Sartorial Flair

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

Month: April, 2016

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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