- words by Hannah Slapper, styling by Alice Cuffe
A few years ago, if you heard the term 'geometry' you'd shudder involuntarily at the memories of maths lessons at school, and the befuddling horror of it all. Now, we give you full permission to jump with joy and clap your hands together in excitement, as geometry is one of our favourite Spring Summer trends.
So what counts as geometry? Google defines it as 'the branch of mathematics concerned with the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids, and higher dimensional analogs.' So basically, shapes. Shapes in nice mathematical patterns with interesting corners, cut-outs and patterns.
Unfortunately geometric fashion is easier to comprehend than it is to wear. Sometimes those repetitive squares, circles and maybe even parallelograms, can hide your lumps and bumps, but all too often they emphasise them and make you look slightly odd. You'd need to be a glorified coat-hanger to pull off many of the catwalk looks this season, including a host of Louis Vuitton's geo-heavy SS13 collection.
The key is, of course, monochrome. If you're gonna be busy on the print, then keep the colours neutral and sophisticated. For clothing, an asymmetric printed top with a symmetrical cut is a surprisingly flattering look, and cant be found with the veritable Elizabeth and James. Skirts are tricky, but this is the perfect time to turn to your old friend: vertical stripes. Slimming and sexy, this Marc Jacobs skirt is a great way to incorporate the trend effortlessly. Topshop do a simple square patterned tunic dress, a great transitional piece, and it comes at a deliciously reasonable price.
Still too much for you? Then you should splash out on some accessories. We love Charlotte Olympia's very handy shopper with that retro '70s style print, and of course, the it-girl of the shoe world at the moment is Nicholas Kirkwood's protogee, Sophia Webster, whose Yayoi sandals have become instant classics.
Embrace some neo-geo, and make monochrome magic.
1. Elizabeth and James, Waldorf Colour Block Leather Panel Peplum Top; £455, motilo.com
2. Topshop, Grid Print Tunic Dress; £38, motilo.com
3. Marc Jacobs, Striped Twill Skirt; £630, motilo.com
4. Charlotte Olympia, Ipanema Printed Canvas Shopper; £495, motilo.com
5. Sophia Webster, Yayoi Patent and Leather Sandals; £525, motilo.com