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New Brand Spotlight: ELEVENPARIS

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Shaking up the world of ready-to-wear apparel, ELEVENPARIS was created by two visionary Parisians to heighten the creativity of the fashion landscape. Known for its contemporary design with a sporty spin, ELEVENPARIS graphic t-shirts, sweaters and outerwear are all about amplifying influences from all over—music, pop culture and urban style with an effortlessly cool, nonchalant air.

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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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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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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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Menswear Monday: The Rebirth of the Polo Shirt

Your dad may have worn it when you were growing up (and probably still does!), but men’s polo shirts are enjoying quite the sartorial comeback lately, particularly for spring/summer. No longer just for preppy country-club dudes, the modern polo shirt comes in plenty of prints and fabrications that are anything but stuffy or nerdy. Even the classic solid polo shirt, like the Lacoste Classic Pique Polo, has been spotted on some of the most stylish guys as of late.

Paired with lightweight outerwear and slim-fit or straight-leg pants, the refined polo shirt becomes one of those closet staples that bridges the gap between modern and classic.

Below is a sampling of our most stylish men’s polo shirts that are sure to make heavy rotation in your spring-to-summer wardrobe!

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1. Original Penguin Melange Auto Polo Heritage Fit

2. Lacoste Classic Pique Polo Shirt

3. Diesel T-Alfred Shirt

4. Scotch & Soda Polka Dot Yarndye Polo

5. Mr. Turk Lance Polo

6. Ted Baker Hurn Embroidered Polo

7. Fred Perry Twin Tipped Polo

8. RVCA First Timer Polo

9. Original Penguin Neon Pocket Earl Heritage

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Menswear Monday: The Modern Jogger

Somewhere between stay-on-the-couch-all-day and business casual lies a happy medium when it comes to comfy men’s pants. We’re talking about the cool hybrid of the sweatpant and the chino otherwise known as the modern jogger pant. 

Whether you’re pairing it with your favorite t-shirt or taking it up a notch with button-up shirts, the modern version of the jogger is equal parts cool and comfy. If you’re looking for a versatile upgrade to your everyday chino pants or sweatpants, the jogger is definitely the way to go.

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1. Publish Hewes Wool Two-Tone Jogger

2. Levi's Men's Chino Jogger

3. Publish Legacy Jogger Pant

4. Staple Rally Oxford Jogger

5. Zanerobe Sureshot Chino Pant

6. Publish Noel Two-Tone Heathered Jogger

7. Staple Canvas Cuff Pants

8. True Religion Coated Runner

9. Scotch & Soda Woolen Jogger Pant

 

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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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The Art of Style: Spice Up Your Classics for Date Night

We love a good classic, especially when it comes to our wardrobe. Taking those essential pieces and mixing in a few on-trend elements is a great way to not only get some great mileage out of your clothes, but also to spice things up for a night out!

In the video below, I show you how to wear a few key closet staples for date night:

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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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