I find asymmetric skirts and dresses to be a wonderful invention for shorter legs, as their uneven hems tend to elongate rather than harshly cut off legs [even at the usually so tricky midi length], and warmly recommend them to all.
Asymmetry can of course come in many guises and variations, some of which work better than others.
1. Hems can vary as follows:
- Shorter at the front and longer at the back - also referred to as 'hi-lo' or 'mullet' cuts [apologies but I could not not mention this - it always makes me laugh!], these are almost always flattering as the longer 'frame' lengthens legs:
- Slanting from one side towards the other - this often [especially with sturdier fabrics] means the skirt looks better from one side than from the other one, so have a good look in the mirror from all angles to make sure you are happy with all of them:
- Wrap or tulip-shaped - usually a good choice, just avoid too revealing ones [and as with all wrap garments, make sure the piece does not embarrass you in the wind]:
- Completely whimsical [hanky-hem dresses etc] - careful with these, they can work very well but sometimes too much is too much; I for example find dresses that are longer in the front unflattering, and certain designs plain strange:
2 - Then, of course, the pieces can come in mini, midi or maxi length. Although the asymmetrical design can sometimes make it hard to classify which category the skirt/dress actually belongs to -- in these cases, refer to its longest length for establishing whether it is flattering or not, and the shortest to establish whether it will be right for the occasion or not. For example, there is a reason why the first two designs were made from casual fabrics, whilst the second two work well for elegant occasions:
The reasons I recommend asymmetric designs for shorter legs are
- partly that asymmetric hems tend to show a little more of legs than they would if they were symmetrical - think of a wrap mini versus a normal mini and the way it shows just that bit more of the inside of the thighs for example: this gives the illusion of those thighs ending higher,
- partly as the asymmetry tricks the eye: the longer parts elongate the legline, the shorter parts emphasize shapely legs underneath, what's not to like?,
- and in any case, most asymmetrical skirts offer extra length thanks to their draping, flowing, unstructured design.
Due to their 'dramatic' design, these items are easy to wear: skirts require little more than a simple tee [tucked in], dresses even less. They can work with heels and flats alike, and as you have seen, they can be both elegant and very casual.
Finally, to wrap things up [;)], here come some examples of our shorter-legged celebrity models wearing asymmetric pieces - all looking super amazing: