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Mastering The Asymmetrical Blouse

Getting a few things straight on our favorite tricky trend.

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Asymmetric cuts were everywhere this Fashion Week, from the '90s-nostalgic maxi skirts at Topshop Unique to  the slinky dresses at Michael Kors, and a fabulous one-shoulder velour sweatshirt at Jason Wu. We love the jaunty vibe of some off-kilter tailoring, as well as the ability asymmetry has to make certain runway looks feel more architectural when executed through sturdier fabrics – but how can us humble, high-fashion laymen style fall’s incoming trend? If you dig the look but aren’t sure where to begin, let us make a case for the one-shoulder top as your launching pad. 
For one, it’s all about getting that top to play well with the other elements of your winter wardrobe. In short? Layering. Use the whole '90s-style shirt-under-my-camisole thing to your advantage by wearing a black one-sleeved top over a white, ribbed one. 
 

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Also, if you’re not comfortable going braless (as this kind of top oft demands) and letting your nips breathe, don’t forget to pick up a stick-on or strapless bra if you don’t already have one; it’d be a bummer to have your bra strap defeat the blouse’s very purpose of highlighting your lone, come-hither shoulder blade. Bonus tip: a blouse with a ruffled embellishment across your clavicle is always great for covering up erect nips. 


Image: Karlascloset.com 
Now, sideways cuts on the top of a blouse will often be compensated for by an asymmetrical cut on the bottom, aka an excess of fabric that might look very chic on the hanger but feel awkward IRL and give you a case of diaper butt. If the latter is the case, contrast the top’s volume with a form-fitting and/or high-waisted pant or skirt.  Of course, if you're into the oversized-everything Jil Sander effect, more power to you. 
 

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Finally, know the circumstances in which this cut flourishes: weekend shenanigans, candle-lit dinners, above 60-degree weather. Maybe don’t choose this top when you have to babysit, or carry boxes all day as you help a friend move; this is kind of blouse that’s great for reclining on a picnic blanket, but not, like, gathering kindling in the forest. 

Now that you've got the basics, here are some asymmetrical blouses (and a strapless bra or two) to try out this weekend:
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Zara Asymmetric Top With Neck Bow - $36
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Ivy Park Logo Asymmetric - $30
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Jacquemus Le Marcel Top - $86
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Diane von FurstenbergSatin Asymmetric Ruffle Blouse, Turquoise - $268
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ASOS Curve One Shoulder Tiered Top - $38
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Zara Asymmetric Sleeve Bodysuit - $6
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Topshop Asymmetric Gingham Frill Top - $55
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MLM LABEL Asymmetrical Tie Top - $143
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Asymmetric Mystique Off-shoulder Top in Lilac - $45
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10/17
Tibi  Asymmetric Neck Blouse - $441
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Trouvé Metallic One-Shoulder Top - $36
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Colovos Ruched Single Strap Top - $595
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Petersyn Ella Blouse - $125
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mblm By Tess Holiday Asymmetrical Sleeveless Top - $33
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Georgia Alice One shoulder Balloon Shirt - $103
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Nordstrom Lingerie Ultra Light NuBra - $40
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Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra - $65
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