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One-Shoulder Wonder: The Elegance of One Shoulder Evening Dresses

One Shoulder Formal Dresses

one shoulder formal dresses

The trending style of the year: One shoulder feature. Whether it's one shoulder formal dresses, one shoulder tops or one shoulder cocktail dresses, this is a trend that you must hop onto. We have seen viral hacks of how wardrobe long sleeve tees can be turned into a one shoulder top - everyone is loving this style and we know you will to. This guide will show you how to style a one shoulder formal dress and our favourite picks so that you can jump on the trend this year. 

How to Wear a One Shoulder Formal Dress

If you have always seen people rocking the one shoulder dress trend but you have never known how to pull it off yourself, we are here to tell you the tips and tricks on how to wear a one shoulder formal dress.

Bust Support

Wearing a normal bra under a one shoulder formal dress defeats the purpose of it being one shoulder. If you feel as though you need the extra bust support, we recommend to wear a strapless bra. This way you will not have any out of place straps interfering with the one shoulder formal dress.

If you cannot wear a strapless bra because it is still visible - for instance, your dress has a low back or deep cut neckline, then this is where boob tape becomes your best friend. To have that extra support, all you need to do is strap yourself in and you are good to go! 


Have you ever worn a one shoulder or strapless formal dress and kept tugging on it all night because it kept falling down? I remember I went to a wedding once, and wore a one shoulder formal dress and the whole night while I was dancing and socialising, I kept tugging on my dress to keep it from staying up. I was terrified that the people around me would get an accidental flash of my bust! This is before I discovered double sided fashion tape, which has become a life saver!

If you wear a one shoulder formal dress, although the one side has a strap, you may feel as though the opposite side continuously is falling down. If this is the case, grab yourself some handy double sided fashion tape and place a strip on the lining and stick the dress down onto your body. This works like magic, and you will be comfortable all night without a worry in the world about flashing your friends and relatives. 

How to Style a One Shoulder Formal Dress

You don't know how to style your hair or accessorise your one shoulder dress? Do not worry, we will tell you our favourite ways to style one shoulder formal dresses to compliment the dress.


When wearing a one shoulder formal dress, you want to accentuate the one shoulder feature and allow everyone to see that. This means hairstyles that put your decolletage on display. We love updo's such as slick back buns, ponytails or braids. We also love slicked back loose hair tucked behind the ears and left behind your shoulders. These styles will compliment your decolletage and accentuate the beautiful one shoulder design. 


Most accessories can be worn with one shoulder formal dresses. The only no go would be necklaces as they clash with the one shoulder design. Fine chains are acceptable but anything with pendants, jewels or thicker chains would clash.

One Shoulder Cocktail Dresses

Rebecca Vallance Montez Midi Dress

The Rebecca Vallance Montez Midi Dress is an elegant one shoulder style made from a structured crepe material. This dress has a flattering slim silhouette and features a dramatic statement bow on the shoulder. This gorgeous dress is suited to all ages and is extremely comfortable which is all you want for an event. Experiment with your style with this stunning statement pink that is perfect for the warmer seasons.

By Nicola Gabriella One Shoulder Midi Dress

The By Nicola Gabriella One Shoulder Midi Dress is a beautiful linen maxi dress. This dress is super versatile as it can be dressed up or down. As a casual linen style, this dress makes the perfect effortless look for a casual day time event or dressed up for a cocktail party. This style is available in colours pink grapefruit and sunkissed orange.

Significant Other Simone Set

 The Significant Other Simone Top & Skirt Set is a gorgeous two piece set with a one shoulder long sleeve top. This stunning set features the trending pleated material, one sleeve design that has everyone obsessed at the moment. The perfect style for a cocktail event as it has you looking elegant and sophisticated. Best paired with neutral tones, this set will guaranteed have all eyes on you.

 House Of CB Lulu Drape Corset Midi Dress

The House of CB Lulu Drape Corset Midi Dress is a beautiful one shoulder corset dress in a delicate sage tone. This style makes the perfect cocktail dressCorset dresses are also super trendy at the moment so why not jump on the trend while you have the chance! The thick satin adds a touch of luxury, which will have you looking elegant and sophisticated in this midi dress. 
This style is available in pistachio and white.

One Shoulder Dress for Formal

Lexi Samira Dress

The Lexi Samira Dress is a fan favourite style for all formal and black tie occasions. A glamorous floor-length, one shoulder style made from a stretch satin. This style is extremely flattering and elegant, and makes the perfect formal dress for those who want a classic style. Although this style has a thigh high split, you can easily use double sided fashion tape to close the two pieces of fabric together. This promising hack, makes this dress an effortless style for your formal.

This style is available in burgundy, orion blue, black and white.

Nookie Lexi OS Gown

The Nookie Lexi OS Gown is a stunning one shoulder evening gown. This dress features a one shoulder design with fine asymmetric straps, a bust cutout and a figure hugging fit that gives the illusion of an hourglass silhouette. You can never go wrong with a black dress and this style is the absolute statement. A sleek and flawless style that will have all eyes on you. 
This style is available in black and red.

Nookie Rumi Gown

The Nookie Rumi Gown is an elegant one shoulder evening gown crafted in a thick velvet. This elegant one shoulder long dress is perfect for black tie events as it is super comfortable and leaves you feeling like a million dollars! The one shoulder design is extremely flattering on the body and the gorgeous velvet will hug the body and leave you feeling glamorous.

The Nookie Rumi Gown for rent is available in teal, wine red and black.

Nookie Leilani One Shoulder Gown

The Nookie Leilani One Shoulder Gown is the perfect sequined one shoulder long dress. This striking dress features a double strap one shoulder cut, a thigh high split for easy movement and the famous stretch sequin fabric to ensure comfortability and give a flattering silhouette. You can also easily wear a strapless bra with this dress for extra support. This style is also a great option for baby bumps as it is bump friendly

This style is available in colours light blue and black.

Finding Your Fit

Now that we have given you all the tips and tricks for wearing a one shoulder formal dress and shown you our favourite options, it is time for you to hop on the trend! You can hire all of these styles at Dress for a Night for a fraction of the retail price. You will never have to outfit repeat again, which means you can wear all the trendy styles without it costing you an arm and a leg. It's a win-win situation!


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