Fashion Trend Report: Boxy Silhouettes
This modern take on the minimalist look is surprisingly easy to wear.
If designers have agreed upon one thing of late, it's that tight, looks-like-it's-painted-on pieces are not for the modern fashion-lover. Instead, the trend landscape has moved from one billowy or menswear-inspired silhouette to the next, never hiding the wearer's body but seeking to show it off in newer, more subtle ways.
For the Fall 2014 season, the continued drift away from skin-tight clothing found designers enamored with boxy silhouettes. We saw the look on the runways at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Victoria Beckham, Armani Privé and Balenciaga. Phillip Lim showed a rich fur vest in a saturated hue that balanced the flowing look of a calf-length skirt. Victoria Beckham revealed a study in separates with a black boxy tunic over silky trousers. Giorgio Armani gave a nod to the '60 with a boxy, textured jacket and Nicolas Ghesquière melded futurism with the familiar, showing a tweedy dress in a forward-thinking boxy silhouette decked out with exposed zippers.
Celebrities have realized the styling potential of boxy silhouettes, too. Boxy tops can be used to balance body-skimming trousers or a pencil skirt, as seen on Giuliana Rancic and Hilary Rhoda. However, they look just as chic when worn in contrast with floaty pieces such as Amal Alamuddin's wide-leg pants or Taylor Swift's swingy mini skirt.