Isle of Skye Cashmere Style Concepts (from Fall 2010)
At Isle of
Skye Cashmere, our selection of clothes is based on a personal aesthetic that
values classic style and quality over fashion and fad.
sense starts with the idea that a woman’s wardrobe should be built on a
foundation of high quality classic pieces. These foundation pieces should be
your investment pieces – of lasting quality and the best you can afford:
- These should be impeccably tailored
to fit your body well. A poor fitting designer piece looks much worse than a
perfectly tailored item bought at a less expensive store. No matter what your
body shape is, you can have a flattering silhouette with the right tailoring.
- They should be the highest quality
fabric. Great fabrics are the foundation of beautiful clothes. You get maximum
versatility from high quality multi-season natural fabrics such as lightweight
wool, silks, and fine cashmere knits.
- The foundation colors should be basic
and versatile. Black is a great place to start because it is elegant, versatile
and slimming. But, white, camel, chocolate brown, and navy are all great foundation
colors to add to your basic black pieces.
In my view,
here are the important basics:
- Tailored Pants– a pair of flat front
pants without pockets made from high quality, lightweight Italian wool is the
foundation of classic style. The length should work with the heel height you
wear most often. The leg style (tapered, straight, and flared) should be one
works best for your body type.
- Tailored Skirt– A knee length black
skirt made from lightweight Italian wool that fits perfectly and gives a slim,
tailored appearance. The pencil skirt is a classic, but the flared skirt works
better for some body shapes. Choose the style works best for your body.
- Tailored White Shirt – chic and
simple of high quality Italian cotton. It can be paired with jeans (Jackie O in
Hyannis Port), black pants (Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction), a long skirt (Audrey
Hepburn in Roman Holiday), or a gown (Sharon Stone at the Oscars).
- Cashmere Cardigan and Turtleneck.
Every woman needs a well-made
cashmere cardigan in her favorite color. This one
piece can brighten up a whole wardrobe of black and white basics…. it works
beautifully over a white shirt with jeans or a tailored black dress. The
classic jewel neck cardigan can be made into a vee-neck by buttoning the bottom
buttons only. The
cashmere turtleneck also
goes casual or dressy. It will give your jeans a Left Bank Parisian chic and
bring sleek luxury to your tailored pants or pencil skirt. Black is a timeless
favorite for the cashmere turtleneck, but a creamy white, rich camel, or
chocolate brown are all great basics.
- Blazer – A great Cashmere or Italian Wool blazer is
the starting point for so many great looks. Like the other basic tops, you can
pair it with jeans, tailored pants, or a skirt. Start with a versatile color
like black or navy. A well-tailored single breasted jacket suits most bodies
best. Avoid fussy details like big lapels or buttons that think they are jewelry
– these limit the life of your jacket.
- Great Jeans are simple and practical.
Great jeans are elegant and rebellious. They are so versatile – they can dress
anything down and make even the most uptight item look relaxed.
- The Simple Chic (Black) Dress –This
is the dress that is going to let you shine- it is going to flatter you, but
not detract from you. It lets your hair, your accessories, and your personality
take center stage. The simple sheath dress is a classic; layer it under a
jacket for day, but remove the jacket and accessorize it for evening. The
classic version is black, but it looks great in white (or a soft toned print)
too. Add drama with killer heels and jewelry.
weapon of every stylish woman is the unexpected item (or items) that turn a great
look into an amazing one. At Isle of Skye Cashmere, we have lots of ideas on
how to build your classic outfit into an amazing look. Our favorite way to do
this is with a great looking cashmere sweater in an eye-popping color. But we
also love to add gorgeous shoes, a knockout handbag, a piece of signature
jewelry, or a cashmere scarf in a “wow” color or pattern. Here is some advice
we give our customers as we work with them to add drama to classically styled
- Color –Try accenting your black or
white basics with dramatic colors such as a Caribbean Blue or Ferrari Red. You
can add your best colors to a classic outfit with a cashmere sweater, a
beautiful Italian cotton shirt, or a gorgeous silk skirt. Chose colors that
work best for you…not what the fashion magazines say is in this year.
- Great shoes – Ballet flats and black
pumps are the classics, and black is the most versatile. But Repetto Ballet
Flats and Christian Leboutin pumps come in beautiful colors that add “wow” to
- Prints can be risky, because a print
that is too bold or busy can be unflattering to many body shapes. A great place
to start is low contrast prints, such as soft toned plaids and floral pastels. Worn
with a complementary solid piece or accessory, they can look great on most
women. One way to be more dramatic with a bolder print is with a scarf. Try accenting your classic pieces with a
beautiful Cashmere print, or a Hermes silk scarf.
- A great handbag means great proportion,
perfect size, and mouthwatering colors. The Hermes Kelly and Birkin bags are
classics, but not practical for many women. But these classics have inspired
other similar designs in handcrafted Italian leather. Consider choosing a
classic style in a color that makes a statement.
- Belts – with jeans, over a sweater,
nipping the waist of a tailored dress. A simple, elegant and beautifully made
belt can be the perfect accent piece to any outfit.
- Jewelry – The French believe that a
woman’s life story lies in her jewelry box. Your classic style can take the
exuberance of your most dramatic statement jewelry. But it will also look amazing
with the simplest stud earrings or pearl necklace. Accessorize with jewelry
that tells your story.
- Fashion Fun – Add an interesting piece
representing the latest fashion trend. Fashion items come and go, so it’s fun
to buy an inexpensive, but trendy item to add some drama to your classic
styling is all about your personality taking center stage and not your clothes. Your clothes should flatter you, not
distract. Here are some of the things that can create distraction:
- Wearing clothes that are too tight or
too bulky – clothes that don’t fit you well never work.
- Choosing clothes based on the latest
fashion trend that doesn’t work for you and looks silly next year.
- Becoming a walking billboard for a
designer’s logo or initials.
- Dressing like your young daughter.
- Dressing like you are wearing a