LA Style Stores: Break It Up; Uptown Girl

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Break It Up

How often do you, break up, your suits and wear them as separates? Not very much, huh? As someone who spent a long career in the garment industry, I can assure you that it was and still is the master plan. Manufacturers and retailers have been training us forever to purchase and wear garments the way they are merchandised on the sales floor. Back in the day, 2pc sets, was a huge classification, at retail and sold in the dress department as, one unit. It included a printed top or a jacket that could be worn as a top and a bottom, (think Carol Little), in a soft fabric like rayon and silk. Nobody would ever think of breaking it up or wearing just one of the pieces, on its own.

To a degree, the same can be said for, suits. You may wear the jacket with other things but the bottom…not so much. As of late, I’m seeing a lot more 2pc sets then I’ve seen in a while and I fear that it’s a result of a, lazy, consumer. Are we turning into sheep? Are we allowing retail to dictate to us how to dress? With that in mind, I’m wearing only the flowy trousers, zara, from my French blue suit. I wanted to play with the high shine of the fabric which would read as, dressy, so I’ve added a rhinestone ankle-bracelet, Melinda Maria jewelry, a lady-like beaded bag, vintage, and a pin-on flower, Chanel. My t-shirt, Zara, sneakers, Blowfish, bucket hat, Kangol and rapper chains, Amazon, tone it all down for a funky streetwear vibe.

*style-tip: on the whole suits and sets are not that interesting. Find ways to, break-it-up, and individualize your look.

She’s an Uptown Girl

I love the dichotomy of wearing my dressy and casual pieces together, it results in a very interesting and beautiful look. Women will always ask if they can look closer to see how I put it all together and then say they’re going to give a try. What I appreciate most about this kind of look is the opportunity to wear my dressy pieces rather than look at them on the hanger, hoping for the right event to wear them again. My casual late afternoon look includes an apricot sequin skirt, Amazon, a basic crew neck T, Zara, and a pair of flat leather sandals, Sam Edelman.

My utility jacket, Forever 21, creates shape and dimension against the straightness of my skirt and T.-shit. I’m staying consistent in my jewelry with a mixed grouping of pearl and gold short necklaces, Gorjana, and a long matte gold, vintage, pendant. My high shine rhinestone ankle-bracelet, Melinda Maria Jewelry, paired with a gold mariners chain, Gucci, and my, Cartier, three-colour, Trinity bangle bracelet complete this, Uptown Girl’s, look. With that said, I’m ready for a glass of gorgeous wine, that comes out of a spout on a truck. Can you hear Billy Joel singing my song?

*please treat your wardrobe well. many people worked very hard to get it to you.



  • Felicia Arlin

    Felicia Arlin’s work as a stylist and costume designer has been featured in print, tv, film and on the red carpet. As a 20+ year veteran designer/merchandiser in the LA/NY garment industry her work has graced the racks of every major department store and specialty chain in the country. She is passionate about helping women look and feel confident no matter their age, shape or socioeconomic status. Her hope is to empower other women by sharing some of the things she’s learned along the way to better cultivate and express their own individual and ageless style.

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