Trendspotting: Checkers

Quadrilaterals are always, always welcome in my closet. When wearing patterns and silhouettes, you’ll notice that I like sharp angles instead of round, curvy lines. Boxy shift dresses >>> bodycon dresses. Even my taste in bags is quite boxy! I don’t know why I’m so fixated with squares. I’d be the best person to base the main character on if there were ever a square version of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki (spiral).

Lucky for me, this year is a year of checkers, with the originally spring/summer trend even trickling down to autumn/winter. I was browsing through the RUNWAY channel webstore the other week when I noticed how there were so many checkers and all sorts of square-ish patterns, plaid and tartan prints, and boxy shapes in the recent collections of Japanese fashion brands! Even Zara has a ton of them right now, and I hate it because I’m so tempted to buy everything. In Crissey’s words, “Kamukha mo yung buong recent Zara.” (You look like the whole recent Zara.)

Anyhow, I underwent a checkers pattern obsession recently, and managed to find 3 different items that fit the bill.

Tricia Gosingtian Fashion

Tricia Gosingtian Fashion

Choies dress / Michael Kors bag / Le Bunny Bleu oxfords / Daniel Wellington watch

First one is this dress that is boxy in every way possible, just the way I like it. Wore it with my new favorite oxfords, and a tiny cross-body bag… which is also square. Sue me. Maybe next time my hair will become triangular just so I can have more right angles.

Tricia Gosingtian Fashion

Tricia Gosingtian Fashion

etcgirlshoppe dress / EMODA cardigan / Carmelletes heels / JumpFromPaper bag

Second one is this cute fit-and-flare dress. This is an outfit that’s very reminiscent of my 2011 retro-girly phase, except I tried not wearing a satchel with it to avoid looking too cliche. Still, I ended up pairing it with an even more retro-looking bag because I couldn’t help the cuteness that is JumpFromPaper.

2D cartoon-like bags are starting to become more popular nowadays, and it’s all thanks to JumpFromPaper. Katy Perry sported one before and people just immediately fell in love with the quirky concept. I think it’s quite ingenious too!

Tricia Gosingtian Fashion

Tricia Gosingtian Fashion

EMODA top / Sheinside pants / Choies heels / Forever 21 necklace / Reebonz Marc by Marc Jacobs bag

Of course, I can’t leave this entry without putting on some printed pants which I paired with a printed top. Print-on-print is something I rarely do, but grid patterns that remind me of my old Math notebooks work surprisingly well with other geometric elements. Like lines. And more boxy bags. Don’t misunderstand though – I can be a little geeky, but I definitely do not enjoy math!