The world of stylish looks for older and/or larger women has included a lot of asymmetry for the last 15 years! I guess this is the Lagenlook influence of designers like Miyaki, Yamamoto, Rundholz, and others, who are making interesting clothes that are not about showcasing slim, young bodies, but more about fantastic textiles and joy in peacocking.
I have enjoyed this style, even though It hasn’t always been flattering to me. I think the large amount of ease is great if you have broad shoulders, but not so great, if you have narrow shoulders.
The model above, while very beautiful, has relatively narrow shoulders. The silhouette ends up looking very round. It still looks great, but maybe not the most flattering to her shape. What do you think?
The Asymmetrical T-shirt is so ubiquitous in pattern catalogues.
Many of these are great patterns – I own a number of them. But, I’m beginning to feel a little fatigued by this silhouette. It feels as if it’s short hand for “I’m a funky lady”, without actually saying much else.
It isn’t always interesting or flattering. Often it’s just an easy way of making a hem on an oversized top, with dropped sleeves. (This isn’t so much the case with the patterns above. But I see it a lot in RTW; oversized, dropped-sleeve tops, with hems falling where they will, because they’re unshaped – and there’s no bust shaping either.)
How to make it look fresh? I think combining a bit of asymmetry in the detailing with a bold, large scale pattern looks contemporary and wearable.
This layering dress from Marni has a yoke (so room for some concealed dart shaping) and the pleated frill and front ruffle are interesting, asymmetrical details. I love the colour and bold pattern too.
This Marni dress also has an interesting shape. I love that it’s quite a traditional floral, blown-up to a large scale. Where can I get fabric like this? Might have to design and print my own.
I like the fabric they are using in this Rachel Comey dress pattern for Vogue. Not sure how I feel about the faux tucked-in top. Wouldn’t work for me, but I’ll be interested to see what others make of it.
Another great fabric in this Sandra Betzina pattern.
I think this would look great if you have broad shoulders and want to show off your legs. I’m not sure if it would be great on a pear shape.
In upmarket RTW, we have some interesting looks.
I love the idea of the dress above. A jersey bodice with a silk skirt for a tunic. What a great way to use a small quantity of a bold but pricey fabric. You could even use silk scarves for the skirt or vintage Kimono fabric. Does the pretty model look better here? I love her hair. It makes me wonder whether I should cut mine.