Last week we learnt what texture is and its role in fabric. This week we will be going deeper into how it affects colors and other things.
- Texture can affect colors of clothes and the way it is used. Imagine a cotton and flannel wool being dyed with purple color, although they have the same color, their texture can never give room for them to be used for the same style, one will be great for shirt while the other for a suit which will come out a bit darker. This reason is attributed to the thread for making these fabrics. Thick wool will absorb more dye resulting in a darker color, the weaves is the most contributing factors.
- Since color is light bouncing off of objects and into our eyes, when light hits a more pitted surface, it reflects less of it back into our eyes. Hence the coarseness of a fabric contributes to the color, brushed wool thread will absorb more light than ordinary smooth cotton threads.
- Some of the clothes out there actually get their colors from the textured weaves of more than one color. Patchwork of blues and whites gives human eye a solid blue color.
TEXTURE AND YOUR WARDROBE
One or two pieces with visible texture are mostly found plenty in an outfit and it goes a long way. With a suit and sweater, you are ready to rock the cold periods.
- Although most suit textures are made of thick threads in visible weaves, we still have suits and jackets which have the worsted, tweed, flannel, corduroy, Birdseye and barleycorn texture for different feels, occasions and weathers. Others can include Hounds tooth, twill and seersucker, you can grace your wardrobe with mixture of jackets and suits in this forms, trousers included.
Of course you can’t wear trousers or suits bare, shirts have to be included and the textures of the shirt have to do with how it is combined with suits, jackets and trousers.
- Textured dress shirts are less common since they are worn against the skin, it can bring discomfort or irritation to the skin. Although we think some shirts are perfectly ordinary but they do have a faint texture to them.
- Shirts like broadcloth and fine oxfords have smooth surface, coarse oxford are known to be very fine and close-spaced dimples.
- Herring bones are made of vertical columns of V-shapes and chevrons, twills are fine diagonal ribbing, poplin is deeper dimples made by threads of two different sizes.
- We also Gauze which is known as Lawn that is cotton woven in a manner to allow maximum airflow even though not transparent.
- In putting on of shirts, we should take occasion into consideration, when attending business, the shirts tend to be broadcloth or tightly-woven oxfords, some poplin can also pass for this occasion. Herringbone shirts can also work with suit for people with daring taste in fashion and the herringbone needs to be in one color.
Do we ever think about our ties and shoes having their own distinct textures? Well they do! Ranging from perfectly smooth to coarse, they all have their beautiful textures which can complement our outfits.
- Knit ties which have bumpy surface, brogue shoes which are filled with punched holes, Suede shoes which are easily maintained, woven shoes and belts which are made of interlaced leather strips, silk pocket squares which have shimmery-smooth textures can be worn along with our outfits.
- We can also have tooled belts which is the solid leather with stamped designs go with our plain trousers.
Although being aware of texture is cool and great but avoid mixing too much of it in your outfit to avoid tardiness and tackiness, after all ability to appear neat and cool is the key of good fashion. Unless you are posing for a liberal art professor look, don’t put on knit tie on a tweed suit.
- Dimpled seersucker suit can go along with a woven leather belt. It takes a lot trying and effort to be able to make multiple textured pieces work in a single outfit.
For a great wardrobe and outfit, note this;
- Stick to one or two textured pieces at maximum in an outfit.
- Simple outfits can be spiced up with textured accents
- Heights and builds also contribute to texture usage. Short men and broad men are at a disadvantage for more texture in an outfit while tall and skinny men can pass for it. Lanky men can benefit from a more little extra weight.
- Light texture adds life and uniqueness to dark solid colors, making them appropriate for business wears that needs to be unique without breaking dress standards.
- Textured fabric with colored patterns are suitable for busy clothing, they can be paired with simple pieces.
- A wardrobe without texture is boring and dull, sticking to the rules and ability to blend will make you experience a sweeter taste and exploration in the fashion world.