Wardrobe Tip NUMBER 3!

by - August 17, 2012

Hello, all you beautiful people.

I'm back with another wardrobe tip and this time, I'll be discussing textures (not to be confused with patterns).

Everyone's style varies. Sometimes, it can't be stuffed into one ominous category of grunge or punk or girly or classy. If you're the type of girl who hordes piles and piles of black or white clothing, then investing in pieces that differ by texture can help liven up an outfit.

The reason I single out black and white is because those colors tend to look very clean and put together when used as the entire color palette of an outfit. Trying this with bolder colors can be overwhelming for day to day wear but please keep in mind that these are just my personal tips and opinions!

By all means, as I mention in all wardrobe tip posts, play by your own rules first!

That being said, the whole texture thing can also be applied if you aren't a monochromatic dresser. Then it would depend mainly on the actual silhouette, texture, and fit of the clothes.

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE WITH AN ALL BLACK WARDROBE

Monochromatic: Mixing Textures

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The foundation is simple: chiffon tank top and leather pants, which everyone and their cats now own. Don't worry if you don't have them, though! I'll talk about alternatives near the end :)

FUR: With the base of the outfit, you already have 2 different fabrics/textures. Adding on a fur anything will instantly give the outfit more depth because the fur is three dimensional and usually has more volume than something thin like chiffon. By using fur, the sheer chiffon can peek through and give a hint of subtle sexiness.

SHOES: Change up the look with a pair of suede shoes to tone down the fur and the leather or opt for leather boots if you choose to omit the fur.

ACCESSORIES: Jewelry can be overlooked sometimes because there can be an excessive focus on color or pattern but those types of accessories can add texture as well! Beading, embroidery, lace, chunky bits...the actual material of the necklace or ring or earrings can make a nice contrast against a plainer outfit.

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Mixing Textures: Part II

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Okay, let's talk about alternatives. Like I said before, everyone dresses based on personal preference and you might not like leather pants or chiffon shirts.

No problem.

This works with t-shirts, corduroy shorts/pants, silky bottoms, furry sweaters, you name it. As long as you keep in mind what type of material each piece is, you can successfully create an intriguing outfit. Remember, balance is important too!

If you're wearing something chunky or fuzzy up top, keep it lighter or sleeker on the bottom for a more streamlined look.

I find that things like velvet or corduroy can be pretty "heavy" when worn as bottoms so pairing them with light cotton shirts/tank tops will definitely help prevent the whole ensemble from becoming too overwhelming.

Just because one piece may be bold on its own, it doesn't mean you can't wear multiple bold pieces. Take the first outfit, for example. The royal blue is bright in color but lacks texture while the skirt has a reptile print and is leather but is completely black. Mixing something like a rainbow sequin tank top with a brown snakeskin pair of shorts would be disastrous because there's too many loud elements going on.

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That's all I have to say about this wardrobe tip. What do you guys think? Are you a fan of wearing lots of different textures or would you rather keep it simple? Let me know down below!

~Jenn
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24 comments

  1. Amaazing blog and I really love it.

    Very nice photos :))



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  2. wow I´m definetly following,your blog is so classy! maybe you could follow me also?

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  3. Your blog is so great! Love it so much)))
    Maybe we can follow each other, dear? I'm waiting you and I'll follow you back for sure!

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  4. Love the outfit combination :D Suits my style !

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  5. Everything in the second set I LOVE! I adore the leather pants in the first set as well, though I am not much of a fur-wearer so the other items aren't totally my style - but I can see them looking totally gorgeous on someone else!
    Great post <3
    xx

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

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    1. You can def opt for a dark washed denim jacket instead if you prefer not to wear fur! I think it'd look great too :)

      -Jenn

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  6. O M G. I MUST have those black suede wedges!

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    1. I seriously want them too! They are so classy looking !

      -Jenn

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    1. :) Black is my favorite color haha :D

      -Jenn

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    1. They're awesome for spring! :) :)

      -Jenn

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  9. Aw great post! Thanks so much for shearing, dear! If you get a second, I'd love to hear your thoughts about my latest outfit :)

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    1. No, I'm happy you liked this post! and of course~ I will check out your blog to see that outfit! :)

      -Jenn

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  10. I'm not a monochromatic dresser, but I do love some head-to-toe black :))

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  11. I love the black wardrobe; great mixture of pieces! bit.ly/QMT5C9

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  12. I love mixing textures. Probably as much as I love mixing patterns. Next season will therefore be a total playground for me!
    Loved reading this post. It leaves a lot of space for personal interpretation. As you said, one has to play by his/her own style 'rules'.

    Love,
    Juliana

    http://julianaandthedaydream.blogspot.be

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    1. Mixing patterns is fun! I def prefer mixing textures though because it's more 3D. but yes! Fall fashion is like the best time for experimentation :)

      -Jenn

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