LA Style Story: It’s a Wrap!

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I have a luncheon to attend and my wrap dress, a vintage bathrobe from my mother’s trousseau, 62 years ago, is a lovely choice. It not only incorporates some of our Spring trends…ditsy florals, wrinkled fabric, shine, and vintage lingerie, it’s a wrap silhouette which happens to be flattering on most women. I’ve styled it with platform sandals, Steve Madden, in creme for fluidity. If I brought in an additional colour it would break the line and look choppy especially because my dress is long. My sweet little vintage clutch, Magid, anchors my look by giving the eye a place to focus. The bag’s soft blue colour and beaded floral appliqué lend the right amount of contrast to the dominant creme colour and brings out the floral pattern on my dress.
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Style-Tip: if you take the time to ask yourself why you’re choosing certain pieces to wear together, you’ll have a better chance of catching potential mistakes. Take the time to check your closet for pieces that are multi-functional, you may be pleasantly surprised.



LA Style Story: Abracadabra

Arm coverage is a thing for women of a certain age. Be it muscle-tone, lack there of, crepiness, bat-wings, too fat, too skinny, always cold, too pale or not having a good arm-day, the list goes on and on. Whatever the case, here’s a good option that I came up with after obsessing on an Alexander McQueen kimono top, that wasn’t in the budget for a project I was working on, years ago. On the fly, I came up with my own version that I love and wear often. This is how you do it.  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO.

Take a large scarf, vintage, like mine and fold it in half, then tie a tiny knot, joining the top and bottom corners, together. The large opening at the center-back is where you’ll slip your arms, through to come out on either side of “the sleeves”. Take notice of how it drapes in a cocoon shape from the back and looks like a kimono in the front. It works with column dresses, Bisou Bisou, and Giza Birkenstocks, like mine, pants, leggings, and looks especially cool with cut-offs. If you want more length, (or more butt coverage), tie 2 scarves together, (using the same method), in different prints, a print and a solid, 2 solid colours, there are no rules. Abracadabra…Arm Problem Solved!

Style-Tip: Scarves of different lengths and sizes make a great addition to any woman’s wardrobe. Aside from their ability to finish and elevate your look they can extend your wardrobe because they are so multifunctional.

 

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  • 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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