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February 3, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Give your wardrobe a new angle by adding pieces featuring geometric shapes


By Megan Arpin  / Special to Sunday Market

The New Year is a big time to get in shape, but there’s no reason to break a sweat.

Geometric prints — inspired by the best shapes around — are making a big impact on fashion, from the runway to the street. These smart patterns are easy additions to your wardrobe, and can be found on everything from head wraps to footwear.

What’s best about these statement-making prints is that you only need a few key pieces to make a bold, fashion-forward impression. Here are a few picks to get you started.

First impressions

Sweaters that play with pattern, such as Loft’s Mixed Chevron Sheer Striped Sweater ($59.50) and J.Crew’s Merino Tipped Side-Panel V-Neck Sweater ($89.50), are feminine and cozy. Or layer the Fate Navajo Sweater ($58 at Horseshoe Boutique, Ballard) over jeans and a boyfriend tee for an effortlessly chic look.

For work or dressier occasions, Elevenses’ Archival Collection: No. 2 Pencil Skirt ($118 at Anthropologie) or H&M’s Wool-blend Skirt ($50) will add major pop to an ensemble. Kling’s Beatty Color Block Dress (on sale for $55 at Frock Shop, Phinney Ridge) is a showstopper with ultra-flattering color placement, while Tracy Reese’s Capraia Dress ($368 at Anthropologie) provides ladylike vintage flair.

An ultra-modern, breezy blouse with graphic details, such as the Resonate Top ($260 at AllSaints, downtown), will make any outfit more fashion-forward. A front pleat and silk-crepe fabric create a flattering drape. A pair of sleek, patterned cropped pants, such as Gap’s Slim Cropped Stripe-Hem Pants ($55) or Banana Republic’s Camden-Fit Dot-Print Ankle Pant ($89.50), puts unexpected detail on a go-to classic.

Men can toss on Banana Republic’s Textured Geo Crew ($79.50) or the Diamond Quilted Down Jacket (on sale for $141 at Scotch & Soda, U District) for instant style impact that doesn’t look forced.

Bold details

Accessories are a great way to give of-the-moment looks a try, and geometric prints abound from head to toe. For that winter-to-spring chill, men and women can bundle up in the Pendleton Portland Collection Pinyon Stripe Scarf ($118 at Clementine, West Seattle), made in America from 100 percent virgin wool. Or update your look while staying cozy with the Halogen Mixed Print Scarf ($38) or Vince Camuto Lightbox Piece Good Scarf ($38, both at Nordstrom).

Wanting to add a little hipster style to your look? The Kim & Zozi High Top Sneaker ($139 at Nordstrom) adds a fun pattern pop to casual ensembles, while Cara’s Geo Fence Head Wrap ($32 at Nordstrom) will have you wishing for bad-hair days just so you can slip it on.

Guys can top off casual or dressy ensembles with Edit by The Tie Bar’s Geometric Linen Tie ($25 at Nordstrom), which features an elegant print in a popping red or restrained light blue.

Add a high-style jewelry piece to a blouse or dress you already own to create a whole new look. History+Industry’s Specter Necklace ($210 at, designed by Irene Wood, is a statement piece with faceted and gold-painted wood beads. 

Banana Republic’s Tutti Frutti Bauble Necklace ($79.50) comes in on-trend navy or coral, and Leah Singh’s Kilimanjaro Mountains Necklace ($165 at, made of bone and brass, is all sophisticated angles.

Highlight texture over color with Grayling’s Sphinx Earrings ($38 at Horseshoe Boutique), handmade from brass in Portland, or Leah Singh’s Love Triangle Pop Rock Earrings ($45) and Bangle ($90, both at, made of bone from India’s agricultural industry.

Tote your goods in style with a bag that sports clean geometric detail in an eye-catching shade, such as the bright blue Mercer Isle Small Sloan ($398 at Kate Spade New York). And don’t forget your umbrella: Rainy days call for smile-evoking patterns, like the print on the Dunbar Road Umbrella ($30 at Jonathan Adler, U District).

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