Boots To Get Your Style Movin'

If shoes are a girl’s best friend, then boots most assuredly must be a man’s — well, after his dog of course. As a man myself, there’s an inherently euphoric feeling about owning a pair of boots that you just can’t get with an everyday pair of kicks, and I'm not just talkin' smells.

Boots are refined yet rugged; modern yet classic; dressy yet casual; sleek yet rustic. In fact, they’re a full-on style contradiction, however, their allure makes them a popular classic year after year. Take a look at some of the styles I own below, as well as some styles that are on my radar for this fall! 

 

 

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3 Denim Brands to Wear Now

A tried and true staple, denim is everything that’s right with clothing fashion. Jeans, generally speaking, have not strayed far from its fundamental design since 1873, with the exception of a few color alterations and embellishments along the way.

But what makes denim truly great is its wardrobe versatility. Need pants that are dressy but not too formal? No problem — dark denim it is! Looking for something with casual appeal, but is more socially acceptable than sweatpants? Wear a light, medium or color wash in any variety of bootcut, flare, straight leg, or skinny leg styles. The options are virtually endless!

 

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With that being said, it’s important to be cognizant of when and where it’s actually acceptable to wear jeans. Funerals, job interviews, the courthouse, an opera, a wedding — etiquette says absolutely never. Instead, save it for more lighthearted places and occasions, such as your little bro’s birthday, a hot date or semi-casual Friday at the office.

Because it's now the time of year when denim reigns supreme, let’s round out your wardrobe’s bottom half with some top styles. Showcased below are some of best washes, cuts and brands that’ll have you looking classy, never slouchy or sloppy, for fall! 

 

 

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Regardless your style, owning dark denim is a wardrobe must. For men, a pair of black jeans is a nice alternative to wearing the typical blue. Hudson’s Byron Straight gives off an upscale look that can transition from a day in to a night out with ease. 

Staying true to a dark wash, the mid rise Flawless – Hello Skinny from Joe’s Jeans is a pure winner. Not only can you dress your outfit up or down seamlessly, but this pant also has an integrated dual-pocket design so you can discreetly carry your iPhone and charging battery without added bulge.

 

 

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Military pants, also known as combat or camo, continue to make fashion waves. For the ladies, try a slim fitting skinny leg for an urban chic look that’ll grab attention. This Hudson Lilly mid-rise pairs nicely with heels or flats. 

Men — if you’re looking for a more subdued military look, an olive pant would make for a great denim addition. Again, keep the look refined with a slim, tailored fit and polish off your smart style with a snazzy pair of burnished chukka boots. 

 

 

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Sometimes a change of pace does a person good. The same can also be said for your choice of denim. Believe it or not, a washed-out, greyish look can actually make you stand out from the masses. With a lived-in feel, these Paige favorites combine nicely with contrasting black, white or offsetting grey hues.

 

 

How NYDJ Can Inspire Your Autumn Attire

Uncomfortable, unstylish clothes have been around since the dawn of time. Fortunately, due to modern resources and technology, we’re no longer succumbed to gathering fig leaves, spinning linen or wrangling up sheep on our own just to create a pair of itchy, wooly pants.  

Today we’re blessed to have fashion forward designers and manufacturers craft tops, bottoms and everything in between on our behalf. However, when it comes to everyday style, women are still tasked to choose comfort for looks, as well as looks for comfort.

NYDJ doesn’t believe in that mantra. Instead, the brand continues to innovate their products and break the mold by creating a line of clothing dedicated to women not just young in age, but also in spirit. 

 

 

 

 

NYDJ is notably known for their original slimming jean. Created with premium materials, you’ll never experience that awful worn-in, bagging sensation often felt with other brands. And with this season's newest Sure Stretch Denim® technology, you'll instantly see an increase in your pants' flexibility. 

Additionally, NYDJ's universal fit makes it simple to get the same flattering look in every pair you choose. That’s right! Whether you're a crop, capri, bootcut, straight or skinny leg kind of girl, you’ll experience the same satisfaction in each and every style.

 

 

 

 

And as part of the brand’s constant innovation, NYJD has created Lift Tuck® technology to give gentle, slimming control in the front while simultaneously lifting and reshaping the back.

In fact, each style is designed to make you look one full size smaller. How does this sorcery work? Well, each style features a built-in crisscrossing panel from within that trims the tummy and creates a pleasing silhouette where you want and need it most.

Beyond denim, NYDJ incorporates its Lift Tuck® technology in their line of pants, dresses, tops and athletic attire.

 

 

 

 

This autumn, don’t just pair your ankle boots and cardigans with any kind of denim, dresses or tops. Instead, explore NYDJ’s vast selection of clothing that’s guaranteed to keep you looking fabulous and feeling exceptional.

 

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Designer Picks: Nanette Lepore

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What were some inspirations for your fall collection?

N: The artisans and craftsman of the world, the breathtaking embroideries in the Met show, my own extensive archive and a lifetime of travels to souks and markets from all over.


Describe the woman you design for.

N: Our woman is sexy and powerful, feminine and taken seriously. She’s the life of the party…she’s the boss.


What are some things that are on top of your must-have list for fall transition? 

N: There are so many great new pieces from our fall collection! The Love Crime Dress is a great desk-to-dinner dress and the print is beautiful. The Interwoven Pullover is perfect for those fall nights you find yourself walking around the city or in front of a campfire. For a classic go-to look with tights and booties, the No Regrets Dress is incredibly flattering.

 

Where/when do you feel your most creative?

N: A trip to Paris or Morocco with my daughter, Violet, is always inspiring. I’m always anxious to get back into the studio and work out the ideas that have been brewing.

 

New York Fashion Week is just around the corner; what are you most looking forward to this time around?

N: We’ve been working really hard to get more runway looks into production so the customer can shop straight from the fashion show.

NANETTE'S PICKS:

1. Mystery Dress

2. Academic Shift Dress

3. Dewey-Decimal Dress

4. Librarian Dress

5. No Regrets Dress

6. Wasn't Me Dress

7. Love Crime Dress

8. Interwoven Pullover

9. Secret Gateway Top

10. Poetry Top

11. Cross Examine Cardi

SHOP NANETTE LEPORE >>

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On Our Favorites: Digital Print

Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!

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French Connection “Wilderness Check” Dress – The futuristic take on floral print makes this dress utterly fresh and modern.

L.A.M.B. “Ekta” Hobo  – We love the multi-dimensional look of this ultra-chic oversized bag.

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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

 

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On Our Favorites: Well Embellished

Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!

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Free People Embellished Tee – Oh-so-soft like our favorite vintage tee but with bohemian inspired details that make it truly special.

Steve Madden “Wiktor” Sandals – The jeweled embellishments on this versatile sandal is tempered by its simple silhouette.

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Vince Camuto Fall Colors

One of our favorite things about fall is all the beautiful fall colors. And we don’t mean the foliage either, although that’s pretty impressive, too! From rich emeralds, deep burgundies to bold fuchsia, a dose of color goes a long way to make a fall outfit come alive.

Check out some of our favorite vibrant hues from Vince Camuto:

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1. Vince Camuto Tamara Bag in Teal, 2. Vince Camuto Jardine Ankle Boots in Ruby, 3. Vince Camuto Annette Satchel in Buckthorn Brown, 4. Vince Camuto Double-Breasted Trench in Fuschia, 5. Vince Camuto Hooded Toggle Coat, 6. Vince Camuto Double Breasted Peacoat in Burnt Orange