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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Textures can be tough when it comes to mixing tweeds, nubby knits or jagged metal motifs. To simplify, we recommend starting with a simple white tee like this crewneck from J.Crew ($30 at J.Crew). Layer on a tweedy cropped jacket by Malene Birger ($650 at Net-a-Porter), a sassy woven Sandro skirt ($250 at Net-a-Porter ) for a sleek, professional look. Topshop's quirky nude platforms ($136 at Topshop) keep the look fresh and modern.
Contrast a classic lace texture like Topshop's ivory shell ($100 at Topshop) with sleek, white satin trousers like these harems by Malene Birger ($295 at Net-a-Porter). J.Crew's python heel lends an exotic flair ($240 at J.Crew), while a simple vanilla clutch from Zara ($100 at Zara) completes the look.
A simple linen skirt ($64 at Topshop) is the perfect counter for Phillip Lim's dove grey shredded cardigan ($475 at La Garconne). For a pop of color, try J.Crew's miniature Edie satchel ($168 at J.Crew). Zara's simple taupe sandals ($79 at Zara) add serious height while still feeling low maintenance.
Marc Jacobs' cozy mustard cardi ($795 at Net-a-Porter) brightens up a knit navy cap-sleeve dress ($40 at Topshop). For some metallic shimmer we added Balmain's strappy leather sandals ($910 at ForwardForward) and a gold beaded cross-body bag from Forever 21 ($20.80 at Forever21).
Rag & Bone's semi-sheer tuxedo shirt ($255 at LaGarconne) balances the super-saturated colors in Zara's studded tweed shorts ($36 at Zara) while strappy turquoise Louboutins ($1,255 at Net-a-Porter) 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 ($6.80 at Forever 21).
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