Fashion, Outfit of the Day

Mixed Textures for Added Pop

One of the easiest ways to stand out in a crowd is by incorporating mixed textures into your ensemble. Similar to mixing prints, this fashion hack applies to a monochromatic look, a classic black and white look, the list goes on…

 

Incorporate mixed textures into black and white ensemble

Incorporate mixed textures into black and white ensemble

 

A white blouse is a wardrobe staple and before last year’s holiday look, Get Your Sparkle On, believe it or not, I did not own one! I have no idea how I managed for so long because these classic items are suitable for day and night wear and everything in between. When I came across this beautiful rose collar blouse,  at Forever 21, I could hardly believe my eyes. Only $22.90, I thought to myself, this looks like it’s from Saks or Barney’s! Man do I love a good look for less.

 

Incorporate mixed textures into black and white ensemble

Incorporate mixed textures into black and white ensemble

 

Although your first instinct may be to pair this top with solid black bottoms, that is the easy way out. Fashion is like interpreting a poem. You have to read in between the lines. I immediately envisioned this top with polka dot pants, until I discovered they are nearly impossible to find in the month of February. These printed slacks from H&M were the second best option. The black and white pattern actually accentuates the dainty rose collar – you never want to take away from the ensemble by introducing too many busy textures. Stick with one solid and one not.

 

Incorporate mixed textures into black and white ensemble

Incorporate mixed textures into black and white ensemble

 

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, a pop of color goes a long way! Whether it is in the form of a purse, lipstick, or shoes, easily take your ensemble from B+ to A+ work by incorporating a new hue. This time around I completed the look with yellow patent leather pumps and a colorful box clutch. There is something so retro about a sunny pair of stilettos. Don’t be surprised if you find me wearing this top with polka dot shorts come the warmer summer months!

 

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