As flagged in The Times last week by Fashion Features Editor, Rachael Dove, ‘Wonky hemlines are everywhere.’ The asymmetric hem is a key trend for summer 2017, on everything from dresses and midi skirts to sleeveless tops and jumpers. From Saint Laurent to Gucci, Whistles to Isabel Marant and Zara to Top Shop, designers have recognised the same thing: the asymmetric hem is incredibly flattering and surprisingly easy to wear.
An asymmetric hemline is that genius fashion shortcut we’re all looking for. When you want to wear a dress with bare legs but don’t want to feel horribly exposed in a short dress or too covered up in a full-on maxi dress, this is the perfect solution. It looks modern, striking and sophisticated for summer event dressing. You will never feel overdressed or underdressed in your wonky hemline, however it will distinguish you from the million flowery dresses we see again and again at garden parties, weddings and sporting events at this time of year.
Ensure you choose a fluid or silky fabric that will drape beautifully, creating the impression of a longer leg as it falls diagonally and gently across the leg rather than cutting straight across horizontally. Rachael Dove writes, ‘ME+EM’s double layer hem dress is made from flowing georgette that ticks the box’ pointing out that this will play equally well for the workplace.
A minimalist asymmetric dress has to be the dream choice for summer dressing, 2017; it is smart in the office, ideal for dress-up evenings, perfect for all your summer event dressing with a pair of earrings and – of course – this season’s most gorgeous heels.