ACCESSORIES REPORT: A Lesson in Geometry

Finally, right angles and a variety of shapes aren’t just for math classes anymore. Geometry has taken full force this season, making a splash as patterns on clothing or simply being implemented to color block an entire outfit. Mixing neutrals with sharp stripes or squares, the geometric trend structures any ensemble.

From a distance, this Fashionista’s bright red pants caught my attention. While colored jeans may seem a little daring, once Sarah Jessica Parker rocked a pink-on-red Prabal Gurung ensemble, it seems the fear of using bold, vivid colors has evaporated. Although statement colors are the rage this season, there is a particular fascination with a “Code Red” look (think 3.1 Philip Lim’s fall 2011 line), ranging from rouge lips, to crimson pumps, all the way back to this Fashionista’s cherry red jeans.

However, once I took a closer look at this Fashionista’s attire, I noticed her House of Harlow 1960 geometric necklace. A mixture of triangles and pentagons, the bold black lacquer, gold-trimmed shapes made a subtle, yet fashion-forward statement. Adding some spice to a neutral look, mixing geometric shapes with a minimalistic silhouette is the perfect runway-ready calculation.

Finalizing her outfit with a Marc by Marc Jacobs black handbag and gold Tory Burch flats, this Fashionista knows how to mix designers without appearing over-the-top. Her subtle, yet ingenious accessories complement her outfit, creating the ideal college appropriate, runway chic look.

Spotted: Out of arithmetic and onto the runways, geometric patterns have added up as a feature of numerous designers, including Balenciaga and Celine. Seen by mixing stripes and shapes to color blocking two, three or even five colors, geometry is taking over clothes and accessories. For the adventurous type, try layering patterns on patterns for a more couture look. However, if you’re attempting to be runway ready while still remaining cautious, accessorize like this Fashionista by using a piece of jewelry or bag as your main statement piece.

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