Reader’s question: I’m 75 and have severe scoliosis. My height has shrunk from 5’8″ to 5’2″. I knew how to dress for 5’8″. Short is very different. My shoulders are not level, my waist and hips are uneven, and the middle of my back is rounded. I can’t wear heels.
How to Distract from Asymmetrical Facial or Body Features
If you have asymmetrical facial features, such as a broken nose or one that is bent to one side, or one eye significantly higher or different from the other. Or other asymmetry in your body caused by such things as scoliosis, if you wish to distract from this, look for asymmetry in your clothing design.
Think about how the eye will divide the body in half simply and easily when the clothing you wear makes this easy – such as a button up shirt or a blazer. If you have one shoulder higher than the other or other body asymmetry or some facial asymmetry, then think about looking for garments that also include asymmetry in their design or add it in (see example above) where none exists. In my examples above:
- Top left – diagonal wrap
- Top middle – embellishment and detail on one side only
- Top right – a feature brooch on one lapel that creates asymmetry in a symmetrical garment
- Bottom left – bow on one side
- Bottom right – asymmetrical construction
Look for asymmetrical hemlines or other detail on only one side of clothes to distract from your natural asymmetry and create more harmony. Above you’ll see a range of different ways asymmetry is used in jackets and some of the details you may think about looking for when purchasing your next wardrobe item.