Chances are that somewhere along the line you've imagined yourself as a wedding-day princess, walking down the aisle in a swoosh of crinoline and lace.

But what happens when you outgrow the sugarcoated fantasy?

Our advice? Think goddess.

Call it the asymmetric dress, the Grecian column or the single-shoulder silhouette, the clean, lean line is more and more becoming the choice of modern day sirens. Think Alicia Keys, who got married in a Vera Wang goddess gown on the same day Chelsea Clinton opted for a traditional Vera pouf. Or Blake Lively, Emily Blunt and Fergie, who hit this year's red carpet in their one-shouldered best.

Small wonder this season's brides want to follow suit. Although there was only a sprinkling of goddess gowns on the runways just a few seasons ago, we're now facing a bare-shouldered blizzard. Priscilla of Boston's chief fashion strategist, Kimberly Minor, is among those who believe the style is no fad. "It is another neckline option, and it will continue," Minor says.

The modern goddess look actually dates back to the 1963 epic "Cleopatra," in which Elizabeth Taylor - in a parade of sumptuous one-shouldered gowns - seduced co-star Richard Burton on and off the screen. In the decades since, designers, from Halston in his Studio 54-era collections to classic Valentino to Sarah Jessica Parker in her new Halston Heritage line, have returned to the silhouette.

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But please don't confuse today's Grecian styles with body-shrouding "Animal House" togas. From the draped pieces by Romona Keveza and the edgy, single-strapped columns by Reverie, the look is decidedly upscale. Keveza, who has been turning out one-shouldered gowns for years, calls the sexy style "sophisticated yet timeless."

A-line designs from Jenny Packham and J. Crew declare "Hollywood starlet" (without any of the tabloid gossip) while Oscar de la Renta's high-collared dress evokes the '80s with a modern twist.

And goddess is not just for the lady in white. This season, you'll find red carpet-ready bridesmaids' interpretations by David's Bridal, Jim Hjelm and Cynthia Rowley, all of them outfitting your supporting cast in vibrant jewel tones.

Fresher than the overdone strapless, the one-shoulder gown is dramatic, flattering any figure with its torso-lengthening upsweep and off-center focal point. And it's sexy, accentuating those buff shoulders for your guy. And, yes, if this season's offerings tell us anything, it's this: Hitting your (very modern) gym in time to tone is a must.