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45 elegant off the shoulder wedding dresses for 2020

Off the shoulder wedding dresses are a gorgeous choice for any type of wedding, whether you're going for a laid-back boho vibe or high-octane glamour. We've found the best the off the shoulder wedding dresses from designer to high street and with a range of flattering necklines, to suit every bride and budget.

There are plenty of reasons to choose an off the shoulder wedding dress. First and foremost, this is a supremely flattering style – and that’s something we always appreciate when it comes to wedding dresses!

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From the timeless chic of a straight-across Bardot to a curve-enhancing sweetheart neck or an on-trend cold shoulder, there are so many types of off the shoulder neckline. And you can get the look with all different wedding dress styles, whether fishtail or A-line. Put together, this means you can achieve a bridal look that perfectly suits your body shape.

What’s more, off the shoulder is a sophisticated way to add sexiness to your wedding style, and that subtle flash of skin is a multi-season crowd-pleaser, working just as well at a winter celebration as a summer wedding.

Still need more reasons? We’ve found 45 of them, in the shape of our off the shoulder wedding dress edit. Have fun finding the one for you.

1. Bardot style 16312 – Ellis Bridals

Bardot by Ellis Bridals is a wonderfully elegant ballgown. You’ll find no fussy details here, just flowing lines, a beautifully clean silhouette and a sculptural bow at the back as a chic finishing touch.

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2. Clementine wedding dress – Whistles

This Whistles wedding dress is all about the contemporary details, from the cold-shoulder top to the pleated skirt and curved hem. At £329, this is a relatively budget-friendly way to get an elevated look.

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3. Hannah Bardot satin dress – Monsoon

Monsoon’s Hannah gown features details you’d normally expect from a custom-order wedding dress, including a boned corset bodice – gotta love that extra support – and opulent satin fabric. It’s high style, but without the higher price tag, at £349.

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4. Harper style 11771 – Ellis Bridals

We love the sophisticated feel of Ellis Bridals’ Harper dress. The silhouette is highly refined, with the Bardot neckline leading into a sheath bodice that flares out into a fishtail. The three-quarter length sleeves make it feel extra-fresh.

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5. Caytlin – Rosa Clará

Rosa Clará’s Caytlin dress is all about that exquisite lace, adorned with beading for extra prettiness. The fishtail silhouette and sweetheart neckline make for a figure-flattering effect.

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6. Louise style 6893 – Morilee

Be a vision in satin in Morilee’s sleek Louise fit-and-flare gown. The cap sleeves are detachable, so you can switch up your look between day and night.

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7. Look 5 from the Spring 2020 bridal collection – Oscar de la Renta

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High fashion meets bridal in this showstopping Oscar de la Renta dress. The statement off-the-shoulder sleeves are beautifully judged, and the open back is sexy in a sophisticated way.

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8. Risco – Stephanie Allin

Made from fine silk crepe, Stephanie Allin’s Risco would be a stylish choice for any type of celebration, but we think the flowing skirt with slits and the waterfall sleeves makes is particularly smart for a destination wedding somewhere hot and sunny.

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9. Style 88078 – Justin Alexander

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We love the dramatic neckline of this Justin Alexander gown – and the grandly glamorous details don’t stop there. Every element has been crafted to create a regal effect, from the cathedral-length train to the Venice lace appliqués.

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10. Maisie – House of Mooshki

House of Mooshki’s Maisie dress is a vintage inspired design with pretty details that make it feel extra special, such as the pearl beading on the bodice and the tulle sleeves. Pair it with their petticoat to get a gloriously full effect with the skirt.

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11. Imelda – Pronovias

You can always rely on Pronovias to come up with a glamorous take on a wedding dress trend, and their Imelda fishtail gown is no exception. The beaded sleeves go beautifully with the lace of the rest of the dress.

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12. Merie – Charlie Brear

Part of Charlie Brear’s brilliance is her ability to make a high fashion style feel easy to wear – like this Merie dress. It’s a very on-trend look, but with a relaxed silhouette and a fluid sand-washed silk fabric.

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13. Daphne – Costarellos

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When is an off the shoulder wedding dress not an off the shoulder wedding dress? Why, when it features an illusion neckline, of course – like Costarellos’s divine Daphne. The form-fitting bodice transitions into a flowing French tulle skirt, creating a beautiful silhouette.

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14. Priyanka style 2026 – Morilee

You’ll really own that aisle in Morilee’s Priyanka. The use of Alençon lace appliqués is perfectly judged, softening a strong silhouette and giving an air of romantic refinement.

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15. Reine – Alexandra Grecco

We’ve fallen hard for Alexandra Grecco’s Reine gown. The off-the-shoulder statement sleeves are detachable, so you can transform your look from catwalk-inspired showstopper to sleek and pared back just by removing them.

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16. Rose off the shoulder dress – Whistles

Whistles’ bridal range is on the spendier end of the high street bridal market – this Rose dress is £599 – but, budget allowing, the quality of their designs justifies the price tag. The lace Bardot neckline is lovely, and the raised hem at the front keeps the whole thing feeling fresh as well as pretty.

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17. Peaches – Grace Loves Lace

This Grace Loves Lace dress has the kind of laidback sexiness we love. The figure-flattering stretch lace is beautiful, and features the brand’s signature rose motif.

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18. Style 994 – Martina Liana

It’s elegance all the way with this silk-chiffon Martina Liana gown, from the ruched bodice to the flowing skirt. The light-as-air fabric makes this a particularly good choice for a summer or destination wedding.

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19. Ainsley – Maggie Sottero

The simplicity of this Maggie Sottero sheath dress is what makes it so refined. The beautiful Chardon crepe fabric is allowed to speak for itself, with just some beaded lace on the off-the-shoulder sleeves and a floral illusion back to add interest.

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20. Clover – Rosa Clará

A-line wedding dresses are tremendously flattering, as this Rosa Clará Clover gown shows. The hourglass effect is enhanced by off-the-shoulder sleeves, and the pretty lace fabric provides the romance.

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21. Harbour Frill – Halfpenny London

Halfpenny London’s Harbour Frill dress is beautifully cut, with a graceful fit-and-flare silhouette. That frill Bardot neckline gives it a shot of contemporary cool.

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22. Elyseé – Jenny Packham

There’s an almost otherworldly beauty to this delicate Jenny Packham gown, from the dreamy layers of tulle in the skirt to the intricate ruching. Fine beadwork on the off-the-shoulder sleeves is a perfect finishing touch.

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23. Style NIA20591 – Nicole Spose

This Nicole Spose dress manages to be both opulent and elegant. We love the way the pretty floral embroidery flows from the bodice into the voluminous skirt.

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24. Juniper – St Patrick La Sposa

St Patrick’s Juniper features a bewitching bodice with floral embroidery in pink and green – the detailing at the neckline is exquisite. The plain crepe skirt provides the perfect contrast.

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25. Bonita – Grace Loves Lace

Fun, sexy and fabulously feminine, Grace Love Lace’s Bonita is a wedding dress with attitude. The brand’s signature stretchy lace fabric makes it easy to wear – all you need to do is come up with some suitably gorgeous accessories!

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26. Hillary – Pronovias

Pronovias are know for their glamorous designs, so it’s unsurprising they’ve come up with such an incredible ballgown as the Hillary dress. It’s pure fairy tale, from the shimmering floral appliqués to the full tulle skirt.

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27. Allen Lynette – Sottero & Midgley

If your personal style involves plenty of sparkle, Sottero & Midgley’s Allen Lynette could well be the style for you. The glittering beaded bodice contrasts beautifully with the ballerina-style tulle skirt.

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28. Cordia – Rosa Clará

Normally we show you wedding dresses from the front, but we’re making an exception for Rosa Clará’s Cordia, because the back view is just so beautiful. The way the skirt flows is sheer perfection, and those feather-light off-the-shoulder sleeves are captivating.

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29. Style GALA-1010 – Galia Lahav

If you’re looking for the sexiest wedding dresses, look know further than design house Galia Lahav, renowned for seriously sensual, statement designs – the fact that Beyoncé chose this designer for her wedding vow renewal dress tells you everything you need to know. We’re particularly taken with style GALA-1010, for its 3-D embroidery and sheer corset; a sensual take on the classic ballgown.

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30. Style 133 – Jesus Peiro

We’re used to seeing contrast wedding dresses with intricate bodices and pared-back skirts, so we love that this Jesus Peiro design flips the idea. A minimalist crepe top leads into a fabulous lace skirt – chic and unique.

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31. Maeleigh – Maggie Sottero

A generous sprinkling of sequins and glitter tulle give Maggie Sottero’s Maeleigh A-line gown a magical yet subtle sparkle. The sweetheart neckline is universally flattering.

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32. Edel bodysuit & Casey skirt – Elbeth Gillis

Bridal separates entered the mainstream a few years ago, so if you’d prefer the idea of two-piece wedding dresses, this Elbeth Gillis outfit could be the look for you. The bodysuit features illusion sleeves that graze the shoulders, and the best bit is, you can pair it with any bridal skirt you choose, building your unique look.

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33. Pru – House of Mooshki

Retro meets ballgown in House of Mooshki’s Pru. The 1950s silhouette and pink brocade fabric really make this stand out – add a hooped petticoat for extra drama.

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34. Octavia – Enzoani

Looking for a showstopper? Say hello to Enzoani’s incredible Octavia mermaid dress. With a fabulous lace bodice leading into a frothy tulle train, this is a gown that’s guaranteed to turn heads.

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35. Eden – Mia Mia Bridal

The beauty of a pared-back dress is that you can dress it up with accessories or keep everything totally simple for a timelessly elegant effect. If the latter is more your style, Mia Mia’s Edel is particularly perfect, because the cut is so immaculate, this gown speaks for itself.

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36. Simone – Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham’s Simone gown has one of the prettiest illusion necklines we’ve seen, full of shimmer and sparkle. we particularly love the waist detailing and the shoulder-skimming sleeves.

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37. Style 1015 – Martina Liana

What makes this lace fishtail Martina Liana dress extra special? Those illusion sleeves, adorned with the beautiful lace that makes up the gown.

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38. Lace detail wedding dress – Self-Portrait

This Self-Portrait dress is perfect for a boho-luxe wedding. We love the draped fabric and trapeze silhouette, finished off with a stylish lace trim.

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39. Patience style 3258 – Morilee

Morilee’s Patience is the epitome of classic bridal romance. Tulle, lace and and a princess-style silhouette: all the elements of a lovely gown.

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40. Emma – Pronovias

Pronovias’s Emma dress is crafted from luxurious Mikado, a weighty silk that gives great structure. Both bodice and skirt are scattered with sparkling floral details.

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41. Style 973 – Jesus Peiro

We love the mix of tonal shades within this romantic Jesus Peiro gown. The slim-fitting bodice flows into a frothy ballerina-style tulle, finished with a belt that’s studded with sequins.

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42. Porter Marie – Sottero & Midgley

Layers of tulle, Chantilly lace and Swarovski crystals make Sottero and Midgley’s Porter Marie an enchanting ballgown. The plunging sweetheart neck adds a seductive note.

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43. Cecily – Monsoon

The scalloped sweetheart neckline on Monsoon’s Cecily Bardot dress is just so pretty, leading into delicate sheer sleeves adorned with floral lace.

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44. Butterfly dress – Reformation

Chic and sexy, Reformation’s Butterfly dress in ivory is perfect for creating a contemporary bridal look. The midi length of the skirt is particularly good if you’re planning on rocking some statement shoes.

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45. Melba – Whistles

This stunning lace wedding dress is utterly romantic, and the figure-skimming silhouette is designed to flatter.

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Once you’ve found your dress, it’s time to turn your attention to your bridal party. Start with our guide that explains how to choose your bridesmaid dresses.