Sartorial Flair

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

Month: August, 2014

Cut It Out

by kristy


About 8 years ago when I worked for Cache I purchased a super funky, sovaldi sale black matte jersey turtleneck that had the shoulders cut out. I wore it with EVERYTHING! Full disclosure, I actually still have it (some pieces are timeless). This seasons wardrobe essential can be seen all over, from runways, to the streets, to your closet. Found in many forms of tops, dresses, and jackets. A free style tip from me to you is, although prints are always fun, buy one in a solid color to get more mileage out of your new piece.  I have selected a few examples for your viewing pleasure. Happy shopping!


Navy cut out, Revolve $84


Grey cut out, Pam & Gela $295


Black cut out Bloomingdales $88



White cut out $295 Alice + Olivia

Animal Instinct

by kristy

Last month I worked on a photo shoot where I had the opportunity to hand make some pieces. The white and red ‘top’ and the jaw bone earrings. I love working with such creative people that are also willing to let me have some creative freedom. Here are the results, order I couldn’t be happier!

Wardrobe Stylist – Kristy Downer

Hair/ Makeup/Nails – Karrie Welch

Photographer – Colette Aboussouan

Model – Ruthei Hanan with Maggie Inc.

Other wardorbe pieces by Rufus Dixon and Magdalena Stokalska


Crop Tops

by kristy

We have all seen it and most of us are terrified of it. Crop Tops. Not just for tweens and super models, treatment this trendy look can work for alomst anyone. You just need to get your proportions right. By all means if you have the wash board abs or blessed with a flat middle, show it off no matter what age, in a tasteful way of course. But here are a few tips on how to wear a crop top as an adult. Tip number uno, keep the bottom at the knee or longer. Remember- proportion. You can’t run around with a crop top AND a mini skirt. Tip number two, wear this top with a high waisted piece to only show a bit of your midi. Tip number three, add a denim jacket, cardigan, vest, or blazer in the mix to only show a tiny bit in the front. So there you have it. Crop tops, not so scary after all.

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Fall for Fringe

by kristy

For FW2014 one of the biggest (and my favorite) trend is Fringe. Especially fringe skirts. With it’s lovely movement and texture, store the fringe skirt is a perfect way to update your current wardrobe. Wear your versatile piece with a simple tee, somnology a cut out shoulder turtleneck, bulimics or a knotted silk blouse. Check out how Luck’y Editor-in-chief, Eva Chen, pulls off the look with a chunky sweater and (whoa) animal print sneakers! I have listed below some of my top picks. So go on, Binge on Fringe! XO


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Cream tassel skirt  – $58

Midi leather – $895

Mini leather – $316

Aztec fringe – $75