Before Look: Online purchase ALC dress.
Have you ever ordered an item online in hopes it would be as amazing as it looked on the model? Then you receive it and it’s nothing but! I think that’s happened to the best of us, especially when we find a sale item and can’t resist. Once it has arrived it becomes much less then a steller deal as it just sits in the closet forever. I do think as a stylist, there is hope!! Sometimes it just takes a little more thought and creativity to make that oversized sweater, to short of denim or whatever else you may have purchased look cool again. The look in this post shows a dress from one of my favorite brands, ALC, I had ordered online thinking what a deal, half price! When I received the dress in the mail it just didn’t fit, making me look wider and didn’t showcase any the areas I like to focus on with my personal style. What I did was play around layer jackets to give the dress a cool casual vibe or dressy night out look!
For all those random online purchases, there’s hope! Add belts, jewellery, or like me a jacket to make the look new again. It could even be a heal vs a flat or sometimes its just a quick visit to the seamstress to tweak that ill fitting area that the model didn’t seem to have at the online purchase:)
After: Casual Look adding denim jacket & booties
After: Dressy Look by adding a pair of heels & leather cropped leather jacket
The past two seasons we have seen a lot of shirts becoming dresses! From sweatshirts and t-shirts to a poplin blouse all the tops are now being worn in a bit baggier style and a little longer length. This trend is versatile from day to night all by playing with the perfect shoe. Ankle booties, pumps and over the knee boots for fall create a chic look out of a loose, oversized top!!
Want to know more about the shirt dress look? Ask us, the personal stylist experts and we can tell you how to get the look!
Denim: Citizen of Humanity
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
One of the more popular trends this season has been a bold print. Think of a print you would most likely see on wallpaper or even drapes! Trends seem to be coming from inspiration in the living room and now moving into your closet! The vivid prints and color have been focused more on a layering piece vs your entire outfit. Lightweight maxi or kimono style coats found on designer runways to H&M. Lots of options at variable price points. I picked up my kimono style at Zara for $69! It was the perfect piece layered over neutrals.
Photographer: Christine Pienaar
I can’t get enough of white denim, not just for summer but year round. Some people may not be comfortable to carry white denim passed labor day but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a pair for summer! White denim is a staple that can be worn casual or dressy. We picked up a pair at a recent shop for a Mabelle Style client who had worn out her first pair from a shop two years ago. When we replaced them we put a few new summer tops together in the pictures below. If you’re struggling to find the ideal denim fit, reach out to Mabelle and have your style expert find you the ultimate pair.
Tank: Rag & Bone
Photographer: Christine Pienaar
Inspiration for Mabelle’s ‘personal’ style never comes from one place, and for clients my inspiration comes from many sources! Reading, travelling, instagramming, books and magazines… there are numerous outlets to find fashion ideas, trends and new creations. Once the creative juices click in, go for it full speed.
For this overall trend, Mabelle Style gravitated to Spring/Summer 2017 fashion shows watching Victoria Beckham stroll around New York in Fall sporting her Spring 2017 line. I loved the colour blocking used with her very bold colours (bright oranges and purple hues.) Colour blocking is a difficult task but by using your own personal stylist you to can get it right ;) If this is a look you want to achieve, one easy way to get it right is to go for bold contrasting colours. This concept can be weird because if you think it doesn’t work, it probably does work! Just be sure to avoid pastel shades, think strong colours from your childhood!
Get my look – I pieced together a $29 skirt found during Aritzia’s past sale with a current $200 knotted Alexander Wang t-shirt. One of my fave spring trends #colourblocking.