Asymmetrical neckline : Unique and stylish

Clothes that feature asymmetrical neckline and tips on wearing clothing with this neckline.

According to the dictionary, asymmetry is “having parts on either side that do not match or are not the same size or shape”. An asymmetrical neckline cuts the torso diagonally, crossing from one shoulder to underneath the arm of the other side.

An asymmetrical neckline typically translates to a one-shoulder neckline in fashion vocabulary; the kind that covers only one part of the neckline, forming an asymmetrical look. asymmetrical neckline gown

But that is not the only type of asymmetrical neckline. Any type of neckline, with differences between either side of the neckline is considered an asymmetrical one. 

asymmetrical neckline

An asymmetrical neckline must have started in the ancient times when men and women wore wraps across one shoulder, leaving the other shoulder uncovered, showing off their broad shoulders. For them, other than the aesthetics of being feminine, this neckline would have made the other arm free for work. You would have seen statues of greek men wearing their himation (shawl) this way. Ancient Romans wore Togas – with the one-shouldered style.

Today the one-shoulder neckline, aka asymmetrical neckline, is more of a decorative neckline – a very feminine and enticing one that graces clothes that are used as occasion wear. It is a favorite style for swimsuits, wedding gowns and other evening wear.


The best thing about an asymmetrical neckline is that as it only covers one shoulder, it brings attention to the face, showing off a sculpted shoulder and arms.

Another important consideration is that you can design this neckline with different looks other than as a severe one-step slash by including features like ruffles/ frills, a single big rosette flower/corsage, bows, etc.

Wearing clothes with asymmetrical neckline

An asymmetrical neckline draws attention to one side of the body, so there is an asymmetry there. You have to take an effort to create a balance and bring on symmtery. You can balance the neckline with accessories, hair and makeup. The balance is achieved by wearing attention grabbing accessories and hair styles which are prominent on the exposed side on a one shoulder tops.Some times symmtery and balance is achieved by wearing asymmterical hemlines on the bottom wear too. 

When wearing asymmetrical clothing you also have to pay attention to wearing the right undergarments  – you may need strapless bras and such undergarments that complement your top. And wear it with confidence. 

Related posts : 60+ different names for necklines; How to draft and sew different types of necklines; How to bind a neckline; How to sew neckline slit; Keyhole neckline; Sweetheart neckline.

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