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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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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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The Iggy Azalea Collection by Steve Madden

Australian rap diva Iggy Azalea has teamed up with fashion footwear powerhouse Steve Madden to create an awesome new collection! The Iggy Azalea Collection for Steve Madden features funky platforms sandals, sport-inspired heels and modern fashion sneakers. Every bit as stylish and distinctive as Iggy herself, this limited-edition shoe collection is all about celebrating your bold side!

Check out her insanely funky and cool collection! More styles to be added soon.

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10 Must-Have Shoe Styles for Spring/Summer

As we eagerly await spring’s official arrival, it’s a good time to take a deeper dive into the shoes and sandals that are buzzing on every style enthusiast’s radar for the warm-weather months.

Below is a quick checklist of sorts to get you acquainted with spring & summer’s most noteworthy footwear styles:

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FLATS

D’Orsay Flats: We love this sleek version of the flat for the office or just adding a dose of refinement to our jeans and t-shirt combos.

Featured above: Nine West Deputy

 

Summer Booties: Opt for something short, simple and easy to mix and match with practically everything in your closet.

Featured above:  Eric Michael Ireland

 

Preppy Flats: Add instant polish to your style with simple, classic details like kiltie and moc toe stitching.

Featured above: Gabriella Rocha Kiltie Loafers

 

Espadrille Loafers: This laidback update to a timeless footwear staple is perfect paired with shorts and summer dresses.

Featured above: Soludos Smoking Slipper

 

Minimalist Ballerina Flats: For work or weekends, it’s hard to beat the utter versatility and feminine style of the streamlined flat.

Featured above: Nine West Mistyray

 

HEELS

Girly Block Heels: Add a little retro vibe with this superbly walkable style.

Featured above: Dune London Mahala

 

T-Straps: Whether on heels or flat sandals, this simple detail instantly elevates your look.

Featured above: Kenneth Cole Reaction Ava Crave

 

Wedge Booties: These on-trend alternatives to heels pairs well with just about anything.

Featured above: Blowfish Byte

 

Sexy Mules: Rethink your heels with this structural version of the timeless mule.

Featured above: Grey City Dwyer

 

Ankle Straps: Ladylike straps look fabulous with knee-length skirts & dresses.

Featured above: Steve Madden Stecy

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Inspired By: Late Winter Layers

It seems to happen to us around this time every year. We’re stuck in this in-between season hoping for warmer weather, looking at our spring pieces longingly while Mother Nature insists on keeping winter around for a bit longer.

To get through this weird not-quite-spring phase while staying bundled up, we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled on the streets for stylish layering masters to keep us inspired. Today’s street style muse takes a cute A-line skirt and layers on a denim jacket under a military-inspired coat. Add in opaque black tights, combat boots and a soft beanie, and you too can to tackle the in-between season like this true pro!

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1. BCBGeneration Circle Skirt

2. Free People Breakfast in Bed Shirt

3. Steve Madden Troopa Boots

4. Echo Design Cashmere Slouchy Beanie

5. Free People Long Indigo Denim Jacket

6. Jack by BB Dakota Welker Microtwill Coat

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Menswear Monday: Business Casual, Updated.

Guys, you may think that mundane Mondays are “business as usual”, but we’d like to invite you to shake up your work week with business casual clothing and shoes that are anything but boring and stuffy! 

For work settings that are more on the laidback side, or if your office partakes in “Casual Fridays”, you can’t go wrong with a great-fitting button-up shirt in either a neutral solid or a subtle print. Pair your button-ups with everyday trousers in a more relaxed fabric like twill or cotton.

Remember: the key to avoiding a sloppy business-casual look is to pay attention to fit. Make sure your shirt shoulder seam sits cleanly right at the shoulders and your pant hem isn’t pooling at the bottom. And yes, it IS worth it to get your workwear basics altered by a tailor if it means the difference between looking casual yet professional and just plain unprofessional.

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1. DKNY Jeans Roll Tab Slub Shirt

2. 7 Diamonds Velvet Morning Shirt

3. Howe Any Fun Woven Shirt

4. Dockers Men's Alpha Khaki Pant

5. Tommy Bahama Denim Authentic Montana Pant

6. Volcom Frickin Modern Stretch Chino

7. Frye Jim Wedge Wingtip Shoes

8. Kenneth Cole Reaction Flat Top Loafers

9. Steve Madden Gameon Boat Shoes

 

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Inspired By: Overall Ovations

You know the saying, “what goes around comes around”? Well, that is certainly true when it comes to fashion. Take the sometimes perplexing overall for instance; some of us may be a little wary of this throwback trend, but with the right combination of chic pieces, it’s actually not that hard to pull off!

Today’s street style inspiration shows off a totally cool and dare we say, grownup take on the retro-inspired flare-leg overalls. By wearing it over a striped mock neck top and pairing with a nice pea coat, the look comes together with an unexpectedly classic twist! Throw on a pair of boots with substantial heels and a whimsical version of the classic baseball cap to finish off the look.

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1. Free People Washed Chambray Overalls

2. Steve Madden Koraa Boots

3. French Connection Future Mover Crossbody

4. Echo Design Baseball Cap w/ Pom

5. Free People Mod About It Tunic

6. Free People Mid Thigh Overcoat

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Menswear Monday: Wear to Work

Whether you work in a super-corporate office setting or in a more laidback environment, dressing sharply for work should always be top of mind. As they say, “dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.”

If you’re more of a corner-office-with-a-view type, a well-tailored black suit is always an essential. Grab a nice wool coat to layer on to and from work. For more business-casual office settings, versatile separates like a grey blazer over dark denim or slacks are key. So are solid men’s dress shirts that fit close to the body but not overly tight.

Stocking your closet with versatile workwear pieces that mix and match well together is really the foundation of a great work-to-dinner wardrobe. It’s all about sticking to neutral tones, timeless fits, but feeling free to throw in a pop of color here and there for interest!

Last but not least, don’t forget the right work shoes! A good pair of classic oxfords or loafers is your best bet for finishing off that highly successful office attire.

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1. John Varvatos Star U.S.A. Filmore 2-Button Suit

2. Ted Baker Balon Wool 3/4 Coat

3. Ted Baker Jonsno Sterling Birdseye Blazer

4. Reef Shawler Fleece Sweater

5. Robert Graham X Collection Central Sport Shirt

6. Perry Ellis Non-Iron Dress Shirt

7. Levi's® Men's Chino Pant

8. Original Penguin Apres Check Suit Pant

9. Perry Ellis Slim Fit Textured Chambray Dress Pant

10. Steve Madden Valencio Oxfords

11. Original Penguin Waylon Oxfords

12. Calvin Klein Bartley Loafers

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