A cut above the rest

Style quotient

A cut above the rest
What is out-of-the-box always attracts more attention. The trend of asymmetric outfits, be it dresses, gowns, tops or layers, has lingered on precisely because of this.

Low-highs, side cuts and interesting hemlines are a preferred choice for  many. Ria Joy Mathews, designer and founder of ‘Majori’, loves the way asymmetry is being used in hemlines. “An lopsided cut gives the hemline an interesting edge which adds the pizzazz to the outfit. This hemline flatters the leg too,” she says.

Ria adds that an asymmetric touch to a dress also “gives it a swish and swirl” that makes the dress more carefree. “These work great in summer prints. Apart from low-highs, I’ve also tried side hemlines in dresses for the ‘oomph’ factor.”

In fashion, everything doesn’t need to be balanced to look perfect, feels Trishla Jain, a student of JD Institute of Fashion Technology. “The uneven cut is a style statement. It is bold, experimental yet timeless. This is now seen in necklines, hemlines, layers, gathers, prints, slits and wraps. One can also see it in jackets, cardigans, pants, tops, culottes and palazzos,” she says.

The trend has picked up so well that it has moved on to even eyewear, where the frame around one lens is of a different height or shape than the other, adds Trishla. “Asymmetrical earrings are trending too,” she says.

The edgy and sophisticated look is what attracts many youngsters like Payal Dhariwal, a student of Jain College. “A black dress in this cut is as important as the classic ‘Little Black Dress’ now. It is a must-have in one’s wardrobe these days,” she feels.

When used in layered garments, the asymmetric cut works best in chiffon or georgette, says fashion consultant, stylist and designer Shiny Alexander.  “The layered look is more glamorous, doesn’t need more detailing and adds drama to the outfit,” she says.

Accessorising should be minimal, feels Shiny. “There should be very little focus on footwear and jewellery here.”

Unsymmetrical layers camouflage the body structure too. “One doesn’t need a perfect body to wear these cuts,” adds Shiny, who feels that an asymmetric look can be complemented with an asymmetric printed jacket.

Designer Aditi Lal has been experimenting with asymmetric patterns for a while now but says a lot more can be done. “Apart from hemlines, people are working on sleeves and tops with this cut. Pastels or basic colours, Indian or Western, solid colours and stripes — everything is  being experimented with,” she details.

Office wear too is joining in the party and a funky touch is being given to shirts. “From off-shoulder shirts to asymmetric shirts which are fitted till the waist and then loose below, there is a plethora of options,” Aditi says.

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