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Selecting the Right Clothing

Brown leather outfit

May 16, 2022

I’m Abby!.
I'm a certified & published fashion stylist located in Silicon Valley with speciality in personal styling, color analysis and runway, commercial, and editorial styling.

Selecting the right clothing texture to match your body shape and hair.


Similarly to lines & patterns, textures can be used to shape shift or camouflage and create an illusion of body size. The texture’s scale that you wear should be in relation to your body size. 


Here are six things to consider when it comes to wearing texture:


1. Text Features

Examples: Logos & words on clothing

Key points:

  • Good: A petite body can be emphasized by a large scale text

Pink sweat set

  • A small body can get lost in large or repeated text features.

Black bodycon dress with logo

  • Text features can add weight to someone heavier because the repetition of the size

Newspaper dress


2. Soft & Clingy Fabric

Examples: Silk, velvet

Key points:

  • Shows every contour of your body 
  • Can reveal body irregularities 

Rust silk dress


3. Stiff & Bulky Fabric

Examples: Jean, wool

Key points:

  • Good: Can add volume to someone tall & slender

Blazer and jeans Knit dress

  • Can add weight to someone heavier

Rust wool coat


4. Shiny Fabric

Examples: Silk, satin, velvet, leather

Key points:

  • Reflects light
  • The fabric color is intensified by the shine when light hits it
  • Can make a person appear larger

Brown leather outfit


5. Dull Fabric

Examples: Yarn, boucle, wool

Key points:

  • Absorbs light
  • Does not enlarge the body

Grey boucle jacket


6. Hair Texture

Key points:

  • Smooth fabric goes with smooth hair
    • Fine hair matches best with fine fabrics such as satin, organdy, polished cotton & silk

Pink silk wrap dress

  • Coarse fabric goes with coarse hair
    • Coarse hair matches best with coarse fabric such as fur, leather, & felt

Maroon blazer


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