6 Ways to Incorporate Texture Into Your Fall Wardrobe

FALL 2017
By Wendy Rose Gould for Modern Muse

When you think about autumn apparel, rich hues and weighted fabrics quickly come to mind. But another element that's easily forgotten about is texture. Even a little bit can instantly elevate your fall wardrobe, making an otherwise simple outfit exciting to both wear and look at. Here's how to bring some texture to your look as the cooler weather ensues.

Left: Dress; Kate Spade New York. Bag; Bulgari. Shoes; Senso. Right: Jacket; Elizabeth and James. Shoes; Alice and Olivia.

Fur Jacket

As temperatures turn chilly, you'll need more than a glass of hot apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte to keep you warm. A fur coat or jacket is an optimal choice, not just because it prevents the blustery cold from disrupting your day, but because it looks fierce. This Elizabeth and James fur bomber is made from dyed rabbit fur, which means it's impossibly soft and undeniably chic. Pair your fur jacket with a mid-calf skirt, jeans, or leggings.

Left: Shirt; Sonia by Sonia Rykiel. Skirt; Delfi Collective. Shoes; Koio. Bag; Clare V. Glasses; Jplus. Right: Jacket; Coach. Overalls; Sea. Shirt; Wilfred Free. Shoes; Dear Frances. Glasses; Jplus.

Pleated and Layered Skirt

Not all skirts are created equal, so curate your wardrobe with care. If it's texture you're after, opt for a skirt that boasts layers and playful pleating, like this powder blue Lauren Skirt from Delfi Collective. It hits at mid-calf and can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with pristine white sneakers.

Shoes; Senso. Dress; Kate Spade New York.

Velvet Shoes

If there's one new shoe you buy for yourself this autumn, let it be covered in velvet. Whether you opt for statement-making heels, practical loafers or ankle booties, velvet shoes can tie your entire outfit together and beckon street style photographers from a mile away. Pair them with a casual dress, leather skirt, skinny jeans, or even formal office apparel.

Bag; Bulgari.

Studded Handbag

To add a bit of funky texture to your ensemble, keep a stocked and studded handbag near the front door. Bulgari's Serpenti Forever — made from black and gold calf leather with the luxury brand's iconic snake head closure — can even be easily slung over your shoulder while you work your magic on the dance floor after a long day at work.

Left: Jacket; Whistles. Dress; Sandro. Glasses; Jimmy Choo. Right: Shirt and pants; Rebecca Taylor. Earrings and glasses; Elizabeth and James. Bracelet; Jennifer Fisher.


Few things exude more femininity than a delicate layer of ruffles, and they're the perfect way to incorporate soft texture into your fall rotation. Try ruffles at the sleeve or neck of a bohemian top, at the hem of a long skirt, or down the front of a shirt or dress for a breezy, ladylike look.