How to wear asymmetrical clothing – Asymmetric dresses and tops to fall in love with

by Sylvia

How to wear asymmetrical clothes and accessories | 40plusstyle.com

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I love asymmetrical clothes.  They are just a bit edgier and fun and very flattering too.

In this article I will show you how to wear asymmetrical clothes and show you some of the best pieces in stores right now.

Asymmetry is still very trendy this season and one of my favorite looks.

Today’s let’s look at the benefits of asymmetric clothing and what it can do for your style. I will also highlight some of the best pieces available right now.

So why do I like asymmetry so much and think it would be great for you too?

Here are just 5 reasons:

#1  Asymmetric dresses and tops will instantly add an arty vibe to your outfit

Since asymmetrical clothes are a bit different that ‘normal’ clothes, they will automatically help you stand out. Through wearing something asymmetrical I know that you have a bit of an edge and don’t just want to dress like everyone else.

Asymmetrical dress that I turned into a top | 40plusstyle.com

I’m wearing my asymmetrical dress as a top over jeans. Dress DVF (no longer available) Jeans Paige. Booties Liliane. Photo by Denton Taylor

#2 They are more edgy and therefore add a young and hip element

I always think it’s a good idea to add a ‘hip’ element to your look. It makes you look current and youthful. The great thing about asymmetrical clothes is that they are always hip. They are timeless. Some seasons it may be more fashionable than other seasons, but it’s always current. I never tire of my asymmetrical clothes.

#3 They create interesting vertical lines which have a slimming and elongating effect

Unlike ‘normal’ tops that create horizontal lines in your looks, asymmetrical clothes create vertical lines. These are much more flattering! For example, you want to avoid ending your top at the wides part of your hip, which will make you look bigger than you are.

You will also want to avoid breaking yourself in half by having your tops too long. (more on all this in my style course). Semi tucking or tying a know can avoid this and will turn your tops into asymmetrical top.

You can always create an asymmetrical effect by semi tucking your top. Skirt and blouse from Cos (no longer available). Super comfortable shoes from Rollies.

#4 Asymmetric dresses and tops are excellent to wear over skinny jeans and leggings and can be a great way to camouflage a tummy.

If you like to wear longer tops but want to avoid breaking yourself in half, then asymmetrical tops can be a great solution. You still get the length but as the top starts much higher on one site, you don’t get the boxy effect of a top that’s too long.

#5  They are the perfect layering piece as they will allow for some of the other layers to show

Having fun with layers is so much easier with asymmetrical tops and will make your looks more dynamic.

Cropped top from Stella Carakasi (on sale), white pants from Zara, Yala wedges from Fly London.

How can you wear asymmetric clothes?

Asymmetry is now used in so many different types of clothes so there are lots of possibilities:

1. Asymmetrical dress

Asymmetric dresses have that little something extra! They are different, more edgy and more flattering.

I’m loving this timeless dress from Eliza J. The beautiful shape of this dress will create a gorgeous silhouette and the lace makes this dress look special.

Wear to a party as is or dress it down by adding a jean jacket for lunch with friends.

Asymmetrical dress - black lace | 40plusstyle.com

You can also check out this striking Vince Camuto asymmetrical dress. It is fun and flattering at every angle.

Stripe asymmetrical dress | 40plusstyle.com

2. Asymmetrical tunic

An asymmetric short dress or tunic that can be worn over pants

Comfortable and hip, asymmetrical tunics and long sweaters are easy to wear over skinnies and leggings. I love this simple and sleek asymmetrical top from Nic + Zoe that’s available in various colors.

asymmetrical tank top | 40plusstyle.com

3. Asymmetrical top

An asymmetric top can turn a simple outfit into something special and is often very effective in hiding a belly!

If you like to be a bit more subtle with your asymmetry than this top is perfect. Great to wear on its own and to layer with a jacket or cardigan. It’s available in various colors but I’m loving this lime green.

crossover top | 40plusstyle.com

4. Asymmetrical sweater

Sweaters are super comfortable but can sometimes be a bit dull.

Not when you add a bit of asymmetry though. This graphical sweater looks good from the front AND back.

Asymmetrical sweater | 40plusstyle.com

4. Asymmetrical coat

Asymmetrical coats are less common, and therefore extra special.

This trench coat is classic, yet very special due to the asymmetrical details.

trench coat | 40plusstyle.com

5. Asymmetrical skirt

Edgier and more fun than regular skirts, an asymmetrical skirt will make you stand out. This skirt from Reiss is a good option.

asymmetrical skirt | 40plusstyle.com

6. Asymmetrical necklace

Want to take baby steps with asymmetry? You can always start with an asymmetrical jewelry piece or wear your scarves in an asymmetrical way!

This asymmetrical necklace would be a great addition to your wardrobe.

Asymmetrical necklace | 40plusstyle.com

7. Asymmetrical jacket

A good jacket i essential for any wardrobe in all seasons and an asymmetrical jacket can offer just that edge that your outfit needs. I’m loving this asymmetrical jacket from Blank NYC that’s available in 4 colors. Easy to dress up or down.

Asymmetrical jacket | 40plusstyle.com

8. Asymmetrical shoes

Shoes are a perfect way to add asymmetry to your look as well.

These asymmetrical shoes from popular comfort shoe brand Born are both comfortable and hip.

For many more comfortable shoe brands check out my list of shoes that offer arch support.

Asymmetrical shoes | 40plusstyle.com

9. Asymmetrical bag

If you like to add a bit of asymmetry in a subtle way, you will love this super versatile bag. The asymmetrical zipper gives it just the edge to make this classic piece really special.

asymmetrical bag | 40plusstyle.com

10. Asymmetrical jumpsuit

I love a good jumpsuit and this one is gorgeous and will be sure to make you stand out at your next party.

Asymmetrical jumpsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Great shops for asymmetrical items include:

I found quite a few more pieces I loved and you can shop them in the boutique below.

Do you like asymmetry in your clothing?

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P.S. Did you know that asymmetrical tops are very effective in hiding your belly? You can find more tips on hiding the belly here.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ann

Such a flattering style and timeless! Very beautiful choices indeed. We were married in an unconventional manner in 2000 and I wore a dramatic black asymmetrical dress in some ways like the first dress on this post.

blue hue wonderland

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2 Sylvia

I agree it’s timeless. I’m drawn to it season after season, even though there seems to be a lot available right now. Wait until you say my winter capsule tomorrow. Lots of asymmetry in there….
When/if you get back to blogging you can show us that dress!

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3 Pam

Love asymmetry. It a very flattering cut and looks different on each item of clothing.

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4 Sylvia

As you can imagine, I could not agree more!

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5 Suzanne

I honestly do not care for this look for myself, personally. I always feel off balance. Like one side of my body is shorter than the other.

However, some of these pieces you’ve shown here might just change my mind. I especially like that leather skirt and the 3 dresses at the beginning.

bisous
Suzanne

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6 Sylvia

But you do like figure flattery and these pieces are often very good at that! (one day I’ll convert you Suzanne!)

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7 Ann

Ah Suzanne I’m surprised this isn’t for you! I see it like the fit and flare, if it’s fitted in the waist so flattering and creative.

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8 Elaine

I just purchased two pieces of asymetric clothing. A short, fitted, round collared black and white checked jacket to wear with wide black pants and camel pencil skirt. And a black and grey color block tunic to wear over leggings and skinny jeans. I’m an inverted triangle shape so both of these pieces are pleasingly slimming!

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9 Greetje Kamminga

I like this style, but not as much as you do. Just now and then. Love that red tunic sweater from Nordstom. Having spent far too much already, I have to pass though.

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10 Lala

I love these even though I’m not over 40 these styles are right up my alley 🙂

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11 Sylvia

Yes, they are great for all ages really…

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12 Greetjef

So many lovely pieces. I have been drooling over a lot. Also the sleeveless ones… alas.

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13 Pamela Harvey

Your article is one of my favorites. This is such a great look…so arty.
Thanks so much.
BTW, would love to see you wearing full bangs. :0)

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14 Bette

Ah, I love asymmetry. My weekday uniform (office) is a plain silk blouse, black pants or skirt, and a fabulous Eileen Fisher merino, cotton, or linen poncho. The asymmetric cut and flow adds coverage, warmth, and visual interest. I never see anyone else dressed like me, and I like that. FWIW, they’re expensive, but I buy them used on ebay and have collected an assortment of colors and fabrics that will last my lifetime.

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15 Nancy Johnson

Love this style especially in tops. I ordered the sweater from “Nordies” and it was on sale! Ordered petite and hope it’s not too long for my 5’ height. Hope it fits!

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16 Sylvia

Fantastic Nancy. I hope so too. Of course be sure it in our private group!

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