LA Style: The “T” and Wine

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LA Story: Today’s Letter is T 

Sometimes being short has its advantages like shopping in the Boys department for the button-down shirts I use for layering. The price-points are better than in the Contemporary department and for layering, they’re the perfect proportion if you’re petite. Today, I’m wearing my boys multi-check poplin shirt, Tronjori on Amazon, under a wide V-neck sweater, Elan, that I bought a few sizes up just so I can wear it, off-the-shoulder. My goal is to create a broader shoulder and a longer leaner body like a, T. Here’s how I did it…my print shirt gets buttoned all the way up and the collar is, “popped” for a flat clean line with no breaks. The contrast of print under the solid V-neck sweater, pulled, off-the-shoulder tricks the eye to focus on the print so the solid next to it pretty much disappears.

On the bottom, I’ve gone with a light coloured slim, (not tight), vegan leather straight pant, Bevy Flog. A dark bottom would break the line as would a tight bottom because it would show too much of my shape and drag my look downward into the ground – exactly what I don’t want. Even with my big furry boots, Sorel, I’m able to maintain that T shape. My vintage, Burberry, plaid handbag even though it’s a different print totally works because it’s within the same colour story as the rest of my pieces.

style-tip: focusing on garment size/fit and placement allows us the ability to create the right proportion for our desired look

LA Story: Style Story: More Wine?

…but of course. A cool statement T-shirt, suberbanriot, can be a game-changer so forget the jeans and kicks and elevate it! I built my slightly quirky yet totally elevated look around the wine-coloured lettering. It’s not too red or too blue and on the heather grey ground, it’s perfection! I can pull pieces within a nice range of red tones that will easily work. The minute I saw the t-shirt, I thought of my Army pants, vintage. I love heather grey and O.D., together so my grey blazer, Zara, fell easily into place.

To pop the WINE, I pulled in my bright platform peep-toe-sling-backs, Sam Edelman, and my Father’s old paisley cap, Craftsmen. The red flower pin, Amazon, on the lapel of my jacket is perfectly placed next to the lettering on my shirt to keep the eye focused on the screen print. At this point, another pop of colour would be distraction so I went with a grey suede and snakeskin clutch, vintage, that disappears into the jacket and pants. Now, when they ask, “red or white”, I don’t have to say a word.

style-tip: proper placement and showing restraint are a few key elements to styling a balanced look

*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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