How to mix and match different fabrics for game-changing looks
Dive into a whole new world of textures and feelings you’ve never discovered before. Don’t stick to the boring old same-fabric routine; spruce up your style in the classiest way by kicking away the usual color coding routine and focusing more on unique fabric combos. Not only do they add so much luxury visually and to the touch, but they also give you natural patterns to work with.
Know the main textures and weave patterns
Twill weave has a diagonal rib style pattern with a dark front and light back. It is thick and durable, e.g. denim.
The satin weave is shiny, smooth, and stretchy with a flawless fall. One side is glossy and the other is matte.
Plain weave has a criss-cross pattern, like muslin, and is the same on both sides.
How to pair fabrics like a pro
Just like you match patterns and prints together, different fabrics have visibly different patterns too. Plain attire such as cotton, denim, or suede can act as a solid base for your getup. It will give you the perfect canvas to add wilder fabrics onto such as faux fur (be friendly to our furry friends!) or lush velvet garments that are guaranteed to keep the spotlight on you. Don’t be afraid to go for eye-popping embellishments too to really make a statement.
Learn to identify the type of fabrics you have on hand and work from there. Different levels of hardness and textures go well together.
Denim, being neutral, can be well paired with linen which can be of any color. Tweed is a very hard material that needs to be paired with something that’s isn’t too light as it’ll be too different, so velvet, which is also a strong fabric but soft at the same time, can totally work with it. Cotton is very versatile and can be paired with pretty much any material, some unique favourite's being leather, velvet, and suede.
Make your statements by throwing on mood fabrics
Different cloth has different universal vibes like silk and velvet’s association with luxury. Go for different texture blends depending on your mood and the ambiance you want to set for yourself.
A classy but cozy look for chilly days can be achieved by pairing a rich woollen jumper with a simple and elegant silk skirt.
Wanting something adorable yet badass? Throw a pink knit pullover on top of those leather pants.
More of an indie person? Throw on some corduroy pants with a simple cotton tee for a bohemian look. See where we’re going with these?
Shop with an open heart
It’s time to break free from the monotony! Go for fabrics you wouldn’t pick up before, it’s worth it. Don’t be afraid to shop for faux fur jackets the next time you hit the mall, it’s all about knowing what to pair what with. Never been into metallics or shimmery fabrics? Try pairing them with plain cotton garments, you’ll steal the show hands down with an utterly cool look. These techniques are especially good for those who may not always go for colors that stand out. You’re on the safe side with a personal mix of textures in neutral and basic colors, it’s hard to go wrong with well-thought-out combos.
Don’t forget to accessorize
Don’t restrict your fabric mix to just a top and bottom. There are hats, bags, shoes, and so much more to consider when pairing different styles together. Denim, for example, can be so much more than just jeans. Find yourself a denim hat or vest and DIY the life into it with textured embellishments, fabric paint, and motifs. Adding some lace to your outfit can give off an utterly alluring and edgy aura. Also, try your hand at some cowhide or Ugg paired with plain pants and a ribbed top.
Apart from looking at the patterns on fabrics, take into account volume. If you have a thick top, such as poplin, go for a lighter knit for the bottom like crepe. On the other hand, if you have a heavy bottom, go for lighter upper-wear to balance out nicely.
Heavy volume fabrics can be wool, denim, felt, and so on.
Light fabrics on the other hand can be chiffon, lawn, and polyester.
By now you’ll have a good sense of how to mix and match different fabrics with a better knowledge of what goes and what doesn’t. Remember the basic guidelines regarding volume and vibe, and build your ensemble from there. Don’t be afraid to try on new combinations to find good style matches for you. You’re guaranteed to skate into the limelight with these amazing tips. So what are you waiting for? Shop now at sensationallyfabulous.com! Yay!
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