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How to Wear an Off Shoulder Dress

Posted by Shopthemint Team

Always Sweet Blush Pink Smocked Dress
Always Sweet Blush Pink Smocked Dress

When the sun is shining and the temperature’s hot, the last thing you want to be wearing is a heavy, clingy outfit that soaks you with sweat. The perfect warm-weather staple to combat this sticky feeling is an off shoulder dress. It offers enough coverage to be cute and tasteful, but not so much that you’re left overheating.

If you’re not already convinced you should make the off shoulder dress your new go-to, here are some tips for how to wear one while staying cool (and stylish!) all summer long.

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Dress for wanderlust with a wide brim hat and boho accessories.

Whether you have big travel plans for the summer or feel safer staying close to home, you can still always dress like you’re ready for your next adventure! Boho-inspired fashion accessories like a wide brim hat, tassel earrings or a crochet bag can give you just the right touch of carefree comfort to your off shoulder dress.

A form-fitting dress looks sleek (and chic!) in a statement-making color.

Show off your figure in a form-fitting off shoulder dress that flatters your curves. A bright jewel tone color, like ruby red or emerald green, makes a powerful statement, as does a classic black or white. Finish off the look with accessories in complementary colors for an unexpected touch.

Give off some youthful ’90s vibes with a choker necklace.

If you’re looking to pull together a playful outfit for a night out dancing, a tight choker necklace is the perfect complement to your off shoulder dress. Classic black is sleek and sophisticated, while shimmery gold or silver can add a punch of sparkly fun–especially if you pick a style with a bit of charm.

Slick your hair back to draw attention to your pretty neck and shoulders.

When it’s hot and sticky out, you probably don’t want anything covering your neck and shoulders, and that includes your hair! Instead of sweating under piles of loose waves, why not tie your hair back into a slick chignon or sky-high ponytail. It’s really flattering and will help keep you cool, too.

Go for a casual weekender style with a pair of crisp, white high-top sneakers.

An off shoulder dress is a super feminine style. To balance out the flirtiness and keep extra comfortable, style your outfit with a fresh pair of white sneaks. It adds a little bit of tomboyish flavor that ups the cool factor of your look!

Sport a sweet and girly ensemble by starting with a ruffled off shoulder dress.

An off shoulder dress becomes extra special when it’s made with cute details like lace or ruffles. Strut your stuff in pointy toe heels or strappy sandals to complete this look that’s just as ready for date night as it is for happy hour with the girls.

Style a printed dress with pared-down neutral accessories to balance an event-ready look.

Let your off shoulder dress take center stage by picking a style that’s bright and bold. Polka dots, paisley or tropical prints in punchy colors are perfect for summertime special occasions. To avoid a look that clashes or is too distracting for the eyes, try to keep the focus on your dress with a pair of cute shoes in a nude color and understated accessories.

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Big, bug-eye sunglasses ooze celebrity appeal–and are perfect for a trip to the beach or boardwalk.

If you’ll be spending time by the shore, but not necessarily taking a dip in the water, an off shoulder dress is the easy, breezy instant outfit you need. Flat sandals, a crossbody bag and a trendy pair of oversized sunglasses will make you look ready to face the paparazzi.

For warm nights in the early fall, make the outfit more seasonally appropriate with a pair of statement booties.

Off shoulder dresses are fantastic transitional pieces. They’re a great option for when it starts to look like fall but still feels like summer outside, because you can style them for any season. When you’re looking for something to wear out during a September night, throw on a pair of statement booties and you’re ready for some fun with friends.

Off Shoulder, On Trend

An off shoulder dress is not only flattering and comfortable, but it’s also incredibly trendy, too. Whether you style it casually, or jazz it up for a big night out on the town, this versatile staple is the perfect addition to your warm-weather wardrobe. How will you style your off shoulder dress this summer? Let us know in the comments!


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