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Menswear Monday: Fall Footwear Preview

Hello gents! As summer slowly winds down and fall starts to make its approach, I thought I’d help you get ahead of the style game by highlighting three must haves in men’s fall footwear. These timeless shoe staples are ones that you can keep on rotation in your wardrobe starting now and transition effortlessly into your fall wardrobe as the weather cools down.

Without further ado, here are three men’s footwear staples to get you ready for fall: 

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Workwear Boots:

The durable workboot has been a strong part of men’s wardrobes for a long time. The silhouette has been updated a bit over the years, and this season, we’re seeing a focus on a deep toe and tongue-to-toe lacing. Opt for neutral tones in brown for the most versatile look. You can dress them up with a smart pair of trousers or keep them casual with jeans.

1. Danner Bull Run Christy ST

2. Chippewa American Handcrafted GQ Rodeo Boot

3. Carhartt 6” Moc Toe Wedge Safety Toe Boot

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Ankle Boots:

The next essential fall shoe I want to bring to your attention is the reliable ankle boot. Yes, it’s been around forever, but the styling of the ankle boot seems to keep evolving. You’ll find many celebrities wearing this with everything from distressed jeans to dressed-up trousers. To dress down the look for the weekend, I suggest pairing them with low-key denim and a light knit sweater or long-sleeved shirt.

1. Bruno Magli Raspino

2. Dune London Crib

3. Florsheim Rockit Chukka Boots

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Chelsea Boots:

Last but certainly not least is the flat Chelsea boot. This is a great addition to any wardrobe for that traditional look that never goes out of style. This season, invest in a rich leather Chelsea with a low stacked heel or maybe something a little more casual with exposed stitching. Either way, this classic shoe pairs very well with just about anything, from your favorite jeans and a tee to chinos and a button-up shirt for the office.

1. Cole Haan Copley Chelsea Boot

2. Ted Baker Camroon

3. Steve Madden Heynow

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New Brand Spotlight: toesox

Toesox, toeless socks, yoga socks, workout socks, sports socks, dance socks, compression socks, yoga accessories, yogaThe toesox® story began in 2004. Founders Joe and Christina Patterson noticed feet slipping during yoga class, people with cold toes, and soles in need of protection from germs. To address these problems, the Pattersons created a five-toe sock to aid students during yoga, Pilates, barre, and dance fitness classes.

This husband and wife team really thought of everything. Each sock has a non-slip, rubber-dotted sole to help prevent feet from slipping on yoga mats and floors. Their “grip socks” feature an arch support band and fitted heel that keep the sock in place on the foot too. Your toes will stay warm during workouts, but they even have a “half-toe” style (basically toeless socks) just in case you need sole protection but like to your toes out. All toesox styles feature a design that allows toes to spread freely, promoting healthy feet, enhanced blood circulation, and a hygienic alternative to being barefooted.

Toesox are used for many other fitness-related activities to prevent blisters and allow your toes to spread out for balance. Also, depending on the activity, their “sport socks” collection utilizes a range of weights, from ultra light to a heavier compression sock. So whether you are doing martial arts, cycling, running, stretching or spinning, toesox has a sock for every activity.

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9 Blue Picks to Brighten Your Day!

Some days, it is great to have “the blues”.  There is nothing like channeling your inner goddess in a beautiful sapphire blue dress, or feeling soft and romantic in a dusty periwinkle.  The beauty of blue is that it can be fierce and powerful, soft and gentle, feminine and strong; the deciding factor is the shade of blue and of course, your attitude. Blue is a color used to represent strength, loyalty, trust, intelligence and authority. Until Queen Victoria was given a diamond when she was betrothed, stones in shades of blue were the premier choice suitors used to make clear their intention. 

These days, all the shades of blue are a fabulous alternative to fitting into any situation- and not just relying on black to fit in. Blue can be a casual or formal color and is appropriate for both professional and formal events. Personally, I’m a fan of blue because I love that it can be so many things -- just like me. It all just depends on how it’s worn.  I also love the way blue stands out in a sea of black, soothing and calming you and those around you while saying, “Hey, I’m here to rock, not be the same as everyone else.” This week, I’ve brought you some examples of how versatile blue can be. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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1. Vince Camuto Plus Size Moroccan Mirage Sleeveless Top

2. Pendleton Plus Size Vista Tunic

3. Roper Plus Size Blue Chip Check Shirt

4. Vince Camuto Plus Size Moroccan Mirage Ruched Midi Skirt

5. NYDJ Plus Size Briella Shorts

6. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

7. Kiyonna Peek-A-Boo Dress

8. Rachel Pally Plus Size Quintana Dress

9. Culture Phit Plus Size Nalah Dress

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Fresh Picks: Cover-Ups You Won't Want to Take Off

They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but when it comes to swimwear cover-ups, we say what’s on the outside is just as important! When you’re on your way to or coming from a blissful day of sunning and poolside lounging, a gorgeous cover-up dress, poncho, tunic or romper is the easiest way to incorporate style to your swim look.

There are tons of lovely cover-up options to choose from; there’s the playful romper with a sporty vibe, there’s the boho-inspired embroidered sheer tunic, or even a full-length maxi dress if you want a little more coverage for seaside dinner dates. To create the most polished swim pairing, make sure your bikini or one-piece suit doesn’t clash with your cover-up. Pick a cover-up in coordinating tones, or if you’re going for a bold print, opt for a subtler solid bathing suit underneath. You can also play around with mixing prints; just make sure they compliment each other rather than competing two bold prints at the same time.

Below are a few of our favorite cover-ups to love this summer!

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1. Eberjey Sandbar Paloma Cover-Up

2. Maaji Wooly Woundwort Cover-Up

3. La Blanca Catalonia Tunic Cover-Up

4. Splendid Sporty Blues Romper Cover-Up

5. Echo Design Ombre Kangaroo Poncho Cover-Up

6. Ella Moss Cabana Tunic Cover-Up

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Menswear Monday: Classic Shirts with a Modern Twist

Let’s start this Menswear Monday off with one of my favorite mottos: “change is good.” Here at Zappos, one of our Core Values is “Embrace and Drive Change;” so why not take this philosophy and make it apply to your wardrobe? Don’t get me wrong, I think basics serve as the foundation to any well-dressed gentleman’s wardrobe. However, why not “flip the script,” so to speak, on some classic fashion staples? Listed below are some examples of how contemporary designs have influenced classic menswear staples.

Fashion is all about experimentation, so do be afraid to incorporate a new color, pattern, or print into your wardrobe. Many of today’s top fashion brands have implemented contemporary twists into their collections through the use of mixed-media fabrications, unique dye processes, and bold prints. A classic polo shirt with a striking dip-dye effect can easily add a contemporary twist to your look without being too bold. If you find yourself a little on the conservative side when it comes to your style, feel free to try out a long sleeve raglan Henley with contrast colored sleeves to add some visual interest to your look.

These contemporary design twists can easily elevate your look from casual to dressy. Pair slim-fitting dark jeans or chinos with a garment-washed denim shirt for a date night look. When happy hour is calling your name, a color-blocked polo paired with flat front shorts and boat shoes is a look that certainly summer ready.

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THE POLO SHIRT

1. French Connection Wembly Dip Dye Polo

2. 7 Diamonds Collider Polo

3. Alternative Apparel Stripe Polo

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THE BUTTON-UP

1. Calvin Klein Jeans Direct Dye Trucker

2. Original Penguin Checkered Chambray Woven Heritage Shirt

3. DKNY Jeans Long Sleeve Jacquard Camo Shirt

THE HENLEY

1. Lucky Brand Stripe Indigo Henley

2. Calvin Klein Jeans Henley Mix Media Garment Dye

3. Alternative Home Run Tee

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The Raglan Tee

1. 7 Diamonds Norva Shirt

2. Alternative 3/4 Raglan Henley

3. Alternative Printed 3/4 Raglan Henley

Remember to have fun when incorporating these twists into your wardrobe! Change is ultimately a process that cannot be rushed. Take it slow, and as you become more comfortable with incorporating these trendy pieces into your closet. You will soon see your style evolve to classic with a contemporary twist!

Happy Shopping!

--Clinton

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Fresh Picks: Loungewear to Live In

Don’t get us wrong, we believe in working hard and playing hard, but we think downtime is equally as important. We all need to carve out that sacred time and space out of our crazy-busy schedules to give us a chance to tune in and recharge.

While it can be tempting to seize the opportunity to lazily slip into our ragged old college t-shirts and sweatpants during off-duty lounging, why not raise the bar on your downtime style? Opt for stylishly comfy (and great-fitting) pieces that feel every bit as lounge-worthy as that beat-up old concert tee from 1999 that you just can’t bear to part with! 

Instead of your usual giant t-shirts and sloppy sweatshirts, go for a super soft basic t-shirt and a pair of loose-fitting jogger sweatpants with a drawstring waist. Remember, simplicity is key to a great loungewear wardrobe—the goal is to be able to mix and match your essentials without putting much thought or effort into it. It IS your day off after all!

We’re not saying you should part with your beloved old t-shirt that brings back joyful memories of summer’s past, but keep your collection of nostalgic clothing pretty selective and leave more room for comfy yet stylish basics that allow you to leave the house for a snack run without looking like you just rolled out of bed!

To inspire a shift into more stylish lazy-day dressing, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite comfy pieces below:

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1. LAmade Boyfriend Tank

2. Alternative Apparel Ideal Tee

3. ONLY Shant Oversized Long-Sleeve Top

4. Splendid Slub Active Hoodie

5. Chaser Relax Tee

6. Alternative Powder Puff Tee

7. Jack by BB Dakota Sully Chambray Jogger

8. Chaser Animal Print Panel Pants

9. LAmade Basic Crop Leggings

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10 Summer Lovin' Looks for Hot Summer Nights

When I was a little girl, one of my earliest memories was watching Grease over and over with my older sister and dreaming of the day I would be old enough to have a summer love like Sandy, walking down the beach in a great sundress and holding hands with a sweet boy who had just turned eighteen and had a motorcycle…

Summer days and nights have their own special magic when it comes to making us feel beautiful and powerful.  Sun-kissed skin, the relaxation that comes from a day spent outside in the fresh air, and the way we can’t help but smile because the sunshine increases our Vitamin D and serotonin levels, improving our sleep and reducing stress in general (but don’t forget that sunscreen!) All of these things make summer most people’s favorite season. 

This week, I hope you enjoy these fiercely feminine yet comfortable pieces to bring out your inner romantic, even on a fancier night! I am in LOVE with this Adrianna Papell Cape Dress, by the way! Enjoy these softer, lighter pieces to make those summer nights just a little bit hotter.  The bright colors remind us of days on the ocean and beautiful sunsets, and time lounging by the pool can never be considered a waste!

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1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Sorento Tie-Dye Dress

2. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Wrap Dress

3. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Structured Cape Sheath Dress

4. Rachel Pally Plus Size Kathy Dress White Label

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Fringe Cover-Up

6. NIC+ZOE Plus Size Perfect Scoop Tank

7. Vince Camuto Plus Size Morrocan Mirage Blouse

8. Kiyonna Smitten Lace Top

9. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size Tilt & Twirl Skirt

10. Rachel Pally Plus Size Wide Leg Trouser


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Make Every Flip-Flop More Comfortable!

Even our beloved summer flip-flops aren’t immune to foot pain when you’re wearing them from sun up to sun down! That’s why when our go-to shoe insert brand Foot Petals came up with the Technogel Tip Toes for Flip-Flops, we nearly flipped for joy!

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Even though flip-flop sandals start out super comfy, all-day wear can still cause plenty of stress on pressure points, particularly the ball of your feet. These patented revolutionary gel inserts by Foot Petals provides 3-dimensional shock absorption to provide all-day comfort. They’re virtually invisible and contour to the natural shape of your foot without losing support. Just when you thought flip-flops couldn’t get any better!

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1. VOLATILE Kala

2. Mel by Melissa Mel Flower II

3. Steve Madden Bradie

4. Jack Rogers Skye

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