What Are Clothing Textures?

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Whether rough, soft, rugged or smooth, different textures are key for a look that's unique and stylish. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Clothing textures are the structure of interwoven fabrics or threads that make up a textile fabric. A garment's texture relies on the visual and tactile qualities of its surface, and is easily identified by touch. There are many different types of fabrics and textures used to create modern clothing. A piece of clothing's texture can completely transform its capabilities. Commonly used fabrics in today's fashion world are all comprised of different textures that allow certain garments to be appropriate for all types of elements.

Cotton

Cotton is among the most common and comfortable type of fabric used for clothing. This fabric has a texture that is soft, stretchy and strong, making it ideal for casual and relaxed garments such as T-shirts, pajamas and underwear. Combining different textures can make for a fabulous and interesting outfit. Simply pairing a fabric with a soft texture such as cotton with a pair of rough and rugged denim jeans makes for a cool, casual and stylish outfit.

Wool

While the texture of wool can sometimes prove to be quite itchy and uncomfortable for some, its common use can be attributed to its great qualities of warmth. Wool coats are among the warmest and sturdiest of outerwear. It's these insulating qualities that make the texture of wool ideal for blankets and socks as well.

Silk

A smooth, soft and cool texture is a highly sought-after quality in today's garments. Chic and luxurious, silk is a sturdy and high-quality textile with a rich history dating back to ancient Egypt. This luxe fabric's texture is ideal for light and feminine silhouettes commonly found in today's high-fashion market. Though pricey, silk is a soft and sturdy fabric that's texture has put it at the top of the wish list of many fashionistas.

Tweed

Some garments have the ability to make a statement, whether by bold colors or unique textures, and prints. Tweed garments have become a symbol for the chic, sophisticated and stylish. Utilizing a combination of different threads, the texture of tweed is almost instantly recognizable not only through touch, but by simple sight. Rough and thick, tweed is a classic clothing texture that has withstood decades in terms of style.

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