Zapponian Spotlight: Clinton Serves Up Summer Fun!

Summer is here, and as the days get longer, the outdoors takes center stage. Explosions of festive fun shower the warm summer air. Barbeques, clam digs, pool parties, and beachfront bonfires litter your social calendar, but keeping your look fresh in the heat is no easy task. Luckily, our resident Menswear blogger, Clinton Kuska is here to teach us how to keep summer style sizzling.

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Independence Day just happens to be Clinton’s favorite summer holiday. Everything from the fireworks, to hanging out with good friends, to the iconic red solo cups just screams summer fun. We sat down to chat about what to wear for the Fourth of July.

July 4th is coming up, what are you going to wear?

 “Something festive, for sure, but not too cheesy,” Clinton says as he lowers his gaze, raising one eyebrow. “Hold the cheese please!” We laugh as he clarifies, “One fun piece is enough. You should start with a festive piece and build subtly around that.”

How do you choose a fun look without going overboard with themed attire?

“I recommend starting with a standout item that will double as a conversation starter. It can be any part of your ensemble. Hats work well, or accessories if you’d rather shy away from too many prints. A loud pair of pants or shorts can be fun, and sends a relaxed vibe. A more demure option is pulling different hues from the holiday, and creating a DIY color-blocked ensemble. For the Fourth of July, you could work a chic palette of red, white, and blue – ready to wear straight from your own closet.”

How would you balance a lively, holiday piece for a party outfit?

“You should have fun with fashion! Don’t worry too much, especially if you’re attending a casual event. Holidays are supposed to be fun - don’t take yourself that seriously. Obviously you can’t go too crazy either, but parties are filled with opportunities for risk taking.”

Clinton shows me his personal Independence Day ensemble; a Roper™ Stars and Stripes Patriotic shirt, khaki shorts, boat-shoe style loafers, and a pair of sleek, Ray-Ban® Wayfarer shades.

“The fourth of July is my favorite summer holiday, and this year I’m going all-out in a patterned stars and stripes shirt. I added neutral bottoms, versatile shoes, and timeless eyewear. These pieces are minimalistic on their own, but create a nice harmony when paired with a striking shirt.”

If you could attend anyone’s Fourth of July shindig, whose party would you crash?

“Taylor Swift!” Clinton confidently replies. “She has a reputation for going all-out for her fans. I’d bet that she’s an amazing hostess. Any party of hers would most definitely be on point.”

After excitedly discussing about what a pool party with Taylor Swift would even be like, I found it much easier to visualize my own July Fourth look. If you’re still wondering what to wear this weekend, check out Clinton’s personal picks for a flawless Fourth of July.

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HATS

1. Billabong Native Hat

2. Quiksilver Boardies Hat

3. John Varvatos Star U.S.A. Straw Fedora

SWIM TRUNKS

1. Billabong Slice X Boardshort

2. O'Neill Quarters Boardshort

SHIRTS

1. French Connection Grunge Flag Tee

2. Lucky Brand Peace Flag Graphic Tee

3. Roper Pieced Stars and Stripes Patriotic Shirt

TANKS

1. Rip Curl Americano Custom Tank Top

2. Converse Sub American Print Tank Tee

ACCESSORIES

1. Original Penguin Ocho Stripe Tie

2. M&F Western Eagle Flag Oval Buckle

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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

SHOP PLUS SIZE CLOTHING >>

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!
If you’re rocking our anything featured here on #WellRoundedWednesday, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your declaration of fashion independence!

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Fresh Picks: Happy Birthday, USA!

As we gear up to celebrate Independence Day, we can’t help but feel a surge of patriotic spirit, particularly when it comes to our outfit choices! Get ready to pay tribute to the good ol’ US of A this July 4th weekend with these perfectly patriotic picks brimming with pride for the “land of the free and the home of the brave”!

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1. Bleu Rod Beattie “Graphic Measures” Halter One Piece

2. Steve Madden “Star-dom” Scarf in Blue/Red

3. Herschel Supply Co. “Settlement” Backpack in Navy/Red

4. Alternative Apparel Printed Shirttail Tank in United Stripe

5. Alternative Apparel Printed “Monroe” Maxi Dress

6. Keds Champion Patriotic Sneakers

7. Pendleton Dawn’s “Early Light” Robe Blanket

8. P.J. Salvage “Liberty Rings” Sleep Shorts

9. Sbicca “Liberty” Wedges

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Western: Americana Pride

July 4th is fast approaching, but it’s not too late to show your American pride by donning the stars and stripes of Old Glory. What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with fireworks, friends, family and the proud colors of the USA!

Check out these red, white & blue picks from some of our top Western brands-- just in time for the fourth!

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Men's:

1. Roper American Flag Snip Toe

2. Roper Stars & Stripes Pieced Flag Shirt

3. Roper Pieced Texas Flag Shirt

4. Roper Stars & Stripes Pieced Flag Shirt (Long-sleeved)

 

Women's:

4. Double D Ranchwear Old Faithful Tee

5. Justin USA Flip Flops

6. Scully Sleeveless Patriot Shirt

7. Double D Ranchwear Faded Flag Tee

8. Durango Flag Boots

9. Scully Flag Long-Sleeved Shirt

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It's the Season for Summer BBQs!

With the 4th of July coming up, we thought we’d pay a much-deserved homage to one of our favorite all-American summer traditions: the backyard BBQ!

There’s nothing quite like firing up the grill for some hotdogs and burgers with great friends and family, sipping on cold beverages as we celebrate the summertime.

To help you craft the perfect backyard BBQ, check out some of our best kitchen gadgets below!

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1. All-Clad Stainless Steel Barbeque Set (with case)

2. Cuisinart CPB-300 Smartpower Portable Blender/Chopper

3. Bodum Iced Tea Jug with Filter

4. OXO Good Grips® Chef's Digital Leave-in Meat Thermometer

5. Emile Henry Flame Top Grilling/Baking Stone

6. Joseph Joseph Index Advance Chopping Board Set

7. Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Starter Set

8. Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt/ Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

9. Breville the HemisphereControl Blender

Aside from the typical BBQ fare, treat your guests to cold treats like homemade ice cream, or try this deliciously refreshing lemonade recipe from allrecipes.com!

Cucumber Lemonade – by Lori

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

1 12oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate

2 liters of lemon-lime carbonated beverage

Place the cucumber slices in the plastic filter of your Bodum Iced Tea Jug. Pour the lemonade concentrate and let stand for 10 minutes. Pour in the lemon-lime soda. Pour into glasses and garnish with lemon slices. Serve to your parched guests and enjoy!

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Fresh Picks: 4th of July Red, White & Blue

Old Glory, The Star-Spangled Banner, The Red, White & Blue. No matter what you call it, the whole country will soon be brimming with patriotic spirit and pride as we salute our flag in honor of Independence Day.

So fire up those BBQs, get your sparklers ready and put on your stars & stripes and red, white & blues to show your love for the good ‘ol US of A!

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Women's:

1. Sbicca Liberty wedge slides

2. Lucky Brand Americana Riley Shorts

3/4. O'Neill Americana Triangle Top & Freedom Hipster Bottom

5. Lucky Brand Tribal Flag Racerback Tank

6. Juicy Couture Rich Girl watch

7. Superga COTU American Flag sneakers

Men's:

8. Quiksilver Patriot Tee

9. KR3W Medicate Board Shorts

10. Alternative Apparel USA Ringer Crew Tee

11. Element USA 50/50 Tee

12. Loudmouth Golf Old Glory Shorts

13. O'Neill Stars & Resin Tee

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The Trend: July 4th Edition

For this 4th of July edition of The Trend, Victoria continues her fashion chat with Aussie superstar Sophie Monk.

Below are this week's featured styles:

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Boudicca Dress

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cubes Stretch Bracelet

Z Spoke Zac Posen Evening Envelope Clutch

Versace Jeans Striped V-Neck Tee

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Weekly Trends: 4th of July & Nautical

With July 4th coming up and summer in full swing, you can’t blame us for being in the mood for a little red, white and blue! Our trend highlights for this week are all about capturing the casual, laid back vibe of summer.

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For the 4th of July, stick to comfy pieces like shorts, tank tops and tees. Since you’ll probably be busy celebrating the day’s festivities, a pair of comfy shoes or sandals is a good idea. And of course, red, white and blue adds that patriotic touch!

This summer, we’re also going back to one of our favorite go-to trends: nautical. It’s just one of those quintessential summer trends that’s super easy to wear. Grab a pair of boat shoes or espadrille sandals, a striped tee or dress, and you’re ready for the sunny days ahead!