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Tips to rock textured garments

Woman in light jeans, pink knitted sweater and purse with wood accents

We’re all familiar with fashion rules that help us mix and match colors and patterns, but for many of us, textures are uncharted territory. Whether you stray from wearing textures because you’re unsure of how to rock them, or mix and match them until your heart’s content, read on about how to get your textures to work for you.

Incorporating textures

While we can all appreciate a simple mix of slacks and a chiffon blouse in the workplace, playing with textures can really take an outfit to the next level. Try one of your sleek pencil skirts for work, paired with a chunky cable knit sweater this fall. Having a form fitting bottom will keep you from looking bulky, but you’ll still get to enjoy the carefree coziness of your favorite sweater. This look can also translate to the weekend by mixing that sweater with a pair of shorts and tights beneath them.

If you want to begin working bolder textures into your outfits, start by choosing one at a time. For example, a silk skirt, a faux suede jacket, or pleather pants may seem intimidating until you realize that they’re easy to incorporate as long as you keep the rest of your outfit subdued. Wear your silk skirt with a cotton V-neck and an open cardigan, your suede jacket with one of your “safe” sleeveless blouses and those pleather pants you’ve been hesitant to wear with your favorite T-shirt that makes you feel good.

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Fashion tights are a popular source of texture.

Mixing textures

As the weather begins to cool down, you’ll find that you’re inundated with a variety of textured materials that you didn’t have the option to comfortably wear in the summer. According to the Live Well Network, the key to successfully wearing more than one texture at a time is to stick with the same color groups, and matching textures that area seasonal. For example, a light chambray blouse won’t pair well with a chunky winter material like wool. You also wouldn’t pair seersucker with leather, as one material is very light while the other is heavy. If you’re concerned about mixing your favorite pieces, consider this combination guide from Vogue:

  • Chunky knit + feathers.
  • Fringe + leather.
  • Ribbing + pleats.
  • Shearling + leather.
  • Wool + fur.

“Focus your outfit on a single texture.”

Choosing one main texture

Technically, all clothes have their own texture. Some just draw more attention than others. If you’re choosing to work texture into your outfit, try focusing on a single one to be the main source of attention in the outfit, and wear subdued textures throughout the rest of your ensemble. This way, you get to slowly work your way up to wearing more texture, and the the ones you’re wearing won’t be competing with each other. For example, a great way to do this is to wear a pair of textured fashion tights, like lace or sweater material, with a plain skirt, blouse and high heeled boots. Your tights will draw attention, without being over the top.

Another way to wear texture is to choose a beaded piece to be the star of the show. This could be a dress or blouse. With something as eye-popping as embellishments, it’s easy to dress the rest of the outfit down. In most cases, you won’t even need to wear any accessories since the beads are shiny enough!

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