Shoes: Christian Louboutin
I have owned this navy classic DVF dress for 5 years. It’s a go-to when I need a dress for any occasion. The colour navy will never be outdated and the silhouette is simple but elegant. The best part about this dress ( still being sold in DVF store’s) is the stretch – yup this dress has give! I wanted to give it a little update this season, I usually wear it on it’s own but I found the perfect blazer with navy details at http://www.zara.com/ – $89!! The blazer creates a business look which makes the dress go from evening to day! Multi-functional is key.
Christine Pienaar Photography
The number one priority when creating a well rounded wardrobe is to ensure you have all the staple items first. Staple items would be considered the basics. Once you have found the perfect fits and styles for the basics you can then interject the trendy pieces. Those pieces can elevate the basics and give a little pop of colour, print or even some edge. One of my favorite trends that works wonderfully with basics is cheetah print! My outfit post below shows a silk cheetah blouse with a basic black pant & coat – an easy piece that really gives my outfit a jump start into fall.
Photography: Christine Pienaar
It is important to maintain clean and consistent image with branding. I have always taken a simple approach with Mabelle as seen in the below snap! The clients love that we have reusable shopping bags for their appointments. This saves them from taking home a large amount of paper shoppers at the end of the personal shopping appointment.
Jacket – Mackage
Dress – Aritzia
An abundance of outerwear trends are happening this fall, it’s hard to pick a fave! If only I could have them all…. sigh.
To give you an idea of options I will be pulling for clients this season in the coat department, we have the maxi wool coat, varsity jacket in oversize or normal size, the structured double breasted blazer, shearling, patchwork and even cropped. Wow, lots of choices right? Lets just say I’m thankful the moto jacket trend has now become a classic staple in the wardrobe, one less coat to buy for the season! The best part about the moto is it keeps getting reinvented as seen in this outfit post, I have a suede version. The stores have lots of options from faux leather, black leather to colour options this is one trend here to stay!
Photo: Christine Pienaar
H&MU: Park Avenue Hair
Photography: Christine PIenaar
September is the perfect month for transitional fashion, when we still have some warmth to wear shorts and add a layering pieces from the fall trends lookbook. Army green jackets especially utility style are a top style moving into fall and now is the perfect time to bring them into your wardrobe. The style is light weight and the colour is in the neutral zone, this look can carry you through till the end of October. Take my personal style below and add another trend – the plaid shirt or see additional options to shop the utility style jacket now!
Jacket: Current Elliot
Top: Lucky Brand
Plaid Shirt: Rials
Boots: Rag & Bone
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Photography: Christine Pienaar
Transitional Fashion is the best time for mixing seasonal pieces. I do think Vancouver weather is primarily for transitional fashion year round, as it’s rarely super hot and even more rare to be very cold. My favorite transitional piece is a motto jacket, something I often post. This look is a perfect example of mixing seasons. I have a crepe, light weight summer dress on from http://www.aritzia.com and have added a leather Motto jacket with booties for the light breeze and chilly nights coming upon us. Get the look when shopping with Mabelle Style :)
Booties: Rag & Bone
There is multiple reasons to clean out & organize your wardrobe. When you have to many options it’s hard to find ‘outfits’ or even remember what’s in there! Or maybe you want to purchase new trends for new season which means the old trends need to go. Or lastly the styles may not fit the way they once did :( Whatever the reason may be the goal with your closet area should always be to create outfits, wear everything at least once or twice a year and you never feel overwhelmed when you walk into the closet wondering what on earth to wear. I took a quick snap of my denim section in my closet to give you an idea of organized – this is a recent picture after I removed 5 pairs that would have been donated if my mom didn’t take them first :) People always assume because I’m in fashion that I must have so many clothes, but I’m the opposite. I like the idea of being able to always see what I have and create multiple multi-functional looks for each season. Once the season ends key pieces get consigned or donated and I filtrate in new on trend items.
Last week, while browsing through pictures with my husband, we came upon my first professional photoshoot I styled back in 2003, a mere thirteen years ago after graduating from Blanche MacDonald Fashion Program in Vancouver,BC. This informative program covered all areas of the industry: buying, business management, fashion show production, merchandising etc. My favourite section was the styling class, of course. Students were given the opportunity to find/select a model, create a theme and style the photoshoot. I remember rummaging through my closet to pull together and create new looks. Back then, I wasn’t buying much on a student budget! I would pin-and-tape to create my custom looks for my best friend whom I used for a model, she was very petite. The theme I choose was Urban fashion and I have to say… I feel like these looks are still trending 13 years later!! Check our the photos and brands below.
Denim: Silver Jeans
Skirt: Club Monaco
Body Suit: American Apparel
Denim Shorts: Current Elliot
I love a good denim short for the summer weather, I personally prefer some fade and rips that adds a California, cool casual vibe. Check out Chrissy Teigans picture below to get the look, even when pregnant!!
When it comes to dressing up a pair of cute denim cut-offs it can be a bit of a challenge. You need to add a heal, which can be a bad mix if it’s not done right. You want to keep the short a classic look but sometimes the wrong shoe can make your entire outfit look a bit tacky. To keep my denim shorts clean, classy and ready to wear for a night out, not just a day at the beach, I wouLD suggest adding a skinny strap heel (keeps legs looking long) and a flowy light weight maxi coat. To create smooth lines and have the jacket be the staple piece, I’ve added a simple body suit – a must have for 2016!
Photography: Christine Pienaar