It’s October, which connotes many a things — from the hopeful drop in temperature to major planning for the festivities. And, if you are one to always dress on point, here’s inspiration for you to have a one-sided affair! Before your mind wanders, know that we are only referring to the one-shoulder trend that can be the perfect pick, be it for a pre-Diwali do or your BFF’s cocktail or reception.
“One-shoulder [style] is a great way to do asymmetry and can be flattering if worn right — it’s a forgiving style in that sense,” says Mumbai-based designer Nachiket Barve. While a classic white and black one-shoulder dress works best for formal parties, one can always play bold. “You can go for an embellished neckline, or layers on the dress that give the illusion of length,” adds Barve.
(L-R) Actors Karisma Kapoor in an Yves Saint Laurent one-shoulder dress, actor Kareena Kapoor Khan in a dress by designer Ashish N Soni and actor Jacqueline Fernandez in a Sonaakshi Raaj creation. (Yogen Shah; Instagram/jacquelinef143)
To add more drama, designer Nikhil Mehra suggests fusing the style with Indianwear. “One-shoulder blouses, with an extended, free-flowing fabric on one side work for the festive season. The fabric acts as a dupatta and you can pair the top with a skirt. For a cocktail do, you could go for one-shoulder anarkalis, too,” he says.
Flowy fabrics and vintage colours are the way to go for the one-shoulder style. “Jewel tones such as indigo, ruby red, emerald green and amethyst purple look lovely. Quality fabrics like washed satin, georgette or crêpe de Chine are best-suited,” says Barve. But if you’re willing to experiment and go for deep shades that are more suited for the colder months, then pick “greys, blues, dark cherry and bitter chocolate. They also work well on the Indian skin,” says Mehra.
One-shoulder dresses give you the freedom to flaunt and conceal what you want, and are best suited for those with toned arms. “The style enhances the bust, and works beautifully on wide shoulders. The shoulder that’s off lifts the torso, making you look taller,” says Mehra. He also shares some strict no-nos. Like, one with an empire waist. “It should finish like a blouse and should not be cut at the bust. It could be cut at the waist.” The thing to keep in mind is that the cut has to work on you — it can’t be clingy or figure-hugging.
Also, don’t go overboard with accessories and jewellery. “The styling needs to be kept simple because the dress is dramatic and speaks volumes for itself. Clean hair, minimal jewellery or just statement earrings are enough,” says Barve. “Brooches add a nice touch too,” says Mehra.