LA Syle: Originality and Uptown Downtown

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LA Story:  Be Original

Saris are a favorite multifunctional item of mine and I wear them often. This emerald-green sari has a metallic threading on the borders for the perfect amount of shine. Originally, this sari was a window draping in my living room that I changed out after summer. Now it’s a gorgeous wrap skirt with a train. A sari is just fabric yardage with borders so it can be draped into a desired garment depending on your skill set. Mine are better on a mannequin or on someone other than myself but we do what we can, right? Tonight, I’ve wrapped my Sari into a long evening skirt with a small bustle and a slight train. I didn’t do a perfect job, (I was in a bit of a hurry), but you get the gist of it.

The metallic border especially at the waist hem and back has a way of always landing in the right spot for a finished look. I’ve styled it with a simple oversized white poplin blouse, H&M, that I’m wearing unbuttoned and wrapped. By wrapping both pieces I’m able to create a consistency in shape of both my skirt and top as well as creating some dimension between the upper and lower half of my body. I’ve chosen a bright purple satin sling back, Shein, for contrasting pop of colour that makes this look much more interesting without being distracting. It just so happens, my earrings, vintage, have green and deep fuchsia stones and the smokey gold base picks up my tricolor, Cartier Trinity, bracelet and the metallic border of my Sari. I’ve pulled my hair back into a tight sleek ponytail to really show off each piece of my truly original look.

style-tip: I always encourage my clients to experiment with fashion and cultivate their own unique style

LA Story: The Uptown Downtown Dichotomy

As humans, we are a series dichotomies and contradictions – it’s what makes us so interesting. I feel the same way about personal style in regard to how we actually wear our clothing and what we’re saying about ourselves through them.  I pretty much live the uptown downtown dichotomy and today’s look is a perfect example. I’ve mixed some activewear, lululemon, leggings and, Sorel sneakers, with some streetwear, Drunkin Monkey, beanie and, Forever21, oversized utility jacket and large crossbody fanny pack, Shein, with a sprinkling of the classics, Zara, ribbed turtleneck and blazer with a neck scarf, Robinson Golluber, and Ray-Bans.

It’s not too out there but it’s certainly not tea with the Queen rather the King. I do believe demographics have something to do with how we put ourselves together and here in LA/ Hollywood we tend to be more casual eclectic with an almost anything goes kinda vibe because at any point in the day someone may say, “meet me at Fryman for a hike” or “in Malibu to watch the sun set”.

*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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