Style Stories: Back to Black and Pink Mix

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Style Story: Back to Black

Wearing all black in the Summer can be challenging but when using the right garments we can look great and not feel like we’re roasting in the sun. My style sensibilities are from the less is more group especially during Summer. I’ve never been one for the buttoning or layering tricks – all of that is much too contrived for me and it doesn’t look effortless which is what I’m all about. It doesn’t take tricks or layers of clothes and accessories to pull of a good look. It’s about choosing the right pieces for your body and how to put them together for a look that’s effortless. I’m wearing a fitted rib tank, Vince, with a pair of wide leg trousers, Marc Jacobs. I make it a point of stressing to my clients the importance of great fitting trousers. It’s imperative! We all want to look great in our clothing but if you’re not buying for your body type you’re not going to look your best.

I’m able to wear flat sandals, Sam Edelman, with my high waist pants because they’re the right fit and cut for my short 5’3” body. I had to, of course have them tailored like any good quality pant. In my case they had to drop the crotch which helped lower the waist so they’d sit right at my bottom ribs. The flat front body is more fitted and gradually starts to widen for a flowy wide leg. I’m using a wide black belt, Barneys NY, to emphasize my waist and create proportion which is especially important when going monochromatic. The large brass belt buckle plays off of the straw hat, Lanzom Hats, colour-wise that I’ve accessorized with a white flower pin. I’m amping up the Chanel vibe of the pin, Chanel, with a chain print scarf, Chanel, tied to my bag, Carla Mancini, and a vintage black & white button ring, Adornuo Designs. I love that with only a few little white placement pieces my all black look really POPS.

*style-tip: subtlety is everything. we don’t need to scream “look here” with obvious over styling




Style Story: Pink Pattern Mix

I rarely gravitate toward pink garments. As pretty as so many of its shades… it’s just not me. If I’m going to wear it, I need to style it in a way that really makes it my own. I live in sarongs especially in the Summer. There’s nothing easier or more comfortable than a beautiful weightless piece of printed fabric that can be wrapped around the body like the sarong, Amazon, I’m wearing today. The more “me” part comes with the unexpected pairing of a pinstripe blouse, Ralph Lauren.

The two garments by all accounts don’t belong together in that the blouse is more of a work item and the sarong is more beachy but together they feel effortless casual and make me feel like me. The crochet bucket hat, Mango, and straw bag, Bohemia Marrakech, bring the Summer vacation vibes even on a work day. This is a great way of integrating a colour that I don’t really wear into my wardrobe.

*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.

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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