Top 5 Outerwear Looks For Winter

outerwear-600x600.jpgOuterwear is a particular highlight as we move into winter. Noteworthy styles with treatments in boiled wool, rich deep reds, and a stunning powder blue to black Ombre highlight the uniqueness of this category. The cocooning comfort of the Wrap Up Coat is on trend. The overwhelming impression, though, is one of a new softness, and a heightened understanding of what might feel good to a woman to wear.

A special fusion of creativity, craftsmanship, and intelligence go into creating such fine attention to detail that these pieces could easily be worn inside out. In the end, the big takeaway:

There is grace and beauty to be found in comfort.


Five Perfect Coats for the Season

Coats are to winter what dresses are to summer – a.k.a. the most essential part of your wardrobe. That means you should have more than one! So we’re bringing you 5 of the best styles to keep you warm (and looking cool) all season long.

From more structured versions, to softer ones with fabric to spare, these picks will keep you on point all season.

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The Power of Personal Assistance in Finding Your Style

You know how it seems that sometimes you’re having one of those days – stuff doesn’t go your way – you’re late, forgot the notes, didn’t sign the permission slip – just little things that are so frustrating.

But then, someone compliments you on your look!  Maybe they ask if you got a haircut or if those are new shoes. You smile, because you know what it is – you’re having a good outfit day!  

At Stella Carakasi, we are about making every day a good outfit day!

Stella’s design philosophy comes from her understanding of what real women desire – from an understanding of the real purpose of fashion – to bring out your natural beauty!  

“I’m inspired by the real everyday woman, with all of her body concerns. If my clothing manages to make her feel transformed by bringing out her natural beauty, so that she feels empowered, I have accomplished what I set out to do.”
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A great way to ensure that you can have a great outfit day, no matter what designs you are wearing, is to understand style and what makes an outfit great for you! Here at the Stella Studio, we have incredibly talented stylists on hand to guide you to that understanding and build that perfect outfit.

But we know that not all of you can come to the studio – so we decided to bring our Lead Style Consultant, Yarra, to you virtually.

Yup – you can get great style advice and an enhanced understanding of what makes an outfit work, from the comfort of your own home!

We’ve got 3 fantastic customer models who we will be working with to highlight 3 key aspects of how to look and feel your best – in what is in your wardrobe today.  Really empowering you to build those great outfits that make you feel powerful, no matter what kind of day you are having.

Stella on style, “Style is what looks great on you and what makes you feel fabulous, just the way you are. That energetic shift is so powerful and allows you to show up in a very positive way which is the most important result.”

Join us to learn more about your personal style.

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Live Webcast: Work Your Wardrobe


Stella’s designs are not about age, body type, or even a specific lifestyle.  Stella designs to celebrate YOU – exactly as you are – knowing that style can bring out what is perfect, beautiful and unique in you.  Whether you feel you have the perfect body or you’re like most women – and have parts of your body that you’d like to change – it’s Stella’s commitment that you feel confident and beautiful in everything you choose to wear!

Just as we design with you in mind, we are continually thinking of new ways that we can empower you – and we are super excited to share what we have coming up soon!

We are hosting our first ever online, live-event – and it’s all about educating you to work your wardrobe and discover what to buy to look and feel your best.

Stella-on-the-runwayWe’ll have some of our very own customers as models to demonstrate three keys to dressing your best.  Once you understand these, and how to apply them – which we’ll be teaching during the live event – you’ll not only know what to do with so many of those pieces already in your closet, but you’ll be empowered to shop, for Stella and other brands, and maintain your personal style.

During the event we’ll talk about:

  • How to create an outfit that feels as fabulous as your current favorite – and not just by accident
  • Why the size label on your clothes often guides you to choose your least flattering option, and what to use as your guide instead
  • How to update your wardrobe for the season without breaking the bank


Make sure you join us for this free event:

Work Your Wardrobe | Designer Secrets to Figure-Flattering Looks at Any Age

Reserve Your Free Seat

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Runway Report: Outerwear + Spring Sneak Peek

Stella Carakasi showed her Fall/Winter 2015 and glimpses of her Spring/Summer 2016 collections at San Francisco Fashion Week™ 2015. The sold-out event was received by a sparkling crowd of Bay Area fashion enthusiasts.

The vibe on the runway from Stella was put-together polish, mixed with unique fabric combinations and architectural silhouettes. Models and onlookers gushed, “I want to take this home, NOW.”

The word INTENTION has been a large part of Stella’s design process. Stella reflects, “The collection is a result from an extensive study of the various, realistic female shapes. It is not about age, nor about body type but instead we celebrate what is and accept it as perfect, beautiful and unique. The designs are a result of the profound love for experimentation with exclusive materials, often realized in natural and organic fibers with the soft hued colors of nature. This collection is aimed at those who love freedom, self-expression and who are not afraid of breaking preconceived molds.”


The Pragmatic Vest modeled at San Francisco Fashion Week.


The Notorious Sweater shines on the runway.


Classic beauty. The Envelop Yourself Coat over the Signify Sweater shows how the black & white trend is done.


The Much Ado Vest looked striking on the runway.


Stella Carakasi (shown above) shows her designs at San Francisco Fashion Week. Images by: Claudia Alexandra Nuta @ for #SFFAMA

Special thanks to San Francisco Fashion WeekDZine and photographer Claudia Alexandra Nuta.

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Cozy Cashmere: How to Incorporate Lux Style into Your Lifestyle

There’s sweaters, and then there’s cashmere. Stella Carakasi has a soft spot for affordable luxury.  And this season she has been captivated by our Natural Lux™ cashmere blend.


Classic beauty with a twist. The Asymmetrical Poncho is both graceful and dramatic. Complete the look with the Finesse Skirt. item names

Stella’s aptly named Notorious Sweater, notoriously cozy and chic. Worn here with the Finesse Skirt, our supporting star for bringing sweaters from casual to star status.


One of our customer/models from the runway at our Fall Style Event. The On Point Cardigan looks edgy and cool when paired with jeans.

Tips for caring for your cashmere and fine-knit sweaters:

  1. Get the Details: Check the care instructions. Stella includes detailed instructions for care on each style.
  2. Inside Out: Fine knits are comprised of fine yarns twisted together. To keep the surface of sweaters looking new turn your sweaters inside out before washing, even if you’re hand washing. This will make your sweater last longer and look better.
  3. Keep it Fresh: Store your sweaters in drawers or on shelves with dryer sheets or lavender sachets to keep your sweaters fresh between wearing.

We care. Care instructions make it easy to retain your sweaters beauty.

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How To Dress For Day To Night: Black and White is the Solution

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The Signify Sweater with the Finesse Skirt creates a classic go-anywhere look.

We love black and white. There’s something reassuring about clean and simple, black and white. The modern, cool look smacks of self-confidence, and a black or white statement piece automatically takes your style to the next level. Make it do double-duty by wearing it to work and then out on date night with these three tips.

3 Tips to transform your look from Day to Night

  1. Work It: For day, double up sheer layers to create a more classic look for the office.
  2. Night Attraction: Subtract outer layers and add jewelry to amp up your look for evening.
  3. Fancy Footwork: Don’t forget the shoes! Transform your day look to a night look instantly with your footwear. For evening, try a shoe in glossy black or neutral metallics to play off of your monochromatic clothing.
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One part mysterious and one part sensual. The Take Note Vest pairs perfectly over the Sheer Thing Top.

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Clearly pulled together. The Far and Away Coat adds instant polish to any outfit.


Instant classic. A monochromatic top and the Finesse Skirt set the stage for an ultra lux look that goes from day to night.


Pull it together. The Much Ado Vest can pull many outfits together. Wear over black (as pictured here), over the Touchdown Tunic. This look also translates well with jeans for a laid-back lux approach.

Try a combination that creates instant wow – a pared-down palette with ultra lux details. Working the monochrome look is easy. There’s no worry of wearing colors that don’t compliment each other. Black and white make the perfect partnership.

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How To Pull Off The Oversized Sweater Look


The points of the sweater paired with the Slimming Ankle Pants balance the silhouette, and make the waist appear smaller.

Did someone say sweater weather? Yes please! We’re thinking cable knit details, soft cashmere, and ponchos. We love the oversized sweater look for fall. Nearly every body type can pull off this fashionable and cozy look.

4 tips for picking the perfect oversized sweater this fall

1. Get to the point: Choosing a sweater with points will create drama and the illusion of a smaller waist.
2. Build height: An asymmetrical hem elongates the body to appear taller and leaner.
3. The Bottom Line: The bigger your sweater, the leaner the pant leg. We want contrast. Try a ponte leggingSlimming Ankle Pants, or try a superstretch pant like the Define Yourself Ankle Pants.
4. Try A Trend: The poncho is a dramatic and trendy look this season. Use it as a fun way to keep this look fresh.

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How To Create the “Layered Look” Effect

Layering is an easy way to create a modern, fun and casually chic look. Here’s 5 layering tips and some suggested styles that will have you creating new looks with ease.

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We love this effortless look. Stella has a way with romancing well-made non-trendy staples. For fall, the scale reads modern and chic but with a relaxed mood. We hope you love Stella’s take on the layered look.

Layering tips:

1. Start the first layer with a lightweight style that has a tighter fit than the piece you will be layering over it. We suggest the Agenda Tunic as a first layer.

2. Layer in one color. Tone on tone instantly looks rich.

3. Play with shorter layers over longer layers. This instantly elongates your figure and balances proportions.

4. Save texture and statements for your outer layers and accessories. Have fun with outer layers that provide the final touch of interest for your outfit, whether you choose to go minimal or lux.

5. Keep your waist flat. You want to layer on top of a smooth foundation. Avoid pants with belt loops and bunches. Instead try an invisible waist, such as Stella’s Define Yourself Ankle Pants.

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A minimalist layered look. Take It Easy Sweater with 24/7 Tank and Define Yourself Ankle Pants.

Flawless Cardigan, New Wave SkirtLayered lux look: Flawless Cardigan with Sheer Thing Top and New Wave Skirt.

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The New Fall Mix

The feeling of the moment is one part nostalgic and one part modern. Translation: new statements and essentials to mix with fall staples. Choose head to toe knit dressing or pair your new favorite sweater with the jeans that you love best.sweater-blog-spotlight

It’s fair to say that sweater dressing is an integral part of this collection. Stella Carakasi’s focus on lux fibers like Tencel® and cashmere mixed with wool and cotton, and combination knits and texture-blocking gives classic silhouettes a fuzzy, comfortable quality. The pieces here are generally relaxed but with a lot of fabric manipulation and whimsical play on proportions; including ribbed knits that drape the body like your coziest blanket, new shapes, like a swingy poncho and less conventional pieces embellished with Mondrian-esque intarsias. These wearable clothes don’t require much explanation to grasp their “classic with a twist” modern appeal.


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What Works for Fall


What works for fall: soft hued colors of nature and traditional craftsmanship with no compromises. Stella’s vision for fall is translated into cashmere, wool, and art silk. What works this fall is classic with a twist – taking the best fabrics for fall and combining them to create new silhouettes. The result is a new formula for dressing this fall–modern feel, favorite fabrications.


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Runway Wrap-Up

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Fall fashion is here! Despite balmy summer temperatures last weekend, excited fashionistas congregated at the Stella Studio on Friday night where Stella Carakasi presented The Fall Style Event in partnership with The Rich Life (on a budget), and in celebration of San Francisco Fashion Week. Collaborators in the event included Fashion Over Fifty, Daisy Tribe, jewelry designer Janet Harrer, and Style Equation Magazine. The designer presented a private show to bloggers and local fans who mingled and noshed on delightful treats from Whole Foods Market and grooved to cool beats provided by DJ Rimarkable.

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An Introvert Dresses the Part of an Extrovert

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Guest Blog by Carrie Motamedi I am an introvert, I like to make things happen behind the scenes and make other people successful: It is my comfort zone. However there are many contrasts to this in my life, and it … Continue reading

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BLACK is the New Black


The one and only Definitive Coat. Investment piece, or just plain gotta have it style!

Other colors come and go, black is for every season, so pick a quality statement piece.


Try the Touchdown Tunic over the Finesse Skirt for drama and mystery.

Combination fabrics or patterned jacquard add interest to a head-to-toe black look. But the style is still all about you.

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Black is the go-to color that goes everywhere. It works with all your outfits. Black adds drama and mystery. It can be dressed up or down, or worn head to toe.

The Wanderlust Jacket is both basic and statement. Worn with the Everywhere Top and Heritage Pants. Take the Everywhere Top to a dressed up look, paired with the Reset Skirt.

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