Thanks to InfiniteSims, they have pointed out that the official Sims 3 website has published a new blog post by Associate Producer Jennifer Lane.  In this post, she brings up the topic of styles (different textures) that you can apply to your sims clothing and objects.

Not only can you switch patterns around, you can apply them to select areas of an object to create a unique look. You can create a polka dot door with animal print door knobs or a tile lined sink with plaid water fixtures. Each item has between one and four customizable regions that can be modified. Take a polo shirt and add a plaid pattern to the collar, stripes to the sleeves and leopard print to the body for that … unique … design flourish. Okay, maybe there are more fashionable ways to design, but that’s for you to decide.

Read her blog here