We must confess: math wasn't exactly our strong suit in school. But while our knowledge of theorems was shaky and we never liked proving triangles were congruent, geometric patterns on the runway and red carpet make perfect sense! Lately, we've spotted a sea of bold prints that make use of geometric shapes--inventive combinations of diamonds, circles, hexagons, and more--and result in a seriously stylish outcome. Feeling obtuse about this trend? Whether you choose to wear a head-to-toe look or simply want to incorporate a couple of right angles into your ensemble, we've done your homework for you. Continue reading to check out the must-have picks in today's Look We Love!On The Runway
Both Prada and Louis Vuitton got in on the geometric action for F/W 12. The former expertly mixed two diamond prints--the Silk/Wool Argyle Coat ($2950) and Silk/Wool Pants ($1365)--then tempered the mesmerizing patterns with the monochrome Cotton Poplin Embroidered Shirt ($695), Silk/Wool Dress ($2650), and Tricotina Wool Skirt ($1695). The Satin Embellished Bag ($2350) and Satin Embellished Shoes ($1450) gave the look a whimsical finish. Over at Louis Vuitton, designer Marc Jacobs showed a boxy Embellished Jacket (price upon request, 866.VUITTON) and cropped Embellished Pants (price upon request, 866.VUITTON) that were swathed in a '70s-style psychedelic print. A saucy pair of First Class Two Strap Pumps (price upon request, 866.VUITTON) and the Nelly Hat (price upon request, 866.VUITTON) updated the retro-inspired ensemble with a modern feel.
Several tastemakers have embraced geometry on the red carpet as well! Both Michelle Williams and Girls' Zosia Mamet wore patterned dresses with minimalist accessories. Williams attended Comic-Con International in San Diego last month in a long-sleeved dress from Giulietta's Resort 13 collection. The navy and white print gets a punch of color with Giuseppe Zanotti Design's Magenta Suede Peep-Toe Platform Pumps With Ankle Straps ($650, 310.858.1990). At a Savages screening in June, Mamet covered up on top but showed off mile-long legs in a mod mini dress and chunky platform wedges. Florence Welch deviated from the dress equation, instead wearing Prabal Gurung's Pre-Fall 12 matching top and pants while out and about in New York in May. No-nonsense accessories, like Gucci's New Bamboo Leather Top Handle Bag ($2030), glossy black clogs, and round sunglasses, serve as the perfect foil to Welch's bold outfit.
Get The Look/Skirts & Dresses
Want to put a little geometry into play in your everyday look? Consider a standout piece like a skirt or dress! Tibi's Nicola Asymmetrical Skirt ($298) features a bright, dizzying print, but its asymmetrical hem and contrast waistband give it an instant cool factor. Or go for Milly's Julia 3/4 Sleeve Dress ($385); just offset the yellow and black tile print with black ankle-strap shoes and an understated cross-body purse.
Get The Look/Pants
If you feel like channeling Welch's look, J.Crew's Café Capris in Kaleidoscope Dot ($148) in Light Blue Red is an ideal choice. The pants may boast a loud, playful motif, but a classic silhouette makes it refined enough for work. Simply team the trousers with a solid-colored blouse and sleek pumps.
Get The Look/Jacket
We'd be remiss if we didn't include a piece by Jonathan Saunders, the prince of prints. His Vanni Printed Cotton-Blend Jacket ($1200) is a truly splurge-worthy piece, as the stylish cover-up has a muted geometric pattern that lends itself well to any occasion.
Get The Look/Accessories
If you're more minimalist, go for the accessories route with this bold trend. Theodora & Callum is renowned for punchy patterned scarfs (floral, paisley, and everything in between), so the Black Multi Kaleidoscope Allover Fringe Scarf ($175, available mid-August) is sure to solve all your dressing dilemmas. Or you could opt for Cutler and Gross' Star-Detailed Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses ($550), an edgy take on oversized frames. Jazz up a monochrome outfit with Forever 21's Colorful Geo Bracelet ($7) or Reiss' Genie Panelled Satin Clutch Bag ($230); colorful geometric angles pop against the curved bangle and rectangular clutch. Finally, if you seek some geo-inspired footwear, Zara's Fabric Sandals ($90) are your best bet. The sharp black and white motif makes a statement teamed with a leather mini skirt--a styling formula that's easy for anyone to understand!--Tiffany Tse
Prada runway photo, courtesy of Prada; Louis Vuitton runway photo, courtesy of Louis Vuitton; photo of Michelle Williams, courtesy of Getty Images; photo of Florence Welch, courtesy of INF.