Looks for Every Body # 10: A Black & White Story

In case you are just joining us, my name is Yarra, I am the Director of Customer Engagement at Stella Carakasi. Stella Carakasi designs for many body shapes in each collection she creates (she designs 8 collections a year). The Looks For Every Body series has been created to explore the different body-positive looks that can be put together from our seasonal collections.

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Joan Miró’s Painting (The Bullfight)

Black and white clothing is a love affair of mine. The distinctiveness of a limited palette is timeless and always has the allure of the new. I love it in photography, in drawings and in paintings such as  Joan Miró’s, Painting (The Bullfight). In clothing it works in much the same way. It is always current, always classic and even a bit edgy.

There is great freedom in keeping it simple: black and white clothing works as a wardrobe staple to mix with other clothing or to wear with any accessories. I love the aspect of a blank canvas that one can have with a crisp white sweater. When I look back on the best of’s in my closet, the top ten include at least four black and white items. Find yourself a classic today from Stella’s latest collection.

invert-triangle_jan17Inverted Triangle: A round neckline on an inverted triangle body shape softens the silhouette by minimizing the angularity of the shoulders. Layer the Aspirations Sweater (shown in white) over the Ready to Wear Leggings (available in black). This basic look is an easy go to for weekends and travel. Top with a necklace that echoes the neckline of the sweater.

rectangle_jan17Rectangle: We often talk about adding curves to this body shape. This time around the outfit adds flair! The Get Inspired Shirt (shown in black) is a combination of cotton poplin and jersey. The tension of these two fabrics is fantastic because the poplin creates a crisp line and the jersey adds movement and sexiness to the blouse. Wear over Stella’s new ponte knit Stepping Out Leggings. An inverted seam detail running through the center of the pant defines this pant by adding structure to a legging.

circle_jan17Circle: Adding color blocking over a tunic and leggings gives a fun and updated look. For the circle figure, the cropped pattern on top of a black silhouette lengthens the figure. The pattern that Stella has chosen for the Take it Easy Sweater shows influences of modern art and textile mastery. Pair the sweater with the contemporary Made You Look Tunic (shown in black) and the ever popular Ready to Wear Leggings (available in black).

triangle_jan17Triangle: Adding layers to the top two thirds of the figure balances the triangle body shape. The Cloud Cover Tunic (available in print) is a beautiful transparent tunic that looks great on its own or with a topper such as the Balancing Act Cardigan (shown in black). Wear over the  Stepping Out Leggings (available in black) and the look is a perfect mix of flow and structure.

DRESS32Hourglass: A dress is an effortless style for the hourglass body shape. Stella’s Between The Lines Dress (available in print) hugs the figure and showcases design with the gentle folds of the modern skirt. Accent with a antique finish necklace like the one shown for an artful look. Or this dress can easily be paired with the Take It Easy Sweater or the Balancing Act Cardigan for a more casual look.

I hope that this series helps you gather ideas for dressing. Please share your comments I would love to hear from you! Sometimes design blogs inspire me as more of  jumping off point. What outfits have you discovered from reading this?

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About Stella Carakasi

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