Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print

*This post is sponsored by Avenue. I was also gifted the clothing and accessories for this post. The theme and opinions are 100% my own.

Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

If there is one thing that I love to incorporate into rooms when designing, it is color, texture, and print.  These three elements combined create a magical moment that is so memorable.  One of my missions here on Designing From My Closet is to expand women’s visions of how they view themselves.  Encouraging new ways of dressing and stepping out of their normal is something I love to do.  Seeing ourselves in a new light, as beautiful and unique individuals who go out into the world to inspire others wherever we go.

Today I want to cover specifically what dressing with color, texture, and print means and how it makes such an impact using items I recently got from Avenue.  One dress gets two different looks by switching out layers and shoes.

Lets start with color!  Dressing in color is one way to play up certain features, such as skin tone, eye color, and hair color.  It is also the perfect way to stand out among the crowd.  This eye catching element is something that brings life to an outfit.  For me, red is a color I have been drawn to more and more.  It is also a hue that is very on trend at the moment.  The Damask Border Blouson Dress has a gorgeous tones of deep red and wine that brings a warmth to my fair skin.  This simple silhouette is so easy to wear from the pull on style, to the elastic waistband and modest hemline.

Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

Texture brings such an interesting element to looks as well and this first look is chalk full of them.  A sweater hooded vest in a darker merlot brings a great texture with its ribbed woven textile.  I love how this layer allows the beautiful sleeves of the dress to still shine.
Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

Accessories themselves can also contain texture and this simple rose gold delicate necklace does just that.  It’s bejeweled beads provide dimension and does not compete with the other elements going on in this outfit.

Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

Suede (or faux suede) is another great subtle way to introduce texture into your wardrobe.  I have shown this slouchy hobo bag in my Playing with Proportion: Avenue Patchwork Ruana post and I thought it looked perfect with this ensemble here too.

Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

Leather and metal are more ways to have texture come in to play.  I fell in love with these tall boots that have metal hardware on the heel, buckle, and studs that run up the side.  They give this dress a more dressed down feel.  The moment I put these on, they fit like a glove and are so extremely comfortable.

Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

The mesh band and tassel on this super cute watch adds another touch of texture too.  I love the large face and rose gold finish that goes along with the necklace.

Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

Look 1 Outfit Details

I wanted to show this dress styled one more way with some simple changes.  Lets also talk a bit about print too since it is the last element in today’s topic.  Print, such as this one resembling a damask in borders and medallions, is one of the simplest ways to bring instant pizzazz to any outfit.  It is simple to change up its look by switching out the ribbed vest for a faux leather jacket and the tall congac boots for a pair of sueded colorblock ankle boots in a coordinating red.

Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

The Stella Colorblock Bootie caught my immediate attention as soon as they became available.  They come in this gorgeous burgundy coloration as well as a black/gray tone which are equally as stunning.  Three different tones of red encompass the ankle bootie that has a great chunky heel.  Talk about incorporating both elements of color & texture!

Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

I kept the same jewelry with the rose gold ring necklace and the mesh tassel watch, but switched out the larger bag for a sleeker wristlet in a rose gold finish.  This one is actually a charging wristlet that has a battery pack inside for charging my cell phone when on the go.  It holds just the essentials such as some cash, credit cards, and lip stick.

Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

I cannot say enough good things about this jacket.  The Knit Side Faux Leather Jacket is pretty much everything I love about a jacket: wonderful hand (this faux leather feels so soft), flattering cut, great length on the sleeves with the option to push them up easily, and comfortable fit.  Those side knit panels extend to the under side of the sleeves so no tightness around the upper arms!  Added bonus, two textures in one.

Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

I also love the fact that it has no collar which gives it a beautiful sleek look that can go dressy like in this look, but can go so perfectly with jeans and a tee.  And I cannot forget to mention that it has pockets.  This beauty comes in a merlot color as well.

Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

Look 2 Outfit Details

Dressing with color, texture, and print is a practice I find very useful when putting outfits together.  By incorporating these elements into your wardrobe, you can get some great results.

Today’s Postivity Note

A strong woman looks at a challenge dead in the eye and then gives it a wink. -Gina Carey

 Be Blessed!

Janeane

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