Get The Look: Texture (Part 1)!

Get The Look: Texture (Part 1)!

On Thursday I showed you how to get the ‘Home Flopper’ look for a high-budget. However, today I’m going to show you how to get one of the key looks for Autumn/Winter: Texture! I’m going to show you what different options are out there to help you achieve that great textural look. Texture adds interest to a simple outfit, and it can come in many different forms such as leather, feathers and silk. It is easy to achieve, and will add that little bit extra to an ordinary dress, skirt, or top. Let’s start with leather:


Leather is a classic way to ‘toughen up’ any outfit. It comes in jackets, tops, skirts, trousers, shoes and bags; it is everywhere, so make the most of it. This is probably one of the easiest trends to get away with!

From left:
Donna Karan Casual Luxe – Washed-Leather Biker Jacket (£2,480) – Net-a-porter.com.
Zara – Leather Miniskirt (£69.99) – Zara.com.
Topshop – Adina Tan Leather Platform Ankle Boots (£75.00) – Topshop.com.

Fur (or Faux Fur)

Fur is warm and cosy, however causes much controversy these days. Thanks to technology it is now possible to wear fake fur that looks real. Kind to the animals, looks good on you, and doesn’t cause controversy. It’s a great way to make an impact over a slinky dress, a little leather skirt, or snake-skin effect trousers. Why not? An alternative which is less controversial, but still real, is shearling; sheep aren’t a rare animal, and straightened wool gives the same effect as fur.

From left:
MICHAEL Michael Kors – Cropped Shearling Jacket (£560) – Net-a-porter.com.
Miu Miu – Pelouche Faux Fur and Leather Shoulder Bag (£720) – Net-a-porter.com.
Topshop – Cream Faux Fur Gilet (£65.00) – Topshop.com.


Feathers are a girly twist to fur. Brightly coloured feathers add a great twist to a LBD, or black feathers add a bit of glam to a colourful dress. It’s all about getting the contrast right.

From left:
Roksanda Ilincic – Phoenix Feather-Embellished Cropped Silk Jacket (£1,710) – Net-a-porter.com.
Topshop – Black Feather Jewel Clasp Purse (£28.00) – Topshop.com.
Zara – Feather Skirt (£79.99) – Zara.com.


Wool is great because it is so chunky. Pair a knitted cardy or jumper with skinny leather trousers; if one silhouette is chunky, keep the other slim. Wool is also great because it is so warm, so work a knitted dress with bare legs for a girly vibe.

From left:
Gucci – Alpaca and Wool-Blend Cable-Knit Poncho (£750) – Net-a-porter.com.
Topshop – Knitted Cotton Bobble Cardigan (£38.00) – Topshop.com.
New Look – Short Sleeved Cable Knit Dress (£19.99) – Newlook.com.


Skins are a great way to add texture. They come real and fake: snake-skin, pony skin, calf hair, alligator skin, sheepskin… There is a great variety to choose from. Snake-skin trousers teamed with a black fur gilet will give you just that little bit of edgy cool, or for an easier look, try leopard-print, calf hair, high heels with a LBD.

From left:
Christian Louboutin – Morphing 100 Calf Hair Pumps (£635) – Net-a-porter.com.
Topshop – Moto Bronze Snakeprint Foil Skinny Jeans (£60.00) – Topshop.com.
Zara – Snakeskin Clutch Bag (£69.99) – Zara.com.


This season silk comes in beautiful jewel colours. Because silk is a relatively thin and drapes well, and looks great under anything big like fur or leather. Create great contrast by having bright colours and slinky shapes for the silk, and having dark colours and chunky shapes over the top.

From left:
New Look – Sheer Yoke Halter Top (£19.99) – Newlook.com
Gucci – Scarf Gown with Belt and Culotte (£3,230) – Gucci.com.
Mango – Tie Front Shirt (£69.99) – Mango.com.


Metallic clothes give that little bit of needed shimmer to an outfit. Pair a metallic top with dark trousers or a black leather miniskirt to avoid looking to ‘busy’. Don’t be afraid to try something really shiny, but always remember to keep the other half simple and dark coloured.

From left:
French Sole – Gold Faux Snakeskin Pumps By French Sole (£98.00) – Topshop.com.
New Look – Foil Print Jumper (£29.99) – Newlook.com.
Lanvin – Metallic Tweed Pleated Skirt (£1,180) – Net-a-porter.com

Check out my blog on Thursday for Get The Look: Texture (Part 2), where I will show you how to look fabulously textural in the evening, for a low-budget.

ewfashionblogger – Your online fashion stylist.

This entry was published on August 22, 2011 at 6:40 am. It’s filed under Fashion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Get The Look: Texture (Part 1)!

  1. Well, this is just interesting indeed. Would love to read a little more of this. Good post. Thanks for the heads-up.

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