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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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1. French Connection Wembly Dip Dye Polo

2. 7 Diamonds Collider Polo

3. Alternative Apparel Stripe Polo

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1. Calvin Klein Jeans Direct Dye Trucker

2. Original Penguin Checkered Chambray Woven Heritage Shirt

3. DKNY Jeans Long Sleeve Jacquard Camo Shirt


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!


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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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Summer Vacation Essentials

Vacations are awesome, but let’s face it, sometimes the transit to and from your destination can be far from a day at the beach. The good news is there are plenty of items you can pack in your travel bags to make the journey to your blissful summer getaway as stress-free and comfortable as possible.

Below are just a few of our travel must-haves for any warm-weather getaway:

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1. LAmade Convertible Tube Dress/ Maxi Skirtthe perfect multitasker to pack for warm destinations.

2. Ray-Ban Aviator Polarized Flash Lenses – a timeless pair of sunglasses that goes with everything? Yup, a total must.

3. Yosi Samra “Samara” Cap Toe Foldable Flats – the perfect shoe to carry around to give your feet a break from uncomfortable heels. Also great for getting in and out of the security lines!

4. San Diego Hat Company Mixed Braid Large Brim Floppy Hatthis blocks your face from the harsh sun AND covers up any hair woes!

5. Supergoop Everyday SPF 30 Sunscreena must for every day and especially when you’re out and about more than usual!

6. Herschel Supply Co. Packable Travel Tote Bag – for when you purchase more souvenirs than you anticipated!

7. Alternative “Relay” Raglan Hoodie – don’t get caught in a cold plane cabin without this versatile layering essential!

8. COOLA Suncare Liplux SPF 15 Vanilla Peppermint Lip Balm –airplane cabins are notoriously drying, so keep this handy in your bag at all times!

9. Eagle Creek Pack-It™ Sac Medium – keep all your travel essentials like snacks, chargers and medicine close at hand and all in one place.

10. Sam Edelman “Gigi” Sandals – this super-wearable sandal goes with everything!

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Fresh Picks: Late Summer Blues

In the effort to conjure up an eternal summer, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite pieces in the season’s most beloved blue hues. Done in richer, more saturated tones (like cobalt and indigo), this cool shade perfectly transitions right into fall!

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1. Free People Breezy Tank in True Blue

2. BCBGeneration Solid Stud Scarf in Blue Smoke

3. Steve Madden “Bsnapp” Satchel in Cobalt

4. Brigitte Bailey “Melanie” Date Night Dress in Cobalt

5. Jack by BB Dakota “Herrick” Sweater in Classic Blue

6. Free People “Silo” Tank in Periwinkle

7. Report Signature “Olaf” Heels in Blue

8. Alternative Viscose Tank Dress in Steel Blue

9. Alternative Perfect Cap Sleeve Tee in Cambridge Blue

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Inspired By: Grown-Up Overalls

Let’s face it; overalls are one of the most polarizing trends right now. Although it’s true that certain overalls and overall pairings can run you the risk of looking kindergarten rather than grown-up chic, don’t dismiss this unexpectedly wearable trend just yet!

There are actually lots of ways to make the overall look very current and yes—even chic! Try doing a black and white pairing (like our lovely street style inspiration below) or opt for stark monochromatic white. If you prefer a more classic blue denim style, pair it with something dressier underneath, like a pretty silk blouse.

Check out our take on the updated, very of-the-moment overalls below!

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1. Alternative Cap Sleeve Crew in White

2. House of Harlow 1960 Tambora Triangle Necklace

3. Le Specs “Alohaha” Sunglasses

4. Blank NYC Overalls in Cybergoth

5. Frye Campus Saddle Bag

6. DV by Dolce Vita “Zippy” Sandals

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Inspired By: Campus Rebel

As summer winds down, we’re setting our sights firmly on campus-friendly looks that blend collegiate classic with a little dose of edge. That’s why we love today’s street style inspiration with its effortless mix of preppy and street-smart cozy.

Check out our take on this easy fall look:

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1. French Connection “Mod Squad” Shoulder Bag

2. BCBGeneration Round Neck Sweater

3. Alternative Poplin Button Up

4. French Connection “Rockstar” Jeans

5. Dr. Martens Wingtip Oxford