Effortlessly Transition Your Summer Wardrobe Into the Fall Season

Now that it’s September, you may be wondering how to stretch your summer wardrobe to get the most out of the change in seasons. Our top tip? Anything that you add to your wardrobe needs to shift from season to season effortlessly! Let’s look at a few ways to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall seamlessly.

Denim, the perfect year-round fabric

If there is one fabric that should be in your closet year-round, it’s denim! Denim is a base fabric that can be transformed to fit effortlessly into any season. Pair your favorite denim with pops of autumn colors or keep it modern and clean with a crisp white button-up shirt and add layers of darker neutrals and deeper fall colors as the temperature starts to drop. The 100% Tencel® denim we use at Stella Carakasi is soft, silky, and sustainable and our denim knit leggings are made from organic cotton.

Here are a few of our denim must-haves for the new season:

Prime Time Tunic– The Prime Time Tunic is a closet classic that you will wear over and over. We’ve engineered the perfect Tencel® denim tunic, and it’s been a hit! It’s not just the easy-fitting A-line shape with its flattering shirttail hem or the uniquely designed side seam pockets. It’s how you feel the moment you put it on.

Storyteller Tunic– This silky soft Tencel® denim tunic is the perfect top to wear when you want to look both stylish and comfortable. The clean lines and the flattering A-line shape with its high/ low hem give this style a sophisticated edge, while the bracelet-length sleeves and front pockets keep the casual vibe in check.

Heatwave Tunic– Our Tencel® denim Heatwave Tunic brings a fresh perspective to traditional denim with sustainable comfort that reads modern and chic but with a relaxed mood that our customer has come to live in. Contrast stitching, decorative button-loop design, and deep side slits offer the perfect balance of style and comfort. It also features handy front pockets!

City Pants– These pants are perfect for cool and warm seasons alike. The soft Tencel® denim fabric will make you feel comfortable and stylish. The easy fit and the flattering cropped design make these pants an ideal year-round choice for any casual event.

Can’t Resist Tunic– Sustainable style starts with the fabric and we love the look and feel of sustainable denim. Our Can’t Resist Tunic reads modern and chic with elevated detailing and an effortlessly polished approach to off-duty dressing.

All Attitude Shirt– An “artist shirt” with uncompromising comfort and pockets! The wrap-around back panel features unique side seams that resolve into deep side slits creating perfect drape and graceful movement.

Criss Cross Denim Knit Leggings Soft and stretchy are our two favorite words when it comes to our knit denim. Our playful, eco-friendly Criss Cross Leggings are crafted in soft, organic cotton denim knit. Flattering seaming and a unique crisscross ankle detail finish these ultra-cozy versatile leggings. Dress them up or down. A true closet hero that can go from casual days at home to evening celebrations.

Pair with the perfect layers

What’s autumn without layering?! A cropped jacket over a lightweight sweater paired with your favorite jeans, a cardigan over a poplin top, or a long sleeve tunic over your favorite leggings–there are so many options to transform your summer styles into smashing fall looks!

A lightweight jacket is key

As the transition between summer and fall begins, cool mornings and warm afternoons are soon to follow. A lightweight jacket is key to mastering late summer/early autumn temperatures. Our Favorite Jacket is a total game changer. It incorporates fun moto-inspired details and an easy A-line shape for a season-defining look. Pair the Favorite Jacket with our Criss Cross Leggings in Birch, Black, or even your favorite denim to keep your look clean and modern. Add a crisp white poplin top and tiptoe into the fall season with colorful accessories.

If a cropped jacket is more your speed, check out our Style to Spare Jacket. This lightweight jacket is perfect for layering during the early fall season and it features edgy moto-inspired details. Pair the Style to Spare Jacket over a crisp white button-up shirt. Finish off the look with a pair of organic cotton denim or stretch Ponte leggings!

Cozy cardigans

There is nothing quite like wrapping up in a cozy cardigan during those chilly fall mornings and evenings. Our Go-To Cardigan is a fan favorite season after season because of its comfort, versatility, and extremely flattering shape. It comes in three neutral colors that pair perfectly with any autumn color palette.

Perfect poplin

One of the most versatile pieces that you can own is a classic, yet chic poplin button-up. It can be styled in so many ways across every single season. You can dress it up or down depending on the occasion! At Stella Carakasi, we take pride in our high-quality organic cotton poplin fabric. Our button-ups are some of our most popular styles for their maximum comfort and easy-fitting shapes. But don’t just take our word for it! Check out some of our community’s favorite styles below:

Tiburon Tunic– Crisp organic cotton poplin and stretchy Modal® jersey team up to create one of our most popular styles. The smart poplin front reveals a modern architectural shape. The half-sleeves and side welt pockets keep this piece on the casual side while the slightly pleated stretch jersey back exudes total comfort.

Prime Time Tunic– Relaxed and feminine, understated & refined. Our Prime Time Tunic is a closet classic. Its easy A-line shape, high/low hem, and convenient side-seam pockets make this best-selling button-up a true wardrobe hero that you will wear over and over. Available in chambray, soft white, and black.

Twice As Nice Shirt– Instantly elevate your look! Our unique Twice As Nice organic cotton stretch poplin shirt cleverly blurs the line between business and casual. Pair it with your favorite jeans or our super-stretch Love the Look Leggings for a comfortable statement that looks casual and dressy at the same time.

Works Every Time Shirt– Smart comfortable and always on-point. Who doesn’t love a top with pockets? Our Works Every Time Shirt is a well-made non-trendy staple with unexpected design details that read modern and chic but with an easy relaxed vibe. Featuring convenient front pockets, a sleek covered button placket, an easy A-line shape, and unique deep hem design, the Works Every Time Tunic is a timeless hard-working, forever-stylish staple that won’t let you down.

Wear Anywhere Shirt– Wear Anywhere. Go everywhere! The classic poplin button-up with a modern twist. Perfectly oversized in every which way, the Wear Anywhere Shirt is equally easy and refined, its high-low hem and oversized pocket detailing bring versatile dependability to any outfit pairing—it’s the stylish staple we’ve all been waiting for.

Inspired Shirt– We’ve taken the best attributes of our most popular styles and combined them to create a fabulous new shirt. The easy-fitting Modal® jersey back with its forward-facing side seams connects to a flattering, organic cotton poplin front. Style and comfort delivered!

The ultimate tunic

Speaking of versatile tops, a tunic is another staple for the fall season (and beyond!) It can be elevated for a nice dinner or made casual for running errands. Whatever your plans are, a tunic will always be a good option.

The Indulgence Tunic features sophisticated front and back tucks, side seam pockets, and architecturally designed set-in sleeves. Everything about it radiates comfort and style. Our iconic Tiburon Tunic is made from crisp organic cotton poplin and stretchy Modal™ jersey. The half-sleeves and welt pockets keep this piece on the practical side while the slightly pleated stretch jersey back exudes total comfort. To dress up either tunic, simply throw a belt on top to go seamlessly from the office to dinner.

Essential all-season bottoms

And you can’t forget about the bottoms! For the early fall season, you’ll want a pair of bottoms that can keep you comfortable all day long. We are loving our Tencel® Ponte bottoms because they are super soft, stretchy, and come in several different styles. These all-year-around go-to styles are sure to make fall dressing a snap! 

Slimming Ankle Pants– Forget the skinny jeans! These Ponte pants offer amazing stretch, control, and comfort. The side seam moves towards the center as it moves up the leg, making this flattering ankle pant a best seller. 

Love the Look Leggings– Smooth lines and fabulous curves! Who needs shapewear when you can be comfy in the Love the Look Leggings? Comfort, style, and stretch have a whole new meaning when it comes to these Ponte knit pants. The front center seam smooths and flatters the hips, while the distinct leg detail is an updated take on the silhouette people just can’t get enough of. Love the Fit. Love the Feel. Love the Look.

Criss Cross Leggings– A playful legging in soft Tencel® Ponte knit with flattering seaming on the front and back and a delightful crisscross ankle detail. Our lightweight Ponte Criss Cross Leggings are that go-to piece in your wardrobe that just works… or plays, and the one piece that will always make it into your suitcase every time.

Lounge Dress Pants– Business casual at its best! These sustainable wrinkle-free Tencel® Ponte Lounge Dress Pants feel “loungy” enough to wear around the house but won’t interrupt your fashion decorum if you happen to wear them around town. Office approved and yoga ready, a pant to live in 24/7.

Don’t forget the accessories!

The right accessories are an easy way to upgrade your look for the new season.

Swap out your shoes

Out with the sandals and in with the closed-toe loafers and ankle boots. The SACCA Donna Suede Loafers by M.GEMI come in several different shades to complement every fall outfit. More into boots or flats? Check out the Ravenna Suede Booties or the Gia Flats to switch up your style this season!

Throw on a scarf

scarf is always a good idea for the transition from summer to fall because it not only adds to your look but also keeps you warm on those cool nights. This season we’re obsessed with the lightweight 100% Cashmere scarves from OVCIO which come in many beautiful colors.

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Aligned with our own brand values, we’re huge fans of beauty brands that focus on clean, organic ingredients. One of our recent favorites?! CRUNCHI! Crunchi products are formulated with natural, certified-organic ingredients. Their Shadow Bar Eyeshadow Palette delivers smooth, mixable pigments that are easy to apply and long-lasting. They offer a variety of colors perfect for the autumn season, like warm coppers, rich browns, and burnt oranges. Just because it’s the fall doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your makeup! 

Top it off with a hat

While you may be able to store away your sun hat, that doesn’t mean that hats should completely go away for the season! We’re loving the selection of hats by WILL+BEAR. The Andy Cream is a classic fedora made from stiffened Australian wool. It comes in a wonderful range of neutrals from bone to copper and dark coffee- and a great selection of hand-woven palm straw. Their wool beanies caught our eye as well in beautiful autumn shades that will take you well into the winter season. And the best part? They plant a tree for every hat purchased! A win-win for you and the environment.

Head on over to our Looks We Love page for more outfit inspiration.

A Little Bit of Color is What Summer is All About!

The girl is wearing a dark pink colored to show what summer is all about.

There are a thousand good things to gush about when summer rolls around, from the warm sand under your feet to family barbecues and relaxing vacations–what’s not to love about summer?! And while we are also huge summertime advocates here at Stella Carakasi, one of our favorite things about the warmer months is the bright colors! There is nothing quite like switching out your winter wardrobe in place of some colorful, uplifting styles to get you through the heat. And if you’re looking for some staples to add to your collection and take you through summer (and beyond!) you’ve come to the right place. We’re breaking down some of our favorite bright-colored pieces to show off no matter what you have planned this summer!

Airy tunic

If there is one staple that you wear over and over again it should be a comfy tunic top. Tunics can be worn for a stroll around a new town, with trousers to the office, paired with denim for a lunch date, and so much more! Because of their airy nature, you’ll also be able to stay as cool as a cucumber in this effortless loose-fitting style. Our Prime Time Tunic is one of our bestsellers and is available in nine standout colors. Our favorites for the summertime? Kiwi, Hibiscus, Lagoon, Iris, and Chambray! Our preferred way to wear the Prime Time Tunic is with a slim pair of ankle pants or a flowy pair of denim cropped pants, depending on your plans for the day! Our Tencel® Criss Cross Leggings in Soft White look great paired with bright colors, and the Tencel® denim City Pants are perfect for a hot casual summer day.

The girl is wearing a tie dyed top to show what summer is all about.

Comfortable tee

An exciting yet comfortable tee is great for those summer days when you just need something easy to wear. The Tie Dyed Every Day Tee feels like silk against the skin and is available in three fresh, tie-dyed colorways.

We love to pair this top with our Just Right Cropped Pants or the Slimming Ankle Pants in Soft White to make the top pop. While this outfit may seem simple, it will help to keep you chic and stylish without having to put too much effort into it! 

Flattering jersey top

A super-soft top that is available in three striking dip-dyed colors?! Sign us up! Meet the Raise the Bar Top (AKA, one of our favorite picks for the warmer months.) It’s a super flattering Modal™ jersey top that feels fresh and insanely easy to style. To make things casual, pair it with some easy denim leggings like our Criss-Cross Denim Knit Leggings or a cropped version, the Denim Knit Second Nature Capris. They come in both a dark and vintage wash and are the perfect warm-weather jeans alternative. To dress things up a bit, try wearing it with the Slimming Ankle Pants in Soft White.

The girl is wearing a denim tunic to show what summer is all about.

Denim tunic

A flowy denim tunic is another must-have for any season. We just released our new Storyteller Tunic as part of our summer collection. It is the perfect combination of style and comfort. The A-line shape fits and flatters most body shapes, while the breathable Tencel® denim fabric keeps you feeling great.

The girl is wearing a printed top to show what summer is all about.

Versatile printed top

Who doesn’t want a beautiful, printed top in their closet that they can wear to work, running errands, date night, or weekend getaways? Our team is always focused on the wearability of our styles which is why we designed the Illusion Tunic. This top is primarily neutral but features pops of pale blue and soft yellow throughout the stunning painterly print. It can be worn across many seasons as it’s easy to layer. It looks great when worn with our Criss-Cross Ponte Leggings in Soft White to bring out the cool summer vibe. 

Walkable shoes

Adding new summer shoes to your collection can be a struggle if you’re looking for both comfort and style. So, let us help you with a few of our favorite picks! The Pier sandals from Naot are a great option if you want something stylish and versatile without running the risk of sore feet at the end of the day. They have a wedged heel and are made with a padded leather lining to keep you comfortable throughout the day. For the office or dressier events, try a simple pair of flats that will keep your feet cool and you looking chic. Our current pick is the Henri Flats by Coclico. And if you’re in search of a little bit of heel, head straight towards the Richie Clog from Coclico! All of these shoes work with a ton of outfits and are incredibly comfortable. What more could you ask for?! 

Summertime tote

A tote in the summer is essential, whether you’re planning a beach trip, a picnic in the park, or just running some errands! The Land’s End Open Top Canvas Bag is versatile and can be used for just about any activity you can think of. It’s sold in seven different colors and sizes to meet your personal needs. And the best part? You can even embroider it! Let Land’s End personalize it with your very own initials! 

Much-needed SPF

No matter where you live or what your skin tone is, don’t forget the sunscreen! The SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer by Juice Beauty is one of our favorites because it’s not sticky, won’t leave a weird residue or white cast on your skin, and is made with all-star ingredients like aloe vera and pomegranate. What’s not to love?!

The girl is wearing a hat to show what summer is all about.

Protective hat

Although SPF is made to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, there’s nothing wrong with accessorizing with a cute yet functional hat! Hats not only add an extra layer of sun protection for your skin, but they also help shield your eyes and hair from getting damaged by the sun, all while keeping you stylish! Our current favorite hat comes from Wallaroo Hat Company, and it’s their Victoria Fedora Sun Hat. It’s incredibly lightweight and has UPF 50+ sun protection! It comes in many different colors to match all of your summertime outfits, so you don’t have to sacrifice style for sun protection.

And don’t forget the sunglasses!

Finding flattering sunglasses can be challenging for many people as the shape of everyone’s face differs so much. One of the most versatile sunglass shapes is the subtle cat-eye because the pointed edges lift the face and aren’t too overpowering on a smaller head. Check out the Cat Eye Sunglasses from a brand called & Other Stories if you’re in search of a simple, yet elegant pair of shades for the summer months.

If cat-eyes aren’t your thing, aviators are another flattering sunglass shape for many people. The Warby Parker Raider Sunglasses are available in six different colors and can even be made with your prescription lenses! Talk about a win-win.

Head on over to our Looks We Love page for more summertime outfit inspiration to keep you bright and stylish all season long!

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.

Bask in Fun Colors with Our Tiburon Tunic Icon™

It’s finally summer which means it’s the perfect time to start having fun with your wardrobe by experimenting with bright pops of color! While some people may think wearing bright clothing is intimidating, it doesn’t have to be! The easiest way to incorporate fun colors into your summer collection is by pairing simple accessories and neutral bottoms with a bright-colored top like our Tiburon Tunic Icon. This makes putting together outfits in the morning a breeze without sacrificing style or comfort. Read on to learn why our Tiburon Tunic Icon is our best-selling item and outfits we love featuring this versatile top for the summer.

The  models are wearing tiburon tunic tops.

What makes the Tiburon Tunic Icon so special?

Our Tiburon Tunic Icon has almost 300 glowing 5-star reviews on our website and once you try it on yourself, it’s not hard to see why! This top is made from a mix of organic cotton poplin and a soft Modal® jersey for ultimate comfort, crispness, and durability. The material is wrinkle-resistant so you can take it out of your closet in the morning and go without having to worry about ironing. It features an architectural A-line silhouette that fits and flatters most body shapes and sizes. The Tiburon Tunic Icon boasts stretchy, knit back and jersey sleeve cuffs for additional comfort and an easy fit. It also has deep front pockets for added convenience! Like with all of our styles, sustainability, durability, and body shape, inclusivity was at the top of our mind when designing the Tiburon Tunic Icon.

The Tiburon Tunic is a staple in many women’s collections because it’s so versatile and can be worn in many different ways depending on the event or occasion. This top can be dressed up or down, layered with cardigans during the winter, and even worn on the beach as a coverup! Wear it with a belt for a shapely look, wear it unbuttoned as a light cover, or with short leggings for a super casual look. The options are truly endless when it comes to styling the Tiburon Tunic Icon. It’s also very easy to create outfits with because it’s available in 9 different colors ranging from neutrals to brights—Soft White, Sunshine, Tulip, Aqua, Coral, Peacock, Fiesta, Navy, and Black.

Outfit ideas with the Tiburon Tunic Icon

Now that you know what makes the Tiburon Tunic Icon so special, let’s dive into some summertime outfits ideas that you can make with this do-it-all top!

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Ready to have some fun with our Tiburon Tunic Icon in Tulip? This gorgeous pink shade is perfect for the summer months and pairs so well with our Second Nature Capris. These bottoms are essential for any summer collection because they’re a cropped length and look great with flowy, lightweight tops like our Tiburon Tunic IconThe Second Nature Capris also feature an elastic waist for comfort and a fun three-button detail on the side hem. We love wearing the white Second Nature Capris in the summertime but they’re also available in black to match with all of your outfits and there’s even a denim knit option in organic cotton that comes in two classic washes. To finish this look off, we recommend sporting a versatile white sandal that can be worn to both work and date night. These Nudistjune Square sandals from Stuart Weitzman are the perfect pairing to any summer outfit because they’re comfortable and can be worn with almost anything.

If neutral colors are more your thing, we got you covered! Our Tiburon Tunic Icon in soft white is an absolute must-have to wear to work, out to dinner, to lunch with the girls, and so much more! While this adaptable top can be worn with many different outfit combinations, one of our favorite bottoms to sport with it are the Denim Knit Second Nature Capris. Like our classic Second Nature Capris, these bottoms boast an easy elastic waist and three button hem at the side. They’re denim knit made from sturdy organic cotton and recycled poly blend jersey. To spice up more neutral outfits like these, try pairing them with a statement necklace like the Gold Leaf Necklace from Kenneth Jay Lane. Bold accessories make the perfect pairing with simple outfits to take your look to the next level.

Looking to bask in bright pops of color this season? Put together an outfit with a fun-colored top and accessory and wear them with simple bottoms. Color coordination can be an exciting yet easy way to switch up your looks without having to invest in statement pieces you’ll never wear again. Our Tiburon Tunic Icon in Peacock looks great worn with a white-colored bag like the Tyler Carryall from Coach. This simple color combination looks modern and fun without being intimidating. To tone it down, try finishing off the outfit with tailored white pants like our Slimming Ankle Pants. These bottoms are extremely comfortable and super flattering thanks to their slimming seams. They’re made from a Tencel® blended Ponte knit to be sustainable, high quality, and easy to care for. This look can be worn to the office with flats and taken out to a night on the town with simple heeled sandals!

Another great outfit option with our Tiburon Tunic Icon in Sunshine is to pair them with flattering, straight-leg jeans for a casual yet elegant look. The Marilyn Straight Jeans by NYDJ are a favorite of ours because they elongate the figure and have slimming technology to flatter most body shapes. They also are available in a large collection of sizes ranging from regular to petite to plus. This simple yet stylish summertime look can be worn to a lunch date, a picnic in the park, and so much more because of its versatility and elegant style.

For more outfit ideas featuring the Tiburon Tunic Icon (and other Stella Carakasi styles), head over to our Looks We Love page for endless inspiration!

Sustainable Fashion Must-Haves

Sustainable fashion brands to love

Gone are the days when eco-friendly clothing meant boring basics and unflattering silhouettes! In 2021, we’re all about keeping our planet healthy while still looking stylish and fashion-forward! Today, we’re breaking down what sustainability means to us and sharing a few designs from our favorite sustainable fashion brands.

What does sustainability mean to us?

At Stella Carakasi, we know how important the health of our planet is which is why we’re committed to offering our community styles that are high quality, stylish, and sustainable

We were early eco-fashion disruptors since the launch of our first company in 1993 when being sustainable was unheard of but we knew then as we know now how critical it is for our future. Sustainability looks different for every brand, so what does it mean to us?

  • Sustainability has been in our DNA since 1993. It’s always about quality over quantity and collaborating with mills and factories to push the environmental agenda forward while inspiring others to join the movement because collectively we can achieve the change we seek a lot faster but it starts with every single one of us.
    Many fashion brands nowadays produce micro seasons which are new batches of clothing that are typically delivered to stores weekly or biweekly. This amount of clothing production can wreak havoc on our environment causing water and air pollution as well as mass amounts of water and energy usage. Low-quality clothing from fast fashion brands can usually only be worn over a short period of time and will typically end up in landfills as we all know by now. Instead of mass-producing clothing, we make our garments in small batches with the best available eco-friendly fabrics, which allow us to create high-quality styles without sacrificing the health of our environment.
  • All of our supply and manufacturing partners are WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production), BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), and BVNA (Bureau Veritas) compliant and our materials are usually certified.
  • We use fabrics that are high quality, comfortable and have a low impact on the environment such as organic cotton, recycled fibers, Modal, and Tencel®.

Our favorite sustainable fashion brands

It can feel intimidating at first to start shopping more sustainably—we totally understand but more importantly we don’t believe that customers should be guilt-tripped into needing to purchase sustainable clothing which has become such a trend.  It is fashion after all, and fashion should be fun. We prefer to lead with quality and style and have our customers discover that their purchase also happens to be sustainable.  This is far more effective in changing purchasing habits than preaching about sustainability.  Below you will find some of our style suggestions and a shortlist of some of our favorite sustainable fashion brands and their must-have pieces to add to your wardrobe.

Stella Carakasi

We may be biased, but we love our styles for any woman’s eco-friendly collection because the quality is top-notch, and our designs are timeless and can be worn season over season.

Twice As Nice Shirt

Our Twice As Nice Shirt features a unique double-layer design that makes it easy to be worn from day to night! It can be paired with leggings, dress pants, or denim, and the best part? It’s made from a high-quality organic cotton blend and it has pockets.

Wear Anywhere Shirt

Another classic that every woman needs in her closet is a good white button-up shirt and our Wear Anywhere Shirt is a great option! The Wear Anywhere Shirt is made from a crisp poplin fabric and boasts a slight over-sized silhouette. We love pairing the Wear Anywhere Shirt with our Criss Cross Denim Knit Leggings for the perfect lunch date look with your girlfriends! The Criss Cross Denim Knit Leggings feel great on, are super flattering, and are made from organic cotton and recycled polyester! They are available in dark denim or a classic vintage wash.

Talk about a win-win.

Heatwave Tunic

Looking for an easy top that you can wear year-round for both work and play? Meet the Heatwave Tunic. This tunic features an easy fitting drop shoulder design and can be layered underneath long cardigans and jackets or worn on its own! The Heatwave Tunic is made from 100% Tencel® denim which is a super soft sustainable fabric unlike traditional denim. We recommend wearing the Heatwave Tunic with our Second Nature Capris which are crafted with stretchy, organic cotton. The cute button hem detail on these leggings really takes it up a notch from your traditional leggings! This look is perfect for a picnic in the park or for a day of running errands.

Just My Style Top

Our Just My Style Top is the closet staple you never knew you needed! This timeless top can be worn alone or layered under sweaters, jackets, vests, and more. It’s available in three gorgeous colors and is made from ultra-comfortable Modal®. One of our favorite ways to wear the Just My Style Top is with our Slimming Ankle Pants for maximum comfort and style! The Slimming Ankle Pants are one of our best sellers and for good reason—they’re flattering on most body types, they feel great on, and they’re made from an eco-friendly Tencel® blend!

Dansko Shoes

One of our favorite sustainable shoe brands is Dansko because they craft high-quality items in timeless styles that can be worn for so many different occasions! They pride themselves on going the extra mile to make you feel confident all while keeping you comfortable.

The Dankso Tamia is an open-toe sling-back sandal with a slight heel. It boasts a unique design while also offering comfort with a memory foam footbed! The Tamia can be worn with any of our pants or leggings for a chic and timeless look.

AllBirds

Speaking of shoes, another great sustainable fashion brand for shoes is AllBirds. The company has a major commitment to not only produce eco-friendly shoes but also to help to reverse climate change through their business practices.

Who doesn’t love a good pair of versatile flats? One of our favorite AllBirds designs is their Tree Breezers because they can be worn for all occasions and are eco-friendly. The Tree Breezers are made from eucalyptus tree fiber (which is how they got their name!) that is ethically sourced. They’ve also made their Tree Breezers carbon neutral through their commitment to sustainable practices such as buying carbon offsets. We love wearing the Tree Breezers to work, out to dinner, and to run errands!

Warby Parker

If you’re in the market for a new pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses, Warby Parker is the best sustainable option.

Many glasses are made from harmful plastics that leech chemicals into the ground and fill up our landfills. The Tilley Sunglasses from Warby Parker are crafted from cellulose acetate which has the durability of regular plastic but is made from the natural cellulose of cotton and wood pulp. Plus, how adorable is this cat-eye design?!

The Sak

With the arrival of summer, now is the best time to upgrade your accessory collection with an eco-friendly summertime bag! The Sak offers a variety of gorgeous bags to suit every woman’s personal style—and they’re sustainable!

The Sak Gaia Oversized Hobo Bag is made from 100% recycled Repreve fibers which are constructed from plastic bottles. It’s available in several different colors so you can take it from the beach to lunch to date night with ease!

Shopping eco-friendly doesn’t have to feel or look boring with these gorgeous pieces and amazing sustainable fashion brands!

For more inspiration we invite you to check out our favorite summer styles and how we pair them on our Looks We Love page.

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.

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.

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.

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New Normal

Many social and environmental issues have surfaced with our current “New Normal” and it is a challenging time navigating everything that is happening. Finding the good in all of this might seem impossible but our current situation is also a chance to re-evaluate and renew. The old way of being and doing no longer seems applicable and in many ways no longer works.

Comfort and Style

Our team has been in business 25+ years and we certainly are no strangers to change, both personally and professionally. We understand that the idea of change can be scary especially when it is forced upon us, but it is also a time of introspection and great innovation. Re-framing this “New Normal” as a promising phase with fresh energy and new perspective can make all the difference in how we adapt, evolve and thrive. While change is an ongoing process, eventually there’s a tipping point and that’s when things start to get exciting. The momentum is gaining, inspiration strikes, and new ideas are surfacing. Change is at full throttle and nothing can stop you. Stepping out of your comfort zone is the first step to finding your way in this New Normal.

A lot has happened over the past few months but our commitment to providing comfort and style fully remains, especially during this time where we all need social and emotional support to continue feeling good. Self-care comes in many forms and our contribution comes in the form of great quality clothing that fits many body shapes and sizes. We have all experienced the uplifting feeling wearing a style that makes us look and feel great. This is the power of great design.

Style and comfort are not exclusive of each other but rather a great combination especially during this unprecedented time where a lot of us have resorted to wearing sweats because we all sought some kind of comfort. Keeping your comfort and elevating your spirits with great style is something I think we are all  ready for.

Less is more when less is better

Since the re-launch of Stella Carakasi as a direct-to-consumer brand in late 2018, I fully embraced the concept of “Less is more when less is better”. Creating sustainable, timeless designs that are inclusive has never been more important. Sustainability goes beyond working with eco-friendly materials and *ISO certified partners. It means producing and consuming less while expecting more from each style. As a designer I make it my responsibility to offer styles in a tight multi-task capsule that creates a wide variety of looks. Considering most of us only wear 10% of what we own it is very important that we own the right pieces that are comfortable and make us look great- styles we love to wear season after season. Our key styles are ultra-mixable, interchangeable and intended to work seamlessly with your closet favorites.

How does it all work? Get inspired by checking out our Looks We Love page.

Looks we love

Dressing made easy. Our assortment thrives on getting several looks out of just a few key styles. We focus on eco-friendly materials, interesting fabric combinations and unexpected architectural design details that raise the bar for style and comfort. We create timeless and modern designs in silhouettes that flatter and fit a wide spectrum of body types. Our designs truly transform the way women feel.

We are committed to delivering the perfect core wardrobe that you will enjoy for years to come. Simplifying your life with something as easy as simplifying your closet may just open a whole new appreciation for change. If you have not worn something for a long time it might be time to let it go. Pass it along to somebody that might love it or donate your clothing to a charitable cause. Declutter your closet, your home, your mind… focus on styles that have longevity. Styles that are good for the planet and that make you feel great.

Slow down

Fast fashion has not only devalued clothing, it has contributed to the mad consumerism that has caused unfathomable waste and environmental destruction, ranking the textile industry as the second largest polluter in the world. We stand behind slow fashion because we believe in quality over quantity and we honor the artistry involved in creating clothing while celebrating the skill of the craftspeople involved, respecting their health and the welfare of the environment. These last few months have only strengthened my belief of less being more when less is better. Slowing down has opened the door to new inspiration, exciting ideas and most of all reassessing what is important.

Wearing your values

If 2020 has taught us anything so far, it is the deep realization that we are a global family and we are truly in this together. How does this apply to fashion? Conscious decisions about how you shop, what you wear and even how often you wear it matters. The slow fashion movement started in the United States and has spread globally. We are very proud of the fact that Two Star Dog, our first clothing company, was a major contributor at the forefront of this movement in the early nineties when sustainability in fashion barely existed. Today, thanks to many movements, organizations and conscious fashion companies, people are beginning to realize how harmful our consumerist society has been, and they are forcing the industry to clean up its act.

Over the years we have produced our clothing here in the U.S and across the globe. We have worked with factories and mills to develop some of these standards and have invested time, money and our hearts into this concept. We’ve developed relationships all over the world with like-minded people who wanted to not only see this change happen but wanted to be a part of it. Many of these people have inspired others in their corner of the world to do the same and as the market grew for this new way of manufacturing, the movement gained momentum. We all have a part in making a difference and this is truly inspiring. Our grandchildren across the globe will benefit greatly from the changes we make today, and it starts with something as simple as a conscious shopping decision.

*ISO certification, a seal of approval from an independent, non-governmental international organization, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO),  has become an essential component in the slow fashion movement. By bringing together experts to share knowledge and develop international standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges. ISO certification has become a standard way of doing business. 

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Stella Carakasi The Power of Design 

Style is not about being someone you’re not. It’s personal. It’s about manifesting confidence and feeling right with who you are without even knowing why. It’s about summoning the power of the senses to communicate security and ease. Think about that favorite garment, that go-to piece in your wardrobe that just works. Not the most expensive mind you, but that one piece that always makes it into your suitcase. Most likely when that piece comes to mind, it’s a sensory experience that triggers a memory; perhaps it felt wonderful to the touch or was that perfect color. Or maybe it just seemed to work with everything else in your closet. A unique cut or some charming detail, whatever the impetus, at that moment you felt the energy of your surroundings. You felt like your true self and you felt comfortable in your own skin. That’s the power of design.

What makes an 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 our 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 shirt dress with leggings, or unbuttoned as a lightweight jacket. A true Icon is something you will wear all the time. It’s a commodity, the one piece that you can wear pretty much anywhere and feel comfortable and confident and know that you are neither over- nor underdressed, but always on-point.

Classic Colors

Black, Soft White and Navy; these timeless shades are classic and set the foundation of any successful look.  Current limited edition colors Aqua and Coral add a bright alternative to our classic shades.

Soft White: The quintessential dress shirt color. For cotton poplin, there’s no better choice, and it’s the best color to combine with classic indigo jeans, your favorite pants, or leggings like our Second Nature Capris or Ready To Wear Leggings.

Black:  A black shirt offers a rebellious alternative to the classic white option, the go-to color that goes everywhere and works with all your outfits. Black adds drama and mystery, it can be dressed up or down or worn head to toe. Go tonal with greys or neutrals. Pop pretty much any color against black and it instantly has cache’, something special comes out- she is empowered.

Navy: Navy the color of midnight is a refined choice that does almost the same job as black and remains day friendly. It’s ideal for creating classic looks when combined with denim, white and cool neutrals.

Aqua: The color Aqua is peaceful and calm. It’s a happy cool bright that works back to denim and white and enhances your mood with joyful positivity.

Coral: Coral is energizing and invigorating and inspires action, it’s bright and exciting. This lively color works back to your favorite denim and white. Want to make a statement? Pair it with other brights like yellow or vibrant greens.

Styled just so…

Comfort falls hand in hand with confidence, and confidence starts with feeling good about what you’re wearing and how it fits and feels. A perfect fit emphasizes parts of the body you’re most proud of, without drawing attention to the areas you’re perhaps more self-conscious about. We’ve designed this piece with you in mind. Taking some of the attributes of our bestsellers along with feedback from our loyal customers we have incorporated them into one fantastic style. The smart poplin front reveals a modern architectural shape and the pleated stretch-jersey back work together to create The Tiburon Tunic Icon. The half sleeves are finished with a stretchy band of jersey for ease of movement and precise fit. The welted front pockets are deep, inconspicuous and keep this piece on the casual side while the pleated jersey back exudes total comfort and ease. Pop the collar for a little attitude. The Tiburon Tunic can be worn open as an easy-going jacket, buttoned-up as a tunic or belted and paired with leggings to make a stunning shirtdress. This style has as many moods as you.

In the words of our happy customers

“It’s a great moment when you make a purchase and it exceeds expectations. You want to tell everyone. You feel great every time you wear it.”   –Ann B.

“Love this shirt! So comfy and flattering.”   –M P.

“I just got mine! It fits perfectly and I want to wear it every day!  –Liz B.

“I LOVE MINE… WORTH EVERY PENNY!”  –Julie W.

“I must say… I have both black and white… best shirt EVER…wear with tights or skinny leg pants…so slimming and classy.”   –Joey W.

For more inspiration, check out our Looks We Love Dressing Made Easy  page at Stella Carakasi