Trend Report: Off-the-Shoulder Dress
This season’s hottest cocktail party accessory? Your clavicle. If the thought of showing cleavage or baring your midriff makes you cringe, try an off-the-shoulder frock on for size. They’re sexy in a sophisticated, old-school glamour kind of way. And they’re flattering to a variety of body types (which is more than we can say of a lot of dress trends).
The 16-year-old actress proved the look has prom potential when she hit the red carpet at the global premiere of Romeo and Juliet in Hollywood last month in a youthful yet elegant Prabal Gurung dress—fresh off the designer's S/S 14 runway—which she paired with Brian Atwood shoes and a Cathy Waterman ring.
Lesson number one when tackling a new trend: make the look work for you, not vice versa. For the International Medical Corps’ reception in New York last month, Sienna Miller wore an embroidered Alexander McQueen dress that felt fresh and au courant but didn’t betray the actress’ boho chic roots.
At the BLK DNM dinner at the Beagle Restaurant in London, the Russian fashion plate donned a putty-coloured Alessandra Rich dress whose dramatically plunging neckline was tempered by it’s invisible net collar. A black moto jacket, worn jauntily off one shoulder, amped up the look’s rebellious streak.
The It girl celebrated the debut of her aptly-titled book, It, at Liberty in London last month in an off-the-shoulder combo dress from Carven’s Resort 2014 collection and a Dolce & Gabbana Agata Bag ($3600). Her unfussy updo and natural makeup kept the attention were it ought to have been: on her flawless, lace-scalloped neckline.
Holy hotness! The Blonde Salad blogger sizzled in a crimson David Koma dress whose tailored long sleeves offered a prim counterpoint to the playful flounce of its mini skirt. (The Olympia Le Tan book clutch offers the perfect finishing touch.)
While the Tuula Vintage blogger’s Supermuse skirt/ASOS shirt combo isn’t actually a dress, we couldn’t bring ourselves to disqualify the chic (not to mention easy to imitate) look on such a minor technicality.
The collection that launched a thousand bare-shouldered frocks featured some unlikely fabric combos. (A tweedy check print, oxblood satin, and blue velvet, for instance.) Taken together with the nipped waists and full skirts, the collection felt very ‘50s suburbia by way of Helena Bonham Carter’s closet.
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Halton Draped Metallic Jacquard Dress ($765)