A tried and true staple, denim is everything that’s right with clothing fashion. Jeans, generally speaking, have not strayed far from its fundamental design since 1873, with the exception of a few color alterations and embellishments along the way.
But what makes denim truly great is its wardrobe versatility. Need pants that are dressy but not too formal? No problem — dark denim it is! Looking for something with casual appeal, but is more socially acceptable than sweatpants? Wear a light, medium or color wash in any variety of bootcut, flare, straight leg, or skinny leg styles. The options are virtually endless!
With that being said, it’s important to be cognizant of when and where it’s actually acceptable to wear jeans. Funerals, job interviews, the courthouse, an opera, a wedding — etiquette says absolutely never. Instead, save it for more lighthearted places and occasions, such as your little bro’s birthday, a hot date or semi-casual Friday at the office.
Because it's now the time of year when denim reigns supreme, let’s round out your wardrobe’s bottom half with some top styles. Showcased below are some of best washes, cuts and brands that’ll have you looking classy, never slouchy or sloppy, for fall!
Regardless your style, owning dark denim is a wardrobe must. For men, a pair of black jeans is a nice alternative to wearing the typical blue. Hudson’s Byron Straight gives off an upscale look that can transition from a day in to a night out with ease.
Staying true to a dark wash, the mid rise Flawless – Hello Skinny from Joe’s Jeans is a pure winner. Not only can you dress your outfit up or down seamlessly, but this pant also has an integrated dual-pocket design so you can discreetly carry your iPhone and charging battery without added bulge.
Military pants, also known as combat or camo, continue to make fashion waves. For the ladies, try a slim fitting skinny leg for an urban chic look that’ll grab attention. This Hudson Lilly mid-rise pairs nicely with heels or flats.
Men — if you’re looking for a more subdued military look, an olive pant would make for a great denim addition. Again, keep the look refined with a slim, tailored fit and polish off your smart style with a snazzy pair of burnished chukka boots.
Sometimes a change of pace does a person good. The same can also be said for your choice of denim. Believe it or not, a washed-out, greyish look can actually make you stand out from the masses. With a lived-in feel, these Paige favorites combine nicely with contrasting black, white or offsetting grey hues.
Deep inside every woman lives a true bohemian waiting to be let out to play. While diva style looks amazing, it can be less than comfortable — and don’t even get me started on winged eyeliner and the trouble it causes. In contrast, bohemian looks involve funky, relaxed clothing in beautiful prints, loose hair, comfortable shoes and no makeup whatsoever!
Some days I think this is the perfect look for curvy girls because it is about being comfortable in your own skin, and not being dependent on stiff or uncomfortable clothing to keep you looking sharp. Knowing who you are and why you’re here is a trait curvy fashionistas and divas alike share. While we all have those days where we rock out and go all out, including that dreaded winged eyeliner, at the heart of it all we’re women who want to relax and share time with our family and friends, and not worry about having to fuss with clothes.
So, in honor of “la vie boheme,” here are a few of my favorite bohemian-style pieces from Zappos!
A great flowing dress in funky prints never goes wrong when you’re rocking bohemian style. Bright, soft, short or long, the main key is comfort!
If skirts and dresses aren’t your thing, a flowing palazzo pant paired with a great top will still capture that free and easy spirit.
Remember what I said about comfortable shoes? Please don’t think comfortable doesn’t mean stylish — designers are bringing us a great selection of both this season. Imagine it, shoes you can go out in that you can actually wear all day!
Accessories are the final key to the bohemian look. When in doubt, think round glasses and a layered chain to keep the ease and simplicity flowing.
If you’re having a fabulous fall in any of the looks you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style!
Gentlemen, we are arriving at that time of the year when temperatures drop, leaves start to change color and nights begin earlier. This is also the time to start pulling out your sweaters, pullovers and jackets. This is where I come in. I'm going to give you a few options to try out for the fall/winter season. Simple layering techniques that you can try out with different pieces.
This sweater is a classic. It works so well in different scenarios. You can dress it up as well as dress it down. I've created two looks with these exact scenarios. Let’s start with the slightly more casual look.
This look is simple yet eye catching. Throwing in the leather jacket to dress down the sweater and pants make it a statement piece. This modest layer makes the look stand out and keep you warm.
The next one is just as easy. This time I selected a suit as the layering piece. This is a timeless style that always captures the essence of a gentleman. You'll use the same sweater as above here, along with the suit and double strap monk shoes.
With each of these looks, keep the accessories to a minimum. I'd suggest a black leather strap watch, if anything. You can also choose a different color roll neck and create these looks another way.
My next suggestion is to pick up a denim Jacket. I'd advise one that is a dark or lighter wash. The denim jacket is timeless and can pretty much be worn with anything. Check out the first style below:
This look is made to be comfortable yet warm. I've used the jacket to layer the button-up shirt. If you're looking to make it a little more fashion forward, you can button the shirt all the way up. You can add in a simple gold or brown face watch along with a simple bracelet. If you'd like to dress it up a bit more, consider a black tie and switching the pants out to regular flat front pants.
The next use for the jacket is over a sweater. Again, simple yet eye catching. It'll keep you warm and you'll look amazing. I'd recommend a striped sweater along with the tan pants and casual shoes. Here are the pieces:
The striped sweater is a nice pop of color. You can pretty much wear this in any scenario. It's casual but not to the point where you're going to do yard work in it. Grab a couple accessories and you're set.
Military Canvas Jacket
My last suggestion today is the Military Canvas Jacket. It'll keep you warm, you can carry a few things inside of it and, of course, it can be worm multiple ways. Let's begin with the first look:
Pretty basic look — nothing too difficult here. You can wear the denim shirt by itself or place a white crew neck shirt underneath it and layer it over. Then layer the jacket over the top of the shirt.
Of course you can dress this jacket up as well. Grab a burgundy tie, a light tan pair of pants and you're all set. Two different looks, but reusing pieces to make the most out of your investment.
There are several ways to layer for the fall. These are just a few simple suggestions on how you can incorporate classic pieces and make them look great with a little bit of layering. Feel free to try different color combinations and fabrics. The key here is picking up the classic items, making sure they fit you well and piecing them together to keep you warm. ’Til next time. And as always, it's all about taste.
New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but the influences they’ve left behind will last for seasons. We’ve taken what we’ve seen and learned from the fabulous and frilled runway and have penned our notes into a blog about bags.
Needless to say, if you don’t own more than eight handbags, then you haven’t lived. With uncountable colors, styles, patterns and prints available, you’re bound to find something that suits your astounding style.
Whether you’re strolling the campus mall, meeting the girls downtown for happy hour, or hitting up the weekly farmers market, grab a tote, satchel or hobo that speaks uniquely to you. Here are our top six bags to carry you into a foliage-filled fall!
As the Joker once said, “Why so serious?” When out and about, tone down the attitude and keep a fun and spirited tote by your side. Show off your easygoing, positive nature with pastel prints and inspirational quotes that’ll be the talk of the subway.
Fall may showcase some brilliant reds, browns and oranges, but there’s no need to follow suit. Instead, add vibrancy to your everyday style with pinks and blues. These roomy handbag styles can also hold more than your daily essentials, maybe even a pumpkin from the local patch.
“Dang, girl. Where’d you get that bag?” should always be the reaction you’re looking for when modeling a new sidepiece. Clean lines and quilted patterns are a continuing trend that we’re still loving hard. Roomy, fashionable, goes with anything. What’s not to love?
Showing the same side of you can get a little boring. Why not throw a wrench, err new bag, into your stylish fall wardrobe with something a little unexpected? A running buffalo print or snakeskin fringe design will do the trick nicely. Just make sure the rest of your outfit is toned down enough for a nice contrast.
Can you believe it? Fall is here! Time to bust out your North Face Denali jacket, dust off your slouchy beanie, and head to the corner coffee shop for your pumpkin spice latte! Just kidding! You are way too cool for the PSL! You are more of a peppermint mocha kind of guy. Enough about handcrafted beverages, let’s get down to brass tacks, and discuss some of fall’s must-have wardrobe staples.
Fall is all about layering! So feel free to experiment with a variety of accessories, just remember not to get caught by the fashion police!
The easiest and most versatile accessories for fall are beanies and scarves. A slouchy beanie in a solid colorway is a great starting point for building your fall look. Maybe you’re the guy who says, “I can’t pull off a beanie.” I’m here to tell you there’s no need to worry, because an easy alternative for you is a scarf.
The great thing about scarves is that they come in a variety of colors, prints, patterns and fabrics. “Scarves are so itchy” you might say. Not the case at all! Stick with one made out of cotton or acrylic and you are good to go.
A key element to your fall wardrobe is plaid. Whether it is buffalo, tartan or glen plaid, it MUST be represented. The iconic Pendleton plaid shirt is, in my opinion, the best addition to any fall wardrobe. Crafted from premium virgin wool, this shirt will last you season after season.
A plaid shirt pairs easily with slim fit chino pants and leather boots. Try experimenting with a chino in a fall color palette such as olive, burgundy or dark grey for a look that is sure to please.
As the weather gets cooler think of adding a Sherpa jacket or vest to your wardrobe for a look that delivers additional warmth and protection. Keep in mind that fashion is all about experimentation, so have fun creating your fall style with layering pieces that will earn you some well-deserved fashion credentials.
I never understood the concept of “shoulder season” until I started working out. You see, when you work out you spend certain days focusing on certain things. If you see a friend walking funny, and you know they spend a lot of time in the gym, just assume it’s leg day — or, more accurately, you’re seeing them after their leg day workout. Back and arms day usually leaves me feeling like my arms are going to float away for the rest of the day. But shoulders … they are a different beast altogether, in both workouts and in seasons.
In the spring, weather in the high 50s and 60s makes us put our cold weather gear away. When it hits autumn we dive into our closets and pull out soft and warm pieces like a child with their blanket, wanting nothing more than to feel warm again (even when a few short weeks ago we were lamenting the heat and humidity).
Shoulder season pieces are fast becoming my favorite, especially in the fall. It marks a time that much closer to the end of a good year, and it brings to mind softer and cozier times. I love fall and winter fires in the fireplace or the pit outside, making s’mores and telling stories with my boys. I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania where fall meant bonfires and Friday night football under the lights, and there was nothing more exciting than pulling out your coat for a cool night with friends.
You can never go wrong with a great trench or anorak. Simple lines and timeless shapes can keep you warm for any occasion and can be dressed up or down as needed.
Whatever the Weather
If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where there is rain in the fall, or simply just a low dip, a fuzzy fleece or convertible rain jacket is essential. I especially love how Columbia’s fleece seems to just get softer and softer with wear, and I love this one a little bit more since Columbia will donate a portion of the sales to breast cancer research.
A Little Unexpected
This fall has some great and unexpected twists when it comes to staying warm. Capes are making a comeback, so every woman can channel her inner superhero while staying warm and having her hands free to pick apples or push swings. Feeling a little more vixen than hero? A girl can never go wrong with a styled moto-inspired jacket.
If you’re having a fabulous fall in any of the looks you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style!
Uncomfortable, unstylish clothes have been around since the dawn of time. Fortunately, due to modern resources and technology, we’re no longer succumbed to gathering fig leaves, spinning linen or wrangling up sheep on our own just to create a pair of itchy, wooly pants.
Today we’re blessed to have fashion forward designers and manufacturers craft tops, bottoms and everything in between on our behalf. However, when it comes to everyday style, women are still tasked to choose comfort for looks, as well as looks for comfort.
NYDJ doesn’t believe in that mantra. Instead, the brand continues to innovate their products and break the mold by creating a line of clothing dedicated to women not just young in age, but also in spirit.
NYDJ is notably known for their original slimming jean. Created with premium materials, you’ll never experience that awful worn-in, bagging sensation often felt with other brands. And with this season's newest Sure Stretch Denim® technology, you'll instantly see an increase in your pants' flexibility.
Additionally, NYDJ's universal fit makes it simple to get the same flattering look in every pair you choose. That’s right! Whether you're a crop, capri, bootcut, straight or skinny leg kind of girl, you’ll experience the same satisfaction in each and every style.
And as part of the brand’s constant innovation, NYJD has created Lift Tuck® technology to give gentle, slimming control in the front while simultaneously lifting and reshaping the back.
In fact, each style is designed to make you look one full size smaller. How does this sorcery work? Well, each style features a built-in crisscrossing panel from within that trims the tummy and creates a pleasing silhouette where you want and need it most.
Beyond denim, NYDJ incorporates its Lift Tuck® technology in their line of pants, dresses, tops and athletic attire.
This autumn, don’t just pair your ankle boots and cardigans with any kind of denim, dresses or tops. Instead, explore NYDJ’s vast selection of clothing that’s guaranteed to keep you looking fabulous and feeling exceptional.