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Gear We Love: Curvy Girls Gettin’ Fit

Happy Spring! I hope you are all enjoying warmer days with more daylight and waving goodbye to the snow.  Can you believe that 25% of 2015 is almost gone?  How’s it going with your ONE goal this year? 

Great gear makes all the difference, and this week I’ve enlisted a little help from two amazing women who are working towards their ONE goal of getting healthy while kicking butt. Madison is another Agent of WOW here at Zappos who convinced me to do Tough Mudder with her, and Meli runs our social media recruiting efforts, bringing in new members of the Zappos family. 

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My gear choices focus on the important things while hiking- staying warm and keeping hydrated. I stay prepared with a combination hydration bag & daypack by Osprey filled with hike essentials like sunscreen. Durable hiking boots by Vasque offer support and comfort all day and Injiji socks keep my feet extra happy. This sock may look a little different, but trust me, once you try them, you’ll wonder how you ever hiked or ran without them!

1. Black Diamond Women's Ultra Mountain Pole

2. Osprey Verve 13 Hydration Backpack

3. Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX

4. Columbia Plus Size Fast Trek II Full Zip Fleece Jacket

5. Black Diamond Gizmo Head Lamp

6. Injiinji Run Original Weight Mini-Crew Coolmax Socks

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Meli G.’s crosstraining essentials:

“From the light and flowy Nike Extended Size Miler Tank to the sleek and beautiful Nike Victory Gym Tote, this plus size gym wear combo is the perfect choice for my daily workout. The vibrant colors, perfect fit and comfort these picks provide make me feel and look great during all types of workouts. From running to lifting and everything in between, these gym go-to pieces are perfect!”

1. Nike Victory Gym Tote

2. CamelBak Groove Insulated Water Bottle

3. Nike Flex Supreme TR 3

4. Nike Extended Dri-FIT Essential Crop Pant

5. Nike Extended Size Miler Tank

6. adidas Supernova Energy Full Support Bra

 

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Madison J.’s running essentials:  

“I'm training for Tough Mudder this year, so I'm always on the lookout for gear that will go the distance as well as hold up to all the crazy obstacles in my path.  That was my primary reason for all of my picks. The Under Armour Bra and compression shorts are both quick drying and moisture wicking. The Asics running shoes are designed to hold up to a triathalon and are the most comfortable pair I've ever owned! The Zensah compression socks help with shin splints and muscle fatigue, and they look adorable on.  To really go the distance, you need to hydrate, and the hands-free Camelbak is perfect for that. Lastly, you need a way to carry your gear around and I love the functionality of a Nike bag that reminds me to run every day.  I know I can accomplish all of my goals with the right equipment to help me along!”

1. CamelBak Charm 50 oz. Hydration Pack

2. Nike Max Air Pursuit Duffel Bag

3. Zensah Argyle Compression Socks

4. Under Armour HeatGear Alpha Long

5. Under Armour UA HeatGear Alpha Printed Bra

6. ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 9


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Rocking some amazing looks you’ve seen here on the blog? Tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

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New Brand Spotlight: K-WAY

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Leave it to the originators of the windproof, waterproof packable jacket to always get it right. K-WAY was born in Paris back in 1965 and rain jackets have always been their specialty, still remaining the leader in this category after 50 years.

Designed with timeless style and unsurpassable quality in mind, K-WAY men’s rain jackets are perfect for spring transition layering or to wear on that boat excursion this summer! They’re available in fashion-focused colors and prints for the modern, stylish man.

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The Style Edit, Wedding Edition: Pink, Blush & Coral Dresses

Wedding season is in full swing, and this spring/summer is the perfect opportunity to embrace color! A fabulous trend we’ve been seeing is bridesmaid dresses done in varying hues of pinks, corals and soft blush. When the bride’s ladies are lined up together, you get a gorgeous ombré or gradient effect that really pops in photographs.

From a ladylike A-line coral dress by Donna Morgan to a floor-length blush gown by Faviana, the pretty color palette of these bridesmaid dresses is reminiscent of a gorgeous beach sunset, making it perfect for any spring or summer wedding.

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When wearing the season’s pink, coral and blush-colored bridal dresses, keep the footwear more on the neutral side to complement the dress. Go for a pair of subtle champagne-colored heels or perhaps pretty pair of stappy silver sandals!

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The Iggy Azalea Collection by Steve Madden

Australian rap diva Iggy Azalea has teamed up with fashion footwear powerhouse Steve Madden to create an awesome new collection! The Iggy Azalea Collection for Steve Madden features funky platforms sandals, sport-inspired heels and modern fashion sneakers. Every bit as stylish and distinctive as Iggy herself, this limited-edition shoe collection is all about celebrating your bold side!

Check out her insanely funky and cool collection! More styles to be added soon.

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5 Ways to Wear the Oblong Scarf

Have you ever wondered why Parisian women always look so darn chic and effortlessly cool? Although it has a lot to do with attitude, we suspect it also has plenty to do with their masterful scarf-wearing skills!

This spring, a printed scarf is a great way to incorporate a splash of vibrant color into your wardrobe as you transition out of winter and into sunnier days ahead.  Choose a scarf done in a lightweight fabric like silk, cotton, linen or viscose to complement with your warm-weather favorites like dresses, cropped sweaters and tees.

A long scarf, otherwise known as an “oblong” scarf, is probably the most versatile scarf style out there. Below are five great ways to wear the oblong scarf this spring!

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The Easy Shawl

1) Put an unfolded oblong scarf around your shoulders and pull the ends in a half knot, tight and high up your back. Tie the ends securely.

2) Pull the scarf fabric down your back to cover the ends.

featured above: San Diego Hat Comapny Navajo Print Scarf w/ Tassels

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The Neck Wrap

1) Place scarf behind your neck so the ends are equal length.

2) Wrap closely around the neck so it creates a turtleneck-like cover. 

3) Tie the ends in a half knot.

4) Tuck the ends neatly under the scarf loops so they aren’t showing.

featured above: LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Paris Silk Paisley Jacquard Scarf

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The Classic Slip Knot

1) Wrap a half-folded scarf around the back of your neck.

2) Pull both ends through the front loop. Adjust the knot so it sits on your chest comfortably.

 

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The Knotted Twist

1) Take an oblong scarf and fold it lengthwise.

2) Loop it around your neck.

3) Take one of the ends and pull it over the loop then back under.

4) Take the other end and pull it under the loop and then back over.

 

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The Loose Drape

1) Fold a long scarf in half lengthwise.

2) Grab diagonal ends.

3) Drape the scarf over your chest like a bib and pull the ends to the front.

4) Tie the ends in the front and tuck away.

 

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Glance Spotlight: People StyleWatch Feminine & Polished Picks

This week, we continue our fun collaboration with People StyleWatch on this special edition of Glance picks!

Gillian, Associate Fashion Editor at People StyleWatch gave us her picks for a polished feminine look. "My style is feminine with a sleek/modern twist. I'm really into clean silhouettes in pretty colors that play up a girly vibe. Each of these pieces are feminine and flirty, but still polished."

Click below to see all of her spring faves!

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Fancy Friday: Easy Ways to Dress Up Your Casual Staples

TGIFF! If you were wondering…the extra “F” is for “Fancy”. Here at the Zappos HQ, office dress code leans a lot towards the casual side. However, there are certain days that just call for a dose of fancy…Why not Friday?

Think about it. You’ve survived a long workweek full of meetings, errands and day-to-day stresses. End the week with major style--or should we say, start the weekend off right by getting your fancy on! It’s all about dressing up and feeling confident as you head into the weekend! And believe us, a pair of fancy heels, a cute skirt or dapper loafers can do some amazing things to re-energizing your entire style outlook.

Below are just a few easy ways to dress up some of your favorite casual staples like jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Casual Fridays? We say break away from the usual and start your own Fancy Friday trend instead!

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Boyfriend Jeans

featured style: Levi’s® Women’s 501 Customized Jeans

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Sky-High Heels

featured style: Nine West Tatiana Pumps

Pairing relaxed-fit denim with dressier heels adds up to such an effortlessly chic look for both day and night. We particularly love oversized boyfriend jeans paired with super sexy pumps. It just elevates the look and keeps the jeans from looking frumpy.

 

Basic Tees

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Skirts

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The unsung hero of our closets, basic tees are surprisingly versatile for a lot of different occasions. To dress up a simple cotton t-shirt, pair it with a knee-length skirt for the office, and a sparkly mini skirt for a night out. You can even let a printed or sequined skirt shine by pairing it with a very basic tee. It’s all about striking that perfect balance of laidback and feminine.

 

Sweatshirts/Pullover

featured style: Free People In A Hurry Hoodie

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Leggings

featured style: HUE Floral Gleam Denim Skimmer Legging

Comfy up top, party in the bottom. That’s sort of the vibe this combo achieves with a mix of relaxed and dressy all in one easy-to-wear outfit. Take your oversized grey sweaters and sweatshirts up a notch with printed or textured leggings. The great part is, you can really go all out with the leggings here since the sweater is the more subdued element in this equation. Who says a sweatshirt has to be frumpy? Not with this killer combo!

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Chino Pants

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Leather Loafers

featured style: ALDO Adleman

Chino pants are a great wardrobe staple any day of the week. To dress them up for the office or date night, grab a pair of classic men’s loafers to instantly add some refined style.

 

Basic Tees

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Tailored Trousers

featured style: Dockers Men’s Signature Khaki Slim Fit Flat Front Pant

Your favorite t-shirts aren’t just for pairing with jeans! Take your basic crewneck tees to a new level by wearing them with a smart pair of dress trousers. Throw on a light blazer or sport coat for an even more tailored feel.

 

Basic Jeans

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Leather Oxfords

featured style: Donald J Pliner Borak Oxfords

Your favorite blue jeans are just begging to be worn on a night on the town or for Fancy Friday! Give them a new dapper life by pairing with sleek oxfords.

 

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Top Swimwear Styles for Spring & Summer

Summer is around the corner, but some of the season’s most fabulous swimwear is here now!

With pool season around the corner and resort season in full swing, finding that perfect swimsuit can be quite a source of anxiety. Finding that perfect look can be difficult when stores don’t even have their full size and style selection in stock. Lucky for you Zappos carries a wide assortment of swimsuits and I’m here to give you a peek at some of the amazing styles this season has to offer. No matter what shape you are or how much (or little) skin you want to show off, we have the perfect swimsuit for you!

If you are into the retro look, let me direct your attention to the brand Unique Vintage. They have an assortment of separates and one-piece suits that flatter the figure and bring that old Hollywood glamour. The classic lines and fuller coverage look great on curves and are sure to be a confidence booster when everyone is checking you out poolside.

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If you prefer a more classic look, then a one-piece suit may be for you. There are plenty of options to choose from depending on your style and body type! If you want that one-piece look but still want to show off some skin, try one with an open back and plenty of sexy side cutouts.

If you prefer a little more coverage, look for a more classic cut with a figure-flattering front ruched detail. Check out a one-piece style by Miraclesuit as they offer suits that help create a slim silhouette. Try one that flaunts a wrap-style front with shirring that flatters your figure and creates the coveted hourglass silhouette.

Next, there is the tried-and-true bikini. There are a multitude of tops and bottoms to fit the look you want. There is always the classic triangle halter top that works well for smaller busts and petite ladies.

Ladies who need that extra support on top should look for thicker halter straps or tops with side boning and underwire support. Two great brands that  provide stylish options for bustier women are BECCA by Rebecca Virtue and Seafolly. No fear of wardrobe malfunctions here!

And unless you plan on going commando (which we wouldn’t suggest!), you will need a bikini bottom to match. If you want a more playful look, try a cheeky design that shows off your best assets. If you are looking for a little more coverage there are plenty of cute options as well! Brands like Carve Designs even offer reversible bikini bottoms for two unique looks for the price of one.

Top off your pool or beachside look with a cover-up you’ll be ready to strut your stuff with confidence! As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, spending time by the water while you work on your tan will become all you can think about and I hope that this little swimwear guide helps you find some direction when you shop for your summer look. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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