Texture Mixing is the New Print Mixing

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Jacket: Cupcakes and Cashmere via Rent the Runway; Turtleneck: Target via Goodwill (Similar Here or Here); Vintage Suede Skirt via Goodwill (Similar Splurge // Save); Backpack: Vintage Coach (Similar Splurge // Save); Oxfords: Vince, old (Similar Here); Beret: Target; Watch: Timex (c/o)

I envy the fashion bloggers that pattern mix with such elegance and ease. If the eclectic print mixing of street style bloggers intimidates you, I have the perfect fashion hack for you. Texture mixing. A monochrome outfit in various textures gives the effortless chic look of print mixing without the effort. For instance, a black leather skirt paired with black lace camisole under a black velvet jacket gives  the “wow” factor when a lackluster LBD misses the mark. Think about mixing a dressy piece with an unexpected causal piece!

When shopping at Goodwill, texture is one of the first attributes of a piece that catches my eye. While I’m scouring the racks, I easily eliminate pieces based on texture. This skill comes with a little practice, but an item that feels like sand paper, has piling from excessive wear, or could be mistaken for cardboard probably isn’t the gold you are digging for. Running my hand through a rack of dresses is a huge time saver for a quick trip. To get familiar with quality textures, visit a department store or boutique and focus on how the fabric feels to the touch. Being familiar with flattering and quality fabrics will save time on your next Goodwill trip.

I’m heading on my first blogging road trip this weekend to visit Jackson, MS with my blogger friend, Jordan Berecz. (Jordan and I roomed together at The Blog Societies Conference in Chicago and became instant friends!) If you have any recommendations for Jackson or the nearby area, leave me a comment below!

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