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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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9 Blue Picks to Brighten Your Day!

Some days, it is great to have “the blues”.  There is nothing like channeling your inner goddess in a beautiful sapphire blue dress, or feeling soft and romantic in a dusty periwinkle.  The beauty of blue is that it can be fierce and powerful, soft and gentle, feminine and strong; the deciding factor is the shade of blue and of course, your attitude. Blue is a color used to represent strength, loyalty, trust, intelligence and authority. Until Queen Victoria was given a diamond when she was betrothed, stones in shades of blue were the premier choice suitors used to make clear their intention. 

These days, all the shades of blue are a fabulous alternative to fitting into any situation- and not just relying on black to fit in. Blue can be a casual or formal color and is appropriate for both professional and formal events. Personally, I’m a fan of blue because I love that it can be so many things -- just like me. It all just depends on how it’s worn.  I also love the way blue stands out in a sea of black, soothing and calming you and those around you while saying, “Hey, I’m here to rock, not be the same as everyone else.” This week, I’ve brought you some examples of how versatile blue can be. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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1. Vince Camuto Plus Size Moroccan Mirage Sleeveless Top

2. Pendleton Plus Size Vista Tunic

3. Roper Plus Size Blue Chip Check Shirt

4. Vince Camuto Plus Size Moroccan Mirage Ruched Midi Skirt

5. NYDJ Plus Size Briella Shorts

6. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

7. Kiyonna Peek-A-Boo Dress

8. Rachel Pally Plus Size Quintana Dress

9. Culture Phit Plus Size Nalah Dress

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10 Summer Lovin' Looks for Hot Summer Nights

When I was a little girl, one of my earliest memories was watching Grease over and over with my older sister and dreaming of the day I would be old enough to have a summer love like Sandy, walking down the beach in a great sundress and holding hands with a sweet boy who had just turned eighteen and had a motorcycle…

Summer days and nights have their own special magic when it comes to making us feel beautiful and powerful.  Sun-kissed skin, the relaxation that comes from a day spent outside in the fresh air, and the way we can’t help but smile because the sunshine increases our Vitamin D and serotonin levels, improving our sleep and reducing stress in general (but don’t forget that sunscreen!) All of these things make summer most people’s favorite season. 

This week, I hope you enjoy these fiercely feminine yet comfortable pieces to bring out your inner romantic, even on a fancier night! I am in LOVE with this Adrianna Papell Cape Dress, by the way! Enjoy these softer, lighter pieces to make those summer nights just a little bit hotter.  The bright colors remind us of days on the ocean and beautiful sunsets, and time lounging by the pool can never be considered a waste!

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1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Sorento Tie-Dye Dress

2. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Wrap Dress

3. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Structured Cape Sheath Dress

4. Rachel Pally Plus Size Kathy Dress White Label

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Fringe Cover-Up

6. NIC+ZOE Plus Size Perfect Scoop Tank

7. Vince Camuto Plus Size Morrocan Mirage Blouse

8. Kiyonna Smitten Lace Top

9. Poppy & Bloom Plus Size Tilt & Twirl Skirt

10. Rachel Pally Plus Size Wide Leg Trouser


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Fresh Picks: Mega Metallics

Precious metals aren’t just great on jewelry! This season, we’re seeing rich metallic details popping up in everything from footwear to swimwear—and of course, accessories.

The best part about these lustrous pieces is they read as neutrals, making them surprisingly versatile for adding a dose of shine and glam to even the most laidback looks.

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1. ALDO "Ralevia" in Silver

2. Body Glove "Red Carpet Coco" Slider Triangle Top

3. Echo Design Shimmering Tie Coverup in Pebble

4. Report Signature "Duda" Sandals in Silver

5. Sam Edelman "Bray" in Rich Gold

6. BCBGeneration Affirmation Metallic "Amor" Bracelet

7. Vince Camuto Paperbag Foiled Silver Shorts

8. GUESS "Glenna" Sandals in Gold

9. DV by Dolce Vita "Agnyss"

 

 

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Five Fall Clothing Must Haves

When it comes to building a versatile, well-rounded fall wardrobe, these five clothing staples are hard to beat. They’re just destined for heavy rotation as the weather cools down!

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The moto jacket: Whether you throw this on over your casual tee-and-denim outfit or to toughen up a feminine dress, this is one jacket you’ll reach for over and over again.

Vince Camuto Leather Moto Jacket

 

The knit dress: Perfect for cool days, a sweater dress looks particularly polished when paired with black tights and high-heeled booties.

Kenneth Cole New York Marnie Sweater Dress

 

The cardigan sweater: We love the easy throw-on-over-everything versatility of a cozy basic cardigan. Wear this with practically everything in your closet!

Kenneth Cole New York Maribeth Sweater

 

The boyfriend jeans: Pair with flats or sandals for a laidback feel or dress it up with posh heels for a night out.

DKNY Jeans Rolled Bleecker Boyfriend Jeans

 

The belted coat: There’s a good reason why this is such a timeless staple! It instantly makes your waist look smaller AND adds a refined element to even the most casual looks.

Vince Camuto Soft Shell Hooded Jacket


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Desk-to-Dinner Style: the Shift Dress & the Slouch Pant

It seems like we’re always singing the praises of a multitasking wardrobe, but it’s hard to ignore how certain indispensible pieces can radically streamline your busy lifestyle. And not to mention, they just make more budget sense! Who doesn’t like getting more bang for their buck?

We believe in investing in pieces that seamlessly go from office-appropriate to “I’m ready for a cocktail” just by swapping out a couple of elements. Two such pieces are the flattering shift dress and the comfy-yet-chic slouchy black pant. Both can easily be toned down for work or dressed up for a night out!

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The Shift Dress:

Throw on a classic trench and some chic loafers for the office, and switch off to a sleek moto jacket and sexy heels for a night out!

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[Featured styles:]

desk: DKNYC Dress with Ponte Piecing + Larry Levine Classic Luxurious Wool Walking Coat, Cole Haan "Ambrose" Skimmer, MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote

dinner: DKNYC Dress with Ponte Piecing + MICHAEL Michael Kors Moto Jacket, Pour la Victoire "Vione" Heels, Vince Camuto Horn Clutch

 


The Slouchy Black Pant:

This wardrobe workhorse is as comfy as it is chic. Wear it with sleek black pumps to add a polished feel, or turn up the fun with a pair of fancy heels for the perfect off-duty style.

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[Featured styles:]

desk: Joie "Mariner" Pant + BCGMAXAZRIA "Kendel" Slim Fit Shirt, Rachel Zoe "Ambrosia" Pumps, Rebecca Minkoff Medium Mab Tote

dinner:Joie "Mariner" Pant + Amanda Uprichard Crossover Tank, Sanctuary Sleeveless Blazer, Joie "Cayla" Heels, House of Harlow 1960 Warrior Tiles Link Bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff Mini "Crosby" Crossbody

 

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Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous: 6 Looks from the Zappos Plus Runway

I love my job.

I know that is not something a lot of people say, and I count my blessings each and every time I say that. Here at Zappos, we get to have a lot of amazing experiences, including llamas and mini horses coming to visit, margarita machines in the café, karaoke in the lunchroom, and events where designers and brands come to educate our Customer Loyalty Team about their products.

When you call in and speak to one of the amazing "Agents of WOW" on the phone, you are speaking to someone who not only is friendly and cheerful, but has also had pretty extensive training on common foot issues, troubleshooting for fit, and specifics of certain brands and materials!

In November, our incredible Plus buyer, Anna, and her team put on the very first Zappos Plus Fashion Event here on campus.  Highlights of the day included meeting representatives from BB Dakota, Kiyonna, Rachel Pally, NYDJ, and a new brand joining the Zappos family in the spring, Mynt 1792, as well as a fashion show where we featured many of the amazing plus brands we carry. The runway featured a gorgeous gathering of our employees modeling some of the hottest styles in plus size fashion.

Below are a few of the supermodel styles we worked on the Zappos catwalk. These stylish pieces will have you ready to work it and look fierce well into the new year!

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1. NYDJ Plus Size Metallic Leather Tweed Jacket

2. NYDJ Plus Size “Georgette” Blouse

3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Leather Sleeve Buckle Cardigan

4. Vince Camuto Plus Pleated Batwing Sleeve Fold Over Blouse

5. BB Dakota Plus Size “Ciel” Dress

6. NYDJ Plus Size “Sheri” Skinny Coated Denim


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Next week, I will bring you the rest of the collection- gorgeous plus size holiday dresses and cocktail dresses that will have you ready to stand out and turn heads at all those gatherings!

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