Dressing How-To: 5 Ways to Mix Up Summer Textures

Soft tweeds, nubby knits and jagged metals can be mixed and matched any which way this season.

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Contrast a classic lace texture like Topshop's ivory shell (<a href="http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=5769165&langId=-1&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-e7k8SyFclQLD.LrZx.neOw&cmpid=aff_ls_tsus&_$ja=tsid:21416|prd:Hy3bqNL2jtQ" target="_blank">$100 at Topshop</a>) with sleek, white satin trousers like these harems by Malene Birger (<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/194504?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Hy3bqNL2jtQ-_-Custom-_-LinkBuilder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-YSBKkj7pCQEUJsZtjFemYQ" target="_blank">$295 at Net-a-Porter</a>). J.Crew's python heel lends an exotic flair (<a href="http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shoes/pumps/PRDOVR~57046/57046.jsp?srcCode=AFFI00001&siteId=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-Z4pvsnwTmrjqRQ6a8*tecg" target="_blank">$240 at J.Crew</a>), while a simple vanilla clutch from Zara (<a href="http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-us-S2012/209504/725008/COLOURED%2BMETALLIC%2BCLUTCH%2BBAG" target="_blank">$100 at Zara</a>) completes the look.
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A simple linen skirt (<a href="http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=5743040&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208649&parent_categoryId=208580&pageSize=20n" target="_blank">$64 at Topshop</a>) is the perfect counter for Phillip Lim's dove grey shredded cardigan (<a href="http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=15096&sid=1179&pid=" target="_blank">$475 at La Garconne</a>). For a pop of color, try J.Crew's miniature Edie satchel (<a href="http://www.jcrew.com/womens_special_shops/HandbagShop/FeaturedHandbags/PRDOVR~86724/86724.jsp?srcCode=AFFI00001&siteId=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-rj8nKZHmVLUibaDqSupEMA" target="_blank">$168 at J.Crew</a>). Zara's simple taupe sandals (<a href="http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-us-S2012/189510/693054/HEELED%2BSTRAPPY%2BSANDALS" target="_blank">$79 at Zara</a>) add serious height while still feeling low maintenance.
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Marc Jacobs' cozy mustard cardi (<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/321100?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Hy3bqNL2jtQ-_-Custom-_-LinkBuilder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-UNRtRvrdOPevA5gltNLuuQ" target="_blank">$795 at Net-a-Porter</a>) brightens up a knit navy cap-sleeve dress (<a href="http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=5692599&langId=-1&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-Ol37Dmu_FPVUAkVwUXD6kg&cmpid=aff_ls_tsus&_$ja=tsid:21416|prd:Hy3bqNL2jtQ" target="_blank">$40 at Topshop</a>). For some metallic shimmer we added Balmain's strappy leather sandals (<a href="http://www.forwardforward.com/fw/DisplayProduct.jsp?code=PBAL-WZ3&d=Womens" target="_blank">$910 at ForwardForward</a>) and a gold beaded cross-body bag from Forever 21 (<a href="http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=acc_handbags_shoulder&ProductID=1000040606&VariantID=&utm_source=affiliatetraction&utm_medium=cj&utm_campaign=affiliate" target="_blank">$20.80 at Forever21</a>).
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Rag & Bone's semi-sheer tuxedo shirt (<a href="http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=15842&sid=1176&pid=" target="_blank">$255 at LaGarconne</a>) balances the super-saturated colors in Zara's studded tweed shorts (<a href="http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-us-S2012/209510/826858/PRINTED%2BAND%2BSTUDDED%2BSHORTS" target="_blank">$36 at Zara</a>) while strappy turquoise Louboutins (<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/189068" target="_blank">$1,255 at Net-a-Porter</a>) offer a contrasting bright hue. To pick up the blue and tie the look together, we added a blue-green cuff with white rhinestone sparkles (<a href="http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=acc_bracelet_stretch&ProductID=1000047388&VariantID=" target="_blank">$6.80 at Forever 21</a>).
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