Interesting asymmetric tops that you can wear for work and play
Best asymmetrical tops for work and play
Bored of the usual outfits and ensembles you cycle through day in and out? Give your wardrobe a much-needed rejuvenation and a zap of style with these distinctive asymmetric tops. These designs are playful and fun, and they would most definitely show off your impeccable sartorial sensibilities.
Unconventional designs that look like it took inspiration from Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo do not have to cost a fortune. Case in point: This Zara iteration that features puffed sleeves, a pleated front and a handkerchief hemline. Classy and wallet-friendly.
Safiyaa Odele draped crepe halterneck top, US$889.38 (S$1,203.57) from Net-a-Porter
The use of an ivory halterneck that extends to a floor-length train gives this Safiyaa black top tons of elegance and attitude. Whether you’re wearing it to the office or to a dinner and dance, this piece is guaranteed to make you feel exceptionally confident.
Roland Mouret one-shoulder draped crepe top, US$825.82 (S$1,117.55) from Net-a-Porter
The asymmetric sleeve detail on this Roland Mouret top is masterfully balanced with an extra long bow, making the piece modern. The sleeve detail also has a slit that will flutter as you walk, revealing little peeks of skin. Totally sexy and definitely a conversation starter.
Poplook Pola asymmetrical hem tunic top in cream, S$32.67 from FashionValet
A white shirt doesn’t have to be basic — just look at this asymmetric number from Poplook. You can choose to wear it oversized and billowy or tie the accompany sash (that’s reminiscent of a judo belt) to add a modern, sporty edge (a la Off-White’s Industrial Belt) while cinching the waist.
Oscar de la Renta asymmetric pussy-bow floral-print silk-jacquard top, US$1,504.68 (S$2,036.23) from Net-a-Porter
Drawing inspiration from traditional Indian scarves, this Oscar de la Renta pussy bow top features a unique nature print that departs from the usual florals. With its lightweight silk material, it’s a perfect summer-friendly top. Wear with a pair of cigarette pants and pointed heels for a sharp work look.
Monse cold-shoulder cotton-blend jersey and poplin top, US$911.93 (S$1,234.08) from Net-a-Porter
For a piece that is truly unique to jazz up your wardrobe and ignite conversations, this Monse top is it. This deconstructed piece blends together a button-up shirt and a T-shirt while adding playful cold shoulder detail. A little quirky, a little strange, but we likey.
Michelle Mason one-shoulder draped silk-charmeuse top, US$430.71 (S$582.86) from Net-a-Porter
This wine-coloured silk-charmeuse top will help you nail that corporate look. Its slinky handfeel is pure elegance, but to look even more polished, finish the look with either a pair of wide-legged pants or tailored trousers. Both warm gold or cool silver jewellery will work with this versatile hue.
If the thought of asymmetric tops conjure up images of artistic and unwearable pieces, then you definitely haven’t seen this Love, Bonito piece. The twist shoulder strap of this top is subtle yet effective, and it’s work-appropriate too. Wear with pants or midi skirt — your choice. The top also comes in white and teal if you want to switch it up.
Klarra asymmetrical triangle cutout top in white, S$55
Another simple yet well-designed piece, this Klarra top features a triangular cutout, revealing just one end of your collarbone. Sophisticated and not OTT, you can easily carry it off at work with a pair of slim cut pants and pumps.
Lace is undeniably feminine and sexy. And when it’s made into a fun asymmetric top like this Fayth piece, it really shows off your style and playfulness. Definitely a piece that your parents (and in-laws) will approve.
With its puffed sleeves, gathered, ruffled detail and sweetheart neckline, this piece from Caroline Constas gives a nod to Victorian era dressing but with a contemporary twist, thanks to its trailing asymmetric hem that gives a floaty feel.
All Sister Pyramid one-shoulder bikini top, US$57.03 (S$77.18) from Net-a-Porter
Much like a bralette, a bikini top can be easily styled for work — just a slip into a blazer to complete a sexy yet professional look. We’re loving this All Sister design as it uses eco-friendly Econyl fabric that’s said to be made from litter found in the sea.