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!

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.

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

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

Dos and Don’ts for Dressing After 40

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

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

DO invest in quality garments that will last

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

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

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

DON’T be too matchy-matchy

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

DO take your personal style into account

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

DON’T forget to focus on your casual collection

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

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

DO choose the right skirt and dress length

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

DON’T neglect style evolution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tiburon Tunic Icon

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

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

Second Nature Capris

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

Legacy Shirt

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

Heatwave Tunic

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

Illusion Tunic

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

Slimming Ankle Pants

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

Go To Cardigan

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

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

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

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

Why Sustainable?

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

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

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

Sustainability is in our DNA

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

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

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

The Lowdown on Tencel® Fabric

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

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

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

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

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

Featured are a Few of our Favorite Pieces:

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

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

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

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

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

This is what sustainability looks like. 

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

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

Our Favorite Casual Lifestyle Essentials and Ways To Wear Them

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

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

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

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

Photo by Manifesto Photography via Pinterest

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

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

1. White Button-Down Shirt

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

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

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

2. Jersey Top

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

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

3. Sweater

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

4. Leggings

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

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

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

5. Denim

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

Three Steps to Curating Your Closet

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

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

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

Step 1: Identify Your Front-Runners

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

Step 2: Making the Hard Choices

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

Step 3: Keep a Good Thing Going

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

How to Create a Wardrobe For a Casual Lifestyle

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

Instructions

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

Tips & Warnings

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

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

Tiburon Tunic Icon

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

Founders Journey: Stella Carakasi

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

Stella Carakasi Creative Director and Co-Founder break barriers

Founders Journey: Stella Carakasi

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

Stella Carakasi Creative Director and Co-Founder break barriers