Kim Stokes on Spring Fashion
Posted on May 24 2016
WE FIRST MET ART DIRECTOR OF BANANA REPUBLIC FACTORY AND BLOGGER BEHIND J'ADORE COUTURE, KIM MITCHELL STOKES, AT OUR LAUNCH PARTY. ASIDE FROM HER KILLER STYLE, HER CONFIDENT DISPLAY OF VITALITY IS ESPECIALLY ADMIRABLE. KIM'S SARTORIAL CHOICES STEM FROM YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, LOTS OF ACCESSORIES, AND ALWAYS STICKING TO WHAT WORKS FOR HER.
We asked Kim to style some personal looks with her favorite pieces from Refined. She was even kind enough to share styling tips and pointers with us on each look. So ladies, take notes!
I love monochromatic dressing. It makes getting ready in the morning super easy, and it's also fun to play with different textures, tones, and influences in one look. This skirt is one of my favorite pieces—pencil skirts are very flattering on most body types and the slit here is sexy but unexpected. It's made of a sweatshirt material, so I continued the theme by pairing it with a cropped sweatshirt in a similar color. Belt bags remind me of the 80s, but this Loeffler Randall one is way cooler and converts to a cross body bag. It's a chic way to hold everything you need for a night out.
As someone with a pear shape, I love a-line and pleated skirts. Getting the proportions right can be tricky though because sometimes pleats can add weight where you are trying to slim down. This one has pleats strategically placed instead of all the way around, plus it has a higher waist—also very flattering. To keep the look polished, I tucked in a shirt but you could also wear with an oversized off-the-shoulder sweater so only a bit of the skirt peeks out.
Wearing a jacket or blazer is a constant in SF because of the changing weather. I'm always looking for interesting details or textures that make a blazer more than just something to wear to work. I love playing with proportions in my looks, like here where the blazer is almost the same length as my shorts. For a work look, this could be paired with a shorter skirt or loose wide leg pants, but I'd wear this to get weekend brunch or lunch.
This dress combines two trends which were big on the runways—ruffles and florals. I personally prefer darker florals as I tend to like more masculine pieces and it feels more grown up to me. I added a bit of sportiness by adding a navy bomber, but femininity with lace up flats. This dress is a great length that is work appropriate but I could see wearing it in the winter with leather leggings and suede pumps or booties.
Photographer: Fujio Emura