When we put together an outfit, there are so many things to take into consideration. We definitely should dress for our body type. Moreover, we need to give our preferences to colors that flatter our skin tones and eyes. We need to take into consideration our age, the occasion we are dressing for, even our social status. Here come some other questions: for example, “how to combine different styles”, “which colors does particular color go with”, “can we mix styles”, “how to mix textures”, “what are the rules of color blocking” and so on…
This post is going to answer some of the questions you may have on mixing different styles and textures. When it comes to combining a skirt with a blouse, a dress with a cardigan, a pair of pants with a jacket, we obviously need to make sure that the fabrics of different pieces work really well together. There are actually different ways to approach such task as mixing and matching textures.
What Kind of Fabrics to Combine with Jeans
Combining two thic fabrics together is one way to approach such task as clashing different textures. For example, jeans fabric goes really well with suede, leather, jacquard, velvet, jersey, tweed and cotton. For example in this set the look would have been too sweet if it wasn’t for this sleeveless jeans jacket and a set of chains. I really like how this jacquard pants get a new meaning when combined with jeans fabric.
What Kind of Fabrics to Combine with Chiffon
Combining luxurious fabric with similar ones is a good idea for creating chic and luxurious looks. When it comes to gentle fabrics such as chiffon and silk, they are combinable with such fabrics as lace, organza, velvet and satin. Actually combining a romantic chiffon dress with a classy satin jacket, as it was done in this set, would be your safest option when dressing up for a cocktail party. Throw in a pair of stunning pumps and a clutch, and your get a glamorous and elegant outfit.
How to Combine Light and Thic Fabrics
When you combine luxurious fabrics with simple ones, thick fabrics with light ones, you are accentuating the contrast. I wanted to point out how sometimes mixing and matching contrasting fabrics can bring an astonishing results. Actually, current fashion is all about playing with contrast – whether it means combining simple with sophisticated, manly clothing with romantic feminine pieces or color blocking and mixing and matching textures.
In this set, feminine lace skirt is combined with leather jacket and jersey top. As a result, this skirt seems not as sweet and romantic. Wedge sneakers and black-and-white tote make all these contrasting fabrics and styles work really well together. “Romantic sporty look” – this is how I would describe it.
Here is another set where different textures, such as chiffon, suede and cotton, work really well together. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this extremely feminine skirt is to combine it with a sexy top and elegant pumps. On a second thought, I wanted to play with contrast, and this is what I came up with. I combined it with cotton cropped sweatshirt and suede jacket. The pair of suede boots matched really well with the jacket and the top and created an interesting contrast with the skirt.
I hope that this post has given you some valuable information and has inspired you to experiment with mixing and matching different fabrics. If you feel lost, and you still do not have an idea on how to put together an intiguing outfit, try to decide which message you want to convey when you dress in a certain way. For example, if you want to create a truly feminine and gentle look – go ahead and wear chiffon with lace and satin. On the other hand, if you want to add a little bit of “masculine” to a very sweet dress you can achieve it by combining it with contrasting texture clothing. Good luck experimenting and feel free to share some of your ideas here!
All outfit ideas were created by Chicous via www.polyvore.com
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