How to Wear and Mix Textures: Velvet + Lace

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If there’s one thing I really adore about fall fashion, it’s the abundance of textures everywhere. From faux fur to velvet and suede, there’s a little bit of something for everyone no matter your style preference. And if you’re anything like me, sometimes you’re just so crazy about several of them that you end up wearing them all!



But how do you go about combining different textures without looking like a hot mess? With a little common sense and creativity, it’s actually fairly easy to do. All you need to remember are TWO things:

  1. Utilize similar or complementary colors. This is probably the most important factor to consider since color is one of the first things we see. Stick to monochromatic or complementary color schemes to keep your outfit cohesive, which is especially important when mixing + matching textures. Bright pink is rarely flattering when paired with fire red orange, especially when metallics or faux fur are involved.
  2. Balance bold textures with subtle. Example: lace and velvet are both subtle, delicate textures, so they’re fairly easy and safe to pair together. Faux fur and lace could work, depending on the color choices (see previous point). Patterned velvet and studded leather, though? Probably not a good idea.

In this case, I went with this gorgeous lace off the shoulder top c/o PinkBlush and these studded velvet leggings. The lace is delicate enough to be worn with practically anything, and the little studs on black velvet are just subtle enough to blend in from a distance, yet pop and make a statement. A monochromatic look seemed like a good idea, so I accessorized with these ridiculously comfortable peep toe booties and classic black bag.

Personally, I’d wear this outfit to a holiday party. Black is chic no matter the occasion, and there’s just something about velvet that instantly ups the fancy factor on any look. Plus, it’s always a bonus when you get to recycle pieces from several fashion seasons ago, because you know at some point they will come back in style!

What are your favorite textures this season?



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53 comments on “How to Wear and Mix Textures: Velvet + Lace

  1. These pants are just gorgeous!! I love mixing materials because you get the best of both worlds with all the luxurious fabrics and feels. You totally balanced it with this out babe! I don’t think I have seen such a stylish bump before you 😉

  2. Adorable look! being a total jeans and tshirt girl, I can’t imagine pulling that off on myself, but you killed this look! And you’re one adorable preggo lady too!

    1. Hey, no shame in the jeans and t-shirt game! Most days that’s my momiform too, but it’s nice to get dolled up every now and then, and I feel like the holidays are a good excuse to do that!

  3. I am always scared to mix textures. Patterns I’m cool with, but textures are intimidating to me. SO grateful I found your post and will remember your two tips!

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  5. Your blog is beautiful! This is a really great topic as I think some people can completely miss the mark on mixing textures and patterns. Thanks for the tips!

  6. Great fun way to wear head to toe black around the Holidays. Love the textures, Incredible pants. =)

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  7. Love the all black – great holiday party outfit for sure! I don’t usually mix a lot because I never know what works and what doesn’t, spelling out the rules is super helpful!!

    1. Totally- and really, keeping the “rules” as simple as possible helps a lot. Color is huge. Thanks Marie!

  8. Great tips, i am now more of a jeans and tshirt person!! but i do love to try different things once in a while and will look here for tips..
    love the outfit, especially the top

  9. Ok who would of thought to mix velvet and lace. I probably would of never of done it. But I love how your outfit looks. And it’s something I would wear. So next time I’m shopping I’m going to try it out. I’m going to have too share with you.

    1. Not sure I would have had the guts to try it with anything more bold than black! And yes, I’d love to see what you come up with!

  10. This outfit is gorgeous. I never know how to mix textures so I loooved reading this post! Love the velvet and the lace together.

  11. I think it’s fun to combine textures and it adds a lovely touch to a look. I’m seeing more velvet and lace combos again… very 1980s!

  12. I love the idea of mixing textures! I always thought velvet and lace was too fancy for every day wear, but I love how chic and somehow casual you make this look. It is beautiful!!

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