How to Mix Textures for a Cohesive Look

how to mix textures

So I know you’ve heard of mix and matching prints for a fun and creative look, but have you heard of mixing textures? Mix and matching pieces of different fabrics can add depth and detail to your every day look. Add a chunky knit sweater over a pair of corduroy pants, or try mixing leather and lace for a sweet and edgy vibe 🙂 Whatever your preference, if you want some tips on how to mix textures for a fun an interesting look, then keep reading!

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Lace, Leather, and Velvet

I’m sure you’ve seen this lace dress before; I styled it traditionally here for a sweet and girly look. I’m all about versatility though, so I love how I can transition this dress from spring and summer, to fall and winter! For a fun fall look I threw on my cropped leather jacket from Bar III and a pair of velvet fitted booties from Traffic Shoe (on sale here!). I love this combination for a few reasons: 1.) the black details add an edgy vibe to an otherwise feminine dress, 2.) leather jackets and ankle booties are great for adding warmth, and 3.) I can continue to layer with tights or a chunky sweater and take this look from fall to winter in a snap!

how to mix textures

how to mix textures

how to mix textures

how to mix textures

how to mix textures

how to mix textures

How to Mix Textures like a Pro

  1. Balance a shiny material (like patent leather) with something muted or basic, like cotton. I love the look of a black patent leather skirt with a cotton t-shirt for a cool, edgy, and effortless look!
  2. Pair a ruffled blouse with studded pants (or pants with grommets,  like these!) to add some interest
  3. Leather and lace is a classic mix of textures, because it pairs feminine and edgy seamlessly
  4. To ensure your look is cohesive, try to keep the color of your textures in the same family (notice how my look is neutral? I personally wouldn’t pair a neutral lace dress with a neon blazer or shoes)

How’re you adding depth and dimension to your fall wardrobe? Are you a fan of mixing textures? It’s something I’ve always thought looked great, but until recently I hadn’t given it a try! I’m really loving it lately though, what trends are you loving? Leave me a comment and let me know!



Photos by Rachel Cossette


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  • Reply Nancy Laws (@SheMeets)

    I think that one of the ways that i will add depth to my fall wardrobe is to try working with leather and other textures as well…I usually just pair my leather jackets with jeans and tshirts and boots around this season so making it a bit more playful will be fun

    October 23, 2017 at 11:42 am
    • Reply Brittany

      Leather jackets are definitely one of my favorite ways as well 🙂 Thanks for reading, Nancy!

      October 23, 2017 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Catherine

    Oh great ideas! Definitely going to have to try this. I love a good leather jacket!

    October 23, 2017 at 5:25 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      Me too, def my fav type of jacket for fall! <3

      October 24, 2017 at 11:15 am
  • Reply ivana

    What a beautiful dress, and love how you paired it with leather jacket. Looking gorg dear xo

    October 24, 2017 at 7:32 am
    • Reply Brittany

      Thank you Ivana! xo

      October 24, 2017 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Sam @ The Haunted Housewife

    Hey, I love the way you did this! You’re so pretty! Matching textures is genius.

    October 24, 2017 at 9:39 am
    • Reply Brittany

      Aw thanks so much Sam! xoxo

      October 24, 2017 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Amanda Kruse

    This lace dress is so pretty! The moto jacket adds the perfect amount of edge.

    Amanda ||

    October 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      Thanks so much Amanda! xo

      October 25, 2017 at 11:06 am

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