Contrasting textures are an essential factor in making a look three dimensional. Isabel Marant’s spring 2014 runway was the perfect exemplification of texture mixing—in particular, the pairing of leather with light fabric. Of all the looks on Marant’s runway, the look that translated best to real life was look 7. The cropped lacey top is perfect for summer with its flouncy detail that kept the look fun and feminine. On the bottom, Marant added a layered leather mini skirt. The combination of these two easy fit pieces makes the different textures—lace and leather, come together. To finish the look, models predominantly sported strappy sandals.
For my own look, I borrowed my sister’s flouncy white top and built from there. Instead of sporting a leather mini skirt, I opted for my treasured BCBG leather shorts. Although these pieces pair well texture wise, the cut of the top and the shape of the shorts looked awkward on my curvy frame. To solve this problem, I added a textured cardigan. The Zara cardigan I used smoothes out these awkward lines, and pushes the crop top lower onto my stomach. A cardigan is also a convenient way to tone down exaggerated sleeves on any top—mine being of the milkmaid variety.
To contrast the cardigan’s rough texture, I opted for smooth leather sneakers on my feet. Although these sneakers are green as well, the differing tones of green give the look an unstudied feel. To replicate this type of pairing, green is not a necessity. Wearing a muted cardigan in any color with a different shade of shoes is an easy way to rebel from convention. To make this non-matching pairing more evident, keeping the rest of the look simple is advised. For accessories, I decided to follow Marant’s example of simplicity. My feminine headband and lip clutch keep the look lighthearted without distracting from the contrasting colors and textures within my look.