As I’m loyal to classic silhouettes, asymmetrical hems have never really been my thing. But all that changed when I saw the options being shown at the Spring 2012 shows. More than just skirts with one side lopped off (which I fully admit is generalizing yet what I always seem to visualize), there were a myriad of variations. Dresses that were short in the front and longer in the back! Skirts that were slit in multiple spots! Several of these looks made me want to cast my previous opinions aside and give this trend a spin.
Rebecca Minkoff is a prime example; her pink flowing dress was above the knee in the front, mid-calf in the back, yet super sweet thanks to a ruffled hem. Helmut Lang showed eccentric-chic courtesy of a sheer number that was slit on the sides creating what I’ve dubbed “skirt points.” The asymmetrical cut and one shouldered look of Jenny Packham’s orange frock was nothing new, but the citrusy hue and gold embellishments made it a dress to remember. Finally, Nicholas K’s flowing blue number was sliced to the thighs, parted at the waist and a super romantic interpretation of the trend.
A few styling tips when trying on this trend for size; first, wear proper undergarments, especially if you are veering into mini skirt territory. Smoothers are never a bad idea, especially if you aren’t used to how the garment will hang. Also, depending on how exactly the hem is cut, one leg could be more visible than the other. Regardless, I recommend wearing a heel – elongating the legs is never a bad thing!