Stylist – The ‘it’ colour for Spring/Summer!

Once Spring/Summer fashion comes into the stores, without fail, you always find the ‘groundbreaking’ floral. As well as lots of white on white and natural shades. It was a pleasant surprise to see a pastel be one of the biggest trends this year. That pastel colour is known as lilac or lavender. If you’re someone who loves to online shop, go to your favorite site and search the colour option and bam, every item in this popular seasonal colour pops up!

For my personal styling, I found a lightweight lilac sweater from http://www.hm.com for only $17! The west coast tends to be chilly in the evenings which makes this sweater a great piece year round!


Personal Stylist – Shopping for husband & wife combo!

 

Suit: Hugo Boss
Shirt: Eton
TIe: Zegna
Shoes: Etro

My last fall shop of the season was for a husband and wife combo! The husband arrives for his shop in the morning so he is in and out of the mall before the chaus starts, purchasing his new wardrobe.  The wife on the other hand is with us for the entire day, as she thoroughly enjoys seeing her husbands new outfits and then has the afternoon to herself with the stylist!

For us, the nice part to styling a husband and wife together, is that we can ensure the outfits are compatible with one another. We don’t mean matchy matchy, more to the idea that they look like they are always going to the same party. For example, both have some great leather jackets and casual pieces as well as she has some perfectly fitted dresses for when he is in a suit!

One common area we notice with all the husband and wife clients is that the wives tend to remember and know how to keep the outfit combinations together once they get home! For the husbands that’s another story lol. They love the outfit grids,  they can always have a photo of the perfect outfit combination to keep them sharp.  To give you a glimpse into some of the amazing outfit combos from this past shop check out the photos below!

Jacket: Hugo Boss
T shirt: John Varvatos
Denim: Paige

acket: Armani
Shirt: Hugo Boss
Pants: Zegna
Shoes: Tods

Shirt Jacket: Wings & Horns
Henley: John Varvatos
Shoes: Tods
Denim: AG


Personal Stylist – When an online purchase isn’t what you thought

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


Personal Stylist – Closet Detox & Fall Shopping

Time to clean out the worn sweaters and shop for new ones!

Current state – Lots of bottoms and denim in the wardrobe!

Thankfully we have yet to see the heavy snowfalls that took us all by surprise last winter! But we have seen a lot of rain this past month as well as some crisp air, which has been perfect for sweaters and layering!  The client story we’re sharing on the blog today had a shop filled with just that, perfect layering pieces and an introduction to some new brands! She has been shopping with Mabelle style for 10 years, having both closet clean outs and shops seasonally twice a year. We started this season off by going over her current wardrobe which has a lot of bottoms, as seen in the above photo and some great tops! For this shop we needed to update her style with everyday sweaters & layering options. Even though she didn’t need new bottoms she never shy’s away from a new pair of denim, we introduced her to Mother Denim a brand pretty new to the Vancouver market! She loved the fit and ended up going home with two pairs!

 


Personal Shopper – Sneak Peak Into A Men’s Fall Shop

Recently we did a men’s personal shop for fall! This client has been a regular, shopping with Mabelle Style for coming up four years. We went through his closet beforehand and cleaned out lots of worn out bottoms and basics as well as shoes. During the personal shop we made sure to  update those worn out pieces as well found items to create full outfits going into the chilly weather. This client loves t-shirts which meant we need to find some great layering pieces to give more to the t-shirt style. We ended up with a cool mid weight Hugo Boss blazer that was a knit blend – not only a perfect weight for Vancouver weather but it won’t wrinkle when travelling! We also purchased 5 updated jeans/pants, three new shoes and plenty of tops. Check some outfit photos below to see his cool style for this fall.


Personal Shopper – Style Between Summer & Fall

Christine Pienaar Photography

Summer has come to an end but the weather is still showing that it’s not fall yet, that’s forsure!! WIth that being said sometimes these transitional times of year can become challenging to put together outfits.  It’s to hot for sweaters and coats but not warm enough to keep wearing those summer dresses!  A look I put together recently to accommodate to the season was a See By Chloe knit dress (perfect weight for light breezy days) and a pair of booties. Who doesn’t love a good pair of booties! I picked up this style ‘Clinger’  from http://www.stuartweitzman.ca one of my favorite brands for year round boots.


Personal Shopper – The Shirt Dress

Shirt: Aritzia
Belt: H&M
Shoes: Louboutin

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!


Personal Shopper – Love A Bold Print!

Coat: Zara
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


Personal Shopper – Are you rocking white denim for summer?

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.

Shirt: Rails
Denim: Frame

Jacket: Frame
Tank: Rag & Bone
Denim: Frame

Shirt: Rails
Denim: Frame


Personal Shopper – Stay Looking Sharp After A Personal Shopping Day!

If you have made the jump into getting your own personal shopper,  you now know how much time you have gotten back into your life that you once spent searching for the perfect outfit!  The personal shopping day can sometimes be overwhelming when you get home and see all these bags and think – I can hardly remember what I bought!  When the unpacking starts you now see all these amazing outfits you’re adding to your wardrobe. But some people struggle with remembering all the new outfit combinations !  All they see is a lot of clothes and don’t no where to start, this is when outfit grids become very useful.  Mabelle Style takes photo’s of outfit combinations for you to have in your email or to print. If you’re unsure what shirt goes with what suit and what tie goes with the entire ensemble you can be just a click away, open your email and see multiple options!  To get a glimpse into what a few shots of outfit grids look like, check out below!