an off-the-shoulder silhouette in a bold print (like kaleidoscope), keep the rest of your look sweet and simple!

?Image via Style Du Monde

Kenzo Cubic Flower Off The Shoulder Dress ($805)

?We think we’ve just laid eyes on the perfect vacation companion.

Saint Laurent Tiered Dress ($5350)

?Sure, the price tag is a little hefty, but a Saint Laurent-loving girl can dream, right?

Free People Off-The-Shoulder Dress ($168)

?This floral frock would be great with a straw hat and brass bangles!

River Island Bandeau Dress ($60)

?Channel your inner Parisian with this nautical-inspired dress, a boater hat, and red lipstick.

Little White Lies Strappy Off-Shoulder Crochet Dress ($238)

?Engaged? Wear this to your bridal shower!

Topshop Bardot Textured Floral Off Shoulder Fit & Flare Dress ($140)

?The fit and flare shape on this rose-print dress is simply endearing.

Pixie Market Off The Shoulder Dress ($61)

?If you’re in need of a new LBD, we suggest this one.

Rachel Comey Banded Dress ($380)

?Now THIS is the most unique off-the-shoulder dress we’ve seen in a long time.

Zara Printed Off-Shoulder Dress ($80)

?This leaf-print dress is a total go-to for warm summer nights.

Reformation Ferris Dress ($148)

?We’re swooning over the alluring cutout in the front of this chic dress, aren’t you?