Styling Mixed Materials

Mixing prints is an acquired taste in styling that requires a keen eye. Choosing the proper prints is a risk that can easily turn into a disaster. It’s a skill set I’ve yet to master. If you prefer not to make getting dressed a puzzle, mixing materials may be for you! Mixing materials is ideal for Fall and Winter when layering is at its peak.


The basis for a successful mixed material look is styling two contrasting fabrics. Leather with tulle, knit with chiffon, and fur with denim are all dynamic examples. You may also style two contrasting styles. Some examples of contrasting styles are classic and Bohemian, edgy and preppy, and glamor and casual.


Placing a focus on either contrasting fabrics or contrasting styles will give your outfit a clear direction.

A common mistake is pairing an outfit together without an occasion in mind. Will you be going to the mall, a dinner party, drinks with friends? Dress accordingly!

The other common mistake is creating an outfit without a central focus. Is your cheetah cardigan the standout item? Do you want to highlight your thigh high boots? Are you showing off your collar bones? Let it be known!

In the case of mixing materials, make it apparent that you have a goal! Do not choose fabrics that are closely related. Choose materials that are overtly texturally different or visually different (shiny vs dull).


Once you’ve mastered the art of juxtaposed styling simplistically, you can try to mix both contrasting fabrics and contrasting styles! An example would be marrying classic and Bohemian styles by pairing together a satin blazer with a sheer, chiffon maxi dress, pumps, and tassel earrings.

For this look, I focused on contrasting materials rather than contrasting styles. Each piece fits within an edgy style, so I added the belt and lace-up booties to support the style as well as emphasize the leather top.

Details: Faux Fur Vest (thrifted)//Faux Leather Dress [cut into a top] (Forever 21)//Belt (Gifted)//Jeans (H&M)//Booties (Aldo)

  • Charrise October 2, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I love that faux furv

    • Sydney Nichelle October 3, 2017 at 8:49 pm


  • Liz Shamooni October 2, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Absolutely love how you styled the fur vest!

    • Sydney Nichelle October 3, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you!!

  • Sudanny October 2, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Loved this post! Took some notes here! Really informative Sydney ^_^

    • Sydney Nichelle October 3, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Yay! I’m glad it was helpful!