wedding dress with white apron style bodice and full plaid skirt and floral waistline

One of this season's biggest wedding dress trends is showing off your beautiful shoulders.  

Above, apron-inspired bodices are definitely a sweet and sexy combo. Show off your shoulders and arms in this showstopping dress complete with a ballgown skirt in a floral and plaid pattern.  Blouson bodices have been all the rage this year. Find one (like the option below) with a halter neckline to play up your shoulders and back.  To lengthen your overall silhouette, a sand shade like this dress is also a very flattering choice.

slinky wedding dress with dramatic v neck and blouson styling
pinstripe wedding dress with full ballgown skirt and halter neckline criss crossing in the back

Halter-style necklines also look really terrific with wide straps. Above, this pinstriped dress features a criss-crossed back, merging the cutout trend and shoulder baring style seamlessly.  Its heavy fabric and princess skirt keeps the look refined and classic.

Below, this hand cut lace, inspired by Edwardian lace patterns, offers a boho option for this trend.

boho wedding dress with thick hand cut lace bodice and light, flowing skirt

A surefire way to make this trend stand out is to add a compelling detail. For example, pair a halter neckline with a high collar (below, left) or add a statement accessory to mix it all up. Below (right), this strapless dress goes modern with a white leather harness clipped to the back.

halter wedding dress with bow at waist and deep neckline and high collar
strapless wedding dress with suspender harness and pinstriped skirt
tea length wedding dress in blush with thin spaghetti straps and lace bodice

Looking for a more traditional way to wear this trend? Spaghetti straps accent your shoulders and help you feel more "secure" in your wedding dress. Above, this bride lets her bronzed shoulders peek out from a sheer wrap wrapped around her arms.  Below, these spaghetti straps move slightly inwards creating a more petite version of a halter neckline.

halter wedding dress with spaghetti straps and floral lace overlay on skirt and bustier bodice
simple strapless wedding gown with lace bodice and sheath skirt

Of course, the simplest way to show off your shoulders and arms is to go completely strapless. Sweetheart necklines are pretty much universally flattering, provided the dress is correctly fitted and you are wearing the appropriate shapewear or undergarments.

strapless wedding dress in mermaid silhouette with sweetheart neckline and large beaded sash
off the shoulder lace wedding dress in trumpet silhouette and belt at waist

What's the difference between strapless and off-the-shoulder wedding dresses?  Both leave your shoulders bare, but generally off the shoulder has some type of sleeve down the arm, whereas strapless dresses are traditionally completely sleeveless. You can create an off-the-shoulder look with a thoughtfully chosen wrap that blends with your dress (above). Below, this slinky illusion lace dress' long lace sleeves show off her shoulders without the gown revealing too much.

off shoulder wedding dress with lace bodice and long sleeves and slinky silk skirt
illusion neckline wedding dress with floral lace and floor length skirt

You can also bare your shoulders using a faux sheer neckline. Handy for brides that feel like a strapless gown is practically begging for a wardrobe malfunction, these dresses offer all the style, without sacrificing the security of simply sleeveless.  Both of these dresses (above and below) feature beaded detailing acting as faux straps to emphasize the shoulders without overwhelming them with too many details.

beaded trumpet wedding dress with illusion straps and silver vine pattern

Similarly, this off-the-shoulder dress below features a sheer neckline so that the whole bodice remains correctly fitted with its thin lace fabric.

lace wedding dress with illusion neckline giving a faux off the shoulder appearance

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