Style On Trial: ASOS Wool Dress with Assymetric Sleeve

ASOS wool dress

We’ve talked before about single-sleeved dresses, and whether or not they constitute a crime of fashion, and the consensus generally seems to be “Well, not really, but they’re worth the watching.”  In those cases, though, the dresses in question tend to be the standard one-long-sleeve-one-missing-sleeve affair, like this one:

dress with one sleeveThe ASOS dress at the top of this post, however, is different. Unwilling to commit fully to the one-sleeved look, it’s chosen to be half-hearted about it, going for one short sleeve, and one three-quarter length sleeve. The effect is a strangely unfinished, lopsided kind of look, which makes us weep for the simple, stylish dress this could have been – and probably WANTED to be – had the designer not decided at the last minute to make it “edgy”. Too many good clothes have been lost to the scourge of “edginess”, readers. It makes The Fashion Police weep.

That’s how WE feel about this dress, then, but luckily for it, we’re not the jurors here: YOU are. We simply report the suspect and let you decide whether it’s guilty or innocent – which is exactly what we’re about to do.

So, which is it? Guilty or innocent?

9 Comments

  • November 21, 2011

    Nell

    What a shame – that could have been a lovely dress! Put it in solitary confinement and ask it to think about what it’s done.

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  • November 21, 2011

    Riella

    one sleeve entirely missing is fine, but asymetrical sleeves is just weird. it looks like they made a mistake at the factory with their patterns!

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  • November 21, 2011

    Arielle

    Guilty. It’s a shame too, because the color is lovely and the flow of the lines on the side with the short sleeve are very pleasing.

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  • November 21, 2011

    Liza Ashby

    Guilty. It just looks slightly odd :/

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  • November 21, 2011

    Sian Lenihan

    I actually really like this dress! I think it makes a nice middle ground for women who want something with a creative cut but don’t feel comfortable in a one sleeved dress. It’s a little more casual too. Perhaps it would be a little improved if the skirt was cut a tad higher, knee level or just above maybe?

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  • November 21, 2011

    Claire

    Guilty, it actually gives me a headache. My eyes keep looking for the other sleeve and but they can’t find it and my brain is telling me that what I’m seeing is wrong. It’s like a horrendous optical illusion 🙁

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  • November 21, 2011

    Ez

    I like it, I think its nice to have something a little bit different to chose from now and again. I don’t find this dress offensive at all. I think I would wear it casually with a long sleeve top underneath.

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  • November 21, 2011

    Alexandra

    Guilty!
    I would take both the sleeves off, to make it look simetrical :))) Then wear it with a big belt and very long leather gloves!

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  • November 22, 2011

    Jordan

    I saw this on ASOS and thought to myself, “this is going to be on fashionpolice ANY DAY NOW”. It would have been a *gorgeous* dress if it weren’t for those awful sleeves. If I could afford to buy it and then take it to a tailor to fix it, I would do that in an instant. A college budget, however, does not allow for that.

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