Best fabric cominations for timeless and elegant oufits

The key to finding fabrics that work well together in your outfits is experimenting and developing an eye for fabrics that compliment each other in terms of their texture, structure, density and depth. As a general rule, opt for fabrics that are somewhat contrasting in terms of their texture but not too different in terms of their fabric density. In this article, I’ll explain three important tips for combining fabrics to create outfits that are timeless and stylish at the same time.

  1. Build up your wardrobe staples with neutral fabrics and texture.
  2. Consider the most suitable context for certain fabrics.
  3. Focus on fabrics with the same color palette to start.

Why should you wear different fabrics in your outfits.

First of all let’s explore which you should wear different fabrics to enhance your style. If you search Google for what clothes go well together, you will find many articles and videos on what colors work well together. However, something that is equally important in my opinion and not talked about as much is fabrics that compliment each other. 

Build up your wardrobe with staples that have neutral fabrics and textures.

Combining fabrics is similar to combining colors or patterns. In the same way that we can have neutral color clothing that can combine well with almost any other color, some fabrics can serve as a neutral base to be combined with more unusual or detailed fabrics. Denim, cotton, leather, and suede are some of the most basic fabrics to look out for that work really well with other textures.

Take into account the appropriate environment or context for a certain fabric.

Fabrics can set the whole mood of an outfit. Silk is luxurious and feminine. A tweed skirt or blazer can look cozy in winter and suffocating in summer, so you would typically pair it with another fabric that is well suited to a cold climate like cashmere or wool. Chiffon can also work well with tweed but you might want to consider an extra layer for comfort. Denim is a casual fabric that you can use to “dress down” other fabrics: like a structured cotton shirt — for an effortlessly chic look. Think about the context in which you might wear a particular fabric, then pair that with a fabric that will elevate it.

Focus on mix fabric textures within the same color palette.

Sticking to a monochrome palette, particularly if you are just starting out, can help to make a whole range of textures look cohesive. It doesn’t mean you have to dress completely monochrome: You can use a base color to anchor the different fabrics and textures, or choose two or three solid colors that work together. It’s an easy way to combine very different fabrics and make it look put together.

Extra tips

Try to invest in natural fibre fabrics when you can. Fabrics made from animal or plant materials like genuine leather or good quality cotton are usually better than synthetic fabrics in terms of longevity in your wadrobe but also the way they drape on your body as well. Synthetic fabrics can be made to a high standard and they do serve a purpose in specific situations but natural fibre fabrics will make your outfit’s look more expensive and refined. They might cost more than synthetic fibre fabrics but they will last longer, feel better on the body, and give a more authentic and higher quality appearance to your outfit making them a good investment to consider.

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Of course you can mix and match to find your own unique combinations but if you are just starting about try to keep colours simple and patterns to a minimum in order to learn how to let the texture and fabric choice of your outfit be the statement, which is a fundamental principle of great style.

I hope you found this helpful. I would love to see how you use the tips in this article to enhance your style so don’t hesitate tag me on Instagram, Tiktok or Pinterest or you can or send me a message because I would love to see! 

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About the author 

Mish has a Masters in Fine Art and she has an interest in classical design, history and culture. She loves to analyze fashion and style through this lens to help people develop authentic personal style.