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Our Favourite Ways to Wear Textures

Meghana Rabindranath

We promise by the end of this you’ll be texturing like a pro

If we learned anything from fashion week, it’s that maximalism is the style du jour with designs from Prada to Dsquared2 nearly O.D-ing on textures from ruffles to micro pleats. Mixing different textures and patterns is a nifty way to build more variation in your outfits, giving the ensemble interest and depth, which we think is a must if you want to take a more distinctive and personal approach to everyday dressing. Honestly, as a person who wore nothing but minimalist monochromatic clothing, this sounded like a real mission.

Sure, mixing patterns and textures can be tricky and often result in incorrect combinations that don't really go. But seriously, it can look amazing if done properly! From smooth surfaces to enormous uneven patterns textures can — but doesn’t always — affect even how the colour and pattern of the garment looks. Textured clothing has never been bigger on the runway, and now we’re making them big in our closets too.

For the experienced mixers and matchers of textures and for the newer (apprehensive) adopters of the trend, we got the perfect looks for you to try this season.


Ruffle Those Pleats

Victorian dressing and ruffles were frequented on the runway this season. Our take on the trend? Matching delicate blouse with accents of baby ruffles in soft colours paired with colour block, thin crease pleated skirts.

Pleated top: Marks & Spencer

Ruffled Slip Top: Runaway Bicycle 

Skirt: The Label Life

 Faux Fur Slip On: Zara


Pull Out All The Ripstops

Designers took the sporty trend and applied it to dresses and tops this season for a cinched-in look with drawstrings, cords and toggles. When it comes to novelty knitwear, fun and functionality should be the main focus and when you have some loose fringe like strings to play with, all the better.

Mesh Tie Up Pants & Tshirt: Wear Bias 

Pom Pom Sliders: Koovs


Have a Satin Soiree

Satin is the perfect material to make any outfit look super chic and it helps that it works with almost any other texture but make sure you wear this with an offsetting texture to make the most of this look.

Collar Dress: The Runaway Bicycle 

Satin Slip Dress: Flirtatious

Mules: Zara


Shine On

Be it gleaming lame or twinkly sequins, light-catching materials ushered in a new wave of party garments this season. Prepare to give your LBD a break and party in a delicate oversized shimmer top paired with some cool-girl leather.

Shimmer Shirt: Anavila

Leather Skirt: H&M

Knot Sliders: Koovs 


Micro Pleat Party

Who’s the fairest of all the pleats? Micro pleats of course! Structured, delicate, thin creases that are nothing like the pleats from fashion's past. Worn as outwear for a chic look or with a fabulous skirt, you’ll be turning heads with this texture.

Micro Pleat Tunic : Payal Khandwala

Ruffled Top : H&M

Pants : M&S

Shoes: Zara


Velvet Vixen

Velvet and khadhi may seem like a stranger combination than Madonna and Vanilla Ice (yes that happened). But we promise for a unique look and to show people that you're the real texture player you’ve got to try this combo.

Kurta:  Anavila

Velvet Skirt: Marks & Spencer



Photographs : Parizad D

Fashion: Niyati Hirani

Hair & Make-Up: Tashi Dolma

Talent : Carol Humstoe

Agency: Inega Models

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