Runway to Reality: One-Shoulder Trend

From left to right: RM by Roland Mouret, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Christian Lacroix

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, it’s been obvious that the one shoulder trend is back in full swing for 2009, officially ushered in this year by Michelle Obama at the inauguration and countless other celebrities wearing the trend lately on the red carpet.

Make It Yourself

I’m assuming that these patterns can be adapted to have the shoulder strap flipped to the other side, if that’s more your styling preference. Try combining the one shoulder element with your favorite top or dress pattern for an updated look.

Butterick 4983: Opt for a skinny or wide strap version. Crop it to make a day dress or keep it long and elegant for evening.

Vogue 2881: One shoulder styling and Grecian undertones go hand in hand. Not surprisingly, both trends were prominent features on many runways for Spring 2009.

Vogue 8387: A nice option for a fitted sundress. Or, use a satin fabric, shorten the length, and you have a sassy cocktail dress for a night out.



  1. February 11, 2009 / 8:54 pm

    I LOVE this style and can not wait to make my own version!

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