Sartorial Flair

Fashion Blog by Fashion Enthusiast Kristy Downer – Los Angeles, CA

Spring 2016

by kristy

Spring is springing, birds are chirping, and Southern California is in super bloom. Here are some inspiring looks straight from the runway along with some Shop The Look ideas for easy wardrobe updates.

Blooming

“Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking”, famously stated in Devil Wears Prada. Repetitive it might, florals can be spotted all over the runways and streets for Spring.

 

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Shop The Look

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Zara Dress

Romance

Again, another style that seems to appear over Spring/Summer, the romantic look. Lace, ruffles, dainty details.

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Shop The Look

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MSK Dress $29.99

Shining Bright- Sequins

Sequins can take you in so many different directions. Rockers, Edgy, Romantic, Black Tie. All depending on the look of the piece.

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Shop The Look

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Nasty Gal $98

Bold Stripes

Stripes have been ruling the fashion world for 150 years! Fun fact- In 1846 Queen Victoria dressed her four-year-old son, Albert Edward in a sailor suit to board the Royal Yacht. Ever since then the public became entranced and adored any kid wearing stripes.

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Shop The Look

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Elizabeth and James $395

Slip it On

The 90’s grunge look has been spotted on the runway for the past few seasons, but it’s the slip dress that was the front runner for said eras look this Spring.

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Shop The Look

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Top Shop $68

 

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Mixin’ and a Matchin’

by kristy

Up until a few years ago, page mixing patterns was a faux-pas. There have always been the fashion rebels setting  trends for the non conventional dressers – Betsey Johnson, Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, all the patrons who hung out on Melrose in the 80’s, to name a few. But now a days, you can find more of these ‘against the grain’ looks that are not only ‘excepted’ but celebrated (check out Advanced Style by Ari Cohen). As a lover of fashion I am constantly trying new things and looking for inspiration. Find below some tips that I use for mixing patterns some images that has lit a spark in me.

1- Replace your solid piece with a monochromatic print in the same color(s) of the printed piece you are matching

2- Mix two prints with one color that is found in both patterns

3-Treat animal print is a neutral

3-Stripes are the easiest print to start with for mixing

4- Use a large, solid color belt to separate patterns

5-Play with size- wear a large print on the bottom and a smaller print on the top

7- Pair two types of the same print. For example- Floral pants and a floral top-sharing one color in common

8- OR same print in two different bold colors

9- When in doubt Stripes and florals or dots and stripes AWLAYS play well together

10- Have fun with it- is just fashion =)

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Remix

by kristy

I’m starting a new series of Remix; a how to wear a piece at least three different ways. Here is a striped shirt that I got at a tag sale for $1! Besides the three looks below,  I wear it to bed sometimes with bike shorts, I have worn a tank dress and belted at the waist, and have worn it as a beach cover. This is my favorite exercise to practice with my clients, showing them how to wear what they already have. I hope that you enjoy my new series! I will post a Remix once a week. Happy Thursday! xx

 

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Lost In Time

by kristy

It was Saturday night. My partner and I are getting ready to go dancing at a warehouse in the Arts District. I’m standing in front of my closet in jeans and a tank. MMMM, my closet doesn’t seem to support this type of outing. I proceed to try on about 15 different outfits. All the thoughts are running through my head of not feeling comfortable, not knowing what to wear to such an event, and the dreaded “I’m too old, “I hate all of my clothes”. My fun evening was not off to a good start. Frustrated, standing in a massive pile of clothes and not wanting to go out anymore, I put my jeans and tank back on…and accessorized.  We get into our Lyft, I can’t stop thinking about what the heck just happened. I’m a wardrobe stylist, dammit, this is what I am good at. Shaking off my nothing-to-wear-induced bad mood, we dance and have a good time. Looking around, I feel a bit silly. No one cares what I am wearing! There is this feeling of having to project the look of a wardrobe stylist, this pressure that I had put on myself. But, even the best chefs in the world can be found eating grilled cheese paired with a cheap beer.  Point being, we should never dress for anyone except ourselves, confidence is our best accessory, and the first look that you put on is (most likely) your best option.

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I immediately fell in love with this editorial from Vogue Australia. The lighting, the style I find so beautiful. Victorian whites are always on my list of wants. I hope that you enjoy this set as much as I do.

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Confessions Of A Wardrobe Stylist

by kristy

It was Saturday night. My partner and I are getting ready to go dancing at a warehouse in the Arts District. I’m standing in front of my closet in jeans and a tank. MMMM, my closet doesn’t seem to support this type of outing. I proceed to try on about 15 different outfits. All the thoughts are running through my head of not feeling comfortable, not knowing what to wear to such an event, and the dreaded “I’m too old, “I hate all of my clothes”. My fun evening was not off to a good start. Frustrated, standing in a massive pile of clothes and not wanting to go out anymore, I put my jeans and tank back on…and accessorized.  We get into our Lyft, I can’t stop thinking about what the heck just happened. I’m a wardrobe stylist, dammit, this is what I am good at. Shaking off my nothing-to-wear-induced bad mood, we dance and have a good time. Looking around, I feel a bit silly. No one cares what I am wearing! There is this feeling of having to project the look of a wardrobe stylist, this pressure that I had put on myself. But, even the best chefs in the world can be found eating grilled cheese paired with a cheap beer.  Point being, we should never dress for anyone except ourselves, confidence is our best accessory, and the first look that you put on is (most likely) your best option.

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Cool-Lots

by kristy

I don’t know about you, but about 10 years ago when gaucho pants were all the rave I wore them. And let me tell you, they were not flattering. Jersey/cotton wide leg cropped pants, yikes! I’ve been spotting these wide legged cropped pants around the city, but something is different. Yes, there is a (slight) difference between culottes and gaucho pants. Gaucho’s can be found mostly in jersey/cotton and are wide from the hips down to the knee or calf. Culottes have a bit more shape to them and come in many different fabrics. Culottes can also be found in a wider shape resembling a skirt where the wider gaucho still look more like a pant with more of a flair at the bottom. Anyway- I am admiring some of the street style looks and have culottes ‘penciled’ on my Spring/Summer shopping list. Here is the thing, these fun/cool/trendy pants look the best on a tall/thin body type. I have full hips/thighs so how does that work? Well, I will tell you. I’m going to look for a pair in a structured material, most likely black, and make sure that they are fitted on my bum THEN widen after the curve. I will also only wear them with a wedge, stack or kitten heel to give my look height. Otherwise as much as I LOVE the look below with sneakers, on my body I will run the risk of looking dumpy.

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Links

Black ASOS

Pink Petite 

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Roberto Cavalli: Pre Fall 2016

by kristy

Some new work Published in Elléments Magazine. Photographer EzraCafe,Talent Ksenia Shirokova + Lindsay Michaela, MUA Erika Verrett, Stylist Kristy Downer.

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Some new work Published in Elléments Magazine. Photographer EzraCafe, Talent Ksenia Shirokova + Lindsay Michaela,
MUA Erika Verrett, Stylist Kristy Downer.

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The colors, discount
the patterns, the jackets, the maxi dresses. OH MY. This campaign is making me miss New England Fall so!

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Warmest Color

by kristy

It’s a New Year! Let’s start it off with some good shopping habits and a clean/organized/filled with only ‘I Love’ pieces. When I undertake a new clients closet I pull about 85% of it for the Donate or Consignment piles. 85%!!! I’m no mathematician, viagra but that is a great deal of wasted hard earned money. We are all guilty of purchasing fast fashion, contagion over thrifting, approved and/or over spending on a single piece that hardly gets worn. With our busy lives, who has time to weed through all the fluff to get dressed in the morning and end up putting on the same outfit over and over. Here are seven bad shopping habits to ditch in the New Year.

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Over Spending

Be honest with yourself and your budget. Spending upwards to $1,000.00 on a single piece is nonsensical when you could buy an entire ensemble for that price (right down to your intimates). Start each season with a Lust List, a few new pieces; that stand out to update your wardrobe. Then do some research, looking around discounted online shops such as Nordstrom Rack or Blue Fly. I am a HUGE fan of consignment shopping. Most consignment shops, like CrossRoads will a higher percentage back when you trade your pieces for store credit. This is smart shopping, folks.

Buying Pieces Too Youthful

This can be a hard pill to swallow for some and one of the hardest things to word correctly when breaking the news to a client. It is a safe bet that when you reach the age of 30, you shouldn’t wear words across your bum, you need to stay out of the Juniors section, and keep in mind that there is a way to dress in a sexy manner without showing off all of your lady bits.

Repeat Offenders 

I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a million times! You find victory in the fitting room; something you love and feel good in. Then you buy it in ever color and/or only buy this one type of style. Have, at maximum, three of the same/similar piece. You need variety in order to have a productive wardrobe. It’s great to have a signature style but another to always be dressed in the same look (outside of the office).

Buying a New Outfit For Every Event

Does this sound like something you do? You probably haven’t revisited these pieces since your event. The problem with running to a store every time you have an event is your not thinking about how or if you will wear said pieces again. Get creative with the pieces that you already own. Take a dress and throw a skirt over it to create a new look. Statement accessories can dramatically change up a look.

Buying Clothes Too Small

But it’s on sale and I’m totally going to lose 15 lbs…soon. It’s depressing to have clothes in your closet that you can’t wear because they are too tight.

Buying Pieces that You Feel So-So about

Don’t have that Loving Feeling? Don’t bring it home.

Worrying About “What’s In”

Style is about expression and a tool to show the world who you are without words. This is one reason why I love Fashion so much. I dress depending on my role for the day, not what is trendy. Fit and feel is way more important.

 

 
Some new work Published in Elléments Magazine. Photographer EzraCafe, more about
Talent Ksenia Shirokova + Lindsay Michaela, MUA Erika Verrett, Stylist Kristy Downer.

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7 Bad Shopping Habits To Ditch

by kristy

It’s a New Year! Let’s start it off with some good shopping habits and a clean/organized/filled with only ‘I Love’ pieces. When I undertake a new clients closet I pull about 85% of it for the Donate or Consignment piles. 85%!!! I’m no mathematician, link but that is a great deal of wasted hard earned money. We are all guilty of purchasing fast fashion, over thrifting, and/or over spending on a single piece that hardly gets worn. With our busy lives, who has time to weed through all the fluff to get dressed in the morning and end up putting on the same outfit over and over. Here are seven bad shopping habits to ditch in the New Year.

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Over Spending

Be honest with yourself and your budget. Spending upwards to $1,000.00 on a single piece is nonsensical when you could buy an entire ensemble for that price (right down to your intimates). Start each season with a Lust List, a few new pieces; that stand out to update your wardrobe. Then do some research, looking around discounted online shops such as Nordstrom Rack or Blue Fly. I am a HUGE fan of consignment shopping. Most consignment shops, like CrossRoads will a higher percentage back when you trade your pieces for store credit. This is smart shopping, folks.

Buying Pieces Too Youthful

This can be a hard pill to swallow for some and one of the hardest things to word correctly when breaking the news to a client. It is a safe bet that when you reach the age of 30, you shouldn’t wear words across your bum, you need to stay out of the Juniors section, and keep in mind that there is a way to dress in a sexy manner without showing off all of your lady bits.

Repeat Offenders 

I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a million times! You find victory in the fitting room; something you love and feel good in. Then you buy it in ever color and/or only buy this one type of style. Have, at maximum, three of the same/similar piece. You need variety in order to have a productive wardrobe. It’s great to have a signature style but another to always be dressed in the same look (outside of the office).

Buying a New Outfit For Every Event

Does this sound like something you do? You probably haven’t revisited these pieces since your event. The problem with running to a store every time you have an event is your not thinking about how or if you will wear said pieces again. Get creative with the pieces that you already own. Take a dress and throw a skirt over it to create a new look. Statement accessories can dramatically change up a look.

Buying Clothes Too Small

But it’s on sale and I’m totally going to lose 15 lbs…soon. It’s depressing to have clothes in your closet that you can’t wear because they are too tight.

Buying Pieces that You Feel So-So about

Don’t have that Loving Feeling? Don’t bring it home.

Worrying About “What’s In”

Style is about expression and a tool to show the world who you are without words. This is one reason why I love Fashion so much. I dress depending on my role for the day, not what is trendy. Fit and feel is way more important.

 

 

Rebel Riders By Tim Walker

by Kristy Downer

‘Brillian’t and ‘Glorious’ are two words that come to mind while looking through the editorial for Vogue Italia’s December issue. These images are the perfect inspiration for this rainy Los Angeles day.

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Publication: Vogue Italia December 2015
Model: Anna Cleveland, injection  Christina Carey, Erin O’Connor, Jamie Bochert
Photographer: Tim Walker
Fashion Editor: Jacob K
Hair: Julien D’ys
Make-up: Val Garland
Nails: Anatole Rainey