Zapponian Spotlight: Clinton Serves Up Summer Fun!

Summer is here, and as the days get longer, the outdoors takes center stage. Explosions of festive fun shower the warm summer air. Barbeques, clam digs, pool parties, and beachfront bonfires litter your social calendar, but keeping your look fresh in the heat is no easy task. Luckily, our resident Menswear blogger, Clinton Kuska is here to teach us how to keep summer style sizzling.

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Independence Day just happens to be Clinton’s favorite summer holiday. Everything from the fireworks, to hanging out with good friends, to the iconic red solo cups just screams summer fun. We sat down to chat about what to wear for the Fourth of July.

July 4th is coming up, what are you going to wear?

 “Something festive, for sure, but not too cheesy,” Clinton says as he lowers his gaze, raising one eyebrow. “Hold the cheese please!” We laugh as he clarifies, “One fun piece is enough. You should start with a festive piece and build subtly around that.”

How do you choose a fun look without going overboard with themed attire?

“I recommend starting with a standout item that will double as a conversation starter. It can be any part of your ensemble. Hats work well, or accessories if you’d rather shy away from too many prints. A loud pair of pants or shorts can be fun, and sends a relaxed vibe. A more demure option is pulling different hues from the holiday, and creating a DIY color-blocked ensemble. For the Fourth of July, you could work a chic palette of red, white, and blue – ready to wear straight from your own closet.”

How would you balance a lively, holiday piece for a party outfit?

“You should have fun with fashion! Don’t worry too much, especially if you’re attending a casual event. Holidays are supposed to be fun - don’t take yourself that seriously. Obviously you can’t go too crazy either, but parties are filled with opportunities for risk taking.”

Clinton shows me his personal Independence Day ensemble; a Roper™ Stars and Stripes Patriotic shirt, khaki shorts, boat-shoe style loafers, and a pair of sleek, Ray-Ban® Wayfarer shades.

“The fourth of July is my favorite summer holiday, and this year I’m going all-out in a patterned stars and stripes shirt. I added neutral bottoms, versatile shoes, and timeless eyewear. These pieces are minimalistic on their own, but create a nice harmony when paired with a striking shirt.”

If you could attend anyone’s Fourth of July shindig, whose party would you crash?

“Taylor Swift!” Clinton confidently replies. “She has a reputation for going all-out for her fans. I’d bet that she’s an amazing hostess. Any party of hers would most definitely be on point.”

After excitedly discussing about what a pool party with Taylor Swift would even be like, I found it much easier to visualize my own July Fourth look. If you’re still wondering what to wear this weekend, check out Clinton’s personal picks for a flawless Fourth of July.

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HATS

1. Billabong Native Hat

2. Quiksilver Boardies Hat

3. John Varvatos Star U.S.A. Straw Fedora

SWIM TRUNKS

1. Billabong Slice X Boardshort

2. O'Neill Quarters Boardshort

SHIRTS

1. French Connection Grunge Flag Tee

2. Lucky Brand Peace Flag Graphic Tee

3. Roper Pieced Stars and Stripes Patriotic Shirt

TANKS

1. Rip Curl Americano Custom Tank Top

2. Converse Sub American Print Tank Tee

ACCESSORIES

1. Original Penguin Ocho Stripe Tie

2. M&F Western Eagle Flag Oval Buckle

New Brand Spotlight: Saint & Libertine New York

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Pairing together a tasteful blend of design and aesthetic with high-quality hardware and leathers, Saint & Libertine New York introduces footwear enthusiasts to next-level luxury.

Founded in 2012 by husband-and-wife lifestyle specialists, the brand implements New York's utilitarian and masculine edge with feminine sensibilities that evoke European design. These opposing themes result in directional footwear that is modern and organic, yet current and timeless.

From strappy sandals to chic heels and flats, Saint & Libertine New York is the perfect excuse to splurge on something wonderful.

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Boom! Hot Looks for Your 4th of July

Hot dogs, ice-cold watermelon, lounging by the lake or the pool, fireworks and celebrating our independence to be who we are, how we are, and wear what makes us feel great -- these are just a few of the best things about the 4th of July.  There have been some mighty big changes in the past week, and some amazing reasons to celebrate the freedoms we have as Americans.  There is something about sporting red, white and blue to celebrate our country that just cannot be beat.

When we wear the colors of our flag, we celebrate the principles upon which our great nation was founded; white signifies purity and innocence- the hope of a new nation that holds fast to the belief that all are equal, and that each person is given the opportunity to work towards becoming the best they can be, with no limits on achievement or potential. Red is for our hardiness & valor, as we remember the hard work that it takes to achieve our goals, and remember the blood spilled by the men and women who fought to create and preserve our great nation and its freedoms. Finally, blue signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice, reminding us all to keep asking those hard questions of ourselves and our elected officials, to stand fast through difficult times, and that every American has the opportunity and right to fair treatment under the law.

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1. Roper Plus Size Americana Pieced Color Block Top

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Threadwork Tunic

3. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size Pier 59 Tunic

4. Soybu Plus Size Taryn Tank

5. Pendleton Plus Size Rib Tee

6. Jag Jeans Plus Size Hope Crop Narrow Fit Pant

7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Jersey Maxi

8. Levi's Plus Size Classic Capri

9. NYDJ Plus Size Bi Stretch Bermuda Short

10. Sanuk Yoga Sling Partriot

11. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Striped Sailor Knot Hat

12. Steve Madden Ombre Stars Day Wrap

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We refer to ourselves as curvy women, a women of size,  big beautiful women, full figured, plus sized, queen, thick, or simply as girls “who ain’t no size 2” (gotta give that love Meghan Trainor!). Whichever way you choose to identify yourself, remember to celebrate your fashion independence, wherein no person can dictate that which you wear and feel beautiful based upon your size -- except you!

Have a fabulous, fun, and fierce 4th of July!
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The Style Edit: The Little White Dress, 2 Ways

If you’re like me, you’re busy, an organization maven, and you need to set things up so they just work. There’s nothing more valuable to me than a cross-functional, quality white dress that can be worn two ways to suit any occasion. From lunch with the girls to a sexy dinner downtown, simply changing accessories makes this look go from day to night with ease.  

With a staple white dress, the devil is in the details. Dress it down for daytime with a denim jacket and flats. Add a carefree and youthful pop of color with a bright tote that’s perfect for storing supplies for the nighttime transition. Switch out the brown leather belt for gold, strappy heels and a simple handbag. Because of the eyelets, this particular piece can be flirty, but comfortable, on its own without much fuss. You be the star. Not the dress. It’s just there to help things along. 

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Menswear Monday: A Summer Sneaker Guide

When it comes to off-duty, hanging-out-on-the-weekends style, there’s nothing that quite achieves the status of the beloved sneaker. This summer, sneakers are seriously having a major moment in the spotlight with a renewed focus on both timeless classics and funky printed designs.

Below are three summer sneaker trends that you should totally be on board with if you aren’t already!

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PRINTED SNEAKERS:

Perfect for the guy who loves to stand out in a crowd, a printed slip-on sneaker or traditional lace-up sneaker adds an instant pop of character.

1. Creative Recreation Cesario Lo XVI in White/Marble

2. Vans Chima Pro in Aloha

3. Vans Classic Slip-On in Golden Coast

CANVAS SNEAKERS:

There’s just something about a classic pair of canvas sneakers that ties any casual summer outfit together. Try them in neutral shades like taupe, grey or navy!

1. Sperry Top-Sider Striper CVO Salt-Washed Twill

2. Polo Ralph Lauren Harvey

3. Converse Jack Purcell® Jack Ox

CLEAN WHITE:
The obsession over a warm-weather white palette is definitely alive and well in the world of sneakers! Pair your white sneakers with simple chino shorts for a look that’s so fresh and so clean.

1. Native Shoes Jefferson in Shell White Solid

2. adidas Skateboarding Adi-Ease in White/Grey

3. Vans Era™ in True White

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Fresh Picks: Denim Shorts

They’ve been cooped up long enough, confined to the darkness, pale and longing to feel the sunshine… We’re talking about our legs, of course! With all the hibernating our legs go through before the return of summer, it can feel rather intimidating to let them see the light of day once again. Don’t fear! A pair of flattering denim shorts will help you prep your lovely gams for their summer debut.

The latest crop of denim shorts run the gamut from high-waisted to cutoffs to printed shorts, so there’s definitely a pair (or a few!) that will help you make the most of summer’s warmest days. Beat the heat at those summer festivals with a pair of daring cutoff shorts or keep your look on the mellow side by slipping into a pair of boyfriend jeans or Bermuda shorts.

Below is a small sampling of our recent favorites of the denim short variety!

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1. Joe's Jeans Cut Off Shorts in Jaya

2. Joe's Jeans Collector's Edition Rolled Shorts

3. Lucky Brand Cut Off Shorts

4. Free People Runaway Cutoff Denim Shorts

5. AG Adriano Goldschmied The Hailey Shorts

6. Levi's Women's Hemmed Bermuda

No matter what type of denim shorts you choose to liberate your legs with, it’s all about achieving the laidback, carefree spirit of summertime, so have fun with it!

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Make it a Red-Hot Summer!

Well, the solstice has come and gone, and we are now officially in summer! Out here in Las Vegas, that’s not much of a surprise, what with the record-breaking temperatures and winds that feel like a giant hair dryer has been turned on high. While at times we are tempted to complain about the temperatures, at the end of the day, we just all have to remind ourselves that you don’t ever have to shovel sunshine.

There is something about summer that makes us all feel a little stronger and pushes us to show that fierce side. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it has something to do with that little bit of a golden glow we develop -- even through the SPF 70, or maybe it just has something to do with the longer days and feeling like we seem to be able to get more done.   

Whatever the reason, summertime is one of those times of the year where we dress a little more powerfully, and there's no color quite as powerful and fiery as red. While winter calls for layers and bundles, summer encourages us to show off our playful side, our strong side, and a little bit of skin. Nothing says, “Strong woman” more than shades of red, mixed and matched in perfect harmony and accented by great red or neutral heels. Styles like these will have you looking fabulous and ready for anything, wherever your adventures may take you this summer.

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1. Calvin Klein Plus Size Stripe Keyhole Maxi Dress

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Belted Shirt Dress in Grenadine

3. Kiyonna Caycee Twist Top

4. Pendleton Plus Size Rib Tee

5. Hanky Panky Plus Size Signature Lace Cami in Red

6. Roper Cotton Poly Slub Jersey Muscle Tee

7. Kiyonna Kelly Swimsuit in Ruby

I hope that you enjoy these red-hot pieces this week. If you’re feeling fabulous in something featured here on #WellRoundedWednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

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Fresh Picks: Patriotic Style

In just a few days, we will be celebrating Independence Day in all its patriotic glory. Fireworks, stars, stripes and backyard BBQs will be on a lot of agendas for Fourth of July weekend, so we’re rounding up a few patriotic picks that are worthy of all the fun celebration!

Represent Team USA this July 4th weekend (and beyond!) with American flag-inspired clothing and accessories. Not into the whole Old Glory look? You can still show your patriotic spirit by wearing shades of red, white and blue. Whether it’s swimwear, sunglasses, dresses or tank tops, wearing your American pride this summer is easy with great patriotic styles like these!

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1. Alternative Modal Racer Midi Dress

2. Luli Fama Cosita Buena Mini Cover-Up Dress

3. Vans Authentic Stars & Stripes

4. Sanuk Selene Patriot

5. Converse Black Flag Muscle Tee

6. Lucky Brand Tropical Americana Tank Top

7. Ray-Ban Erika in Red Velvet

8. San Diego Hat Co. Silver Foil Star Ball Cap


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