Get your bling in shape for the season
There's nothing square about geometric jewellery and, if you're looking to shape up your accessory game, it could be the answer. In a nod to the landscape of modern life, geometric jewellery is reappearing as a staple addition to wardrobes.
While the first introduction to geometric patterns in fashion in the 1960s was bold and cutting-edge, designers have refined the look with subtle angles and dimensions, suitable for everything from office wear to night-time flair.
ELK co-founder and creative director Marnie Goding says geometric jewellery can enhance any look.
"You really can't go wrong with geometric jewellery,” Marnie says. "It is the easiest way to create a statement and can add a little something extra to any outfit.”
As part of its spring-summer '18 collection, ELK has released accessories playing on shapes and curves found throughout the natural and man-made world.
"This season we explored the idea of uniformity, simplicity, femininity and repetition,” Marnie explains.
"This played out in our accessories through an exploration of repetitive and sculptural shapes, natural colours and materials creating bold statement designs handcrafted from innovative materials encompassing metal, resin, wood and silk.
"Traditionally we have been known for our organic aesthetic whereas this season we have taken on a more modernist, sculptural and directional style.”
Marnie says those new to working shapes into an ensemble can start off simple.
"If you are new to statement jewellery, pairing a geometric necklace, bangle or earrings with a block colour is a great way to create your own style,” she says.
Once you've dabbled in this advice, you can add layers of geometric patterns in jewellery with extra shapes - try multi-chain necklaces with circles, square and diamond pendants, or mix round, smooth bangles with rectangular earrings. When matching with clothes, remember not to over-do a certain shape - if you're wearing a square patterned outfit, wear circular jewellery on the arms and on top, and vice versa. However, you can match up a shape if there's a block colour in between - for example, rectangular or square earrings can be paired with a checked skirt and a white top.