Style Stories: Geometry & The Blues

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Style Story: My Kind of Geometry

I found myself at a neighborhood vintage shop, Hanging with Hope, in Sherman Oaks, CA.  Merchandised within her fabulous vintage pieces, made between 20 and 100 years ago, were some beautiful retro pieces, imitative of a style from the past, like this dress, Lela Rose. The off-white all over 3D textured squares on the nude base fabric looks equally modern and vintage. The designer was clearly inspired by the geometric shapes from Paco Rabanne’s 1966 collection, Twelve Unwearable Dresses, made with plastic and metal. With all things geometry on my mind, I spotted this fabulous olive green square shape fabric handbag, vintage.

I don’t know what the 3 large gold metal letters stand for but the randomness appeals to me and so do the brown angular Bakelite handles. I’m able to keep my theme going with a contemporary strappy sandal, Schutz. They bring another olive green element and the strapping is all lines and angles.  As for jewelry… the expression, less is more, is my mantra. Because the dress is the, statement, piece, I want my all of my, supporting, pieces to support NOT distract. Cohesion and consistency throughout is key to this kind of look and it just so happens that my vintage gold watch, Omega, has a rectangular face and square shaped links – thank you Grandma and my Moms thick gold rope necklace, vintage, work right into my geometrical theme.

Style tip: you can find incredible pieces at your local vintage shop and by doing so you’re supporting small business – that’s a good thing!

Style Story: The Blues

It’s a beautiful warm day here in Los Angeles and I’m just hanging out. I never know who’s going to stop by so I want to look somewhat pulled together even with my bare feet. I can achieve that by using a monochromatic colour scheme. When we wear one or more shades of a single colour we tend to look much neater than when we combine colours or wear a mix solids and prints.

My low-rise jeans, Zara, and light blue linen shirt, Amazon, look like a uniform and that’s exactly what elevates them. I love the, I don’t care, look of a wrinkled linen shirt. As you can see, I really do care because I’ve made the effort to neatly fold and cuff my sleeves. My South Sea Pearl necklace and chunky leather cuff have a natural and earthy feel and are the perfect accessories to complete my laid back casual look.

Style-tip: here’s how to do the fold-up cuff…

  1. depending on the length of your sleeve pull the cuff upward and stop when it’s between your elbow and shoulder
  2. start folding up, (not rolling up), the remainder of the sleeve until the top of the last fold covers the bottom part of the cuff – it will hold it in place
  3. make sure your folds are neat and even



  • 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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