All the feels.

by Alyssa Marie

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We’re all guilty of it. There is one thing that is always overlooked. But is can make (or break) an outfit: texture.

It really is an easy thing to forget about. Colors and patterns catch our eyes, especially in the world of online shopping. Webpage after webpage, click after click, the garments’ 2D look is all we see. But being able to see the surface, to FEEL is entirely different.

This is why I prefer in-store shopping. A rule of mine is to never buy anything without trying it on. With the lack of sizing standards and style variations, you never know how something is going to fit, look, or feel.

Today I mixed faux leather leggings and suede wedges – of  course I got deals on these wardrobe staples. I kept my whole outfit black so the simplicity would not take away from the impact of contrasting textures. Forever 21 is never short of faux leather. Extra points if you find a sale rack. Black suede wedges are one of my favorite accessories. They are comfortable (which is a big deal in NYC), cute, and affordable. Their neutrality makes them a great addition to any outfit. The shoes pictured I picked up at Macy’s for about $40, but a basic, budget-friendly pair like these could be found nearly anywhere.

Even though this fashion rule isn’t as familiar as it should be, it is nonetheless important. Just remember to combine simple staples with fashionable fabrics – an easy formula to elevate your outfit.

X’s and o’s

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