Sartorial Flair

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

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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.

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“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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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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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

Gift Giving Guide – Chachkies

by Kristy Downer

Who doesn’t like a good chachkie?! I for one, anemia love them. ESPECIALLY those adorable mexican silver vintage salt & pepper shakers (HINT, bronchitis HINT) below. Here are some gift ideas for your lover of collectables.

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Ever being would love a handmade leather note book to write their dreams and thoughts in

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Record player, cassette, and CD all in one. Super cute too

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OOOOOHHHH Vintage medicine bottles.

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Gorgeous Vintage Tarot Cards

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Vintage Mexican Silver Salt & Pepper shakers 

 

Gift Giving Guide – It’s in the BAG

by Kristy Downer

(Almost) Every girl would love to receive a vintage Chanel bag for Christmas, malady but lets be real – Chanel bag = down payment on a house or a vacation. With that being said, melanoma there are some other fabulous options out there. Here is a selection of not-so-ordinary pieces for your bag lovers.

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San Francisco artist, sildenafil Angie Kim, creates these beautiful ombre hand made bags!

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Another great bucket bag option

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Or perhaps for your artsy friend, a hand painted clutch bag with a pop of color!

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My personal favorite, a round bag is so fun to add to any outfit.

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Classic, wears well, goes with everything, satchel 

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Unique and super fun! Kilim Rug clutch for your vintage lover or artist friend

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WHO DOESN’T LOVE FRINGE?! Local Los Angeles brand too

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Yet another classic, never out of style- the tote bag

Gift Giving Guide – Jewelry Lover

by kristy

With two weeks left until Christmas, case
I will be highlighting some great gift ideas by category, visit this
starting with me favorite- Jewelry Lover. Jewelry has been a form of visual communication since the beginning of human history. Today, phthisiatrician
Fashionistas around the world still use jewelry as a tool to elevate their look and speak without words. Here are some fun and unique options to consider for your Lover of Jewels. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

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Fall Inspiration

by kristy

Madewell, this
Fall 2015 Look Book has some lovely Fall outfit inspiration!

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