Whether shopping in stores or shopping online I’ve noticed a consistent trend from multiple brands, the sweater dress. It has been styled as either a two piece (like the one I’m wearing in this post) or a one piece item. What I love about this particular look is that it keeps us cozy during the winter days with some high boots and a puffer coat or you could also carry it forward to those transitional months (March & April) where it isn’t quite warm enough for spring / summer fashions.
Style Tip: replace the boots with a cute sneaker; replace your winter coat with a leather jacket; and now you have a few more months to wear this winter look!
Check out some of my favorite sweater dresses of the season!
With New Years coming upon us, only two weeks away, we tend to get in a frenzie trying to find the perfect New Years party outfit. If you’re having this struggle, try a personal stylist to find you that perfect look!
My personal style has always been clean, minimalistic with a pop of colour, glitz or trend, nothing over the top! I relegated some pieces from the wardrobe and mix-matched with some newness to create a couple of New Years outfits. See these style tips below that I’ve used to create my own New Years look.
The first outfit is a new black one piece romper from Club Monaco with an open back. The fabric has some great movement to create a fancier vibe. I found in the closet a light flowy black over piece (because I’m always cold!) and a spectacular vintage clutch from an aunt that dates back many years. As well, a pair of nude pumps (a must in every ladies wardrobe) that is the exact colour of my skin.
The second outfit I created, keeping inline with my overall personal style, is more casual but most importantly, very comfortable. The animal print chiffon blouse was a black friday find from a favorite brand of mine, Ganni It’s very feminine with the bell sleeve made from accordian fabric. I added a pair of my most comfortable black jeans and a black satin ankle boot that I’ve had for years. To complete the look, I added a strong shade of red lipstick and a red bag ($29!). I felt super comfortable & dressy enough for any holiday party.
Why is it so important to have a shopping list when shopping for apparel?
Mabelle Style believes that you can avoid impulse buys, overspending, bad purchases and it can be a time saver when shopping in the stores…. if you prepare a detailed shopping list beforehand.
Before I shop with my clients, new or regular, we work together to come up with a shopping list for each season beforehand. As an option, I suggest a budget to the list for overall total and /or per item. No shopping list is one and the same, as everybody’s needs are different. Recently, I did a poll on Insta stories asking who would like to see my personal shopping list for fall? I got an overwhelming response of YES! Keep in mind the list I prepared below is based off someone (me!) who shops a lot and enjoys it. (opposite of most my clients) which means I don’t need many basics or a large number of items, mainly a few refreshers and trendy pieces.
Footwear ~ My favorite area is shoes, which can be problematic as it’s the one section of my wardrobe I have too many. This season, my list consists of knee high boots to wear with both midi skirts/dresses and over a pair of denim. The style shown below is my fave (Tamara Mellon) but they have been sold out for some time now. Hopefully, they restock soon!
Secondly, an update for my Vans, now having a platform sole. Only $85 and they will look great with any outfit.
The third choice is a pair of Golden Goose sneakers, they have a good selection of different prints and patterns, I should wait till next spring for this style and I’ll definitely wait till a good sale but they are on the list!
Outerwear ~ I have a few coats but I don’t have a robe coat like the one on the right from Zara. I’ve added that to the list as I am fond of the winter white and I have nothing like it in my current wardrobe.
The second coat on my list is this specific trench on the left from Mango. This colour is a love for me and would coordinate with my boots that match perfectly.
Sweaters ~ My shopping list for each season should be focused on tops as I find that’s the biggest opportunity to update in my wardrobe. I don’t have a lot of options. I have 3 sweaters on my list; one a poncho style like the left image from Anthropologie and a couple of options that match the fall coats with creams and brown tones. Also, fair isle sweaters, like the one on the right, is a very big trend this season. Another big trend that I have selected is a Neon Pink sweater, this colour is everywhere right now! I won’t forget to add my staple black & cream turtlenecks to the list (that is a basic refresher I pick up every fall.)
Dresses ~ I personally do not wear a lot of dresses, but the look of a dress with the knee high boot is both classic and fashionable. I have two dresses on my shopping list, one is a casual sweater style. Comfortable, approachable and able to wear for any occasion. The second option is a holiday dress. One of my favorite brands for an event or holiday dress is A.L.C. I love the colour blocking on this one and the turtleneck. This look is very true to my personal style.
Denim ~ I don’t need any denim so this would be something at the very bottom of my priority list for shopping but each season I do look for a sale on a couple of favorites to add to the shopping list. The styles shown are from Mother Denim a brand that currently seems to be the best fit for my body type.
Handbags & Belts ~ I don’t have a black tote, this item is always on my list season to season I just haven’t found the one. Celine Cabas…. maybe one day i’ll find it at a consignment store (fingers crossed!). I have added a crossbody to the list in colour cognac to tie in with the creams and camels I’m wearing for this fall.
Lastly, I have one black waist belt on the list as I have not shopped for a waist belt in years. This is a must accessory for update and style this upcoming season!
As we wrap up August and head into September, we begin to change from jackets to coats. Starting with a lighter weight, we line up options as the months progress and as the weather gets cooler, the coats get heavier! I’m not just talking about those transitional coats we will wear the majority of time over the next couple of months I’ve also put together options to carry you from early fall to cold winter days of December & January.
Coats are not only functional & weather accommodating attire they can completely change and elevate the most simple outfit. I always say my personal style could be as basic as a white T with a perfect fit jean everyday while rotating through different styles of fabulous outerwear on a regular basis! This philosophy can easily work for both men’s and women’s fashion. This one item ‘outerwear’ can completely change your look! A little tip from the personal stylist :)
Keep in mind you don’t need to be a fashionista wearing the most current outerwear trends – See my picks below for the must have coats of the season (I’ve stayed with classic styles that will last forever) Click the picture to shop the look! Also, don’t miss the Youtube video as well where I’m sharing coats from my personal closet.
The Black Blazer ~ Finding the perfect fit is a must for this look, structured waist and length is key.
The Trench Coach ~ Going from Summer to Fall or Spring to Summer, look no further than the perfect trench. The weight is just right for transitioning into seasons and the style looks great with just about anything!
The Jean Jacket ~ I’ve been wearing the same jean jacket for 20 years! It will never go out of style if you stick to a clean wash and simple cut.
The Leather Jacket ~ Either a clean black leather or a moto jacket style can be a staple item in your wardrobe. The only difference is if your personal style is into more detail. The motto has zippers and hardware were as the other look has simplicity to the look.
The Robe Coat ~ This style can also we called the wrap coat and it can have two different looks. The shorter length with a hood option is perfect from work to casual with sneakers. The other option is the longer style which is perfect for over dresses and suiting keeping with a dressier feel.
The Classic Wool Coat ~ Once we hit December / January a clean classic wool coat is a must for those cold days. You can stick with black or have some fun with a pop of colour like this red version!
The Puffer ~ The casual puffer is a cute style and functional if your running errands or running after kids in the park. This one is a fave of mine as it’s only $88 and maintains a fashionable fit.
Several people in Vancouver work in the film industry throughout the area. Each one has the personal task to separate themselves from the crowd, to stand out. One of the first things that production’s look at before auditions is a file of headshots. The majority of photos show waist-up in the similar attire, which is usually a 1 button shirt, t-shirt or knit top in solid neutral colours. This is a standard look but if your ready for a change in image, create an original distinctive look than it’s time to partner with a stylist for your next shots!
I recently worked with headshot photographer Rio Tio to style three separate looks .. going away from a simple clean cut look to a more edgy style with wrinkles in a shirt, a worn leather jacket and even unfinished edges in the green jacket.
You will notice Animal print fabric trends just about everywhere these days, and it’s here to stay right through 2019. I’m sure this won’t be my first outfit post on this theme, more to come for fall!
T-shirts, cardigans, dresses, shoes in zebra, cheetah and snake prints and many more animal designs are being shown from low fashion H&M, mid range Nili Lotan to top designers like Gucci. I’m thinking this may not be just a trend but is now considered forever chic.
I have a couple of cheetah print tops circulating in my wardrobe but I wanted to try something new that was a little out of my comfort zone. I purchased a snake print skirt from Mango, which to be honest, reminded me of something I would have worn in the 90’s. It’s midi length, satin feeling with a soft snake print. I will say I’m pleasantly surprised how often I’ve had it on rotation throughout my wardrobe this season, as well as the numerous ways it could be styled!
Look 1 – I put the (I like to call them the Meghan Markle heal) Stuart Weitzman and a casual denim shirt from one my my favorite brands Rails. The thought of making a heel feel more casual with denim is a personal style I like to go for.
Look 2 – Printed band t’s are fun pieces to mix with other different styles including a printed snake skin skirt! This is my fave of the three looks with the classic Gucci slide. It’s casual but fun and very Vancouver.
Look 3 – Dressing up a skirt using a snake print is pretty easy by just adding some black accessories – you can wear any black top and black heel. I went for a cropped knotted-T as it’s cute with the subtle detail. Two key points from this look are: black is an easy go-to for dressing up with heals which really change the look!
Over the years, Mabelle Style has received questions regarding wardrobe selection for travel. The biggest challenge for most when packing is that they can never decide on what to pack. The suitcase becomes over the weight capacity allowed by the airlines and you are still unsure if you even have the right outfits? Or for that matter .. outfits period. Sometimes, the clothes selected are nothing more than a bunch of random pieces of clothing that you like, but they actually don’t tie together, and you are stuck away from home without any coordinated outfits.
Over the past ten years I have had to travel a lot for work … only taking a small carry-on piece of luggage. And, most recently I have been sharing my suitcase with my little one whose clothes and diapers take up half of my space. I would like to think I’ve become an expert on efficient travel packing! Let me share with you some tricks and tips that have worked for me as well as some frequent questions I have received from clients when I assist them on packing their best outfit combinations for their trips.
Putting together multi-functional outfits for my next trip!
MAKE A LIST ~ Before you even start packing, prepare a list of what outfits you would like to wear each day. This helps avoid over packing and gets you thinking of outfit combinations. If you are struggling with these combinations, that’s where I can come in and share some style expertise when needed.
MULTI-FUNCTIONAL ~ Shoes, coats, jeans, bottoms can all be multi-functional items that can be worn for more than one look on a trip. Think more about shirts & dresses as the items you may want to pack .
ROLL THEM UP ~ Save space in your suitcase by rolling-up as many clothing pieces as you can. This will be a big space spaver.
Mabelle Style can always create a packing list and lookbook for you that will absolutely make one part of travelling a little bit easier!
For those of you who have been to the historic Vancouver Club, you know the Club is filled with memorabilia, dating back to 1889.
Mabelle Style had the opportunity of styling a photo shoot that took over the heritage Club, partnered with stylist Emily Gray. We had plenty of ideas on how to bring life and drama to its beautiful architecture. We styled a three shot series for photographer Mark Whitehead starting with the Georgian Room, one of my favorite wedding venues in the city.
The second shot styled for the series took place in the Captains Bar. Heritage personalized liquor lockers constructed from olde dark wood and low ceilings enhanced with detailed thick crown moulding boasted a dramatic lounge.
The final shot of the evening took place in the billiards room where I had a vision of the leading lady taking a shot in a red power suit (this was before I even saw the room!) Ladies you can’t go wrong with a bold suit; it doesn’t matter if it’s in the workplace or for a casual game of pool!
Thank you to all whom made this photo shoot come together ~
Vancouver Club, Mark Whitehead <photographer>, Emily Gray <stylist>, Steve Pinter <retouchter>, Cat Langdon & Becca Randle <makeup & hair>, Thiago Tarcitano <lighting>, Lisa Chandler, Mike Veal, Ror Tio, Owen Caddell, Dani Lerose, Shawn Yip, <models>