5 ‘Tips’ to help you look your best!

Strategizing a top-notch outfit requires less work than you think. With the right amount of preparation and creativity, consistently feeling good about what you’re wearing is totally doable.

 

  1. Plan ahead

I can’t stress enough how important this step is. Not only will it make your morning less chaotic, but also, you’re likely to get more creative when you have time to play with different combinations and actually try things on.

  1. Invest in Staple Pieces

If you give yourself a solid and stylish base for building outfits, you’re only setting yourself up for success. What is a staple? Perhaps it’s a black blazer, a button-down shirt, or even a pair of pants that fit like a glove.

  1. Include a third piece

I love this rule. Anytime you’re getting dressed, consider incorporating more than two pieces. The end result will most likely feel more polished, pulled together, and interesting.

  1. Accessorize Accessorize Accessorize

Sure, you won’t leave the house without your purse or shoes, but is your outfit really complete without accessories? For days when you’re feeling more minimal, you can quickly jazz it up with statement earrings or a cute pair of heels.

  1. Putting it all together:

Step 1 – Consider your logistics.

What will the weather be like? What will you be doing? For example will you need your outfit to be easy to move in? Will you need to wear or bring sensible shoes with you as you will be doing a lot walking etc.

Step 2 – Pick your base

This is of course after you have put on a well fitting and outfit appropriate under garments.

Your base would be your black pencil skirt or that favorite pair of jeans and your top.

Step 3 – Layers

This is where you would consider the weather and the occasion. Is this a casual outfit? Will you be wearing your favourite denim with a t-shirt? If so now would be a good time to add a crop jacket and a printed scarf or maybe a few bracelets and a long necklace.

If it’s dressy, perhaps you’ll pair your pencil skirt and blouse with a blazer and a brooch with earrings.

Step 4 – SHOES!!!

I may need a support group for this one. I have a love for all things footwear! A gal can’t have too many pairs of shoes, right? One needs to be prepared for all occasions. The shoes can make or break a ‘look’!

I sometimes dress from the shoes up!

The shoes you select should relate to the ‘mood’ you are trying to create. For example if you are trying to look professional and polished you may want to select a higher heel. If your look is casual you could get away with wearing a flat.

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Step 5 – Accessorize

Accessorizing is the icing on the cake. It can change the ‘look’ of an outfit.

Determine which area of the body/outfit you want to accentuate or highlight and accessorize accordingly.

Don’t be afraid to layer. Accessorize using one larger accessory or layer smaller pieces together. This goes for bangles and bracelets as well.

Accessories can include jewelry, belts, bags, hats, glasses etc.

Fall/Winter 2016 – Something for Everyone

‘Something for Everyone’

A neutral colour palette of white, black, grey, and navy, inspired Amaranth Designs’ Fall/Winter 2016 Collection entitled “Something for Everyone”.  As in previous Collections, our goal was to design pieces that would be staples in your closet.  As well, this colour palette can be easily accessorized.  Amaranth Designs’ objective was to design and create garments that would suit women of all ages and in every walk of life.

Navy Wool Coat

Navy Wool Coat

Button Tunic

Button Tunic

Asymmetrical Dress (bamboo)

Asymmetrical Dress (bamboo)

One sleeve Top

One sleeve Top

Please visit our Gallery page on our website:  www.amaranthdesigns.ca to view the entire collection.

Hope you love these designs and much as I have enjoyed making them!

Rea

FLASH SALE

Amaranth Designs is having a sale. 

It is that time of the year to clean out the closet.  That also applies to us.  We want to make room for new designs and the best way we know how to do that is by blowing out our current inventory. 

We have listed all our sale items on our Facebook page:  Amaranth Designs

If you see something you like; feel free to comment, message, email or call us to reserve your item.  Quantities are limited so don’t delay. 

14- Ballet Top

High Waisted Skirt

Cross-over Top/White Denim Capri's

Cross-over Top

Happy Shopping!

Amaranth Designs

Upcoming Fashion Event – Saskatchewan Fashion Week

Upcoming Fashion Event: Saskatchewan Fashion Week

I love this time of the year. The weather is getting warmer and Saskatchewan Fashion Week is coming up. This event creates so much buzz around local Saskatchewan fashion designers. Saskatchewan Fashion Week is in its fifth year; it will feature creations by designers from Regina, Saskatoon, Punnichy, and Toronto. A diverse collection of fashions, from both emerging and established designers, will hit the runway in Regina May 12 to 14, 2016. I would highly recommend checking this event out, if you have not done so before.

Although Amaranth Designs is not participating this year, we have participated in the past three years, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Here is a shot of the front page of the Leader-Post with Amaranth Designs’ car coat – my first year participating!

 

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Following this exposure, I became more serious about creating seasonal collections.  My primary focus prior to this had been custom design.  I expanded my focus to include Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter collections. My first “Look Book” was created for 2014’s Spring/Summer line. I have since completed six collections.

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Where does inspiration come from for each collection? A designer’s inspiration can come from anywhere;  be it from architecture, a painting, or travel, the creative fashion minds are always at work thinking of their next collection.

I really hope that you get to check out some local Saskatchewan designers this week at Saskatchewan Fashion Week. If you’re interested in seeing any of my collections or want to wear one of my pieces to the show, feel free to contact me at info@amaranthdesigns.ca .   I have a limited selection of designs presently available for purchase in my studio.  Some of the designs from our 2016 Spring/Summer Soft & Subtle collection are currently available at Havik in Regina, Sister’s Boutique in Montmartre and Styles in Gravelbourg.

 

 

Spring/Summer 2016 Trends

What are the trends for spring/summer 2016 you ask?

Well to be honest its all over the map.  The runways had everything from metallic, pleats, bows, 90’s, lingerie as daywear to off the shoulder looks.

I personally do not see any of these looks making an appearance in my closet.

I do, however love the colour palette for this upcoming season.  According to colour theorists, we will be seeing 5 colour palettes.  I am loving what they have forecasted.

Here is Amaranth Designs take on the upcoming spring/summer season.

 

1) SEASIDE – VIBRANT MID TONES PALETTE

Seaside is presented as a vibrant selection of mid-tones. Bubblegum pink plays an essential role, while newer shades of Coral and Melon are influenced by pink and grapefruit casts. Orchid and Aqua are offered as emerging fashion colors. Custard is lively, yet not overly saturated, shade of yellow.

CORAL

Tulip Dress

Tulip Dress

Coral is a new pink this season, with salmon undertones.

Seafoam Dress

Seafoam Dress

2) HEIRLOOM – JEWEL TONES PALETTE

Jewel tones remain relevant for Spring/Summer 2016 with a new offering of Heirlooms. Red and green continue to play the most significant roles, including familiar shades of dark Burgundy and brighter Ruby. Green becomes more influenced by blues with Evergreen and Dark Teal colors. While Navy progresses as an influential base color, Indigo offers a new alternative. Grape purple is featured as a new fashion color.

BURGUNDY

After much success in recent seasons, burgundy is back for Spring.

Peacock Double Pleated Dress

Peacock Double Pleated Dress

Cobalt

Watercolour Kimono

Watercolour Kimono/Cobalt Boatneck Dress

DARK TEAL

Teal Back Cowl Tank/Peacock High Waisted Pencil Skirt

Teal Back Cowl Tank/Peacock High Waisted Pencil Skirt

Dark Teal offers a new fashion color that adds newness especially to retro looks.

Purple

Colour Blocked Dress

Colour Blocked Dress

3) DESERT BLOOM – NEUTRALS PALETTE

The Desert Bloom colour palette combines earthy neutrals along with emerging fashion colors. Base hues of Khaki, Hazy Taupe and Twine are enlivened by richer bases like Dark Roast and Olive. Red casted Rust and orange casted Copper both play influential roles, while Marigold is a yellow with significant orange influence. Persimmon keeps the palette lively et to pink and orange casts. Cooler hues include Soldier Blue, Moonstone and Pine.

PERSIMMON

Cowl Neck Dress

Cowl Neck Dress

Persimmon combines desert orange with pink for a sunset fashion colour.

HAZY TAUPE

Key Shift Dress

Key Shift Dress

Hazy Taupe brings a darker grey casted neutral into the spectrum.

MOONSTONE BLUE

Printed Romper

Printed Romper

Moonstone Blue is an exciting new fashion color in the Desert Bloom palette.

LEMON CHIFFON

26 - Cross Over Top

Lemon Chiffon brings yellow to the pastel range with creamy undertones.

4) SOFT NOSTALGIA – PASTELS PALETTE

Soft Nostalgia addresses pastels as one of the most important groups of the season, lead notably by Blue Hydrangea. Chambray offers a greyer, saturated blue alternative. Pink is a focus from saturated mid-tones of Peony to whitened Ice Pink, peach tinted Rose Champagne and purple casted Lilac. Other fashion pastels include more saturated hues of Wisteria purple, Lemon Chiffon and Sea Glass green. Neutral base tones include a fleshy Buff, utility Ecru and Bone. Dust complements Soft Nostalgia as this season’s exclusive grey.

Amaranth Designs did not include Blue Hydragea in their S/S 2016 collection. 

We decided to go in a different direction and include a bit of black in our collection.

Black/White Maxi Dress

Black/White Maxi Dress

5) BACKYARD – BRIGHTS PALETTE

Backyard brights offer a lively conversation anchored by warm and cool hues. Green plays a pivotal role in both Spring Green and a brighter shade of Grass, while Canary offers a brightly saturated yellow. Red progresses forward with Candy Apple as a key color. Another popular commercial option is Electric Blue, while Periwinkle really brings something new to the table. Though orange generally downtrends, Clementine remains.

Spring Green

Seafoam Dress

Seafoam Dress

 

 

2016 Winter Trend Alert: LONGER COATS

If you think Mondays are long you haven’t seen the new coats  for 2015-2016 Fall/Winter. Oh they’re long.  I for one, am more than in love with the long coat trend.

We’re always together once it gets too chilly to walk outside without a coat.  We always go back and forth between types of coats.  Black coats don’t even need to be in for us to wear them, however this year it is all about the colour Marsala (Merlot, Burgundy or any of the other thousand descriptive words for this wonderful colour). Then it was the wrap coat, the military style, the short styles, the midi styles, and now… I’m guessing we’ll have a foot in the 70’s still, while another will slowly step into the 80’s fashions, hence the long coats. 

When I say long I mean way past midi. Think dramatic. Sophisticated.

That’s the style. That’s the look. In 2016 all we have to do is put our own spin on it. Personally I think long coats are way to go especially in our climate.

How To Wear LONG COATS?

As much as I adore black, when it comes to coats I love any other colour but black. The reason is because I think, with a few exceptions, black coats can be dull, can look dusty, old, and make you bland.

Long coats look best in camel, light greys, light neutral colours. A bit oversized, but not slouchy, unless you want to go for that hobo-chic style which is fantastic, wrap-style, or with a belt that you can effortlessly cinge at the waist, and personal favourite – collars you can pop up on those windy days.

This newest trend is both sophisticated and sexy for both day-time and evening. This can involves heels or boots, of all sorts, paired with dresses or pants, or a suit underneath that incredibly cozy cool long coat.

The great thing about long coats, aside from the above is the fact that they do keep us warmer, they do allow a lot of layers and lengths play, and they’re a statement yet classy piece that will never be out of style.

Pictured below is our version of a longer coat.

Car Coat (100% Virgin Wool)

Car Coat (100% Virgin Wool)

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Upcoming Spring Trends – Trend # 2

The jumpsuit was a wardrobe staple back in the 1960′s and 1970’s.  If you are not old enough to have been a part of the 60’s/70’s here is your chance to be as stylish as some of the fashion icons from those decades.  Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn from the 1960’s or Farrah Fawcett in the 1970’s.   The trend is back and it’s here to stay. This iconic item has been reinvented with a new modern energy to fit this Spring Summer 2015!

A jumpsuit in fact, can make your life simple and give you tons of personality an fortunately, this time there is no exception: is made for all kind of style and silhouette. There are many ways you can wear it, from casual-chic to sportive-cool.  Here are a few jumpsuits that were on the runway this year.  From Marc Jacobs to Celine, every designer seems to have incorporated a jumpsuit into their collections.

Marc Jacobs jumpsuit Celine Jumpsuit

 

Are you up to buy your first jumpsuit?  You definitely should choose one that works for your lifestyle.   Jumpsuits are one of the strongest trends of the season and one of my favorites.  Amaranth Designs always includes a jumpsuit in their collections.  Here is our version of this trend.

Amaranth Designs Regina Spring & Summer 2015

Girls,  go and get it! it’s a must.

Upcoming Spring Trends – Trend # 1

Crazy about Polka Dots!

Polka dots are one of the strongest trends for the coming season. It’s not just me saying this, I’ve seen plenty of ‘polka dots’ on the red carpet to fashion editorials that attest to the great return of the polka dot.

Whether lace or sequins, polka dots are all over the pages of my favourite magazines from Vogue UK to Marie Claire.

Dot cover

I love Polka Dots! They have a retro vibe and at the same time, it’s always current! They are a really great trend for the upcoming Spring/ Summer season. It seems that Polka Dots are always a great go-to. With that in mind, here are a few ways to incorporate the Polka Dot into your wardrobe.  Give it a try and have fun!!

Polka dot

Amaranth Designs’ Dress or Tunic are greats options to incorporate this trend!

Amaranth Designs Regina Spring & Summer 2015Amaranth Designs Regina Spring & Summer 2015