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School Daze: 12 Looks for Back-to-Cool

As much as we all hate to face it, summer is almost at an end, which means the start of a new school year, new classes, new teachers and best of all, updated clothes, shoes and bags! 

I loved and hated going back to school when I was younger. The latter reason was because, at that time, there seemed to be this weird belief in the fashion industry that if you were a curvy girl you wanted to look like a 45-year-old woman who dressed for a very dull office environment. I skillfully dodged cameras most of my middle and high school career unless I was wearing something I had designed and made myself. Thankfully today we have great designers who know that curves come on women of all ages and lifestyles. And with that, they bring us young, fun and funky pieces that hug and flatter those beautiful curves this fall.  

What are some of the hottest trends for back to school this year? Trendy jeans in skinny and boot cuts, tunics in soft fabrics that feel as amazing as they look, and hi-lo hem dresses that can be dressed up or down in a variety of ways. Furthermore, we’ve got updated plaid button-downs (in fabrics other than flannel!), rompers, cardigans and, of course, basic tees in silky-smooth cottons. Mix these with great outerwear in warm fall colors, on-trend boots, and a stylish alternative to the traditional backpack. That’s it — you’re ready for a great school year! 

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  1. DKNY Jeans Batik Print Romper
  2. BB Dakota Gaston
  3. Karen Kane Long Sleeve Hi Lo Dress
  4. Marika Curves Mix Up Tunic
  5. Vince Camuto Serengeti Cinched Waist Rumple Anorak
  6. Columbia Camp Henry™ L/S Shirt
  7. Terramar Short Sleeve Scoop Top W8790W
  8. Jag Jeans Plus Size Erin Cuffed Ankle in Khaki
  9. Levi's® 315™ Shaping Bootcut
  10. Levi's® Mid Rise Skinny
  11. Herschel Supply Co. Market
  12. Steve Madden Exclusive - Damiannn

Heading back to school this fall and rocking any of the looks you’ve seen here? Tag us in your #B2S #selfies with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

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Opposites Attract: 12 Sharp Looks in Black & White

Karl Lagerfeld once said, "Black and white always looks modern, whatever that word means." The perfection of a high contrast look is hard to put into words, but we know chic when we see it. Wearing head-to-toe black and white is probably one of the easiest ways to achieve a put-together look by mixing and matching basic pieces. Whether you’re dressing for work, for fun or just for relaxing at home, nothing feels better than knowing you look amazing. 

Combine a great contrast with fabulous fit and fabrics, and you have a major win. Personally, I love the simplicity and clean lines you have when mixing black and white; it echoes the feeling of satisfaction I get from seeing black words fill a blank page as I write. For others, black and white reminds them of an old Western, where you always knew the good guy was in a white cowboy hat and the bad guy was in black. Whatever the reason, I hope that you are as big of a fan of this classic and clean combination as I am, and that you enjoy this week’s picks.

If you’re feeling fabulous and fierce in the looks featured here on Well Rounded Wednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW — we would LOVE to see your style! 

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  1. Calvin Klein Plus Size Crew Roll Sleeve Blouse
  2. Vince Camuto Plus Size Serengeti Sleeveless Spotted Lynx Blouse w/Solid Trim
  3. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Cold Shoulder Blouse
  4. Jag Jeans Plus Size Paley Boot Leg in White
  5. Steve Madden Plus Size Aztec Scallop Fringed Topper
  6. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Printed Wide Lege Pants
  7. Karen Kane Plus Size Crossover V-Neck Dress
  8. Kiyonna Sugar and Spice Dress
  9. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Sleeveless Lace Dress
  10. Bedhead Plus Size Notch Collar Pajama
  11. Tommy Bahama Plus Size Boyfriend Shirt Cover-Up
  12. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Plus Size Hammond Knits Pajama Set
     

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Juniors' Fall Style Preview

As summer begins to wind down, it’s easy to get into the whole “I wish summer would never end” mentality. However, the first signs of fall is the perfect opportunity to freshen up your entire style outlook. With fall just over the horizon, there are lots of great trends that you can incorporate into your outfits now that transition so seamlessly as the weather cools off.

Below are four of the fall’s most sought-after trends to put on your back-to-school/cold-weather shopping list!

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SLIP-ON SNEAKERS: Rethink how you wear the classic slip-on sneaker by pairing them with more than just your favorite jeans. You can easily add a casual spin to your dresses by pairing them with a cool pair of slip ons or even dress down a night-out ensemble with a funky printed pair!

1. Steve Madden Emuse

2. Vans Classic Slip-On™

3. Rocket Dog Scoop

 

ANKLE BOOTIES: Although the ankle boot is anything but a new trend, there’s a good reason why it consistently tops our fall must-have list: versatility. Pair them with everything from dresses to leggings and an oversized sweater.

1. Volatile Whitby

2. Jessica Simpson Calvey

3. G by GUESS Issax

 

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FALL-TRANSITION DRESSES: Start incorporating fall’s richer color palette into your rotation even while the weather is still warm. Wear them with your favorite summer sandals now and switch to ankle boots later.

1. Billabong Back Again Dress

2. Gabriella Rocha Geometric Shift Dress

3. Billabong Heart Strayed Dress

 

BOHO JEWELRY: From rich turquoise accents to an eclectic layering of metals and stones, the easiest way to freshen up a wardrobe is through fall’s latest bohemian-inspired jewelry

1. Lucky Brand Squash Blossom Lucky Layer Necklace

2. Obey Phantom Ring

3. Lucky Brand Blue Faux Wrap Bracelet

 

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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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Inspired By: Fest in Show

As festival season continues to rage on, so does our obsession over one rather polarizing trend in denim: overalls. Before you write this off as just another “fad”, we’d like to point out how utterly comfy and adorable these are (particularly shortalls) for frolicking around during those hot summer festivals!

Here, we see it paired with a breezy long cardigan wrap and some classic Chuck Taylors for a decisively ‘90s vibe. 

Check out our take on this carefree look below:

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1. DV by Dolce Vita Overall Short

2. House of Harlow 1960 Perf Mini Sunburst Necklace

3. Sam Edelman “On the Road” Feather Pendant Necklace

4. Alternative Apparel Cap Sleeve Crew

5. Steve Madden “Brory” Backpack

6. Free People Woven Fringe Poncho

7. Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® Core Hi

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Inspired By: Easy Breezy

As the temperatures rise, so does our need for effortlessly stylish outfits that keep us cool without all the fuss. Today’s street style inspiration achieves just that. This breezy look not only receives high notes on style, it’s equally as comfy for those warm summer days.

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1. LAmade Open Henley Tee

2. Steve Madden Crossbody Drawstring Bag

3. MINKPINK "Ranch Fiesta" Jogger Pant

4. ALDO "Eowowia" Wedges

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8 Must-Haves in Fashion Footwear for Spring-Summer

If variety really is the spice of life, then this season’s hottest shoe trends are destined to keep your spring and summer months extra spicy! As the weather heats up, our need for cute sandals and shoes definitely moves up on the style priority list. From metallic stacked heel sandals to easy-to-wear strappy flat sandals, the fashion footwear landscape is full of fabulous styles to complement all your warm-weather outfits.

Below are a few of our top shoe trends to wear now and well into late summer!

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SLIDE SANDALS

Easy style and all-day comfort is the name of the game when it comes to one of the season’s most sought-after sandal styles. This simple design looks great paired with mini dresses, distressed shorts and topped off with a carefree vibe. 

Featured style: Sbicca Admiral


CUFFED ANKLE STRAPS

We love pairing our cuffed skinny jeans with sandals featuring a noteworthy ankle strap. This style also looks fantastic with your A-line dresses for all those spring and summer weddings and other special events!

Featured style: GX by Gwen Stefani Adams Sandal

 

MINIMAL FLAT SANDALS

Whether it’s paired with a bikini and cover-up or boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt, the minimal thong sandal is one of those styles that lends itself to easy grab-and-go wear every day!

Featured style: Chinese Laundry Glitterati

 

METALLICS

Give your casual looks a hint of glam with shiny metallic finishes that read like neutrals, making them super versatile for plenty of outfit pairing options. 

Featured style: Dune London Jordann

 

ESPADRILLES

Done high on a wedge or low on a slip-on sneaker, the espadrille never fails to make a major splash every summer. This classic detail is quintessential warm-weather style at its finest.

Featured style: Jessica Simpson Bristol

 

GLADIATORS

Go bold this season with the addition of an edgy gladiator sandal to your style repertoire. There are many different versions of this look, from low and classic to ones that go all the way up to the knee! Pair them with your favorite maxi dresses or cut-off shorts for a festival-inspired look.

Featured style: MIA Game

 

WHITE-HOT

It’s no secret that white is one of the season’s must-have hues. A white sandal is an easy way to infuse this trend into your everyday spring looks. Try a wooden wedge with a dash of retro style done in vibrant white leather!

Featured style: Lucky Brand Lyndell

 

FRINGE

A touch of fringe gives a fun, bohemian-inspired vibe whether you’re at Coachella . Let’s not forget the always-popular ankle boot!  We love pairing ours with mini summer dresses.

Featured style: Steve Madden Ponncho

 

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Fresh Picks: Autumn Spice

If variety is the spice of life, then fall’s rich spice-inspired hues must be the ultimate flavoring your wardrobe has been dying for! Whether it’s paprika reds or mustard yellows, these quintessential autumn shades are a spicy addition to your closet.

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1. Sam Edelman Croc Print Dress

2. kensie Rainbow Sweater

3. Steve Madden Space Dye Knit Infinity Scarf

4. Free People “Poetic Justice” Top

5. Brigitte Bailey Cedar Back Button Sweater

6. Matisse “East” Boots

7. House of Harlow 1960 Classic Station Necklace

8. Cheap Monday Slim in Fuzzy Red

9. MINKPINK “Struck a Cord” Shorts

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