ICONS ON ICONS: MARILYN MONROE AND THE OFF SHOULDER DRESS

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

words by LUCY BULLING • Fashion

DO WE EVEN NEED TO TELL YOU HOW THE OFF-THE-SHOULDER DRESS IS PERSONIFIED BY MARILYN? OR THAT IT IS AN ICONIC STYLE CHOICE? PROBABLY NOT, BUT WE WILL...

‘Icons On Icons’ is a series dedicated to the fashion pieces that have become as synonymous with style as the luminary responsible for thrusting them into the fashion zeitgeist. From classic beauty trends to your most worn and loved wardrobe staples - Icons On Icons is here to remind you why some superstars and silhouettes will forever be remarked as a true fashion icon.

Fawned over by the masses even beyond her death, we (the fashion crowd) owe more than we know to Ms Monroe. Especially the Off-The-Shoulder dress. Nothing says sultry and seductive, sophisticated and suave like a décolletage baring off-the-shoulder number. Let us take style cues from the sexiest of them all; Marilyn Monroe’s penchant for this design is proof there is always a time and a place for a little shoulder free moment.

1/17

HALF PENNY LONDON

Kelly off-the-shoulder satin midi dress, $2345 at Net-A-Porter

2/17

Dolce & gabbana

Off-the-shoulder polka dot silk blend dress, $3127 at FarFetch

3/17

DANIELLE FRANKEL

Off-the-shoulder silk and wool-blend mini dress, $4990 at Net-A-Porter

4/17

Caroline Constas

Bardot off-the-shoulder striped cotton-blend midi dress, $416.50 at Net-A-Porter

5/17

Caroline COnstas

Titos off-the-shoulder cotton and silk-blend satin mini dress, $416.50 at Net-A-Porter

6/17

BOrgo De Nor

Adelita floral-print off-the-shoulder cotton dress, $517 at MatchesFashion

7/17

AMUR

Odessa Off the Shoulder Polka Dot Silk Maxi Dress, $698 at Nortstrom

8/17

ALTUZARRA

Stansfield Off-the-Shoulder Knit Midi Dress, $995 at SaksFifthAvenue

9/17

ALEXA CHUNG

Floral Puff-Sleeve Dress, $435 at Farfetch

10/17

alexa chung

Green Falling Strap Dress, $158 at Ssense

11/17

A.W.A.K.E MODE

Off-The-Shoulder Pleated Crepe de Chine Maxi Dress, $662.54 at Net-A-Porter

12/17

JASON WU

Cold-Shoulder Grosgrain-Trimmed Crepe Dress, $797.50 at Net-A-Porter

13/17

rebecca valance

Mondrian Off-The-Shoulder Crepe Midi Dress, $327 at Net-A-Porter

14/17

prada

Off The Shouder Dress, $2410,00 at Sakss Fifth Avenue

15/17

lela rose

Off-The-Shoulder Cloqué Midi Dress, $1,193.50 on SALE at Net-A-Porter

16/17

prada

Floral-Print Off-the-Shoulder Silk Dress, $3400 at Bergdorf Goodman

17/17

Sleeper

Atlanta off-the-shoulder shirred gingham linen midi dress, $320 at Net-A-Porter

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