The Dress Trend I Thought I Ditched For Good Is Officially Back (and Better)

I’ll be completely honest with you, I never imagined I would want to wear this dress

I’ll be completely honest with you, I never imagined I would want to wear this dress trend again. I know everything comes back around eventually, but years ago I purged several off-the-shoulder dresses from my closet (and some OTS tops, too) and truly thought that was the last I would see of them. Until now. Suddenly, the shoulder-baring style is popping up on my radar again and surprisingly, it’s even better than before.

2020 is bringing them back with a new silhouette that’s looser and flower than it was when I first owned it. The result is a trend that’s not necessarily new but feels fresh summer-ready. Sleeper’s lightweight linen dresses are what first clued me in to the return of off-the-shoulder styles. Their versions feature pretty smocking and voluminous sleeves and I’ve spotted them on fashion girls from all over.

Take a cue from these fashion girls and pair yours with flat slides or lace-up sandals. Keep scrolling to see how the trend is making its return this year and shop the freshest picks on the market.

Sleeper Michelin Linen Dress ($320)

Statement sleeves give this cult-favorite dress an eye-catching silhouette.

A.L.C. Calley Long Sleeve Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress ($595)

I’ve never seen an off-the-shoulder dress look so elegant.

Astr the Label Utopia Off the Shoulder Dress ($138)

The smocking makes this one feel even more summery.

ASOS Design Textured Off Shoulder Button Through Tiered Maxi Dress in White ($67)

All this needs is a woven bag and your favorite sandals.

Lemlem Eshal Beach Dress in Golden Rod ($345)

Bring the beachy vibes with you wherever you go.

Mango Floral Off-Shoulder Dress ($130)

I could see this floral number looking just as good with brown boots for the fall.

Lug Von Siga Elisa Off-The-Shoulder Crochet-Trimmed Cotton Midi Dress ($490)

I’m getting prairie vibes and I’m not mad about it.

Topshop Sand Linen Blend Belted Bardot Midi Dress ($85)

This also comes in white and I can’t decide which I like best.

Sleeper Atlanta Linen Dress ($320)

Sleeper’s Atlanta dress is another hit among the fashion crowd.

H&M Off-The-Shoulder Dress ($60)

Round of applause to H&M for this crinkled texture which makes this one look like it should cost at least double.

Bardot Gingham Off the Shoulder Midi Dress ($79)

You can never go wrong with good old gingham.

Cult Gaia Stella Off-The-Shoulder Gathered Cotton-Blend Satin Midi Dress ($360)

Make a statement in red.

Reformation Marley Off the Shoulder Linen Dress ($248)

This ruffle hem really sent me.

Staud Elio Dress ($285)

Leave it to Staud to make a previously outdated silhouette look completely fresh.

All In Favor Belted Off the Shoulder Midi Dress ($55)

All about this belt situation.

Find. Rib Jersey Form Fitting Off-Shoulder Midi Dress ($23)

Your next casual outfit, sorted.

Free People Jet Set Mini Dress ($148)

Take a cue from the styling and wear this with lace-up sandals.

Who What Wear Raglan Short Sleeve Off the Shoulder Dress ($37)

We had to go ahead and make our own version. Are you even surprised?

Also available in more sizes.

Forever 21 Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress ($20)

Pull the sleeves down to get an OTS look or leave them up—you get double the options.

Mango Off-Shoulder Poplin Dress ($80)

Same goes here. It’s a convertible neckline thanks to the elastic.

Camila Coelho Archer Off Shoulder Dress ($188)

For those of you who don’t stray far from an all-black look. I know you’re out there.

Up next, 8 things that define this new era of “dressed down” style.

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