How do you feel about Texture?

How to combine textures in your wardrobe this Fall

When I looked up texture in the dictionary, the first definition I got is the one I expected. Texture: the feel or shape of a surface. The second definition though was new to me, texture: the quality of a work of art based on the interaction of its parts.

Texture in fashion is not new at all. I love textured fabrics or materials on clothing. The first ones that come to mind are tweed, lace, velvet, and leather. But, there are more; knit, fur, feathers, silk, and exotic skins. Then there are items that can add a third dimension to a garment: sequins, metallic embellishments (studs), and applique flowers. Even the way a fabric is arranged can create texture, like the pleat. Really, I think the list could go on for a while, especially for the more creative designer. I personally love the texture that is created with a mixture of matte and shine.

So, like I mentioned, wearing clothing with texture is not new, however, this Fall wearing texture head to toe is very current. On the runway, there was not only textured apparel, but also shoes, handbags, and even hairstyles. In all my magazines and style blogs I read, Autumn is calling for definition number two. The quality of a work of art based on the interaction of its parts. If you think of what you wear as an expression of who you are, it is art too. This fall, I think we should mix it up. Pairing different feels and fabrics to create one look can be really fun. Interaction of parts. Head to toe.

I have a couple of ideas to get you started. Fashion that was once thought of as evening wear, can work just as well during the day. Bring your sequins out in the sunshine, but pair them with something new, like a cotton or denim. Pair velvet pants with a silk top, and faux skin blazer. Add a handbag that's been embellished with fur or feathers. Boots, flats or pumps with embellishments tie the whole look together. Wearing the same tones but in multiple fabrications also creates texture. Pick your favorites and be creative.

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Emily Constance August 16, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I love this, Kristin!


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