Texture is one of the pieces of the Style Puzzle (body shape is one piece too, yet so much is written about body shape, people think it’s the whole puzzle, instead of just being a small element of the whole).
Textured fabrics can be anything from lace to cable knits, devore velvet to quilted fabrics.What is best to do is match your level of texture, in your hair and skin, to texture in fabrics.
Texture in Fabric
There are many sorts of textures:
- Smooth (no texture) silk, cotton/elastane
- Chunky (bulky and 3D texture), cable knit wool, acrylic, polar fleece
- Fine (some texture, but the feeling is more flat than 3D or raised), ribbed cotton, some knits, cashmere, wool and tweeds
- Furry (soft and fluffy), fur, angora,
- Jacquard (a pattern embossed into a fabric)
- Hard (smooth and stiff), some leather. bengaline, taffeta, organza, some stiffer denim
- Crisp (smooth and sharp), some cottons
- Soft (fluid), satin, chiffon, velvet
- Buttery (some very soft leather)
- Sheer (and how to wear them here)
Tips on Choosing Textures
- So someone with straight smooth hair and fine smooth skin will look best in flat or fabrics that match their personal texture.
- Someone with curly hair will look best in textured garments like boucle or a velvet devore, which has a curved appearance.
- Got more controlled but curly or wavy and shiny hair? Then sequins are perfect for you!
- Someone with short spiky hair will look best in a tweed or some other sort of straight texture.
Does this make sense?
The controled curl of the model’s hair here works really well with the texture created in the garment by the floral motifs and folds of fabric on this top. Yet the fabric is still smooth which reflects her smooth skin, and the smoothness of her curl.
Wavy or smooth, choose your texture as it relates to your hair!