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Top 10 Clothing Sustainability Tips (Part 1)

Hey guys! In this two-part series, the Zappos LEAF Team is here to tell you that you can reduce your impact on the planet by simply making a few changes regarding clothing use and clothing treatment practices. Below is the first half of our Top 10 Clothing Sustainability Tips featuring some of our favorite environmentally friendly brands.

 

1. Repair old clothing

  • A repaired tear just means your clothing has character! Sewing a patch to a pair of favorite jeans prolongs their life and prevents clothing that still functions despite small tears or holes from being wasted.
  • Want some help? Some brands have programs for customers to send back products to be mended or repaired. These repair programs can be found at Patagonia, Timbuk2, and Birkenstock.
  • Patagonia employs 45 full-time repair technicians at its service center in Reno, Nevada. It’s the largest repair facility in North America completing about 30,000 repairs per year! Also check out Patagonia’s road trip this summer with the Worn Wear truck fixing clothes across the country.

 

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2. Purchase clothing, bags, and shoes made of recycled material

  • Did you know that recycled water bottles can be used to make clothes? For example, Marmot creates fleece jackets made of recycled material and Hurley and Volcom use water bottles in their board shorts.
  • Look for clothes featuring an “Upcycle” label.

 

3. Purchase clothing made out of organic cotton instead of traditionally grown cotton

  • Traditional cotton consumes more chemical pesticides than any other crop. Furthermore, conventionally grown cotton uses 3% of the world's arable land, 10% of all agricultural chemicals, and 25% of all insecticides.
  • 100% organic cotton has a much smaller impact … plus it’s just as comfortable as conventionally grown cotton! Brands like Patagonia and Toad & Co. are making serious commitments to organic cotton.

 

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4. Wear your garment more than one day before you decide to wash it

  • As Zappos Sustainability Manager, this is my favorite tip. I love wearing my cleanest dirty shirt … Umm, it might be time to wash my shirt!
  • Wearing a lightly soiled garment a few times reduces energy and water consumption.

 

5. Purchase second-hand clothing

  • Second-hand clothing has more character — it experienced a whole life before it got to you!
  • Wearing second hand clothing reduces consumption of resources that go into creating new clothing.

 

Come back tomorrow to view the remaining five clothing sustainablity tips. In the meantime, check out more awesome news from LEAF at Zappos.com/LEED, Twitter: @ZapposLEAF and on Instagram: Zappos_LEAF

Fashion Tips for a Glamorous Homecoming

Shopping for a homecoming outfit is exciting! It’s an opportunity to pick out a gorgeous dress, pretty shoes and sparkling accessories that show off the fancier side of you. The struggle for many of us is finding attire that balances both our flirty and ladylike nature. So how can you show off your sassy, playful side while still being the classy gal that you truly are? It’s all in the details my dear, and we’ll show you what we mean.

The Dress

Coco Chanel believed that “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”. Your dress choice should follow this rule. If you’re going to wear a shorter dress, keep your shoulders or neck covered with pretty details like sheer sleeves or a high neckline.  This draws attention to your legs in a good way.

 

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Coco Chanel also believed that fashion should be comfortable. A baby doll dress is a great, comfortable way to accentuate your arms and legs while keeping your midsection hidden. Remember, a true lady always leaves something to the imagination!

 

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If you do plan on being extra playful by showing a little skin, the tasteful way to do it is by adding length. Choose a long dress when showing off your tummy or back. Not only will it look more elegant and ladylike, it will compliment your figure.

 

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Shoes

According to Marilyn Monroe, “give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.” Oh, what a true statement that is! Shoes are a great way to really let your personality shine, and there aren’t any rules when choosing your perfect pair. If they make you feel confident and beautiful, wear them! Just remember, you’ll have to walk and dance in them all night.

Accessories

Accessories are sort of the icing on the cake. They should draw attention without overpowering the rest of your outfit. If costume jewelry isn’t your thing, opt for a pretty purse or small clutch instead. It will store all of your essentials for the evening and add visual interest to your outfit.

 

Jewelry

If you do love jewelry, remember to keep things simple. To highlight a bare neckline, wear a necklace with lots of sparkle. If your dress is heavily detailed with sequence, beading or lace, pick single strand pieces of jewelry to simplify the look. You can also opt for a gorgeous headband, pretty hairpiece or shimmery earrings if you’re worried about things snagging your dress.

 

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Remember to enjoy the hunt for the perfect homecoming items and don’t fuss or fixate over every detail. Just enjoy the process and marvel over all the gorgeous choices you’ve made! And, on Homecoming night, don’t you dare leave the house without putting a smile on your face. It will complete your look and remind you that you are a classic, stunning woman. In the words of Audrey Hepburn, “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”

Football Fan Gear You Need To Own

Some call it Christmas in September, others call it the NFL season opener. From tonight’s kickoff thru February 7, calendars across America have Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays completely booked in anticipation for the week’s best matchups.

As teams battle it out on the gridiron, friends and families will engage in friendly banter from the confines of their own living rooms. It is here where touchdowns will be met with takeout and celebratory cheers with beers. 

Team gear and coordinated colors will also run rampant, from tees, pullovers and jerseys to pants, pajamas and aprons. Although cool and awesome in their own right, below are other options to further your fandom on game days and, well, all those other days.

 

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For the female fan base, instead of donning your face with streaky paint or wearing an oversize jersey, class it up and still rep your favorite team with a beautiful silver or gold-finish charm bangle. Featuring the leagues most premier teams, this eco-friendly bracelet is one you need to have.

Built on the foundation of positive energy, all Alex and Ani products are made to enlighten the mind and empower the spirit, further helping you through those game-ending missed kicks and pick sixes. Furthermore, each wristlet implements an adjustable sliding clasp that allows for a customized, non-dangling fit.

 

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Female or male aside, if traditional is more your speed, style up and show your alliance with a fitted or snapback hat with curved brim. Designed with a traditional raised team logo on the front panel, additional branded features can be found embroidered above the ears. 

New Era has a rich history, dating back more than 90 years, allowing consumers to blend American sports and fashion with team pride. And just like your team's all-pro quarterback, New Era strives to continuously improve upon their quality, performance and style.

 

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Fall in Love: 8 Looks for Autumn Weddings

While everyone thinks of blushing brides in the spring, there is something special about couples who choose autumn to start their lives together. The spring is a time of hope when everything is new, fresh, and just beginning; fall reminds us that after the hope of spring and the hard work of summer comes the bounty and celebration of the harvest. These couples remind us that love takes work to sustain, not just hope and dreams, and I do not think it’s a coincidence that many of the weddings I’ve gone to in the fall have been second weddings. 

When it comes to styling for a fall wedding, I love that one of the factors we don’t have to account for is “How hot is it going to be?” We can wear soft and graceful fabrics, or enjoy more formal looks with cool breezes and gentle evenings, comfortably transitioning from casual to formal events without that unpleasant warm and sticky feeling. Even better, fall weddings mean we’re never too hot to get up and dance the night away. Instead, we can focus on what weddings are really about — celebrating two people who have chosen to go all in and live life as a team, facing all of its challenges together, no matter what.

 

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Classic & Chic: Nothing says timeless like a bride in a chapel-length veil and pure white gown. When it comes to meeting almost any dress code, you can never go wrong with a black dress, accentuated with just the right shoes and accessories to dress it up or down as needed. These dresses add just a touch of feminine lace, calling on one of fall’s prettiest trends.

 

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Not Your Basic Black:Nothing says “Let’s celebrate!” like a fun print or traditional polka-dot with an unexpected twist. A fabulous dropped-waist, A-line dress always looks great on the dance floor, even while doing the chicken dance, and this graphic floral twist is a modern take on floral sheaths.

 

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Black Tie Preferred:Those three words we all dread seeing on a wedding invitation don’t mean you can’t be ready to relax and have fun. Rather than opt for a staid black, I love this bright maxi by Rachel Pally, reminiscent of a Grecian columnar gown that screams for a fabulous statement necklace and great shoes. If standing out completely in a sea of black isn’t your thing, the deep charcoal of this gown lightens things up a bit with hints of sparkle and shine that will look all-night fabulous.

 

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A Little Unexpected:Going to a nontraditional wedding? While I’ve been to a few Halloween Costume Ball weddings myself, there is something special about skirting (or pant-suiting) tradition. These combinations of draping and sheath silhouettes are unexpected. Add in the pops of color, or the fall take on pastels, and life is beautiful.

 

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Fall Guide: 10 Trendy, Cool-Weather Looks

The morning chill of late summer is a reminder that the onslaught of autumn is not far off. Any day now, the lush green leaves that line city streets and park trails will enter the most stunning phase of its existence, boasting brilliant colors of burnt oranges, yellows and reds. Amongst naturists, fall is the most exciting and attractive season of the four. Amongst clothing designers and fashionistas, those exact same sentiments also reign supreme.

As fall gradually becomes more prevalent in higher elevations and the far reaches of the country, summer’s end is inevitable. With that in mind, say goodbye to shorts and tanks and say hello to cute, transitional wardrobe staples that you’ll adore long into the season!

 

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Start your head-to-toe look off right with a 100% wool hat from Goorin Brothers. Warm and stylish, these ultra adorable, wide brim beauties will keep the sun out of your eyes and wind gusts from ruining your ’do. Add-on features include an accent leather hatband and interior sweatband to ensure uncompromised style and all-day wearable comfort. 

 

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Autumn wardrobes don’t have to be boring. Instead, emphasize your solid colored shirt with a pop-color layering piece in the Echo Design Feather Weight Ruana. This knit, flowy cover-up features raw edge fringe detailing that’ll have you out the door looking chic in no time.

 

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Who says fall and winter style can't be fun? With these tights from HUE you'll be able to add a touch of color to all your new ensembles! The Seamless, you guessed it, boasts a seam-free, flawless design, pairing perfectly with a pencil dress or tweed skirt. The densely knitted Absolute offers a smooth, flat seamed waistband for maximum all-day comfort and style that has no chance of going wrong. 

 

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Add pizazz to your footwear collection with bright and multicolor tones. The master brand of flats, Yosi Samra presents to you padded leather footbeds that’ll have you walking the streets in style. Its easy fold, slip-on construction and elastic collar and pull tab allows for a quick on and off design that’s a sure winner.

 

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What’s fall style without a fresh pair of shiny and supple boots? Appeal to the masses in the Vince Camuto Charisa with its genuine leather materials and decorative, wraparound straps. With an elevated heel, your fashion sense will take the ankle bootie to new heights. For a classic-modern look, step into the Seychelles Lucky Penny. Its side-zip closure and suede upper allows you to add class to the simplest of dark wash skinny jeans.

3 Must-Have Men's Fall Styles

Autumn is by far and away my favorite season to dress. Although summer shorts, tees and complementing shades can look extremely crisp and classy, it’s just not for me. Fall styling, on the other hand, is much more refined, sleek and smart, as there are no limitations to layering wardrobes. From knit sweaters, button-ups, vests and jackets to dark denim and colored chinos, you’re guaranteed to look handsomely rugged and seasonally on trend.

Fashionable clothing is undoubtedly key to a well-polished outfit; however, the sophisticated gent should never forget three basic accessories: boots, belts and bags. One by one let’s talk about what makes each of these pieces distinct, which will help you achieve a top-down, fashion-forward outfit that’ll have you walking the streets in confidence. 

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I’ve long been a sucker for a well-crafted, burnished boot to kick up the leaves and get me from point A to point B. Practical, durable and comfortable, ankle boots are a fall wardrobe staple that can be paired with any outfit, regardless of where the day takes you.

For example, if I’m in a more rough and rugged mood, the Dune London Simon suits my style well; however, if I’m trying to blend relaxed with dapper, the Stacy Adams Madison II is more my speed. Brands like Steve Madden and Robert Wayne also further my style with trendy, out-of-the-box designs for an uncompromised, all-day comfortable look. 

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Although belts may not be the most visible wardrobe add-on, that doesn’t make them any less important to own. Pro tip: plastic belts should never make its way into your wardrobe arsenal; instead, think leather all the way.

Bed Stu, a brand that balks at the idea of mass production, prides itself on detailed craftsmanship by utilizing traditional techniques. In fact, they use natural leathers and a vegetable-based tanning process when available. Click the image above and check out a few of their most popular belts to wear for fall, and year round.

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If you often find yourself on the go, don’t you dare leave your luxury loft without an urban-chic messenger bag by your side. Not only are these bags stylish, they’re more grown-up and just as functional as a backpack. With roomy storage and an exterior flap pocket, you’ll be able to pack your laptop and other necessities with ease.

Fully adaptable, you can wear these babies across your chest or detach the strap for a traditional carry. Made of varied canvas materials, these Bed Stu bags will surely be the exclamation mark to your fall style.

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Runner’s Hack: How To Properly Avoid Muscle Tension

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Time and again you’ve heard trainers and running mates poetically wax and wane that stretching before and after runs significantly reduces the risk of injury. This longstanding notion is not entirely true, and now that you’re committed to running farther, it’s even more important to get proper information for improved performance. With that, let’s go ahead and introduce two tried and true ways to ease the tensions in your tendons. 

 

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Stretching

Most runners think they should stretch just before running. You see them everywhere, legs on benches, leaning against buildings, getting ready to run. I don’t recommend this. Just before running, the muscles are tight and may pull or strain easily. You are particularly at risk early in the morning when you’re cold and blood flow is minimal. Pushing a cold muscle, tendon or joint often leads to injury.

Stretching right after running is also a risky proposition. The muscles don’t simply stop all activity when you stop running. They are still “revved up” and ready to respond for about 30 minutes; stretching may cause them to spasm. When they are working hard like this, a stretch often activates the stretch reflex, leaving you tighter than before.

When, then? The best time to stretch is after the body is warmed up, relaxed and when the blood is moving. Since many runners do stretch incorrectly, it’s best to wait and stretch after warming up. Don’t stretch to warm the muscles up; it won’t work. Stretch in the evening, for example, or throughout the day as you have time. Many of my friends use stretching as a nice way to prepare for sleep.

 

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Hydration

Let’s face it—it’s hot out there, and we’re still weeks away from approaching autumn’s relief. With that being said, let’s talk about proper H2O intake and its impact on your body. As you’re probably well aware, dehydration can cause severe medical conditions, muscle soreness and increase your recovery time after long runs. Instead of putting yourself in harm’s way, keep the water flowing before, during and after your runs by following these simple guidelines. 

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, it’s crucial to drink early and regularly during a long outing, consuming 20-40 ounces of fluid per hour. This is a lot less than many of our runners are drinking, however, it averages to be about 4-7 ounces per mile for most runners. At the end of long runs, and for hours afterward, even if you are very thirsty, don’t drink more than 8 ounces of water about every 20 minutes. It is better to drink an electrolyte beverage, like Accelerade, which will help slow down the absorption of water. This regimen is also helpful in avoiding hyponatremia, or water intoxification, and can be read more in-depth here.

Although the aforementioned tips aren’t necessarily myth busters, I do hope they provide a new perspective on ways to maximize your muscle tolerance so you can run healthier.

 

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Fabulous Fall: 3 Great Looks for the Fierce & Fabulous

Can you believe that it’s nearly fall? High school football has begun, and in a few short weeks we will be enjoying games while bundled up against the chill, cocoa in one hand and our cell phones in the other. The season of harvest festivals, apple picking, and yes, pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING is soon upon us. As I look out the windows here at work and see the shades of browns and greens beginning to change, I’m excited for cooler temperatures that open up the days to so many more possibilities.  

As leaves change colors and scatter to the ground, we’re given the chance to begin anew new. We don’t have to wait for the start of a new year to tackle that one adjustment we keep talking about. We can just simply take the first step and make it happen, from new jobs to new relationships and everything in between.

We can even take this new season to help us out of a personal rut, whether it be taking the same road every day to work or wearing dark, boring clothing every day. I admit that I have fallen into the trap of wearing dark colors because it is “slimming.” However, I’ve been making an effort to actually include color in my wardrobe. Thankfully there are some amazing pieces in this year’s fall collections! 

 

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One of my favorite trends this fall is a nod to the pumpkin-flavored-everything trend: gorgeous shades of oranges, warm browns reminiscent of cinnamon and nutmeg, and cool creams, all reminding us of the bounty of fall. Earthy tones, like this wonderful top by Vince Camuto, gently brings us down from the bright and poppy colors of summer.

 

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For those of us not quite ready to give in to the season of change, softer, muted tones of summer is reflected in these pieces by Rachel Pally and Steve Madden. Add in great accessories by Kendra Scott, unstructured bags of soft, supple leathers, and polished booties to add strut to your stride, and you’re ready for a fabulous fall.

 

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