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In fashion, texture refers to the feel or appearance of the surface of a fabric. Texture plays a crucial role in whether an outfit ‘works’ or not. This element is often overlooked and when handled poorly, can lead to an ensemble that’s either boring or a mess. Let me explain…
The correct combination of textures creates an outfit that is interesting
and stylish. The wrong mix of textures and the look appears out of balance.
The texture of a garment is determined by the fibers used to make the fabric and how those fibers are treated. For instance, silk fibers can be spun into yarn that can be knit or woven. The resulting fabric can be smooth, like a woven, silk blouse or bumpy, like a loose knit sweater.
The same holds true for other fibers, both natural and man-made.
In addition, the texture of a garment sometimes appears in the details of the finished garment…like with pleats or shirring/ruching (fancy words for smocking and gathering).
It's a bit of an art to combine pieces with complementary textures. Once you know the trick, you'll be a textural mix master!
There’s an easy way to make sure that your outfits have enough texture, but not too much. Think in threes.
If you follow the trio plan with regards to texture, you'll discover that this element of wardrobe building is super important...and even a fun place to experiment.
As a rule, you can either mix three very different textures or choose two that are similar and then add a wild-card.
Above is an example of a great mix of textures...
Jeans paired with a silk blouse and a wool blazer. The denim is smooth,
but a bit rugged, the blouse is soft and delicate... and the wool blazer is rough. These three texture work very beautifully together.
In comparison, if the jeans were paired with a cotton blouse and a cotton blazer...then the outfit would lack that wild card element. All of the fabrics would appear too similar in texture...without enough contrast. Jeans with a cotton blouse would pair better with a chunky-knit, wool cardigan than with a cotton blazer. Make sense?
Let's take a look at some well-chosen texture combos...
Oh, but first...
It's also important to consider your hair when getting dressed.
Well...let's say you have super curly hair or very long, straight hair...then your hair acts as an additional 'texture'. So, keep that in mind when choosing the fabrics that you'll wear close to your face. You want to strike a balance of texture that looks effortless and chic...never overdone.
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Go ahead play with texture this season. It only takes a little practice to
know what works and what doesn't. Texture is a great place to have fun with your style!
I'd love to know your favorite ways to add texture to your wardrobe. Please comment below...
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