Style Wise-One Asymmetrical Story

I realized that my last three posts on this blog had something in common. They all featured asymmetrical styles. It finally hit me that this is a line that I seem to gravitate towards when it comes to style. Hence, this style story was born.

What Is Asymmetrical?

In the most simple terms, asymmetrical is when both sides are not the same-just the opposite from symmetrical. In fashion, this could be hemlines (side to side or front to back), one sleeve looks, or just wearing two different earrings.

Asymmetry can add a note of interest and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. It has continually been popular with designers and never seems to go out of fashion.

I find it to be very flattering and can make an artistic statement that I’m usually after in my wardrobe. Going through my closet, I pulled items to illustrate how asymmetry can be used in all our basic garments and have added one curated shopping and pattern selection to go along with each garment style.

Tops

I’m starting off with truly the most asymmetrical item in my collection. Not only is the hem uneven but the left and right side of the pattern has two different cuts. This top was just completed in July from fabric designed by Nicole Miller for Joanne’s fabric. It’s a good beginner pattern and is cut in one piece.

To Buy Or To Make

To buy: Chico’s and on sale

Perfect for Fall and on sell too!

To Make: Burda 7340

It is now discontinued, but as usual, can be found in numerous places.

Sweaters

I’m starting sweaters out with the easiest sweater I’ve ever knitted. The Paris Sweater by Sarah Keller is a rectangle (32 “x 23” to be exact)! I found it on Ralvery (a knitting community) and it is free. Depending on what yarn you choose, it can be worn fall, winter and spring. I had a large one pound cone of silk yarn in my stash called Olive Garden that I just didn’t know what to do with and this sweater was just right.

To Buy Or To Make

To Buy-A wonderful sweater tunic from Rain & Ross from Saks of the 5th. $44.99

To Make: The Paris Sweater

Dresses

I found this gorgeous print dress a couple years ago from ASOS’s Made in Kenya line. I set the print off with a black jacket and wide belt. I would check out the The Made In Kenya line-there are some gorgeous things on there and at this moment they are on sale.

To Buy Or To Make

To Buy: Kay Unger’s classic and beautiful asymmetrical dress. Now on sale for $180.60

To Make: A Zero-Waste dress pattern from the independent pattern company Elbe Textiles. I can’t tell you how badly I want to make this dress. It’s asymmetry is understated but there non the less.

Another Top-A different kind of asymmetry.

I wanted to include this top because it has what could be called step asymmetry-one side is a different length with no gradual change. This design is by Rachel Riss for her company Linear; a designer who has her garments manufactured in California. I added this top to my collection over a year ago. If you can fit into a XS, You can get this top on clearance for only $14.

To Buy Or To Make

To Buy: Another Rachel Riss step top. This is the one I have my eye on. It’s on sale for $26. It’s Model Rayon which means super soft! And this green is so perfect for me. You can wear it as shown or tie the longer panels up.

It also comes in Powder Blue and Black.

UPDATE: As of 10/28, it looks like they are all sold out-darn, missed out!

To Make: Style Arc’s Crystal Overshirt

OK, I know this is a cop out but Rachel Riss seems to have the step asymmetrical tops all to her self. Anyway, this is a pattern that I know is in my future. It’s perfect for a piece of fabric in my stash.

Skirts

One of my easiest to wear skirts is this asymmetrical navy knit from Kansas City designer Laura McGrew. Unfortunately, Laura retired from designing last year but I am happy to have a few of her made in Kansas City designs in my collection.

Skirts offer so many fun asymmetrical styles; from handkerchief hems, front to back high/lows, dramatic wrap-Arounds. I’m wearing a simple left to right angle hem.

To Buy Or To Make

To Buy:From Newman Marcus: Vince Star Dot Asymmetrical Draped Skirt. On sale for$86 (down from $345)

To Make: Vogue Pattern 1638 offers a simple a-line skirt with a panel that give it’s an asymmetrical line-a classic skirt with a twist.

Asymmetrical In a Pinch

How can you create an asymmetrical look without actually having a specific asymmetrical garment? It’s easy and I have two examples that I’ve worn over the years.

One way, is take a large scarf and pin it to create a angled line as I did below with a scarf from St. Louis Designer Michael Drummond. Ah, those good old days when Rachelle and I could gallery hop on those First Fridays!

Another easy solution is to gather up one side of a top and secure it with either a hairband and, if you want, add a pin.

That’s the end of this quite asymmetrical tale. Do you a few asymmetrical items in your closet? What’s your favorite thing to wear if you have? If not, I hope I’ve inspired you to give this style a try. There are so many statements you can make with it.

Also, I took you on quite a hair style tour today, everything from the days when I was still going blond, then to going grey and finally my “wig game”, which, honestly is the most fun.

Style on, stay creative and stay safe!

20 thoughts on “Style Wise-One Asymmetrical Story

  1. hi Terri, what a fun post! I love asymmetry too, whether with earrings, necklaces, hemlines, necklines. I also like mixed (colors & patterns) fabrics when they are used in a single item of clothing–that can be interesting too. And ages old: I have a long summer dress (a sleeveless jumper) and also a skirt made by Nothing Matches. They are wild with different patterns and fabrics–they always make me feel light hearted. And just last month, I bought a plaid shirt from Tolani that has a printed flower back and also a hi-lo crepe dress by Truth & Style. Yay asymmetry. 🙂

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    1. Hi Jodie, somewhere it dawned on me that half the stuff I post has uneven hems so it finally dawned on me, that this may be something I actively seek out and maybe it was a time to round a bunch of stuff up and do a post! XOOX Terri

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    1. Thank you Kim. This was a post that I was surprised that I hadn’t made yet. I think after making the Rose tunic it finally dawned on me that I always gravitate towards the asymmetrical.

      And isn’t the zero-waste dress great. Funny, it was on my Spring list too-possible sew-along? Just an idea-something to think about.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle-yes, I knitted the sweater or the rectangle that the designer ingeniously made a sweater into by just the way it was sewn up. As long as your yarn wasn’t too heavy, I don’t see why it couldn’t be created in crochet too.

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    1. I found something that one of us likes but the other one doesn’t care for-Is that a first? I don’t think I had one asymmetrical piece until I turned 60-so it is a later in life thing for me. Stay safe too. Terri

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  2. Terri, I love this! I also noticed that you were featuring a lot of asymmetrical pieces and I loved it because I am always drawn to asymmetry as well. It is more artistic and I think more natural than perfect symmetry! You have so many gorgeous pieces! Thanks for sharing and linking with me.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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