Great style doesn’t have to be complicated, and one of the simplest ways to expand your fashion horizons with minimal effort is to start paying more attention to textures. Luckily, fall/winter is the perfect time of year to do that, since knits, weaves, faux fur, and all other manner of textures are everywhere, and layering is basically mandatory. Starting with a simple black-and-white colour palette, we’ve got three looks that show off three easy steps to using texture as the star of your sartorial show.
Step 1: Pick your key piece
Whether it’s a shearling-lined, butter-soft pleather jacket, ankle-grazing culottes, or a high-gloss vinyl mini, the first step is to decide on the one show-stopping, jaw-dropping, conversation-starting piece you’re going to build your look around. Find a texture you love on a piece you love, and start there.
Step 2: Build around it
Now it’s time to get creative by finishing the rest of your base look using contrasting textures to your key piece – remember that you want to let that item take centre stage. Pair that soft shearling and pleather with the rougher texture of twill pants and a crisp cotton button-up for a very cool menswear-inspired style. Contrast trendy culottes with a simple large-knit sweater, or off-set the vinyl shine of a leg-baring miniskirt with a super matte, super soft turtleneck.
Step 3: Go for it with accessories
Accessories are literally the easiest way to have fun, try out trends, and experiment with your look in any scenario – in this case, they’re a great opportunity to really go for it and layer on the textures. Whether it’s a fur-edged ankle boot, a tweed conductor's cap, or a fuzzy beret, the accessories are going to take your look to the next level, so have fun and be a little bold! Side note – this is also a great way to add pops of colour to an otherwise monochromatic look.
Whether you’re the daring type, or subtly is more your speed, a little attention to texture can seriously change your game. And while you’re at it, take a look through these winter jewellery trends to add some sparkle to your texture play!
See something you like? Visit these St. Vital Centre retailers to shop the looks in this post (check stores for availability):
Look 1 - Pleather jacket
White button-up: RW&Co., $65.90
Twill checkered trouser: RW&Co., $89.90
Pleather jacket with wool collar: Dynamite, $69.95
Black leather oxfords with chain edging: Browns (Wishbone), $198
Burgundy faux snakeskin purse: Le Chateau, $69.95
Look 2 - Herringbone culottes
Knit sweater: Hudson's Bay (ONLY), $39
Black culottes: RW&Co., $89.90
Heeled ankle boot with faux fur: Browns (Wishbone), $298
Silver shooting star ring: Le Chateau, $18
Black handbag with faux fur front panel: Aldo, $50
Grey knit conductor's hat: Le Chateau, $20
Look 3 - Vinyl miniskirt
Black long-sleeved turtleneck: Dynamite, $19.95
Black vinyl skirt: Dynamite, $34.95
Black patent kitten heel: Browns (Michael Kors), $178
Pink bedazzled mini suitcase bag: Aldo, $65
Pink beret: Hudson's Bay, $24.99