I'm in my very first math class of college this final semester at Carleton, and I know exactly how that comes off to some. As an English major/math avoider, I've never been one to look at the world through a mathematical lens. But with this math class I've been slowly but surely breaking down my narrow worldview and discovering a new outlook on the world around me — and this definitely extends to the world of fashion. This week's Fashionista is sporting a colorful geometric print skirt that instantly made me think about my current academic work and how fashion can extend beyond just the aesthetically pleasing (sorry, I'm a nerd and can't help it!).
Let's start with Regular Polygons 101. A regular polygon is a shape in which all sides are of equal length and all angles are of equal degrees. There are eight regular polygons. These shapes, such as triangles, squares, octagons and pentagons, are instantly recognizable in all facets of life. When it comes to geometry and fashion, these two realms go hand in hand. Geometric prints are all the rage this season with printed blouses, pants and jewelry all sporting some polygon or another.
This Fashionista's printed geometric skirt is made up of many different colored triangles and parallelograms, which instantly attract the eye. The shapes have varying textures and colors, giving her skirt an almost 3D effect. Plus, the mid-length shape gives fullness and adds curves. And if you ask me, that is kind of Meta — shapes on shapes! Paired with a simple gray shirt and maroon flats, this Fashionista looks tasteful and fashion-forward for class.
When looking for geometric prints, symmetry is key. The human brain is naturally drawn to symmetrical shapes. Prints with lots of triangles and squares are very attractive to the eye and give any piece of clothing a boost of energy and spunk. Add on lots of color and you have the perfect spring or summer staple that you can sport while lounging around campus.
I'm sure everyone has heard me complain about math during my stint as an English major at Carleton. However, after taking my first college math class I am beginning to really appreciate all the amazing mathematical aspects of the world around me. Shapes have taken on new meaning, especially in regards to fashion. I hope that the next time any of you see a geometric print you pause for a few seconds to ponder the amazing natural symmetry and geometry that went into making that item of clothing. The world is made up of shapes! We just have to start looking through new lenses to see it. Go and pick up a printed geometric blouse or skirt for this season. Appreciate the academic thought behind that fashion. Oh, and don't forget to look good while doing it!