Trends - Nov 17, 2022

21 of My Favourite Off the Shoulder Dresses to Love For Years

By Gemma Prior

Image: Matteau-store.com


Another one of those fashion trends that maintains its significance and popularity for endless seasons, off-the-shoulder dresses are a capsule wardrobe staple with fabulous versatility. 

Whether you’re packing for a weekend away at the beach, dressing to see friends for a chilled lunch, or planning what you’ll wear this Christmas and New Year’s Eve, there are endless styles to cover any occasion.

From relaxed and ‘girly’ summer dresses in floral print to sexy tailored ones.

This season off-the-shoulder dresses are also emerging regularly in trending colours such as baby blue and musk pink, but they also continue to appear in colours that never expire.

And sharing bare shoulders and an alluring feminine poise, this piece needs little to accompany it to make a memorable look.

One of those go-to pieces that make dressing to head out effortless and quick, it pays to have one in your wardrobe.

Keep scrolling to find 29 of the best off-the-shoulder dresses this season that you’ll wear time and time again, from relaxed weekend pieces to event-worthy formal dresses. And whatever your budget, you'll find something that works for you.


29 of the Best Off-the-Shoulder Dresses


Massimo Dutti striped breton boat neck dress
massimo dutti striped boat neck dress $123 AUD, FROM massimo dutti
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LOCATION: europe & others
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Combining the timeless trends of Breton stripes with the off-the-shoulder style this piece is particularly alluring and will remain relevant for many years.

Aere Tie Detail Linen Midi Dress second-hand
aere tie detail midi dress $86 AUD, FROM airrobe
ethics Rating: second-hand
LOCATION: Global marketplace
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With a soft outline and a feminine cut this is a dress made for summer days out and weekends and holidays away.

Dissh isabelle black linen off the shoulder midi dress
dissh isabelle midi dress $169.99 AUD, FROM dissh
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LOCATION: australia
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Whether you're after something for a weekend lunch with friends or an event more formal such as a party or wedding, this dress has you covered for all events.

Hansen and Gretel Marella off the shoulder dress
hansen & gretel marella dress $446 $134 AUD, FROM shopbop
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LOCATION: US
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In one of the colours that's popular this season, but also one that won't become out-of-date later on, this off-the-shoulder dress has relaxed but alluring written all over it.

Dissh Isabelle Natural off the shoulder linen mini dress
dissh isabelle mini dress $149.99 AUD, FROM dissh
ethics Rating: unsure
LOCATION: australia
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Another one that will take you from the cafe to a party with no changes necessary. And made in linen - one of the most sustainable fabrics available.

Pretty Lavish ballon sleeve off the shoulder smock dress
pretty lavish balloon sleeve smock dress $122 AUD, FROM asos
ethics Rating: unsure
LOCATION: UK
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Made in a colour that never tires, this off-the-shoulder smock dress can be paired with heels or flats for any occasion.

Samsoe Samsoe Holt Renfrew
samsoe samsoe tindra dress $260 $156 AUD, FROM holt renfrew
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LOCATION: canada
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Appearing in a particularly simple and elegant style this dress would be a keeper for so many years to come. And it's been very popular, selling out in most stores.

Bondi Born Montego Organic Cotton Dress
bondi born Montego dress $455 $225 AUD, FROM the archive place
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LOCATION: Australia

In a colour that makes you think of cocktails by the pool, this one is in a more tailored style but one that still offers a relaxed look.

Mara Hoffman Sofia Dress
mara hoffman sofia dress $970 $680 AUD, FROM mara hoffman
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LOCATION: us
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Whether you wear this dress with your shoulders covered or the sleeves lowered for an off-the-shoulder look, it gorgeous. And from a brand with a major focus on sustainability.

Spell Iluka Crochet off the shoulder dress
spell iluka crochet dress $329 AUD, FROM spell
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LOCATION: US & others
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Another brand with a focus on sustainability and ethics, there's nothing not to love about this piece of summer fashion heaven.

Country Road off the shoulder tuck detail dress
country road tuck detail midi dress $279 AUD, FROM country road
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LOCATION: australia
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A piece that will outlast any changes in trends, you could pair this off-the-shoulder dress with flat sandals for something casual or with heels and the accompanying belt for a more formal look.

Bec & Bridge Fleurette off the shoulder midi dress
bec & bridge fleurette midi dress $146 AUD, FROM airrobe
ethics Rating: second-hand
LOCATION: global platform
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This one-of-a-kind piece offers a relaxed, holiday look with a note of sensual. 

Forever New Cora Bardot off the shoulder Dress
forever new cora bardot dress $123 AUD, FROM the iconic
ethics Rating: unsure
LOCATION: australia
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Appearing in a colour that immediately catches the eye the style and cut of this dress remains discreet and feminine. 

Rachel Gilbert Acetate off the shoulder midi dress
rachel gilbert acetate dress $264 AUD, FROM the real real
ethics Rating: second-hand
LOCATION: US
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A gorgeous tailored piece perfect for something more formal, this dress would could still be paired with heels or flats, depending on the outing you're dressing for.

Mara Hoffman Off the shoulder dress
mara hoffman off-the-shoulder dress $223 AUD, FROM the real real
ethics Rating: second-hand
LOCATION: us
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This is a dress I wish I'd purchased when my size was still available. There's nothing not to love! The simple and chic cut, the gorgeous and timeless colour - it was love at first sight.

Unikspace valdis off the shoulder dress
unikspace off-the-shoulder dress $290 AUD, FROM unikspace
ethics Rating: unsure
LOCATION: australia
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Another relaxed off-the-shoulder dress for summer days of meeting up with friends, walking by the beach or weekends away.

Self Portrait off the shoulder dress
self-portrait off the shoulder dress $178.25 AUD, FROM the real real
ethics Rating: second-hand
LOCATION: US
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From a designer renowned for their elegant and romantic pieces, there are many second-hand options available if you're looking for something of this feminine style.

Line & Dot Sylvie off the shoulder sweater dress
line & Dot sweater dress $164 AUD, FROM shopbop
ethics Rating: unsure
LOCATION: us
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In a colour and cut that's timeless, if the weather isn't warm enough for bare arms and fully exposed shoulders then this is the piece for you. 

Faithfull the Brand Viola off the shoulder mini dress
faithfuLl the brand viola mini dress $179 AUD, FROM faithfull the brand
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LOCATION: australia
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Although a mini length cut, this dress still appears gentle and feminine with a dignified but relaxed style. In there are several colours available.

Juliet Dunn off the shoulder belted poplin dress
juliet dunn off-the-shoulder dress $580 $232 AUD, FROM matchesfashion
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LOCATION: UK
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In an eye-catching colour and cut, this off-the-shoulder dress is a rare number, but remains a versatile investment if you enjoy a gentle, feminine style. 

Reformation off the shoulder midi dress
reformation off-the-shoulder dress $192 AUD, FROM the real real
ethics Rating: second-hand
LOCATION: us
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Another piece with endless usability, this dress, by well known sustainable label Reformation, will take you from the cafe to resort to party.

Kinney esme off the shoulder dress
kinney esme dress $315 AUD, FROM kinney
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LOCATION: australia
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Another colour that's popular this season but not one that will date quickly, this dress offers such a light, summery appeal.

Scanlan Theodore black Italian linen off the shoulder gathered dress
scanlan theodore off-shoulder-dress $380 AUD, FROM airrobe
ethics Rating: second-hand
LOCATION: australia
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From an Australian label renowned for their classic pieces, this dress could be paired with heels for a more formal occasion or with flats and a woven basket bag for a relaxed look.

Raey Off the shoulder dress
raey off-the-shoulder dress $779 $350 AUD, FROM matchesfashion
ethics Rating: Unsure
LOCATION: uk
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Another piece for colder days, the minimalist, chic style of this off-the-shoulder dress is synonymous with this label, Raey.

Anna Quan off the shoulder Brea Dress
anna quan off-the-shoulder dress $441 AUD, FROM vestiaire collective
ethics Rating: second-hand
LOCATION: global platform
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From another brand renown for a chic, minimalist style, this dress appears to have sold out nearly everywhere, but is available through some second-hand stores.

Matteau shirred off the shoulder dress
matteau shirred off-the-shoulder dress $560 AUD, FROM matteau
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LOCATION: australia
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A gorgeously simple yet memorable style from Matteau, an Australian brand committed to creating timeless pieces but striking pieces.

Sleeper Atlanta linen off the shoulder dress
sleeper off-the-shoulder dress $480 AUD, FROM  the iconic
ethics Rating: unsure
LOCATION: australia
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An off-the-shoulder dress made for fun, sunny days with friends or weekends away.

Sofia off the shoulder dress
sofia off-the-shoulder dress $420 AUD, FROM sofia
ethics Rating: unsure
LOCATION: australia
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Another piece with a striking elegance and classic appeal, this would be one to hold on to for any special occasion to come.

Fendi off the shoulder dress
fendi off-the-shoulder dress $1754 AUD, FROM the real real
ethics Rating: second-hand
LOCATION: us
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A genuinely one-off and timeless garment from luxury fashion house Fendi. 




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