6 Ways to do White Right

White after Labor Day!? The thought might seem unconscionable to some who wouldn’t think of breaking the early 20th century fashion dictum that you shouldn’t wear white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. But, the old rule is just that — old. Winter white outfits are trending from the ski slopes to black tie events this year. Before you rush to your closet for that pearly white number for the company holiday party, here are some basic guidelines to pulling off a white-hot look. 

 

 

 

 

 

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FABRICS Choose luxe fabrics with texture and weight. Chunky knits, faux furs, cashmere and tweed fabrics are just a few options to choose from. A cable knit sweater is a great first addition to a winter white wardrobe as it can be paired with trousers for the office as well as jeans for a casual weekend look. Also, fabrics with embellishments and patterns add weight visually and are usually cold-weather inspired. Unsure if a fabric is the right weight? To simplify, it’s usually best to stay away from linens, denim and any fashion pieces you would normally wear in the summer.

 

 

 

 

WHITE ON WHITE Pair white with white, head to toe. This look is sometimes referred to as the “Aspen ski” look when you style with performance apparel. A skirt suit or pant suit is an easy way to give this look a try. Casual or dressy, the clean color palette elongates your silhouette and brightens your overall appearance.

 

 

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ACCESSORIZE Complete your wintry looks with complementary accessories, such as jewelry, a scarf, beanie or a handbag. Here again, you are free to play with embellishments and patterns as long as these accents are within the neutral color palette. Pearls are a classic choice for jewelry or really any metal tone you prefer, minimal or statement in size. As for footwear — metallic, nude, and taupe pairs best with all-white fashions.

 

With your wardrobe on the up and up, let's now focus your attention on what to bring to the annual holiday mixer. Naturally you’ll want bake an item that’s relatively easy, but a step above boxed sugar cookies. This simple recipe for Russian Tea Cakes is not only absolutely delicious, but it will complement your outfit nicely. 

 

Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com

 

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This Holiday Season, Shoppers Be Spendin'

Ho, ho, whoa! Christmas is only days away and the rat race to find Junior and Grandma Mable the perfect gift is still in full swing.

For the majority of shoppers, an uptick in holiday purchases happens mere minutes after Thanksgiving dinner and will continue until the late-night hours of Christmas Eve. With billions of dollars being poured into the economy this time of year, it makes a person wonder: what exactly are people spending their money on?

Interestingly enough, undergraduates enrolled at Marquette University’s Advertising, Public Relations and the Internet course (ADPR 4300) were tasked to find out exactly that. As part of the curriculum’s midterm project, students thoroughly researched the behavioral patterns of shoppers, as well as retailers, and broke down the numbers as to who is buying what, how and when. Take a look!

 


Gift Guide: Men's Holiday Musts

With Christmas only a week and a day away, time is not on your side to find him perfect holiday gift. Sure, you can still hit up the local department store for another unoriginal or unnecessary surprise, but that’s not going to score you any Brownie points.

 

 

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As you’re frantically thinking of what to get, keep in mind that timeless fashion never goes out of style, and neither does Zappos' free one-business day shipping. This year I’d recommend bypassing the expensive razor and lavender shaving cream set and opt for one of these well-polished styles below. After all, the goal is to make him think you’ve put in more thought than you actually did.

 

 

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Monkstrap loafers are an exceptional addition to any man’s shoe collection. Laces are widely used across the industry, so this style is a welcome surprise. The Valor and Renew, above, are made of smooth supple leather and offer a bit of lift with a padded insole and stacked heel. From the home to the office, these oxfords add a little extra polish to his refined dress.

 

 

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If you want to strike the right balance between dressy and casual, an ankle boot for him is the superior option. He’ll love the nontraditional grey and navy suede of the Hestonn and Dabney, respectively, as well as the contrast stitching for added dimension. Jeans, khakis and colored denim make for a great pairing with these boots.

 

 

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Go over the ankle with the Bryce Zip or Sebago Wing Tip boots. Both of these designs incorporate rustic charm with rugged appeal, and can be worn long after the fall and winter months subside. Despite their unorthodox outer styles, their comfort and durability is truly second to none.

 

 

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Leave behind the ugly snowman tie and opt for one of these fun accessories instead. A man never looked more handsome when wearing a colorblock wool scarf. Other stocking stuffer ideas include assorted socks and stitched deerskin gloves, just so he knows you care.  

 

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Pajamas are Better in the Daytime

My sons created a great new family activity this year — pajama day. Once a month they ask me if we can have be a PJ’s day where we spend the day lounging, snuggling and reading, and we don’t do anything that involves getting dressed and leaving the house. There are no Cub Scouts, PTA or practice. We just focus on being with each other and enjoying one another’s company.

In the morning I make pancakes or a berries ‘n’ cream French toast casserole, and for dinner I throw something in the Crock-Pot. Some days we play video games, others we build amazing Lego creations or binge watch Minecraft videos cuddled up on the couch. Sometimes we just flop all over my bed with books. 

 

 

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While we make time to snuggle every day (I’m getting it in while they’re young, and every day they inch closer to that age when they’ll be too big to snuggle!), pajama day has become a precious thing to me, where no one else is invited to come over. 

Pajama day has reinforced me to be present in the present. Being willing to get on the floor and play and build opens up some amazing conversations between my sons and me. I love watching how my little guys’ mind works, and the stories and adventures they form around their “creations” give me such insight into his world. Example given, Darth Vader makes Minions pancakes and they all fight zombies together with banana boomerangs that Batman specially made for them. How cool of a place could that be to live? I mean, without the zombies.

We’re coming up on the holidays, and loungewear is huge for families all over. Our Elf on the Shelf, Tristan, has been leaving new pajamas for my sons the past few years. They love getting a gift before Santa comes, and I love that they have good looking jammies for Christmas morning pictures. This year I am treating myself to some new ones as well, since I’m unable to avoid having my picture taken on Christmas morning. (Thanks a lot, Mr. I’m the Favorite Uncle, for giving my oldest son a camera.) Regardless, I’ve found some amazing options for new sleepwear that will look and feel great whether you’re hibernating or enjoying your own pajama day with your favorite little people. 

 

 

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FEMININE CLASSICS There is something about the classics, and these menswear-inspired pajamas are definitely that. Updated in feminine fabrics and prints, these are great for lounging, and even better if the family paparazzi catches you unaware. 

 

 

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NIGHTS IN SATIN Satin pajamas not only help you sleep better (the satin slides across your sheets so you don’t get tangled up in them when you turn over), but they also just feel amazing against your skin. Implement beautiful patterns and you definitely can’t go wrong. 

 

 

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NIGHTGOWNS
Soft nightgowns are a great, feminine bit of sleepwear and are always my go-to when I’m feeling especially girlie. Warm flannel or soft-as-a-baby cotton, you’ll wish every day was pajama day with how amazing these feel. 

 

 

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ROBES When you need just a little bit of layer for warmth or a little more coverage, toss on a fabulous robe. These two are both super soft and, as an added bonus, will look fabulous in your Christmas morning pictures! 

 

If you’re celebrating the season in any of the looks shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

 

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Season-Pleasing Beanies

Once those long, hot days of summer have drifted away and the crisp weather of winter has taken place, it’s just about time to retire that trusty baseball cap for more appropriate headwear. Now I know what you’re thinking: your favorite cap saw you through your favorite times of the summer, from backyard barbeques to afternoons at the ballpark. But don’t fret; you’ll have a place for it the closet until next summer. In the meantime, you’re going to have to bundle up, because it’s getting cold out there!

 

 

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Once merely an afterthought or a staple of the Great White North, the beanie has become an essential part of daily fashion. No look is complete without cable knits, jacquard prints, or pom accents. With a wide array of styles and textures, brands like Neff, Burton and Herschel Supply Co. keep you in the latest for that perfect amount of cool while keeping your head warm and cozy.

 

 

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Create that perfect outdoor chic look with layered sweaters and ankle boots. Put the finishing touches on with a chunky knit, cuffed beanie. The perfect blend of traditional and modern vibes meld to make a lasting impression, while contrasting prints and heathered detailing set your style apart.

 

 

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An extension of oneself, you’ll know the right style and fit for you. All at once, a beanie might express a street-savviness with a no nonsense approach, while changing the fit subtly might evoke a more laid-back, playful mood. A tall, silhouetted beanie with a traditional cuff leaves your options open, while a striking logo creates a vintage, surplus-inspired look. The Abbott Beanie shown above is a go-to for the man about town in need of a versatile piece to accent his wardrobe.

 

 

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From outdoor adventures to vast cityscapes, you’ll feel on-trend wherever the day takes you in the bold color and slouchy fit of the Lawrence Beanie. The classic, rib-knit design and embroidered patch of the Burton Gringo Beanie will hold down any ensemble, whether you’re shredding the slopes or heading out for a nightcap. Dress it up or dress it down, just make your style your own!

 

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Color Combos & Polite Pairings

As the season begins to transition from late fall to winter, layering becomes not just a style essential but also a great opportunity to experiment with a variety of different color combinations. Often men gravitate to what is “safe,” when safe in this circumstance is a synonym for boring. You may think, “Oh no! I have no idea how to do that!” Well, not to worry, because it is easy to accomplish, and a great way to build upon your existing wardrobe. As you will see below, the curated styles can be described as “polite” parings, not off-the-wall or avant-garde pieces. So breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your style is in great hands.

 

 

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GREY & GREY Grey is the new black! Versatile and flattering, this color is most likely the common denominator in a number of your outfits. Pairing contrasting shades of grey is an easy way to create a handsome, winter-ready look. Stonewashed grey jeans paired with a charcoal knit sweater, and corresponding accessories of the same color palette will be your go-to winter look. A wool-blend baseball cap, gloves, or chunky scarf are all available for your choosing.

 

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NAVY & BURGUNDY Rich jewel tones, like burgundy, as pictured with the knit scarf and wingtip shoes, convey sophistication and aid in creating a polished look. The pairing of navy and burgundy is great for any office holiday party, family dinner or happy hour with friends. For a more casual look, pair navy jeans with a burgundy down jacket for running those last minute holiday errands.

 

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OLIVE & MUSTARD The most daring of the pairings, olive and mustard can be great new color options to incorporate into your winter wardrobe. Feel free to start out small by pairing a classic aviator jacket with a plaid shirt that has hints of yellow throughout. If mustard is not on your radar of colors to wear, try incorporating it with small accessories like a ribbed beanie, dress socks, or boots. 

 

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BLACK & CAMEL The hottest color pairing of the season, black and camel is a great way to add a simple yet eye-catching look to your signature style. Similar to the pairing of navy and burgundy, black and camel is a great choice for all your holiday festivities. If black is your go-to color, then camel is a great way to infuse a touch of luxe into your look. Build your look by experimenting with black cargo pants, a chunky knit sweater and a wide brim hat. If you are not feeling bold enough to sport a hat, swap it out with a checkered scarf.

 

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Holiday Guide: 6 Practical Tech Accessories

Thinking of purchasing yet another tech device for your loved one for Hanukkah or Christmas? Nice choice! But in addition to shopping for the latest laptop, tablet or smartphone model, consider also getting him or her an add-on present. After all, what good is a new MacBook Pro for the office if you don’t have a sleek messenger bag or handbag to go with it?

To help rescue you from braving wintry weather and department store shopping one last time, take a look below at these exceptional options from Lodis Accessories and Crumpler to create that merry and bright holiday!

 

 

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For the grown man in your life, don’t subject him to office ridicule by getting him a padded backpack. Leave those styles to the college kids scurrying around campus universities. In its place gift him a roomy messenger that can store all of his daily essentials. The styles above feature a front flap with a magnetic snap or buckle closure, as well as an adjustable shoulder strap for comfortable carrying.

 

 

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For some feminine flair, your leading gal will love the look of these briefcases! The five-star rated Audrey Brera offers a super chic and clean design that's made of supple leather and detailed contrast stitching. An exterior zip-around pocket adds additional storage to its already roomy main pocket.

Not to be outdone is The Dry, a heavy duty, highly durable design that retains a contemporary edge. This bag features seven spacious storage zones, including a “mini office” organizer with card slots, phone pocket, pen loops and slip pockets, to keep organized.

 

 

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Despite tech accessories typically referred to as phone cases or laptop carryalls, wallets and clutches also fall within this category. Keep your credit and debit cards protected with the stylish, compact design of the Party Plaid and Audrey Lana. When a night out on the town beckons, these polished pieces will make your most fashionable wardrobe shine. 

 

 

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Santa, Baby. Put a Present Under the Tree...

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It’s that time of year again where we’re running here and there and everywhere, making magical memories for everyone around us, without a thought to our own. With the calendar about to turn, we long to hold onto fleeting moments spent with close friends and family.

Well, I’d like to take a moment to remind you that you’ve been a very good this year, so don’t forget to ask Santa for something extra special! If you’ve forgotten his address, maybe sharing your list with your partner will amount to something under the tree for the phenomenal, amazing, curvaceous and vivacious woman that you are. 

This week, I’ve brought a few looks together to celebrate those curves and to help you create a holiday shopping list with ease. 

 

 

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WRAPPED IN LUXURY Cashmere screams elegance. This elegant twist on the classic cardigan gives a soft and cozy way to wrap up all season long. Versatility and creativity come together in these timeless pieces.

 

 

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DESIGNER DREAMS A fabulous cape or an elegant take on moto-chic, either way you’re looking fabulous in one of the hottest trends of the season.

 

 

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LUXE DELUXE Nothing makes a woman say WOW like an amazing dress that hugs her curves and makes her feel like a goddess. Jewel tones hint at more romance to come and remind her that she is the brightest gem in your life.

 

 

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SIMPLY PERFECT SPLURGES When in doubt, a beautiful bag or classic shoe that will stand the test of time are always amazing gifts to give or receive. Some people say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I have yet to find one that holds all the stuff I need through the day or doesn’t make my feet hurt.

 

If you’re celebrating the season with any of the looks shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style!

 

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