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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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On Our Favorites: Digital Print

Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!

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French Connection “Wilderness Check” Dress – The futuristic take on floral print makes this dress utterly fresh and modern.

L.A.M.B. “Ekta” Hobo  – We love the multi-dimensional look of this ultra-chic oversized bag.

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Fresh Picks: Moto Max

This fall, we’re all about infusing a dose of “bad girl” style into our existing wardrobes! From the versatile moto jacket to the season’s fresh crop of booties with edgy details, this trend just lends itself to toughening up your feminine wardrobe pieces. And we’re more than OK with that!

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1. Free People “Dillon” Studded Tee

2. Steve Madden “Glazee” Stud Trim Backpack

3. Free People Hooded Vegan Moto Jacket

4. Steve Madden “Raleighh” Ankle Boots

5. French Connection Jet Leather Tank

6. Sam Edelman “Eavan” Sandals

7. Sam Edelman “Chester” Booties

8. French Connection “Gypsy” Bucket Bag

9. French Connection Faux Killa Croc Leggings

10. Steve Madden “Ringoo” Booties

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Inspired By: Campus Rebel

As summer winds down, we’re setting our sights firmly on campus-friendly looks that blend collegiate classic with a little dose of edge. That’s why we love today’s street style inspiration with its effortless mix of preppy and street-smart cozy.

Check out our take on this easy fall look:

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1. French Connection “Mod Squad” Shoulder Bag

2. BCBGeneration Round Neck Sweater

3. Alternative Poplin Button Up

4. French Connection “Rockstar” Jeans

5. Dr. Martens Wingtip Oxford

 

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What to Wear for Homecoming 2014

A new school year means new memories, and what’s more memorable (and photo-worthy) than the first school dance to ring in the year ahead? Make this homecoming an extra special one with our collection of gorgeous dresses, special occasion shoes and accessories!

Below are a few fabulous picks that will look positively stunning on the dance floor:

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1. Adrianna Papell Beaded One Shoulder Gown

2. Donna Morgan “Sarah” Short Chiffon Dress

3. Adrianna Papell Shutter Peplum Gown

4. French Connection “Orient” Minaudiere

5. Blue by Betsey Johnson Mesh Sandals

6. Nina “Lockhart” Clutch

7. Colorifics  “Valentine” Sandals

8. Adrianna Papell Blouson “Irri” Chiffon Gown

9. BCBGMAXAZRIA “Carina” Clutch

10. Laundry by Shelli Segal Shirred Gown

11. Nina Senora Sandals

 

SHOP HOMECOMING >>

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Fresh Picks: Autumnal Green

There are a lot of things to love about the color green. For one, it’s the color of cash. It reminds us of trees and grass. And for fall, the darker spectrum of green adds a certain level of richness and sophistication to your wardrobe. 

Below are a few of our favorite autumn-inspired green pieces:

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1. French Connection “Whisper Ruth” Dress in Pine

2. Brigitte Bailey “Demri” Dress in Cypress

3.  Lucky Brand “Karma” Tote in Hunter

4. Free People “Gatsby” Top in Evergreen

5. Brigitte Bailey Modal Pullover Sweater in Loden

6. French Connection “Polly Plains” Top in Pine

7. Sanctuary “Civilian” Jean in Fatigue

8. French Connection “Valentine” Pencil Skirt in Pine

9. Levi’s® Juniors Boyfriend Chinos in Destructed Army Green

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Fresh Picks: Black and White

They say opposites attract, and this theory is most evident by the never-ending magnetic attraction between two polar opposites: black & white. This timeless color combo is making quite a mark on the current fashion landscape—with everything from clothing to accessories donning its high-contrast appeal!

Check out our current favorites and create your own laws of attraction this fall:

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1. MINKPINK ‘90s Love Child Tee

2. Sam Edelman Credit Card Case

3. MINKPINK “All Down to You” Playsuit

4. MINKPINK “Skyline” PU Sleeve Dress

5. BCBGeneration Checkered Flare Dress

6. French Connection “So Fresh” Tote

7. BCBGeneration Oversized Jacquard Sweater  

8. Brigitte Bailey Lacey 100% Silk Blouse

9. Brigitte Bailey Skyler Shift Dress 

10. kensie “Riley” Bralette

11. Sam Edelman “Bethanie” Loafers

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