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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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Fresh Picks: Loungewear to Live In

Don’t get us wrong, we believe in working hard and playing hard, but we think downtime is equally as important. We all need to carve out that sacred time and space out of our crazy-busy schedules to give us a chance to tune in and recharge.

While it can be tempting to seize the opportunity to lazily slip into our ragged old college t-shirts and sweatpants during off-duty lounging, why not raise the bar on your downtime style? Opt for stylishly comfy (and great-fitting) pieces that feel every bit as lounge-worthy as that beat-up old concert tee from 1999 that you just can’t bear to part with! 

Instead of your usual giant t-shirts and sloppy sweatshirts, go for a super soft basic t-shirt and a pair of loose-fitting jogger sweatpants with a drawstring waist. Remember, simplicity is key to a great loungewear wardrobe—the goal is to be able to mix and match your essentials without putting much thought or effort into it. It IS your day off after all!

We’re not saying you should part with your beloved old t-shirt that brings back joyful memories of summer’s past, but keep your collection of nostalgic clothing pretty selective and leave more room for comfy yet stylish basics that allow you to leave the house for a snack run without looking like you just rolled out of bed!

To inspire a shift into more stylish lazy-day dressing, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite comfy pieces below:

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1. LAmade Boyfriend Tank

2. Alternative Apparel Ideal Tee

3. ONLY Shant Oversized Long-Sleeve Top

4. Splendid Slub Active Hoodie

5. Chaser Relax Tee

6. Alternative Powder Puff Tee

7. Jack by BB Dakota Sully Chambray Jogger

8. Chaser Animal Print Panel Pants

9. LAmade Basic Crop Leggings

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Inspired By: Fest in Show

As festival season continues to rage on, so does our obsession over one rather polarizing trend in denim: overalls. Before you write this off as just another “fad”, we’d like to point out how utterly comfy and adorable these are (particularly shortalls) for frolicking around during those hot summer festivals!

Here, we see it paired with a breezy long cardigan wrap and some classic Chuck Taylors for a decisively ‘90s vibe. 

Check out our take on this carefree look below:

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1. DV by Dolce Vita Overall Short

2. House of Harlow 1960 Perf Mini Sunburst Necklace

3. Sam Edelman “On the Road” Feather Pendant Necklace

4. Alternative Apparel Cap Sleeve Crew

5. Steve Madden “Brory” Backpack

6. Free People Woven Fringe Poncho

7. Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® Core Hi

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Fresh Picks: A Good Sport

Even if you were never very good in gym class, or have never even attempted team sports at any capacity, there’s no reason why you can’t get behind the sporty trend! This fresh mix of lounge-worthy comfort and of-the-moment style really is the best of both worlds. The best part: no sweating or training required!

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1.BCBGeneration Knit Sportswear Top

2. LeSportsac Sig Small Tote

3. ASH “Shake” Bis

4. Alternative Apparel “Santa Cruz” Romper

5. Chaser ¾ Sleeve Baseball Tee

6. Herschel Supply Co. “Post” Backpack

7. C&C California Mesh Jersey Mix Sweater

8. Alternative Apparel “Fairfax” Sweatpant

9. PUMA “Hakkoda” Wedge

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Inspired By: Parisian Noir

There’s just something about French girls. Their covet-worthy brand of effortless style is the source of inspiration (and envy) for women all over the world. Today’s street style inspiration comes from the stylish streets of Paris and is brimming with a heavy dose of je ne sais quoi...

From the black bomber jacket to the patent leather oxfords, this look is so easy to pull off yet achieves that “I woke up like this” vibe we all aspire towards.

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1. Le Specs “The Dandy” Sunglasses

2. Brigitte Bailey Studded Faux Leather Moto Jacket

3. Alternative Ideal Tee

4. Big Star “Alex” Skinny Jeans

5. Ron White “Ronna” Patent Oxfords

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Inspired By: Uptown Boho

Today’s street style inspiration is a great example of an effortless way to rock a boho vibe without going overboard. By simply throwing on an airy Henley top over a casual skirt, grabbing some comfy knee-high boots and throwing on a couple of choice fall accessories, you’ve got a look that as carefree as it is wearable!

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1. Free People “Benedict” Henley

2. Brixton “Messer” Hat

3. Love Quotes Linen Tassel Scarf

4. DV by Dolce Vita “Leroux” Boots

5. Alternative Eco Jersey Mini Skirt

6. Betsey Johnson "Ball & Chain" Satchel


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Fresh Picks: Street Beat

As we set our sights on filling our plates and our calendars during the busy holiday season, the idea of comfy, easy-to-wear clothing seems to gain even more appeal. Thankfully, one of the upcoming year’s biggest trend stories is a carry-over of this year's huge sporty/street style.

Without further ado, below are just a small serving of our current street-savvy favorites:

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1. StyleStalker “Beast” Tank Top

2. Free People “Mexicali” Pullover

3. Brigitte Bailey Merino High Neck Sweater

4. Herschel Supply Co. Packable Daypack

5. ALDO “Zelin” High-Top Sneakers

6. Circus by Sam Edelman “Dexter” Sneakers

7. Alternative Eco-Splash T-Shirt Dress

8. Splendid “Sandwash” Jersey Pant

9. Alternative Eco Fleece Jogger Pant

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Holiday Gift Guide: Great Gifts for Him

He may love football, bad TV and occasionally wearing sandals with socks, but it doesn’t mean that the man in your life wouldn’t appreciate a stylish gift for the holidays!

These awesome man gifts are perfect for integrating into his work or weekend wardrobe without a lot of fuss…so he can get back to doing guy things while looking great doing them. Just keep the whole socks with sandals thing to minimum, guys. Try a pair of JD Fisk shoes instead!

Holiday Gifts for Him

1. Shwood “Francis Fifty-Fifty” Polarized Sunglasses

2. Diesel “Jingle Pack” Scarf & Beanie Set

3. JD Fisk Cormac Boot

4. Fossil “Grant” Men’s Watch

5. Cufflinks Inc. “I Love You I Know” Cufflinks

6. Scotch & Soda Woolen Leather Gloves

7. Original Penguin “Baron” Solid Tie

8. Tumi “Astor Regis” Slim Zip Top Briefcase

9. Alternative “Jaspe” Eco-Fleece Hoodie

10. JD Fisk Gamble Oxfords


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