LA Style Story: Saree Not Sorry and Cocktail Hour

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Saree Not Sorry

I fell in love with India on my first work trip there, a few decades ago. I was fascinated by the culture, the people, the food, the colours, the colours, did I mention the colours? The narrow streets were jam packed with cars, tuk-tuks and a variety of large animals. What really got me, was the amount of couples, young and old, on scooters, weaving in and out of traffic. The men would drive and the women sat side-saddle, behind them wearing Sarees that swirled through the air. The bustling streets disappeared behind a whirlwind of fabric in the most vibrant and saturated colours, one could only imagine, truly a spectacular site. I brought back a number of Sarees, over the years and love to wear them. However, due the fact that a Saree’s fabric drape is between 15 and 30 feet, makes it a little tricky for a rookie to navigate and properly tie. I combine traditional along with my own versions of draping and tying, for a look that’s authentic to me. You can choose whether or not to wear the traditional blouse and skirt under your Saree. I opt for a strapless bra and underwear or Spanx, since there’s much fabric, it’s far from sheer. Sarees come in both sheer and opaque fabrics with simple embroideries to extremely opulent appliqués.

*They also make gorgeous window coverings and table accents.

Style -Tip: grab a friend ‘cuz it’s a 2-woman sport, the first time. YouTube has a number of videos on how to tie a Saree, with and without the traditional under pieces. If you live or are visiting Los Angeles, I urge you to check out Little India, in Artesia and experience the culture, the food and the shopping.

Cocktail Hour

It’s been a long day and it’s 5:00 somewhere so I’ve kicked off my shoes, Sam Edelman, and I’m having a Vodka martini in a vintage glass in my vintage silk Kimono that I brought back from a shopping trip to Osaka. It’s one of my favorite pieces because it’s so multifunctional. I can wear it as a robe, a layering pieces with jeans and leggings or as a long wrap dress, like now. I’ve pulled the neckline down into a portrait, exposing my collar bone for the appearance of a broader shoulder and a narrow body. I’ve kept my jewelry simple with a vintage 1940’s silver chain for its drippy-like feel. It skims my neck like my Kimono, skims my body.

Style-tip: collarbones are sexy and when properly exposed, they do amazing things for our body’s proportion…use them wisely!


*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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