Top 5 Outerwear Looks For Winter

outerwear-600x600.jpgOuterwear is a particular highlight as we move into winter. Noteworthy styles with treatments in boiled wool, rich deep reds, and a stunning powder blue to black Ombre highlight the uniqueness of this category. The cocooning comfort of the Wrap Up Coat is on trend. The overwhelming impression, though, is one of a new softness, and a heightened understanding of what might feel good to a woman to wear.

A special fusion of creativity, craftsmanship, and intelligence go into creating such fine attention to detail that these pieces could easily be worn inside out. In the end, the big takeaway:

There is grace and beauty to be found in comfort.


Five Perfect Coats for the Season

Coats are to winter what dresses are to summer – a.k.a. the most essential part of your wardrobe. That means you should have more than one! So we’re bringing you 5 of the best styles to keep you warm (and looking cool) all season long.

From more structured versions, to softer ones with fabric to spare, these picks will keep you on point all season.

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How To Dress For Day To Night: Black and White is the Solution

Signify Sweater

The Signify Sweater with the Finesse Skirt creates a classic go-anywhere look.

We love black and white. There’s something reassuring about clean and simple, black and white. The modern, cool look smacks of self-confidence, and a black or white statement piece automatically takes your style to the next level. Make it do double-duty by wearing it to work and then out on date night with these three tips.

3 Tips to transform your look from Day to Night

  1. Work It: For day, double up sheer layers to create a more classic look for the office.
  2. Night Attraction: Subtract outer layers and add jewelry to amp up your look for evening.
  3. Fancy Footwork: Don’t forget the shoes! Transform your day look to a night look instantly with your footwear. For evening, try a shoe in glossy black or neutral metallics to play off of your monochromatic clothing.
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One part mysterious and one part sensual. The Take Note Vest pairs perfectly over the Sheer Thing Top.

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Clearly pulled together. The Far and Away Coat adds instant polish to any outfit.


Instant classic. A monochromatic top and the Finesse Skirt set the stage for an ultra lux look that goes from day to night.


Pull it together. The Much Ado Vest can pull many outfits together. Wear over black (as pictured here), over the Touchdown Tunic. This look also translates well with jeans for a laid-back lux approach.

Try a combination that creates instant wow – a pared-down palette with ultra lux details. Working the monochrome look is easy. There’s no worry of wearing colors that don’t compliment each other. Black and white make the perfect partnership.


How To Create the “Layered Look” Effect

Layering is an easy way to create a modern, fun and casually chic look. Here’s 5 layering tips and some suggested styles that will have you creating new looks with ease.

Epitome of Style Sweater, Agenda Tunic
We love this effortless look. Stella has a way with romancing well-made non-trendy staples. For fall, the scale reads modern and chic but with a relaxed mood. We hope you love Stella’s take on the layered look.

Layering tips:

1. Start the first layer with a lightweight style that has a tighter fit than the piece you will be layering over it. We suggest the Agenda Tunic as a first layer.

2. Layer in one color. Tone on tone instantly looks rich.

3. Play with shorter layers over longer layers. This instantly elongates your figure and balances proportions.

4. Save texture and statements for your outer layers and accessories. Have fun with outer layers that provide the final touch of interest for your outfit, whether you choose to go minimal or lux.

5. Keep your waist flat. You want to layer on top of a smooth foundation. Avoid pants with belt loops and bunches. Instead try an invisible waist, such as Stella’s Define Yourself Ankle Pants.

Take It Easy Sweater
A minimalist layered look. Take It Easy Sweater with 24/7 Tank and Define Yourself Ankle Pants.

Flawless Cardigan, New Wave SkirtLayered lux look: Flawless Cardigan with Sheer Thing Top and New Wave Skirt.

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The New Fall Mix

The feeling of the moment is one part nostalgic and one part modern. Translation: new statements and essentials to mix with fall staples. Choose head to toe knit dressing or pair your new favorite sweater with the jeans that you love best.sweater-blog-spotlight

It’s fair to say that sweater dressing is an integral part of this collection. Stella Carakasi’s focus on lux fibers like Tencel® and cashmere mixed with wool and cotton, and combination knits and texture-blocking gives classic silhouettes a fuzzy, comfortable quality. The pieces here are generally relaxed but with a lot of fabric manipulation and whimsical play on proportions; including ribbed knits that drape the body like your coziest blanket, new shapes, like a swingy poncho and less conventional pieces embellished with Mondrian-esque intarsias. These wearable clothes don’t require much explanation to grasp their “classic with a twist” modern appeal.


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[Designer’s Notebook: Color Workshop Featuring Cameo]


Fresh Take on Fall. Wrap Up Cardigan over Nonchalant Tunic and Define Yourself Ankle Pants (in Cameo).

Cameo… flesh, nude…Somewhere between terra cotta and sandalwood. Is it even a color? In a way- It’s a bit revealing. Is it a neutral? Actually , yes, it’s the ultimate neutral. Less about color, more about attitude. Back to shades of grey, black or stark white. Cameo doesn’t crumble under these classic neutrals. This color takes charge. Layers of cameo are stunning. It lights up a room and makes you feel fabulous, effortlessly.


Fresh Take for Fall: Unexpected Color Cameo

Cameo presents a fresh take for fall. For an easy going approach to wardrobe building, start with layering the Nonchalant Tunic  (in Cameo) over the Shadow Play Pant (in Mojave) for a look that will take you from late summer to fall with ease. Later in the season add the Define Yourself Ankle Pants (in Cameo) under the Nonchalant Tunic and the On the Go Jacket (in Mojave).


Turn Up the Volume!

This unexpected color softens fall blacks and the seasons traditionally dark palette. Highlight the architectural Volume Control Sweater (in Cameo) over our best selling Incomparable Ankle Pants (in Black). The stunning drape of both items brings wearable drama to any occasion.

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Designer’s Notebook: Color Workshop Featuring Cameo


Yarra here, amazed that we are on the sixth edition of this blog. Thank you to everyone who has been following these posts! The outfits for this week’s post are about an upbeat attitude and finding joy in dressing. With it being cold and gloomy outside, it’s easy to get into a style rut. Mix it up by introducing some color and body positive silhouettes!


Inverted Triangle: The color palette for this outfit was influenced by a lot of combinations I see on the street. I love how the coriander Time Will Tell Cardigan plays off of the statement necklace. Not-so-basic jersey separates, Future Perfect Top (shown in ivory) and the Bottom Line Pants (shown in black), bring together a shape that draws attention to the lower half of the figure. The dolman sleeves of the cardigan also complement the broad shoulders of the inverted triangle.


Rectangle: Creating curves is the goal for a figure that is a bit straight up and down. The Feel Good Tunic (shown in Tuscan rose) instantly does this by adding a swoosh across the neckline and drapes along the torso. Emphasize the line of the tunic even more with a long necklace. Get some street cred with the Modern Mix Jacket (available in black), and you’ll look like you just arrived from a shopping trip in NYC. Stella’s better-than-basic Ready to Wear Leggings (shown in black) provide the perfect foundation for this snappy ensemble.


Circle: Frame your figure in a luxurious knit over body-flattering foundational pieces. The Why Not Cardigan (mélange knit) provides the best of both worlds — coverage and form. Worn over the At Ease Top (shown in black) and the Clear Cut Skirt (shown in mink), this outfit echoes sophistication with each layer. Top it with a necklace and pair with winter boots or heels, and vavoom!


Triangle: For this figure, we know you are sensitive about the bottom half of your body. I’ll say it again: the Slimming Ankle Pants (shown in black) are the answer. These pants feel great and they are tight where the need be, providing support and confidence to those who wear them. Play up the positive with the Over Everything Cardigan (shown in shadow) paired with the Either Way Top (shown in port) and an infinity scarf. Look and feel great in this easy going and stylish look.


Hourglass: Opposites attract with the shape of this outfit. The side slit of the Next in Line Sweater (shown in ash) creates a diagonal line that draws attention to the waist and hem of the Endless Ease Skirt (shown in shiraz). Tie the soft ash tones of the sweater and the bright saturated color of the shiraz skirt with a printed scarf like the one shown by Shawlsmith London.

Bring out your best this season. Feel deeply, breathe and take pictures. Time flies when your having fun!

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Looks for Every Body # 6


Yarra here, continuing with the Looks for Every Body blog series. Viv started the Looks For Every Body series November 1st to show that Stella Carakasi has styles that complement every woman’s shape. This being the fifth in the series I am rediscovering just how versatile Stella’s designs are. What I love is that you can mix and match Stella’s clothes to create new looks with a couple of key pieces.

The key pieces for all body types I find myself using for nearly every fall blog are:
Slimming Ankle Pants
Look Sharp Leggings
Ready to Wear Leggings
Clear Cut Skirt
Either Way Top
These are foundation pieces that you can use to build any outfit no matter what your body shape is.

LFEB_InvTriangleInverted Triangle: I love this outfit, it speaks laid back luxe to me. Perfect for a day at the office or weekend getaway. Pair the Two Way Shrug (shown in jade) over the Sure Thing Tee (shown in ivory). The Sure Thing Tee is so easy to style, with it’s generous length it can be draped as seen here so that it echoes the drape of the Endless Skirt (shown in black). Layered with printed scarf, the silhouette is completed, emphasizing the waist and the texture of the outfit. For this body shape, emphasizing the waist and lower half of the body with architectural shapes creates balance.

LFEB_RecctangleRectangle: This outfit is about the architecture of the Voyager Jacket (shown in black). Worn open it is perfect for a rectangle shape, showing soft folds and framing the body with curves. This is key for rectangle body shapes who want to avoid straight up and down silhouettes. Closed, the subtle inverted hi-low of the jackets hem creates contrast and curves for the rectangle body shape. Layer the Life is Good Top (shown in shiraz) over the Ready to Wear Leggings (shown in black). Top with a minimal necklace, such as the gold one shown and voilà instant chic.

LFEB_CircleThe Circle: Embrace belting and layering. This outfit breaks a lot of the suggestions in our first blog for this body shape. It helps the circle body shape enjoy the tunic trend by adding structure. Here I have paired the Engimatic Tunic (shown in black) over the Slimming Ankle Pants (shown in mink). This somewhat basic outfit has been elevated to fun with an infinity scarf in a pop color and a wrap belt with a touch of  metallic to set off the mink color of the pants. Permission to play with your wardrobe granted!

LFEB_TriangleTriangle: Feminine layers exude confidence and holiday sparkle. The Future Perfect Top (shown in tuscan rose) is layered under the Contrast Cardigan (shown in black). The Contrast Cardigan is constructed with mixed fabrics – jersey gives it flexibility and a clean shape, georgette gives it softness and mystery. Broader shoulders are emphasized with the structure of this cardigan balancing the lower half of the body for the triangle shape. Layered over the Clear Cut Skirt (shown in black) and paired with a multi strand statement necklace this outfit is ready for a day or night out on the town.

LFEB_HourGlassHourglass: Push the edge with this gorgeous outfit. The Laid Back Luxe Vest (shown in citadel) over the Either Way Top (shown in black), creates an edgy yet polished look. The princess seams of the vest lend themselves to showing the hourglass shape of the body. The outfit is completed with the Slimming Ankle Pants (shown in black) and toped with an embellished wool scarf that echoes the georgette layers in the Laid Back Luxe Vest.

Give yourself permission to have fun with how you express yourself with clothes. I find inspiration for dressing everywhere, mostly from our customers. At the end of the day, top your outfit with a smile, it is truly your best accessory.

If you are not smiling already find your bliss and if finding the perfect outfit helps you do that we are here to help.


Looks for Every Body # 5