Looks for Every Body # 5

Yarra here, continuing with the Looks for Every Body blog series. Viv started the Looks For Every Body series November 1st to show that Stella Carakasi has styles that complement every woman’s shape. This being the fifth in the series I am rediscovering just how versatile Stella’s designs are. What I love is that you can mix and match Stella’s clothes to create new looks with a couple of key pieces.

The key pieces for all body types I find myself using for nearly every fall blog are:
Slimming Ankle Pants
Look Sharp Leggings
Ready to Wear Leggings
Clear Cut Skirt
Either Way Top
These are foundation pieces that you can use to build any outfit no matter what your body shape is.

LFEB_InvTriangleInverted Triangle: I love this outfit, it speaks laid back luxe to me. Perfect for a day at the office or weekend getaway. Pair the Two Way Shrug (shown in jade) over the Sure Thing Tee (shown in ivory). The Sure Thing Tee is so easy to style, with it’s generous length it can be draped as seen here so that it echoes the drape of the Endless Skirt (shown in black). Layered with printed scarf, the silhouette is completed, emphasizing the waist and the texture of the outfit. For this body shape, emphasizing the waist and lower half of the body with architectural shapes creates balance.

LFEB_RecctangleRectangle: This outfit is about the architecture of the Voyager Jacket (shown in black). Worn open it is perfect for a rectangle shape, showing soft folds and framing the body with curves. This is key for rectangle body shapes who want to avoid straight up and down silhouettes. Closed, the subtle inverted hi-low of the jackets hem creates contrast and curves for the rectangle body shape. Layer the Life is Good Top (shown in shiraz) over the Ready to Wear Leggings (shown in black). Top with a minimal necklace, such as the gold one shown and voilà instant chic.

LFEB_CircleThe Circle: Embrace belting and layering. This outfit breaks a lot of the suggestions in our first blog for this body shape. It helps the circle body shape enjoy the tunic trend by adding structure. Here I have paired the Engimatic Tunic (shown in black) over the Slimming Ankle Pants (shown in mink). This somewhat basic outfit has been elevated to fun with an infinity scarf in a pop color and a wrap belt with a touch of  metallic to set off the mink color of the pants. Permission to play with your wardrobe granted!

LFEB_TriangleTriangle: Feminine layers exude confidence and holiday sparkle. The Future Perfect Top (shown in tuscan rose) is layered under the Contrast Cardigan (shown in black). The Contrast Cardigan is constructed with mixed fabrics – jersey gives it flexibility and a clean shape, georgette gives it softness and mystery. Broader shoulders are emphasized with the structure of this cardigan balancing the lower half of the body for the triangle shape. Layered over the Clear Cut Skirt (shown in black) and paired with a multi strand statement necklace this outfit is ready for a day or night out on the town.

LFEB_HourGlassHourglass: Push the edge with this gorgeous outfit. The Laid Back Luxe Vest (shown in citadel) over the Either Way Top (shown in black), creates an edgy yet polished look. The princess seams of the vest lend themselves to showing the hourglass shape of the body. The outfit is completed with the Slimming Ankle Pants (shown in black) and toped with an embellished wool scarf that echoes the georgette layers in the Laid Back Luxe Vest.

Give yourself permission to have fun with how you express yourself with clothes. I find inspiration for dressing everywhere, mostly from our customers. At the end of the day, top your outfit with a smile, it is truly your best accessory.

If you are not smiling already find your bliss and if finding the perfect outfit helps you do that we are here to help.

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About Stella Carakasi

San Francisco Bay Area designer, Stella Carakasi, features her women's collection, along with unique jewelry and accessories at www.stellacarakasi.com and boutiques in the US and abroad. Stella explains, "My clothes are designed for women who value quality and practicality and are not afraid to be unique and a bit eclectic. They are confident, bohemian at times, and they like to make personal statements with their style. My clothes are not about age or body type, but rather about lifestyle." For customers in the SF Bay Area, join us at Stella Studio for community events, including trunk shows, sample sales, and fundraisers. Stella Studio is located adjacent to our Design House at 1370 10th St. in Berkeley, CA.
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