When producing a new collection, we always have our Seekers needs top of mind. Can it be worn to work all the way to cocktails? Is it comfortable enough to move in when toting a toddler while grocery shopping? Will it crumple too much in the suitcase en route to your destination?
We created a new series here on the blog called "A Seeker's Spin" featuring real life STU shoppers who wear our clothes with pizzaz. We were curious to know how they'd style key pieces in more ways than it's meant to be worn, getting the most mileage from each purchase and justifying the cost per wear that is every shopaholic's hurdle.
We start off with Chinky, a long time STU girl who pulls off the different looks as if every garment was made for her. I kid you not! She gamely posed for the camera with the ease of a natural, patiently waiting until we finished to grab a snack and a glass of chardonnay. We were more than happy with the results and surprised how each look transformed the pieces. Hope her looks inspire you to style your STU finds!
The Greorieles multi tie side top is actually more versatile than you think. Worn on its own, it elevates the common tunic into fashion-forward status with the side ties. Opt to throw a structured blazer for work and fling it off once you get to happy hour.
A closer look at the side tie details.
We layered it over a sequin top in a similar shade to temper the shine for daytime and paired it with torn white jeans for contrast and simple beige pumps.
I like how the sequins are still peeking out of the sides, providing a break in between fabrics for a more fashionable spin.
The Risaralda hand stitched wrap jacket is one part bohemian via the side tassles, one part preppy by way of the blue stitching. Pairing it with true blue jeans and straw slippers is a no brainer making it the prefect weekend uniform.
The light cotton fabric is ideal for our tropical climate and feels so soft and cool on the skin.
It's thin enough to layer over a button-down shirt for instant preppy appeal you can actually wear to work. Just make sure the shirt underneath isn't made of heavy or bulky material and needs to be slim fit to make the overall silhouette more streamlined.
You can wear this in lieu of a jacket or cardigan in the office.
The Onasis printed linen hanky skirt is nothing like your basic A-line skirt. The frayed and uneven hemline keeps it interesting and chic. Cotton ties on one side add that surprise factor and serves as accent. We paired it with a long sleeved tee for a clean, polished look.
Easy to dress up or down with these side ribbon accent.
We switched things up by pairing it with a stripe off the shoulder cotton tee for a little print on print action, yet keeping it within the same color family so it's not too much. Make sure the top is cut close to the body since the skirt is already flared.
The Carros multilayer sleeved linen mini dress is this season's new LBD. Love the tiered sleeves and back cut-out giving the simple silhouette that something special.
Viola! The Carros dress also doubles as a top worn under a voluminous tulle skirt, making it semi-formal appropriate. You can even wear this look to a garden wedding or cocktail event.
The Bourvil chambray double tie front jumpsuit isn't your usual run-of-the-mill jumpsuit. The front ties create that element of surprise showing just the right amount of skin without being vulgar. Kept it casual with Birks and accessorised with a silk scarf.
Knot it or make a ribbon, it's all up to you!
Find the exposed skin a tad too much? Wear a tube top or bandeau underneath for added coverage. Finish it off with a statement necklace to keep the look from being boring.
The Belgentier overlap slit top is one of those pieces that easily translate from work to play with just the addition of an accessory, like this cobalt statement necklace. We paired it with the Peillon flared linen pants for added drama.
Open it up and it becomes an unexpected cover up!
Here's the total dinner-date ready look. We just put a sequin tank underneath and switched to open toe gold sandals and it's done!
The Caroline open back tweed playsuit is the quintessential business in front, party at the back sorta piece. We added this cute Guanta bug statement necklace to add a pop of color and contrast to break the monotony.
Layering a white polo and rolling up the sleeves instantly switches up the look to geek chic status.
The Mantazas navy wrap linen top is your new office uniform, adding drama via the gorgeous voluminous sleeves.
Looks great worn with a light bottom to really make the navy pop.
We layered it with a blue and white stripe long sleeved tee to give it a casual nautical spin for the weekend.
Happy styling, Seekers!
Until our next Spin,
The white shirt was once just a garment exclusive to the menswear department. My earliest memories of this classic item was on my dad wearing it to the office. I thought it made him look so handsome and strong, giving him an authoritative air of confidence. My favorite Tita also wears it as her "uniform", styling it with brooches, long necklaces, slacks and jeans. When I got my fashion game going, I associated the white shirt the most with designer Carolina Herrera who always pairs hers with 1950s A-line skirt.
This beloved closet staple has come a long way since. There are now several versions: oversized, cocoon shapes, bell-sleeved tunics, cropped to the waist and the wrap around. It still remains a mainstay in many women's wardrobes for it's versatility and the instant polish it gives a simple ensemble. We thought of revamping the white shirt and came up with several styling tricks to make it more 21st century.
Worn under a sheer, sequined tank and paired with lace culottes and caged sandals, it becomes a chic alternative to a cocktail dress for semi-formal affairs, even to after-office drinks. The whimsical effect makes the styling unexpected and forward, too.
Cotton and leather is a predictable, albeit classic pairing that is fail-safe. The French do it all the time so it must be right! This one-sleeved wonder worn under a faux leather dress is typical at most, but the uneven collar and left short sleeve makes the overall look out-of-the-box. Seek the Ludlin
Great on it's own, this cropped white shirt is also a versatile layering piece for cooler climates or when you're feeling a little adventurous. Add color with a printed scarf and your favorite striped shirt. Seek the Lubsko
Denim with a white polo is a no-brainer pairing. We simply added a twist to the classic combo by putting an off-shoulder top over it, added a pop of color via a red scarf and preppy flat mules for a polished finish. Seek the Horten
How would you dress up your white shirt? Drop us a line and show us how!
It used to be that only men wore the pants--literally and figuratively. It wasn't until the 1920s when Coco Chanel decided to put an end to the maddening corseted gowns (that were responsible for quite a few fainting episodes) and freed the female form by way of the wide-legged sailor pant she made, ironically inspired by actual male sailors she chanced upon. Since then, the humble pant has had countless reinventions, depending on the era, towards women's revolution that finally saw the female as a worthy counterpart.
Coco Chanel and her life-changing women's pant design. Photo from Stylecaster.com.
Nowadays, more often than not, women wear the pants: in the office, in a business, in the home. So we decided to highlight the different pairs we've made here at STU, styled differently than how you'd probably expect. Because we're all about new ideas and getting the most mileage out of your pieces. And we want you to focus on more important matters like ruling your kingdom and running the show.
When you'd normally wear a fitted tank or tube top with drop crotch pants like the Parla , why not try a preppy stripe shirtdress like the Lagoa over it for an unexpected twist? There's also a little print on print action going on with the pinstripes against the floral. Pair this with high heels and it can actually pass for (super comfy) work attire.
Overlap pants like the Gordes are normally reserved for resort-hopping worn over a bikini or tank top. We made it city-appropriate with a classic stripe top and complementing accessory like the Alka peacock necklace.
Temper the ultra-boho and casual vibe of the Paez culottes with a staple chambray shirt cropped just below the waist and add an exotic choker like the Briti. Finish off with heeled sandals for an urbanized take.
A great alternative to wearing sweats or leggings on long-haul flights are these Ikaria wide-legged pants. Keep warm with the Rajastani reversible jacket thrown over a stripe shirt to keep the palette interesting while staying with the current monochromatic trend.
Hope you ladies picked up ways to reinvent your favorite pair!
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