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.

About face

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.

What to Wear: Versatile Styles for Every Occasion

What to wear: versatile styles for every occasion
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In a world where most people are on top of buying into the latest trends or spending their money on a new wardrobe each season, there has been an opposing re-emergence of a less-is-more versatility in fashion. Some call this a capsule wardrobe, while others call it a wise investment into high-quality garments. Whatever you call it, buying versatile, comfortable, and top-quality clothing helps our environment and makes getting dressed in the morning much easier! And just because they’re versatile, doesn’t mean they have to be boring. We’re here to show you our top 11 versatile items you can wear from Sunday brunch to box seats with just a change of accessories!

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The Essential Tunic

Tunics are one of the most versatile styles of clothing you can own because they can be worn to the office on Monday, dinner on Friday, and brunch with your friends on Sunday! 

Our best-selling Tiburon Tunic has hundreds of 5-star reviews and is available in 8 standout colors for every season. It boasts a unique architectural design with convenient on-seam pockets! The organic cotton poplin front and Modal® jersey pleated back panel are a flattering combination that will keep you cool and comfortable all season long. Our brand new Indulgence Tunic is another great option for day-to-evening wear. With this top, it’s all in the details! Think side seam pockets, front and back tucks, and easy fitting architecturally set sleeves. To jazz up a tunic for nighttime, simply belt it and throw on a pair of heels!  

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Button-up Shirt

Forget what you know about button-up shirts because our Inspired Shirt and Prime Time Tunic are far from boring! We took a few of the best attributes from our best-selling Tiburon Tunic and created the Inspired 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 Prime Time Tunic is another best-seller and features an easy A-line shape with unique side seam pockets. The ideal style for staying at home, dropping into the office, or even a casual night out on the town. Whether you’re working or playing, a button-up shirt will become your new BFF!

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Every Occasion Blouse

A daytime upgrade or an evening out blouse? Either way, sign us up! The Front Row Blouse is one of those tops that you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again. It’s the perfect mix of classic detail and modern style that you can dress up or keep casual depending on the occasion. What makes this blouse up a notch is the stunning back pleats that keep you effortlessly chic no matter where you’re headed! 

Tencel® Ponte Bottoms

We can’t forget about the bottoms! If you’re looking for bottoms to take you from day to night, you’re going to need something flattering and comfortable. Look no further than our line of Tencel® stretch Ponte bottoms. The Slimming Ankle Pants will have you feeling like you’re wearing leggings with the look of slim-fit trousers. Want to take it up a notch? Check out our Tencel Criss-Cross Leggings for comfort, breathability, and style. And don’t leave out the cropped styles! The Just Right Cropped Pants are easy-fitting and look great paired with any top. The easy neutral colors of these pants make them a worry-free choice whatever the occasion. 

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Comfy Jersey Top

Yes, even an elevated jersey top can be worn running errands and on an evening dinner date! Our Island Hopper Top looks like a stunning blouse but feels like a comfy t-shirt. It’s made with a soft Modal® jersey and features a beautiful cowl neck with a color-blocked body. Pair the Island Hopper Top with leggings and bold jewelry for a night out on the town! Our Tie Dyed Every Day Tee is another great option for all of the print-lovers out there. The fabric feels like clouds on your skin and the print will have you standing out from the rest. The top can be layered and dressed up or down depending on how you style it. What’s not to love?!

Bigger than Beauty

Versatility goes beyond the closet and should make its way into your vanity as well! We’ve been loving Thrive Causemetics because of its philosophy that goes beyond just appearance to empower women from the inside out! All their products are vegan and free of animal testing, sulfates, parabens, fragrance, and gluten. You can even build your own set of makeup products to get exactly what you’re looking for. Talk about a low-waste beauty option. 

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Lightweight Jacket

A lightweight jacket is the perfect day-to-night piece, especially as the sun starts to go down. Our Favorite Jacket and Style to Spare Jacket are both great options to keep you comfortable without having to sacrifice style. From evening soirées to unexpected weekend getaways, a lightweight jacket is an absolute must for all your upcoming plans.

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Ethical Bling

Ethical jewelry can be tough to find in today’s market. That’s why we love Brilliant Earth. They are a sustainable, compassionate, and inclusive company that won’t make you choose between quality and conscience. We’re particularly eyeing their line of birthstone pendants which are simple yet add a bit of color to your summer looks.

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Classic Cotton Top

If you lean towards more of a classic style, you’re going to want to check out our Center Stage Shirt. This top is easy to wear and looks great on all body shapes because of its flattering A-line shape. The Center Stage Shirt is truly the perfect style to take from the work day to night time,–workweek to weekend celebrations. Plus, it’s available in Black, Soft White, and fine black yarn-dyed stripes!

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Summer Hair

Adding hair accessories to your look is an easy yet unexpected way to upgrade your entire outfit. France Luxe has an amazing selection of summer hair accessories from headbands to claw clips to barrettes and so much more. France Luxe is our current favorite hair accessory brand because of its old-world craftsmanship and stunning modern style.

Don’t forget the Shoes!

The POPPY shoes from FRANKiE4 are some of the most versatile shoes because they can be worn as casual flats for the daytime or dressed up for nighttime occasions. If you’re looking for a heel we’re loving the Paige Sandal, it’s got foot cushioning, arch support, and a heel cradle to make walking in heels a breeze. They are made to be extremely supportive and comfortable on the foot while never sacrificing style. 

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.

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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.

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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?!

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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

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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.

Navy Blue: A Classic Neutral for Every Season 

The model is wearing a navy blue colored shirt.

When it comes to neutral colors, Navy blue is often overlooked in most people’s wardrobes. Navy blue is the perfect neutral to have in your closet all year long because it’s flattering for all skin tones, easy to merchandise, and works with a lot of different colors! If you’re looking for navy blue outfit ideas and styles to add to your closet this season, you’ve come to the right place!  

The model is wearing a navy blue colored shirt.

Navy blue outfit ideas

Our best-selling Tiburon Tunic comes in 8 stunning colors with this rich Navy being one of them! The reason our customers love the Tiburon Tunic so much is because of its comfort and versatility. This top can be worn in many different ways; to the office, for lunch with the girls, running errands, for dinner dates and so much more. It was specifically designed to fit and flatter most body shapes and sizes, making it perfect for any woman in search of a gorgeous top to add to her closet. The Tiburon Tunic is made with two eco-friendly fabrics, the organic cotton poplin keeps it crisp and the Modal® jersey makes it super comfortable. We love pairing this top with any of our ultra-comfortable, brand new Just Right Cropped Pants in the color Birch. 

Here at Stella Carakasi, we like to design styles that are easy for you to style and wear which is exactly why we created our new Just Right Cropped Pants. These easy-fitting bottoms feature comfort, stretch, and style all wrapped into one! They have a full elastic waistband (including belt loops) and boast many of the traditional tailored pant details. The Just Right Cropped Pants are made from a sustainable Tencel® blend which makes them wrinkle-free and ideal for traveling! Simply finish off this look with a pair of comfortable flats (like these stunning Everlane Italian Leather Day Gloves) for the perfect outfit, no matter what the day has in store for you!  

America’s favorite neutral 

We love a good denim top because it can be worn throughout the seasons and with practically any pair of bottoms you can think of! Our new Storyteller Tunic is our take on the classic denim button-up shirt. It’s crafted with silky soft Tencel® denim and is cut in an A-line silhouette which pairs perfectly with leggings. We love wearing our Storyteller Tunic in more casual settings like a lunch date, running errands, or a day out with friends. Pairing soft white pants with this top allows for a contrast between light and dark colors which makes for an easy outfit idea. And our Slimming Ankle Pants are a must-have for any denim or Navy outfit! These best-selling pants are made with a Tencel® blended Ponte knit which makes them extremely comfortable for all-day wear. They feature slimming style lines made to fit and flatter your curves. They also have a flat elastic waist to keep you comfortable and confident. These are ankle-length pants that look great with sandals, chunky heels, or flats!  

As the final touch, we recommend adding in a classic brown leather handbag for both function and fashion. The Sydney Crossbody Bag from Madewell is a great addition to any woman’s closet as it looks great with almost any outfit and is big enough to fit all of your essentials! 

The model is wearing a navy blue colored shirt and white colored pants.

Business casual

This next look is great to wear to the office and can even be dressed up for after-work activities or events! Start off with our Twice As Nice Shirt in Navy. This unique top features a stunning double-layer design that really elevates the traditional button-up shirt. Its high/ low hem was designed to be worn with your favorite leggings or pants. The Twice As Nice Shirt is made with a high-quality stretch organic cotton poplin which means maximum comfort and style. Like all of our poplin tops, we recommend pairing the Twice As Nice Shirt with flattering bottoms such as our Tencel® Criss-Cross Leggings in Soft White. Think of these bottoms as your upgraded version of your classic leggings. The soft Tencel® Ponte knit and well-thought-out seams will hug and flatter your curves in all the right places. Plus, the crisscross ankle design really takes these bottoms up a notch. For those chillier days, top this look with our Go To Cardigan in Soft White. This combed cotton and Modal® knit cardigan is perfect for those days when you just need an extra layer. The unique accordion design makes this cardigan stand out from the rest. Plus, it can be worn across many seasons and occasions!  

Dress it up

We also offer our Criss-Cross Leggings in organic cotton denim knit which is ideal for more casual days! These leggings are incredibly flattering with their well-thought-out style lines. Like our Tencel® Ponte Criss-Cross Leggings, these Denim Knit Leggings also feature the same criss-cross detail at the ankle. To take this look to the next level, try wearing a special top like our new Front Row Blouse. This style blends feminine and classy in the most fashionable way possible! While it may look like your classic button-up from the front, the beautiful back pleats take this top to a whole new level. This blouse can be dressed up with a pair of trousers or can be made casual with our Criss-Cross Denim Knit Leggings! To really tie the look together, we love applying a bit of Navy-blue eyeliner for a fun pop of color on the face. Our favorite Navy liner is the Bare Minerals Mineralist Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Sapphire which is a rich blue. Navy eyeliner is another way to have fun with your makeup look without having to go too bold!  

Wear anywhere, go everywhere!

For another chic and modern look, start off with our Wear Anywhere Shirt in Navy. This slightly oversized shirt is perfectly structured to instantly upgrade your wardrobe. It’s crisp, comfortable, and easy-fitting–AKA all of the attributes you want in a shirt! It features oversized breast pockets, side slits, a high/ low hem, and a drop shoulder long sleeve design that allows you to customize your sleeve length based on your personal preferences and outside temperature. The Wear Anywhere Shirt also layers great with cardigans and jackets! For a simple office look, pair the Wear Anywhere Shirt with our Slimming Ankle Pants in Soft White.  

Navy blue is a seasonless color that can be worn in so many different ways across all seasons!  Don’t overlook Navy blue, you will be happy to have this color in your closet. Most important of all, have fun with your color choices and wear what you feel most confident in! 

Timeless Winter Styles To Invest In

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

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

Jackets and Coats

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

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

Definitive Coat

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

Far And Away Coat

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

Step Up Cardigan

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

Sweaters

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

Made You Look Sweater

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

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

Modern Mix Sweater

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

All You Need Sweater

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

Leggings

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

Look Sharp Leggings

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

Love The Look Leggings

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

Criss Cross Leggings

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

Lounge Dress Pants

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

Classic Shirts and Tunics

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

Tiburon Tunic

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

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

Prime Time Tunic

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

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

Wear Anywhere Shirt

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

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

Center Stage Shirt

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

Twice As Nice Shirt

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

Now let’s top it off!

What’s a winter wardrobe without some fun accessories?

Boots

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

Hats and scarves

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

Bags

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

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

Layer Up A Mix Of Deep Autumn Colors

The girl is layering with deep autumn colors

Now that autumn is officially in full swing (hello chilly temperatures, holiday season, and pumpkin pie!), it’s time to change out your bright summer wardrobe in favor of deep tones reminiscent of the fall foliage. Whether you’re looking for outfit inspiration for work, play, or anything in between, we’ve got you covered! Today, we’re sharing how to layer different fall colors into your wardrobe and a few of our favorite Stella Carakasi autumn outfits.

The model is wearing an inspired deep autumn colors wardrobe

5 tips for layering colors

Start off monochromatic

If mixing colors scares you, try creating an entire outfit out of just one color. Monochromatic outfits are usually made with muted/ deeper tones and look chic and put together. You can try out a matching suit or separates that are coordinated in color!

Use neutrals as a base

When wearing deep fall tones (think purples, dark yellows, deep oranges, maroons, etc.), it’s always best to start with a base of neutral colors. A base could mean your pants, shoes, or even your outerwear pieces. This will let your colorful garments shine and will allow for super easy matching. Neutral shades that look great with deep colors are black, brown, navy, white, gray, and creams. Denim can also be considered a neutral color!

Don’t be afraid to go bold

Looking to stand out in the crowd? If you want to mix and match tones, try creating outfits that utilize complementary colors. Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel and can result in a bold yet put-together look.

Don’t forget the accessories!

Your accessories should finish off your outfit and take the look to the next level and we currently love Banana Republic’s fall selection. This could mean statement necklaces, a neutral yet functional bag, cute fall boots, and even a flattering eyeshadow look! We love matching our accessories to the focus color in the look.

Have fun!

At the end of the day, fashion is an expression of how we’re feeling, there is no need to play by anyone’s rules. Create outfits that you feel confident in with styles that are high quality and comfortable to last you season after season. Here at Stella Carakasi, we are all about having fun with our style and we create clothing that any woman can feel great in!

Autumn outfit inspiration

Now that you’re ready to combine colors like a pro, let’s get into a few of our favorite fall outfit ideas featuring some gorgeous autumn colors!

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A vest and a sweater are like a peanut butter and jelly–the perfect autumn combination! Our brand new Take Note Vest is a must-have layering piece that can be worn all year round. The unique oversized hood turns into a dramatic collar when worn down and the front pockets serve as both cute and functional. This wool-blend vest is the perfect layering piece to add style without the bulk when worn over the stunning Tie Dyed Every Day Tee in Amethyst. The breathtaking mix of Amethyst, Forest, and Ceylon colors of this top are the autumn combination of our dreams. This top boasts a 3-color tie-dye, flattering scoop neck, and has long sleeves to keep you cozy all season long! There’s nothing like rocking a long cardigan or vest with a pair of cozy yet flattering leggings during the fall season. The Tencel® Love The Look Leggings are going to be your new closet staple to wear to the office, dinner dates, and even lounging at home! 

These aren’t just your average leggings though–the Love The Look Leggings feature smooth lines, flattering seams, and a hidden elastic waist to keep you feeling confident and comfy all day long. They’re made from a sustainable Tencel® material so you can feel good about your look and your impact on the planet!

An image of deep autumn colors inspired eyeshadow

What would a fall outfit be without a little accessorizing? We love creating eyeshadow looks with coordinating autumn tones featured in our outfits! The Bare Minerals Mineralist Sunlit Pallete is the perfect autumn purchase with forest greens, warm copper, and neutral browns. What’s not to love?!

The girl is wearing deep autumn colors inspired outfit

Remember when we mentioned monochromatic looks earlier? This cardigan/ sweater combination is the perfect example! The brand new Reversible Step Up Cardigan is the definition of versatile with two different reversible color options. Move from bold to neutral depending on your mood with the Black/ Ceylon color combination. The Reversible Step Up Cardigan boasts an asymmetrical front hem and flattering shawl collar. And because of its unique color combination, it pairs great with our All You Need Sweater in the same colors! This closet staple features a flattering, full A-line shape and has an eye-catching dip-dye design. Try wearing this duo with our best-selling Slimming Ankle Pants to stay comfortable and put together! These flattering and stretchy pants are both chic and functional. They’re made from a Tencel® blended Ponte knit and have slimming style lines to show off your curves.

No fall outfit is complete without a good pair of booties. The Eileen Fisher Tokyo Nappa Leather Bootie is an autumn staple to wear for any occasion. The smooth leather and slightly squared toe are both chic and flattering. Plus, the heel is not too high making these booties practical for all-day wear! 

The girl is wearing deep autumn colors inspired outfit

Jackets are also a great way to play with layering different colors. This outfit is a great example of how to build a look around a solid-colored style by complementing it with other neutral pieces! Start with a lighter fall jacket like our new Favorite Jacket. This sleek and edgy jacket is the perfect addition to your autumn wardrobe because it’s light enough to wear during the day and will pair with almost any outfit! We love rocking it with our best-selling Tiburon Tunic Icon in the new color, Ceylon. This tunic fits and flatters most body shapes and is made from an organic cotton stretch poplin and Modal® jersey fabric combination. It has functional front pockets and is long enough to wear with your favorite pair of leggings, like our Love The Look Leggings

And don’t forget the bag! The Los Feliz Large Tote bag by The Sak is a great option for autumn because of its deep brown tones that can be worn with any outfit! The brown and black accents make this tote bag versatile and practical. Talk about a win-win.

Make sure to head to our Looks We Love page to discover more autumn outfit combinations featuring your favorite Stella Carakasi styles!

How To Look Stylish In Leggings, Stretchy Pants, and Capris

How to look stylish in pants
The model shows how to look stylish in pants.

If Covid has taught us anything, whether for work, play, or anything in-between, we want to be comfortable. And leggings are one of those styles that almost every woman has in their closet yet sometimes question if they are appropriate outside of yoga class! While leggings and stretchy pants may seem inappropriate or intimidating to style at first, they’re one of the most versatile garments and can be worn to the office, dinner dates, and beyond! In some circles, they are even considered the new jeans! If you’re stuck on how to style these ubiquitous and sometimes controversial bottoms, keep reading. Today, we’re breaking down our favorite stretchy pants and leggings and how to style them for any occasion.

The model shows how to look stylish in pants.

The pant that feels like a legging

Searching for the perfect work outfit to transition from summer to fall? Look no further! The star of this outfit is our Slimming Ankle Pants because they’re designed to flatter most body shapes and sizes! These super comfortable stretchy pants feature slimming style lines that show off your curves. They hit right at the ankles so you can accentuate your shoe or boot of choice! We love Stuart Weitzman Gala Studs Mary Jane Flats and Franky Lift Bootie.

The best part? Our Slimming Ankle Pants are made from a Tencel® blended Ponte knit so it feels like you’re wearing leggings! We love pairing the Slimming Ankle Pants with our Illusion Tunic for a classy, yet fun look for the office. This top comes in a fashionable graphic print that spices up your workwear but isn’t too loud. And it’s made with 100% recycled polyester georgette. You can choose to wear the Illusion Tunic alone or wear it with our Go-To Cardigan on top during the cooler months or if your office is chilly!

For date night

Keep it simple, yet classy for date night by wearing our Slimming Ankle Pants with the Favorite Thing Top in Black! Flattering enough to dress up for a night on the town, be creative and pop this stylish look with the right accessoriesJohn Hardy has some stunning statement pieces that are modern and updated but have a classic heirloom appeal, like the classic chain round necklace with diamonds. The Favorite Thing Top has a flattering V-neck and its unique pleated front gives this top a chic flare and will keep you comfortable throughout your night of dinner, dancing, and fun. Try pairing it with a statement jacket or cardigan for those colder nights as the season starts to shift. To upgrade this look, rock these bottoms with a pair of Steven Madden black leather boots to elevate the look for nighttime.

The model shows how to look stylish in pants.

For work

Every woman should own a great pair of dress pants to wear to work, interviews, and beyond! Our Lounge Dress Pants not only look good on everyone, but they feel good too. They actually look like 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.

All in the details

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

The model shows how to look stylish in pants.

These playful, eco-friendly leggings are also available in sustainable, soft denim knit made from organic cotton and are offered in dark– and vintage wash finishes.

For lunch with the girls

While we love dressing leggings up for the office or date night, we also love styling them for more casual settings like lunch with your girlfriends! Our Ready to Wear Leggings are made from stretchy organic cotton to keep you comfortable and chic! And while these may seem like your traditional leggings at first, the shirred ankle detail adds that extra flare of style that takes the look up a notch!

Our Raise the Bar Top complements the Ready to Wear Leggings perfectly, especially in this gorgeous White/ Sunshine color combination! This top features a splash of color with a unique dip-dyed design in a soft Modal® jersey fabric. It has a slight high-low hem which makes it the ideal pairing style with leggings! The Steve Madden Hadyn White Leather Sandals finish this casual lunch look off perfectly because they are comfortable yet put together!

For Sunday errands

Speaking of casual outfits, we love this look featuring our Second Nature Capris. And trust us, there’s more than meets the eye with these flattering bottoms! The Second Nature Capris are made from eco-friendly organic cotton and feel buttery soft on your skin. The button hem gives these cropped leggings added style and class. The Second Nature Capris have an easy flattering fit and a full elastic waistband for comfort. If you’re into cropped leggings, these bottoms are the perfect alternative to our full-length Ready to Wear Leggings!

For days filled with errands, try pairing the Second Nature Capris with our Can’t Resist Tunic for style and functionality. This tunic features front pockets and is made from a sustainable, yet durable Tencel® denim. It has an A-line shape with a longer hem which pairs great with leggings. This top can be worn year-round and even layered with cardigans or jackets during the winter months. A practical tote bag is a must for busy days and one of our favorites is the Banana Republic Leather Mini Crossbody Tote in Silver. It has the functionality of a tote bag but can be worn crossbody so your hands can be free while running around! Talk about a win-win.  

For picnics in the park

Ready for a pop of color? So are we! Our best-selling Tiburon Tunic Icon paired with our Second Nature Capris makes the perfect outfit for casual days but it can also be dressed up for a perfectly comfortable office-friendly look. The crisp cotton poplin keeps you cool and comfortable throughout the day no matter what your plans are. It’s also wrinkle-resistant which makes it the best option for those with a busy schedule. The deep front pockets allow for practicality and the easy A-line shape makes this top flattering for all body shapes and sizes. This tunic is long enough to cover your bottom so it’s great to pair with tighter leggings such as the Second Nature Capris, or the longer Ready To Wear Leggings. Stay cool, breezy, and stylish with the combination of the Tiburon Tunic Icon and Second Nature Capris. To finish off this look, we love wearing a simple yet dazzling pair of sandals such as the Stuart Weitzman Sierra Slip On Sandals.

Looking for more outfit ideas to pair with your new leggings? Make sure to check out our Looks We Love page for even more wardrobe inspiration featuring all of your Stella Carakasi favorites!

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.