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How to wear a one shoulder dress

Last week I received a lovely email from one of Pretty Chuffed’s readers, requesting help accessorising a one-shouldered dress. The lovely reader purchased a gorgeously bright one shouldered dress however was unsure of what to wear with it, especially as she was not usually a dress wearer and didn’t want to spend too much money. I said of course I’d be happy to help, and tracked down some styling options at bargain prices. I asked if she would be ok with my sharing my tips and finds with you all, and she approved. So, here are my tips on how to wear a one-shoulder dress, a few gorgeous one -shouldered finds and my favourite accessories and shoes to wear with them, all under $100. (PS if you’d like help with an outfit or styling for an occasion, drop me a line at

Tips for wearing a one shouldered dress:

  • One-shouldered or sleeved dresses require accessories to balance out the lack of fabric on one of the arms, so wear a bangle, bracelet set or a bunch of arm candy on the opposing wrist.
  • The neckline of a one shouldered dress means a necklace will usually look too busy and complicated, so I would avoid wearing one.
  • Hairstyles that work well with a one-shouldered dress include up styles, buns or down and pulled to the side. Short hair works well – I would just keep it uncomplicated.
  • Open-toed shoes work best with a one-shouldered dress, especially if it is long or maxi style.
  • A one-shouldered dress calls for a strapless bra. Please don’t wear one with bra straps showing!

Here’s a few of my favourite one-shouldered dress buys online right now:

St Frock one-shouldered dress AUD$69

ASOS Maternity red one shouldered dress (on sale) AUD$38.46

ASOS one shouldered ruffle dress AUD$67.31 (also in fuschia and coral)

Zalora ruffle shoulder dress AUD$64.95

Fresh Soul one shoulder dress (on sale) AUD$97.97

Here I’ve taken one of these dresses (the first St Frock dress, AUD$69) and accessorised it three ways. 1 is for day, 2 is for perhaps a spring or summer wedding, and 3 for night time – I’d wear my hair up or to the side with the ear cuff visible.


Do you like one shouldered dresses? How do you style them?


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  • Reply shannon

    I love this Jasmine. I haven’t worn a one shouldered dress for years. I really love the Zalora ruffle dress. I really want to wear one now. x

    November 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm
  • Reply Lyn

    Oh yes! Love the ASOS ruffled dress x

    November 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Julie | The Beauty Issue

    Gorgeous. Love the St Frock Dresses.. So lovely for summer.

    November 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Lisa | Mummy Made.It

    I wore a 1 shoulder dress last year as a bridesmaid at a tropical wedding. It looked hot!! (the balianese makeup and hair artist may have had a bit to do with that though!). Thankfully it had a bodice top so ‘my gals’ had a sturdy place to sit!

    November 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Lily | Stylescene

    I’m in love with the red ASOS Maternity dress! I find a lot of their maternity dresses work well post-pregnancy too. Lily x

    November 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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