Introducing Storyline Collection

I am back! After a long 5 year hiatus my designs are available once again.I have always been a fan of beautiful classy pieces that a woman can wear over and over again and stand the test of time.I am proud to introduce my debut Holiday/Travel capsule with Storyline Collection a company started by my dear friend Amy Lamphere.This has been in the works for about 18 months and finally launches next month.

Here is the website https://storylinecollection.com/ Do check it out and sign up for some fun updates and style tips.

Here is what the collection is all about.

Design Philosophy

We are all about bringing you those essential pieces, the foundation of your wardrobe that you wear day in and day out, seven days a week.

Research shows that most women wear 20% of their clothing 80% of the time. We are all about creating those items and showing you how to wear them. Flattering Fit, Gratifying Comfort and Adaptable Versatility are the cornerstones of our collection.

We believe that every woman is a perfect masterpiece and we create the frame to showcase her. We want you to enjoy the fabrics, the cuts and details as they are all their to delight you. Fashion is about fun; your clothing should never be a source of stress but a source of great joy.

Why did we call it Storyline Collection?

At Storyline we are all about telling you stories, we as humans are always fascinated by compelling stories and love listening and telling them. We sometimes tend to forget that our clothing speaks volumes long before we ever open our mouth.

Just look at our history and some of the most famous women of all time and the wonderful tales they spun with their outfits, accessories, hair and makeup. Both Cleopatra and Marie Antoinette told stories of extravagance, luxury and being so out of touch. Where as Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth told tales of power, strength and austerity. In modern times we have many famous women that mesmerize us with the tales they spin from their wardrobes, We see stories of grace, competence, rebellion and seduction I have to say I am completely fascinated by Meghan Markle and the stories she is telling right now.

Have you stopped to think about the story you are telling? Are you aware of all that you are communicating? Fashion is a powerful tool and many of us are really not versed in it.

At Storyline Collection our aim is to give you the vocabulary to tell your own unique and compelling story.Share with me what fabulous fashion fable you want to spin, but remember the best stories are the ones that are authentic to you.

A good story needs a great editor and our desire is to provide that editor for you. Our fabulous editors have years of fashion savvy and experience dealing with real women.We are starting out with 10 great editors who will help you find the right vocabulary to tell your story.

Our first collection focuses on Holiday with 5 easy pieces that help you find some comfortable and stylish outfits to perfect fit any occasion.Works really well if you are traveling as they can come right out of your bag be given a quick shake and co right on your body.

Stay tuned as we continue to explore this journey together.

Love Sunil

 

The Perfect Fall Wardrobe in 5 Easy Steps!

As we head to the Fall and dream about having that perfect wardrobe.The one that is fully integrated  and well edited that epitomizes your style and fully covers all your needs yet manages to look fresh and exciting every time you step out.

Some swear it is just an urban myth and is impossible but with these 5 easy steps you can attain  wardrobe nirvana.The biggest mistake people make is buying one offs,a cute top or a great outfit or some divine shoes and when you bring it home and add it to your closet it just does not give you a cohesive wardrobe.My definition of a dream wardrobe is one that you can get dressed completely in the dark and when you step out into the light you look like a million bucks.

This is the perfect time to do a little planning,Fall is not quite here but we pretty much know what is coming in the next two weeks.Here is what you need to do.

Step 1-Be honest about your body and lifestyle.

As we age our body shape often changes so does it if you have lost or gained more that 15 pounds your shape changes.It is important to dress the body you have,not the body you have or the body you plan to have.Take a few minutes to measure yourself and confirm your body type.Here is a cheat sheet to help you.

Be honest about your lifestyle,if you work from home buying a whole lot of dresses and suits is not going to help.Take stock of what you wear 80% of the time.Do not buy something because you friend is wearing it and loves it.

Step 2-Stick to a Color Story

For the majority of what you wear stick to 4 complimentary shades and work with them.This allows for optimal mixing and matching.For the Fall I like mixing two dark tones with a mid tone and an accent.If you are a print person do add one great print.You can have a color story for work and another for casual if you like.Here are some on trend color stories for Fall 2019.

Step 3- Go for Quality and Fit over Quantity

As Americans we love variety but here is where we should take a lesson from our European sisters.French women tend to have less but it fits them perfectly and is the very best quality they can afford.This is very important when it comes to Outerwear,Bags and Shoes.Quality pieces tend to last longer so in the long run they actually cost less.

Step 4-Create your Core or Foundation

Just like a great house begins with a foundation your wardrobe is built on core pieces or essentials.These are the work horses of you wardrobe that multi task in many outfits.Depending on your lifestyle you may have different core pieces.Make a list of what your items are and make sure you have them,that they fit and are in good condition.Create a checklist and if you do not have it make sure you acquire these pieces first.Here is an example for a professional who works in a casual office.

You should add some on trend fashion tops to balance out your selection.The general rule is that you should have 3 top options for every bottom.Make sure these pieces flatter you really well,if not go out and get a piece that does,here are some guidelines.

Step 5-Work with your Budget

The best way to do it is to follow the 80/20 Rule. 80% of your funds go to carefully planned items to fill your wardrobe gaps.The balance 20% goes towards impulse buys,whims and sales.Here are 10 wardrobe basics that are always in style and give you the best bang for your buck.

So with these five simple steps,a little planning and some smart shopping with a dose of self control you can have an amazing wardrobe.

Love,Sunil

 

 

 

 

How to do denim right!

August is usually the month when the fashion industry from magazines to stores focus on denim.Jeans are a great way to transition from Summer to Fall and a great pair is the building block to a versatile wardrobe. It is important to update your jeans to flatter your figure and reflect current trends.I have been designing denim for almost 25 years and here are the most frequent questions I get.I have answered the questions briefly so you get the information you need and do not have to spend hours researching.

1.My Workplace now allows me to wear Jeans to work. What are the rules to follow?

  •  Go for a Dark Wash with Minimal Decoration or a Crisp White
  • Dress up with Dressy Tops,  Light Sweaters & Jackets
  • Add Elegant Accessories
  • Keep it Smart with a Casual Vibe
  • Pick the Right Shoes
  • Here are some images of denim being done right for work at this time of year

2.With so many different types of denim, what should I look for in a Pair of Jeans that will be Versatile?
  • Stretch – Comfort & Fit(Look for a 4 way stretch)
  • Poly Cotton or Cotton Spandex Blend – Easy Care and shape retention
  • Great Hand with a Clean Wash
  • Mid Weight (8 ozs to 10 ozs) – Great all Year durability
  • Classic Style
3.I have heard so much about having the Right Fitting Jeans in order for them to be Flattering. What should I be looking for when I try a pair on?
  • Contoured Waistband
  • Waist – Not too Tight you should be comfortably insert two fingers into the waistband
  • Rise – 1 to 3 inches below your Belly Button
  • No Whiskers in Front
  • Fitted through the Thigh and Knee
  • Flared or Straight depending on your Body Shape and preference
  • Check out you Rear View should be snug but not too tight
  • The side seam should be straight( if it is distorted your jeans are too tight)
4.What is the Correct Length for my Jeans?
  • Front – Slight Break not too much fabric
  • Flats in the back -Touch the Floor
  • Heels in the back -1/4 inch off the Floor
  • Better to have separate pairs to wear with heels and flats,but an H on the label for the ones that are hemmed for heels
5.In order to get the Best Fit from my Jeans what should I wear under them?

Magic begins with the Right Foundation,make sure your underwear is:

  • Not creating any Visible Panty Lines
  • Not too Tight
  •  Has a Lower Rise than your Jeans
  • Nude in color is best specially under white jeans
  • Tummy and Thigh control if your jeans are super skinny
6.What is the most flattering jeans for my body shape?
  • Pear Body Shapes: Bootleg with dark wash,medium rise
  • Apple Body Shapes: Straight Legs that is cropped with a higher waist
  • Strawberry Body shape:Wide leg or flare is a lighter wash,decorated below the knee
  • Hourglass Body shape:All leg shapes and rises work but avoid boyfriend jeans
  • Pencil Body shape:longer length straight or flared legs,slightly higher rise
  • See cheatsheet for other flattering details

6.What should I be looking for right now?
  • The Good news is that  Skinny,Flared,Baggy and Straight Legs are in this season
  • We are seeing a wide variety washes from super light to deep darks,go with a light wash light now and darker towards winter
  • The high waist straight leg jean is a must have right now so if you do not have one do get it
  • Pintucks and Ribbon are big details and the do flatter and lengthen your legs so do pick up a pair
  • Embroidery is a must have and really adds a touch of fun to your jean wardrobe.
  • Hem details are a great way to bring some drama when you wear jeans in the evening or on the red carpet

So these are the top seven issues that come up in most minds when they shop for denim.Take your time to find the right pair for you.It is worth the effort.I say have 3 pairs,a great pair that you can wear to work,a super comfortable and cute pair for weekends and a dressy pair for evening.

 

 

 

 

Scarves and the Summer-Seen all over NYC

Just like Sex and the City,Scarves and Summer is an integral part of the New York style scene. Make them a key part of your Summer Style.They are extremely versatile and can be used as a headwrap, a top, a skirt or even a dress

The windows at Bergdorf Goodman featured a stunning array of Hermes scarves worn in all kinds of ways.I used this as inspiration to create 6 different ways you can transform a scarf in a quick jiffy.

SCARF

Remember your scarf is your Lifesaver and can elevate a simple outfit in an instant.Keep a couple handy in your bag at all times.

Here are some options with easy instructions. I have taken some of the guesswork out for you.

Summer Scarves

Choose one or two in a light weight cotton or poly chiffon,usually a 36″ square works really well.Since this summer is about print matching you can use two contrasting scarves to create a wow look.

Have a Stylish Summer
♥ Sunil

 

Effortless Style all Summer!

With Summer almost upon us.Here are ten tips to great Summer style.

Do not use the heat and humidity as an excuse to lose your sense of style.Summer is very often the busiest time of year for a lot of women and keeping things fresh and simple is the way to go.

1. Keep it light and layered

Simple and interesting is the key. Always have a cardigan, jacket or light wrap handy for those fluctuating temperatures as many places have their air conditioning on full blast. Make sure every piece in your outfit can stand on its own.

2. Crisp

Always have a white cotton shirt handy it goes with everything. If you do not own one steal one from a man in your life.Throw it over your outfit to hide what is underneath.

3. Stay Chic

All that fabulous color and print but watch out not all of it works for your skin tones specially early on. When in doubt go black and white. Style icons love this classic combo for a reason. Feel free to pop it with a touch of red, pink or yellow they are all 3 summers must have colors.

 

4. Be well shod for summer

Bright colors and great patterns, Block heels and wedges, Matte and shine, This year has yielded a bounty of stunning summer shoes.

 

5. Belt it

The skinny belt or chain belt is your friend. It instantly dresses up even the most casual tank top and gives you definition when you wear something loose and flowy.

 

6. Invest in Summer Bling

Simple dramatic accessories and summer are the perfect fit. One statement piece like a long layered necklace or a dramatic earring is great. Keep it simple. A powerful style statement this summer is just one dramatic cuff.

 

7. Go bagalicious

Summer fashion tends to be minimal so make your bag a statement. For evening go really small with a clutch mini cross body or a mini drawstring. For day go big with a bright bucket, graphic tote or a soft leather hobo.

 

 

8. So fresh

Keep summer makeup light fresh, fabulous and with SPF.Just a touch to keep you on point.Focus either on the eyes or lips,never the whole face.

 

9. ”Made” with the right shades” and hat

A face flattering pair of quality sunglasses is essential for fashion and eye protection.So is the perfect hat.

 

 

 

10. Scarf 911

Always have one or two handy. They work as a great cover up, can battle a bad hair day as a headband,headwrap or tie or add a touch of print and polish to a simple outfit.

 

 

“Do not let the heat and humidity turn you into a “Hot Mess”

♥ Sunil