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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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 – Classics

[Designer’s Notebook: Color Workshop – Classics]

Start the season right with classic colors from Stella Carakasi. Recharge your basic blacks and introduce softness with winter whites. Find your staples for the upcoming months!takenote-eyefordetail

Travertine is a classic neutral – grey with a touch of limestone – shown left as the Take Note Vest. This chameleon-like color can mix it up with black and white for a clean modern look, or can be pared back with earthy neutrals and deep autumn tones for year-round appeal. Neutrals like travertine are seasonless; it should be a classic color in every woman’s wardrobe — and is as important as black or white. A light neutral like travertine makes a great base layer and turns an ordinary jacket into a statement piece.

Black is intriguing, mysterious and radiates confidence. Black implies self-control, independence and a strong will. In the Eye For Detail Jacket, black is sophisticated and elegant. Layers of black allow you to play with texture. A great base layer like the Slimming Ankle Zip Pants can be accessorized with rich fall colors, neutrals and metallics. Black is the most popular fashion color and continues to be an important staple in every woman’s closet. It’s the ultimate fashion color that will never go out of style.

Designer’s Notebook: Color Story for Early Fall

[Designer’s Notebook: Color Workshop for Early Fall]

For fall, Stella presents a line up of rich neutrals that have an old world aesthetic. Neutrals are complemented by fresh bamboo, bittersweet and cameo, then harmonized by a vivid, watercolor mesh print.

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From left to right – Tops in Ivory, Storm & Bittersweet

Ivory, that warm white keeps everything on the lighter side… Gives the moody colors an elegant sophistication and keeps light neutrals on the natural side of the light spectrum.

Storm, now that’s a mysterious color – like watching clouds that are starting to gather -shades of grey washed in blue. It’s neutral camouflage-like appeal looks great on almost everyone. Storm is a great compliment to rich dark colors, white and earthy neutrals. You can’t miss with this cool “non-color.”

Bittersweet (think chocolate) is beautiful and rich. For fall, we chose the most luxurious shade and washed it in deep burgundy! Soothing and sophisticated, this color is a great kick off for the fall with staying power all season long.

And Mojave – brings the laid back luxe of the world traveler, whose neutrals always look stylish.


Cameo is soft and striking. It is a blush of color that is not overpowering. Its subtle mixture of terra-cotta and autumn sunrise brings a fresh perspective to start fall. Discover the color for fall that will make the shorter days vibrant and warm.

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Stella Carakasi’s Summer Inspiration

Stella Carakasi creates each collection with inspiration from a state of mind, a destination, a dream if you will of what tomorrow will look like. Taking cues from our in house visionary we will bring you pages from the designer’s notebook. Yarra here, hoping these behind the scene glimpses give you a nice insight into the process behind the collections. 

Looks for Every Body # 10: A Black & White Story

In case you are just joining us, my name is Yarra, I am the Director of Customer Engagement at Stella Carakasi. Stella Carakasi designs for many body shapes in each collection she creates (she designs 8 collections a year). The Looks For Every Body series has been created to explore the different body-positive looks that can be put together from our seasonal collections.

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Black and white clothing is a love affair of mine. The distinctiveness of a limited palette is timeless and always has the allure of the new. I love it in photography, in drawings and in paintings such as  Joan Miró’s, Painting (The Bullfight). In clothing it works in much the same way. It is always current, always classic and even a bit edgy.

There is great freedom in keeping it simple: black and white clothing works as a wardrobe staple to mix with other clothing or to wear with any accessories. I love the aspect of a blank canvas that one can have with a crisp white sweater. When I look back on the best of’s in my closet, the top ten include at least four black and white items. Find yourself a classic today from Stella’s latest collection.

invert-triangle_jan17Inverted Triangle: A round neckline on an inverted triangle body shape softens the silhouette by minimizing the angularity of the shoulders. Layer the Aspirations Sweater (shown in white) over the Ready to Wear Leggings (available in black). This basic look is an easy go to for weekends and travel. Top with a necklace that echoes the neckline of the sweater.

rectangle_jan17Rectangle: We often talk about adding curves to this body shape. This time around the outfit adds flair! The Get Inspired Shirt (shown in black) is a combination of cotton poplin and jersey. The tension of these two fabrics is fantastic because the poplin creates a crisp line and the jersey adds movement and sexiness to the blouse. Wear over Stella’s new ponte knit Stepping Out Leggings. An inverted seam detail running through the center of the pant defines this pant by adding structure to a legging.

circle_jan17Circle: Adding color blocking over a tunic and leggings gives a fun and updated look. For the circle figure, the cropped pattern on top of a black silhouette lengthens the figure. The pattern that Stella has chosen for the Take it Easy Sweater shows influences of modern art and textile mastery. Pair the sweater with the contemporary Made You Look Tunic (shown in black) and the ever popular Ready to Wear Leggings (available in black).

triangle_jan17Triangle: Adding layers to the top two thirds of the figure balances the triangle body shape. The Cloud Cover Tunic (available in print) is a beautiful transparent tunic that looks great on its own or with a topper such as the Balancing Act Cardigan (shown in black). Wear over the  Stepping Out Leggings (available in black) and the look is a perfect mix of flow and structure.

DRESS32Hourglass: A dress is an effortless style for the hourglass body shape. Stella’s Between The Lines Dress (available in print) hugs the figure and showcases design with the gentle folds of the modern skirt. Accent with a antique finish necklace like the one shown for an artful look. Or this dress can easily be paired with the Take It Easy Sweater or the Balancing Act Cardigan for a more casual look.

I hope that this series helps you gather ideas for dressing. Please share your comments I would love to hear from you! Sometimes design blogs inspire me as more of  jumping off point. What outfits have you discovered from reading this?

Looks for Every Body # 9: Fresh Looks!

Yarra here, reflecting on who we want to be when we dress. It is something I have been musing about this week after reading the following quote from Cate Blanchett: “For a lot of women, clothes don’t reflect who they are – but who they want to be.” This is relatable to me because often I take the fake-it-until-you-make-it approach. Somehow dressing nicely and being put together makes me feel better even when I’m tired or fighting a cold.

The Looks for Every Body series shows how Stella Carakasi designs for everybody. In the Stella Studio I hear a lot of women say “Oh, you have to be tall and skinny to wear these clothes.” This series is to show how women of any shape and size can look fabulous in Stella’s designs! These clothes are much more about an attitude of confidence than of fitting into a rigid mold.

Inverted_TriangleeditInverted Triangle: For all body shapes you want to play up your assets. Your gams have the goods in our Ready to Wear Leggings (available in black). Try layering a denim skirt over the leggings for a funky look and top with Stella’s mood elevating Feel Good Tunic (shown in black). Enjoy this outfit on the weekends or during a busy commute. Accessories such as the handmade chain and a pair of wedges will also instantly elevate this easy going outfit.


Rectangle: It’s back! One of our all time favorite styles the Tiburon Tunic (shown in white)! For the rectangle body shape this is an excellent choice to add drama to your form. Belt the Tiburon Tunic  and wear with the Reality Check Ankle Pants (available in black) and you will have a very updated Audrey Hepburn look.

Circle3editCircle: For the circle body shape the Life is Good Top (shown in citron) is both flattering and easy to wear. This beauty of a high low top has an adorable satin trim detail on the back. It flows and layers with ease over the Incomparable Ankle Pants (available in black). Add a statement necklace such as the one shown and you are ready to imagine a Roman Holiday.

Triangle2editTriangle: For the triangle body shape think modern: clean design and smart layering. The Aspirations Sweater (shown in white) sets the tone for this clean monochromatic look. Layer the Skirt the Issue (available in black) over the Ready to Wear Leggings (available in black) and you have sleek layers to complement any tunics in your wardrobe. Add a transparent scarf like the one shown over a white sweater showcasing tonal variation.

Hourglass2editHourglass: Is it a dress? That’s what customers ask about the Cloud Cover Tunic (available in print). It does read like a short dress, leggings or opaque tights are needed for taller body types. The shape is that of an exaggerated tank with a handkerchief hem line. The beautiful sumi-ink motif print floats effortlessly over an anti-pill jersey lining. Wear over Stella’s latest ponte knit Stepping Out Leggings (available in black). Add a little bling and you will look fabulous darling!

My hope is that the clothes we wear make us feel more confident and relaxed in our own skin so that we can go out in the world and accomplish the amazing tasks in our lives. On the Stella Carakasi team and in our customers, I meet amazing women every day who work extremely hard to make this world a better place. Thank you for your hard work, it makes a huge difference.