Jewel Tones for Fall/Winter

Jewel__Tones_Isle_of_Skye_CashmereWhile browsing through recent runway shows (such as Prada, Chanel, and Dior) I noticed a recurring theme: jewel tones. These ruby, sapphire, emerald, and citrine colors were bold, yet sophisticated.

I believe that the easier, and sometimes better, way to wear color this fall is to pair it with neutral colors. Against a neutral palette, the colored piece(s) you choose to wear will really pop! A couple of ways to incorporate color into a neutral-colored outfit would include: wearing a pair of shoes that coordinate with your purse/clutch, wearing a bright colored coat, or even a chunky, colored necklace. Even makeup and nail polish will allow you to wear color.

In the photo, I styled the model with a pair of our DL1961 jeans in a black wash, a button-up white blouse, a red cashmere V-neck sweater, and a red cape that I made. The pop of the ruby-red in the cape and sweater really ties her outfit together nicely.

Don’t retire your colors just because summer has ended for the year. Find fun ways to incorporate your colored pieces into your Fall/Winter wardrobe and you won’t regret it!

Paris Street Style – Some Thoughts

We are starting to get a few customers shopping for clothes in preparation for a Spring trip to Paris.

I ran across a great article on ParisInsidersGuide.com that sums up perfectly the right mindset for dressing in the City of Light:

 

“When you’re in Paris, girls, you need to step it up a notch while turning down the volume.

 

Stepping it up a notch means means dressing like a woman and not a teenage boy. Please, no hoodies, khaki man pants, white running shoes, shirts with logos, fleece, sportswear, yoga pants, outerwear meant for hiking, sweat shirt, sweat pants, patteren old-lady acrylic sweaters, matching leisure pants and jackets, poor quality footwear….you get the drift.

 

Turning down the volume means dressing simply but beautifully. Women in Paris know what looks good on them and how to work their best assets. Its not fancy clothes with glitter and glam – Paris fashion at its best is always understated.”

 

Bar Red JeansIf you are looking for a visual of how to do this right, check out the picture of Bar Refaeli getting into her car in Paris.

 

To look this good in Paris  or at home, consider pulling together your spring wardrobe with these basics:

 

Great jeans -skinny dark wash or colored
A simple basic top – black, navy white
Tailored Blazer
Black boots or colorful flats
Great Sunglasses

 

If you’d like to get a head start on your Paris street look for the spring, you can stop by to check our our early shipment of colored denim.
Read about it here.

Rita

6 Ways to Wear Green

Green has always been one of my favorite colors, but it’s not always the easiest color to wear. It can sometimes be hard to find the right shade for your coloring and your wardrobe. Luckily, this color is on-trend this season, so there are plenty of rich, beautiful shades to choose from right now! Isle of Skye has offered a soft, heathered, grass-green in many of our sweater styles for a couple of years now and we just received a gorgeous, deep Loden green in a couple of our cable styles. We have some beautiful hues in several other styles as well, but they are going fast! Whether green has been a staple in your wardrobe for years, or you are just starting to explore this new trend, I thought I’d offer a couple tips on how to style this secretly versatile color!

AshleyFinalGreen1#1: Wear it as a NEUTRAL – In working with color, I have found that colors can actually be more versatile than neutrals, because it can be worn with ALL your basics. A classic v-neck cashmere cardigan in a beautiful, rich green is as versatile as the style itself! You can wear it with black, brown, white, navy, grey, denim or khaki!

#2: Wear it WITH a neutral – Most shades of green are going to look great with any shade of khaki, oatmeal, beige or taupe. You can always wear an oatmeal cardigan or sweater set with a pair of green pants, or use a vivid shade of green to set off an achromatic outfit.

#3: Make it your POP COLOR – Kelly Green doesn’t have to be reserved for St. Patty’s Day. One of my go-to pieces is a stunning Kelly green Samantha Sung dress, and the color is beautiful with a tan or without! Wear this wonderful jewel tone in a cable cashmere sweater with a simple white blouse and a pair of dark jeans for an easy outfit that really stands out.

#4: Wear it WITH a pop color – Olive Green looks FANTASTIC with Fuchsia. One of my favorite outfits right now is a pair of olive green J Brand jeans with a tailored white blouse and a pair of Fuchsia suede L.K.Bennett pumps. The bright pink accents the earthy green perfectly!

#5: Wear it with BABY BLUE – Darker greens, like Olive or Loden, pair beautifully with light blues for a soft, sophisticated look. Pair a dark green pullover or cardigan with a pair of light-wash jeans for a casual, but unexpected look, or try the reverse. Wear a baby blue cardigan with a pair of olive green jeans or trousers for a dressier day-into-evening outfit. If you are wearing a cardigan, stick to an off-white blouse or camisole to maintain a refined palette.

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#6: Accent it with LEOPARD PRINT – Add a touch of cat-titude by wearing olive green jeans or kelly green trousers with a leopard print belt, scarf or shoes! The neutral animal print on a nature-inspired hue is the perfect way to accessorize this color.

I hope you are as excited as I am to run home and see what outfits I can come up with…I’m falling in love with the color green all over again!

Ashley

Isle of Skye Cashmere
7801 Laurel Ave
Madeira OH 45243
513-271-2589

How to Pull Your Look Together: It’s All in the Details!

Whether dressing for work, a day out with your girlfriends or a romantic dinner-date downtown, I find an outfit isn’t quite complete without the finishing touches. Accessorizing is the best way to transform an outfit and show off your own unique style, and you don’t have to have access to Vogue’s sample closet either! In fact, some of my all-time favorite outfits have been created with just a few fantastic pieces.

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Start with a pair of beautifully tailored pants or great fitting jeans and a clean, simple top…the crew neck cashmere tunic shown to the left, creates the perfect canvas for jewelry and scarves. Keep your outfit simple, classic and comfortable, then jazz it up using some of your favorite pieces! Add a statement necklace, or layer long, delicate chains together to create a statement of your own. Try stacking some chunky bracelets together and add a scarf…a beautiful, printed scarf, like the one shown on the right…to really pull your look together.2013-10-07-Ashley-Blog-Pic-4

Be sure to maintain a balance though, it can be easy to over-do it. I like to balance a stack of bracelets on one arm with a single ring on the opposite hand…or, if you’re wearing great earrings, you probably don’t need a necklace. I usually layer pieces on, then edit before walking out the door. In most cases, less is more. Now go ahead and try it for yourself!               by Ashley at Isle of Skye Cashmere

 

 

Isle of Skye Cashmere
7801 Laurel Ave
Madeira OH 45243
513-271-2589

Tips from our Resident Stylist: The Cashmere V-Neck Cardigan

Caroline V-Neck Cashmere Cardigan - Kelp
Caroline V-Neck Cashmere Cardigan in Kelp by Isle of Skye Cashmere, Custom Skirt by Sue Kim for Isle of Skye Cashmere, Only Hearts top, Maison Boinet belt, Cleo Pumps by LK Bennett, Necklace by Ann Lightfoot

Cooler weather is rapidly approaching. Our days are still pretty warm, but we are starting to reach for our sweaters for an added layer of warmth in the evenings. A simple, but classic Cashmere V-neck Cardigan is a great item to have this time of year and a perfect staple to any wardrobe! I especially love it in a dark, neutral color like black, navy or the wonderful green in the photo. This versatile cardigan can be worn casually with jeans and a printed top. The neckline is perfect over a beautifully tailored collared shirt or it can add the finishing touch to a simple shift dress worn with a great pair of pumps. We have some beautiful LK Bennett patent leather pumps in our store right now! While a v-neck cardigan is the perfect accent to almost any look, it can also be the foundation of the outfit. Whether worn with a skirt, pants or over a dress, just button the middle 2 or 3 buttons and add a belt as shown. This really transforms a timeless piece into something unique!

Ashley at Isle of Skye Cashmere

Caroline Cashmere V-Neck Cardigan
Caroline V-Neck Cardigan in Black by Isle of Skye Cashmere, Custom Shirt made for Isle of Skye Cashmere, DL1961 Jeans, Sabira Pumps by LK Bennett