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Fall Colors: Rich in Brown

Now that fall is here, clothing colors will start to get darker, richer, and less pastel-y. Scarves and gloves are finally freed from the depths of the closet and jackets take charge of the wardrobe. Darker colors tend to take over the fall season, but there is one color that pulls its weight in every season. That color is brown–yes, brown! They say black goes with everything, but brown is a lot friendlier when it comes to mixing colors.

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Imagine this outfit without the brown items. While the colors still go very well together, it would lack some simple contrast and would look incomplete. If the shoes and accessories were brighter the outfit may have ended up looking washed out. If the same pieces were darker, the colors would risk looking segmented and chopped up. Outfits are ensembles, not pieces! The brown ties everything together by adding the desired darkness without being overbearing. As a result, you get an outfit that’s light and well put together.

 

 

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UGG® Australia Women’s Classic Hobo in Dark Auburn

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Goorin Bros® Men’s Burbank Flatcap in Tan

Dark rich browns and lively tans are classic neutral hues that can roughen up or soften a look. As you saw in the first outfit, the brown brought the outfit together. Most of the time, the brown pieces will be shoes or accessories like a large leather purse for women or a trendy hat for men. Browns can add some life into darker combinations or enhance colorful ones by accenting the warm undertones. It can add color without adding too much color.

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This cozy black and cream outfit is a great example of brown playing up both darker and lighter colors. Black is the main color and has the potential to make the outfit very gloomy. However, the boots offer the right amount of contrast for both sides and works right in the middle! It’s dark enough to enhance the black, but it’s also light enough to play up the warm tones in the scarf and sweater.

 

 

 

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Fred Perry® Men’s Vintage Tennis Leather in Tan

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Diba® True Women’s Ram Sey Boots in Tan

Tall leather boots for women is a coveted favorite in the colder months and are always sold in black and brown. Men’s leather boots are also a favorite, but men’s brown leather sneakers are a great option for more relaxed styles. We love colors, but brown is the easiest neutral to play with; especially for footwear. If you look at the two previous outfits, both pairs of boots work their magic in a shade of brown.

 

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To have a direct side by side comparison, we pulled up this still shot of Leonardo DiCaprio (center), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (left), and Tom Hardy (right) from the 2010 hit movie, “Inception”. With DiCaprio and Levitt both sporting a similar brown leather jacket, you can compare how browns play with warm and cool color tones. Think about it this way; unless you’re going for a bold and loud look, most strong contrasting colors are for sport team logos and Lady Gaga. Everyday wear is more subtle and these two actors are wearing fine examples of it in brown. DiCaprio’s outfit is much darker and more “serious” looking, but note how it’s not completely masked out by another color.

Always remember that fashion is what you buy, but style is how you wear them! So the next time you find yourself stuck in a color rut, try playing around with brown. The color combinations may surprise you. Also, you can always start small with brown accessories to get a feel for combinations that you like. The more comfortable you get with mixing and matching colors, the easier it will be to style around larger pieces like brown blazers, pants, and dresses!

 

 

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DS Behind the Scenes: Photo Shoots

We can’t always do photo shoots, but when we do, we take off our retail/e-commerce hats and we become stylists, coffee runners, and interior decorators. Here at Designer Studio, we believe that our customers should always be able to see what’s new and what clothing looks like on a real person. Women’s dresses look very different on a still mannequin, folded jeans don’t look like what men’s jeans are supposed to look like, and hangers don’t really show you how high collar jackets can wonderfully frame the face. Here’s a sneak peek at our crazy photo shoot mornings!

If you’ve been to our California store, you can see that everything is organized and has its place. When we shoot, we work some serious magic. One minute, we’re a store. The next minute, we’re a set!

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Our shoots always start very early, but at least one of us gets to have their hair done…

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We pick and sort through a lot of trendy clothing and shoes before we shoot. With shoes, we aim to grab a few different options, but we always end up with a whole lot more. It happens every time! There’s nothing wrong with having at least 10 pairs of fashion sneakers, right?

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Our photographer, Carlos, guides our models into the poses we need. Don’t underestimate posing for the camera! Being still is pretty much the last thing we’re asking from them. We tell them to be natural in some kind of position that’s completely unnatural in the real world. It’s all about working angles.

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Plus, there are the lights. One thing is for sure, the models are troopers for enduring a lot of flashing lights so early in the morning!

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In between photos and wardrobe changes, there’s also a lot happening. Our models get in and out of outfits like superheroes and all without messing up their hair or makeup. A whole new hairstyle happens in minutes and touch ups on the set are lightning fast. If your interested in modeling for us, we’re always looking for fresh new faces! Designer Studio casting calls go on year-round, and we’d love to hear from you.

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When we finally wrap up the shoot, we head straight upstairs to our DS office and start processing the photos for our website. We get excited when we get new  items for our stores and we hope you do too! Go ahead and browse our blog and website for our newest items. It’s updated regularly and you can find something for any style. Leave us a comment, like us on our Designer Studio Facebook page, or stop by one of our Designer Studio store locations!

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Boat Shoes

Boat Shoes

 

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Celebrity Look: Stay on Trend with Lacoste Sneakers

Celebrity Look: Lacoste Sneakers

Celebrities and fashionistas on both coasts are bringing sneakers back for everyday glamour and easy comfort. Leanra Medine and Anna Bulbrook were sporting Lacoste sneakers at this year’s Coachella. Superstars like Gisele Bundchen and Josh Duhamel have been recently photographed sporting their own pairs for high profile daytime events and casual evenings out.

With a huge range of colors and styles, Lacoste sneakers are a great way to stay on trend, and in comfort!

Rather than just wearing sneakers with gym clothes, consider pairing your sneakers with bright patterned jeans or colorful printed pants. An airy summer cotton sundress or pretty shorts also go well with this trendy but time honored shoe style.

When running after this trend, make sure you take advantage of the Lacoste raffle going on now at Designer Studio Store. With every pair purchased, you are entered to win a second pair free! Just make sure you buy before May 15th.

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It’s The Month Of Love!

Romantic FashionFebruary is known as the “month of love” because of Valentine’s Day, and we spend days, even weeks, getting ready for it. We start planning what we’re going to do, what we’re going to give to our special someone, and the most important thing, what we’re going to wear!

Everyone has their own style, but there’s still ways to add touches of romance to every look whether it’s punk, trendy, boho, or classic elegance.

Punk: If you like to wear punk, which can range in style from classic to glam to steampunk then your closet is full of dark clothing, studded leather jackets, military style boots, and fingerless leather gloves.

Romance it up! Add a pink or red ruffled lace camisole under the leather jacket, pink mesh tights with a leather mini skirt and boots, or pink fingerless gloves and studded leather jewelry.

Date Night Movie: Enjoy a classic punk movie like Valley Girl or Sid and Nancy, or the more recent What We Do is Secret.

 

Trendy: If you’re into the latest styles and trends, then your wardrobe consists of color block clothing with flashy embellishments, flared skirts, fur handbags, and high heels made with a mix of fabrics and patterns.

Romance it up! Make your look flirty and romantic by wearing a dress in a color block of reds and pinks, with either a sheer top or bottom block. A flared skirt is romantic by itself, but you can add a ruffled pink or red blouse and kitten heels to complete the look. Complete your look with an adorable handbag trimmed in pink or red fur.

Date Night Movie: Snuggle up with your favorite guy and watch P.S. I Love You, The Notebook, or the timeless Titanic.

 

Boho: One of the most versatile styles around, boho ranges from boho grunge to boho chic and everything in between. It’s a style that naturally incorporates romance from flowing skirts and dresses to ruffled shirts and lacy accessories.

Romance it up! Add a pink or red lacy camisole to a printed flowered skirt, pair crocheted UGG boots with lacy pink or red tights and a long sweater dress, or wear a delicate lace or ruffled scarf loosely around your neck.

Date Night Movie: Curl up in front of the fire and enjoy an indie favorite like Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, Happiness Runs, or a rom-com like Wanderlust.

 

Classic Elegance: If you dress in classic fashion, you prefer plaids, tweeds, slacks, button-down shirts and the like. It’s a timeless look that never goes out of style, and it’s easy to incorporate trendy or romantic touches.

Romance it up! Change out the button-down shirt to one with ruffles and lace or pair the slacks with flats decorated with a bow. Instead of slacks, wear a flared skirt with a peek-a-boo lace hem and heels for a romantic touch. Or, you can add a sheer wrap over a lacy camisole to wear with your favorite slacks and pumps.

Date Night Movie: Classic style calls for classic romantic movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Ghost, or Sleepless in Seattle.

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Express Yourself with New Daring Looks!

New Year, New Looks!

New Year, New Looks!

With a new year comes a new perspective, a new way of doing things, and a new set of resolutions. Why not start the year with a daring attitude about your style and express yourself in a bold way? If you’re tired of the same old sweats, jeans, and t-shirts, or you want to wear vampy, sexy looks, let the New Year bring out the new you.

Now’s the time to have the courage to wear a skirt above your knee, a low-cut blouse, a mix and match of patterns, or just change your look completely. Maybe most people know you as the sporty type who only wears jeans, sneakers, and your favorite team shirt, or you’re the girl-next-door type who wears only slacks, flats, and conservative clothing. Dare to be different this year, and rock a whole new look!

We’ll help you find the right looks to bring out the new, “daring” you with a few simple tips.

Go glam!

Ramp up the vamp by changing out those sneakers for sexy high heels, and toss aside those faded blue jeans for a short mini-skirt to make this look work for you. Add a snug tee or sweater, or really go bold with an off-the-shoulder blouse or plunging neckline. Incorporate bold accessories like big bangles, colorful earrings, or a stylish hat and you’ll turn some heads!

Turn down the volume!

Maybe you’ve been the glamour girl for too long and want to take your style in a whole different direction by going sporty or taking on a more classic style. If your friends are used to seeing you covered in accessories, bright colors, funky shoes, and lots of flashy jewelry, make them take a double-take when you change out those bright colors for muted tones, funky shoes for sophisticated pumps, and the flashy jewelry for simple accessories.

Embrace the true You!

Do you wear certain styles because you want to please everyone but yourself? Ask yourself what you really want, and embrace it. If you’ve always worn earthy tones and classic styles like slacks, flats, button down shirts and few accessories but inside you’re a boho chic, then go for it! Dare to be different, so switch out the slacks to a flowing, flowery dress, slip your feet into sandals or moccasins, and mix and match fabrics, colors, and prints.

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