Style your Travel Story!

Well it is strange to be talking about travelling in the middle of a pandemic but a lot of us are taking road trips right now.Packing for a road trip is a similar to flying in the sense that space is limited unless you own a super large suv for a van.Here are some tips to help you look comfortable and stylish without having to bring your entire closet along.

They key is what you pack,how you pack and what you wear.

A.What to pack.

1-Create a color story for your trip,it should not be more than 2 0r 3 main neutral colors,a pop color and a print.This will ensure that everything goes with each other.Your pop should mostly be in tops,stick to mostly dark colors on the bottom.Your color story should be in harmony with the nature of your trip.This is essentially the first step in creating a travel capsule.

 

2-Pay attention to fabrication,try to pack as many wrinkle resistant fabrics as possible,our jersey is wrinkle proof.Stay away from linens,silks and delicate fabrics like lace.Stick to jersey,tech fabrics and cottons blended with spandex.Choose styles that fold tight and bounce back.

3-Pack your work horse pieces.Everything you choose should have at least an 80 % chance of being used.Black pants,jersey tops and pieces that can recreate a little black dress look all fall into this category.Also pack convertible pieces,these are pieces that can be worn more than one way.Check out my Wide Leg Jersey Pants with Pockets that zip closed.https://storylinecollection.com/products/wide-leg-pant

4-Include your most versatile pieces,especially pieces that are convertible.Also look at how the pieces you pack work together.Layout your outfit ideas and take pictures.My flirty skirt is perfect as it has pockets that zip and keep your belongings secure and when paired with the turnaround top becomes a LBD or can be worn as a top.Here is the link to it https://storylinecollection.com/products/flirty-skirt

5-Pack lots of accessories.Bling gives you major bang for your buck when you are traveling.It is small, but can completely transform a simple dress or outfit,make sure you pack at least 3 statement pieces.It is also important to make sure the pieces go with your color story.Do pack a couple of belts as well.Make sure you pack a mix of casual,sporty and dressy accessories that go together.Scarves are your secret weapon to traveling light and looking fabulous.They are incredibly light and fold into the smallest squares.they can be tucked into any spare corner you have.Make sure you have a solid one,a printed one and an embellished one.They can become belts,hats,shirts or tops in an instant.

6.I say this with much pain!Limit the number of shoes you pack,they weigh the most and take up the most space.Do not pack any uncomfortable shoes.Right now you should pack a heel in a  metallic shade,nude or black for evening,a comfortable casual day shoe and a light athletic waterproof sneaker for walking around or working out .So 3 pairs that is all that goes in your bag.Make sure you pack a  small clutch that goes with your heels for evening.Also pack a lightweight foldable backpack for day trips or for shopping.Here is an example.

B.How to pack.

1-Layout everything on your bed including the outfit you are going to travel in.Count you should have at least 3 tops for every bottom.make sure all the colors sit in harmony.The reason you put your travel outfit on the bed is to make sure it goes with the pieces you pack.Here is how you can add your favourite jeans and cami along with the 5 pieces from the Storyline collection to create 10 looks.This is an example of a capsule that you can put together for a low key outdoor wedding.

 

 

2.Pack using zip lock bags and roll your clothes,squeeze out any excess air.If you travel with a jacket turn it inside out and fold the shoulders in before you roll.

3.Start with you shoes laying them toe to heel at the bottom of your bag.Stuff them with underwear,scarves and belts.Not only does this make efficient use of space,this helps the shoe keep its shape.

4.Resist any last minute urges to pack extras.Your clothing will expand as you wear it and repack and the most important thing is you have to leave room to shop”.

C.What to wear.

1-Comfort and Style is your mantra.Poly/Spandex blends are the best to travel in look for moisture wicking and antimicrobial fabrics as the will keep you cooler and cleaner.Make sure the fabric drapes well and does not cling.Do opt for an elastic waist and pockets are a plus.Keep your outfit monochromatic and in a dark color.Our perfect pant and hero jacket are perfect road trip attire.

2-Make sure you clothing can come on and off in small spaces,just in case you get held up in traffic and need to change in the car.

3-Sunglasses,a practical handbag and a mask is also a must especially if you are making lots of stops.Do have lipstick and sunscreen handy to apply when you get to your destination.

4-Your shoes should come and off easily and be super comfortable.

D.When you get to your destination.

1.Unpack everything and hang what you can.If anything is wrinkled take it to the bathroom and hang it on your door while you shower.Most of the wrinkles should come out.Travel with a small bottle of Downy Wrinkle release,this helps if something gets really wrinkled.Also travel with shout pen or wipes.A portable steamer is also a must have.In a pinch your hotel hair dryer can help get wrinkles out.Spray a little water on the garment and blow on low.Have some Shout wipes or a pen to deal with stains.

2.Make sure you take out all the items from your shoes and lay out your accessories on a table.

3.Plan your outfits for the next few days and hang them in order,review pictures of them on you phone so you do not forget the combinations you came up with.

 

Feeling and looking gorgeous when you roadtrip is as easy as A,B,C and D.

Love, Sunil

 

Tips for a Stylish Canada Day!

This week kicks off all the fabulous events that celebrate Canada day.We are all patriots especially this close to a day that celebrates unity and birth.I feel so much kinship with Canada right now that I am celebrating it as well.I have travelled to so many amazing places in Canada, met so many wonderful people and am totally in love with this amazing nation.

This is the one time a year that you can get a little carried away and indulge in some red,white and maple leaf mania.It is such a fine line between creating a fabulous fashion forward patriotic look or ending up with something that looks like it escaped from a parade.If you want to rock some over the top patriotic style by all means go for it.

For most of us it is about a balance between showing off our patriotism and being stylish.To find the right balance is a challenge.

So if you are in the mood for  displaying some all out Canada day madness or just a subtle hint of your patriotic spirit.Here are 3 tips to do it right.

 

 

Red and White is such a classic Summer combination and you cannot go wrong with it.If you are not a fan of red take a Kate Middleton route and go with all white with some fabulous red accessories.

You can jazz up the simplest summer tank and shorts combo with some really cool red and white accessories.I personally love ones that incorporated the maple leaf.Think of mixing flag inspired accessories with denim or chambray for a more casual look.

One of the most stylish ways to rock patriotic style is with a fabulous manicure.Then mix it up with blue jeans and a crisp white shirt and you have a very chic Canada day look.

So how every you choose to dress the most important thing is to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments and diversity of a great nation.Happy Birthday Canada and know that you lead in so many wonderful ways.

Lots of Love to all my Canadian friends

Sunil

 

Fabulous 4th of July Style!

 

It is almost here, July 4th.This is the one time a year that I get a little carried away and indulge in some red,white and blue mania.Being an immigrant whose journey to citizenship was pretty arduous,I never take this day for granted.I am very proud to call this country my home and celebrate 32 years as a resident of New York City.

It is such a fine line between creating a fabulous fashion forward patriotic look or ending up with something that looks like it escaped from a parade.If you want to rock some over the top patriotic style by all means go for it.This is one occasion that you can get away with it.I know we are all not feeling our best with a pandemic going on but do take some time to pull together a great outfit.

If you are interested in the above outfit that I designed check out https://storylinecollection.com/

 

For most of us it is about a balance between showing off our patriotism and being stylish.To find the right balance I looked to the stars of movies and music for inspiration.

So if you are in the mood for  displaying some all out 4th of July madness or just a subtle hint of your patriotic spirit.Here are 5 tips to do it right.

 

White is such a clean refreshing palette to base you outfit on.It is cool crisp and comfortable.Finish it off with a touch of red and blue.It is one of the key colors for this Summer and is now a year round color.Check out the White Hero Jacket that goes with everything my design for Storyline Collection.https://storylinecollection.com/products/hero-jacket

 

Picking one motif and making it your central theme,creates a look that is sophisticated and polished,take a cue from these celebrities and create just one focal point to your outfit.Mix this with one of two classic american fabrics,chambray or denim.

 

Instead of just draping yourself in a flag which concerns some people as being too much or disrespectful,designers have created artistic interpretations that capture the spirit of it while respecting it.Look for something that is more interesting and flattering.Tie dye versions are the must have.

There are so many fabulous accessories out there that feature the flag.Go for a great head to toe solid white,red or blue outfit and then punch it with a flag bag or shoe.Subtle but very effective in creating a stylish outfit.I usually tend to take this route myself.There are so any fantastic options.

With all the creativity that is going on with nails,this is the place to go crazy.So get some patriotic nail art and pair with a crisp white shirt and a great pair of jeans to get the ultimate understated wow outfit.

The great news is all of these tips work for the men in your life as well maybe not so much tip number 5 but I know a few rockstar dudes that can make it work.I got a great tee from J Crew, keeping it simple.

But the main thing to remember is to celebrate what an amazing country we are because it is our diversity that makes us so great.

Happy Independence Day

♥ Sunil

 

 

Hello Storyline Sport!

After 15 months in the making Storyline’s Sport Capsule is finally here.This has been one of the longest projects that I have worked on with lots of twists and turns.So it is with great pleasure that I share some of the ideas and concepts that went into creating it.

For those of you who are not familiar with Storyline Collection it is a brand new capsule wardrobing concept that I co-created with my friend Amy Lamphere.Here is the link to the story behind it https://storylinecollection.com/pages/about-storyline

I had already started seeing the lines between our work life,our active life and our hang out life getting blurred where your home becomes your gym or your office and you go to hang out straight from excercising.So I wanted to create something that flowed through out you day.Little did I know that it would become the norm.So the first order of the day was that it had to be versatile,comfortable and look good.

The next thing was that it had to work for a number of activities,gone are that days of tennis whites and golf attire.This collection needed to perform in multiple venues.

Finally it had to breath,move and work.

The first task was developing the right fabric that held you in, allowed you to move and was comfortable to wear all day long.I worked with our mill to create a tech fabric that was wicking(moves moisture away from your skin so that you do not feel all sweaty) and antimicrobial.The problem with tech fabrics is that the often feel slick and slippery which is a feeling I do not love so by adding a very light brushing it allowed it to feel more cozy.

Once I got the fabric right it was all about finding the key pieces that a woman would wear everyday.That started with the creation of the pant.I talked to over a 100 women as to what their perfect pant is or could be.Many of the women had one that they really loved and shared with me but it often had one or two things missing.Pants from Jockey Person to Person,Lululemon,Athleta and the Gap were brought to my attention.I asked them detailed questions and right to figure out what they liked about each pant and incorporate it into my design to create the perfect pant.My key learning was that the pant had to look flawless from both the front and the back and had to be able to work from breakfast to dinner.Most of my contributors did not mind changing their tops throughout the day but really did not want to change their pants.For more go to https://storylinecollection.com/products/perfect-pant

The next key item was the jacket here to there were so many great ideas that were shared with me but finally the most important features were versatility and comfort.Everyone also said pocket’s were really important.Here is a link to the jacket https://storylinecollection.com/products/hero-jacket

My all time favourite clothing item is a t shirt (last count I own about 120 of them).I wear them 24 hours a day 7 days a week so I wanted to create a version for this capsule.This one is in a cotton blend tech fabric it fits close to the body like an athletic one should so if you like it looser go up one size.I really had fun with the graphic here instead of an active graphic I went with drawings of the most opulent items a woman can own,an opera cape and a ballgown skirt.So why not look fabulous when you are on the go.

If you want to add a bit of fashion flair do add one to your wardrobe https://storylinecollection.com/products/fashion-tee

Rounded up the capsule my adding a great cropped legging and a sporty skirt

I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I enjoyed creating it for you.

Ciao for now!

♥ Sunil

 

 

 

Must haves for a Stylish Summer!

This weekend is the unofficial start of Summer here are some things you must have to rock Summer style,even if it is just for yourself

BOHO BANGLESHave plenty of them in all colors.

STATEMENT SANDALS

Make sure you have a couple of different heel heights for day and night.

BRIGHT BAGS

 A great Tote for a day and a Cute Clutch for Night

STRAW FEDORA

Not only will it keep you cool during the day, it will give you a touch of mystery at night.

Not only will they protect your eyes but they will flatter your face.

 

 

This is the must have item of the summer,find one that makes you happy.Do take a minute and check out the floral dress and 2 piece jumpsuit that I designed for Storyline.

Here is the link to the dress.https://storylinecollection.com/products/tunic-dress

The great thing about this is not only can you wear the pieces separately,it makes going to the restroom a lot easier.Check out the link for the pant

https://storylinecollection.com/products/wide-leg-pant

The great thing about the top is that it reverses to solid black and a crew neck giving you two looks for the price of one.

https://storylinecollection.com/products/turnaround-top

 

 

“Always stay stylish in the summer and remember it is all about how you feel.Looking good makes you feel great”

♥ Sunil