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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: Lovely & Ladylike

Who says romance is dead? If this current fashion shift towards the unapologetically feminine is any indication, the “girly-girl” in us has nothing to worry about!

Whether it’s a graceful fit-and-flare dress or lovely pastel hues embellished with sweet little details, we’re all for rekindling the romantic femininity of decades past.

Check out a few of our girliest faves:

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1. Jack by BB Dakota “Zedora” Dress

2. Steven “Viienna” Sandals

3. ALDO “Guhtlarie” Crossbody Clutch

4. Free People “Cha Cha” Solid Dress

5. French Connection “Natalia Ottoman” Dress

6. Jack by BB Dakota “Cobie” Dress

7. Betsey Johnson Floral Watch

8. Jack by BB Dakota “Lorissa” Pant

9. ALDO “Longstreet” Clutch

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Fresh Picks: Warm Fuzzies

We’re all about feeling cozy for the holidays and what better way to maximize cuddliness than with a coat or sweater in a warm, fuzzy knit. This trend may not be new to the scene, but there are lots of fresh iterations of it--from fuzzy fur coats to vests to ‘90s-inspired fuzzy sweaters.

Below are a few of our warm, fuzzy faves:

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1. Sam Edelman Leopard Faux Fur Coat

2. Sam Edelman Fur Vest

3. MINKPINK “Nocturnal” Jumper

4. BB Dakota “Tierra” Jacket

5. Yumi Faux Fur Jacket

6. French Connection “Fast Feather” Knit Sweater

7. Free People Mid Thigh Overcoat

8. MINKPINK “Powder Room” Coat

9.   Sam Edelman “Serena” Coat


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Fresh Picks: Deep, Dark Florals

Winter may be fast approaching, but your wardrobe can still experience a full bloom thanks to floral prints updated with dark color palettes.  There’s something utterly alluring about these elegant versions of one of our beloved prints!

Think floral dresses are just for springtime? Think again! You are destined to be a total stunner in a romantic floral motif set against a dark backdrop. Want a change from your garden-variety little black dress? Throw on a chic velvet blazer with a vintage-inspired floral print over your dark-wash jeans instead.

So as you brace yourself for winter’s freeze, let your style bloom onwards with these completely captivating versions of timeless florals:

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1. Sam Edelman Printed Drop Waist Ruffle Dress

2. MINKPINK “Tahitian Twilight” Dress

3. French Connection “Gardini” Sheen Dress

4. BCBGeneration "Twilight" Floral Wrap

5. ALDO "Derham" Book Clutch

6. Circus by Sam Edelman “Cruz” in Floral Plaid

7. Chaser Velvet Blazer

8. Free People “Bed of Roses” Top

9.Jack by BB Dakota “Tomasina” Kimono


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Fresh Picks: Cozy Critters

One of the closet essentials we can easily see ourselves going overboard on this cold-weather season is the sweater. And with such cute details like the animal prints we’ve been seeing all over, this winter staple just got a lot cuddlier!

Below are a few of our furry favorites to add some whimsical fun to your wardrobe:

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1. MINKPINK Tiger Time Knit Jumper

2. Mara Hoffman Pullover

3. French Connection Bird Knit Sweater

4. Townsen Adelle Cropped Sweater

5. French Connection Dane Knit Sweater

6. French Connection Wiener Dog Knit Sweater

7.  Brigitte Bailey Bear Sweater

8. Jack by BB Dakota Rhea Penguin Sweater 

9. Woolrich Holiday Reindeer Wrap Sweater

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Fresh Picks: New Year's Eve Party

If there’s one time of year when it’s perfectly acceptable (some may say mandatory) to go all out, it’s definitely New Year’s Eve. There’s just something so special about ringing in a new year full of new, exciting possibilities that warrants pulling out all the stops for your party look--- and of course, LOTS of sparkles!

From sparkly cocktail dresses to show-stopping heels to flirty metallic skirts, New Year’s Eve is the one night of year where you can let your inner party girl really shine through!

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1. Free People Shattered Glass Sequin Midnight Dreamer Dress

2. Jane Tran Sparkly Tie Headband

3. French Connection Cosmic Sparkle Dress

4. MINKPINK Royal Treatment Coat

5. BCBGeneration Knit Sportswear Skirt

6. Free People Check Chiffon Solid Top

7. Gabriella Rocha Metallic High Waisted Skater Skirt

8. ALDO Crummet Clutch

9. GUESS Triangular Stone Statement Necklace

10.BCBGeneration Chorus Heels


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Fresh Picks: Pattern Play

Prints & patterns are such a great way to set a focal point for your entire look. Whether you go bold with bright, in-your-face prints or more subtle like a toned-down floral, they’re a great way to add in some personality to an outfit.

Below are a few of our favorite prints to play with this summer:

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1. French Connection “Holiday Poppy” Silk Dress

2. Sam Edeman “Adora” Slides in Olive Camo

3. Herschel Supply Co. “Little America” Backpack in Black Floral

4. KAS New York “Anthovia” High Low Dress

5. kensie Streaked Spots Dress

6. Chaser “Neon Lips” Tee

7. Sanctuary “Island” Maxi Dress

8. Foley & Corinna Plated Mini Crossbody in Island Watersnake

9. Maaji “Spearmint Boho” Cover-Up Pant

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Inspired By: Back in Black

The beginning of a brand new year is leaving us feeling rather inspired to take it back to the basics – and what’s more cool, more bare-bones basic thank classic black? Or perhaps last night’s festivities, coupled with all the glitz and chaos of the holidays, is making you want to get back to a more no-fuss, no-nonsense way of dressing…and we totally get that.

Our first street style inspiration for 2015 perfectly achieves that effortless dose of style starting with a great moto jacket paired over a black sweater. Paired with loose black trousers and shiny black flats, this easy-come-easy-go look is ready to take on a stylish new year.

Check out our take on this easy back-in-black look below! 

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1. Obey Savages Leather Jacket

2. Alternative Adrian Hoodie

3. Brixton Heist Beanie

4. ALDO Selling Monk-Strap Loafers

5. Michael Stars Modern Rayon Drawstring Pant

6. French Connection Tough Love Backpack

 

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