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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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10 Plus Size Picks to Chase the Winter Blues Away

This past week, the only word most people can use to describe what’s going on outside is "freezing". That pesky groundhog saw his shadow, so here we are in the last grips of winter -- and old man winter sure wants to remind us he’s still here!

This is the time of year a lot of people get hit by the “winter blues”. This year, instead of letting the weather and the grey days get you down, why not do something to help light up your life?  Volunteer for a worthwhile cause! This time of year, it's hard to find people to walk all those adorable dogs at the local shelter- and you might just meet the new furry love of your life! Try something new with friends, or plan a “Go Away Winter” party, decorate with a tropical theme and sip margaritas and drinks with cute little umbrellas while blasting summer-themed music. You could even take a class or workshop on joy & happiness, or just go see an amazing comic with friends and laugh the night away.

While chasing away the winter blues, why not do it all in some amazing shades of blue that will leave you feeling anything but? Blues in bright, fun hues are headlining a lot of looks this season-- from rich, deep navy to brilliant turquoise. These beautiful pieces in amazing shades of blue- are sure to help you chase those winter blues away!

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1. Mynt 1792 Plus Size Raglan Chiffon Blouse

2. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Denim Jacket

3. Kiyonna Ciara Cinch Dress

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Long Sleeve Boatneck Dress

5. Karen Kane Plus Size 3/4 Sleeve Pick Up Top

6. Calvin Klein Plus Size Zip Front Roll Sleeve Top

7. Calvin Klein Plus Size Print Kimono Top

8. Vince Camuto Plus Brushstrokes V-Neck Shirttail Blouse

9. Jag Jeans Plus Size Eloise Classic Fit Skirt

10. DKNY Jeans Plus Size Soho Skinny Jeans

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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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