8 Ways to Style Your Off the Shoulder Dress

Aine Lagan - October 19 2021

An off-shoulder dress is a closet staple. It’s effortlessly chic and the perfect outfit to slip into for any occasion. With their alluring neckline, it’s easy to think that one shoulder dresses are difficult to style. This dress shows that sometimes less is more. Whether you’re heading on a night out with friends or going to a concert, keeping your look simple and minimalistic can be the best way to go.

Off the shoulder dresses are our go-to choice for weekend wear. These dresses have something to offer everyone, whether you’re someone who likes a ladylike look or something more seductive. We’re sharing our top tips for styling your favorite off the shoulder dress.

1. Stilettoes or Platform Heels

An off the shoulder dress instantly draws the eye to your neckline. You want to balance out your look by elongating your legs with a pair of stilettoes. Nude heels – or ones close to your skin tone – are the perfect way to make your legs appear slimmer and longer. Open-toe metallic heels are another alternative if you want to add a touch of sparkle to your look.

2. Sunglasses

Embrace the boho-chic look by adding your favorite oversized sunglasses. An off the shoulder dress is elegant and a favorite amongst celebrities and supermodels. Adding dramatic sunglasses can elevate your look and give it a fun and quirky twist.

3. Gladiator Sandals

Not everyone wants to run around in their 6-inch stilettoes heels. If you’re heading off on vacation or are spending a summer day lounging by the beach, you want to slip into a pair of gladiator sandals. You can keep your look simple with ankle gladiator sandals or give your look a nightclub-worthy feel with long gladiator sandals that draw attention to your fresh tan.

4. Statement Clutch

When it comes to accessories, you can never go wrong with a statement clutch. It’s an easy way to add a pop of color or your favorite print into an outfit. Your off-shoulder dress will act as a base, making your statement clutch stand out even more. Look out for an oversized or envelope clutch that you can carry by hand or under your arm for a chic off-the-clock look.

5. Add an Oversized Hat

Off the shoulder dresses are an essential to add to carry on for any vacation. You can get beach-ready with an oversized wicker hat to stay protected from the sun while adding a fun twist. If you’re heading out in the sun, an oversized hat is an easy way to protect your shoulders from the sun. No one wants a sunburn when they’re wearing an off the shoulder dress.

6. Cinch in Your Waist

While an off the shoulder dress puts all eyes onto your décolletage, you can balance out your look and accentuate your curves with a belt to cinch in your waist. A thin belt can tie your look together, while an oversized belt is an easy way to take your off the shoulder dress to the next level.

7. Experiment with Headwear

With all eyes on your shoulders, this dress is the perfect time to experiment with headwear. Headbands are one of the biggest accessory trends right now. If you’ve ever wanted to channel your inner Blair Waldorf, a padded headband is an essential. You can switch it out for a pearl or beaded style for an understated look. It’s an easy way to add texture to your look and help you stand out from the crowd.

8. Add a Dainty Necklace

A dainty necklace gives your off the shoulder dress a feminine feel. You want to choose a length that works with the cut of your dress and sits just above the neckline.

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