Geometric Dressing

Although I spend much of my time styling others and sharing styling tips, I come with a humble spirit. I have bad days where I hate my clothing, question my ability to style, and fight the urge to succumb to the “trendy” styles of the moment. It’s an easy mindset to fall into when striving to be an authentic and original artist. Instead of allowing my thoughts to cloud my vision, I sit and reflect. I move consciously towards items I am inexplicably drawn to. Particular colors, fabrics, and styles stand out to me more than others.

To deepen the discussion of this idea I’m going to take you on a journey of an abstract concept: Geometric dressing. I define this style as creating geometric silhouettes as well as pieces that are actual shapes (i.e. the circle bag). For reference, Maison Margiela, Comme des Garcons, and Gareth Pugh create unmistakeably geometric silhouettes. I also find that Solange and Janelle Monae are drawn to geometric dressing for the red carpet.

In regards to my conscience, my eye is naturally drawn to shapes displayed in silhouettes. I tend to like voluminous skirts, sharp lines, and structured shoulders. Categorizing my likes under the umbrella of “geometric dressing” makes styling simple when my mind is bogged down. It is easier than constraining myself to a “preppy style” or styling in the taste of a particular designer. Style constantly evolves and I believe changing the tone of how we define ourselves offers that fluidity.

I know this idea may still be unclear without lengthy graphs and diagrams, so I’ll simplify it a little more…Have you ever looked at your closet, panicked about what to wear, and decided to be strict on a particular “look?” Of course!  That’s how most of us get dressed every day. What if we changed that pattern? We stripped away fashion rules, statement pieces, and focused on shape. What silhouette can you create? Which individual pieces with geometric structures will create a cohesive and strong ensemble? It eliminates specificity. Sometimes, I think that’s needed.

For this look, I pieced together items with geometric influences. The pointed block heels, fold over wide leg pants, large aviator glasses, and mock neck top each had its distinctive yet rightful place. This particular ensemble is simple in form but geometric dressing can be dynamic. Salvador Dali, himself, has said that  “we are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art” In short, cleanse your palette and disrupt the norm in order to see it with fresh eyes.

Outfit Details: Suede Mock Neck Top (Thrifed)//Wide Leg Pants (Who What Wear for Target)//Block Heels (Express)//Aviator Glasses (ZeroUV)


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