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Turning Heads Linkup-Creating an Interesting Look Through Texture


Hello Friends,

How was your weekend?  I was busy cleaning house, going to watch the Steeler Game at the local watering hole, cheering on my home team. We hung some of my dad’s photographs that I received at Christmas. My mom put them on canvas, as a memory and now they adorn the bedroom and hallway. Yesterday was tough, as it was just last year…this time.

Anyway,as far as the day-to-day, I continue to shop my closet, as I missed this beautiful embroidered dress from Zara that went on sale. I am not quick enough! I have a few things on my “wishlist” that being one, a pair of white leather sneakers, ( Adidias or Puma) and a floral handbag for spring ( Ted Baker). Otherwise, I am pretty content with the closet I have at the moment. Closet, yes. Grey hairs, no.

One of my favorite things about dressing for Fall/Winter is layering and creating outfits that can mix prints, textures, patterns. I think one can be a bit more creative than the pretty floral dress and delicate handbag with heels. Today I thought I would talk about one of the ways I like to make my winter outfits more interesting, and that is by mixing several textures.

This look today takes an intricate lace pattern, cashmere leoapard print, and a sable-colored rich velvet blazer to make one cohesive look and neutral palette. The leopard pattern is repeated in my Rockport kitten heels. I have a fondness for color, but enjoy wearing neutrals when I can mix textures as not to make the look “dull”. If you are trying this type of look try these tips:

  • Decide whether you want a neutral or color palette.
  • What are your favorite textures: Do you enjoy wearing silk, lace, cashmere, wool? Are you a fan of tweed?
  • Take several pieces from your closet in 2-3 different textures and try combining them to create a look.
  • If you wear dresses- add a different textured blazer or sweater over top.
  • One can also add textures with stockings or tights in the winter.
  • Accessories can add additional texture to a look. For instance, I have a jacquard purse I will wear in combination with other textured clothing items.
  • Experiment!

Let me know in the comments if a.) you are a Steelers fan b) Enjoy combining textures with your Winter Wardrobe


Leopard sweater: Banana Republic Mad Men collection ( old, but like this blouse, and this)

rust Lace skirt: Zara ( last season, Love this one, and this)

Leopard shoes ( Rockport)

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff- ( older style, like this)

Velvet blazer- Loft ( old)

Lets have fun now with the Turning Heads Tuesday Linkup!

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Most clicked this week: Kristina of The Kontemporary shares her cool look with this fab leopard coat!

Pinterest Pic of the Week: Love this soft pastel blue color on Kimberly of Mud Boots and Pearls and the floral skirt makes me ready for Spring!

  • Nicole Mölders
    Posted at 01:13h, 27 January Reply

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. These colors are really flattering on you

  • Ruth Maldonado
    Posted at 17:16h, 26 January Reply

    That skirt is just beautiful. The lace is gorgeous and the color matches so well with the leopard heels! Love this look!


  • Getyourprettyon
    Posted at 15:15h, 26 January Reply

    Beautiful! Love that skirt, especially on you!

  • Mums That Slay
    Posted at 15:06h, 26 January Reply

    Such rich colours, love how you spiced it up with the leopard print shoes. You look beautiful. Linking up for the first time x

  • Gail Hanlon
    Posted at 11:05h, 26 January Reply

    You are such a master of complementary tones / shades and texture. I love everything about this outfit.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:12h, 26 January Reply

      Thanks very much Gail! That is one thing I truly enjoy doing, styling in the Fall-Winter as there is more options for layering and texture. Have a good day! xx

  • Anna Parkes
    Posted at 02:13h, 26 January Reply

    Jess, one of the things you do so well is mixing your fabrics. I must admit I do covet your collection of velvet jackets – it seems to be endless! I love the richness of velvet to add that certain something to any outfit, and lace has the same effect. Lots of great tips here.

    Have a good week x


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:49h, 26 January Reply

      Hi Anna, thank you very much. What has been great about blogging is that I am taking more fashion “risks” and experimenting more with my closet Ha! I love it, I think I have about 10 velvet blazers, many bought thrift stores. I appreciate your wonderful comment, enjoy your weekend! xx

  • Fil
    Posted at 17:26h, 25 January Reply

    You look so gorgeous in that ☺️ I always catch up on your blog. X

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:32h, 25 January Reply

      Thank you Fil! Nice of you to say 🙂 Your comments are welcome here 🙂 x

  • Carrie
    Posted at 13:04h, 25 January Reply

    These colors are perfect for you and on you, Jess!

  • Elle
    Posted at 19:31h, 24 January Reply

    What a gorgeous outfit you created from your magic closet! 😉
    Love the rich claret lace skirt and velvet jacket. The leopard shoes are the perfect touch of pattern,
    I am sorry it was a tough time for you…I can relate . I hope things feel cheerier soon.
    Lots of cool links to explore, great job!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 22:24h, 24 January Reply

      ha ha! My closet has been good to me recently! Thank you Elle. I appreciate your comments as always and thank you regarding my dad.

  • Sarah Bell
    Posted at 16:24h, 24 January Reply

    Such a pretty lace skirt and I love it paired with the leopard heels! Looking so fab! Thanks so much for hosting 🙂

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

  • jacqui
    Posted at 15:53h, 24 January Reply

    Love the layering effect and your skirt is so stylish. Great outfit altogether, well done Jess. x Jacqui

  • Vivi
    Posted at 15:11h, 24 January Reply

    I like how you played around with different textures and prints to bring about a seamless outfit.

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 14:58h, 24 January Reply

    Jess, I love the way you combined textures and colors in this outfit. Lace really makes the outfit pop, especially with that red color! Love the deep brown velvet blazer. It is an added bonus with the pops of animal print. Well done! – Amy

  • Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 12:46h, 24 January Reply

    Love the lace skirt! Such a pretty combo!

  • plutrell
    Posted at 11:45h, 24 January Reply

    Love the texture mix, Jess! And thanks for the link up!

  • Kimberly Miller
    Posted at 11:40h, 24 January Reply

    Thank you so much for the mention, Jess!! I feel so honored!

    You’ve put together yet another gorgeous outfit here. The mixing of textures is perfection! I love the lace of the skirt and it looks beautiful paired with the velvet jacket.

    As for football, I’m not really much of a football fan, but I live in New England, so…’nough said.

    So sorry about your loss. Anniversaries of a loss are very difficult. I’ve experienced quite a few losses over the past few years (including my dad) and the grief never really goes away, it just changes over time. My heart is with you, my friend.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:06h, 26 January Reply

      Thank you Kimberly, happy too. I appreciate the condolences, thank you very much! Sorry to hear about your dad as well.

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 10:54h, 24 January Reply

    Gorgeous look! Love your velvet blazer and lace skirt!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 10:34h, 24 January Reply

    I love mixing textures. That lace skirt looks great.

  • Jennie
    Posted at 10:21h, 24 January Reply

    Beautiful lace skirt – I just love the color! I have never considered pairing a cardigan and jacket together and like the interesting mix yours provides here.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:33h, 24 January Reply

      Thank you Jennie! I have had fun experimenting! xx

  • Laurie Duncan
    Posted at 10:15h, 24 January Reply

    Love the lace skirt and velvet jacket! I guess we both had lace on our minds! 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:34h, 24 January Reply

      Hi Laurie, thank you!. I love a well made lace. xx

  • Andrea
    Posted at 10:11h, 24 January Reply

    Sending you a big hug. I can imagine that this is a very difficult week for you.

    I love the different textures in your outfit. Beautiful colors, too!

    Thanks for the link up!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:35h, 24 January Reply

      Thank you Andrea. It has been challenging this week as many emotions come to the surface. I really appreciate it! xo

  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 09:51h, 24 January Reply

    Velvet and lace is a wonderful combination.I love the colours in this outfit too and the nipped in cut of the jacket.

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:36h, 24 January Reply

      Thank you Emma! This jacket was a great thrift find as are some of my velvet ones. xx

  • glassofglam
    Posted at 09:46h, 24 January Reply

    I absolutely love all these textures you paired together! Staying within the color palette is a pro tip! Thanks for hosting <3
    Glass of Glam

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:37h, 24 January Reply

      Thanks very much! I enjoy experimenting. xx

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 09:24h, 24 January Reply

    I love all the depth in your outfit through the colors and textures. So pretty! Peace! Cheryl

  • Mary Murnane (@MaryMurnane)
    Posted at 09:22h, 24 January Reply

    I love the subtle print on your sweater, such a fantastic look and way to style.


  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 09:16h, 24 January Reply

    That blazer is beautiful! I am such a fan of velvet!

  • ee0926
    Posted at 09:16h, 24 January Reply

    Love all of the textures and patterns in this look. Gorgeous Jessica!!

    xx, Elise

  • Ada
    Posted at 09:07h, 24 January Reply

    I am sorry about your rough day but it can only go up from there. Right Jess?! I love the rusty, Autumn colors on you very much. The skirt and velvet jacket are gorgeous and how well they look together!

    Thanks for another great linkup and welcome by on Thursday and linkup with me. Thanks <3 Ada.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:26h, 26 January Reply

      Thank you Ada, I appreciate the support. Very true. 🙂 Glad you like the look, i am found of these fall shades I will be there! xx

  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 08:45h, 24 January Reply

    You really know how to make an outfit stand out, Jess! Texures are something I’m still working on, yet you make it look so effortless!!

  • Ashley
    Posted at 08:37h, 24 January Reply

    Loving the texture here, babe!
    Hoping you have a better day today! 🙂

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • nbosken
    Posted at 08:25h, 24 January Reply

    That deep red mixed with those heels is just perfect! Looks great on you!


  • [email protected]
    Posted at 08:21h, 24 January Reply

    I am a Steelers fan and was so sorry they lost the game! I have family in Pittsburgh and they always mourn the losses and I join in supporting them. Love the idea of mixing the textures and shopping my closet! You have such lovely lace garments–love that look!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:33h, 26 January Reply

      Thank you Debbie, I know! Bummer about the Steelers! Yes, it can be fun to shop your closet :- x

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    Posted at 08:09h, 24 January Reply

    Such a pretty look! I need to experiment more with this, so thanks for the tips! We are Steelers fans too. I think I’ve mentioned before my husband grew up there!

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 08:02h, 24 January Reply

    Oooh, Jess! Thats literally what I said out loud when I saw this outfit! The textures are all so pretty and the colors so rich. This outfit makes me want to live inside an old vintage painting of a years gone by! Just gorgeous!


  • Vale
    Posted at 06:53h, 24 January Reply

    I love to wear lace, it’s one of my favorite fabrics! You look wonderful and that skirt is gorgeous Jess! Many kisses and thanks for the linkup 🙂

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion and beauty blog

  • jaymieashcraft
    Posted at 06:22h, 24 January Reply

    Love this look!! Oh man I’m a Lions fan!!!! Haha! Does it get sadder then that?? 🙂

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 06:14h, 24 January Reply

    FAULOUS!!! WHAT I love so much about your styling is the depth you give to an ensemble; the rich color palette, the fabrics, the mix. So beautiful and leopard shoes swoon!!! I know his time of year is hard for you, sending you prayers, hugs and love!!

  • Olga
    Posted at 05:28h, 24 January Reply

    Elegant and so feminine look! Beautiful skirt and I simply love the velvet jacket!

  • James Jill
    Posted at 04:56h, 24 January Reply

    Your gorgeous layers remind me of why I enjoy Winter dressing, that and our Winters are not really terribly cold. The leopard shoes complete your look perfectly.
    Thinking of you at this time , anniversaries are always tough especially the first one. Take care, Jess.

  • vanityandmeblog
    Posted at 03:57h, 24 January Reply

    Velvet and Lace! My favourite materials paired perfectly. Looking beautiful here Jess. The sales here in the UK are coming to an end, so now is the time for a real bargain. Happy shopping ! xx

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:18h, 24 January Reply

    Fabulous colors. I love that skirt ,it is such an amazing color! And those kitten heels are great.

  • Rena
    Posted at 01:50h, 24 January Reply

    Gorgeous … it’s a marvelous look. All of the textures and patterns work so well together as do the colors. Fall and winter are my favorite wardrobe seasons too. Your styling tips are great and thank you for the link up.


  • Mica
    Posted at 01:09h, 24 January Reply

    Sorry you had a rough day, hope you feel better as the week progresses.

    I really like your lace pencil skirt I think I’ve seen you wearing it before and said the same thing, ha! Reminds me of a little black one I had for work. I have the hardest time wearing pencil skirts casually outside the office but you do it so well here.

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Leeann @ Join the Gossip
    Posted at 01:08h, 24 January Reply

    Linking up for the first time and happy to be here! I love the contrast of the lace skirt with the leopard print heels. So cute!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:40h, 24 January Reply

      Hi Leeann! thank you for joining in! I appreciate the comment, hope to see you again next week. Its a fun group! xx

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