Mixing textures and patterns is a trend that has flooded the fashion scene. Tried most often by the bold and the brave, mixing and matching colors, prints and textiles is a style that looks as though it is here to stay. Although achieving this style sounds as if anything goes, putting together a mixed look actually requires some planning and preparation. Check out how this Fashionista struts a textured mix.
Name: Cynthia Spier
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?
Cynthia Spier: The cream scarf and black tights I am wearing are from Target. My jacket is from H&M. I picked up these snakeskin leather shorts at Urban Outfitters, and they match the snakeskin print on my Michael Kors bag. The heels I am wearing are from Aldo, and my necklace and sweater are from Francesca’s.
CF: Who is your fashion role model and why?
CS: Miranda Kerr is my fashion role model. She embodies so many different styles—anywhere from leather jackets to elegant sleek black dresses—and she always remains classy.
CF: What would you consider to be your fashion essentials?
CS: Accessories hello! I think that no matter what you wear, if you have the right accessories you can make it look good.
CF: What advice can you offer other Fashionistas about mixing and matching?
CS: Have fun with it! Don’t be scared to try something different and out of your style comfort zone.
Looking at the carefully selected textures and colors that this Fashionista coordinates, it is evident that time and consideration went into her outfit; she didn’t just throw it together. When creating a mix and match look, it is important to vary the size and scale of the textures and prints being mixed. This Fashionista does it well by pairing a cream and black knit
against black leather shorts
. With a mix and match outfit, it is also important to select a color scheme. Vibrant textures should be muted by softer colors. Consider the weight and percentage each pattern and color make up of the outfit because mixing and matching is truly a delicate balance. This Fashionista selected black as her color palette and has incorporated it throughout her entire look. To add a pop of print to her mix of textures, as well as a little sparkle, this Fashionista places a snakeskin purse
and oversized jeweled necklace
with her knit and leather pieces.