Designer kaftans from Kaprice Hong Kong

Hello Style Lovers!

Do you like the idea of silky, light clothes that help you hide the unwanted weight around waist and hips while making you actually look and feel like a diva? You need a kaftan! But not just any kaftan. You need a kaftan from Kaprice.

Why Kaprice? Beside being worn by celebrities like Anita Chui and Anzhelika Tahir on the Red Carpet of Cannes Film Festival (check Kaprice’s Facebook page for more inspiration and Diva looks from Cannes), the kaftans, dresses and tunics of the world-famous brand are perfectly tailor made in the most luxurious materials like Satin, Crepe, Silk and Georgette and come in a variety of shapes, colours and enchanting digital prints. Looking for a more dramatic appeal? Choose a kaftan with embellishments like Swarovski crystals and beautiful shells and you will need nothing else to enter the scene like a modern-day Goddess. But hey, let’s focus on the awesome video below. Of course I want you to read the full blog, but I know that you guys love visual and love watching real people … In today’s video I am styling Kate, a Pilot, and Denise, a Manager. So next time you see someone wearing a colourful kaftan at your plane’s flight deck, say Hi to Kate 😉

Now, I really feel like sharing with you a couple of important rules when choosing a kaftan in case you are not accompanied by a personal shopper…Since we are talking about some really vibrant, colourful clothes, here is my rule number one:

Choose a kaftan in nuances that harmonise with your natural colouring. Are you a Light Spring? A Warm Autumn? A Cool Winter? Once you discovered what is your colouring, you will clearly see the difference between blue based and yellow based colours, bright or muted colours, deep or light colours and as a result you will easily see which ones make you look healthier and younger. To know more about how to find out what is your colouring, click here

Determining the colours that will best look on someone is a creative job, rather than requiring prescriptive rules, so while styling Kate and Denise, I decided that they were two really cool ladies 🙂 as cool as a Cool Summer and they both looked great in kaftans with blue based nuances. As you saw in the video, we experimented with a few different lengths and patterns. Here is one of the kaftans I selected for Kate and we all agreed that she looked fabulous in it. What do you guys think?

 

The original price of this silk chiffon kaftan is 2,100 HK$, but video viewers can have it for 1,680 HK$ by using code ‘stylish20. Visit Kaprice’s showroom, try it on and claim your 20% discount.

However, what you are seeing in the picture below became so far Kate’s absolute favourite tunic. We all agreed that a shorter tunic in cool tones was one of the best choices for her height, scale and colouring and she added that she could wear something like this quite easily hence we covered her lifestyle and style personality too…Kate had to buy the tunic 🙂 Kate’s new kaftan is made in georgette and its original price is HK$ 1200. You think you are going to look good in it? Visit Kaprice’s showroom, try it on and claim your video viewer discount by mentioning code ‘stylish20’. You will receive : 20 % off and will be able to grab Kate’s favourite for HK$ 960 only.

 

A little bit more about the choice of colours. Can you think of anything warmer than orange and gold? I felt like a sunshine in this stunning kaftan. Here is the thing, orange is one of the best colours in my palette but is completely absent in Kate and Denise’s palettes…While they are two Cool Summers, with my red hair tones I fully classify as a Warm Autumn. See, I can hardly swap clothes with Kate and Denise but they are besties, they can. You think you are going to look good in the chiffon kaftan you are seeing me wearing in the picture below?  Tick it off with 50% discount immediately by clicking here: https://www.kaprice.hk/product-cate…/new-collection/kaftans/

 

 

My rule number two when choosing a kaftan for myself or for a client is to carefully consider the scale of the person when selecting pattern and length of the kaftan. A petite woman will generally look better in a kaftan with smaller print patterns, while a taller, grand woman will look more attractive in larger, bolder prints. If you love the kaftans but hate shopping, if you love shopping, but do not have enough time, if you want to have a knowledgable person with great eye and flair helping you select the color and cut of clothing that creates the image you want to portray consider hiring a personal shopper, alias me 🙂 Click here to know more about the service.

 

 

But hey, as I said, at Kaprice there is a kaftan for everyone. Take the chance to soak in the endless ocean of colours, lengths, shapes and prints. Swimming in silk and chiffon is after all the ultimate pleasure of every self respecting modern day Goddess 🙂

Colour obsession: The Olive, the Burgundy and the Red Hot

Where would I go dressed like this? To a dinner or a cocktail party, at the theater, the ballet, or the opera. I would also reach for this outfit if I am on the look for a ‘festive attire’. Why not using it at a first date too? It would clearly show femininity and style personality without revealing too much of a cleavage, biceps or hips 😉 Isn’t it more playful and sexy to actually leave something to the imagination?

Where would I not go dressed like this? I would not wear this outfit to a job interview but I am still keen to consider it if I am working in a creative field such as design or media and invited to a business dinner.

Who could wear this outfit? When giving advice about who can wear a certain outfit, image consultants take into consideration many elements of the clothes and accessories involved in the look. We consider the pattern, the harmony of the colours, the neckline, the sleeves, the hemline… Although the floral prints never go out of style, they are not everyone’s best pattern. For instance a straight shift dress is one of the best styles for a woman with a rectangle body shape, but not the floral print…Good news on their way about the neckline, the hemline and the sleeves length. The crew neckline suits most women and a hemline right above the knee is quite universal too. Hm, sleeves length… I know about women rejecting so many otherwise great tops because of sleeve length. No woman on earth wants her sleeves to end at the most unflattering, wider point of her arm….Then why not considering a dress or a top with ¾ sleeves? They would hide the flop and show your beautiful bracelets and/or watch. The Style weights and measures ordinance is not easy. I totally get it. It gets confusing and you are probably wondering how does a ‘rectangular’ or an ‘invertedtriangular’ woman look ☺ Certainly the most simple and rewarding way to find out what is your body shape, style personality, best colours and ultimately what clothes are the most flattering on you is by booking a Style Makeover with a Personal Stylist, followed by a Wardrobe Editing session.

The add-ons: It could be risky to create a combo out of a floral dress and a patterned clutch, but if you get the right one, it’s instant gratification. “I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit” said Mickael Kors. My exclamation marks here are the burgundy booties, the polka dot clutch and a pair of chandelier earrings!!!

A little thought about the colours: Christmas is approaching and we will all start thinking in red, green, gold, but are red and green easy to put together in an outfit? You might find it challenging, but if olive green is amongst your best greens, you will not go wrong by pairing it with burgundy accessories. Earthy and rich, khaki is a chic and versatile colour that goes well with almost every other shade, including burgundy.

How did I feel while wearing it? All that red and burgundy in and out made me feel spicy 😉

Any compliments? Compliments do not always arrive in their physical, verbal form. They are in the eyes of your beloved ones or in the appreciative smiles of your friends. And, sometimes this is all we need to get uplifted.

Little curiosity: I got the rich burgundy suede booties at a sale a few months ago. This was the only pair of shoes I loved and the only one in my …size. Bonus: favourite colour. Can a girl get any luckier?

SWEET STYLE MEMORIES: THE QUEEN OF TOWN

I wanted to be beautiful and irresistible! Every girl at the age of 16 wants to spread her charisma all around and convince herself and the world, with every step she takes, that she is a queen. In the moment, captured in this picture, I was a queen. Gleaming on my neck the long desired necklace that I was secretly checking in my mom’s jewellery box. The big golden sun! Now I could have it! Exulting with joy, smiling and spinning along, I wore my little red dress, the golden sun shining on my chest, and left conquering the day! I wanted to and I knew I would be bright, brave, glowing and…noticed!

The most powerful of all colours is still part of my feminine, styling routine, but a few things in my attitude changed during the years.

Big change # 1: I am no longer to be seen visiting a girlfriend for an afternoon tea gathering, wearing red from top to toe, including a pair of unique, custom made heels in the same shade.That choice belonged to a bold 16 year old girl who did not even know how it felt to wear a pair of denim and a t shirt back then. There was so much drama in my outfits that one could easily think that I, in fact, was a queen, a…drama queen 😉

Big change # 2: While moving through my life I did learn what being a queen means. It is really not about your custom made heels and convincing the world that you are more important than everybody else. Being a Queen is knowing and loving yourself, being loyal and true to yourself. A Queen is confident in her own powers, talents and feelings. There were tears and broken hearts along the way, there was frustration, pain and despair, but I am finally sitting on my golden throne comfortably, knowing that I am the queen of…my own life, loving, nurturing and honouring myself and the people around me.

Big change # 3: Centuries ago Royalties and Aristocrats of the Balkans were often seen hunting with a pack of maybe thirty or forty Dalmatians. Hence, at the age of 16, as a real Balkan Royalty of the New Age, I was dashing around my hometown Varna as a proud queen and owner of a beautiful specimen of ermine-like flashy coated hunter dog. Today, I feel more attracted to another canine: the clever, lively, courageous and stubborn Mr. Vittorio, the sausage dog.

STYLE IT THREE WAYS: THE CHECKED PANTS

Today’s focus is on the checked pants. Casual and comfortable, you might be surprised to find out that they are versatile too. You will unfailingly add interest in your wardrobe with a pair of plaid pants, but remember to think of at least three ways to wear them or you will soon end up bored of reaching out over and over again for the same combo.

Whilst in today’s suggestions you will see three completely different ways to wear a pair of checked pants, let me share a little trick of mine. I actually used the same logic for all three looks: selecting a top in one of the main colors from the plaid pattern.

The checked pants are great for women who need to highlight their hips and bottom, focusing the attention below the waist, as in the case of the inverted triangle, the rectangle or the neat hourglass body shape. The length and the style of the top will also depend on the body shape as well as on the style personality.

Here is my #1: THE COZY LOOK FOR A SUNDAY MORNING…MINDFULLNESS CLASS

This idea is a winner for those of you who prefer casual styling and hate a cluttered look. Trousers worn with flat shoes translates in maximum comfort and practicality, but you still need some accessories to complete the look. In a canvas-like- combination, I opted for a long necklace as a statement piece. If you have a waist, a belt in the same shade as your necklace is a beautiful add on (great for hourglass body shapes, not ideal for rectangles). I know that many women are confused about their body shapes and proportions and what are the best clothing lines and accessories to wear. Booking a Style Makeover with a personal stylist will help you gain all the knowledge you need in order to always look fabulous! I am here to help you with your style dilemmas 😉

#2: THE CHIC LOOK FOR A DAY FILLED WITH MEETINGS

If you want to blow in and make your friends, business partners or competitors feel envious of your striking appearance, this one is for you. Tunics are one of the most versatile wardrobe pieces you can own and one can really get creative with an interesting tunic. In this look, not only the long chiffon tunic with side slits reveals and complements the pants, but it also makes a statement. What’s more, it is comfortable to wear. This look is ideal for tall women.

The perfect accessory for long-bodied women as myself is a wide, statement belt. Remember to accessorize with an unusual necklace too.

#3: THE ‘MEETING-WITH-A-CLIENT-FOR-A-STYLE-MAKEOVER’ SOPHISTICATED LOOK

This is naughty! So naughty that on a Friday afternoon of a hundred years ago, I would most certainly have ended up in prison. Fast forward in 2017, as a modern, emancipated woman, I can use all my imagination to play with outfits. For this outfit I needed go no further than to my husband’s closet 😉 I love the roominess of his shirts. Ok, there is quite a lot of space for big shoulders, but this creates a relaxed look over a female body and I did feel like I had more freedom compared to when I am wearing my own tailor made shirts. As for the accessories…what better way to cut the mannish look than a long pearl necklace and a belt with an interesting buckle? Playful and sexy! Isn’t it?

SWEET STYLE MEMORIES: THE DALMATIAN ERA

I am feeling nostalgic today. Is it because the sea in my hometown is getting cooler and the trees are crowned with gleaming yellow leaves? I am diving in the vortex of memories and the flow is transporting me back to when I was 16.

In the shady paths of our beautiful hometown park, I am walking along with Karina Fon Bodenblik, our energetic dog of Dalmatian breed. We are both trotting. Karina is waving her silky smooth ears, while I am waving my freshly curled locks.

Everything started years ago with Pongo and Perdita and my obsession for the book ‘101 Dalmatians. At that time our family owned already 2 cats and a dog, but none of them could convey the slightest aristocratic message. A Dalmatian could! With its dramatic black markings and elegant posture…it planted the seeds of a…fatal attraction in my young heart. Before we knew it, the dogs in the family were two- the tiny playful, hot-tempered puppy with aristocratic name conquered not only my heart, but also our home. Karina did not present herself in a Dalmatian print T shirt, but she definitely was inspirational for my teenage closet.

As a true synchronistic couple, we were ‘wearing’ matching outfits most of the time, a printed T shirt and a large metal choker necklace during our summer walks in the city, a red coat with ermine collar for a true royal touch during winters.

Fast forward some 24 years later…I am still attracted to black and white combos and…dogs. While my style personality in fact did not change with time and I absolutely love dramatic outfits, lifestyle, age and the breed of my dog are definitely different today.

Now I opt for a feminine, yet playful look when I wear a long see through black dress over black palazzo pants and a top in snake print, accentuated with a pair of vintage eye-catching earrings in black and white, a felt ascot hat in black and my preferred red lipstick.

Alternatively, I pick my favourite pleated chiffon maxi skirt and a strapless top in black, and upgrade this classic, sophisticated outfit with the help of some pearls and a bright red lipstick. Ideally I go bare feet :-), otherwise I choose a strappy flat sandal in black. The risky part if choosing to wear a pleated maxi skirt is understanding whether it is suitable or not for your body type. For a maxi skirt, the rule is to have long legs and that is not too difficult to determine :-). As for the pleats, a feminine and a bit old fashioned style, they are often a trend, but who can have the privilege to wear them? This is something you can discover during a Style Makeover, but let me give you a hint. If the pleats start from the waist and you have a little bump, which is otherwise sexy and appreciated, it will actually look bigger and most probably you will end up with a silhouette that you are not going to like. For instance I am that kind of girl and I prefer to choose a panelled pleated skirt.

The last look I decided to share with you today is a classic one with a twist. Adding a twist in a classic outfit makes me feel eternally stylish, but modern and fun at the same time. To begin with, what I am wearing is a crisp white zipper shirt and this gives me the possibility to wear it open with a funky tiger print top underneath. What you are seeing on the wrist is a Chanel pearl necklace worn as a bracelet. A beautiful scarf instantly upgrades an outfit and makes it more interesting, getting you a tiny bit closer to the absolute scarf-loving style icon Audrey Hepburn.

I hope you loved today’s time travel. Isn’t it fun to look back and wonder how-on-earth-you-could-go-out-dressed-like-that? What was your teenage closet like? I love chatting about style. If you love chatting about style too, remember to leave your comments below.

COLOUR OBSESSION: THE PATTERNED SILK BLAZER! A CHALLENGE OR A STAPLE?

Where would I go dressed like this?
At a style event paired with a fancy skirt and some bold jewels. At a casual lunch meeting matched with a cigarette pant in a solid colour. Out celebrating a wedding anniversary in a fancy place, why not with a little dress underneath. Browsing a shopping bazaar by dressing down the glossy outerwear with a pair of jeans and sneakers. The long desired silk blazer became unexpectedly one of my wardrobe staples.

Where would I not go dressed like this?
A silk blazer does not like extremes such as formal business meetings or activities with children. Business functions require more conservative wardrobe choices and a patterned silk blazer is anything but conservative. Going somewhere, actually anywhere with young kids normally involves carrying extra handbags, shopping bags, toys, snacks, pizza and ice cream gobbling, ice skating, dealing with fighting siblings, mopping up tears. Things can escalate and get messy in a blink of an eye and a mother needs proper armor, not a delicate blazer with slit sleeves.

Who could wear it?
If your top half appears to be smaller than the bottom you will want to bring the attention to the upper part of your body. Trust me! You will bring A LOT OF ATTENTION there with a detailed, patterned, vibrant jacket like this. Just make sure that it ends either above or below the widest point of your hips and bottom. Is it even necessary to mention that a woman with hourglass body shape would look great in it? If your bottom half seems smaller than your top half, you can still wear a patterned silk blazer, perhaps with a revered collar and by choosing your best design amongst stripes, checks, geometrics, squiggles and spots. A Style Consultation would give you all the knowledge you need for a flattering, functional wardrobe and a smarter shopping attitude.

The add-ons: This blazer is tremendously dramatic on its own, but somehow it looks stunning with bold golden jewels. The gorgeous slit sleeves are such a show off and I usually wear the blazer with a Cavalli bangle and an oversized snake ring; a golden clutch adds glamour too. Complete your sexy look with a pair of killer heels or dress it a bit down with your best-loved sneakers.

A little thought about the colours:
Imagine I never showed you the pictures of the silk blazer. Now close your eyes and keep reading ☺. Can’t do that? Me neither, but I can visualize snorkeling in the shallow coral reefs of the Caribbean atolls escorted by angel, butterfly and surgeon fishes. This is how I feel when I put on my silk blazer. Bonus: I never ever came face to face with a shark or with a lionfish. Want to learn how to navigate in your best colours with confidence? A Full Colour Analysis is the right thing for you.

How did I feel while wearing it? Whenever I want to feel glamorous, striking, unusual, I reach for my silk jacket. Instant gratification!

Any compliments? I remember visiting a shopping event in Hong Kong and being stopped by every other woman. They all asked the same questions:” Is this a Cavalli blazer?” and “Where did you get it from?”

Little curiosity: I got the fabric years ago during a visit in Shenzhen without knowing what I would use it for. I loved the colours, the pattern, the lustrous texture. I admit it! I am patient! A dreamer too! I love the feeling of achieving something after I waited and dreamed about it for quite a while. The design? My tasteful mama found it while browsing some fashion magazines.