I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know that, for me, when the weather gets colder my outfits no longer smolder. As the cold air hits, it becomes less about creating fashionable outfits and more about staying as warm and comfy as possible. If you’re in need of a discreet and manageable way to spice up your outfits without sacrificing that cozy winter feeling consider playing with textures.

This Fashionista decided that she wouldn’t let a couple fashion rules stop her from breaking outside of the box with this ensemble. I’ll admit there is an easy way to overdo texture play, but the best way to avoid that is to find a through-line in the color scheme. In this look we have different blues next to different tans offset by the ever so classic black. What I love about this look is that she didn’t play it safe and wear all-black under her long, patterned sweater. The powder blue in her top is an unexpected, but a satisfying complement to the deeper blue on top.

Her surprising color palette is eye-catching from afar and as soon as you get up close you can see the true intricacies of the look. The crushed velvet crop top isn’t very noticeable before you walk up, because of the softness of the blue, but its contrast with the ribbed riding pants is a match made in heaven. The patterning on the knit sweater going up and down like the texture on the pants and all around like the texture of the shirt is the delicious cherry on top. Add in the smoothness of her brown leather booties and just like that, we have a well-rounded getup that keeps us guessing all the way down.

With an outfit like this, the main pieces speak for themselves. This Fashionista decided to keep the accessories to a minimum by only wearing blue-green stone earrings and working a soft pink lip. This awesome display of fashion fearlessness has inspired me to flirt with my personal fashion boundaries and think outside of the box this season.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Layering textures in the winter is a great way to stay fashionable and warm. Don’t be afraid to play with colors and patterns too!”