Spring Fashion: Carol Anderson by Invitation

CAbi has created one of their best spring collections this year!

CAbi, Carol Anderson by Invitation, is a clothing line sold via consultants and in-home fashion shows in a similarly to Stella & Dot and Noonday Collection.  A friend of mine, Veronica Peckham, is a CAbi consultant and I have purchased many pieces throughout the years.  I continually receive compliments and love the trend right, yet classic quality pieces.

If you have tried to scope out pieces online before a home show or read the CAbi Canary, CAbi’s style blog, in previous years, take a second look.  Recent investments in the company are showing up in their online toolkits, marketing materials, and design collections.  Which brings me back to Spring 2013!

Looking back over the collection to grab these pictures, I was reminded of how many pieces I want for myself and for my clients!  However, for the sake of word count, I will just pick my top three favorite pieces from the new collection:

CAbi Thin Mint Jeggings (2)THIN MINT JEGGINGS

You’ve seen colored jeans, specifically skinnies, everywhere the last year and mint is taking retail by storm this spring.  What I especially love about these jeggings is the stretchy thickness.  If you have tried on a pair of light colored or white skinnies before you know what I’m talking about here.  No one needs to know the various lines in your knees or where your less-than-smooth bits show up.  These jeggings are not see-through and are quite flattering with the ankle cut.

Style Tip:
Though skinnies can be a great asset to your wardrobe, they may need some extra attention depending on your body style to keep you looking svelte. The trick is balance.  Balance the tight, minimal fabric with a fuller top.  Another balance trick to use if you find skinny jeans draw too much attention to your hips, balance the leg line with boots versus heels.

BOSSY BLAZER

This blazer fits beautifully and should be every Southern working girl’s staple. Though it’s lined for a CAbi Bossy Blazer Setpolished fit, the three-quarter sleeves and fabric weight are perfect for sweltering temperatures that I fear are coming soon. The layered back is current with the peplum trend and yet not so exaggerated that you’ll have to toss this blazer when the trend ends.
Bonus: The collection has matching pants and skirt for infinite mixing combinations.

Style Tip:
When buying jackets, focus on the fit through the shoulders.  The seam should fall right at or a breath past your shoulder line.  If this makes the waist too baggy, consider tailoring.  A waist fitting runs ~$30 and is worth the custom fit.

PRINTED SHIRT DRESS

CAbi Printed Shirt DressDresses are a closet must.  Everyone needs the one-and-done benefit of throwing on one item of clothing (that feels like pajamas!) and looking put together as you rush out the door.  This dress is a blend of so many current trends (prints, shirt dresses, royal blues, pinks) and yet is a classic addition to your wardrobe.  The belt is floating so you can move it based on your natural waist as well as remove and replace it with another belt for added contrast.

Style Tip:
Dresses are much more versatile than we sometimes give them credit.  Paired over tights, with a long cardigan, as a long cardigan, with a blazer, with a woven belt, with a patent belt, etc., dresses can fit into a myriad of styles and mixing combinations in your closet!

I need to walk away from the computer now or I’m going to start buying en masse.  Which pieces in the Spring Collection catch your eye?

About Natalie Weakly

Natalie Weakly is an image and brand consultant who founded Signature Style to help individual and corporate clients project themselves with clarity and consistency both online and offline. She laughs easily, loves a great pair of heels, and is constantly learning whether it's in her singing lessons, new sewing hobby, trying new recipes, or in her voracious reading appetite.

Natalie has appeared on Great Day Houston and also writes on her site: www.natalieweakly.com/signature-style-blog. Follow on Twitter (@nweakly) and Facebook (/SignatureStyleNW) for helpful tips and tricks on how to project yourself.

Comments

  1. Hello Natalie, I’m in my early 50’s and soon to retire from a 30 year teaching career. I have worked in the retail clothing business and enjoyed it very much. Is there a procedure I could check into for perhaps being a consultant for this clothing line? Thanks, Jan

  2. Jan,
    First, thank you for serving as a teacher for the last 30 years! That is no small feat. There is some information about becoming a CAbi consultant online: http://www.cabionline.com/careers/business-model/. Also, if you email me: info (at) natalieweakly (dot) com, I will connect you with Veronica. She can give you much more information about the ins and outs of the business. Hear from you soon! Natalie

  3. Joanna Davey says:

    Hi Natalie, I’d love to learn more from you and your friend too, I’m originally from the UK but am now in the US and would love to get involved with CAbi, would it be ok if I emailed you and Veronica directly too? Warm regards Jo

    • Joanna, I am happy to chat with you! You can email me at info (at) natalieweakly (dot) com and I will put you in touch with Veronica as well. Talk with you soon! Natalie

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