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The lure of the one shoulder dress

Deborah Mistry

The one shoulder trend seems to come and go although I don’t think it’s ever reached the same heights of popularity as the off the shoulder or the cold shoulder have. To me this is part of it’s appeal; it’s always been a fringe trend, never too ubiquitous. Unfortunately, though it has also fallen victim to some very tacky interpretations and is synonymous in a lot of people’s minds with short tight satin dresses. This seems unfair though as it’s such a classic, elegant silhouette that suits a lot of body shapes. It’s sexy without being revealing (it doesn’t allow for cleavage) and also somehow slightly sporty looking whilst still being incredibly feminine. It’s also far easier to wear than the off the shoulder style which can involve a lot of pulling up and down as the day goes on!

When I got married in 2012 the only thing I was adamant about when it came to the dress was that it would be one-shouldered. Not just because I love the silhouette but because none of my friends had worn it for their wedding days (the strapless style still reigned supreme). Unfortunately, I was left uninspired by the selection out there at the time and kept getting distracted by beautiful lace dresses with different necklines. In the end I spotted a strapless silk dress that was overlaid with amazing cobwebby lace and asked the designer (Pauline Forster) if she could make me a version where just the lace came over one shoulder. I was so happy with the result. 

When I started designing for Sugar Sand the first piece that I knew I wanted to design was a one-shoulder dress. To stay true to the classical Grecian connotations of the style I created a loose, A-line shape rather than one that clung to the waist. Then I gave it a wide gold embroidered trim to highlight the neckline and frame the collar bone. Voila the Delphi dress was born and of course became my favorite in the collection! Shop the Delphi dress here

 


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