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New Brand Spotlight: Tori Praver Swimwear

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Growing up surfing and swimming in the sunny beaches of Maui, Tori Praver certainly knows swimwear better than your average swimsuit model. She took her childhood in Hawaii and her lifelong love affair with the ocean as the fuel to start her eponymous women’s swimwear collection that merges laidback island style with high fashion. 

Tori Praver Swimwear is designed with the stylish wanderer in mind—the woman who is always traveling, living life to the fullest whether she’s on or off the shore. Tori’s gorgeous collection of bikinis, one-piece swimsuits and cover-ups are all influenced by her many exotic travels as well as the beautiful island of Maui that she calls home.

Versatility and a flattering fit is the heart of the Tori Praver swim collection, taking her love of the active beach lifestyle as well as a sophisticated eye for detail to create the perfect balance of comfort and chic swim style.

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Menswear Monday: Spring Accessories Guide

The old saying declares that it’s the clothes that make the man. While that may ring true, a man’s clothing is certainly not the same without the right finishing touches. We’re talkin’ accessories, those wardrobe additions that round out any look with a final seal of confidence. From timeless sunglasses to the utilitarian man bag, this spring is a great time to give the ol’ accessory lineup a good shakeup!

Below we break down a few of spring and summer’s most talked-about men’s accessories to complement all those laidback warm-weather looks.

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BAGS

The Square Backpack: 

This great mix of utilitarian-cool and urban simplicity is perfect for toting all your everyday essentials around without looking sloppy or elementary.

1. Herschel Supply Co. City Backpack

2. Fjällräven Kånken No. 2

3. Diesel “Urban Core” Urban Backpack

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The Flap Briefcase/Laptop Bag:

Make your work stylishly mobile with the help of a handsome and refined briefcase that stands up to the daily grind.

4. Filson Padded Laptop Bag

5. Kenneth Cole Reaction Colombian Leather Portfolio Case

6. Manhattan Portage Trotter Messenger Bag

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The Duffel Bag:

The modern-day duffel goes way beyond the gym and into the daily commute and weekend getaways!

7. Herschel Supply Co. Ravine

8. Fred Perry Classic Barrel Bag

9. Lacoste Classic Roll Bag

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The Waist Bag:

Before you ban the “fanny pack” from your style repertoire, consider all the hands-free convenience and cool new styles that are making their way into the fashion scene. These are not your dad’s fanny packs!

1. Chrome Niko Sling

2. Dakine Aux Hip Pack

3. Billabong Java

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The Casual Summer Belt:

Perfect for cinching in this season’s casual chinos, shorts and jeans.

4. Original Penguin Reversible Web/Leather Belt

5. Torino Leather Co. Italian Woven Cotton Belt

6.  Quiksilver Loot Belt

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The Straw Fedora:

Instantly take your everyday t-shirt-and-shorts attire to a new level this season simply by throwing on a smart and stylish fedora. Added bonus: You don’t need to do anything to your hair in the morning!

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8. Lacoste Straw Fedora

9. Brixton Baxter

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 EYEWEAR

The Aviator Shades:

Maverick was certainly on to something when he immortalized these sunglasses for generations to come! This timeless style is quintessential for warm weather—we suggest at least one pair to ride with you to summer and beyond.

1. Maui Jim Cliff House

2. Ray-Ban Aviator Polarized Flash Lenses

3. Oliver Peoples West Piedra

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The Rounded Shades:

There’s something artsy-cool about a pair of round sunglasses that just sets your look apart. This shape works best on oval face shapes.

4. Smith Optics Marvine

5. Ray-Ban Folding Round Sunglasses

6. Persol Tortoiseshell Round Sunglasses

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New Brand Spotlight: ELEVENPARIS

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Shaking up the world of ready-to-wear apparel, ELEVENPARIS was created by two visionary Parisians to heighten the creativity of the fashion landscape. Known for its contemporary design with a sporty spin, ELEVENPARIS graphic t-shirts, sweaters and outerwear are all about amplifying influences from all over—music, pop culture and urban style with an effortlessly cool, nonchalant air.

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The Style Edit: Maxi Dresses 3 Ways

Move over, winter! We’ve all been anticipating the arrival of spring for many reasons besides the obvious—one of the big ones being the return of airy maxi dresses into our wardrobes. From day to night, the versatile maxi dress is one of those spring closet essentials that we love to throw on for instant style without a ton of fuss.

Below are three great ways to wear the beloved maxi dress for different occasions this season:

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Pair a lightweight maxi dress with gladiator sandals for an easy, breezy spring look. Top it off with some color in the form of a floral scarf and grab a straw hat before you head out the door!

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The maxi dress is the perfect vacation go-to piece to pack! Wear it over your bathing suit to grab a quick lunch and style it up with a denim jacket and an oversized sun hat for an effortless outfit straight from the beach.

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For a unique take on a night-out look, a maxi dress with sheer panels should do the trick. Throw on a tailored blazer over the shoulders to instantly elevate the entire look.

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New Brand Spotlight: Mountain Khakis

For the adventurous soul, there is simply no substitute for the freedom, the authenticity and the unbridled spirit that the great outdoors offers. This pursuit of rugged adventure is a way of life that’s embraced by those who yearn for much more beyond the daily hustle and bustle.

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Mountain Khakis is a brand that started as organically as a spur-of-the-moment roadtrip. What started as a casual conversation amongst nature enthusiasts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has since evolved into one of the most admired lifestyle apparel brands dedicated to the mountain and outdoor life.

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Going on a warm hike during that spring getaway or maybe catching an early-season baseball game with the boys? Mountain Khakis’ focus on performance and quick-dry, moisture-wicking fabrics makes it an easy choice! Take the Mountain Khakis Camber 105 shorts for example-- these versatile men’s shorts can take you from trail to tailgate to tavern with its triple-stitched seams, quick-stash cell phone pocket, diamond-shaped action gusset and a super comfy stretch. If you’re into versatility and durability, these shorts do not disappoint!

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Mountain Khakis also makes versatile, adventure-ready clothing for you nature-loving ladies out there! Whether it’s a pair of women’s twill hiking shorts or a flattering shirt dress that looks just as good at dinner as it does on that spring vacation, Mountain Khakis puts the focus on a wearable balance between contemporary style and dependable, rugged quality.

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Boardshorts: A Brief History

This is Brah History 101 and if you don’t study up, you’re gonna be left behind kickin’ sand while all the hot doggers carve epic tubes on the reef break! First lesson: did you know that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution originally stated “You have the right to bare-chestedness.”?  It’s true! Most of the original patriots were avid surfsmen and dreamed of a nation where all men were endowed with the unalienable right to “hang ten”. 

Unfortunately, one of the founding fathers that nobody remembers thought it indecent of a man to be in public without cover of a waistcoat and pitched a fit until it was changed to “…the right to bare arms.”. Since just about everybody back then was illiterate, this was misspelled as “bear arms” and its interpretation has been the source of confusion ever since. Bummer.

 From then until the early 20th century, men’s swimwear was pretty lame. Uncomfortable, full-body woolen garments had to be worn to protect innocent eyes from glancing at the burly barrel chests of that time period’s strongmen.  Yes, full-body wool swimwear. Have you ever swum in wool? Of course you haven’t.  You also probably don’t have wooden teeth or attach leeches to your temples to cure headaches. Progress! 

Something had to give, and finally in the 1930s, men of the United States were allowed to let their pectorals breathe. Parades of shirtless bros danced the Lindy Hop down their city’s shorelines and the swim trunk was born!

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1. Rip Curl All Time Boardshorts

2. VISSLA Moku Boardshorts

3. O'Neill Flexin Boardshorts

4. O'Neill Lennox Boardshorts

5. O'Neill Murca Boardshorts

6. Hurley Raglan Destroy Boardshorts

7. Billabong Dominance Boardshorts

8. Quiksilver Manic Camo Boardshorts

9. RVCA Register Trunk

The trunk proceeded to go on an epic run of success that left it unimpeded atop the US men’s swimwear throne for decades. Sure, there were some changes to the inseam length and fabrication content throughout the years as style/technology dictated, but for the most part it wasn’t until the 1990s that a worthy challenger appeared; the boardshort.  Fueled by angsty alt rock and puka shell necklaces, ‘90s youth shifted away their grandpappy’s swim trunks and gravitated toward something with a little more ‘tude. Boardshorts quickly captured the hearts, minds, and lower bodies of dudes everywhere; but why?

Simply put, boardshorts perform better and are stylistically more modern than trunks. Trunks are normally fabricated from non-performance materials such as cotton, while boardshorts are almost always either quick-drying polyester or nylon. This means that after hopping out of the pool, you don’t get mistaken for a soggy bottom boy--and that’s a good thing!

Boardshorts also typically have significantly more stretch and flexibility than trunks so that you can move freely both in and out of the water. You’ll really only find elastane or spandex in the waistband of swim trunks, whereas boardshorts have fitted waists with surf tie front closures to keep them in place. Boardshorts typically have longer inseams (although shorter inseams are becoming more common these days), UV protection, zippered or hook-and-loop pockets, and bolder prints that speak to those looking for something more eye-catching. They also ditch the mesh linings that swim trunks have so take that under consideration if you’re uncomfortable going commando!

Are boardshorts for you? Well, if you’re under 40 years old or are buying for someone under 40, probably. They’re just so dang rad. They’ve been the go to for casual men’s swimwear for nearly 20 years now for a reason. Try some out and see how you like them! Zappos.com carries boardshorts by popular surf lifestyle brands including O’Neill®, Hurley®, Rip Curl™, Billabong®, and Quiksilver®, so get searching and find some boardshorts you dig. Shibby!

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New Brand Spotlight: Bobux Kids

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Bobux Kids was started in New Zealand by husband-and-wife team Chris and Coleen when they designed the first Bobux shoe for their daughter Chloe. Central to the brand’s inception is the belief in supporting the natural foot development in children. All Bobux kids’ shoes are built on lasts that replicate children’s ever-changing feet.

Providing great fit, cute style and comfort is the goal of Bobux kids’ shoes. Each style is specifically designed to not only look great, but also allow little feet the freedom to grow and develop as nature intended.

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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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