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Fancy Friday: Easy Ways to Dress Up Your Casual Staples

TGIFF! If you were wondering…the extra “F” is for “Fancy”. Here at the Zappos HQ, office dress code leans a lot towards the casual side. However, there are certain days that just call for a dose of fancy…Why not Friday?

Think about it. You’ve survived a long workweek full of meetings, errands and day-to-day stresses. End the week with major style--or should we say, start the weekend off right by getting your fancy on! It’s all about dressing up and feeling confident as you head into the weekend! And believe us, a pair of fancy heels, a cute skirt or dapper loafers can do some amazing things to re-energizing your entire style outlook.

Below are just a few easy ways to dress up some of your favorite casual staples like jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Casual Fridays? We say break away from the usual and start your own Fancy Friday trend instead!

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For Her:

Boyfriend Jeans

featured style: Levi’s® Women’s 501 Customized Jeans

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Sky-High Heels

featured style: Nine West Tatiana Pumps

Pairing relaxed-fit denim with dressier heels adds up to such an effortlessly chic look for both day and night. We particularly love oversized boyfriend jeans paired with super sexy pumps. It just elevates the look and keeps the jeans from looking frumpy.

 

Basic Tees

featured style: Splendid Vintage Whisper V-Neck Tee

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Skirts

featured style: kensie Ponte Skirt

The unsung hero of our closets, basic tees are surprisingly versatile for a lot of different occasions. To dress up a simple cotton t-shirt, pair it with a knee-length skirt for the office, and a sparkly mini skirt for a night out. You can even let a printed or sequined skirt shine by pairing it with a very basic tee. It’s all about striking that perfect balance of laidback and feminine.

 

Sweatshirts/Pullover

featured style: Free People In A Hurry Hoodie

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Leggings

featured style: HUE Floral Gleam Denim Skimmer Legging

Comfy up top, party in the bottom. That’s sort of the vibe this combo achieves with a mix of relaxed and dressy all in one easy-to-wear outfit. Take your oversized grey sweaters and sweatshirts up a notch with printed or textured leggings. The great part is, you can really go all out with the leggings here since the sweater is the more subdued element in this equation. Who says a sweatshirt has to be frumpy? Not with this killer combo!

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For Him:

Chino Pants

featured style: Volcom Frickin Modern Stretch Chino

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Leather Loafers

featured style: ALDO Adleman

Chino pants are a great wardrobe staple any day of the week. To dress them up for the office or date night, grab a pair of classic men’s loafers to instantly add some refined style.

 

Basic Tees

featured style:  Alternative Crew Tee

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Tailored Trousers

featured style: Dockers Men’s Signature Khaki Slim Fit Flat Front Pant

Your favorite t-shirts aren’t just for pairing with jeans! Take your basic crewneck tees to a new level by wearing them with a smart pair of dress trousers. Throw on a light blazer or sport coat for an even more tailored feel.

 

Basic Jeans

featured style: Joe’s Jeans Cool Off Classic Straight Jeans

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Leather Oxfords

featured style: Donald J Pliner Borak Oxfords

Your favorite blue jeans are just begging to be worn on a night on the town or for Fancy Friday! Give them a new dapper life by pairing with sleek oxfords.

 

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The UGG Treadlite Collection

Fueled by innovation and its enduring commitment to comfort, UGG Australia brings a new level of light to their men’s spring 2015 collection with the new Treadlite™ line. Merging athletic sensibilities to the UGG® heritage of classic style, Treadlite by UGG™ offers supreme lightweight comfort, rebound and durability for the everyday man.

Featuring proprietary RMAT® technology, the UGG Treadlite collection offers exceptional rebound, durability and a phenomenal grip for life’s day-to-day commutes and adventures!

The debut collection features a low-profile sole and comes in a variety of ultra-versatile styles—from the UGG Makohe flip flop to the urban-chic UGG Freamon high-top oxford.

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Menswear Monday: Spring Transition Essentials

Can you believe March is suddenly upon us? This year is certainly flying by. Despite spring’s close proximity, it’s still pretty chilly out, so dressing during this tricky in-between season calls for a few closet staples that lend themselves to easy mixing, matching and layering.

Below, we break down four easy wardrobe essentials to create versatility and ease in any man’s wardrobe. These pieces are perfect for layering and pairing with your current cold-weather mainstays like coats and scarves, but easily transition as the winter chill starts to thaw out.

From the ever-classic cardigan sweater to the timeless button-up shirt (both short and long sleeved), stocking up in a few fuss-free menswear styles will prove to be the best thing you can do to save time and closet space as you navigate spring transition dressing. All it takes to have a well-rounded wardrobe is a few select pieces from our top four staples:

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Light Cardigans: Perfect for layering over t-shirts and button-up shirts.

1. Ben Sherman The Classic Cardigan

2. BOSS Orange Wimpey Cardigan

3. Calvin Klein Space Dye Cotton Sweater

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Button-Up Shirts: Whether for the office or for off duty, stocking up on this essential is a must.

1. Calvin Klein Non-Iron Free Fit Woven Shirt

2. RVCA That'll Do Oxford Shirt

3. John Varvatos Star U.S.A. Button-Down Shirt

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Leather Loafers: Pair with everything from trousers, chinos and even jeans.

1. UGG Reefton

2. Polo Ralph Lauren Wes

3. Lacoste Concours 16

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Chino Pants: Lightweight enough for warmer days, but still covered up for winter-to-spring transitional outfits. Dress them up with loafers or refined boots or dress them down with a cool pair of  classic sneakers.

1. Levi's Men's Straight Chino

2. KR3W K Slim Chino Pant

3. Volcom Frickin Modern Stretch Chino

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New Brand Spotlight: Alivio

Designed specifically to accommodate a wide variety of store-bought orthotics, Alivio takes comfort footwear to a new level of modern style and convenience. Constructed with only the finest leathers and featurimg removable footbeds. Alivio flats, sandals & shoes let you customize your fit with your own orthotic inserts. With Alivio, there’s no need to compromise precise fit over comfort.

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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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New Brand Spotlight: Band of Outsiders

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With its modern, rebellious take on American style, Band of Outsiders footwear is a favorite of the sartorially savvy set. Its preppy-meets-luxe take on loafers, boots, oxfords and sandals gives a fresh twist to beloved American classics.

Founded by former Hollywood agent Scott Sternberg in 2004, Band of Outsiders is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after boutique brands in the business. Its strong sense of nostalgia mixed with a decidedly modern vibe has definitely struck a chord with the fashion obsessed near and far.

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New Brand Spotlight: Doucal's

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Founded by the Giannini family over 40 years ago, Doucal’s is a men’s footwear brand rooted in a strong tradition of fine Italian craftsmanship. Now in its second generation, Doucal’s is always embracing a modern perspective while upholding the impeccable standard of quality from which it was born.

Prized by a luxury clientele all over the globe, Doucal’s elevates the standard for men’s loafers and oxfords by crafting each pair with exceptional quality and long-lasting comfort.

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New Brand Spotlight: Pajar CANADA

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Backed by over five generations of footwear expertise, Pajar CANADA was started back in 1963 by Paul Golbert to provide comfortable cold-weather boots, waterproof boots and casual boots without sacrificing style.  

Their rich Canadian heritage ensures that each stylish boot is crafted with great attention to detail and design using only premium leathers and materials.

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