Cutting Shapes: Fashion Goes Geometric
Symmetry turns stylish this season as geometry hits the high street...

Aug 20, 2013 09:58
by Caitlin Reid

Out of the classroom and onto the racks, geometry blasts into fashion. No longer nerdy, the high street has fallen in love with shapes. Style star Olivia Palermo is no exception, proudly wearing geometric shift dresses and skirts throughout New York City. Follow her lead, and reach for pieces littered with weird and wonderful shapes.

Geometric fashion can be subtle, with a few decorative triangles or rhomboid shapes scattered on your accessories. If you’re feeling bold, try outlandish coloured pieces depicting patterns usually confined to the mathematics classroom.

Look 1: Pastel & Print

Gentle pastels soften the hard edges of geometric prints. Perfect for the warm days to come, these gentle hues in lightweight fabrics add a breezy touch to bold patterns. Hard shell clutches maintain the structured edges of your overall look, while fanciful shoe detailing adds a fun geometric finish.

Ginger and Smart The Code sleeveless blouse $299;  sass & bide Time to Dance Zippora spary on jeans $270; Ginger and Smart Milton sunglasses; Rachael Ruddick Le Chou Coral stingray clutch $350; Zimmermann puffy sandals $445. 

Look 2: Tailored Elegance

Ladylike fashion lovers can embrace the geometric trend. Prints featuring super strong shapes enhance your sexy silhouette in ultra-feminine pencil skirts. Choose a simple blouse with structured pockets for a gentle geometric flourish.

PeepToe Shoes, Miss Hollywood Sandal, $259; Karen Walker Dylan Sunglasses, $150; Zimmermann backpack, $550; Ginger & Smart, Caged Peony Skirt, $399; Ellery Pizazz Sleevelss Shirt with Plackets, $280.

Look 3: Colour Explosion

Busy geometric patterns in brilliant colours are a fun, animated way to embrace the trend this season. Neck scarves are back? They sure are. Silk scarves are no longer just for the Salvos store. Rock geometric printed scarves as a gentle nod to the trend, or add them to your all over shape savvy style. Incorporate other current trends to your look such as neon or art deco...or both!

sass & bide Live for Greatness suede and leather ankle boot, $550; Mink Pink Accessories Stepping Out Bag, $49; Mink Pink Accessories A Little Bit More Scarf, $19; sass & bide Victory Embellished Capelet, $550; sass & bide The Inventor metal belt, $450; Mink Pink Indianna Tank Dress, $59. 

Look 4: Cutting Edges

If modern chic is more your taste, you can embrace the geometric trend with elegant pieces. Highly texturised fabrics from leather to brocade are a luxurious back drop for geometric prints. Creating your own take on the geometric trend can be achieved with these heavy fabrics, carefully complemented by sharp edged accessories.

Karen Walker Optimist sunglasses, $349; PeepToe Hexagon Hard Case Gold clutch, $79.20; Gorman Stepping Stone top, $124; Dion Lee 3D Filter Leather Skirt, $1,990; Willow Treasure Weave Tailored Blazer, $995. 

Don’t be scared, whether it be isoceles, equilateral or scalene, embrace the shape! Fashion is well and truly in love with shapes from the hexagon to the rhomboid. Nerdy? No way! Shapes are everywhere, and geometry is hot.

What shapes will you be wearing this season?


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