One of the trends which are easy for everyone to accomplish with things you already have in your closet is the contrast trend. Find out all about this trend and how to achieve the look below! For 2013, it’s all about mixing contrasting materials. Ever thought of mixing jersey with sequins, cotton with leather and even knits with lace? This is definitely the time to go for juxtaposition in materials. But actually it’s not only the materials which join in the fun, even the colors can be completely contrasting with the absolute favorite being black and white combinations. Take your cues from the runways with designers and brands such as 3.1 Philip Lim, Just Cavalli, Acne, and Stella McCartney all going for this trend. There are many ways to show off contrast. You could combine a sleek, polished material such as leather and combine it with something completely different such as a textured, thick knit. Again, these could be in contrasting colors. But even within the garment, different colors and materials could be used. The more contrast the better!
As we’ve already pointed out, you can opt for contrasting fabrics within one garment, but you could further enhance the contrasting effect by going for contrasting colors too. For example, pair your favorite white jeans with a black blazer worn on top of a top with contrasting materials. With this trend, it is important to go all the way; it will only have an effect when you style your whole outfit around this theme. The ultimate contrast can be created when different fabrics and colors are used on one and the same garment. Fine examples are pants with a contrasting stripe along the length of the leg, a white t-shirt with a black leather front pocket, silver leggings with black elastic set-ins and so on. You may notice that most of the used colors are grey, black and white. This is quite understandable since they create the biggest contrast, but you can also find other colors if you look very well. I have personally spotted several khaki colored parkas with leather sleeves.