With fall 2014 ready to introduce graphic & geometric prints as one of the most prominent fashion trends for men, one can already expect a guy’s traditional autumn / winter wardrobe to get a little bit of a fun makeover. Count on the subtle splashes of colour, and on the playful juxtaposition of shapes, to ensure all the elements necessary in helping revamp both the classic, and the more modern menswear silhouettes intended for the cold months.
After the break, a closer look at all the squares, circles, triangles and rectangles made to look quirky, or rather sophisticated for fall 2014, plus all the inspiration you’ll be needing in order to pull off this trend, without ever having to compromise your personal style.
Geometric prints: fall 2014.
While it’s true that we’ve witnessed a fair share of geometric prints walking the runways both in past, and more recent seasons (you may remember last fall’s take on men’s geometric print sweaters), we’ve learned by now that a new season doesn’t come without at least a taste of freshness and innovation.
For fall 2014, the novelty lies in the amount of unique shapes and bold colours adding to the graphic prints’ constantly increasing allure. While plain shapes aren’t completely out, it becomes quite obvious that the more colourful ones are beginning to slowly take over. You can still choose to incorporate both the achromatic, and the richer prints into your wardrobe, knowing they both look great when paired with neutral shades and warm, earthy tones.
Geometric prints at D.GNAK by KANG.D and Valentino, F/W ’14
How to wear geometric prints this fall.
Here is where your personal aesthetic comes into play, dictating the road that you should be taking come fall:
Subtle vs. bold.
If your wardrobe is sleek and minimal, but you would still like to incorporate some geometric prints into your closet, choose the subtle route. Think in terms of classic button-downs made to look modern through the art of geometric prints, where something as simple as a white triangle is enough to make your outfit stand out.
If you look for something bolder, but something that can be easily integrated into a functional closet, opt for a geometric printed overcoat. Select the palette of colours carefully though, so that you can effortlessly dress the coat up, or down according to occasion. A print with enough white, red and green in it for example, gives you plenty to work with.
Geometric prints at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Versace, F/W ’14
Clashing textures vs. styling with neutrals.
The thing that turns the geometric prints into such a great deal of fun is them allowing you to go as wild as you like in the styling department, without risking to look weird. For this you can either:
- clash different prints, be them variations on geometric shapes, bold florals, stripes etc.
- clash different textures, by layering a geometric printed sweater on top of a metallic shirt for example.
Styling the geometric motifs and prints with classic silhouettes and neutral color pallets instead, will most likely result in a string of smart combinations, combinations serving to emphasize a rather refined and polished taste.
Geometric prints at MSGM and Neil Barrett, F/W ’14
From casual to sophisticated.
The geometric prints are enough of a statement to make or break an outfit, but they are also incredibly versatile, meaning they can be made to look casual, or super sophisticated without losing their appeal:
- a printed sweater for example, is the easiest one to sport in a casual combination, but leave it to a timeless colour scheme and to the right accessories to instantly elevate the entire look;
- a perfectly tailored coat on the other hand, speaks of classic elegance even when dipped in bold, geometric prints, proving that sophistication doesn’t imply letting go of all quirkiness.
Geometric prints at Bottega Veneta and E.Tautz, F/W ’14
Geometric prints: key pieces.
If you didn’t get a chance to enjoy them last fall, you’ll be happy to know that the geometric printed sweaters are here to stay. Adorned with new, original mixtures of shapes, they look better than ever. Layer them over a classic white button down, or over a printed shirt, and top them of with your favourite pieces of outerwear.
Black and white, burgundy and orange, green and earthy brown represent just a few of the key colour palettes set to carry you through the cold season in full style. A significant part of that is setting balance to the playfulness of the prints by evoking simplicity in the tailoring department, and going for minimal accessorizing as well.
Geometric prints at D.GNAK by KANG.D, Wooyoungmi and Bottega Veneta, F/W ’14
Judging by the large number of geometric printed coats to have walked the fall 2014 runways, this autumn staple could have easily made for another distinct fashion trend. The presence of colour, the original play on geometric shapes, the revised silhouettes and the sophisticated attitude accompanying this season’s take on outerwear, turns your decision into an easy one.
So if you’re looking to invest in a clothing item that’s true to the core of the trend, and that you will most likely be committed to wearing on the long run, an impeccably tailored, geometric printed overcoat would make for the most satisfying purchase. Luckily for you, the choices here are plenty.
Geometric prints at Salvatore Ferragamo, Raf Simons and Valentino, F/W ’14