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Cool & Comfy: 12 Looks to Keep You Feelin' Both

It is hot

As we head into late summer in Las Vegas, we are seeing daily highs in the 108°F range. Now, I know most of you are going to say, “But Franki! It’s a DRY heat!” To this I reply that so is your oven, but you don’t want to hang out in it, now do you?

As a fluffy girl, I have always posited that I would rather deal with the cold than with the heat because nature, in her infinite wisdom, provided me with an insulating layer. As confident as I am with my own skin, there is another reason. Adding layers of clothing is, in its own way, a type of armor that helps cover and conceal body issues. Using patterns and layers to disguise those areas I’m not so happy with is ingenious. However, when it’s hot, you take clothing off, or wear things that are cut to expose skin and keep you cool, thus removing the camouflage that fashion provides.

We recently had a company event at a waterpark, and I think one of the most difficult things I’ve done in recent months was taking off my adorable capris and funky shirt to walk around in my bathing suit.

This is even odder considering that at Zappos, we truly are a loud, boisterous, loving and crazy family, constantly praising and pushing each other to achieve and be the best version of ourselves. However, I’m human, and though I am proud of my curves, of the body I work on in the gym and on runs every day, I was scared being compared to everyone else.

Truthfully, I work with some of the most beautiful people you’ll ever meet (both inside and outside), and deep inside every confident, curvy woman lurks that shy, chubby kid who always wore T-shirts in the pool in the hope of no one making fun of her.  

Do you want to know what happened when I finally decided it was going to be much cooler in the water than walking around fully dressed in 110°F heat, and got into my awesome swimsuit and sheer Steve Madden topper? Nothing. No one screamed or ran away in fear. No one tried to harpoon the white whale (sunscreen is an Irish girl’s best friend, seriously!).

In fact, I heard two things from some friends who were too nervous to swim. They were, “You look so comfortable and cool, I wish I’d brought my suit, but I didn’t want to scare people, ” and “Wow! You look awesome, let’s go ride a waterslide!” It was a great reminder that in the end, I’m still going to be my greatest critic, and I should not be so focused on what I think other people are going to think. What matters most is how I feel, and I feel a lot better when I’m not sweltering to death in layers to cover myself up.

So, in celebration of that, this week I’m bringing you beautiful, soft, comfortable and light pieces designed to help you stay cool through the dog days of summer. And as a reminder, the only opinion that matters about how you look is yours. In fact, how would you react if someone talked to your best friend the way you talk to yourself inside your head? If the answer is you’d kick their butt, perhaps it’s time to kick your own and take the self-negativity down a notch. Be you, be comfortable, be happy and celebrate the amazing person you are, even if you feel like the outside parts are still works in progress.

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  1. Culture Phit Plus Size Ayden Dress
  2. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Sheer Bodice Jumpsuit
  3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Rain Print Maxi Tank Dress
  4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Solid Matte Jersey Logo Maxi
  5. Rachel Pally Plus Plus Size Kathy Dress White Label
  6. Karen Kane Plus Plus Size Contrast Maxi Tank Dress
  7. Calvin Klein Plus Plus Size Sleeveless Print Top w/ Chain
  8. Karen Kane Plus Plus Size Midnight Iris Double Layer Top
  9. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Embroidery Tassel Top
  10. Kiyonna Bohemian Crochet Bellini
  11. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Tie-Dye Wide Leg Pants
  12. Rachel Pally Plus Plus Size Wide Leg Trousers

If you’re staying cool and rocking any of the looks you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics 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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Menswear Monday: Classic Shirts with a Modern Twist

Let’s start this Menswear Monday off with one of my favorite mottos: “change is good.” Here at Zappos, one of our Core Values is “Embrace and Drive Change;” so why not take this philosophy and make it apply to your wardrobe? Don’t get me wrong, I think basics serve as the foundation to any well-dressed gentleman’s wardrobe. However, why not “flip the script,” so to speak, on some classic fashion staples? Listed below are some examples of how contemporary designs have influenced classic menswear staples.

Fashion is all about experimentation, so do be afraid to incorporate a new color, pattern, or print into your wardrobe. Many of today’s top fashion brands have implemented contemporary twists into their collections through the use of mixed-media fabrications, unique dye processes, and bold prints. A classic polo shirt with a striking dip-dye effect can easily add a contemporary twist to your look without being too bold. If you find yourself a little on the conservative side when it comes to your style, feel free to try out a long sleeve raglan Henley with contrast colored sleeves to add some visual interest to your look.

These contemporary design twists can easily elevate your look from casual to dressy. Pair slim-fitting dark jeans or chinos with a garment-washed denim shirt for a date night look. When happy hour is calling your name, a color-blocked polo paired with flat front shorts and boat shoes is a look that certainly summer ready.

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THE POLO SHIRT

1. French Connection Wembly Dip Dye Polo

2. 7 Diamonds Collider Polo

3. Alternative Apparel Stripe Polo

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THE BUTTON-UP

1. Calvin Klein Jeans Direct Dye Trucker

2. Original Penguin Checkered Chambray Woven Heritage Shirt

3. DKNY Jeans Long Sleeve Jacquard Camo Shirt

THE HENLEY

1. Lucky Brand Stripe Indigo Henley

2. Calvin Klein Jeans Henley Mix Media Garment Dye

3. Alternative Home Run Tee

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The Raglan Tee

1. 7 Diamonds Norva Shirt

2. Alternative 3/4 Raglan Henley

3. Alternative Printed 3/4 Raglan Henley

Remember to have fun when incorporating these twists into your wardrobe! Change is ultimately a process that cannot be rushed. Take it slow, and as you become more comfortable with incorporating these trendy pieces into your closet. You will soon see your style evolve to classic with a contemporary twist!

Happy Shopping!

--Clinton

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Fall’s Must-Have Scarves and How to Wear Them

One of the easiest (and cost-effective) ways spruce up any wardrobe is with the addition of scarves. Depending on the look you’re going for, there are different scarf types to achieve it. For instance, if you’re going for an effortless grab-and-go option on those cold days, a chunky knit infinity scarf is a great way to go. If you’re just looking to add a pop of color to an office outfit, vibrant square scarf adds a totally chic Jackie O-inspired vibe.

Check out a few of our favorite scarves and some helpful tips on how to wear them!

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OBLONG (Rectangle) SCARVES: This is the most versatile scarf type, allowing plenty of inventive ways to wear depending on your ensemble!

1. Love Quotes Linen Tassel Scarf

2. Calvin Klein Ombre Leopard Silk Scarf

3. Sam Edelman Stained Glass Oblong

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INFINITY/ETERNITY SCARVES: This easy-to-wear scarf takes out all the guesswork and fuss! Just throw on for a relaxed look or loop a couple of times for a cozier fit.

1. Michael Stars Blocked in Eternity Scarf

2. UGG Nyla Textured Snood with Lurex

3. Michael Stars Wild Frontier Eternity Scarf

 

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WRAP/SHAWL: This is perfect for those chilly but not-quite-cold nights out! Just throw on over your shoulder and go. Also makes for a fabulous travel companion in the plane as it can double as a light blanket!

1. Michael Stars Autumn Sunset Wrap

2. Betsey Johnson Cashmere/Silk Pashmina

3. Michael Stars Streets of New York Wrap

 

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SQUARE SCARVES: Whether draped loosely over your shoulders or worn as a headwrap, this versatile scarf adds a bit of retro style to your look.

1. Desigual Tiger Square Scarf

2. BCBGMAXAZRIA Into the Woods Square

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Wrap Dresses for Every Occasion

If we had to pick one dress silhouette that we could classify as universally flattering, it would have to be the wrap dress. There’s just something about that figure-enhancing front drape that makes it so easy to throw on for any occasion to give you an instant dose of pulled-together style.

Below are a few of our picks to illustrate just how versatile the wrap dress can truly be:  

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For the Office: 

1. Calvin Klein Ribbed Sweater Dress

2. Karen Kane “Geo Dot” Cascade Wrap Dress

3. Kenneth Cole New York “Chantal” Dress

For a Night Out:

1. Adrianna Papell Floral Print Faux Wrap Dress

2. Brigitte Bailey “Demri” Dress  

3. Ivy & Blu Maggy Boutique Galaxy Print Draped Sheath

For Casual Days:

1. Kuhl “Grace” Dress

2. Smartwool “Maybell” Dress

3. The North Face “Joice” Wrap Dress


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Menswear Monday: Holiday Party Picks

Gents, as New Year’s Eve quickly approaches and holiday party season continuing to rage on at a steady pace, it’s natural that we start thinking about what we’re wearing to all these celebrations.

To help get those wheels turning, I’ve come up with a couple of party looks for both fancy parties and more casual get-togethers.

 

For a dressy event, consider going for a more monochromatic suiting option. Pair a black suit with a grey or dark purple dress shirt and pull it all together with a black tie. Anchor this timeless look with classic accessories—a black tie bar, a black dress belt and some shiny dress shoes should do the trick!

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1. Florsheim Jet Plain-toe Oxfords

2. Ted Baker Richgeo Jacquard Shirt

3. wurkin stiffs Nuts & Bolts Slime Tie Bar

4. DKNY Golden Island Tie

5. Timex Classic Round Easy Reader Watch

6. DKNY Black  Plain Jacket

7. Perry Ellis Portfolio Modern Fit Flat Front Pant


Not going to any fancy parties? Try a cool layered look for those laid-back gatherings with friends and family. Throw on a light vest over a grey sport coat and a white dress shirt topped off with a nice scarf. Keep the outfit casual yet crisp with a pair of dark-wash slim-fit jeans.

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1. Steve Madden Brack Oxfords

2. Calvin Klein Jaspe Textured Sportcoat

3. Calvin Klein Chunky Patterned Raschel Muffler

4. Citizen Watches Black Ion Eco-Drive Watch

5. Levi's Made & Crafted Needle Narrow in Rigid

6. French Connection Off Piste Vest

7. 7 Diamonds Reflektor Long-sleeve Shirt


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Animal Instincts: 8 Styles for Your Wild Side

“Trust your instincts.”

 Can you believe that the first month of 2015 is  almost over?  It's incredible how fast time flies. We're already starting to see Valentine's Day signage everywhere, and we’re also starting to see the light at the end of our cold winter tunnel. And yes, it does get cold here in Las Vegas!

As we move forward towards our goals, sometimes we want a little boost to feel fierce and powerful, and there is nothing like an animal print to help channel your inner Artemis. This season, designers have put a great new twist on the traditional animal prints, offering it in unexpected colors and textures.

Pair these prints with a great neutral pant or skirt, add some great natural stone or wood accessories, and you’re ready to stalk your prey, be it that cute guy you keep seeing in the coffee shop or the promotion you’ve been eyeing for months. Whatever you do, let your outside reflect the fierce and powerful woman on the inside, and you can’t help but succeed!

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1. Hanky Panky Plus Size Leopard Nouveau Cami

2. Calvin Klein Plus Size High-Low Tunic

3. Roper Plus Size Poly Jersey Shirt

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Water Ikat Flutter Top

5. Calvin Klein Plus Size 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Top

6. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Zebra Boatneck Dress

7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Ellensburg Boatneck Dress

8. Stetson Plus Size Rayon Spandex Jersey Dress


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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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