What Does Your Style Say About You?

'If a woman is badly dressed, it's the dress we'll notice; but if she is impeccably dressed, it's the woman herself we'll notice.'

– Coco Chanel


How do you feel about your current wardrobe? Does it reflect who you are? Rachel Zoe once said: “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” Whether we realize it or not, our style is the very first thing that we are putting out into the world that represents who we are. Before we say anything – before we make eye contact even, our clothes have already spoken.

I believe your style choices reveal inner secrets, personality, and frame of mind - perhaps an interplay with your subconscious and conscious mind. Each clothing choice we make reflects something about our thought process or frame of mind. So what do your clothes say about you?

As much as clothing and style can be a reflection of our mindset, it also has a profound effect on how we feel about ourselves. It can work both ways – as a reflection and as a mode of creating feelings. Have you ever slipped into a dress and just felt sexy and alive?

Psychologists have articulated the term ‘enclothed cognition’ to describe the influence of clothes on the psyche. It means that the way we look on the outside actually does affect how we carry ourselves and how we feel about ourselves. Therefore if you have an important meeting, plan your look to influence a positive confident mindset to exude this persuasive assertiveness style. Use dresses with fitted silhouettes to make you radiate confidence and determination. Style a flirty skirt when you want to feel playful and yet still be powerful and professional.

As women, we want to be our authentic selves and feel sexy and vibrant! The fun thing about fashion is the ability to have a voice and express yourself – a reflection of your true self. I love the “Liberate the Pink” Dress in LYLA JARN’s 2015 Spring/Summer Collection. It reflects who I am with the juxtaposition of an edgy quality with the femininity of the pink.  The beautiful black and white checked edgy piece is softened, ever so subtly, with our signature pleat design showcased in a beautiful pink hue. I feel so sexy with the surprise element and the uniqueness of the pleats. Not only does it reflect my personal sense of style, but it’s flexible enough to accommodate my needs – whether I am going to the office or an afternoon cocktail party. Its versatility is an even deeper reflection of my needs as a mom, business professional, and designer!

How does your wardrobe reflect you? And more importantly, how does it make you feel?



PS - How amazing does Dzeina Kruze look in that skirt? She is FIERCE! Thank you to the equally amazing photographer (@johnhongstudio), make up artist (@mandyperezmakeup), and stylist (@stylistfranzy) for the photo!


New York Fashion Week


If you didn’t hear already, LYLA JARN was at New York Fashion Week! 


It truly was a dream come true. I still haven’t completely recovered from the excitement of the whole thing. Our luxurious and feminine dresses generated much interest from the thousands of fashion industry innovators that were present. Why? Maybe it was the energizing textures and the glamorous feel that LYLA JARN encapsulates? Maybe it was my Aussie accent? Or maybe they loved my 1 year old business partner? My guess is on the unique “surprise factor” of our signature pleat.

Everyone can appreciate things that are unique and different. In the fashion industry, innovative designs are applauded. Renowned designers dedicate a whole collection to haute couture designs, of which there is no strict commercial purpose. These pieces are meant to stun and wow the crowd, much like a piece of art.

I went into my experience at fashion week wanting to incorporate a high fashion, or haute couture, element to LYLA JARN’s already sophisticated garments. During the Project SUBWAY fashion show, I chose to play up the signature LYLA JARN pleat that is featured in many of our dresses.

Inspired by my days as an Indian classical dancer, the pleating in LYLA JARN dresses is an element of surprise and beauty. I always thought the pleats in our dance costumes were a clever way to manipulate the fabric. Whether you’re spinning in circles or walking down the street, pleats move with a unique grace. I love it!

I love the pleat not only for aesthetic reasons, but I wanted it to really be a symbol of women and our individuality. Both are beautiful, layered, and sophisticated. Upon first impression, you can’t tell how long the pleat extends or how many layers there are. Only when we open up, can you really start to understand how much substance there is. There is always more to us than meets the eye.

My favourite piece displayed at Fashion Week was the LYLA JARN “Liberate the Pink” Dress. It’s not only sophisticated, but there’s an element of edginess with the juxtaposing black and white patters, and the feminine pink pleat. Of course, I love the surprise element of the pleat, and the way it fits just perfectly in all the right places.

I was SO pleased to be able to present at Fashion week. The fashion industry feels so right to me; it’s so much fun! I love that I am able to collaborate with such creative people who are reveling in their own artistic worlds. Designers, models, make-up artists, photographers… Just being around these creative and brilliant people is so inspiring and fascinating.




It’s been such a whirlwind of a week for us at LYLA JARN! We were honored to be asked to participate in the NOLCHA Fashion Week “veggie couture” challenge. The competition was for up-and-coming designers. As contestants, we were asked to construct one of kind pieces inspired by vegetables found at Subway® restaurants.


The panel of judges was chocked full of talented celebrities; from professional basketball MVP Russell Westbrook, to Nastia Liukin – Olympic Gold Medalist. Other judges included actress Bella Thorne, Entertainment Tonight host Rocsi Diaz, and celebrity stylist Johnny Wujek. It was so exciting to be able to work with them!


For the challenge, we were graded based on design creativity, originality, beauty, and the best representation of the various vegetables.


The olive was our veggie muse throughout the competition. By staying true to our aesthetics of silk and custom printed designs, our olive inspired outfit was a huge hit with the panel of judges. We created a custom olive printed silk crop top with a collared neckline. The silk skirt was designed to flirtatiously drape with the signature LYLA JARN pleat. We even were able to sneak in a wink to the judges with a subtle Subway® logo. To top off our design, a chic hat was added to symbolize a black olive, elegantly perched to complete the design.

Even though our olive design didn’t win the overall best design, we are proud to have had the opportunity to complete the challenge and be part of such an incredible experience.


NOLCHA Fashion Week is an award winning event which enables independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists, and industry leaders. Continuing into the seventh consecutive year, NOLCHA Fashion Week has established itself as a platform for the discovery and promotion of innovative fashion designers. The event is an officially recognized New York Fashion Week platform by New York City Economic Development Corporation. Thank you SO much for letting LYLA JARN be a part of such an amazing production! Check out our NOLCHA Fashion Week profile here.


Dancing With the Stars' Sharna Burgess Rocks a LYLA JARN Original on Good Morning America!

In case you missed it, the incredible Season 19 cast of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” was officially announced today on “Good Morning America” and as we watched, something amazing managed to catch our eye. Professional dancer (and fellow Australian) Sharna Burgess, who will be dancing alongside talk show host, Tavis Smiley this season was rocking a LYLA JARN original!

Though the pair couldn’t make it to the GMA studio in New York City, they were able to video-in from Lost Angeles, giving viewers a great, up-close look at our stunning Rainbow Smiles dress.

Amongst the list of celebs who will be joining Tavis and Sharna on the dance floor this season are actor Antonio Sabato Jr., designer Betsey Johnson, Olympian Lolo Jones and so many more talented individuals.

We’re so excited to see Sharna support the LYLA JARN brand and we can’t wait to cheer her on when “Dancing With the Stars” returns to ABC on Monday, September 15th at 8 p.m. EST.

We may not all be able to tear up a dance floor like Sharna Burgess, but you can get her look here! Then be sure to check out additional pieces from the LYLA JARN collection at our fashion lounge at Nolcha Fashion Week on September 10th and at Moda from September 14th-16th.

Sharna Burgess rocks LYLA JARN original on Good Morning America

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