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Fringe Benefits

When I was 10 years old my very fashionable older sister bought herself a pair of black suede knee-high boots with a beautiful row of fringe down the back with her first paycheck. The fringe swayed with every step, accentuating the power and strength in her footsteps. I remember thinking that no one had a cooler or more fashionable sister than me.

A few months later she bought herself a gorgeous matching jacket of the softest same material. One day we were crammed into the tiny back seat of our parents’ Chevy hatchback while we looked for the perfect winter formal dress for her. I wasn’t feeling good because the heater was broken, but she had let me lean on her (which was a rare treat), and the feel and smell of that jacket has stayed with me to this day.

Fringe is one of those amazing things that softens our edges and can make a serious piece a little more playful. It first entered our fashion consciousness when Europeans met Native Americans, who used fringe to diffuse sound and add a little visual interest to their garments.

Flash forward to the 1920s and you can’t think of the era without imagining a flapper in a fringed dress doing the Charleston. From Elvis to Hell’s Angels, fringe has played a vital role in the way we’ve dress for decades.

Personally, I love the way that fringe camouflages some of the troubled areas for a curvy girl, creating a veil or a draw-away effect. I also love how a great fringed boot or shoe flares with each stomp, reminding us of the power in the span of our hips, the stride of our steps, and the curl of our lips — all of which are, of course, fringe benefits. 

 

 

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Fringe on Top

Masculine details are balanced out with deep, rich colors and a truly feminine feel, putting these shirts at the top of the class for me. 

 

 

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Top It Off

Fringed details can be either light and breezy or more solid to keep you warm. Just remember to balance these off with a sleek base layer and great pants or skirts.

 

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Stomp

Some days just a little fringe is all you need to feel influential and to remind yourself of the power in your step. 

 

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Round It Out

Oftentimes it’s easier to experiment with your accessories. Feel the power of fringe in this Mighty Purse (it will charge your phone for you all day!), or go a little subtler in this great choker.

 

If you’re feeling fierce in 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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What Will You #AskKristin?

Beyond her skyrocketing fame as an acclaimed television personality and actress, Kristin Cavallari is also a rising star within the fashion industry. Honing in on her talents, Kristin has teamed up with Chinese Laundry to create a line of sumptuous and sleek heels, boots, sandals and flats for fashion-conscious women everywhere.

On September 2 at 10 a.m. PST, Zappos.com invites you to join a LIVE conversation with the ever-glamorous Kristin as she broadcasts from Zappos’ Las Vegas headquarters.

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Throughout this very special event, YOU can chime in to ask her your fashion-related questions, everything from where she finds her design inspiration to what hot new trend to follow this fall, and more! Beginning now and leading up to the broadcast, all you have to do is use #AskKristin on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media platform.

What launched in 1981, Chinese Laundry continues to feature trendy designs as well as refined classics that transition from work to a night out in top style. Today, the brand is known the world over for its outstanding quality and value by incorporating unique and inspired points of view, thanks to forward-thinking designers like Kristin.

“The one thing that’s changed about my style since becoming a mom is that I wear more flats,” says Kristin, referencing the Chandy (pictured). “This flat is so chic and versatile, making it a must have.”Chinese Laundry, fall boots, kristin cavallari, style questions, women's flats

Kristen’s other collection favorites include the Charm, Candyce and Calissa, however, this year’s fall favorite, she says, is the Liam. “A new take on a best seller, the leather is perfect for fall. This is my favorite bootie that I own (not just from my line!). I wear it with everything from dresses and skirts to jeans and leather pants. A staple that will be with you forever.” Chinese Laundry, fall boots, kristin cavallari, style questions, women's flats

Explore more KristIn Cavallari products here and styles below. And don’t forget to submit your #AskKristin questions now as well as tune in on September 2 at 10 a.m. PST. 

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Glance Spotlight: Our Favorite Finds

Happy first Friday of 2015! Start the new year off right with some of our latest favorites on the site. Today's Glance Spotlight is all about great style and fabulous finds without breaking the bank. All of these picks are under $100!

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8 Must-Haves in Fashion Footwear for Spring-Summer

If variety really is the spice of life, then this season’s hottest shoe trends are destined to keep your spring and summer months extra spicy! As the weather heats up, our need for cute sandals and shoes definitely moves up on the style priority list. From metallic stacked heel sandals to easy-to-wear strappy flat sandals, the fashion footwear landscape is full of fabulous styles to complement all your warm-weather outfits.

Below are a few of our top shoe trends to wear now and well into late summer!

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SLIDE SANDALS

Easy style and all-day comfort is the name of the game when it comes to one of the season’s most sought-after sandal styles. This simple design looks great paired with mini dresses, distressed shorts and topped off with a carefree vibe. 

Featured style: Sbicca Admiral


CUFFED ANKLE STRAPS

We love pairing our cuffed skinny jeans with sandals featuring a noteworthy ankle strap. This style also looks fantastic with your A-line dresses for all those spring and summer weddings and other special events!

Featured style: GX by Gwen Stefani Adams Sandal

 

MINIMAL FLAT SANDALS

Whether it’s paired with a bikini and cover-up or boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt, the minimal thong sandal is one of those styles that lends itself to easy grab-and-go wear every day!

Featured style: Chinese Laundry Glitterati

 

METALLICS

Give your casual looks a hint of glam with shiny metallic finishes that read like neutrals, making them super versatile for plenty of outfit pairing options. 

Featured style: Dune London Jordann

 

ESPADRILLES

Done high on a wedge or low on a slip-on sneaker, the espadrille never fails to make a major splash every summer. This classic detail is quintessential warm-weather style at its finest.

Featured style: Jessica Simpson Bristol

 

GLADIATORS

Go bold this season with the addition of an edgy gladiator sandal to your style repertoire. There are many different versions of this look, from low and classic to ones that go all the way up to the knee! Pair them with your favorite maxi dresses or cut-off shorts for a festival-inspired look.

Featured style: MIA Game

 

WHITE-HOT

It’s no secret that white is one of the season’s must-have hues. A white sandal is an easy way to infuse this trend into your everyday spring looks. Try a wooden wedge with a dash of retro style done in vibrant white leather!

Featured style: Lucky Brand Lyndell

 

FRINGE

A touch of fringe gives a fun, bohemian-inspired vibe whether you’re at Coachella . Let’s not forget the always-popular ankle boot!  We love pairing ours with mini summer dresses.

Featured style: Steve Madden Ponncho

 

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Inspired By: Festival Chic

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from going to several summer music festivals over the years, it’s to keep comfort at the top of the priority list. Don’t get us wrong; festival season is prime time for showing off your individuality and great taste. However, there are a few wardrobe staples that always seem to make it on our list of festival essentials year after year. Distressed jeans, flat sandals, a cute crossbody bag, just to name a few.

Today’s easy breezy festival style inspiration comes to us from the Governors Ball in New York earlier this month. Her girly cropped sweater perfectly offsets the distressed skinny jeans, and the nude flat sandals give the whole look a cool, minimal finish.

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1. Kensie Cotton Blend Slub Knit Sweater

2. Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Convertible Crossbody

3. Kensie Cotton Blend Slub Knit Sweater

4. Chinese Laundry Gimme Slide Sandals

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Fab Fall Flats Under $60

When it comes to flats for fall, we believe the more the merrier! There are simply too many cute flats right now to pick just one, which is why we’re rounding up a few of our recent favorite finds for under 60 bucks a pop! Who says great style has to break the bank?

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1. Chinese Laundry “Easy Does It”

2. Wanted “Lario”

3. Steve Madden “Elusion”

4. Wanted “Cathy”

5. Call it SPRING “Dalegna”

6. Mel by Melissa “Mel Pop Bow”

7. Blowfish “Glo”

8. Call it SPRING “Chaella”

9. DV8 “Scrunchie”

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Fresh Picks: Holiday Party Heels

Even if you don’t wear heels on a regular basis, those holiday parties are certainly the best reason to break out some fancy footwear! So start practicing your best party-time strut and get ready to turn some heads at your next soirée in these fabulous heels:

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1. Steve Madden "Nyx"

2. Jessica Simpson "Claudette"

3. Sam Edelman "Claire"

4. Chinese Laundry "Imagination"

5. Betsey Johnson "Gown"

6. Dolce Vita "Hart"

7. GUESS "Chanta"

8. ALDO "Valik"

9. Report "Murphy"

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Kristin Cavallari Visits Zappos!

Last month, we announced the launch of Kristin Cavallari’s footwear collection for Chinese Laundry, and earlier today, the reality TV star, actress and fashion maven was nice enough to pay us a visit here at the Zappos HQ!

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Kristin toured the office and posed for pics with a few Zapponians in our ZCafe. She was super sweet and of course, she had on some pretty fabulous shoes!

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Thanks for stopping by Kristin!