Mix It Up: How To Play With Textures

April 6, 2015 • Get It Now, Magazine

Fashion Mix it Up With Textures

Okay, we all probably own and wear plenty of neutrals – that’s just a fact. But neutral shades of black, gray, ivory, white and even beige don’t have to be boring, you just need to use different textures to make things interesting.

Wax
Waxed or coated denim is a popular trend at the moment, but it doesn’t have to be just trendy. In fact, a pair of waxed denim jeans can be pretty classic, especially if they are done in black with interesting details, like this pair by Paige.

Fur
It doesn’t need to be the real thing, but furry textures make for a great way to mix up an otherwise monotone outfit. And there is something that is just downright luxurious about a white or ivory (faux) fur jacket, like this belted number by Cavalli.

Feathers
Okay, so you may be biased by the fact that feather boas are perhaps exclusively the province of drag queens and Halloween costumes at this point – but feathers can be classy. A dress with a feathered skirt like this one by Tibi can be almost neutral when paired with classic jewelry and opaque tights – and very flattering as well!

Leather
While a jacket is the obvious choice, you don’t necessarily need to limit yourself. Pants, skirts, or even t-shirt-styled tops can be an excellent way to add some leather to your wardrobe. Escada’s got the right idea – swap out your jeans for these black leather skinnies and instantly look cooler.

Sequins
There’s almost no way to wear bright-colored sequins that doesn’t look you borrowed an outfit from a drag queen, but black or charcoal gray sequined pieces can look incredibly sophisticated. For example, try layering with something simple like this black tank from Donna Karen.

So we’ve proved that you can mix it up with neutrals. Just play with textures. Who needs colors?

1. Paige Denim Edgemont Ultra Skinny Zipper Jeans, $269

2. Just Cavalli Rabbit Fur Jacket, $275

3. Tibi Cera Tuxedo Dress W/ Feather Hem, $595

4. Escada Skinny Leather Pants, $698

5. Donna Karan Cashmere Easy Sequined Tank, $1,095

– Jacqueline Zenn

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