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Would You Wear… Asymmetrical Hemlines?


Asymmetrical ruffle dressAsymmetrical skirt on a street style fashionistaAsymmetrical gray dress
Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3

Gone are the days of asymmetrical hemlines being seen only on the red carpet. These leg-showing lines are popping up on the streets and seem particularly popular among the college fashionista crowd.

When it comes to formal gowns, asymmetrical hemlines (like the one seen on Carey Mulligan, below) can make a dress stand out from the crowd. They also allow you to show some leg and showcase your shoes while still maintaining the floor-length look. For everyday, the look will instantly make any outfit edgier. (See the photos above.)

Carey Mulligan at the Oscars wearing an asymmetrical dressMary-Kate Olsen wearing an asymmetrical dress
Photo Credit: 1, 2

Personally, I think this look is a bold way to mix up your wardrobe, and it’s a fun twist on your everyday dress for both day and night. If you’re still unsure about this trend, here’s an example outfit to get your inspiration going:

Holiday party season is right around the corner…

Outfit - How to wear an asymmetrical dress
Product Information: Dress – Topshop, Tights – ModCloth, Shoes – Chinese Laundry, Clutch – Miss Selfridge, Bracelet – Nordstrom, Necklace – Nordstrom

Let’s discuss!

Would you rock the asymmetrical hem? Is this uneven look a little too unbalanced for your taste? Would you wear this look for day or do you think it is more suitable for night? And most importantly, how would you wear it? Make sure to leave a comment below with your thoughts!

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28 Responses to “Would You Wear… Asymmetrical Hemlines?”

  1. 1
    November 16th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    for some reason these kinds of dresses remind me of a mullet. You know business in the front party in the back. Theyre cute but not for me.

  2. 2
    November 16th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    never, they are too ugly

  3. 3
    November 16th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I really, really don’t like this trend.

  4. 4
    November 16th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I wouldnt wear these hem lines. I prefer nice and neat well defined symmetrical hem lines. I love the shoes though, now those I would wear

  5. 5
    November 16th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I love clean-cut asymmetrical hemlines that are cut horizontally, not from front to back, but I love love love this trend! I think it’s so gutsy and unique from what everyone else is wearing. I would have liked it if you included an outfit suggestion for a casual setting though since I haven’t found an asymmetrical piece that I like yet for everyday wear.

  6. 6
    November 16th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I’m surprised by how many nay-sayers there are! I have never really thought of asymmetrical hemlines as a trend since they are always around. I wore a dress with an asymmetrical hemline to the semi-formal in ninth grade… over six years ago.

    I agree with a previous poster that I prefer the asymmetrical hemline to be horizontal, rather than short in the front and long in the back, simply because the length in the front always seems to hit at an awkward spot, making you looking shorter than you already are. I know that I, personally, do not really need any help in that department.

  7. 7
    November 16th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Asymmetrical hems remind me of those formal dresses from middle & high school. It takes me back to a particularly hideous periwinkle blue one I wore once. I can’t look at them now without cringing just cause of all the memories…

  8. 8
    November 16th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I don’t like asymmetrical hemlines. They remind me of all the cheesy (but at the time I thought “sexy”) dresses I wore to Sweet Sixteens.

  9. 9
    November 16th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Normally I’m not a fan of asymmetrical hems, but this dress is really cute!

  10. 10
    November 16th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I guess most of the present college students remember this trend from their early teens, which for some may be a reason to consider this trend a reminiscence of not exactly stylish times. For example I remember my lavender mid-calf, asymmetrical hemline skirt, when I think about it, I’m horrified. So for me thistrend havent been away long enough to be tempting again.
    Also, as someone said, they were there all this time, in a form or cocktail or prom dresses, just not really in everyday wear.

  11. 11
    November 16th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I like the look of the middle outfit. Mostly because it’s sort of a casual, military-inspired day look. But, like others have said, I don’t really like the formal look (especially the asymmetrical handkerchief hems) because of the middle school dance implications. Overall, I think they look pretty awkward, but the clean, sharp line of the skirt in the middle is interesting looking… probably because it’s a miniskirt and doesn’t stumpify.

  12. 12
    November 16th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I actually like this a lot :]]]
    I love the middle outfit you showed and i really like the outfit you put together- especially those shoes!!

    Charlotte xxx

  13. 13
    November 16th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I really like those! Add a bit of edge and fun to the outfit.

  14. 14
    November 16th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    omg that dress is LOVE!!! and i actually like this trend =]

  15. 15
    November 16th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I don’t feel like it would work for me. I think it would draw too much attention to my hips

  16. 16
    November 16th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Asymmetrical hems are a bit tricky, but when you find the right top, dress or skirt that suits your taste, they’re lovely!

  17. 17
    November 16th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    i like the middle outfit and olsen’s outfit the best.

    i think asymmetrical sometimes can look sloppy…like the first look. ech

  18. 18
    November 16th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Asymmetrical!…I love it!!

  19. 19
    November 17th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Yes! Especially if they’re a little floaty and fairy-ish, like the chiffon dress in the example. There’s also a beautiful asymmetrical skirt at Anthropologie that I’ve been craving for weeks…

  20. 20
    November 17th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    should do more holiday looks!

  21. 21
    November 17th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    hmmm…I guess it depends on the outfit. I would wear it if it looked nice and you can obviously tell it was supposed to be like that. I would pass if it looks like your skirt got stuck in your panties….

  22. 22
    November 17th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    The styled outfit is too complicated. The dress is complex with asymmetrical hemline and ruffles, so everything else should be solid and simple. The bracelet, purse, necklace and shoes right now all have way too many details that add to the clutter.

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