Seasonal Shift: First Look at Fall


After a long hot summer, there’s nothing better than enjoying the crisp autumn air and creating your go-to fall looks. From sweaters to lightweight jackets and vests–fall fashion is unmatched. If you want to upgrade your wardrobe for the upcoming fall season, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for a few of our favorite fall finds, including some brand-new Stella Carakasi launches!

Fresh denim

Denim is a staple fabric all year round, and during the fall season, it can help you keep warm during chilly mornings, but it can also be lightweight enough to wear during the warmer afternoons. We love denim tunics made from sustainable 100% Tencel® fabric this season. We’re launching three brand new styles this season, the Mendocino Tunic, the Ultimate Tunic, and the Between The Lines Tunic, and all are in-house and ready to ship!

The Mendocino Tunic is a slightly shaped, over-the-hip triumph of simplicity and comfort. Inspired by the classic shape of our best-selling Tiburon Tunic. This 100% Tencel® denim protégée keeps some of the best attributes of its like-minded cousin. The welted front pockets and flowy pleated back panel for extra ease are a shoo-in. The antique metal button detail on the generous ¾ sleeves and button front placket complement the garment-washed color on this beautiful eco-denim topper.

The easy A-line shape and curious button-front placket of the Ultimate Tunic are the first things you will notice on this unique “artist smock.” The slight drop shoulder, bracelet length sleeves, and center back exude total comfort. At the same time, the convenient side seam pockets and double-needle accents give this piece some added utility and punctuate the irresistible and enduring charm of this throw-on-and-go 100% Tencel® denim charmer.


And last but not least, not your traditional button-up! The Between The Lines Tunic boasts classic double-needle stitching detail on multiple front and back panels of silky soft 100% Tencel® denim. The slightly shaped A-line silhouette, practical side seam pockets, and release back tuck makes this delightful top all about comfort and movement.

Perfect poplin

If denim isn’t quite your look, you may want to opt for one of our unique organic cotton poplin button-ups. Poplin shirts are incredibly versatile and can be worn in many ways for many occasions. From the office to date night to running errands, the options are endless. Our best-selling Tiburon Tunic is a staple for year-round wear. It’s made to fit and flatter most body shapes and can be worn in several different ways. Plus, the Tiburon Tunic is available in several new deep autumn shades that are perfect for the fall season!

The Center Stage and Wear Anywhere Shirts are both unique takes on the more traditional poplin shirting. The Center Stage Shirt has an A-line shape and hidden on-seam pockets in the front. The intricate pattern work creates a flare effect at the bottom of the shirt making this silhouette extremely flattering. The Wear Anywhere Shirt boasts an oversized fit with a high-low hem and deep side slits. It is a seasonal shirt that anyone can wear for all seasons, dressed up or down! 

Sweater weather

Nothing screams fall like a cozy, chic sweater. Sweaters and cardigans can be worn layered under jackets, on their own with stylish trousers, and so much more. Two of our favorites this autumn are the brand new Masterpiece Sweater and our best-selling Go-To Cardigan. The Masterpiece Sweater can only be described as fabulous and highly unique. It’s made with two very different diagonally placed stitches and a color-blocked hem to create a unique design. This is genuinely a sweater that you can throw on and go!

Our Go-To Cardigan has been a fan favorite for many seasons now, and this fall, we’re super excited to introduce four new colorways–Atlantis, Aubergine, Magenta, and Saffron. The Go To Cardigan is super easy to style and knitted from soft cotton and Modal® yarn. The new autumn colors are the perfect way to add a bit of spice to your fall wardrobe! 
 

Wear the pants

Are you looking to stay comfortable and casual this season? We’ve got you covered with three of our top pants! The Perfect Flood Pants are a wide-leg style at the perfect length to pair with your favorite tall fall boots. They have a flat elastic waist and are comfortable enough to wear around the house or to the office. If you’re looking for a more fitted style, check out the Lounge Dress Pants or the Slimming Ankle Pants.

The Lounge Dress Pants may look like regular trousers, but don’t let that fool you! These bottoms are incredibly comfortable and feel like you’re wearing sweatpants. Similarly, our best-selling Slimming Ankle Pants are another great option. They fit a bit tighter than the Lounge Dress Pants but still have that flattering and ultra-comfortable fit.

Layers on layers

And we can’t forget about the layers! Layering in autumn is crucial to stay chic and comfortable during those cool mornings and warm afternoons. Our Favorite Jacket is the perfect lightweight option to keep you stylish and protected against falling rain. Simply throw it over any look for an upgraded outfit! The Cozy Up Coat is another excellent option for those chilly autumn days. It’s made from wool and viscose blend, making it ideal for transitional seasons like fall. It’s great for both indoor and outdoor wear to keep you warm! Our Take Note Vest is always a good idea for the fall season. It looks great on many body types and adds the look of layered pieces without being too heavy.

Pile it on

Autumn is all about the accessories! Fall accessories are ideal for serving both function and fashion. Chic boots, an oversized tote, and a standout necklace are all on our must-have autumn accessory lists. We currently have our eyes on the Chip Boots by Coclico. They’re knee-high style in black leather. These boots can be worn with many different outfits and look great on everyone!

Fall can be a busy time, so don’t forget your Coach Willow Tote to help you carry everything around. It comes in two rich colors, perfect for the season, and will hold up for many years. And make sure to finish off your look with a stunning statement necklace! The Brass Feather Bib Necklace from the Banana Republic is a great option.

Head to our “Looks We Love page” to see some of these designs styled for the autumn season!       

Living A Life With Purpose And Creating A Life Well-Lived

The models is living a life with purpose by dressing well

We can all probably agree that the past two years have been stressful for pretty much everyone. From the pandemic to career changes to home life and beyond, it’s been a hard time for most which directly affects the way we feel about ourselves and our lives. If you feel like you’ve lost your sense of self recently, you’re not alone. The idea of living a life with purpose has been a huge topic of discussion throughout the pandemic and for good reason. So now is the perfect time to reassess your priorities and put yourself on the road to a well lived life.

Learning to live in the moment and love it

As women, we are so used to multi-tasking and putting ourselves last. Sometimes it feels like we’re running in circles. Making sure the house is in order, the kids, our careers, appointments, errands, and so much more that it’s easy to forget to focus on ourselves and our own needs. Since the pandemic hit, more and more people have started discussing this idea of creating a life well lived– but what does that mean? In a nutshell, it’s to find balance, and purpose, to fall in love with every little moment. It’s all too easy to drift aimlessly into a mundane weekly routine that leaves us feeling bored and dull. So, it’s important to see the beauty in every single thing we do whether that be daily tasks like cooking dinner or more exciting bigger events like taking a vacation. As humans, we’re so used to anticipating things in the future– the weekend, a birthday, the holidays, a vacation, and so much more. This leaves us looking forward instead of just living in the present. Finding the silver lining in our daily life forces us to enjoy the present moment so we don’t have to dread Mondays or doing weekly chores.

Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself

The definition of a life well-lived is, of course, different for everyone. But to make a great life there are some basic foundations that we can all build upon. Creating a life well-lived means taking time out of your day to do nothing but focus on yourself. If you’re not used to spending time focusing on yourself, you’re not alone. It can be a tough task for women who spend their days catering to everyone around them but even if you can only spare 10 minutes a day, your mind and body will thank you for it. Doing simple, daily tasks that focus on you will help you fall in love with your daily routine again and boost your overall self-confidence.

Create daily rituals to love your life and body

Whether you can spare 10 minutes or an hour per day, try to carve out time to focus on yourself by doing simple things that make you happy! You will be amazed at the positive effect this will have over time.

Create healthy meals

The foods that we eat directly affect how we feel mentally! While we all love to indulge in a big bowl of pasta or a large slice of cake from time to time (which is okay!), it’s important to build a balanced diet of lean proteins, complex carbs, and fresh produce, and fruit. Eating lean proteins can help boost dopamine levels in the brain, complex carbs are known to increase serotonin, and fruit and veggies are high in nutrients and antioxidants that have been shown to boost your mood. If you’re feeling in a funk, try adding some light and fresh meals into the mix to help increase your mood and make you feel good! 

Cooking can be looked at as a time to decompress from the day and just focus on fueling your body. It’s the perfect way to take time to focus on yourself and your health.

Connect with yourself and nature

Having a healthy life is living a life with purpose

Having a spiritual practice helps you to find balance in life. It allows you to go inward, get quiet and connect with your higher self. If meditation or prayer is not your thing, being in nature has the same effect because you regenerate and reset every time you connect with mother earth.

Clothes make the woman

Build your dream wardrobe

The way we dress can have a huge impact on our self-confidence and how we feel about our lives. This means that curating a wardrobe of styles that you can feel comfortable and confident in is crucial. At Stella Carakasi, our goal is to create garments that are stylish yet cozy and can be worn by women of any age, body shape, or size. All of our designs fit perfectly into any woman’s closet whether you spend your time at the office, on the go, at home, or a little bit of all three! 

Endless outfit opportunities

Get inspired!

There is a sense of spontaneity in the way the styles work together, an implied comfort– true to the brand’s roots. Minimalism with a twist and easy luxe fabrics have long been Stella Carakasi’s signature, and this fall collection doesn’t disappoint. Discover the season’s early offerings on our Looks We Love page, it only takes a few styles to create a wide variety of fresh looks!

Mix & match statements

Our New Mood Top is a must-have for your autumn collection. This ultra-cozy jersey top features a flattering bateau neckline, dolman sleeves with gathered cuffs, and a unique herringbone print that fades into a solid black. It can be worn with comfortable leggings at home or can be layered with a blazer and a chunky necklace for the office! Looking to stay warm, cozy, and stylish? Look no further than our Go To Cardigan. It’s the perfect layering piece and comes in three neutral colors to match with any outfit you have in mind! The Go To Cardigan is made with comfy combed cotton but has a unique mixed stitch knit which makes it a step above your average cardigan. 

Role reversal

Speaking of layering, our new Reversible Step-Up Cardigan is all you need to go from the office to dinner and beyond! You have endless outfit opportunities with this reversible dual-color cardigan that can be worn over button-upsjersey topssweaters, and more. It’s the perfect blend of style and comfort, and best of all it comes in three fantastic colorways that go from classic neutrals to savory fall-inspired shades. 

A tunic for all occasions

Nothing screams versatile like a classic button-up shirt. Our best-selling Tiburon Tunic will have you feeling stylish in the office without sacrificing comfort. The easy A-line shape flatters many different body shapes and sizes to have you feeling confident all day long!

Master the on-and-off duty style with our newest release

Equally casual as it is refined, the Downtown Shirt features an unconventional zipper treatment that gives this modern, organic cotton shirt its edgy sophistication, while the relaxed fit delivers all-day comfort.

Stretch, bend, repeat

Comfy flattering pants you’ll wear on repeat

Who says you can’t wear leggings to the office? Our Slimming Ankle Pants feel like you’re wearing traditional leggings but look like you’re wearing pants with their flattering slimming style lines. Do they have a hidden elastic waistband for comfort and the best part? They’re made from sustainable Tencel®Ponte fabric.

Is it a legging or a pant?

If leggings aren’t your thing but you still want the comfort, check out our Lounge Dress Pants. They’re wrinkle-free, made from a sustainable Tencel® Ponte knit, and have a comfortable elastic waistband with classic tailoring details. You can wear the Lounge Dress Pants from the office to your yoga class!

Make the last layer count

California casual meets edgy urban femininity

Smart details, and exquisite pattern play. Our exclusive “Metal Lux” cotton/metal twill amps up the charisma of this season’s “must-have” jacket. Bold details like the moto-inspired zippers and cozy rib-knit accents keep the Favorite Jacket’s cool factor and comfort level intact while the front and back princess lines give this style a subtle shape and sophistication. The back rain flap amplifies this remarkable piece with some added utility and punctuates the irresistible and enduring charm of this smart fashionable coat.

Body, mind & spirit

Indulge in an extravagant skincare routine

Our morning and nighttime skincare routine is the perfect opportunity to focus on ourselves. As we age, our skin changes and our product needs shift as well. By our 40’s, we start to focus more on moisture and collagen-building to help with signs of aging. And while our skincare routine does ultimately improve the way we look externally, it also improves how we feel internally because we’re spending time doing something that only affects us! 

Consume conscious media

It’s all too easy to sit on the couch and binge on Netflix for hours or scroll on social media but if you are looking to watch something, try a show that expands your mind instead of distracting it. Think inspirational documentaries, interesting history shows, wellness videos, and more. We’ve been loving the media library from Gaia that is focused on conscious-expanding programming! 

Remember that everyone’s journey to loving their life is going to look different and we may make mistakes along the way— and that is okay! Focus on your happiness and do the things that make you feel good.

How to Make A Simple Outfit Look Sophisticated

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to stay on top of the trends or constantly shop to look stylish and sophisticated. In fact, the most fashionable outfits start with basics that can be worn in many different ways throughout every season! If you’re looking for some new fashion tips for women to help reinvent (or just upgrade) your closet for the new season, you’ve come to the right place! Read on to learn 6 easy ways to take your simple outfit to the next level. 

1. Start with the Basics

The most sophisticated outfits always start out with timeless, high-quality basics. These are the designs that you can wear over and over that won’t go out of style and won’t fall apart after a few washes! Make sure your basics are made from quality fabrics so they will last. Plus, better fabrics will actually elevate your overall look and make you look more sophisticated. 

Here are a few must-have basics that should be in every woman’s wardrobe:

A button-up white shirt is a classic that can be worn to work, to run errands, for date night, or for lunch with your friends! The best part of a good white blouse is that it can be layered with many different styles such as blazers, cardigans, or even a leather jacket depending on the occasion. The Stella Carakasi Legacy Shirt is the perfect white button-up because it’s a quality basic made with blended organic cotton poplin that will last you for a long time and can be worn in many different ways. 

Every woman will want to own a good pair of dress pants to wear to work, interviews, and beyond! Black dress pants can be worn with many different tops and colors to fit into anyone’s personal style. Our Lounge Dress Pants not only look good on everyone, but they feel good too. The name says it is all. They are so comfortable that you can actually lounge in them and at the same time they are so stylish that you can wear them to the office. Don’t be fooled by the classic tailored dress pant details. They just look as if you’re wearing dress pants, but feel like you’re rocking yoga pants (yes, we’re serious!) They’re the best of both worlds and can be dressed up or down.

Ready to layer but bored with the typical long cardigan design everybody seems to own? We recommend adding our favorite Go To Cardigan to your collection that can be worn over pretty much any outfit and enjoyed throughout many seasons. Cardigans are a great way to layer (we’ll talk more about that later) and keep warm. Our Go To Cardigan features masterful stitches throughout and a super flattering accordion hem design that takes any basic cardigan up several style notches and it’s available in three neutral colors to match any garment in your wardrobe.

When most women think of a little black dress (or LBD for short) they often think of a fancy dress that can be worn to parties and nice dinner dates but we’re here to tell you a casual LBD is just as important! Our Day After Day Dress is the perfect combination of classy and casual so it can be worn to work under a cardigan and to a dinner date. Why give up comfort for style when you can have both?

Who doesn’t love a good jersey top? A classy jersey top or statement tank can be paired with so many different outfits and can be easily jazzed up with the right accessories.  Our Favorite Thing Top boasts a sophisticated elegance and delivers both comfort and style to any outfit pairing with its masterfully layered front pleats and easy A-line silhouette. The Stella Carakasi Raise The Bar Top is the upgraded not-so-basic long A-line t-shirt with a unique, high/ low hem and a flattering half-sleeve that is easy to wear and it elevates your everyday style! Both of these tops can be worn with denim, leggings, skirts, trousers, and more! 

2. Don’t Forget the Jewelry!

The easiest fashion tip for women to make any outfit look more sophisticated is to accessorize your basics with some showstopping jewelry! Now, just because you’re accessorizing doesn’t mean you have to wear bright, distracting jewelry. We love to opt for some simple, yet stunning pieces to compliment you and your outfit, not take away from it. 

One of our favorite pieces to add a bit of flair to any outfit is a nice Y-necklace to keep it understated yet classy. We’ve been loving this Solari Knot Necklace with Pavé from David Yurman recently to pair with any outfit—casual or fancy!

If you’re more into bracelets, you can always go for a simple metal bracelet that you can even stack and play around with to make it custom to you! One of our favorite bracelets to start out with is the David Yurman Cable Classics Center Station Bracelet. Again, it’s simple yet classy and can be paired with pretty much any outfit!

3. Use Makeup as an Accessory


Many women like to keep it neutral and simple when it comes to their makeup when in fact, your makeup can be your best accessory!  We love BOOM by Cindy Joseph it’s the first pro-age cosmetic line for women of every age who want to reveal their genuine beauty with an honest realistic approach. Have fun! Experiment with shimmery eyes, bold lips, or fun eyeshadow colors to make a plain outfit pop! As a rule of thumb, try to stick to one bold makeup accent per look. For example, if you choose to rock a bold lip, keep it natural on the eyes and the rest of the face so the lip is truly the focal point and vice versa.

4. Invest in a High-Quality Bag

When it comes to the right bag, you’ll want to invest in something that is made with high-quality material that lasts. You will also want to opt for a structured bag in a neutral tone or you can’t go wrong with the classics like tan or black to match with anything. Structured bags not only last longer but also make your entire outfit look more put together and sophisticated. 

We’ve been loving the Hermēs Bolide 31 Bag to use as an everyday bag for work, outings, and even errands. It holds everything you’ll need and is made from durable leather to stand the test of time.

5. Layer it on!

One of the most common fashion tips for looking sophisticated is to layer your basics. Layering gives your look dimension (not to mention, keeps you warm during colder months!) Play around with layering styles like overcoats, trenches, sweaters, cardigans, jackets, button-ups, t-shirts, and more. The options are truly endless when it comes to layering and it will always make you look fashionable! 

6. Have fun! 

Just because an outfit starts out as simple, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Even if your outfit is plain, experiment with cute scarves, shoes, and even hairstyles and hair accessories! One of our favorite hair accessory bands is France Luxe. They offer beautiful and high-quality hair accessories that will last for many seasons. Even the daintiest hair clip or hat can elevate your look from drab to fab in no time. The number one rule when it comes to getting dressed in the morning is that your outfit makes you feel confident and is a reflection of your own personal style. If you want to express yourself with a fun headband or bright pink lip, go for it!


For more great style inspiration check out our Looks We Love Page. Fashion doesn’t need to have strict rules and it’s a form of self-expression, so always remember to add a bit or a lot of you into your daily looks and have fun with it.

Freshen Up Your Work Outfit With These Timeless Styles

Now that the pandemic is starting to wind down and offices are slowly opening back up, it’s time to start thinking about how to upgrade your work wardrobe for a fresh new look! Whether your office dress code is business or business casual, there are some tips to follow and styles to add to your closet to stay in style all season long and beyond. Today, we’re sharing our top tips for dressing for the office and how to change fashion styles effortlessly so you can walk into work feeling like a new woman letting go of the old restrictive styles and upgrading to a more comfortable, professional look. 

Yes, stylish comfort is the new post-pandemic look. As much as we love our sweats, some of us are ready to dress up again but not at the cost of comfort. So where do we start?

Tips for Dressing for Work

Whether you’re new to office life or you just need to refresh your look, here are some tips to consider while building out your comfortable work wardrobe: 

  • Do your homework!
    If you’re starting a new job, make sure to ask your new co-workers what the company culture is like. While most of us are used to business attire when it comes to the office, many companies nowadays are ditching traditional office attire for more casual alternatives. Knowing the type of dress code your company has before updating your closet will help to guide you in the right direction. Plus, you won’t want to show up for your first day over or underdressed! 
  • Invest in the right shoes.
    There’s nothing worse than having to walk around all day in uncomfortable shoes. If you’re a heels person, try opting for a shorter, wide heel to keep you comfy and business appropriate. If you’re into flats, make sure to invest in a pair that won’t cause blisters or pain throughout the day. When buying work shoes, it’s always best to go in store and try them on to find the perfect pair. 
  • Work attire doesn’t have to be boring.
    Gone are the days when you could only wear neutral colors and no patterns. Nowadays, it’s totally okay to have fun with your work outfits by rocking bright colors, funky patterns, and cute accessories. Just because you’re dressing for your job doesn’t mean you have to lose your own personal style. 
  • Find the right fit.
    The best work attire is all about the fit whether you’re rocking a power suit or a dress. Investing in high quality clothing that fits you and will last a long time is always a better idea than buying a few cheap outfits. Not only will these styles last longer than a few seasons, but they will provide you with a better fit to make you feel more confident! 
  • Less is sometimes more.
    Although makeup and jewelry are great ways to compliment and even upgrade your look, less is oftentimes more when it comes to accessorizing in the office. If you want to experiment with makeup, go for a bright lip and neutral eyes. If jewelry is more your thing, opt for simple pieces that will compliment your outfit and not take away from it. Speaking of jewelry, make sure that you don’t wear loud bracelets or bangles that make noise in the office. It can be really distracting to your co-workers even if you don’t notice it.

Timeless Styles You Need for Work

Now that we got the basics down, let’s dive into the Stella Carakasi styles you need in your wardrobe to really refresh your work attire.

Legacy Shirt

Every working woman needs a classic white button-up shirt in their closet and our Legacy Shirt is no exception. This top is a modern take on the classic, crisp button-up that everyone knows and loves. It boasts a half sleeve, unique back design, and an interesting covered front button placket. It can be worn with any bottoms and the best part? It’s flattering on many body types and sizes!

Just My Style Top

The Stella Carakasi Just My Style Top is the perfect layering piece for all seasons! During the warmer months, it can be worn alone and paired with tasteful accessories and in the wintertime, you can throw a blazer or cardigan over it! The flattering neckline of this top makes it ideal for office wear and the soft Modal® jersey fabric is super comfortable. This is a design you’ll want to wear both in and out of the office!

Tiburon Tunic Icon

The term ‘Icon is thrown around a lot these days; a versatile style that stands the test of time, a piece that fits and flatters many different sizes and shapes, like the humble Tiburon Tunic, one style to which this title can truly be applied. The Tiburon Tunic’s versatility has a great deal to do with its ability to outlast trends; it’s the rare piece of clothing that can be worn for just about any occasion and in a variety of ways, from a workweek staple to lunch with friends, dressed up or down, belted as a shirtdress with leggings, or unbuttoned as a lightweight jacket. A true icon is something you will wear all the time. It’s a commodity, one piece that you can wear pretty much anywhere and feel comfortable and confident and know that you are neither overdressed nor underdressed, but always on-point.

Go To Cardigan

If your office is cold all year round, you’ll need to pick up our Go To Cardigan to stash at your desk and pair with any outfit. The flattering accordion design makes this cardigan stand out from the rest and can be worn with so many different tops underneath. Once you get your hands on the Go To Cardigan, you’re going to want to add all of the colorways to your collection.

Lounge Dress Pants

Sick of uncomfortable dress pants? Us too. That’s why we designed the Lounge Dress Pants from a wrinkle-free Tencel® Ponte knit fabric. While the style and silhouette look like your classic dress pants, it actually feels like you’re wearing ultra-comfortable yoga pants! It features a straight leg design that can be worn with cardigans, button-up tops, and more. You can quite literally go from the office to the yoga studio in these bottoms!

Slimming Ankle Pants

If the comfort of leggings are more your style, you’re going to be obsessed with the Stella Carakasi Slimming Ankle Pants. They’re made from the same Tencel® Ponte knit material as our Lounge Dress Pants so they’re stretchy and very comfortable. Consider them your dressed up leggings because they work with pretty much everything in your closet. These bottoms are both stylish and flattering at the same time—talk about a win-win! 

Stella Carakasi is a brand born of a love for the beauty of intelligent design, the inherent grace of feminine strength, and the necessity to treat our environment and each other with love and respect. We hope some of these designs speak to your own style, and help you refine and redefine your own style philosophy in the process. You can find all of our outfit suggestions and more on our Looks We Love page and learn how to create a wide variety of beautiful looks by simply owning the right styles that are easy-fitting, super mixable and ultra-wearable.

Five Alluring Neutral-Themed Summer Outfit Inspirations

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and it’s time to hit upgrade on your summer wardrobe! While many people like to opt for bright colors and floral prints for summer, this year, we’re in love with neutral shades for warmer weather. If you’re anything like us and are looking for some neutral outfit ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading for five fabulous neutral outfit ideas to kickstart your summer closet refresh.

1. For the Office

We know, we know, we said we were going neutral this season, but we had to throw in one summer outfit idea for our color lovers out there! If you’re going back to the office this summer, our Tiburon Tunic in color Sunshine is the perfect addition to your office attire but it also works for your zoom calls. The Tiburon Tunic is one of our best-selling styles and for good reason. It fits and flatters many body types and it’s made of high quality, organic cotton blended stretchy poplin that makes it super easy to get dressed in the morning. The pleated, stretchy jersey back, keeps things very comfortable and breezy. If your office dress code is more business professional, try throwing our Go To Cardigan over this top for a more polished look. The best part is that our Tiburon Tunic is available in 9 different colors so you can choose to keep it neutral or go bright! Because this top is longer than your average work top, we love to pair it with our Slimming Ankle Pants for office wear. These bottoms are made from a stretchy Tencel® blended Ponte knit that is made to be flattering and stylish even though they feel like you’re wearing leggings! 

A good office bag is key, and we recommend finding one that can match with different colors, prints, and styles so you can use it daily! The Coach Tyler Carryall 28 is definitely one of those bags and it pairs perfectly with this look. The structured silhouette in polished pebble leather gives this bag a professional flair without being boring. It carries you through the day with effortless 24/7 style while keeping your belongings organized inside its multifunctional pockets.

2. For Date Night

Stuck on what to wear for date night? We’ve got you covered. For a super stylish and comfortable outfit, pair our classy Go To Cardigan with our Favorite Thing Tank over the Slimming Ankle Pants. Then finish this great ensemble with comfortable sandals and you are all set! Whether you’re planning to chow down on a delicious dinner or dance the night away, you can never go wrong with this stunning neutral-colored look. 

When wearing a standout outfit such as this one, you want to keep the shoes understated yet complimentary and most importantly comfortable that won’t leave your feet in pain. The Coclico Owls Sandal is a beautiful heeled sandal that is stylish yet won’t distract from the outfit. These shoes were made with comfort in mind and offer a low, softly curved, solid wood heel with a feminine t-strap design.

3. For Brunch with the Girls

Nothing screams summertime like a crisp, all-white outfit, and going out with your girlfriends is the perfect time to rock it! Start with a casual yet put-together white knit top like our Starburst Top. This top features a flattering scoop neck, gorgeous stitching, and is sleeveless so you can stay stylish and breezy while brunching! Then, rock your knit top with a pair of crisp white capris to stay comfy and cool in the warm weather. Our favorite capris are the Stella Carakasi Second Nature Capris because they’re made from breathable, organic cotton and spandex jersey. The added button detail at the side of the slightly shirred hems really takes these capris up a notch from your regular leggings.

We love pairing this outfit with the Coach Swinger 20 bag with Garden Embroidery. Not only is this bag perfect for summer with its cute and trendy details, but it’s also made of durable leather that will last you years. This bag is a great size for brunching or lunching that will fit all of your necessities!

4. For Running Errands

Who says you can’t look cute while running your errands? Start your outfit off with a crisp classic white shirt like our Legacy Shirt. This top is our take on a timeless, white summer shirt with its easy shape, unique covered front placket design, and practical front pockets. It’s made from a stretchy, blended organic cotton poplin to keep things eco-friendly and comfy. And what goes better with a white shirt than some denim?! Our denim knit Criss Cross Leggings are made from an organic cotton / recycled polyester stretchy knit for a more comfortable alternative to your classic jeans. You can run errands with ease and still look stylish in our denim knit Criss Cross Leggings topped with our Legacy Shirt.

A tote with a strap is a must-have for everyday, errand running. It won’t get in your way while doing your tasks, plus your hands will be free! One of our favorites is the Coach Field Tote made from salvaged and repurposed woven leather scraps. This beauty not only reduces the impact on our planet but it is also one of those bags you can take from errand running to the office and to a fun-filled weekend with ease while it holds everything you need in place.

5. For a Park Day

Whether you’re heading to the park for a picnic or just to take in the scenery, you can never go wrong with a denim tunic over comfy leggings and a pair of sneakers. The Stella Carakasi Heatwave Tunic over the Ready To Wear Leggings is a necessity in everyone’s closet for keeping things casual and cute! Both styles are made from sustainable fabrics that can be worn with many different styles in your closet! 

Pair this outfit with classic white sneakers like the Coach Lowline Luxe Low Top Sneaker to create the best park day outfit. These shoes were made to be worn all day yet still look fashionable with their durable leather. Plus, you can wear these sneakers for endless occasions and with so many different outfits! 

You can find all of our outfit suggestions and more on our Looks We Love Page. You can learn how to create a wide variety of beautiful looks by simply owning the right styles that are easy-fitting, super mixable, and ultra-wearable. Do more with less so that dressing each day becomes super easy and fun!

The Art of Looking Casually Elegant

Have you ever made a dinner reservation where the dress code said, ‘casual elegant’ and you were totally lost on what to wear? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! The concept of dressing casually elegant is actually much simpler than it may seem, and it might be even your normal day-to-day wear! Today, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about dressing for casual elegance and the styles you’ll want to have in your closet to achieve that! 

What is casual elegance?

As the name states, casual elegance is somewhere between casual clothing and formal attire. Typically, you’ll see a casual elegance dress code at upscale restaurants, country clubs, and some parties or celebrations. Casual elegance is similar to business casual attire in the sense that it’s put together but not to the level of a ball gown or suit. 

While the exact details of casual elegance are fully up for interpretation, it really depends on where you’re going! If you’re attending a nicer party or an upscale restaurant, you’ll want to opt for a black dress, nice trousers, crisp blouses, and beautiful accessories. If you’re on vacation and are heading to a more relaxed dinner or event, casual elegance could mean a flowy dress or a stylish tunic with dressier leggings and great shoes. Vince happens to offer great casual elegant shoes that work for many occasions.

When it comes to colors, many people recommend opting for lighter shades in the daytime and darker colors during the night. With this being said, nowadays, dress codes are usually more relaxed for most events so don’t feel like you’re not able to wear a certain color or pattern just because it’s a specific time of day! If you’re thinking of wearing a dress, the best lengths are right above or below the knee for a classy, yet more casual look. Lastly, shoes are definitely something to consider when dressing casually elegant. Ballet flats, heels, and nice sandals can all be considered casually elegant.

The best part about casual elegance is that many of us dress in this style on a daily basis whether it be for work, social events, or other activities. At least this was the case before the pandemic and we are heading this way once again, now that we are gradually recovering from it! Most casually elegant garments can be worn many different ways and can even be transformed to more formal or casual attire based on accessories and layering options

Styles to add to your casually elegant wardrobe

At Stella Carakasi, we pride ourselves on crafting clothing that makes getting dressed in the morning a lot easier. Most of our designs can be worn in many different settings whether it be casual, business, or casual elegance! We’re going to share some of our top casually elegant styles that you can add to your collection to wear to work, a date night, or to your next party! 

Printed Tunic

Who said casual elegance had to be boring? Our Illusion Tunic features a bold printed pattern with subtle color accents to take any outfit up a notch. When dressing casually elegant, we love wearing this top with the Slimming Ankle Pants, our Go To Cardigan, and a statement necklace to finish it off! The best part? Our Illusion Top was designed to flatter many body shapes and it is made from recycled polyester georgette! Plastic bottles that could have ended up in landfill or further polluting our environment have been turned into a great fabric. Better to throw on than to throw out!

Cardigan

Speaking of cardigans, you can never go wrong with a classic cardigan (and look how nicely it works over our Illusion Tunic!) The Stella Carakasi Go To Cardigan can be worn on any occasion and can be dressed up or down based on the dress code. What makes the Go To Cardigan special is that it features a classy accordion-style design around the hem which makes it more dressy and fashionable than a traditional knit cardigan.

Ankle Pants

Our Slimming Ankle Pants are like no other—and we mean that! We designed the Slimming Ankle Pants to be insanely flattering and comfortable for most body types because they are made from a stretchy Tencel® blended Ponte knit. On top of that, these pants look elegant but feel like you’re wearing leggings. Try wearing the Slimming Ankle Pants with any tunic top, cardigan, or button-up shirt for a perfect casually elegant look!

Lounge Dress Pants

As the name already suggests our Lounge Dress Pants were created to blend comfort and style.  This is a pant that will take you anywhere from running errands, to the office, yoga class and a date night out.  There is no need to give up the comfort of your beloved sweats just to look nice. You’re going to love our Lounge Dress Pants that literally work 24/7. They’re made of a stretchy, blended Tencel® Ponte knit to provide ultra-comfort, while looking like a pair of classic tailored pants. Talk about a win-win!

 

Flowy Dress

If you’re more of a dress person, we’ve got you covered! Our Day After Day Dress is a great addition to any casual elegance collection because it’s the perfect length and the pleated front and back design offers style and ease! What’s great about our Day After Day Dress is that while it looks sophisticated, it feels super soft and comfortable so you can dance your night away without wanting to change! Throw a cardigan on over this dress and pair it with some heeled sandals and you’re ready to go.

Small Shoulder Bag

Bags can be a difficult choice when dressing casually elegant because you want something that is functional to hold your belongings but also looks put together. If you’re struggling to decide on a style of bag, a small shoulder or crossbody bag is always a great option. Shoulder bags are convenient, functional, and can go with any outfit or event! We’re currently loving some of Kate Spade white crossbody bags to wear during any occasion whether it be a nice dinner or date night! 

Finishing Touch

When it comes to jewelry, you can choose pieces that are understated or bold to complement your outfit and your style. One of our favorite jewelry collections is Stella & Dot because they offer a huge variety of styles, satisfying a wide spectrum of tastes. We love pairing any outfit (whether it be a dress or a blouse and pants) with a necklace in either gold or silver but don’t be shy adding earrings, bracelets and rings

Be Yourself

While dressing casually elegant may seem like an intimidating or daunting task, it’s important to think of the event you’re attending and don’t forget to incorporate your own personal style! What you wear is a reflection of you and your personality, so always remember to have fun and feel confident in the outfit you’re rocking!

Still not sure what to wear?

For more inspiration we invite you to check out our Looks We Love Page where you will find many looks that fit the casual dress code category and where we show you how to create many different looks with only a handful of styles.

How to Dress After 40 Without Having to Keep Up with The Latest Trends

Since fast fashion and social media trends have taken over the world of fashion, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out what to fill our closets with—especially as we mature. If you’re having a hard time finding a wardrobe that works for you after 40, we’ve got you covered! Today, we’re sharing our top tips on how to dress after 40 and still look timeless and stylish!

Dos and Don’ts for Dressing After 40

Before we get into our tips on how to dress after 40 and look effortlessly chic, it’s important to note that your wardrobe is a total reflection of you. This means that if you want to wear a certain clothing item or play into a certain trend, go for it! Our age does not define us and even as we get older, that doesn’t mean that we have to sacrifice our personal style or taste just because we’re no longer 20. Fashion is meant to be fun and expressive—always remember that. 

Now that we’ve gotten that important disclaimer out of the way, let’s get into some of our top tips on how to dress after 40.

DO invest in quality garments that will last

Although fast fashion stores are hip to shop for trendy, in-season items, it’s best to avoid shopping from those types of stores for several reasons. Clothing from fast fashion stores isn’t made to last. So, while you may be getting a good deal on a trendy dress, it won’t last you past one season (plus, it probably won’t be in style for very long!) Also, fast fashion companies are not eco-friendly for our environment and often violate labor laws to manufacture their garments. At Stella Carakasi, we’re all about quality over quantity and always choose to work with eco-friendly fabrics and certified manufacturers to make our clothing in the best way possible. One of our most important values is aiming to make a difference across all aspect of our work including how women feel wearing Stella Carakasi.

DO fill your closet with staple items that work for every season

No one likes to buy a brand-new wardrobe every single time the weather changes. Try incorporating quality staple items into your closet to not only save you money but make dressing in the mornings a little easier! Some staple items to consider are a pair of jeans, leggings, cardigans, denim tops, button-up tunics, and t-shirts. Try grabbing these staples in neutral colors like white, black, and navy to match with anything and also add the occasional pop color, to refresh everything you already own!

DON’T be too matchy-matchy

While rocking a matching suit or two-piece outfit may work for many occasions, try mixing and matching styles to create perfectly chic outfits. We love pairing a beautiful knit top, or a classic white shirt with a pair of stylish leggings or comfortable dress pants to create the perfect, yet put together look!  For a date-ready look, wear a loose flowing dress and always have a versatile cardigan on hand to stay cozy and chic. 

DO take your personal style into account

When building out your wardrobe, it’s important to take your own personal tastes and styles into account. When you like what you’re wearing and you feel comfortable in your outfit, you will feel good from the inside too! Fashion is all about expressing yourself and making you feel happy with the way you look. Don’t forgo this for trends that will only last a season.

DON’T forget to focus on your casual collection

Let’s get out of the mindset that casual equals “sloppy” or not put together. Having a wardrobe that you can run errands or see a movie in is just as important as your business or fancy attire! Here at Stella Carakasi, we offer many styles that are comfortable and casual yet still put together for any grocery trip or casual date night! 

  • Our Criss Cross Leggings are the perfect combination of comfy and stylish. They’re made of a soft organic cotton blend to provide maximum comfort, and the fun ankle detailing takes these leggings up a notch. They’re available in a beautiful vintage wash and dark denim wash. There is even a black stretch Tencel® blended Ponte option.
  • The Stella Carakasi the All Attitude Shirt is a must-have in anyone’s casual collection. It’s made to be perfectly oversized to pair with any trousers or leggings. Plus, it’s crafted with sustainable Tencel® denim so you can feel good adding it to your closet. 
  • Searching for a comfortable top to wear with just about anything? Look no further than the Just My Style Top. This not-so-basic top is a dressed-up version of the t-shirt that you know and love! We like pairing it with denim or layered underneath a stylish jacket or cardigan.

DO choose the right skirt and dress length

Miniskirts, midi dress, maxi dress, oh my! Different skirt and dress lengths are always going in and out of style but what’s more important is to find the right length for you. Dresses and skirts that sit right above or below the knee are usually the way to go because this length is seasonless and by far the most flattering on most women.

DON’T neglect style evolution

As we age, it’s normal for our personal style and tastes to change—and that’s totally okay! What we once liked 5 years ago may not flatter us now or just simply may not appeal to us anymore. Because our fashion sense is a reflection of ourselves and our lifestyle, it’s fine to take risks, change up our styles, and even have more than one look or style! Don’t forget—your wardrobe is no one else’s but yours, so make sure you feel good it in and don’t worry about others. 

Last but not least, DON’T be afraid to use makeup to polish your look

Who says fashion just means the clothes that you wear on your body? We love experimenting with fun, different ways to play with makeup to complement our facial features and the outfit we’re wearing that day!

One of our favorites lines of makeup is BOOM by makeup artist, Cindy Joseph. It’s the first age-inclusive makeup line to work for women of all ages. We especially love their Boomsticks that enhance our natural features and bring our entire look together because not only are they super easy to use but they also fit into our philosophy of less is more, when less is better.  You really don’t need a lot of make-up components in order to achieve a fresh and beautiful look and the same applies to clothing.  You don’t need a lot of clothing to always look put together because if the right styles mix and match well together, it makes getting dressed easy without sacrificing comfort or style.

Check out our Looks We Love page where we show you how do achieve this.

What is a Capsule Wardrobe and How to Create One

With summer rolling around, it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to update our closets for the new season. If you’re ready to create a clothing collection that will save you money, last you season over season, and is sustainable, it’s time to create a capsule wardrobe. Read on to learn more about capsule wardrobes and how you can start one for yourself!

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

The term capsule wardrobe has actually been around since the 1940’s. It refers to a small, concise collection of clothing and accessories that can be worn together in many different ways. In the 70’s, capsule wardrobes were popularized again by Susie Faux who was the owner of the London boutique, “Wardrobe.” When Susie and her boutique brought capsule wardrobes back on the scene again, they described it as owning a few key garments that never go out of style and can be mixed and matched together to create many different outfits. These key pieces include trousers, cardigans a classic white shirt, and more. After Susie Faux made this idea popular again, the famous American designer, Donna Karan, brought capsule wardrobes to America with a collection of interchangeable clothing and the rest was history! 

You may be thinking to yourself, “what are the benefits of creating a capsule wardrobe?” And trust us, there are several!

  • Capsule wardrobes are sustainable and good for the environment because they help cut down on overconsumption of clothing. With fast fashion, many of us are used to purchasing brand new wardrobes each season because the garments we bought last year are out of style or are worn out due to low quality. With a capsule wardrobe, you’re investing in clothing items that are timeless and have the quality to withstand season after season. 
  • With a capsule wardrobe, you have more room in your closet. Typically, capsule wardrobes only consist of about 10-20 articles of clothing, so you don’t have to worry about a disorganized closet that’s busting at the seams!
  • Because you know what your key pieces are and you don’t have to go sifting through dozens of garments, capsule wardrobes make getting dressed easier in the morning. There’s nothing worse than staring at your closet for 20 minutes because you’re not sure what to wear. With a capsule wardrobe, you know what items you have, and you can easily put together an outfit because all of styles work with each other! 
  • Last but certainly not least, with a capsule wardrobe, you save mega $$$. Gone are the days when you have to shop for every new season or feel like you have nothing to wear. Capsule wardrobes can be updated for every season by simply adding a few additional clothing items like a jacket or sweater instead of having to shop for a new closet entirely! Plus, when creating a capsule wardrobe, you’ll want to invest in quality pieces that will last you a long time instead of having to continuously buy from cheap, fast fashion companies. 

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

When creating a capsule wardrobe, there are a few key things that you want to think about.

1. Choose Your Colors Wisely

With capsule wardrobes, it’s all about the colors that you choose. Your number one priority is that you choose shades that are going to be able to match each other to create many different outfits. When you’re starting out, most people will choose a base color of either black or navy. Some people even use a shade of brown depending on their personal taste. The purpose of this base color is to build off of it and choose other accents garments that will coordinate with it. After choosing your base color, then you can dive into other shades that will match such as whites, creams, tans, grays, and the occasional pop color, etc. You always want to keep the idea of mixing and matching in your mind when buying your clothing pieces. 

2. Pick Garments That Work for Your Lifestyle

Speaking of clothing items, let’s get into what garments you’ll need in your wardrobe. The first thing to consider is what is your lifestyle like? What kind of work do you do? Are you required to be in an office with a dress code or do you work from home? Do you participate in exercise or outdoor activities frequently? Do you go on dates or out to lunch/dinner frequently? All these questions and more can help you decide what types of items you should incorporate into your capsule wardrobe. Here is a list to get you started with ideas:

Keep in mind that you don’t need all of these pieces in your closet, just the ones that make sense for your lifestyle and personal taste!

3. Don’t Forget the Accessories!

Once you choose your clothing items, it’s time to find the right shoes and accessories. Again, think of your lifestyle and what works for you. Some key pieces for most people include:

Again, base your shoes and accessories off your preferences and what will makes sense for your day-to-day activities. 

Pieces You Need in You Capsule Wardrobe

Now that you’ve gotten the idea of a capsule wardrobe down, let’s dive into some Stella Carakasi, Coclico and Coach items that will work for any closet.

White Button-Up Tunic Top

The Stella Carakasi Prime Time Tunic is the perfect addition to your capsule collection because it matches with so many different garments and can be worn casually or dressed up! Plus, it’s available in black or soft white to coordinate with almost anything.

T-Shirt

Looking for a simple yet modern t-shirt to add to your closet? Look no further than our Bateau Neck Top. This comfortable yet timeless top in organic cotton will go with any trousers, skirts, leggings, jackets, or accessories that you have in your wardrobe. 

Ankle Pants

The Stella Carakasi Slimming Ankle Pants are a great addition to any capsule wardrobe because they can be worn to work or out for a date night! They’re also super flattering for many body shapes and sizes and available in colors soft white and black.

And Then There’s The Shoes…

Sandals

There’s nothing more versatile than a good pair of sandals. We love these Coclico leather Kotara Strappy Sandals  they are perfect to grab for your capsule wardrobe because they can pair with almost anything whether you’re heading into the office or grabbing drinks with your girlfriends!

Comfy Heels

If you prefer comfy heels you will love the Coclico Tillary Heel sandals because they have a classic, timeless design that goes with just about any outfit!

At Stella Carakasi we’re firm believers in paying attention to the details—from fabric choices to all the construction details, from style lines and how a garment fits on various body types and sizes. It’s the culmination of these details that help create your favorite styles. That’s why we always strive to design multi-functional pieces that work, day after day, season after season.

Discover sustainable, eco-friendly fashion that fits your body & your values.

For more inspiration visit our Looks We Love Page, showing you that it only takes a few timeless, super mixable styles to create a wide variety of fresh looks.

Not Sure What to Wear? Go for the Classic White Shirt!

If you look in any woman’s closet, chances are you’ll find the same staple pieces—her favorite denim, a flattering black dress, and of course one of our favorites, the classic white shirt. 

A crisp, white shirt is a necessity in every women’s wardrobe because it can be styled and worn in many different ways throughout all seasons. It can also be dressed up or down so you can always count on it whether you’re attending an important business meeting or just running to the grocery store! 

If you’re still in search of the perfect white shirt, look no further! We offer several different designs that work for most body shapes and personal styles. Read on to check out a few of our favorite white shirts for women and how we like to style them.

Stella Carakasi’s White Shirt for Women

Tiburon Tunic Icon

We can’t talk about Stella Carakasi white shirts without mentioning one of our best-selling styles, the Tiburon Tunic Icon. This tunic is made from a blend of organic cotton, Modal, and Spandex to create a comfortable, yet crisp look.

Our Tiburon Tunic features an architectural A-line shape to flatter most body types and it offers front pockets for practicality. One of the best features about our Tiburon Tunic is that the poplin fabric is actually a micro twill construction, making it less prone to wrinkles than a traditional poplin shirt. This top comes in a flattering Soft White color as well as 8 other shades if you’re looking to switch it up. 

Easy Breezy Shirt

If you’re looking for the perfect summertime white shirt, our Easy Breezy Shirt is the way to go! It’s crafted from a blended organic cotton and Spandex poplin to keep it cool and comfy. Like our Tiburon Tunic Icon, the Easy Breezy Shirt features an A-line silhouette to flatter most shapes. Unlike a more traditional white shirt for women, this design is perfect for the upcoming warmer months with its half-length sleeve and wide cuffs. While it does have a high/low hem, this top is one of our shorter length blouses which makes it great to wear with denim or trousers. The Easy Breezy Shirt is available in Soft White as well as three other colors to round out your collection! 

New Attitude Shirt

Our crisp poplin New Attitude Shirt is a wardrobe must-have for year-round wear. Its oversized, boxy cut is a modern and stylish take on the classic white shirt for women. Like all of our designs here at Stella Carakasi, the New Attitude Shirt compliments most body types with its deep side-slits and flattering collar (which will look great with your favorite necklaces!) To keep it light and breezy, the top is made from blended cotton and Spandex poplin. Our New Attitude Shirt comes in a soft white as well as four different other shades. 

Wear Anywhere Shirt

The Stella Carakasi Wear Anywhere Shirt is our take on the more traditional white button-up. It’s oversized for comfort and features forward-facing side-slits, and stylish breast pockets to really take it up a notch. This top is great for layering under jackets or cardigans or to wear on its own with statement accessories. As with all of our white shirts, it’s made from a blend of organic cotton and Spandex and is available in Soft White as well as four other color options. 

Works Every Time Shirt

Who doesn’t love a top with great pockets? Our new Works Every Time Shirt features convenient front pockets and a covered button placket. This top has an A-line shape and a unique deep hem design to not only flatter any body shape but also compliment a variety of bottoms. While the sleeves are long, they can be easily rolled up. Our Works Every Time Shirt is crafted from a blended organic cotton and Spandex poplin to create a high-quality and durable top. Currently, it is offered in Soft White and Black. 

Twice As Nice Shirt

Our new Twice As Nice Shirt is a modern take on the classic white shirt for women. Unlike any of our other white shirts, this top was designed with a unique double layer to take your look to the next level. It has a flattering A-line silhouette, side pockets, and long sleeves with button cuffs. Its unique blend of organic cotton and Spandex makes this top crisp yet super comfy. You can purchase our Twice As Nice Shirt in Soft White as well as Black.

Prime Time Tunic

Searching for a versatile top to wear to work and your dinner date afterwards? Look no further than our Prime Time Tunic! This shirt features a flattering shirttail hem so you can feel comfortable wearing it with leggings or any other pants of your choosing. The Prime Time Tunic has long sleeves with a unique, buttoned sleeve opening design to dress the classic white shirt up a bit. This top is made of eco-friendly, blended organic cotton and Spandex poplin. It is offered in Soft White and Black. 

Legacy Shirt

Our Legacy Shirt is going to be your new go-to style for the warmer upcoming months. The diagonal front darts not only create a super flattering silhouette but also feature, hidden practical front pockets. Like with our Prime Time Tunic, the Legacy Shirt is made with a blend of organic cotton and Spandex to keep things comfortable and sustainable. The Legacy Shirt is available for purchase in Soft White and Black. 

Ways to Style White Shirts for Women

  1. Layer it up. Pop a cardigan over your white shirt to keep it cozy in cooler temperatures or throw a leather jacket over it to edge it up for a night out on the town. 
  2. Don’t be afraid to accessorize! The options are truly endless when it comes to accessorizing a versatile white shirt for women. Play around with statement necklaces and bracelets, fun scarves, and even cute hair accessories like clips or headbands. Accessories can take any simple look to a stylish new level. 
  3. Keep it casual. Whether you’re grabbing coffee with a girlfriend or running some errands, tone your white shirt down with a comfy pair of leggings. Most of the Stella Carakasi shirts are long enough to cover your bum which makes it perfect to pair with leggings

Need more inspiration for styling your new white shirt? Check out our Looks We Love page for making getting dressed in the morning super easy! 

Looks We Love: Wardrobe Essentials You’ll Want to Keep Now and Forever

At Stella Carakasi, we believe that it only takes a few good wardrobe essentials to create a variety of fresh, stylish looks. We are able to achieve this by crafting high-quality, easy to mix and match styles that you can wear over and over again, season after season. Our designs are timeless and created with eco-friendly fabrics so you can feel good about adding them to your closet. We value quality over quantity not only to help the environment but also to make getting dressed in the morning easy for any woman!

One of our most popular features on our website is our Looks We Love page. We created this page to share the many different ways that you are able to style your Stella Carakasi pieces and to show that it only takes a few pieces to create a wide variety of stylish and comfortable looks. Today, we want to share some of our favorite wardrobe essentials from our collection and the many ways you can pair them together because they are super mixable and ultra-wearable, making it easy to get dressed!

Tiburon Tunic Icon

Our Tiburon Tunic is one of our all-time best-selling pieces and for good reason! It’s made with organic cotton poplin and soft Modal® jersey to create a flattering fit for most women and also provide incredible comfort. We put an emphasis on designing clothing that fits and flatters most body shapes and this tunic is no exception! 

The Tiburon Tunic can be worn in many different ways for both casual and dressed-up occasions. Pair it with jeans, trousers, or keep it comfy with leggings and capris! This is an all-season top to rock with breezy pants and sandals in the summer or to layer in the winter. It also makes a stylish cover-up that goes from the beach to lunch. The best part is that it comes in 9 gorgeous colors so you can choose to go bright or keep it classic!

Second Nature Capris

Have you ever wanted to stay comfortable throughout the day while also looking put together? We’ve all been there! That’s where our gorgeous Second Nature Capris come in. These cropped leggings are made from organic cotton and spandex to allow for maximum comfort and stretch. They also feature a lightly shirred, cute button detail on the side hem that takes your traditional leggings up a notch. We love styling the Second Nature Capris with tunic tops and dresses for a timeless, yet easy look. These bottoms are available in white, black and our popular Tencel® denim knit!

Legacy Shirt

A classic white poplin shirt is crucial when choosing your wardrobe essentials. The Stella Carakasi Legacy Shirt was designed to be worn for any occasion—from casual to business. It features a uniquely designed, covered button placket and front pockets that give this closet staple a modern twist. The Legacy Shirt is made from an organic cotton/ Spandex blend to provide comfort and durability without having to sacrifice sustainability! Pair it with your favorite jeans or wear it with leggings (like the Second Nature Capris!) You can even layer the Legacy Shirt with cardigans and jackets to wear during the cooler months. We offer the Legacy Shirt in soft white and black. 

Heatwave Tunic

If you’re more of a denim girl, you’re going to love our new Heatwave Tunic. Like with our traditional poplin tunics, the Heatwave Tunic can be paired with almost anything you have in your wardrobe for a simple and flattering look. Wear it with leggings for a casual lunch or to run errands or pair it with white pants for a look that’s date night ready! The best part about the Heatwave Tunic is that it’s made from 100% Tencel®, an eco-friendly sustainable denim fabric. Tencel® is made from renewably sourced wood pulp that results in a super soft material but requires less water and energy to manufacture. It also is easily biodegradable so you can feel good about adding this piece to your collection! 

Illusion Tunic

If you have a passion for prints you will love the Illusion Tunic in this fresh, modern, graphic print. A true fashion piece this style is sure to make a star appearance in your wardrobe all season long. This light and breezy top is the perfect warm weather topper. Wear it with your favorite pair of jeans, leggings or pair it with our Second Nature Capris for the quintessential summer uniform. The Illusion Tunic is made from recycled polyester georgette. Why recycled polyester you might ask?  Because we believe that it is too easy to throw out and better to throw on!

Slimming Ankle Pants

Looking for a flattering pair of pants, that fit like your most comfortable leggings and that you can wear with just about everything? Look no further than our best-selling Slimming Ankle Pants! These flattering bottoms are made with our one of a kind Tencel® blended ponte knit to offer ultra-comfort and sustainability. We designed these pants to compliment your curves through the slimming style lines. The great thing about the Slimming Ankle Pants is that they’re stretchy and comfortable but look put together. We love styling them with any of our tops, tunics, cardigans, or summer sweaters! Like many of our pieces, you can dress the Slimming Ankle Pants up or down for any event or occasion. These bottoms are available in both soft white and black so you can choose to keep it neutral or go vibrant with a bright colored top.

Go To Cardigan

A classic cardigan is a wardrobe essential for just about everybody! Our Go To Cardigan offers a modern twist on this classic piece with its flattering accordion pleated design. It’s made of cotton and Modal® to create a high-quality sweater knit. As with all Stella Carakasi styles the Go To Cardigan is designed to fit and flatter most body shapes and you can wear this knitted masterpiece all year round, season after season! In the summertime, throw it over a breezy top or tunic and pair it with cropped leggings or even shorts! In the winter, try layering it with a classic poplin shirt or tunic and pair it with your favorite jeans. The options are truly endless when it comes to our Go To Cardigan. This style is available in soft white, medium gray, and black.

Make sure to check out our Looks We Love page to find more wardrobe essentials that are right for you and to see how we like to style them with some of our other best-selling pieces! 

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Evolved Denim: Tencel® Denim Top, Tunics, Dresses and Pants for the Most Eco-Friendly Fashion

As you might already know, the textile industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, second to oil. At Stella Carakasi, we are committed to creating eco-friendly clothing by using sustainable fabrics without sacrificing quality or style. Read on to learn more about why it’s so important to choose sustainable clothing, what we do to uphold our commitments, and all about Tencel® denim—one of our favorite sustainable fabrics. 

Why Sustainable?

The garment industry makes up 10% of our carbon emissions worldwide. From water waste to polluting dyes, to greenhouse gas emissions—crafting your new favorite t-shirt or pair of jeans is more wasteful than you can imagine! 

And fashion pollution doesn’t just stop after manufacturing. The average person throws away 81 pounds of clothing per year which contributes to the whopping 11 million tons of fabric in landfills each year! And if you think that sounds bad, some textiles can take up to 200+ years to decompose in landfills, causing massive amounts of unnecessary waste on our planet. 

The good news is that not all fashion is bad for our environment. In fact, it is mostly fast fashion companies that contribute to the mass amount of pollution each year. Fast fashion companies sell inexpensive, trendy clothing that consumers typically only wear for a season or two before getting rid of them. On top of that, they manufacture huge batches of clothing at a time to keep their costs low and frequently use toxic dyes and finishes which are major contributors to water pollution. The unwanted clothing often gets incinerated, causing air pollution or it ends up in landfills. The problem with these garments is that they are typically made with microplastics that not only take forever to decompose in a landfill but also shed plastic microfibers into our oceans when washed. 

Sustainability is in our DNA

Taking a stand for slow fashion means cultivating an environment that supports sustainability across the entire supply chain. We put major emphasis on being sustainable

When we produce clothing, we partner with suppliers and manufacturers that support innovation and solutions to global challenges as developed by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization). In addition, our partners are BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production), and BVNA (Bureau Veritas) compliant. 

  • We believe that we all have the power to make a positive difference and it starts with our daily choices, big or small. 
  • We believe that less is more when less is better. We do not follow the unsustainable fashion calendar that forces designers to constantly produce clothing without empathy for the environment or customer’s needs. Instead, we offer high quality garments that can be worn over and over and be treasured season after season. For us it’s quality over quantity so that we can provide our customers with top quality designs without having to sacrifice the safety of our planet or the people who live on it. 
  • Unlike fast fashion companies that produce mass quantities of new garments each week (crazy, right?!), we work with our manufacturing partners to produce our clothing in small batches, allowing us to maintain our high-quality standards with the lowest possible impact to our environment. 

The Lowdown on Tencel® Fabric

Choosing the right fabrics for our clothing is super important for us to maintain our quality and sustainability standards. While we work with a variety of sustainable fabrics, Tencel® has become a mainstay in our fabric offerings. Tencel® is a fiber brand that makes a sustainable type of rayon. It is produced by dissolving the pulp of sustainably grown trees and drying it through a special process called spinning. Before the wood pulp is dried, it is pushed through holes to form threads which are then spun into yarn and made into fabric. 

What makes Tencel® so special is that it doesn’t require as much water or energy to produce as other more traditional fabrics do. It also doesn’t require as much dye to be used in the finishing process. On top of that, Tencel® is made to be pure white so it doesn’t need to be bleached which has a huge positive impact on the environment. Lastly, because Tencel® is made from wood, it is biodegradable, so it won’t sit in landfills for hundreds of years when it’s time to dispose of it. 

Tencel® can be used on its own or blended with other types of fibers such as cotton, wool, or silk. It is also known for its strength, moisture-wicking ability, and softness. 

Evolved Denim: Eco-fashion That Fits Your Body & Your Values

We use Tencel® denim to create a range of garments from tops to dresses and pants. Like the traditional Tencel® fabric, Tencel® denim is made with lower amounts of water and a low carbon footprint. We love the touch and feel of Tencel®, it is soft as silk, absorbent, and drapes well. Our lightweight Tencel® denim is eco-friendly and garment washed to perfection in a classic “vintage” finish with select pieces garment dyed in luscious colors, Lagoon & Port and Black. 

Featured are a Few of our Favorite Pieces:

Washed Indigo Tunic — Our Washed Indigo Tunic is a great closet staple that can be worn in a variety of different ways. It’s available in three different colors that you can pair with leggings, jeans, capris, and more! And the best part is that it’s made with 100% Tencel® denim in small batches so you can feel good about what you’re wearing. 

Heatwave Tunic — Our new Heatwave Tunic is perfect for those easy days to throw on with leggings or a pair of trousers. We currently offer it in a beautiful “vintage” wash. The contrast stitching and decorative button-loop design and the deep side slits offer the perfect balance of style and comfort. It also features handy front pockets! 

Free and Easy Dress — Looking for a new closet staple? Our brand new Free and Easy Dress is perfect for those breezy summer days. It features a zip-front and has a flattering but airy silhouette which makes it perfect for the warmer days ahead. Like the rest of our Tencel® collection, it’s eco-friendly and produced in small quantities. 

City Pants — Ready to add a pair of bottoms to your wardrobe that you can dress up for work or tone down for a casual lunch? Our City Pants are the perfect fit! We designed these cropped pants to be comfortable and loose fitting, versatile and flattering. They’re available in “vintage” wash and black garment dye to compliment any outfit. 

Prime Time Tunic — This eco-friendly, A-line shaped tunic is an ideal go-to style all year around at home or out and about. Worn open as a lightweight jacket or buttoned up as a comfy tunic.  One style, two looks!

This is what sustainability looks like. 

Click here to check out these Stella Carakasi Tencel® denim pieces and more! 

For more sustainable outfit inspiration check out our Looks We Love page. It only takes a few great designs to create a wide variety of fresh looks. We invite you to get inspired.

Casual Elegance: How to Wear and Style the Tiburon Tunic

There’s nothing better than investing in a piece of clothing that you can wear multiple ways and season after season.

Today, we’re breaking down what makes our Tiburon Tunic so special and how to style it. Keep reading to learn more

Meet the Tiburon Tunic

Our Tiburon Tunic is one of our top-selling styles—and for good reason! This tunic is made of a mix of high-quality organic cotton poplin and soft modal jersey to keep it comfortable and airy. The materials wear well, so you don’t have to worry about bringing out the iron or steamer every time you wear it. And the best part? 

It’s made to fit and flatter most body shapes in sizes XS-2XL! We’re able to achieve this with a flattering A-line silhouette and a stretchy knit back. It’s also available in a wide range of colors so you can choose to keep it neutral or go bold. 

As with all of our styles, the Tiburon Tunic is made with sustainability and body shape inclusivity in mind, so you can feel good about adding it to your closet. 

Check out our general size chart to help find your perfect Stella Carakasi fit.

Ways to Style the Tiburon Tunic

If you’re not convinced about the Tiburon Tunic just yet, let us share a few of the many different ways to style it to get you on board!

Keep it comfortable. Whether you’re staying at home or running errands, our Tiburon Tunic can work with comfy leggings, knee-length capri leggings, or casual denim. It’s also long enough to cover your bottom so you won’t have to worry about that when wearing leggings!
Don’t forget to accessorize! Jazz up your look by adding necklaces, stand-out earrings, and dainty bracelets! What’s great about tunics is they’re simple enough to add statement accessories but can also work perfectly with everyday jewelry as well. If you’re really looking to mix it up, try rocking your Tiburon Tunic with a bold hat or scarf.
Make it classy. Tunic tops can be classy too! Layer a timeless cardigan or jacket over your Tiburon Tunic and pair it with slim pants or leggings. Layering is also the perfect way to transition your tunic into the fall and wintertime.
Use it as a cover-up! Because the Tiburon Tunic is made of two lightweight, breathable fabrics, it makes the perfect cover-up for the beach or pool! Simply throw it over your swimsuit and leave it 
unbuttoned for a different look.
Dress it up. Although tunic tops can be worn casually, they can also be styled for work or for an evening out as well! Try pairing your Tiburon Tunic with our Slimming Ankle Pants or wear it with a belt.

Don’t forget to check out our Looks We Love page for more inspiration on how to style your Tiburon Tunic and other Stella Carakasi favorites!

 

Our Favorite Casual Lifestyle Essentials and Ways To Wear Them

There is no denying that the clothes we wear affect the way we feel and while this pandemic has changed so many aspects of our daily lives, forever changing our future, it has also changed the way we dress.

In the beginning, we enjoyed living in the comfort of our sweats and PJs but quickly realized that we still needed to look somewhat professional during our never-ending zoom meetings.  Our look evolved into all business on top and comfort on the bottom, certainly not a look we wanted to be seen in public with.

As a designer, this posed a very interesting question for me.  How will we be dressing moving forward? Clearly, comfort has become the most important aspect of daily dressing, but it does not have to be synonymous with athleisure, sweats, or PJs because some of us don’t want to look as if we just stepped out from our imaginary gym. How can clothing evolve into wardrobe essentials that are comfortable and stylish from head to toe, that work from morning until evening and are suitable for staying at home or being in public? High quality, easy-care clothing, sustainably made and flattering for many body types.

This very challenging tall order resulted in creating a new core wardrobe that embraced these values and gave birth to a new casual style philosophy. This new core wardrobe consists of a few designs that collectively tie an entire closet together because they mix and match to create a wide variety of looks. 

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Your essential garments should be wearable in different contexts: for work (at the office or at home), on the weekend, and out to dinner to name a few.

If a style has the ability to perform in various style categories, it is a quintessential closet staple and you need it as a part of your most cohesive wardrobe. We’ve taken a few of our favorite super-essentials that fit many of these categories and show you how we would make the most out of them. Get ready for some serious style inspiration.

1. White Button-Down Shirt

The white button-down shirt is a workwear go-to, and while we love it with a jacket, it also works perfectly layered under a knitted cardigan for a softer and more comfortable look.

Longer shirts or tunics worn with denim leggings are ideal for casual weekends. You can add a red lip or a bag for a fun and sophisticated pop of color.

Dress up your favorite shirt with a statement necklace, awesome pants, and a great pair of shoes for an evening out.

2. Jersey Top

For a no-brainer work outfit, wear your jersey top with your favorite pants or skirt. You can further accessorize with a colorful tote, or a skinny scarf, and great shoes.

For the weekend, your jersey top is the easiest choice. Try it with denim or leggings and casual shoes.
For a cool urban appeal, layer your jersey top with a great vest or cardigan over black leggings and cool boots.

3. Sweater

Sweaters multitask very well for many dress occasions. They add comfort to any work outfit, worn with denim they transform into a casual weekend look and paired with fabulous leggings they get you ready for a night out.

4. Leggings

Pair your leggings with a great shirt, long cardigan, or vest. Leggings are the cooler, updated version of classic work trousers.

A printed tee paired with leggings is a casual-cool look for the weekend. Try pairing the outfit with eye-catching flats to add a pop of color.

Leggings are inherently comfortable, making them an ideal 24/7 choice for work, play, or a night out in town.

5. Denim

Denim has evolved. While there is no denying that we immediately think of jeans when we hear the word denim and everybody should own their favorite pair, there is more to denim that most of us know.  There is super comfortable stretchy knit denim as well as silky soft Tencel denim that creates beautiful jogger-type pants or super casual flood pants that feel like PJs but are definitely not. The various silhouettes create fresh and exciting casual weekend looks. 

Three Steps to Curating Your Closet

Who hasn’t spent a morning in front of her closet, trying on one piece after another, only to end up with a pile of clothes on the floor and still nothing on?

Without a curated closet, it’s easy to fall into this rut. But wardrobe nirvana is attainable, and it’s found by ensuring that your closet is filled with pieces that you love.
Take control: evaluate and streamline your wardrobe by following the three steps we’ve outlined here.

You’ll be on the path to an uncluttered closet (and mind) in no time.

Step 1: Identify Your Front-Runners

  • Start your closet edit by pulling all of your absolute favorite pieces out and putting them aside. You’ll recognize these winners by the fact that you reach for them whenever you want to feel your absolute best.
  • You know the fabulous dress shirt you slip on when you need to nail that presentation, the one that makes you feel instantly more confident? 
  • Or your super comfy leggings you pair with a long button-down and heels, the ones that crush it every time?
  • Seeing this group of go-to faves together, you’ll probably notice these pieces have something in common. Patterns will emerge, and it will be easier to see what colors, shapes, and styles you clearly like to wear.
  • One theme you’ll probably notice among your favorites is comfort. When you’re comfortable, you feel good, and when you feel good, you look awesome and you show up more confident in your daily life.
    Remember that poor girl you saw last night wobbling down the sidewalk in sky-high stilettos, grimacing in pain? Not. Worth. It. If you love heels make sure they are comfortable and the right height.
  • A closet edit is all about ruthlessly assessing each item in question to see how it measures up against these wardrobe heroes. Sure, the task at hand can seem daunting when stories and sentiments pop into mind as you grab each garment.
  • Avoid confusion and keep your eyes on the prize by remembering to always ask this important question: “Do I love this piece?” If the answer is yes, in the winner group, it goes. Don’t love it? Send it straight to the bye-bye bin. Not sure? This next set of criteria will help you decide its fate.

Step 2: Making the Hard Choices

  • Lose the clothes you’re still holding onto from different size eras in your life. Keeping these around is just bad for your closet and your brain.
  • Part ways with anything past its prime–yes, that chambray shirt may take you back to freshman year but is threadbare and pilled, time to let go. Anything obviously beyond repair is a non-starter. Stains the dry cleaner can’t vanquish? Are tears not worth mending? Give it the boot.
  • Haven’t worn it in over a year? Time’s up. Sell it online, at a consignment shop, or donate here or here.
  • You may think that editing down your closet will make it seem like you have nothing to wear, but it actually makes getting dressed easier because you know exactly what you have, and you love it all.

Step 3: Keep a Good Thing Going

  • You wanted a simplified wardrobe that felt entirely you, and kudos, you did it. Just keep these tenets in mind to keep your closet in check…
  • Reassess your wardrobe every six months, A.K.A. the “shop your closet” mentality. You’ll probably discover items you forgot about and should wear.
  • Bear in mind that any new pieces you acquire must meet all aforementioned criteria in order to be allowed a place in your perfected wardrobe. Does that style you’re coveting embody your style and make you feel like a million bucks when you put it on?
  • Remember that life’s easier with a closet that you’re proud of and excited to have. Stick to the rules, and you’ll be golden.

How to Create a Wardrobe For a Casual Lifestyle

Creating a wardrobe for a casual lifestyle is a matter of combining your own personal style with a sense of comfort and flexibility. Whether shopping for a new t-shirt and sweats, for lounging around the house, or a great pair of jeans to wear to a party, developing your own casual wardrobe is about buying the clothes that make you feel relaxed. While creating a completely new wardrobe is not an option for many shoppers, building up your casual clothing collection over time is a rewarding and accessible challenge for shoppers of all economic backgrounds.

Instructions

  • Imagine a template for a few ideal outfits before you shop to give yourself ideas on which pants, shirts, jackets, shoes, and accessories are really the right fit for you. Look at fashion photographs online or observe a stylish passerby to have a more focused shopping experience.
  • Select the right brand for you. Do your research and go for quality styles that will last for several seasons. 
  • Browse clothing brands that fit both your aesthetic and financial limits. Imagine yourself in the articles you peruse. Would you feel stylish yet comfortable wearing that item both when relaxing at home or going into town?
  • Try on the clothes you selected to ensure that they’re the right fit and that they match your personal vision. If you feel confident, attractive, and relaxed, then this may be the outfit you’ve been looking for.
  • Notice which of your casual clothes you wear the most or feel the most comfortable in. Also, take note of the ones you hardly wear. The next time you go shopping, keep these personal trends in mind. Building your casual wardrobe is all about buying clothing that you’ll find flexible and relaxing. These are the items that you’ll want to wear again and again.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be selective about the brands you decide to shop in and narrow your focus on the casual clothing that you really love.
  • Resist the impulse to buy items that don’t quite match up with anything you already have at home or plan to buy in the future. These are the items most likely to just sit in your closet untouched.

For more inspiration check out our Looks We Love Page, where you will learn to create various casual outfits with only a few essential styles.

Everlasting Style: Iconic Shirts and Elegant Blouses

I don’t know about you, but I pretty much live in this quintessential style year-round. Whether stand-alone or paired with statement accessories or your closet favorites, the classic shirt is the lead character in every outfit. It’s a blank canvas that dictates the rest of the look. But that’s easier said than done. Sure, you can throw one on with jeans for the weekend, but the real challenge comes when you want to style your favorite shirt for a special occasion or to take you from a casual lunch to an afternoon board meeting.

Following are some tips on what works and what doesn’t. Whether you choose to go more feminine with a floral skirt or edgy with leggings and boots, there are tons of styling options! For more inspiration, check out our Looks We Love page.

Off Duty Chic, On Duty Comfort

Clothing has become more casual in the last few years — loose comfortable styles and dressing down in lightweight materials that can be layered is the new norm. We don’t want to be burdened with too much structure or stiff heavy fabrics; casual easy-to-wear clothing that can be dressed up or down is the way to go. 

Designed with versatility in mind, tunics and shirts are a wardrobe staple and are just as comfortable on a walk in the park as they are at a last-minute Zoom meeting. Our easy-fit, timeless designs are made from high-quality, eco-friendly, sustainable materials, and designed to look as good on a size 2 as they do on a size 18. 

Versatility is Key

The basics. Choose versatile pieces such as a tunic that can be styled several ways. This type of silhouette can be worn as a dress over leggings, or even open as a lightweight jacket. A tunic goes a long way and accessories can help fine-tune each variation to keep your look fresh and on-point.

Its All in the Pairing

A classic button down shirt or knit pullover can be paired with anything from denim to leggings or Lounge Dress Pants, Ankle Pants or skirts, a vest or long cardigan. A smart button-down tunic or top can always be dressed up with accessories such as a scarf, necklace, handbag or an over-sized tote. You can see where this is going. Once you’ve settled on your go-to top, it’s all about personalizing it. There are things to consider when deciding on the silhouette that best fits your body and your lifestyle. Classic black and white is everlasting and lends a contemporary appeal to your everyday style. Check out our choice of pairing in our Looks We Love for more inspiration.

Body Type Matters

We all have concerns when shopping for clothing. Am I too short, too tall, busty or curvy? Choosing the right style can be a tricky business. You definitely want to make sure you are flattering your figure. Women with a smaller bust can benefit from a shirt with pockets, ruffles or pleats to create extra volume over the bust line. However, women with a larger bust need to stay away from excess volume and may want to choose a style with clean lines that can be worn with an open collar or even a belt.

Low-cut tops can be flattering on all women, but in most situations, one might not want to expose too much cleavage, so a simple camisole or tank top under these lower-cut shirts can create some coverage while still featuring your neck. Higher cut tops, such as a crew neck shirt, aren’t very flattering for many women because they create the illusion of a very short neck. Typically, a scoop neck, V-neck, or low-cut top creates the illusion of a longer neckline and a longer silhouette.

If you have a little bit of extra weight around your midsection, you might want to steer clear from tops that are extra tight around this area, whereas women who are slender can look nice in this type of shirt. An empire waist can flatter almost any body type if fitted correctly. These tops typically have a tighter band or seam under the bust, highlighting the smallest area of the body and drawing attention to that instead of the tummy. These bands always need to be below the bust and not ride up in order to ensure a flattering fit. Empire waist tops typically can hide imperfections and look nice on many body types if the empire bands stay under the bust.

Buying Button Front Tops

Choosing the right button front top can be tricky, especially if you have a larger chest. Typically, women with smaller chests do not experience gaps between the buttons or embarrassing pulling of the material across their chest. But if you have a larger chest, look for a top with back pleats to provide a little extra ease and you might want to go up a size to accommodate any gapping.

If you choose to size up, the shirt might fit too large over your midsection or arms. Consider taking the top to a tailor to alter the fit.

There is a lot to consider, but if you know what flatters your body type, your price range, and what you are looking for, it can help make shopping an enjoyable experience. Once you find a top that works for you it’s always good practice to study why it works and keep this in mind for future reference and possibly purchase the style in other colors if available.

Casual Tops

A casual top can be a basic t-shirt or a simple knit pullover. These can usually be found in a range of colors as varied as the rainbow, with stripes, denim, or various other prints.

A quality, classic tee can be bought almost anywhere but you might want to look for a top with a little extra character like a placed print, a pleat or some embroidery or style lines. These pieces tend to be much more versatile than a basic tee. A good word of advice for any woman, purchasing a top with horizontal stripes can create width where usually you do not want it. For slender women, this can be a plus; but for many women with curves, this creates a larger silhouette. Vertical stripes create length, hence creating a much more slender appearance.

Also, when purchasing a basic tee shirt, beware of the material the shirt may be made of. Some shirts have added stretch using Lycra or Spandex, which can be comfortable, but if purchased a size too small, it can create a suctioned-to-the-skin effect, which may or may not be what you desire.

Reassess Your Closet

Finally, do a style audit. Get rid of things that you never wear. Holding onto them may just be holding you back from evolving your personal style. Categorize what you have left. Casual, dressy, special occasion — look at each piece. Ask yourself what pieces work together, and where would you wear them. You may even want to take pictures of these outfits for later and build a library of go-to looks for certain occasions. This process will help you find “holes” in your wardrobe. You might discover you need a casual jacket or pants, and this process will keep you on track.

Everyone should own a great white shirt. It is a wardrobe essential that makes getting dressed easy for any occasion.  

Defining your personal style

Personal style is self-expression without saying a word. Being who you are no matter what event or situation you might find yourself in. We all have those “no one can stop me” days when things just click; you’re feeling beautiful and confident­­– like the best version of yourself. Take note of what you’re wearing, these are the outfits that embody your true personal style and serve as a great foundation for developing a better understanding of your personal style and also serve as inspiration for style updates.

 

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How do I know what my personal style is?

Start with the things that you know really work for you, that signature item or two that has become part of your ongoing style persona. You might be drawn to statement handbags, or scarves might be your obsession. These are things that you gravitate towards; they make you feel comfortable and confident and are the foundation from which you can build on. This is how your personal style evolves. This is your style identity.

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Reassess your closet

Do a style audit. Get rid of things that you never wear. Holding onto them may just be holding you back from evolving your personal style. Categorize what you have left. Casual, dressy, special occasion– look at each piece. Ask yourself what pieces work together? Where would I wear this? You may even want to take pictures of these outfits for reference later and build a library of go-to looks for certain occasions. This process will help you find “holes” in your wardrobe. You might discover that you need a statement jacket, or an easy layering sweater this process will help keep you on track.

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Versatility is key

Choose versatile styles such as our best selling Tiburon Tunic that can be worn in several ways. Dress it up or down, style it as a dress over leggings, or even open as a lightweight jacket. This type of silhouette goes a long way and accessories can help fine-tune each variation to keep your look fresh and on-point

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Get inspired

Collect pictures of looks you love, find a fashion mentor, someone whose style you admire and try to replicate their look. This will help you focus on what you really need to add to your wardrobe and keep you from being distracted and making a wrong purchase on a whim. Your own personal style will evolve from there. Define your style in words. Is it bohemian, classic, or modern? Sassy or conservative, you’ll more than likely pick several words that don’t necessarily blend, but these can simply be described as your style moods.

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Ask a trusted friend

We all wear many hats and need to “dress for the occasion” but your personal style is the common thread that makes all these looks personal. Ask a good friend what they consider to be your personal style, ask them what looks stand out and which ones fall short. It’s nice to get an idea of how you are perceived in the world and see if it matches what you are trying to put out there. Is there something people compliment you on? Whether it’s your taste for amazing jackets or your ability to accessorize like no one’s business, wearing clothes that play up your style strengths will always look stylish, no matter what is currently trending.

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Step out of your comfort zone

True style consists of overall health and beauty, too. A change in hairstyle or fresh makeover can super-charge your personal style and boost your confidence– that’s the root of personal style. It radiates from within and that’s what people really see. Switch things up. A new routine of meditation or exercise, even if it’s just a walk around the block will retrain your mind for change. Take small steps, once your body and mind are activated it will become your new habit. Step a little bit out of your comfort zone. Is there a certain style that draws you in but you haven’t had the nerve to take the plunge, a printed caftan or statement dress? These are your style outliers. Incorporating these into your wardrobe will push your personal style and keep your look fresh and updated.

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It starts with you

Trust your instincts, and wear what makes you feel the most comfortable in your own skin. Take inventory of your favorite pieces. The ones that always make it into your suitcase. Replicate these pieces in a different color or texture. Figure out what about this piece works and look for similar shapes. Once you’re confident in a few key looks, finding updates will just come naturally.

Chances are you’ve likely already got a basic sense of style, so don’t fight it, build on it, refine it– and embrace it!

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Fashion and Sustainability

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Why offer pre-orders?

In order to further the sustainability conversation and the role we play, we are always thinking of ways in which to support this ideal. So we ask ourselves– how can we offer new products without over-producing designs that may or may not resonate with the end consumer, while at the same time let them take part in the design process? What are people really looking for? Why do they like this texture, or that color, or this sleeve length? Zipper or buttons? Pockets or no pockets? These are questions we ask ourselves with every new design.

Over-producing garments season after season is extremely wasteful and clearly unsustainable. The fashion industry, as a whole doesn’t traditionally embrace sustainability, it is about profit at all cost and has become a race to the bottom, devaluing clothing and disregarding the enormous destructive environmental impact.

The current industry paradigm, in fact, goes against the whole concept of sustainability and sadly has become one of the most wasteful industries on the planet. It’s a dirty secret that’s finally getting exposed. Now what? Dwelling on the problem or simply overlooking it has never sat well with us. We’ve successfully been able to incorporate sustainable initiatives into our sourcing and manufacturing processes since the very beginning but we also wanted to address the problem of excess inventory and the waste that happens after the products are produced. Small batch production has been a successful endeavor for us and many garment manufacturers are seeing the value-producing smaller runs but getting consistent orders spread out over time. Not only does this stabilize workflow for all involved but more importantly improves the quality of life for the workers themselves.

The concept of pre-ordering allows us to test the market’s interest in a certain fabric, color, or silhouette before it goes into a larger production. This saves time, money and resources at every stage of a garment’s journey from the fabric to the end consumer. Being the solution-oriented people that we are, we began offering a handful of our products for pre-order earlier this year and frankly we’ve learned a lot.

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What is a pre-order?

A pre-order is an order placed for an item that has not yet been produced. Pre-orders allow manufacturers to gauge how much demand there will be and thus the size of the initial production run. For us, testing the popularity of a garment is key and gives us crucial information that helps in this decision. We live in a consumerist society where people devote a great deal of time, energy, resources and thought to “consuming”. The general view of life in a consumerist society is that consumption is good, and more consumption is even better. Everybody seeks instant gratification and instant delivery. This hyper-consumerism has fueled fast fashion’s dominance and along with it environmental destruction. We chose to take a slower approach and deliver quality over quantity. We produce garments that are meant to last, offering value versus the excessive waste associated with “disposable” goods. Much like how the slow food movement versus fast food has become so popular in recent years. It’s time to bring the same awareness and value back into clothing. Fast fashion has completely devalued clothing at a high environmental cost and it is time to move forward and support the needed change.

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Sustainability

We produce many of our garments in small batches right here in the Bay Area in order to maintain the highest quality standards with the lowest possible environmental impact. Overproduction and the mass disposal of unsold clothes are clearly an under-addressed issue in the fashion industry. Honestly, it is widely unknown how much “dead stock” accumulates every year. It is estimated that 20% -30% (80 million tons) of garments produced by fast fashion brands remain unsold, leading to enormous amounts of excess clothing that is either burned or thrown into landfill. Needless to say, this results in wasted human resources, fabric, dyes, not to mention the environmental impact, etc.…

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Gauge demand

Through our pre-order system, we can more accurately estimate how many pieces we are going to sell of a certain product. This not only leads to higher resource efficiency but also prevents senseless raw material waste. Creating less waste results in lower cost, a saving that trickles down to the end consumer so that everyone benefits. The environment, the manufacturer, and you!

Quality

Fast fashion, as its name suggests– is not produced to last. This disqualifies any attempt to produce a product more “sustainably”. We believe, that garments must have a long and useful life. Our garments are made with love and built to last.

Customer engagement

The pre-order concept goes hand in hand with our direct-to-consumer model. It allows our customers to literally get involved in the design process through direct feedback and gives us crucial information in developing new designs that address the customers’ wishes and concerns.

 What is apparel’s future?

The World Resources Institute states that apparel spending is projected to grow tremendously. This is particularly true in Asia, as hundreds of millions of people in China and India enter the global middle class. By 2030, there will be 5.4 billion people in the global middle class, from 3 billion in 2015. We can expect increased demand for clothing and other consumer goods that define middle-income lifestyles.

If consumption continues at its current rate, we’ll need three times as many natural resources by 2050 compared to what we used in 2000. Fast-changing trends and low prices have allowed people to consume even more. The average consumer is now purchasing 60 percent more items of clothing compared to 2000, but each garment is kept half as long. To keep the apparel industry viable in tomorrow’s markets, the issue of consumption must be brought to the forefront– and it must begin now.

Apparel is just one sector competing for natural resources, but it’s important that clothing makers start transforming their business models now given the industry’s strong growth trajectory. A handful of companies like ours are aware of the environmental risks and are taking action.

The next step is for consumers to get properly educated so they can change their habits as well and use their purchasing power to help the slow fashion movement gain traction. Our direct-to-consumer model, combined with the pre-order concept are just two more approaches that we’ve embraced to help move the needle forward to a more sustainable future.

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Founders Journey: Stella Carakasi

In 1993, eco-fashion disrupter, Two Star Dog was launched by brothers Steven and Allan Boutrous. Shortly thereafter, I joined the team and together we created the first hemp clothing collection in the United States, which was very controversial at the time. We designed and trademarked “The Original Hemp Jeans” which quickly became a national bestseller and the company rose to the top of this niche market proving that sustainability in fashion was possible. In the mid-nineties, major growth opportunity came knocking with mainstream fashion paying attention to Two Star Dog. As the business grew, I found myself being pulled in many directions not only designing for our brand but for a myriad of other opportunities including department stores, catalogs…even wardrobe design for a few Hollywood movies.  It was easy to get wrapped up in all the excitement of the moment but I wanted to experience everything I could about the industry and all it had to offer. I think I must have traveled around the world ten times as the nineties came to a close. I learned about balance in those days, I learned about focus, I learned about priorities but most of all, I learned that time doesn’t stand still and the fashion industry somehow makes it move even faster. stellax4jpg Then, just as I thought nothing could stop us, the economic crisis of 2008 hit, taking a toll on the entire industry sparing virtually no one. During that same time, my daughter was born prematurely, sending me on a tumultuous roller coaster I was hardly prepared for. While facing the unknown, both personally and professionally I found my strength in knowing that we all have the power to change our lives with our thoughts and I chose to remain positive. Setting an example for my daughter to be a strong independent spirit became my priority, and sparked a desire to find deeper meaning in my work as well. I am spontaneous, strong and fearless. Growing up as a child of Greek immigrant parents in Germany made me tough– good traits for the competitive fashion industry that must adapt to the ever-changing social trends and economics. After much reflection and contemplation, I resolved to take a stand by creating a lifestyle brand that reflected my core values, one rooted in social and environmental responsibility– a brand that would re-energize the market by inspiring women to express their individuality through design. With the help of my amazing team I began to lay the foundation for our new direction, and by Fall 2012 the Stella Carakasi brand was born.  Not long after that, we launched our e-commerce site, followed by the opening of our flagship store in Berkeley, California – both of which created a direct line of communication with our customers. This conversation and sense of community inspired me to change the direction of our business in new and exciting ways. stellax3-2We recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on StartEngine, the nation’s leading crowdfunding platform and invite you to take a look by clicking here. It’s a new approach to investing in a company you believe in. There are several levels to opt-in, each one offering some great perks and at the end of the day, you own a piece of a company you love. This is your opportunity to own a piece of the brand and make a difference in the fashion industry. Join us as we grow!

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Founders Journey: Stella Carakasi

In 1993, eco-fashion disrupter, Two Star Dog was launched by brothers Steven and Allan Boutrous. Shortly thereafter, I joined the team and together we created the first hemp clothing collection in the United States, which was very controversial at the time. We designed and trademarked “The Original Hemp Jeans” which quickly became a national bestseller and the company rose to the top of this niche market proving that sustainability in fashion was possible. In the mid-nineties, major growth opportunity came knocking with mainstream fashion paying attention to Two Star Dog. As the business grew, I found myself being pulled in many directions not only designing for our brand but for a myriad of other opportunities including department stores, catalogs…even wardrobe design for a few Hollywood movies.  It was easy to get wrapped up in all the excitement of the moment but I wanted to experience everything I could about the industry and all it had to offer. I think I must have traveled around the world ten times as the nineties came to a close. I learned about balance in those days, I learned about focus, I learned about priorities but most of all, I learned that time doesn’t stand still and the fashion industry somehow makes it move even faster. stellax4jpg Then, just as I thought nothing could stop us, the economic crisis of 2008 hit, taking a toll on the entire industry sparing virtually no one. During that same time, my daughter was born prematurely, sending me on a tumultuous roller coaster I was hardly prepared for. While facing the unknown, both personally and professionally I found my strength in knowing that we all have the power to change our lives with our thoughts and I chose to remain positive. Setting an example for my daughter to be a strong independent spirit became my priority, and sparked a desire to find deeper meaning in my work as well. I am spontaneous, strong and fearless. Growing up as a child of Greek immigrant parents in Germany made me tough– good traits for the competitive fashion industry that must adapt to the ever-changing social trends and economics. After much reflection and contemplation, I resolved to take a stand by creating a lifestyle brand that reflected my core values, one rooted in social and environmental responsibility– a brand that would re-energize the market by inspiring women to express their individuality through design. With the help of my amazing team I began to lay the foundation for our new direction, and by Fall 2012 the Stella Carakasi brand was born.  Not long after that, we launched our e-commerce site, followed by the opening of our flagship store in Berkeley, California – both of which created a direct line of communication with our customers. This conversation and sense of community inspired me to change the direction of our business in new and exciting ways. stellax3-2We recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on StartEngine, the nation’s leading crowdfunding platform and invite you to take a look by clicking here. It’s a new approach to investing in a company you believe in. There are several levels to opt-in, each one offering some great perks and at the end of the day, you own a piece of a company you love. This is your opportunity to own a piece of the brand and make a difference in the fashion industry. Join us as we grow!

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Investing in a Sustainable Future

We’re taking Stella Carakasi to the next level and invite you to join us. If you’ve ever wanted to invest in a size-inclusive, luxury-clothing brand with roots in sustainability and social responsibility now is your chance!  

By shopping the Stella Carakasi collection you’re already supporting a brand that takes these virtues to heart. But now, thanks to new crowdfunding legislation, YOU can own a piece of the brand! Your investment will give us the ability to deepen our commitment to the environment and infuse sustainability in everything we do.

We just launched our first crowdfunding campaign on StartEngine, one of the nation’s leading equity crowdfunding platforms. Check out our campaign page here where you’ll find a more detailed rundown on our mission and business plans going forward.

Our Commitment to Sustainability

It’s in Our DNA

Our roots are in sustainability and environmental consciousness– values we honor. As an early adapter in sustainable fashion, our story started in 1992 when we launched the first full clothing collection made from hemp. Over the past 2 decades, our business has evolved but our values remain the same.

A Healthier Environment

Synthetic materials like polyester, are manufactured using toxic chemicals and take up to 1,000 years to decompose—which means that all of the polyester that has ever been produced stillexists. Whenever possible we use naturally derived fibers like silk, organic cotton, wool, hemp, cashmere, alpaca and Tencel,  because they have a lower impact on the environment and feel better against your skin. 

Less is More

We believe less is more when less is better. We’ve eliminated excess inventory by manufacturing in small batch productions which means we’re able to increase sustainability and ensure extremely high production standards. 

Finding Opportunity in Change

Life is all about change, and in the fashion industry, it’s the driving force behind creativity and innovation. Here at Stella Carakasi, we’re embracing change as we push our business to become more sustainable, and our designs to be more size inclusive.

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For us as a fashion company, it’s not just about the silhouette of the season or the color of the moment, it’s about how we do business. We’re adapting and changing every day to make sure we continue to offer the best products possible to our loyal customers. And, our direct-to-consumer business model means that we can stay in direct contact with the women that love our brand, giving us the opportunity to create clothing that speaks to their values.

A recent change in the investment world has opened up a new opportunity for our customers to be part of the Stella Carakasi brand. Thanks to new legislation, companies of any size can raise money from the “public” essentially turning customers into investors.  Owning shares in new, private companies had been fairly exclusive for a long time and Regulation Crowdfunding allows anyone to get in on up-and-coming companies at relatively low minimums. This revolutionary change in legislation effectively levels the playing field for small companies such as ours to raise funds from the very customers that know and love our brand.

We recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on StartEngine, the nation’s leading crowdfunding platform and invite you to take a look by clicking here. It’s an inexpensive way to invest in a company you believe in. There are several levels to opt-in, each one offering some great perks and at the end of the day, you own a piece of a company you love.

This is your opportunity to own a piece of the brand and make a difference in the fashion industry. Join us as we grow!

We’re Ready to Grow!

We recently launched our crowdfunding campaign on StartEngine, the nation’s leading equity crowdfunding platform. Now we can offer our customers the opportunity to invest in our vision of eco-friendly, size-inclusive and affordable women’s apparel.

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That’s right, you can invest in a company committed to creating comfortable and sustainable clothing that transforms the way women feel. Learn more here about Stella Carakasi’s mission.

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We’re pleased to share with the public an opportunity to invest in our vision of eco-friendly, size-inclusive and affordable women’s apparel. We’re proud to utilize a trusted brand like StartEngine to educate the public about our company and the opportunities presented by Regulation CF.

Steven Boutrous, CEO and Co-Founder

Individuals interested in the Stella Carakasi DTC, Inc. equity crowdfunding campaign can find more information by visiting: www.startengine.com/stellacarakasi.

Feeling Left Out of the Fashion Conversation?

The average American woman is a size 16. But, many trendy brands across the board only offer sizes up to 12 or 14. Fashion brands that offer sizes beyond 12 and 14 often limit their selection to BASIC and BOXY styles. This means that an entire cross-section of our population has been ignored and, quite frankly, shut out of the fashion conversation. 

 

At Stella Carakasi, we’re here to change that. We’re bridging the size gap by creatively engineering every style in our collection to fit beautifully on women size XS-XL (sizes 2 to 16). We want our customers to have the freedom to shop our entire collection.

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We have an in-house team of highly trained technical designers drafting patterns and sewing proto-types under Stella’s direction. Each garment goes through an extensive development process to ensure that it is constructed with longevity in mind and that the fit meets our standards.

 

Stella Carakasi creates luxurious, smart, and affordable designer wear for women who strive to live well, consume responsibly and believe in feeling comfortable and stylish no matter her age, shape or size.

We invite you to explore the Stella Carakasi collection today! Sign up here to receive our emails and be the first to know about new releases, styling tips and special events. (Plus get 10% off your first order!)

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“Keep Up the Chic” When Temps Drop 

During winter months, shoppers are seeking advice on how to beat the chill without sacrificing style. Here at Stella Carakasi, our stylists direct customers to our Peruvian Alpaca collection; the perfect starting point when building a fashionable and functional winter wardrobe. 

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Stella Carakasi has a particular knack for creating stunning designs that also meet women’s everyday needs. On a trip to Peru, Stella was inspired to create a collection of superbly tailored coats and sublimely soft sweaters after learning about the amazing properties of alpaca. 

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Alpaca is one of nature’s softest and most luxurious fibers and has some surprisingly advanced technological attributes:

  • Naturally insulating qualities that allow your body to regulate its temperature
  • Retains body heat in cold climates and allows breathability in warmer climates.
  • Alpaca fiber does not contain lanolin and therefore is hypoallergenic and does not itch

 

Sourced from small-scale ranchers in the Peruvian Andes and woven by family-owned artisan mills, our expertly tailored collection of luxury alpaca designer wear is made in limited quantities to ensure the highest production standard and eliminate excess waste.

 

Need some winter-chic inspo? Shop Looks We Love to get head-to-toe outfits put together by Stella’s top stylists. 

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Fall Trend Report: Cue The Color

This season the runway embraced ’80s opulence in the form of bold color, strong silhouettes, and dramatic combinations. We’ve taken some cues from the runway and infused our latest fall capsule release with luxe fabrics, statement colors and refined details. 

Check out our stylists’ tips for rocking this season’s trending colors:

A Punch Of Pink

Fuchsia…a fresh, unique, unexpected vibrant shade of pink that takes your color game to the next level. We are loving this statement color for its bold beauty and ability to go from desk to dusk with confidence.
Pro tip: Pair fuchsia with denim by day and jet black by night for an ultra-feminine look that packs a punch.

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Out Of The Blue

Aquarius…wake up your wardrobe with the brilliance of electric blue. We’re obsessed with the dynamic energy of aquarius because it looks fabulous on all skin tones and plays well with the colors you already have in your closet.
Pro tip: This color can be worn year round so it’s a great opportunity to splurge on a statement piece that you’ll wear season after season.

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It’s All In Black And White

Black & White…these endlessly sophisticated classic colors are tried and true neutrals that mix and match effortlessly.  Pop them with bold tones or shades of grey…no matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong.
Pro tip: Take advantage of their versatility and experiment with texture and pattern, even pairing prints with stripes!

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Our takeaway? Bold color, stripes, and unexpected combinations rule! We’ve created a collection of Looks We Love to show you how we’re wearing this season’s hottest color trends. Need a little help deciding which size is best for you or how to put a look together? Ask us! Click here to send us an email.

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Three Colors to Wear This Fall

A desire for tranquility, strength and optimism have inspired the color palette for our Pre-Fall 2018 capsule. We’ve taken the edge off by creating hues that work with most skin tones and look fantastic back to black.  The result is a collection of easy-to-wear pops of color that are not only re-energizing but have longevity.

Explore our key colors of the season:

A Dash of Saffron

Fabulously sophisticated when paired with confident neutrals like deep black, paper white or rich sable; Saffron is a spicy yellow with an exotic touch. Create a signature style or look by combining Saffron with unexpected colors. Experiment and have fun.

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A Pop of Pimento

Like the change in the color of autumn leaves, orange often represents the shift in seasons. This unexpected shade transforms the seasonal color story with a vibrant splash sure to wake up your wardrobe. A key statement color like Pimento helps round out a wardrobe that is both functional and on-point.

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Caper is the New Black

A versatile “neutral” with chameleon-like ability to transcend the seasons. This tranquil shade of a green has a grounding influence on so many other colors and works seamlessly back to denim and neutrals. Use Caper to up-level your color game.

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Celebrate shorter days, cooler weather and fresh directions. This fall, create your own story and style by rethinking timeless favorites and exploring new color and luxe textures. Everyone has a story to tell.

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4 Easy Steps to Transition Your Wardrobe From Summer to Fall

 

Create a Trans-Seasonal Wardrobe

Transitioning your clothes from one season to the next doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it can be the perfect opportunity to incorporate a more sustainable approach to your wardrobe while preparing for the change in season.  Here are some chic weatherproof suggestions to help build or to add to your transitional wardrobe.

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1. Reach for colors that work in summer and in fall.

Brights inherently make you think of a hot summer day by the pool, while muted jewel tones bring to mind crisp fall days. The next time you go shopping, choose hues that work in both worlds—hot and cold—like white, navy, denim or army green. These neutrals will help you build a versatile color palette to keep you looking chic even as the months change and temps drop.

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2. Don’t store every ‘summer’ piece.

Before you do a total seasonal switch out, think about some of the pieces you’ve been wearing and how they can transition to cooler weather and warmer tones.

In terms of what to store: Pack away anything that screams “summer” such as linen shorts, cotton dresses, bright summery prints, and flat sandals. Keep out anything made with silk or Tencel (blousesdresses, blazers) or in cotton (T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, lightweight sweaters) which can be worn all year around. As for shoes, feel free to keep your casual heeled sandals out—try wearing opaque tights with them under a fall skirt.

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3. Choose your splurges wisely.

Summer style is all about your entire outfit since every piece is visible, whereas during fall and winter coats and jackets take center stage. Consider investing in a well-fitting, stylish coat that can carry an entire outfit.

It’s worth splurging on a gorgeous piece that you know you’ll be wearing for seasons to come. Make it something classic like a statement that’ll never go out of style. Don’t be afraid to experiment with color either, while black is a serious investment piece, opting for a color that complements your skin tone automatically elevates your look.

4. Layer, layer, layer!

San Franciscans are layering experts. Within a single day in our city, you can experience a 45-degree foggy morning, to a 70-degree sunny afternoon, to a bone-chillingly cold (and windy) night. Opt for a few lighter pieces that you can layer on top of each other—and take on and off throughout the day.

It’s the perfect time to reassess your closet and even take a risk or two with your personal style. Shop Stella’s Pre-Fall Collection to find the perfect pieces to set the tone for this season.

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Stella Carakasi Flagship Store Is Turning One!

 

Located right here on fabulous Fourth Street in Berkeley, California and less than a mile from Stella’s design studio, the Stella Carakasi flagship store is a dream realized. After successfully launching her online store, Stella wanted to create a beautifully curated boutique that was more than just a showroom, but a creative space to collaborate with other artists, local designers and to connect with her customers.

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This past year has been an amazing journey for our entire team. We’ve launched two collections, staged fashion shows, collaborated with amazing female entrepreneurs and hosted incredible in-store events with local and non-profit organizations including: The Guild, Dress For Success, Watermark and The Berkeley School.

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At the heart of our store you will find our stylists, who are creative and customer focused.  They delight in exceeding shopper expectations and are passionate about helping women realize their personal style.

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Join us in-store July 7 and 8 as we celebrate our one year anniversary and enter a chance to win a $100 gift card! Can’t make it to Berkeley this weekend? No worries, we’ve pulled together our ultimate collection of Stella Carakasi’s top ten faves. Including flowing tunics, leggings made in San Francisco, lush pops of color and signature travel wear. Ready to start shopping?

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Sustainable Shopping: 5 Tips For Reducing Your Fashion Footprint

Here at Stella Carakasi we are constantly looking for ways to infuse sustainability into our clothing and the way we do business because we believe that even the smallest of choices can make a big impact. With this in mind, we thought we would share some ways to incorporate sustainability into your own life, especially when shopping for clothes!

5 Tips For Reducing Your Fashion Foot Print:

1. Shop online

  • According to this analysis, 22 percent of a garment’s climate impact comes from the process of a consumer driving to the store to try something on, driving to another store to try that thing on, then bringing their final selection home in their car. Shopping from home means one less car on the road! The courier service that delivers your package (such as UPS, FedEx, or USPS) is like public transportation for your clothing: efficient at moving a lot of stuff with minimal fuel.
  • Shopping online gives you access to the retailer’s mission and story, you have the opportunity to learn about what they are doing to make fashion more sustainable before making your purchase.
  • Know your size and refer to the manufacturer’s size specifications to hone in on the best fit for your size and shape to reduce return shipping.

2. Prioritize natural fabrics
Synthetic materials like polyester, nylon, and acrylic can take up to 1,000 years to decompose—which means that all of the polyester that has ever been made still exists. Those materials account for a large chunk of the clothing that’s currently sitting in landfills. Choosing all-natural fabrics is one way to work toward a more sustainable wardrobe—try silk, organic cotton, wool, hemp, cashmere, alpaca, and Tencel, which are more luxurious, breathable and feel great on your body. (Stella even uses recycled paper in some of her sweaters!)

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3. Invest in high-quality products, not quantity
Choose clothes that are made with the best craftsmanship, the finest materials, and timeless classic design. Durability is a key component in the environmental impact of a garment because its carbon footprint decreases every year that you own it.

4. Consider the number of uses
Ask yourself: “Can I wear this to work and to brunch?” and “Can I wear this in multiple seasons, or year-round?”. When you choose clothes that you can picture in different places and climates you’ll keep them longer and get more use.

advertorial-photo-35. Capsule your wardrobe
A clothing capsule is an extremely edited collection of versatile pieces that can be endlessly mixed and matched, so that you get maximum use out of minimal possessions. The goal is to gain clarity of your personal style and only purchase pieces that make you feel like your best self. With a thoughtfully curated wardrobe, you can easily put together a great outfit and you’ll no longer find yourself making hasty purchases because you have nothing to wear. (You can contact a stylist at Stella Carakasi to get styling advice and help curating your own capsule.)

As part of our effort to support sustainable fashion we are excited to announce that throughout the month of June and for the first half of July, our flagship store in Berkeley, California will be hosting an in-store pop-up with Vincetta Studio, a collection of season-less pieces with intentionally minimalist design.  To kick off this exciting collaboration, we are co-hosting a Sip & Shop event Monday, June 11, 2018, from 4 to 6 pm. Click here to RSVP!

 

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Make Every Day Earth Day

We use eco-friendly fabrics whenever possible because we believe that every choice can make a difference. In celebration of Earth Day we want to shine a spotlight on one of Stella Carakasi’s favorite fibers to give our customers a deeper understanding of the impact their purchases can make on the environment. As an early eco-adapter, Stella has been using Tencel in her designs since 1996; not just for the incredible softness and drape but because this innovative fiber speaks to her commitment to manufacture clothing in a responsible way.

What Is Tencel?

Tencel is a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms—no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation or pesticides are used. These forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests. The European Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification has also endorsed Tencel’s farming practices as sustainable. Tencel eliminates the negative environmental impacts of traditional fiber processing, using new sustainable technologies.

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Tencel has some distinct advantages over traditional fibers in terms of chemical processing, which can often be extensive and toxic. For example, Rayon manufacturing generates highly polluting air and water emissions, uses catalytic agents containing cobalt or manganese and creates a strong, unpleasant odor. On the other hand, the chemicals used to produce Tencel fibers are nontoxic.

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The cellulose or ground pulp used for Tencel is treated in what is known as a closed loop process in which these solvents are recycled with a recovery rate of 99.5%. The tiny amount of remaining emissions is decomposed in biological purification plants. Because of the nature of the material, the processing never requires bleach. This overall method of manufacturing fabric was awarded the “European Award for the Environment” by the European Union.

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Runway Recap: Spring Edit

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Red carpet wrap up:
We’re coming up for air after fashion week in San Francisco. We want to thank Fashion Community Week for making the Bay Area fashion scene more visible while highlighting local and international designers with a focus on sustainability. FCWSF rocked the Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel in the heart of San Francisco on March 17th. We were excited to open the Pret-A-Porter show with our spring favorites. 

Stella’s vision of Spring/Summer 2018 came to life on the runway, featuring an abundance of looks that could lend themselves easily to both a casual or fashion-forward lifestyle. Stella, always designing for the woman who dresses for herself, celebrates the ease with which women move between roles and worlds, all the while balancing the duality of strength and beauty.

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Behind the scenes, the models line up. On the runway: Zip Code Vest & New Wave Skirt.

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Stella is obsessed with form and function and chose chose to highlight her ultra light weight linen sweaters, liquid Art-Silk separates and hemp fabrics on the runway for Spring/Summer 2018. The look was both modern and sleek, but at the same time totally wearable. The line up included our current Spring 2018 offering now available in-store and online …plus a forward look to the season ahead with a nod to the enduring beauty of black and white for summer, as well as the romance of sheer silky layers.

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Shop The Runway Looks

1. Style To Spare Jacket (Orchid)
2. Clean Slate Top (Orchid)
3. Cool Moves Pants (Orchid)
4. Equal Parts Vest (Soft White)
5. Side Effects Top (Feather)
6. Cool Moves Pants (Feather)

Special thanks

Thanks to Shirin Hashem and the amazing team at FCWSF, to the models for making our designs come to life, to all the fashion bloggers and  fans near and far for your support. We look forward to doing it again next season!

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Fashion Show Countdown

"It's an exciting feeling, preparing for a fashion show...we're all in it together from sketch to runway and there is nothing like seeing all your hard work strutting down the runway looking all glamorous and polished."

RUNWAY READY!
After weeks of planning, fittings, pinning and stitching and more fittings, we are just days away from Fashion Community Week Spring Edition fashion show.

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Stella’s Spring 2018 Collection brings effortless wear-now pieces that were made to be layered. Breezy tunics, drapey tops, crisp poplin blouses and cool Art Silk pants kick off the season.

Join us on March 17 at the Clift Hotel for the Pret-A-Porter Spring Edition Fashion Show. Get your tickets here. As a fan of Stella Carakasi, please use the discount code EXCLUSIVE to receive 15% off your ticket.
Show your support for Stella by voting for her as your favorite designer! Click here to vote!

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New Direction – Customer Focused

Part Three Of A New Series: A letter from Designer, Stella Carakasi:

Now that we have launched our new Direct to Consumer business model we want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU!

stella photoblog-3-2-tinyWe love and value your ongoing support and enthusiasm for our work. Nothing makes us happier than knowing we have touched your lives and made a difference in how you feel showing up in the world dressed in comfortable clothing that accentuates your unique beauty while supporting social and environmental change.

We are a fashion company that is using technology versus a technology company that produces fashion.

In our ever faster-moving world that is technology dominated, it never fails to amaze me that even young clothing companies have to “mask” themselves as being “tech” in order to succeed. I value technology, but I also value nature, the true artistry of design, high quality, mindfulness, intention, and the wide spectrum of beauty.

We believe that great companies are built one customer at a time, one relationship at a time. We are dedicated to helping you build the best “wearable” wardrobe you’ve ever had– and it doesn’t stop with your most recent purchase. We are centered on longevity and bringing value to your life every time you wear Stella Carakasi.

I invite you to sign up to be the first to learn about live product launches, fashion shows, community events and more!  Check out some of this season’s highlights:

Look for more exciting news, including opportunities for feedback and involvement. We’re in this together! Thank you for supporting what we do.

—Stella

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New Direction – Direct To Consumer

Part two of a new series: A letter from Designer, Stella Carakasi

Welcome back! As I mentioned in my blog post earlier this week, 2018 marks our 25th anniversary and I am thrilled to share the exciting news that we are now a Direct to Consumer company!

DTC-Blog-2-image-1-tinyFor those of you that don’t already know, the Stella Carakasi Brand has primarily relied on traditional retail channels to sell our product. However, during the past few years, there has been a seismic shift in the retail landscape brought on by a fundamental change in consumer buying habits via online and in-store direct to consumer shopping.

To meet this demand we jumped in head first with the launch our own e-commerce site followed by the opening of our flagship store in Berkeley thus creating a shift in the way we do business. So much so that by the Spring of 2018 we have completely transitioned into a Direct to Consumer company.

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Without the middleman markups of the past, we can pass down significant savings to you without compromising on quality or design. For me, it means having a direct conversation with you, which has opened new doors to a community of women that share a passion for many of the same values that I hold closest to my heart.

Aligning our core values with our design and manufacturing practices enables us to make a bigger social and environmental difference.  

  • We strive towards becoming fair trade certified, using more sustainable materials and reducing our carbon footprint.
  • We offer quality over quantity and honor the artistry that is involved in creating clothing.
  • We believe in slow fashion because we know that less is more when less is better!
  • We are excited to bring transparency into our supply chain and share the stories of the people behind the scenes that create our clothing.

I look forward to taking this journey with you and thank you for your ongoing support

—Stella

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New Year – New Direction

Part one of a new series: A letter from Designer Stella Carakasi:

New Year – New Direction

2018 marks our 25th anniversary and we are celebrating this incredible milestone by taking our company into a new and exciting direction that I will be sharing with you soon. I know 25 years is a long time so for those of you who have joined us more recently, I would like to start by out by inviting you on a short trip down memory lane.

In 1993, eco-fashion disrupter, Two Star Dog was launched by brothers Steven and Allan Boutrous. Shortly thereafter, I joined the team and together we created the first hemp clothing collection in the United States, which was very controversial at the time. We designed and trademarked “The Original Hemp Jeans” which quickly became a national bestseller and the company rose to the top of this niche market proving that sustainability in fashion was possible.

stella-editorial-image-1--tinyIn the mid-nineties, major growth opportunity came knocking with mainstream fashion paying attention to Two Star Dog. As the business grew, I found myself being pulled in many directions not only designing for our brand but for a myriad of other opportunities including department stores, catalogs…even wardrobe design for a few Hollywood movies.  It was easy to get wrapped up in all the excitement of the moment but I wanted to experience everything I could about the industry and all it had to offer. I think I must have traveled around the world ten times as the nineties came to a close. I learned about balance in those days, I learned about focus, I learned about priorities but most of all, I learned that time doesn’t stand still and the fashion industry somehow makes it move even faster.

stella-editorial-image-2-tinyThen, just as I thought nothing could stop us, the economic crisis of 2008 hit, taking a toll on the entire industry sparing virtually no one. During that same time, my daughter was born prematurely, sending me on a tumultuous roller coaster I was hardly prepared for. While facing the unknown, both personally and professionally I found my strength in knowing that we all have the power to change our lives with our thoughts and I chose to remain positive. Setting an example for my daughter to be a strong independent spirit became my priority, and sparked a desire to find deeper meaning in my work as well. After much reflection and contemplation, I resolved to take a stand by creating a lifestyle brand that reflected my core values, one rooted in social and environmental responsibility – a brand that would re-energize the market by inspiring women to express their individuality through design. 

stella-blog-editorial-image-3-tiny.jpgWith the help of my amazing team I began to lay the foundation for our new direction, and by Fall 2012 the Stella Carakasi brand was born. We quickly gained a following of high-end boutiques across the United States, Canada, and Australia. Not long after that, we launched our e-commerce site, followed by the opening of our flagship store in Berkeley, California – both of which created a direct line of communication with you, our customer. This conversation and sense of community have inspired me to change the direction of our business in new and exciting ways. Stay tuned for the second part of my letter on our blog next week!

Thank you for your ongoing support, it means everything to us!

—Stella

Stella Signature

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How To Pick the Perfect Lightweight Jacket

How do you pick the perfect lightweight jacket? At Stella Carakasi we are busy dreaming up key styles that can be worn year-round, in the office, or as throw-on-and-go travel essentials. Are you on the endless hunt for the perfect jacket?

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Go To Style JacketThe Go To Style Jacket. Need we say more? Constructed from hemp/tencel®, this all-season basic, is soft and rich to the touch. Why we love it: it’s lightweight and easy to layer from winter to summer, it goes with anything, and it’s asymmetrical styling sets it apart from other trench coats.
Style to Spare JacketThe Style to Spare Jacket, made from metal sateen, has a soft luster. It’s also waterproof, travel-friendly, and a notch above the crowd. We love the balance of the feminine fitted jacket with the on-trend of a motorcycle jacket. This little number is a keeper!
Made For Me JacketWearing this jacket you will know why we call it the Made For Me Jacket. Diagonal pin-tucks framed by zipper trim are the unexpected details that make this style distinctive. This is an easy to throw-on style available in a variety of neutral washes to complement your outfits from season-to-season.

Spring Style Event: Don’t Miss a Moment!

The team here at Stella Carakasi is excited to invite you to our Spring Style Event! We have customer-models walking the runway, delicious d’oeuvres, and a very special guest. We’ve created a handy guide for you to reference so you don’t miss a moment of our special event.

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5-6PM Nosh & Mingle, Sponsored by Whole Foods Market

We have teamed up with Whole Foods Market to provide bites and beauty tips for Spring! Here is a sneak peek:

Three Steps to Glowing Skin

Tips for Rosy Cheeks & Lips

Anti-Aging Skincare

Pro-Tip: Be sure to check out the skincare demo from Evanhealy. The first 50 guests will receive beauty goody bags from Whole Foods Market!

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6-7PM Spring Fashion Show

This Spring we are gathering inspiration from women who inspire us to be our best selves and encourage an air of whimsy. In this spirit, we are honored to introduce our special guest, author Alysia Helming. Through her her debut best-selling novel PROTOGENESIS she shares her imaginative world of Greek mythology seen through the eyes of her protagonist HeleneWe have crafted the perfect nod to her literary talent and the Spring season with our exclusive Protogenesis look inspired by Alysia’s book.  

Pro-Tip: Check out the preview of the “Protogena Jewelry Line” created by ANATOL, available on Protogenesis.com April 10th.

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7-8PM Book Signing with Alysia Helming

Get a chance to meet Alysia Helming and have her sign your copy of PROTOGENESIS!

RSVP for Free Here

See you there!

Refresh – Recharge – Inspire!

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Come away with us for an evening of fashion and enchantment as we show you our freshest new looks for Spring! Designer Stella Carakasi and novelist Alysia Helming 
celebrate a journey of discovery and transformation in an evening of collaboration through art and design at the Spring Style Event.

Alysia Helming, author of the novel PROTOGENESIS the first in a series: Protogena Chronicles crafts a young adult fantasy romance set in modern Greece, where ancient mythology and science fiction unite. Get to meet Alysia in person at an exclusive book signing session! 

Taking inspiration from her tale of female empowerment and mythology Stella created a unique look that channels the spirit of PROTOGENESIS.  Also, get an exclusive first-look at the Protogena Jewelry Line” created by ANATOL, available on Protogenesis.com April 10th.

Showcasing the best of her Spring 2017 Collection, fashion designer Stella Carakasi invites Bay Area fashion enthusiasts and the media to experience her latest designs.

This unique event will take place:

Friday, March 31st 5-8pm at the Stella Studio
1370 10th Street, Berkeley CA.

 

How-To Pack & Create the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe for the Holidays

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Is there anything better than a totally bespoke wardrobe created especially for you?  The capsule wardrobe is just that – the perfect micro-collection of clothing for any occasion.  With the holidays fast approaching we have compiled a capsule wardrobe and packing tips that will have you jet-set ready!

Our Capsule Wardrobe

Rare Form Cape: This cozy cape has a sweet surprise – it is reversible! The versatility of this cape makes it perfect for any capsule wardrobe. We also love wearing it in transit – it is both chic and comfortable for any journey.

Slimming Ankle Pants: The straight leg silhouette partnered with the vegan-leather front panels make these pants especially easy to pack (and forgiving on wrinkles!).  They also pair well with every type of shoe – from heels to flats and everything in between!  

Shape Shifter Top: This flattering top is an essential for any capsule wardrobe.  Not only does it work for layering but it is also timeless worn by itself.  Some added bonuses, it comes in four different colors, is made from organic cotton, and folds up easily for packing.

Tour De Force Cardigan: A cardigan….with edge!  The zipper detail and vegan-leather sleeve inserts add a layer of interest and style to any ensemble. Pair this cardigan with the slimming ankle pants for an added pop of leather.  

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Packing Tricks of the Trade

  1. Take Notes and Plan Ahead: A week or two before you travel start compiling a list of items you need to pack as you think of them.  This will help eliminate some last minute packing stress and enable you to build your perfect capsule wardrobe while you travel.
  2. Fold and Roll: One of our biggest packing secrets is to fold your clothing in half and roll it so it is neatly compressed.  The pieces in our capsule wardrobe work beautifully for this method of packing.  Not only will this save space, but it will create order in your luggage!
  3. Pack a Laundry Bag: A washable reusable bag or pillowcase make for an excellent laundry bag on-the go.  It also helps to stay organized while traveling.
  4. Keep Your Luggage Smelling Fresh: Slip a sachet or dryer sheets in with your luggage.  The scent will give you a boost while traveling and omit a fresh fragrance.

Feeling Fall

 

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The season of change and contrast is upon us. Crisp mornings…epic nights, Homecoming, party going. Guest lists, wish lists, and to-do lists.  More to do–less time to prepare, from outside festivals to inside dinner parties, there are a plethora of events to prepare for!

This fall we invite you to shift gears, slow down–allow yourself to feel the season. Liberate your senses & your style. Time to indulge. Take the Lux approach to casual style with easy silhouettes, unstructured comfort and endless versatility with a whole new season of fresh, super mixable, ultra wearable sophisticated styles to keep you warm and elevate your cool factor. The season starts here.

Sometimes complexity is simply more interesting–so, make “dressing the part” easy, layer everything!  Lots of lightweight layers create a rich multi-dimensional look and prepare you for just about anything.  Sit back, sip your Pumpkin Spice Latte and let us take the guesswork out of what to wear!

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Fall has so many great reasons to get together and share delicious treats and outings! Whether it’s a Friendsgiving party or a Fall Festival you will be cozy and stylish with these key pieces:

  1. TELL ME MORE SWEATER: Delicate hardware and easy rolled edges contrast soft femininity and edgy detail to create this ultra-wearable, totally unique statement piece.
  1. ARTISTIC LICENSE TUNIC: Curious side panels play with texture and design in our cozy Cashmere blend to create this flattering wardrobe essential.
  1. SLIMMING ANKLE PANTS:  Amazing stretch, control, and comfort!  The vegan leather front panels are a cool, modern update for this bestselling ponte knit pant.
  1. CHILL FACTOR JACKET: Cool asymmetries, cut-up pattern play, and rib-knit accents play together to create this stunning “I gotta have it” jacket.

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One of the things we love about Fall is that some of the festivities are usually outside – which means you have to be prepared for the elements. Stella has you covered with these versatile pieces:

  1. TOP RATED TEE: Stretch Modal® always adds some polish to amplify your wardrobe.
  1. RARE FORM CAPE: A timeless  reversible fall layering piece in our super soft & cozy Angora blend.
  1. DEFINING MOMENT ANKLE PANTS: Engineered to contour your body. Comfort and stretch have a whole new meaning when it comes to these divine Super Stretch Tencel pants. 

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Fall Events & Happenings We’re Loving

Bay Area

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival | Apple Hill | Autumn Lights Festival

NYC

Giant Pumpkin Weekend | Cider Week | Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten Park | Stargazing on the High Line | Queens County Farm Museum (Huge corn maze!)

LA

Mr. Bone’s Pumpkin Patch | Knott’s Halloween Haunt | Oktoberfest

How To Dress : Layering Tips To Help You Find Your Most Flattering Look

Yarra here, offering  more tips on what to buy and how to wear the styles that will flatter your silhouette. Layering creates movement and draping that accentuates your curves while giving you coverage. One of our favorite fabrics for layering is Art Silk because it allows you to achieve this effect without adding extra bulk.

Layering tips for your most flattering look:

  1. Dress in one color, tone on tone dressing elongates the figure.
  2. Try leggings under a dress. Layering leggings under dresses lends warmth (while it is still cold outside) and adds length to any silhouette.
  3. Wear a dress as a tunic over dressy pants for a daytime look.

Here are three must-have layering pieces that Stella is offering this season: the Tiburon Tunic, the Freestyle Dress, and the Simply Chic Pants.

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The Tiburon Tunic, now available in art silk, layers beautifully. It can be worn with leggings or jeans for a more casual look. This is a great style to invest in because it can be worn so many different ways.

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The Freestyle Dress is that LBD that can go anywhere. This is a buy-now style because it is the perfect length for any height. Try adding a belt or a long necklace to amp up this look even more.

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Wear the Freestyle Dress with the Simply Chic Pants for a stylish and comfortable look. Are you looking for cool pants to change up your look? Try these for an instant update this season.

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The Freestyle Dress over the Ready To Wear Leggings gives you a lean and long look.

Read More About Layering tips in How To Create the Layered Look Effect.

 

The Color Trend You Need To Know in 2016

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The color trend to try for 2016 is Batik. Referred to as Blue Hydrangea, Ocean, or simply Blue. Why we love it? Think about denim. Yes, that favorite pair of jeans or denim jacket. Why does denim work with just about everything? Because it’s really a neutral. Batik works exactly the same way – effortlessly working with so many other colors.

Explore why we are bonkers for blue this season!

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Resort finds Stella in a relaxed mood influenced by a combination of the timeless and updated cool.

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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.

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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.

Live Webcast: Work Your Wardrobe

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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

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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

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.”

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The Pragmatic Vest modeled at San Francisco Fashion Week.

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The Notorious Sweater shines on the runway.

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

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The Much Ado Vest looked striking on the runway.

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Stella Carakasi (shown above) shows her designs at San Francisco Fashion Week. Images by: Claudia Alexandra Nuta @ http://claudialexandraphotography.com 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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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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.

How To Pull Off The Oversized Sweater Look

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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.