How To Wear an Asymmetrical Dress

When you want to look modern and a little bit edgy, think about wearing an asymmetrical dress. Asymmetrical dresses with diagonally sliced hemlines are one of the new “it” styles for spring.

Blue asymmetrical hem dress

Up until now, most of the asymmetrical dresses we’ve seen have had high-low hemlines, which in all honesty haven’t fared so well with the 40 plus crowd.  Many of you told me that you found high-low dresses too short in the front and that they reminded you of a bad 80’s mullet haircut!

Take a look at these new asymmetrical shapes and you will see they’re quite different. Here are a few asymmetrical dresses that will make you think again.

Beautiful in Blue!

Wow, this Estella Asymmetrical dress is a showstopper. It combines color blocking with the modern vibe of an asymmetrical hemline. And what a gorgeous shade of blue!

Great for a special party or event where you want to get noticed!


blue asymmetric dress

Chic Lines! 

Black and white always looks chic, but this asymmetric dress is extra special with its high drama striped color blocking.

This would make a great top to wear over leggings as it is on the short side for some.

 black and white asymmetrical dress

Pretty Lady 

Feminine is the feeling that comes with this pretty prism dress with asymmetrical chiffon overlay. This dress has a rich vibe and would be lovely a for a special night out.

Style Tip: Elongate your legs in an asymmetrical dress by wearing low contrast shoes that match your skin tone.


 asymmetric dress with overlay

Sharp Lines 

If you’re a gal who likes to be noticed, then this show-stopping dress is for you. I love the bold lines and bright colors on this striped Ottoman sheath that is really quite a conservative dress that has a daring touch of asymmetrical drama.

This is a knit dress so it will really show off your curves. My favorite!


blue and green striped asymmetrical dress

Go with the Flow 

Not everyone likes a crisp, sharp dress. Many women look better in a softer style and gentler color. If that’s you, then this dusty rose, jersey bateau dress by Eileen Fisher is for you.

This is a low-risk dress to try for women on the conservative side. The color, style, and hemline are more subtle – a very wearable option.

 asymmetrical hemline jersey bateau dress
Feminine Handkerchief Hemline 

Here’s another dress that is definitely a head turner. A chiffon halter maxi dress gets a modern boost with the addition of an asymmetrical handkerchief hemline.

Feminine and little flirty, this dress would look fabulous for a summer cocktail party with a fab necklace or glam bangle bracelets.

 red chiffon dress asymmetrical hem

Slinky, Slimming Black

Did I mention the asymmetrical hemline is a great dress to wear if you are on the curvy side? A little black asymmetrical dress like this puts your legs on display which means no one is looking at your tummy or hips.

Plus, black is always slimming. I love the simplicity and luxury of this fab dress.


Do you like hemlines that are slightly off-kilter? Weigh in and let me know if you have ever worn an asymmetrical hemline.

black asymmetric dress
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11 thoughts on “How To Wear an Asymmetrical Dress

  1. Hi I just joined you. My question is your advice and the clothes you show are suitable for someone 5’3″ Thanks Rosemary

    1. Hi Rosemary, Do you mean Asymmetrical dresses? Yes you can wear them but you really need a petite size otherwise you may look like you are drowning in fabric. The sleeves will be too long, the hemline too draggy. I’d also suggest a heel to create a nice, elongated line. Cheers, Deborah

  2. Hi Deborah,
    I like your ideas. Also it seems you did good research on this asymmetrical dress. I think this point’s will help others like me who wants to be stylist ever. It will better if you mentioned some stores option like “Yeytrend” from where anyone can purchase directly through your post. Thanks for sharing with us such good post and hope you will keep posting nice post like this.

  3. I love the idea of changing my look but I am 5 feet rall, I have a size six foot and frankly curvy is a good description. I dont look anything like these models. What do you suggest I do to look leaner AND taller.
    I do love these looks.

    1. Hi Kathy,
      You are not alone, in wanting to look taller and leaner! I have such a hard time, finding photos of “real women”.

      If you like dresses and have nice legs, make sure you hem is right to the knee and not longer.
      Shoes will be your best friend if you want to look taller. They don’t necessarily need to be high, just make sure to keep them dainty and not clunky. It also helps if they are close to the color or your legs so they blend in and elongate your body when you are wearing a dress.
      To stay hip, keep reading the blog! Most of the tips, can be modified for your body type!

  4. Great tips! My only problem is that with the current economic climate these prices are way over my budget. Being frugal with my wardrobe purchases is now a top priority. Many of my friends are concerned about their jobs and we have all decided to seek out bargains.

    1. Hi Melissa,
      I hear you and I will try to include budget finds, but I hope you take inspiration from some of the others.

      One thing to keep in mind. If you want a better wardrobe buy fewer items- but of high quality. Go slowly to build your wardrobe. We have been brainwashed so long to only shop at the discount stores, that it is hard and scary sometimes to break out and hit a better store.
      You would be shocked at some of the sales going on and the high quality items that you can snatch up for almost the same price as lower quality goods. For more great tips on building a wardrobe on a budget pick up a copy of my ebook Chic on the Cheap.

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