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Fringe Benefits

When I was 10 years old my very fashionable older sister bought herself a pair of black suede knee-high boots with a beautiful row of fringe down the back with her first paycheck. The fringe swayed with every step, accentuating the power and strength in her footsteps. I remember thinking that no one had a cooler or more fashionable sister than me.

A few months later she bought herself a gorgeous matching jacket of the softest same material. One day we were crammed into the tiny back seat of our parents’ Chevy hatchback while we looked for the perfect winter formal dress for her. I wasn’t feeling good because the heater was broken, but she had let me lean on her (which was a rare treat), and the feel and smell of that jacket has stayed with me to this day.

Fringe is one of those amazing things that softens our edges and can make a serious piece a little more playful. It first entered our fashion consciousness when Europeans met Native Americans, who used fringe to diffuse sound and add a little visual interest to their garments.

Flash forward to the 1920s and you can’t think of the era without imagining a flapper in a fringed dress doing the Charleston. From Elvis to Hell’s Angels, fringe has played a vital role in the way we’ve dress for decades.

Personally, I love the way that fringe camouflages some of the troubled areas for a curvy girl, creating a veil or a draw-away effect. I also love how a great fringed boot or shoe flares with each stomp, reminding us of the power in the span of our hips, the stride of our steps, and the curl of our lips — all of which are, of course, fringe benefits. 

 

 

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Fringe on Top

Masculine details are balanced out with deep, rich colors and a truly feminine feel, putting these shirts at the top of the class for me. 

 

 

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Top It Off

Fringed details can be either light and breezy or more solid to keep you warm. Just remember to balance these off with a sleek base layer and great pants or skirts.

 

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Stomp

Some days just a little fringe is all you need to feel influential and to remind yourself of the power in your step. 

 

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Round It Out

Oftentimes it’s easier to experiment with your accessories. Feel the power of fringe in this Mighty Purse (it will charge your phone for you all day!), or go a little subtler in this great choker.

 

If you’re feeling fierce in any of the looks you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

 

 

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Your Summer Essentials: Michael Kors / The Jet Set 6 Collection

From weekend brunches to sunrise cruises to coastal getaways, summer is definitely a season that calls for fabulous footwear. And since it's the shoes that make the outfit, we’re totally smitten over the style-defining Jet Set 6 Collection by Michael Kors. From street-chic sneakers for exploring new cities to haute heels for beachside soirées, this ingenious collection of Michael Kors shoes has literally everything you need to build the ultimate warm-weather shoe wardrobe!

The Jet Set 6 Collection features six versatile footwear essentials every woman needs to pack no matter where in the world her travel itinerary takes her.

Watch the video below to see the gorgeous Lily Aldridge as she travels to sunny Rio de Janeiro with the Michael Kors Jet Set 6 collection in tow!

Meet the impeccable, round-the-clock styles from the Michael Kors Jet Set 6 Collection below!

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1. The Odessa Sandal- Go all out on your summer nights out! This exotic snake-print leather heel adds an extra dose of glamour to your little black dress, mini skirts, shorts & more. It’s like slipping on an instant pop of sizzling confidence as you strut your style on the dance floor!

 

2. The Somerly Wedge- This easy-to-wear neutral wedge sandal is a favorite go to for good reason! It elevates your more dressed-down ensembles and really does go with pretty much everything in your wardrobe—from airport to seaside dinner dates and back. A total warm-weather superstar!

 

3. The Kristen Kitten Heel- One of the season’s ultimate essentials is the chic white heel. This pretty pair lends the perfect ladylike style to your summer dresses and adds a pristine visual accent to summer’s bright and bold graphic prints.

 

4. The Irving Sneaker- A luxe twist to a casual essential, these white-hot kicks are perfect for running around town, sightseeing and shopping excursions! We love the pop of gold accents!

 

5. The Walton Ankle Boot- This neutral ankle boot is a must for any travel wardrobe! It gives chic, effortless style to anything you pair it with—from boho dresses to denim shorts.

 

6. The Metallic Jelly Sandal- Take your beachside (or poolside) style to a new level of fabulous with these gilded flat sandals. We can’t help but adore its high-shine metallic finish that adds instant glamour to all your swimwear and casual looks.

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Glance Spotlight: Shine On

With Christmas behind us, we're eagerly anticipating ringing in a new year and all the festivities that go along with it. What better way to kick of the party than with some high-shine, maximum-sparkle shoes?

These metallic flats really know how to steal the spotlight!

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Glance Spotlight: Our Favorite Finds

Happy first Friday of 2015! Start the new year off right with some of our latest favorites on the site. Today's Glance Spotlight is all about great style and fabulous finds without breaking the bank. All of these picks are under $100!

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Find the Perfect Sunglasses for YOUR Face Shape!

Buying sunglasses can sometimes turn into a daunting task, but with a few key tips, finding the perfect sunglasses for your specific face shape can be a breeze! As much as you may admire those gigantic glam shades on Nicole Richie or Audrey Hepburn’s timeless cat-eye sunglasses, it’s very important to take YOUR specific face shape into the equation. As a matter of fact, you shouldn’t even your start your eyewear shopping endeavors without figuring out your face shape first, then knowing which sunglasses styles best complement it!

We want our sunglasses to not only protect our eyes from the sun, but we want them to make us look our best. Make sure you're steering clear of shades that detract from your good looks and gravitate towards sunglasses that help you put your best face forward:

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For ROUND faces:

Play up more angles on your face by contrasting the round edges with sunglasses that feature sharp edges, a dramatic cat eye or opt for more rectangular or squared lenses. This helps balance out some of the roundness and elongates the overall look of your face.

Featured styles:

1. Steve Madden Animal Print

2. Original Penguin The Sammy

3. Steve Madden Colored Frames

For SQUARE faces:

Those with a stronger jawline should steer clear of sunglasses that are too angular. Look for more rounded sunglasses such as aviator shades and the super-popular retro round shades to soften sharp angles.

Featured styles:

1. Ray-Ban Original Aviator

2. Wildfox Twiggy

3. Original Penguin The Redding

For HEART faces:

Sunglasses with a more exaggerated bottom or slightly rounded shape bring balance to the face by downplaying the width of the forehead while softening the sharpness of the chin.

Featured styles:

1. Le Specs Peach Pit

2. Original Penguin The Bates

3. COACH Raegan

For OVAL faces:

Pretty much anything goes with this balanced face shape! Lucky you! Have fun with bold sunglass shapes like an oversized cat-eye frame or keep it classic with Ray-Ban Wayfarers or a timeless pair of aviators!

Featured styles:

1. Ray-Ban New Wayfarer

2. Ray-Ban Original Aviator

3. Ray-Ban Clubmaster

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Glance Spotlight: Ladylike Loafers

We love how the loafer instantly adds polish and refined style to our outfits! For a more interesting take on the classic women’s loafer, we’ve gathered up a few styles that offer great attention to detail with a nice feminine touch.

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Great Gift Ideas for Mom

There are so many types of mom out there, but one thing remains constant—their unconditional love, constant support and advice make them more than deserving of a day entirely dedicated to them!

Even though mom will always defer to “it’s the thought that counts” when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, we have a few lovely "just-in-time-for-summer" gift ideas that she’s sure to adore.

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1. Alex and Ani Blue Raspberry Set of 5 Stack Bracelets

2. Vera Bradley Cosmetic Trio

3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote

4. Love Quotes Linen Hand Knotted Tassel Scarf

5. Alex and Ani “Like A Mother” Charm Bracelet

6. Dogeared “One for Your One for Me” Mother-Daughter Necklaces

7. San Diego Hat Company Floppy Sun Hat

8. Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Mini Affair Clutch

9. Hobo Zappos Exclusive Perforated “Lauren” Clutch in Mint

10. Michael Kors Collection Signature Mother’s Day Gift Set

 

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Visit our Gift Shop for even more Mother’s Day gift ideas!

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The Trend: One-on-One with Mario Lopez

"We are one on one with TV Host Mario Lopez this week.  If you like to have your clothes laid out like him, we have all your needs covered.  And ladies, it's easy to spice up your look with some Vivienne Westwood on hand!"  –Victoria Recaño

Check out this week's featured trends!

Vivienne Westwood "Sophia" Ring

Theory "Haydin" ENZ Activist

Michael Kors Collection "Claus" Check Shirt

Salvatore Ferragamo Adjustable "Gancino" Belt