Spring 2012 Trends: Asymmetry, Sheers, and Draping

Asymmetrical cuts, and sheer and draped fabrics, flooded the Helmut Lang Spring/Summer 2012 runway.  The mix of urban, sporty, and feminine styles brought a youthful, yet sophisticated, appeal to the collection.  For the color scheme, husband-and-wife team Michael and Nicole Colovos focused on black and white with a dramatic burst of bright yellow.

You can watch the runway show here:

To see photos of the collection, visit Helmut Lang Spring 2012 RTW.

Where Can You Find the Trends?

In Your Closet

The recent popularity of pullovers with draped fabric in the front means you might find one of them in your closet.  I purchased this one from a thrift store a few months ago.  You can easily incorporate a pullover into your look by layering it over a blouse, t-shirt, or tank top.

Gray pullover fashioned

At a Thrift Store

I went to a local thrift store and searched the racks for clothes with asymmetry, sheer fabric, and fabric draping.  An asymmetrical crisscross livens up the neckline of this black tank top.  I liked it so much that I bought it!

Black asymmetrical top

The asymmetrical neckline on this black dress blends into the draped fabric accent along the length of the dress.

Black asymmetrical dress

The color of this semi-sheer t-shirt mimics the yellow pieces in Helmut Lang’s collection.

Yellow sheer t-shirt

This black sheer blouse strays from the urban and sporty look, but it would fit nicely in a romantic style wardrobe.

Sheer black top

You can wear a sheer floral blouse for a feminine look, or you can contrast the blouse with biker boots or a leather jacket.

Sheer black white floral top

I knew I’d be purchasing this sheer purple blouse before I even tried it on.  One of my favorite fashion styles is romantic, and I also appreciate details, so of course I couldn’t resist the pleats, ruffles, and lace on this blouse.  At home, I tried it on with black capris, but I liked it so much better with my black sheer-trim skirt.  I can’t wait to wear this combo somewhere!

Sheer purple top fashioned

You can still find pullovers with a draped fabric look at the thrift store.

Light gray pulloverAt Your Favorite Shopping Site

Besides its asymmetry, this white t-shirt has the bonus of shoulder cut-outs, which are gaining popularity.

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Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Short Sleeve Top - Halston

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You’ll get a casual, draped fabric look with this black hi-low knit skirt.

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Xhilaration Juniors Hi-Lo Knit Skirt - Black

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Asymmetry, sheers, and fabric draping are not brand new styles, but Helmut Lang approached these trends with a fresh angle and combined them for a winning look.  In your own wardrobe, you can adopt the runway look or branch out into your own style.  Choose one or more of these trends and look for pieces that fit your personal style.

Which of these trends do you think you’re most likely to wear this spring: asymmetry, sheers, or fabric draping?  Or will you wear all of them together?



  1. Asymmetry! You know what is so weird? First of all, it’s weird because I actually was thinking about clothes today. That doesn’t happen much! But for some reason, I was actually remembering about a shirt that I absolutely loved – which I sadly wore so much it lost its shape and I ended up giving it away – but it was asymmetrical and awesome. And then I read your post and now I’m gonna have to get something similar….if only my inspiration to buy new clothes came with some cash to do it with…

    • Robyn, I can see you wearing an asymmetrical shirt. Do you have any good thrift stores nearby? Then you won’t need much cash!

  2. I’m probably more likely to embrace the sheer trend than than to embrace the asymmetrical trend. I’m sort of uptight so I like symmetry in my clothes. lol.

    I love the sheer purple blouse with the sheer trim black skirt; it’s just perfect.

    • Gracey, your outfits always look very pulled-together, so I can imagine you embracing the symmetrical look!

  3. Jen I love the purple chiffon shirt and the black skirt!! Divine! Honestly, Love I need to raid your closet!!

    • Linda, we need to go thrift store shopping together! And I need to raid YOUR closet!!! 🙂

    • Lena, thanks for visiting my blog. I’d like to have the cropped pants, too!

  4. i love all of these trends. asymmetry and sheer…why not both together? i also adore those helmut lang pants. i wish they were in my price range!

    • I wish they were in my price range, too! Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

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