What a New Year Means to Us

When most of us think of new year’s resolutions, things like eating healthier or working out more typically come to mind. And while these are both great changes to make, the start of a new year means more than that to us here at Stella Carakasi. We like to think of a new year as a clean slate to wipe away anything that no longer serves us and welcome anything that will. We’re going into 2023 with a refreshed attitude on what it is to live mindfully happy! How about you?

Find What’s Important to You

Your values influence who you spend time with, what hobbies you’re interested in taking up, the social issues to which you want to give your time, and more. These values will help guide you to how you want to spend your time, money, and brain power!

The start of a new year is the perfect time to sit down and realign with your life’s true values. We know this might be a big task, but once you broaden your thinking, you may be surprised where you land. For us, our values are providing our community with high-quality clothing that every woman can feel good in, regardless of their personal style or body shape. Sustainability is also another value of ours that we’re always improving on.

We love using eco-friendly fabrics for our garments, like sustainable 100%Tencel® denim from Lenzing for our Mendocino Tunic or our BCI Cotton/ Cashmere blended yarn for our new Eye Candy Sweater.

Commit Time to Yourself

Women all over the world can relate to the struggle to find time to do things for themselves. We’re constantly doing things for others with little to no regard for how we’re feeling.

Not being able to commit time to yourself regularly will leave you feeling burnt out and irritable when it comes to spending time with your loved ones. Whether it’s ten minutes or two hours, try to find a little pocket of time each day to do something for you and only you! It could be reading a book, applying a face mask, going on a walk around the neighborhood, or doing a yoga flow. Whatever you enjoy doing, do it! We love to spend our time relaxing in ultra-comfortable leggings that can go from me-time to family time with ease. Who wouldn’t want to cuddle up reading their favorite book in a stylish pair of leggings?! Sign us up!

Make Small Changes

Not all new year’s resolutions need to be these major life-changing shifts. The small habits you incorporate into your daily routine are just as (if not more) important than those large goals. Small changes could be something like trying out a new recipe at least once a week, sleeping one hour more each night, or even becoming a better plant mom! These small changes usually lead to bigger ripples in your life to keep you motivated to continue to better your life in all areas. Here are a few more ideas if you need some inspiration:

  • Read at least ten pages of a book each day
  • Make those annual doctor’s appointments and health screenings
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Drink more water
  • Stop gossiping and spread more positivity
  • Write in a journal each day
  • Make your bed every morning
  • Smile more
  • Be kind

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Many of us are so consumed with what others will think of us that we often end up sheltering from what we really want and what is calling us. In 2023, try stepping out of your comfort zone. No matter how big (like taking that weekend vacation to a new town by yourself) or small (such as adding more color, texture, and pattern to your wardrobe), stepping out of your comfort zone will help you experience new and exciting things as well as increase your confidence.

In fact, it’s been found that people who step out of their comfort zone become more productive, have an easier time accepting life changes, and gain the ability to harness their creativity more. So next time you say no to something new, think about why and understand what it’s going to take to get you to say yes!

Update Your Wardrobe

When starting a new year, many women take the time to go through their closets to get rid of old things they no longer wear and replace those items with refreshed styles. While we love this idea to give you a confidence boost (and more room in your closet!), we recommend updating your wardrobe with pieces you plan to wear for years that can be worn season over season. It’s always a good idea to refresh your wardrobe with items like new white poplin shirts, comfortable trousers for the office, versatile denim tunics, and striped button-up tops. These pieces can be worn in so many different ways and will never go out of style. Now that’s what we call a closet refresh!  

This year, we’re looking forward to experimenting with new patterns, sustainable fabrics, and fun colors! If you’re looking for inspiration to start 2023 with style, head over to our Looks We Love page for endless outfit ideas.

Holiday Wish List: Gifting Ideas to Give (or Get) This Year

Finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones can be tricky year after year–especially if it’s for that person that always seems to have everything! If you struggle to choose the perfect gift, don’t fret! Today, we’re discussing our top holiday gifts for your loved ones (or for you to add to your own wish list!)

Cozy Sweater

Nothing says holiday like a warm, stylish sweater. Here at Stella Carakasi, we pride ourselves on making high-quality knitwear that is comfortable, flattering, and stylish for years to come! Investing in a quality sweater is such a great gift because it’s something they can cherish year after year. We just launched a few fantastic new sweaters that will make the perfect gift for any remarkable woman on your list. Our Masterpiece Sweater features a unique knit design with contrast color blocking at the hem. A head-turning style will surely prompt the question, “Where did you get that sweater?”

If her style is a little more classic, check out the Eye Candy Sweater it’s our modern take on a vintage-inspired jacquard pattern. Both types are available in three fantastic neutrals that make holiday dressing a snap. We also just launched our best-selling Go To Cardigan in more colors ranging from accessible neutrals to eye-popping colors– available just in time for the holiday season! The unique mix stitch design makes this long open-front cardigan a no-brainer multi-tasker that transitions effortlessly from season to season. It’s an easy-to-wear style she’ll feel good about wearing repeatedly.

Statement Tops

Live in a warmer climate or looking for layers? Why not add a beautiful top to your wish list this year?! We just released brand new colors of our Tiburon Tunic and Prime Time Tunic! Both styles are versatile and made to fit and flatter most body shapes. The Showstopper Shirt is another new launch for us, and the stunning-shaped silhouette tells you all you need to know about this eye-catching top.

With a perfect name to match, our Wish List Shirt is one of those items that any woman would love to own. It’s your classic white poplin shirt with a few design details that amp up the charisma of this “must-have” shirt. From the flattering V-neck and back tucks to the smart 3-button cuffs and the unique side-step inserts that cleverly hide the on-seam pockets, this style is a sophisticated statement while keeping the cool factor intact. Like all of our poplin tops, The Wish List Shirt, like all our poplin shirts, is crafted with organic cotton infused with nylon and spandex for just the right amount of stretch and comfort.

Make a Statement in Stripes

What are the holidays without a bit of fun?! Spice up their wardrobe this year with some pin-striped patterns! The Attitude Shirt is our spin on a jazzed-up, oversized, button-up shirt. For us, the bold striped pattern speaks for itself! If an exciting silhouette is more appealing, check out the Center Stage Shirt to show off the unique fit and flare design.

Regardless of tastes, the Crossroads Tunic offers a modern and timeless design with its asymmetrical pattern play and flattering uneven high/low hem. An actual statement piece that will please any woman this season!

Comfy Bottoms

The best gifts are items that can be put to use and find joy in. Finding comfortable and stylish bottoms can be challenging for many women, so do the work and gift the perfect pair! Our Lounge Dress Pants are consistently one of our best-sellers because they feel like sweatpants but look like dress pants. We know–it’s hard to believe! If a slimmer silhouette is more her style, look no further than the Slimming Ankle Pants.

This is another top style season after season because they feel like wearing buttery soft leggings! On the opposite end of the silhouette spectrum is our brand-new Perfect Flood Pants. They’re made from a soft Tencel® Ponte knit and have a wider cropped leg. Lastly, our Tencel® Criss-Cross Leggings feature a unique crisscross design at the ankle and are great for women who like to be both stylish and comfortable no matter what plans they have in store!

Outer Layers

Coats and jackets are items you always want to upgrade but may not want to splurge on yourself. This means they’re the perfect gift option for any lady in your life! The Favorite Jacket is lightweight and is excellent for those living in a milder climate. Our Definitive Coat is lightly padded, providing more warmth while it is super fashionable over any outfit she has planned!

Everybody Loves Denim

What’s better than getting a high-quality denim style for the holidays?! We just launched a few standouts in our buttery soft Tencel® denim that are sure to have her excited to get dressed in the morning! Our new Mendocino Tunic was designed based on the shape of our best-selling Tiburon Tunic. It’s flowy, versatile, and looks great on everyone. The Between The Lines Tunic gives a bit more shape with its multiple panels, contrast stitching, and functional side pockets. The Ultimate Tunic is another excellent option with its unique design details and practical side seam pockets (who doesn’t love hidden pockets?!) Finish off her denim collection with our organic cotton Criss-Cross  Denim Knit Leggings to pair with any sweater, top, or jacket in her closet!

Showstopping Jewelry

Jewelry is always an excellent option for holiday gifting, but you should make it reflect her style and personal tastes. ESKANDAR carries a range of designers who create truly unique pieces. From the word art by Serge Thorval to the more ethereal pieces by Rose Maria formed out of oxidized metal, semi-precious stones, and diamonds. If you’re looking for something more casual, we’ve hand-selected our jewelry collection of artisan pieces ranging from pounded metal statements to one-of-a-kind handcrafted baubles that celebrate authentic artisan design with beaded strands and clusters that explode with color and pattern.

New Shoes

New boots, flats, or heels are another great gift option this holiday season. Eileen Fisher is our pick for shoes this year because they carry a well-rounded collection of boots and other shoes to wear through this season and beyond. From stretch knit booties (one of our personal favorites) to flats, loafers, and even slippers–you can’t go wrong with their selection!

Winter Accessories

A new winter accessory is always a great idea if all else fails. Scarves, hats, gloves, and mittens are items she’ll put to use and may not think to invest in on her own. We’ve loved Smartwool recently because their things are both sustainable and stylish. They use regenerated and recycled nylon and merino wool for their beanies, scarves, and gloves, which aligns with our sustainability support in the garment industry.

Hand Felted Wrap

If you want a truly unique accessory, look no further and check out our Hand Felted Wrap available in two fabulous rich colors.  We are sure this is a gift she will cherish for many seasons.

Gifting Made Easy

Still undecided?  Let them decide. A gift card is a perfect gift you know they’ll LOVE.

Gifting or receiving some Stella Carakasi this year? Head to our Looks We Love page to discover how we style some of our favorite styles for the winter and beyond!

The Undeniable Allure of the Classic White Shirt

Did you know that in today’s day and age, most people usually only wear about 10% of what is hanging in their closet? After nearly three decades in the fashion business, I have evolved as a designer and woman. There are various things that have changed for me and for the many women I know. As we mature, we tend to value quality over quantity. Owning less but higher quality items has become more important to me, which translates directly into my fashion philosophy.

Decluttering one’s life across all levels and maximizing simplicity is not only good for the environment and the pocketbook but also super important for the soul. Creating space by simplifying one’s life opens doors to new opportunities and experiences.

Fearlessly Wear a White Shirt Anywhere, Everywhere, And in Any Season

So, what does this mean for my Stella Carakasi clothing brand? I set out to create versatile, flattering styles that you can feel good about wearing again and again. And while all clothing is designed to be worn in many different ways, no matter the occasion or season. There is one item that I will always have in my collection–a great white poplin shirt. The white shirt has been a high fashion staple for decades. Anne Fontaine, a French fashion designer, knows the magic power of the white shirt and has created a very successful international business based on the white blouse.

Carolina Herrera, another great American clothing designer has often been seen wearing a white shirt with many of her glamourous bottoms and is known for opting to wear a white shirt at her shows.

Why do we love a white poplin shirt?

Before we get into the ins and outs of the white shirt, I want to share just a few reasons why I am so passionate about every woman owning one:

1. It’s an investment! Trust me when I say this: a white poplin shirt is a piece you will want to invest in. It’s one of those clothing items that can be worn repeatedly regardless of your plans or the weather outside. A high-quality white shirt will last you years (because who wants to get rid of their favorite clothing item after just a few seasons?!

2. It will never go out of style. Because sustainability is a huge pillar of my beliefs, I strive to create designs that can be worn for years. Fast fashion and social media trends lead to millions of tons of clothing waste being dumped in landfills each year. A white poplin shirt is a classic, chic piece that will truly always be stylish!

3. A white shirt flatters every skin color The key to feeling confident in your white shirt is finding a shirt silhouette that suits your body type. Many of our white shirts are meant to fit and flatter most body shapes and sizes however, it may be a bit of trial and error at first to find the perfect shirt for you.

How to style a white shirt

A white shirt is a perfect addition to your wardrobe because it is versatile. You can wear it tied or tucked in, partially tucked, belted, or loose with a pair of jeans or leggings. Here are a few of our favorite ways to wear a white shirt:

Keep it slim

If you’re sporting a flowy, oversized tunic, opt for a slimmer pair of pants such as leggings. A tighter-fitting pair of pants worn with a flowy tunic gives some balance to the entire look. Plus, it will keep you feeling confident and comfortable all day. Our best-selling Tiburon Tunic looks great paired with our Slimming Ankle Pants for the office or the Criss Cross Denim Leggings for running errands.

Wide & Cropped

On the opposite end of the spectrum, try wearing a shorter shirt with a wider-leg, cropped pair of pants. For the same reason, this will keep your outfit looking proportional. The Wear Anywhere Shirt is a great option if you’re looking for a shorter style that still has some movement to it. We love pairing it with the Perfect Flood Pants for the ultimate office look and beyond! Just remember, it’s all about playing with proportions and figuring out what looks best on your body type.

Accessorize!

At the end of the day, a white top is a simple style that also benefits from being elevated with accessories. Add a statement necklace or a beautiful scarf to really take your look up a notch. This is also an easy way to transform your daytime look into a nighttime outfit without having to change your clothes!

We’re always looking to design the next great white shirt.

Whether it’s an updated collar treatment, masterful pattern work, or curious details. The white shirt comes in more variations than we can count ranging from classic to unique. The perfect shirt for you is the one that makes you feel confident and comfortable. We strive to create the perfect shirt by taking some of the best attributes of our most popular styles and recreating them in a new way, a pocket here, a tuck there. Every detail counts. Our newest additions this season illustrate a delightful balance between style and versatility.

Showstopper Shirt

We think the name speaks for itself but if you’re not convinced, the new Showstopper Shirt is all about blending drama and practicality. The flattering front and back release tucks define the striking silhouette and add visual interest to this organic poplin top. There are even side seam pockets to add more versatility to this stunning style. While the Showstopper Shirt can be worn many different ways, we’ve been loving it paired with the Slimming Ankle Pants for the perfect, stylish work look.

Wish List Shirt

 Thoughtful details and exquisite pattern play on the brand new Wish List Shirt amp up the charisma of this season’s “must-have” button-up. The flattering deep V-neck, smart 3-button cuff and back tucks add a sophisticated touch. Unique side slit inserts cleverly hide the on-seam pockets giving this unique style some added utility that punctuates the irresistible and enduring charm of this sweet fashion piece. We like to take the Wish List Shirt a little more casual by pairing it with our super cozy Tencel® Criss Cross Denim Knit Leggings

The perfect white shirt–not as basic as you may think!

You may be thinking to yourself, “Okay I hear you, but I like a little more flair to my outfits than just a white poplin shirt.” While many of our styles have an interesting silhouette to them, we just launched three brand-new styles that go beyond your basic white poplin shirt. We are so excited about these pieces because they’re not only interesting to look at, but they offer just as much versatility as any white shirt or tunic would! What’s not to love?!

Crossroads Tunic

Our Crossroads Tunic is a style that feels both timeless and new. And with this shirt, the design is truly in the details. It has yarn-dyed stripes, cut-up paneling, and unique asymmetries at the hem and collar. The Crossroads Tunic feels like a piece that you can throw on with a pair of chic leggings and run out the door. It doesn’t need much styling which makes it perfect for those who want to keep things easy in the mornings. 

Attitude Shirt

Now, this is an interesting shirt! The Attitude Shirt is a crisp black and white yarn-dyed top that keeps things appealing with the unique pattern play work. It boasts an oversized fit that looks amazing paired with the Perfect Flood Pants. This is truly a look that can be easily transformed from day to night with just the right accessories and layering pieces!

Center Stage Shirt

A classic yarn-dyed pinstripe shirt with a twist. Crafted in a high-quality cotton poplin fabric the Center Stage Shirt offers a smooth finish with just the right amount of stretch for an effortlessly easy fit. A flattering A-line shape lends itself beautifully to the intricate pattern work. The unique side seam construction resolves cleverly into hidden front pockets while the perfectly placed back panels create a delightful chevron design on this easygoing bias-cut silhouette. A classic stand-up collar and buttoned cuffs finish this exquisitely designed button-up.

A white button-up shirt is the ultimate in effortless, simple, and chic styling. It suits all age groups and should be a staple and basic piece within every woman’s wardrobe. Once you find the right Stella Carakasi white poplin shirt, you can feel free to play around with the different colorway options we offer to add a bright pop of color to your wardrobe!

For more outfit inspirations check out our new Looks We Love Page.

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!       

Fashion’s Disconnect and its True Cost

With a realization of a much-needed change, I saw the disconnect between what the fashion industry was producing and what they were telling women and the message just wasn’t resonating with me or the many women I connected with throughout my career, actually, it never did!

Why Stella Carakasi?

Women are a force, and their voices are finally being heard across all sectors of life including fashion. 68% of women in the U.S. wear a size 14 or larger with the average being a size 16, yet most fashion brands ignore these sizes. Instead, they continue designing for the slender hourglass figure, reinforcing the “ideal” body type through mainstream media which has inflicted self-confidence issues upon women for decades. It is clear, that women size 14 or larger don’t fit the “ideal” fashion industry mold and mainstream fashion brands don’t care about them.

A number is just a number, but some of us let the number on the label destroy our confidence. Even worse, we body shame ourselves to the point where shopping for clothing becomes a humiliating experience especially when brands don’t offer our size.

At Stella Carakasi, we decided to create an inclusive fashion brand where a size 22 can shop the same way as a size 2 (XS-2XL). True inclusivity to us means designing clothing in a size continuum without calling the larger sizes plus size. Separating sizes into “regular” and “plus” is not inclusive and we set out to change this. We intend to continue expanding our size range as we scale and to embrace the many women that have been left out of the fashion conversation.

Our obsession with quality and fit results in comfortable, sustainable, and timeless designs which defines our style. We are passionate about creating a fashionable antidote to the limited aesthetic variety that has long dominated this apparel sector- where styles are being produced without empathy for the environment and marketed to a non-diverse, youth-obsessed demographic. Women of all ages, shapes, and sizes deserve to be seen and feel visible.

We are not ruled by anything of the moment or by trends, instead, we produce quality garments that have longevity. We are age, size and body shape inclusive and choose eco-friendly materials and sustainable manufacturing practices throughout the entire supply chain, which is not only a choice but the way of the future.

When you look inside your closet and you see the various styles in beautiful colors and unique fabrics, do you ever think about the impact that your favorite pieces might have on the environment? If you answered no, you’re not alone. A vast majority of the world population doesn’t think twice about buying a new garment or purchasing an entirely new wardrobe each season. And while it is human nature to treat yourself and your loved ones to new clothing, what also matters is knowing how those garments were created and the lasting effects they might have on our planet.

Environmental impact of the fashion industry

Image showing the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

Environmental impact of the fashion industry

As it stands today, the fashion industry accounts for 10% of the world’s carbon emissions and is the second-largest water-consuming industry right after agriculture (most of this wastewater is then returned to the earth untreated). On top of this, 85% of textiles end up in landfills every year and synthetic fabrics take hundreds of years to decompose. Textiles that are made from plastics (petrochemicals fibers) also end up polluting our oceans with tiny microplastics that poison our wildlife and food sources.

A huge reason why so many clothes end up in landfills has also to do with the fact that up to 50% of clothing is mindlessly produced with the wrong body shapes in mind, clothing that simply does not fit half of the female population while the other half has too many choices to select from, resulting in far too many styles that nobody wants.

Over the past few decades, the production of clothing has doubled while the average lifespan for these garments has been cut in half. This means that while people are buying more clothing than ever before, they’re wearing it for a much shorter time. This is a direct result of how the fast fashion industry has manipulated the mainstream customer’s shopping behavior.

Fast fashion, as most consumers are already aware of these days, is a sector of the fashion industry that offers low prices but also low quality, completely devaluating fashion and creating false consumer price expectations. Most people are drawn to fast, fashion retailers because it allows them to update their closets with a lot of new garments for a relatively cheap price. And what pushes the fast fashion industry forward is what is often referred to as ‘micro trends’, which are fashion trends that only last for a few months (or sometimes even a few weeks)! Sophisticated marketing makes people feel like they always need to have the hottest new items to be labeled as stylish –even if these pieces aren’t going to be in style anymore two months down the line. In addition, as technology advances, so does the textile industry. This means that retailers can manufacture clothing for a lower price, sell it for cheap, and continue pushing out new collections to entice people to keep buying all in the name of corporate greed.

The true cost of fashion

In addition to the horrible effects fast fashion has on our planet, it also creates a social and humanitarian crisis. Many fast-fashion retailers manufacture their garments in sweatshops forcing the local community to take incredibly low wages, suffer from unsafe working conditions, and live in areas where the water and air are dangerously polluted. The model of continuous buying and throwing away has a major impact on the environment and local population and is just going to get worse if we (as manufacturers, retailers, and consumers) don’t do something about it.

Women wearing sustainable clothing as a true cost of fashion.

Stella Carakasi’s commitment to sustainability and inclusivity

Here at Stella Carakasi, we lead with our values and we believe that every single person has the power to make a positive difference in this world with the choices we all make. Even our smallest decisions have the potential to collectively bring about big changes. It simply takes awareness to reclaim our voices and our power to alter the trajectory of the fashion industry and the health of our planet. We are committed to inspiring and leading by example, simply being the change we want to see in the world.  

  • The quality and timeless style of our garments is our number one priority during the design process. We want our beloved community to be able to fit and wear their favorite Stella Carakasi pieces again and again without having to worry about them falling apart or going out of style. Our styles are designed to be your core wardrobe, so instead of having to purchase many different items just to make a few outfits, our styles can be worn in many ways to create countless looks for many seasons to come. From the office to date nights to running errands, our high-quality designs can truly take you anywhere.
  • In addition to high-quality and stylish clothing, we also take the fit and comfort of our garments very seriously. Because when you feel good you look good– and vice versa! We create timeless silhouettes that are made to fit and flatter most body shapes and sizes whereas compared to a fast-fashion retailer, may only offer a limited size range with poor fits. Many of our fabrics are also extremely soft and comfortable to wear for extended periods, so it’s something you’ll want to wear over and over again. 
  • To maintain our high-quality pattern engineering and fit assurance across sizes, we develop everything in-house starting with the design process, fabric selection to pattern making, grading, and sample sewing until we know the styles are as perfect as they can be. We are sticklers for details and this is reflected in our high quality across everything we produce.
  • We choose our global manufacturers and fabric mills very carefully to ensure they are both the best option for the planet and the quality of our garments. Most of our manufacturers are ISO (International Organization for Standardization) partners and are WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) and BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) compliant. While working with these manufacturing partners does drive up our costs, we think it’s important to push forward our sustainability and human rights commitments. Additionally, we prioritize using many sustainable fabrics for our garments including organic cotton poplinTencel® denim and PonteModel® jersey, and organic cotton jersey! 
  • Lastly, instead of releasing dozens of new collections each year, we like to take things slow. We fully stand behind slow fashion because we believe that less is more when less is better. We release thoughtfully curated styles so that you can update your wardrobe with designs that you will keep in your closet year after year. We also produce smaller batches of garments to ensure that nothing ends up in the landfill.

If you’d like to learn more about the impact the fast fashion industry has on the environment, we recommend watching the True Cost documentary for a quick and easily digestible education on this incredibly important topic! You can also learn more about our environmental commitments and initiatives here

Interested in learning how to create a variety of looks with only a few select styles?  Then check out our Looks We Love page for inspiration.

Our favorite Spring looks that walk seamlessly into summer 

The girl is wearing a white coat for spring looks.
Spring is finally here which means it’s officially time to trade in those chunky knit sweaters and heavy jackets for lightweight, breezy pieces that will keep you cool and stylish all season long! Not sure where to start for your spring wardrobe? We’ve got you covered with a look into some of our brand-new garments for spring 2022!
The models are wearing a coat and a jacket for spring looks.

Lightweight jacket

Although the weather is starting to warm up, cool mornings and nights make a lightweight jacket an absolute must-have in everyone’s closet this season. We love switching things up for the springtime with a Black or light-colored jacket. Our Favorite Jacket now comes in the color Birch which is ideal for brightening up any look while adding some warmth for those chilly spring days. The style of the Favorite Jacket is sleek, modern, and boasts a silhouette that is flattering for all body shapes. It features pockets and a mid-thigh length which makes it great to pair with tunics and leggings.  

If you’re not a fan of long coats, we just launched a brand new style that is a shorter take on the Favorite Jacket called the Style to Spare Jacket. Like the Favorite Jacket, this cropped jacket, which is ideal for layering, has gorgeous moto-inspired details that make it both edgy and classic. It’s made with our proprietary fabric which will keep you warm without being too heavy. Like the Favorite Jacket, our new Style to Spare Jacket is offered in both colors, Black and Birch. 

The model is wearing a tie dyed shirt for spring looks.

Patterned tee  

There’s nothing like a simple yet bold tee to have in your closet to pair with leggings, denim, trousers, and more! A patterned tee for spring 2022 is a must because it is so versatile and can be worn even beyond this season. We created the Tie Dyed Every Day Tee to become a staple in your wardrobe without being too minimalistic. The fun tie-dye print comes in three different colors and can be styled however you wish! For those cooler spring days, we love throwing a lightweight jacket or cozy cardigan right over the top of the Tie Dyed Every Day Tee to add some extra warmth and layers. Plus, it’s stretchy and looks great on many body shapes! 

The model is wearing a tunic for spring looks.

Statement tunic

If there is one item you absolutely must have this spring season, it’s a comfy tunic. A high-quality tunic can be worn in so many ways and throughout every season. It’s the perfect style for springtime because it’s lightweight and can also be layered if needed. The new Indulgence Tunic was designed to be easy-fitting and comfortable. It looks great belted, paired with denim or trousers, and can be dressed up or down. Plus, it’s made with an organic cotton blend to last you for years!  

The girl is wearing a tunic as part of spring looks.

Best seller

If you haven’t heard of our best-selling Tiburon Tunic, you’re missing out! It’s made with two great fabrics, crisp organic cotton poplin, and a soft Modal® jersey to keep you cool and comfy. This top fits and flatters most body shapes and sizes which makes it perfect for every woman’s spring wardrobe. Plus, each season we release new colors of the Tiburon Tunic to update your wardrobe for the new season! This spring, we’ve released three new colors–Hibiscus, Lagoon, and Kiwi while all-year-round colors like Soft White and Black are always in stock if you prefer to keep it neutral. 

The girls are wearing shirts for spring looks.

A new combination fabric top

When planning out our spring collection, we wanted to create a new style that took all of the best attributes of our most popular styles and combined them into one–and that’s how the Inspired Shirt was born! It features a flattering V-neck collar, stunning A-line shape, and a high/low hem to pair with any pants of your choice. It’s made from organic cotton poplin and Modal® jersey which adds to the comfort of the garment. You truly can’t go wrong with adding the Inspired Shirt to your collection this season!  

The girl is wearing a blouse as part of spring looks.

Standout top

A high-quality, standout top is a timeless piece that you can wear again and again–no matter the occasion. The new Front Row Blouse was designed with versatility in mind. It can be worn to the office, lunch with your girlfriends, date night with your partner, and so much more! While it may look like your standard button-up blouse in the front, the stunning back pleats take this style to a whole new level. The Front Row Blouse is sophisticated, timeless, and looks great in many different body shapes and sizes. It even has a fully lined back so you don’t have to worry about layering another top underneath! Currently, the Front Row Blouse is available in Soft White and Black. 

The girl is wearing a top for spring looks.

Dip-dye

Looking for a simple yet bold top to add to your spring wardrobe? Look no further than our new Raise the Bar Top. It’s made from an incredibly soft Modal® jersey which makes it extremely comfortable for all-day wear. It’s available in three fabulous, bold dip-dyed colors. This top is great to wear with white pants, leggings, or denim and can be dressed up with eye-catching accessories!  

Glowy makeup

In the springtime, your makeup is almost as important as your new wardrobe! Think glowy skin, coral blushes, and glossy lips. One of our favorite makeup lines here at the Stella Carakasi is Boom by Cindy Joseph. It’s a line of makeup exclusively made for women over 40. They offer a ton of great makeup and skincare products that can help your skin glow for the spring season. We are currently obsessed with their Boomsticks which are multi-tasking products that can be used for blush, lipstick, highlighter, eyeshadow, and so much more! They are perfect for any woman on the go and make a great addition to your spring 2022 refresh.  

Now that you’ve got some inspiration for your new spring wardrobe, let us help you decide how to style them! Make sure to head to our Looks We Love page for outfit ideas featuring a ton of our new spring 2022 styles and how we merchandise the various looks. 

Build a Wardrobe you Love: How to Create a Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe  

The models are wearing a vest and a jacket

At Stella Carakasi, our goal is to create timeless styles that are great quality, sustainably produced and can be worn over and over across seasons. If you’ve been thinking about revamping your closet to be eco-friendly and more efficient, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re breaking down everything you need to have in your capsule wardrobe to last you many seasons to come, and remember less is always more when less work effortlessly together.

What is a capsule wardrobe? 

When you start researching how to be more sustainable with your clothing choices, chances are you’ve probably seen the term ‘capsule wardrobe’ floating around. Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a thought-out, concise collection of clothing that can be paired together in many different ways. Usually, a capsule wardrobe will consist of 10-20 pieces that can all be worn together interchangeably. Capsule wardrobes allow for more room in your closet, save you money, and make putting together outfits easier. If you’re interested in learning more about the history and benefits of capsule wardrobes, check out our blog post here.  

Must-have pieces for your capsule wardrobe

Now that you know what a capsule wardrobe is, let’s chat about the top pieces you need to add to your collection that will last you years.  

Comfortable pants 

When searching for the right pants, you want to consider two things: comfort and versatility. You want to feel comfortable in your pants no matter where life takes you, but you also want to be able to pair them with any top and jacket in your closet.

Our Lounge Dress Pants are the perfect addition to your capsule wardrobe because they can be worn to the office, at home, and your after-work yoga flow! They come in two neutral colors (charcoal and black) and fit like a glove.  

If you prefer a slimmer fit, the Love the Look Leggings and Slimming Ankle Pants are two great options. Our ultra-comfortable Slimming Ankle Pants are offered in the same two colors and have a flattering, slim fit. They’re made from a comfortable Tencel® blended Ponte which flatters your curves and keeps you feeling confident all day long. Our best-selling Love the Look Leggings are crafted in the same stretchy Ponte knit. Talk about comfort and versatility! Any of these bottoms pair easily with the tops of your choice and can be worn well after winter ends.  

White shirt 

Nothing screams capsule wardrobe like an elevated white button-up shirt. White shirts are classic, easy to style, and can be worn season after season. And our collection of white shirts is no exception! The iconic Tiburon Tunic is a must-have piece in any woman’s wardrobe. It’s made to fit and flatter most body shapes and sizes. This combination fabric style is made from crisp organic cotton poplin and Modal jersey knit. You can wear this top layered with jackets, belted over leggings, or with denim! The options are truly endless (which is most important when creating a capsule wardrobe!) Our brand new Center Stage Shirt is another timeless classic with a bit of flair. It features a fun pinstripe pattern and a flattering A-line shape.  

The Center Stage Shirt is a fun twist on your average white button-up. If you’re searching for a chic and modern white shirt, look no further than our stand-out Downtown Shirt. It has unique zipper detailing on the front and back which keeps this top edgy and modern. It’s great to wear alone or paired with jackets and cardigans.  

Sweater knits 

A beautiful sweater style is a great addition to your capsule wardrobe as it can be styled and layered in so many different ways!  

The Go To Cardigan offers a unique flair to a classic cardigan and this style transitions well across seasons. It’s incredibly soft and the flattering accordion pleated design makes it stand out from the rest. It comes in three neutral colors to pair with any outfit in your closet.  

Our new Reversible Step Up Cardigan is another great capsule wardrobe piece as it features two different colorways on one garment and can be worn on either side! It’s incredibly cozy and makes for a great office or loungewear garment. It’s made from a BCI cotton and cashmere blend to keep you warm. 

Vest

While a vest may not be at the top of your mind when putting together your capsule wardrobe, they’re much more versatile than you may think! In the winter, pair your favorite vest with a button-up shirt or sweater to stay warm. In the summertime, throw it over a light t-shirt!

The model is wearing a vest as a minimalist capsule wardrobe.

Our Take Note Vest is incredibly versatile with its oversized hood and modern collar. It comes in black and navy and looks great on many body types.  

We also offer the Reversible All You Need Vest which is cozy for the wintertime and boasts two color choices in one great style!  

Jackets and coats  

A warm yet chic winter jacket is a must-have for your winter capsule wardrobe. Our new Definitive Coat features stylish details and keeps you warm, cozy– and stylish! It’s the perfect blend of fashion and function. Plus, it gives you enough room to layer with your favorite tops. This is a winning style you will be enjoying for many cold seasons to come. The Cozy Up Coat is a part cardigan and part traditional jacket. It features an easy-fitting, open front but is made with blended boiled wool fabric. This is another timeless style, so easy to wear and enjoy for many years to come. Our Favorite Jacket with its moto-inspired details offers an urban flair to your traditional trench coat. This style transitions effortlessly from winter into spring and from summer into fall. 

Booties 

No matter where you live, a good pair of booties can work in anyone’s capsule wardrobe. We’ve been loving the Abbie from Donald Pliner because they’re stylish yet comfortable to walk in. These are the types of boots that you will find yourself wearing a lot because short booties transition well across seasons. 

Accessories  

You can’t forget about accessories! There is nothing like fun jewelry and beautiful scarves to instantly elevate any outfit. We love Stella & Dot jewelry. Whether you are looking for a statement piece or something more delicate, you’ll find something special.   

As far as scarves are concerned we discovered beautiful lightweight cashmere scarves from Ovcio, which are offered in a variety of stunning colors that can be worn across all seasons. These scarves are fabulous investment pieces you will treasure forever. 

Still not sure where to begin?  Have a look at our Looks We Love Page where you will find so many outfit combinations with all of our easy-fitting, super mixable, and ultra-wearable, timeless designs. Have fun! 

Timeless Winter Styles To Invest In

Timeless winter styles to invest in
The model is wearing a black jacket as one of the winter styles.

Winter is in full swing which means harsh winds, frigid temperatures, and lots (and lots) of layering. Whether you’re looking to refresh your entire winter wardrobe or just pick up a few versatile pieces, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re breaking down all our must-have winter styles to invest in!

Jackets and Coats

Whether it’s freezing or just mild where you live, a high-quality coat to last you through the years is an absolute must.

The girl is wearing a black coat as one of her winter styles.

Definitive Coat

Our new Definitive Coat is the perfect blend of function and style. It is lightly padded and fully lined to keep you cozy and warm, while its chic design will have you looking stylish all day long. Plus, there are several different pockets to hold your gloves, earmuffs, or any other winter necessities! 

Far And Away Coat

If a wool coat is more your style, we’ve got you covered. The Far And Away Coat fits more like a comfortable sweater. The oversized collar drapes beautifully when worn unzipped and it converts into a stylish cowl neck when worn zipped up. The pockets add functionality while the diagonally placed front zipper gives this style a modern look. This Far And Away Coat layers effortlessly with other tops and sweaters. It is made from a boiled wool blend that keeps you warm and it’s available in two seasonless colors which are black and soft gray! It’s an ideal style that transitions perfectly into early spring when temperatures are still crisp.

Step Up Cardigan

Our Reversible Step Up Cardigan is an ideal outerwear style if you live in a mild or warmer climate and a perfect layering piece to be worn under heavier winter coats for those of you living in a cold climate. This versatile style will keep you warm during those chilly days. It’s another great design that walks seamlessly into spring. The best part? It’s a reversible two-color cardigan, so it’s like you’re buying two different pieces in one! 

Sweaters

Nothing says winter like a warm, cozy sweater. And here at Stella Carakasi, we create our sweaters with the purpose and intention to provide the highest quality paired with the best design!

Made You Look Sweater

How cozy and modern is this knitted sweater?! The Made You Look Sweater brings comfort, style, and warmth all into one piece. It features a unique asymmetrical hem and is made to fit and flatter most body shapes. It’s available in soft white, black, and light gray to match with any outfit you have in mind!

The gilr is wearing a knitted sweater as one her winter styles

Modern Mix Sweater

We’re obsessed with our new Modern Mix sweater because of its sleek color-blocking design. The flattering scoop neck and boxy shape make it ideal to pair with denim, trousers, or leggings. Plus, it’s a great layering piece and super easy to wear.

All You Need Sweater

The name says it all with this style–our All You Need Sweater is all you need to create a perfect winter outfit. The graceful dip-dye design paired with the full, high/low hem makes it stand out amongst the rest of your sweater collection. It’s modern, timeless, and super easy to wear and merchandise.

Leggings

We are big believers that leggings don’t have to stay in the yoga studio, so we created leggings that look as great as they feel and more importantly, they look dressed up.

Look Sharp Leggings

Our brand new Look Sharp Leggings is made from a recycled vegan suede material that will take you from the office to dinner and beyond! We created them with slimming seams and a wide elastic side panel to smooth and flatter the hips. We love pairing these leggings with ankle booties and a sweater for the perfect winter look.

Love The Look Leggings

Another great option is our Tencel® Love The Look Leggings. They feature smoothing style lines to show off your fabulous curves. They’re made from a sustainable 4-way stretch Ponte knit to keep you comfortable no matter what’s on your to-do list!

Criss Cross Leggings

Leggings to live in. A playful legging in soft Tencel® Ponte knit, the Criss Cross Leggings feature a delightful criss-cross ankle design detail. These Ponte leggings are that go-to style in your wardrobe and are the one piece of clothing that will always make it into your suitcase. 

Lounge Dress Pants

If you want the comfort of leggings with the style of traditional dress pants, look no further. Our Lounge Dress Pants are a dream to wear to the office because they feel like you’re wearing stretchy leggings. You can take them from the office to a yoga class! 

Classic Shirts and Tunics

Classic button-up shirts and tunics are great layering styles that work all year-round including wintertime. They look fabulous when worn with sweaters, cardigans, and coats but also look stylish when worn by themselves.

Tiburon Tunic

Our best-selling Tiburon Tunic is great to wear all year round. We designed this top to fit and flatter most body shapes and sizes. It’s available in a range of colors (plus, we’re always coming out with new ones!) so you can collect them all and keep your wardrobe fresh and colorful.

The girl is wearing a purple top as one of her winter styles.

Prime Time Tunic

This organic cotton blended poplin top is going to be your new go-to style no matter the season. The Prime Time Tunic features an A-line shape and looks great worn with leggings or pants. The uniquely designed on-seam pockets add functionality to this easy-fitting top.

The girl is wearing a white top as one of her winter styles.

Wear Anywhere Shirt

Every woman needs a great white button-up shirt in her closet, and the Wear Anywhere Shirt is no exception! It’s slightly oversized, features large breast pockets, and cool forward-facing side-slits. It’s great to wear on its own or layered with other pieces. 

The girl is wearing a striped shirt as one of her winter styles

Center Stage Shirt

The Center Stage Shirt is a new addition to our collection but it’s quickly becoming one of our favorites! It’s a classic pinstripe button-up shirt with a modern twist. It has hidden front pockets, a flattering A-line shape, and a slight high/low hem. The cleverly placed, bias-cut panels add visual interest to this great shirt. What more could you ask for?!

Twice As Nice Shirt

We love the Twice As Nice Shirt because it’s like your classic button-up but with a chic flair. The focal point is the unique double-layer design which bridges the gap between business and casual. It can be worn with leggings or trousers and looks great paired under jackets and cardigans! The best part is it has on-seam pockets, and what woman doesn’t like her pockets?!

Now let’s top it off!

What’s a winter wardrobe without some fun accessories?

Boots

Heeled ankle booties are a winter staple! We love the Justin Leather Heeled Bootie from Kenneth Cole because although they have a heel, they’re designed to be sturdy and easy to walk in.

Hats and scarves

If you live in a cold climate, a quality hat and scarf set is a must. We love the Italian wool-blend cable knit hat and scarf from Banana Republic. They’re stylish and will last you years!

Bags

We’ve been obsessed with bags from Coach recently and this Soft Tabby Hobo is no exception. It’s big enough to fit all of your essentials plus, it looks good with almost any outfit! This is a bag that you can rock no matter the season.

Looking for outfit inspiration with your new winter styles? Head to our Looks We Love page!

How to Look Instantly Chic in Winter White

winter white

We’ve all been through a lot, both personally and as a community. Their’s nothing like a new year or even a fresh blanket of snow to prompt us is into starting something new. Changing your outlook, ditching an old habit, or flipping the script completely can make us feel reenergized. It can be something as simple as starting an exercise regimen, cutting down on coffee, or something more spiritual like meditating– even if it’s for 5 minutes a day, it’s a start.

We want to show you how to look instantly chic in winter white with just a a few versatile styles that will make your 2022 sing!

After months of quarantine, we’ve all become a little stagnant with a tendency to hibernate for the winter which can leave us all a bit out of sorts. We want to show you how to look instantly chic in winter white with just a a few versatile styles that will make your 2022 sing! Stepping outside of the box can be something as easy as a change in hairstyle or even a change in how we dress. A fresh outlook for the new year can give us a mental jumpstart that can carry us throughout the year. The color white has always been attributed to purity and starting over. Who doesn’t appreciate a fresh dusting of snow? It makes the world look fresh and clean. We can accomplish that same feeling with what we wear.

We don’t know who needs to hear this, but it’s totally OK to wear white after Labor Day!

In fact, creating white outfits during the colder months is one of our favorite wintertime looks. A white outfit instantly makes you look chic, put together, and brings some much-needed light to dreary winter days. While it’s fairly simple to throw together a winter white outfit, we love to take it up a notch by adding in neutral tones and textures.

If you’re ready to add some staple pieces to your closet for the wintertime, you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s start with a solid base layer. We find it easiest to select your bottoms first and then build the rest of the outfit from there. We chose to opt for our Slimming Ankle Pants in Charcoal or Black. The neutral colors make it extremely easy to pair with tops, jackets, and accessories. These bottoms make you feel like you’re wearing leggings but look like you’re rocking nice fitting pants. They have slimming style lines to fit and flatter most body shapes and sizes. They’re also a great transition piece when we start moving into spring!

Next, decide what kind of top you’re looking to wear.

During the wintertime, we like to either go for a cozy sweater or a crisp white poplin top.

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The Downtown Shirt is a new addition to our line and offers a modern and edgy look with its unique zipper details. Unlike a traditional button-up, the Downtown Shirt features a zip front opening and a flattering high low hem. Crafted with a blended, organic cotton stretch poplin makes the Downtown Shirt both sustainable and comfortable.

Let’s talk tunics!

Tunics tunic women's blouses winter white

Our Tiburon Tunic is a best-seller for a reason. We designed this top to fit and flatter all body shapes and sizes. It has an easy A-line shape and is long enough to wear with leggings or tighter pants. It even has pockets! Made from a blended organic cotton poplin and super soft Modal® jersey, this unique top has over 300, 5-star reviews!

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The Prime Time Tunic in soft white is another great option for those who want a slightly shorter hemline. Crafted with an organic cotton blended poplin to keep it crisp and eco-friendly, it features an easy A-line shape and unique side seam pockets. We love layering this tunic with cardigans and jackets, during the wintertime since it’s so chic and comfortable!

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If you’re looking for a winter white sweater, we have a few great options!

One of our new favorites is the Made You Look Sweater in ivory. It features a super unique asymmetrical design and flattering step hem. A classic cable knit sweater with an interesting and modern twist, the Made You Look Sweater is a great winter statement to cozy up in at home or on the go.

Looking to experiment with subtle shades of gray this winter? Then you’re going to love our All You Need Sweater. The beautifully placed dip dye adds a unique design that stands out among the crowd. While the majority of this sweater is a soft white, the light gray dip dye look plays perfectly into any winter white outfit. It even has a full high-low hem making it ideal to wear with leggings!

sweaters color block cashmere winter white

We also offer our brand new Modern Mix Sweater. This sophisticated top features chic color blocking with three different shades of soft white and grays. It’s a flattering, chic, easy to fit winter statement.

cardigan reversible sweater winter white

For those extra chilly days we have been loving our Reversible Step Up Cardigan. If you are looking to add neutral grays and winter white into your look, this cardigan is a versatile style that can be worn in either the ivory or gray side depending on your outfit and mood. It has pockets and a chic shawl collar front. It’s made from a luxe BCI cotton and cashmere blended yarn to keep you warm and comfortable all day long.

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A great cardigan is an absolute must! Our best-selling Go To Cardigan in soft white offers you both style and comfort. The unique accordion design takes this cardigan up several notches and makes an interesting visual statement. The best part is that this cardigan works for all seasons.

And now accessorize.

For shoes, an off-white or cream color ankle bootie is always an ideal option because you can wear them to work, dinner, and beyond. We’ve been loving these Genoa Leather Booties from Calvin Klein. They’re a great basic while also keeping things sophisticated with a chic pointed toe. And what would a winter white outfit be without some great accessories? We love pairing silver jewelry, like these cuffs from Stella & Dot, with any winter look. They’re simple yet add some much-needed shine to an outfit. A staple white purse is also a great investment because it can be used throughout any season. This bucket bag from Kate Spade is large enough to fit everything you need and looks chic while doing it.

Need more outfit inspiration this winter? Make sure to check out our Looks We Love Page to discover more!

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Holiday Wish List: Gifting Ideas to Give (or Get )This Year

The model is wearing a sweater as a gifting idea

It’s that time of year again where we have to decide what to give to the women in our lives for the holiday season. And whether you’re shopping for your friends, sister, mom, grandmother, or yourself (we won’t tell anyone), we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for holiday gift ideas the women in your life will use and love all year-round

Cozy sweaters

Nothing screams the holiday season like a warm sweater to cozy up! This year, get her a beautiful, knitted style that will keep her warm and stylish all winter long. 

The girl is wearing a sweater as one of the gifting ideas for women

Modern Mix Sweater

Talk about chic! Our brand new Modern Mix Sweater is the perfect combination of comfort and style. This ultimate cozy gift is made from a blend of BCI cotton (Better Cotton Initiative) and luxurious cashmere, featuring a sophisticated color blocking design. The Modern Mix Sweater looks great worn by itself or layered under jackets or cardigans during those extra cold days!  

The girl is wearing a gray sweater as one of the gifting ideas for women

Made You Look Sweater

The Made You Look Sweater, with its modern and unique asymmetrical design, featuring a classic multi-stitch pattern, is the ultimate style when it comes to comfort and style. The flattering high scoop neck and drop shoulder design are both easy-fitting and flatter all body types. Plus, it comes in three colors to match with any outfit this season! 

The girl is wearing an ombre-colored sweater as one of the gifting ideas this holiday

All You Need Sweater

Every woman needs a little color in her life! Our All You Need Sweater boasts an eye-catching dip-dye design that can be easily paired with any jacket or bottom! The Ceylon/ Forest colorway provides a much-needed boost of color during the wintertime without being too bright. If the women in your life prefer more neutral colors, the All You Need Sweater is also available in two other colorways! 

Versatile tops

Whether you live in a warmer climate or want to buy her something she can wear all year round, look no further than a versatile top she can rock to the office, dinner dates, and beyond!

The girl wearing a purple top as one of the gifting ideas this holiday season

Tiburon Tunic

Did you know that our Tiburon Tunic has a rating of 4.9 stars?! And there’s no secret why! This versatile top fits and flatters most body shapes and sizes and is available in a wide range of colors to suit anyone’s preferences. It’s made of organic cotton poplin and a soft Modal jersey back to create a flattering top that can be paired with denimleggings, and more! 

The girl is wearing a white top as one of  the gifting ideas for women

Prime Time Tunic

Every woman needs a classic button-up in their wardrobe and our Prime Time Tunic is the perfect option! This top is also made from an organic cotton blended poplin and boasts an easy A-line shape. It has a high-low hem which makes it ideal to wear with leggings or trousers.

Downtown Shirt

If the woman in your life likes rocking edgy pieces, she’s going to love our brand new Downtown Shirt! The functional zipper details make this top casual yet refined. It’s the perfect style to go from the office to a dinner date. Talk about versatility!

Comfy bottoms

During the holiday season, we love looking good and feeling comfortable, and these bottoms are no exception!

Lounge Dress Pants

If you can’t tell, let it be known that we’re all about comfort, fit, and style here at Stella Carakasi and our Lounge Dress Pants are no exception. These ultra-stretchy pants are both office-approved and yoga-ready with their unique Tencel® Ponte knit fabric. The Lounge Dress Pants boast an easy fit and a full elastic waistband for ultimate comfort throughout the day.

Slimming Ankle Pants

Our Slimming Ankle Pants is going to be her favorite gift of the season and it’s not hard to see why! This best-selling trouser is made to be both comfortable and flattering. Talk about a win-win. They feel like wearing leggings but look like flattering bottoms that can be worn to work, running errands, and beyond! They’re even designed with flattering slimming seams to accentuate all the right places. 

Look Sharp Leggings

Speaking of comfort and style, meet our new Look Sharp Leggings! The vegan suede takes the entire look up a notch and the meticulously placed seams flatter the legs perfectly. Plus, they have wide elastic on the side of the pants and tummy control for the best feeling and look. Trust us, these leggings are going to be her new closet staple.

Warm jackets

A classic jacket is always a great gift for any woman in your life no matter where she lives!

The girl is wearing  a black coat as one of the gifting ideas for women

Definitive Coat

If she lives in a colder climate, our new Definitive Coat is an absolute must-have, one-of-a-kind design. It’s the perfect combination of style and function with its warm high collar and fully lined padded body. Ideal for layering with sweaters and cardigans. The Definitive Coat works with almost any outfit and is great for women of all style preferences!

The girl is wearing a gray coat as one of the gifting ideas for women

Cozy Up Coat

A coat that looks and feels like a sweater?! Count us in! The new Cozy Up Coat is an oversized, easy-fitting boiled wool coat that has a unique, open, notched front-facing. This timeless outerwear piece features bracelet-length sleeves and tucked front-patch pockets. What’s not to love?

Reversible Step Up Cardigan

If the woman in your life lives somewhere that it doesn’t get too cold, a classy cardigan is always a great gift option to wear at home, and on the go. Our Reversible Step Up Cardigan has a stylish shawl collar, front patch pockets, and a beautiful asymmetrical front hem for that additional design element. The best part, it’s reversible and can be worn in two different colorways. This is a style that allows you to do more with less.

Stocking stuffers

Don’t forget the smaller gifts and stocking stuffers this year!

Everyday makeup

We love gifting the women in our lives with a little bit of color they can wear every day no matter if they’re staying in, running errands, or heading to the office. BOOM! By Cindy Joseph is one of our favorite makeup lines because they formulate products specifically for women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s! They even have holiday gift bags that come with a range of products she can try out.

Handcrafted jewelry

If there is one thing about us women, it’s that we can never say no to a little bling! Try gifting her with a classic and simple piece of jewelry that she can wear year after year. We’ve been loving John Hardy for timeless pieces that will stand the test of time.

Signature home scents

Along with a new year comes a new scent! NEST New York is one of our favorite fragrance companies. They have a great selection of perfumes, candles, reed diffusers, hand soaps, and more!

Always remember that the best gifts are quality ones that she will use time and time again! Here at Stella Carakasi, our focus is quality and making every woman in our lives feel good in their skin. Still not sure what to gift her? Check out our Looks We Love page for more outfit inspirations! Enjoy gifting this holiday season!