How to Wear the One Shoulder Trend: From Casual to Cocktails

Friday, March 13, 2015

--By Kim Moshtaghi

The blast from the past trends always make an annual appearance at some point. The one shoulder style is all the rage this spring, and you should consider incorporating this style into your fashion routine once you find a designer who can tweak the traditional one shoulder look.

Contrary to me, the one shoulder cut has always been one of my mom’s favorite trends. My mom says, “it is wonderful because it’s sexy and simultaneously classy without being vulgar.” I think my Mom knows something I don’t know. I just discovered that even the bigger chested ladies can wear this trend and partake in this sassy look due to recent trend evolutions. So, it is safe to say this trend has finally eased its way into my heart, although it took years of evolution to convince me.

Although you may want to pass on this trend because you don’t believe it can transition from the office to dinner, trust me you are wrong! You can wear this trend with a loose style shirt under your blazer and no one at your office will know that you are exposing this season’s sexiest body part, the shoulder. Take the jacket off before you hit happy hour and, voila, you are ready!

I figured I would kill two birds with one stone with my first showcase. It actually implements three fashion trends for spring. Check out this yellow, draped, one shoulder top. This top creates a great base for layering because it drapes very long. It’s a wonderful basic shirt that is anything but simple.

Venus One Shoulder Draped Top

→ Buy the Venus One Shoulder Draped Top, $29.00, at

Blue and white is one of the season’s best color combos, and this next feature proves it. The asymmetrical floor length gown is stunning. The shades of the ocean contrasting against the white and black make this dress an ultimate spring and summer dress. It’s a great choice for wedding season. It’s not provocative yet gives off the right amount of sensuality.

Rachel Zoe Heather Asymmetrical Silk Gown

→ Buy the Rachel Zoe Heather Asymmetrical Silk Gown, $525.00, at; shipping and returns are free.

Gearing towards sexier pieces, check out this pretty BCBG dress. If you have got the body for this, then I wouldn’t pass it up. The bold color with the cutout and the one shoulder style is snazzy. You can’t be shy and wear this dress. You will need confidence and the right body type.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Kauri One Shoulder Cutout Gown

→ Buy the BCBGMAXAZRIA Kauri One Shoulder Cutout Gown, $338.00, at

Need something for a cocktail party? Here is a simple, loose fitting red dress that reveals a lot of leg but covers the top half elegantly. A nice well balanced look.

Cache One Shoulder Chiffon Dress

→ Buy the Cache One Shoulder Chiffon Dress, $168.00, at

Kim Moshtaghi
is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Kim is currently based in sunny San Diego, California, where she's a Realtor with Apprize Realty, Inc., specializing in coastal homes and luxury acquisitions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.