Casual Wear: Women

TGIF!  If you are like most people, this phrase is music to your ears.  The calm and relief you feel when you get to Fridays is what you’ve been looking forward to all week.  What is the first thing you will throw on when you get home?  Several years ago, I could have predicted what you would say.  There was a point in fashion where the concept of casual wear fashion was all alike.  Nowadays, this answer can be different for everyone. 

Which brings us to our question, what is your go-to weekend outfit?   

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There was a time when jeans were the ultimate casual clothing option.  After a work week of wearing suits, slacks, skirts or dresses, you couldn’t wait for the weekend to come so you could throw on and lounge around in your jeans.  They were comfortable and practical.  Then, casual Fridays came along.  No longer was denim relegated to weekends only.  Businesses were allowing employees to wear denim on Fridays.  Eventually, it led to a more “work” casual approach with office attire.  In fact, a good number of companies, today, allow denim to be worn everyday with the expectation that you are not meeting with clients and that the denim jeans look appropriate, meaning not sloppy, not distressed, and darker in color.  That spawned a new normal for weekend wear…athleisure wear.  Work-out clothes such as leggings, yoga pants and the like, became the new comfy, casual weekend outfit.  This trend is still prominent.  

However, we have been noticing its popularity shift slightly.  People are looking to elevate their weekend clothing game.  We are seeing less athleisure wear worn as an actual outfit of the day.  Instead, there’s been an increase in demand for more jeans again.  Don’t get us wrong, athleisure isn’t going anywhere.  It is here to stay.  However, we are seeing people wanting to get back more into the denim game.  People are wanting to diversify their looks - something that denim jeans allow because of their versatility.  And the options are vast.  Trends in denim that used to come and go are now staples in wardrobes.  The high-rise fad in jeans that everyone thought would surely not take off and fall flat on it’s face is actually still going strong and there are no signs of it going anywhere.  Much like the skinny jean, it likely will become a staple and part of the collection of jeans everyone should own.  

For us, denim is everything.  It feels good and it looks good!  Sure, we have our athleisure apparel and dresses and pants and skirts and more.  But nothing compares to wearing a great pair of jeans!  It’s our go-to!  Make it yours, too!

Street Style: Men's Jeans

Life is about seeing and doing.  It’s about having experiences and taking advantage of opportunities.  Sebastian McCall Jeans is a brand founded on being and looking your best.  That best is different for each of us.  We often feature a blog post dedicated to photos of everyday people wearing our jeans called "Styled by You."  It give us and you a chance to see how our jeans are being worn, how they are being styled, and where people are wearing them to.  It’s one of our favorite posts to put up.  Whether you are a professional athlete, a lawyer, or an artist chasing your dream, these folks are living their passion and managing to do it all in their Sebastian McCall Jeans!

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Service Is Of The Essence

Shopping for clothes nowadays is a transient experience.  You spend a little time searching for items online, you click the purchase button, and you get your package.  Don’t like the fit of something? You send it back.  There are also subscription services that send you clothes based on a profile you complete - you keep and pay for what you want, and you send back the rest.  No interaction or conversations.  Just the click of buttons.  

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Many things have changed this way.  We hardly go to a movie theater because in about a week, it will be streaming on a digital site.  We don’t need to go to restaurants to eat their food because there are delivery services that will pick it up and bring it to you.  There is nothing wrong with how technology has made these things more accessible.  We are also one of these companies that has placed some focus on our website to make it the best and easiest experience to buy jeans.  We don’t deny that.  The question is, do we miss the old way, sometimes?  No longer do people spend a Saturday dedicated to hanging and shopping with friends.  It was a shopping and social event at the same time.  Do we miss this?

Retail stores still exist.  And for good reason.  There is something about going into a store to browse.  Being able to touch and feel fabrics.  Being able to compare colors and fit in real life.  Being able to ask a store associate a question and get an answer right away.  Being assisted with finding styles and sizes and getting recommendations.  Trying on and leaving with your purchase, in hand.  Instant gratification.  It was about the experience.  Stores haven’t lost this.  People who only shop online may have.  Sebastian McCall Jeans is partnered with Charlie’s Jeans in Philadelphia.  The store was just voted Best Shop in Philadelphia with a specific focus on denim.  It mentions how the staff are able to fit you in your perfect fitting jean.  No hassle.  It helps that Sebastian McCalls are the best fitting jeans!  However, the service the staff provides definitely makes finding jeans easier and makes the experience more pleasurable.  If you are still one of those who folks who appreciates the service you get when you go shopping, stores like Charlie’s Jeans are waiting for you to come in to help!

Fall Rotation

There’s no doubt that fall is here.  We are well into our more structured routines and schedules.   The streets are busier with folks back to work and kids back in school.  Stores are smelling like pumpkin spice and fully stocked with warmer clothes in fall colors.  Even the weather has slightly cooled off.  Just slightly.  While this transition period is one of our favorites, it can be a bit confusing when you’re trying to figure out what to wear.  That’s because days are still warm, even hot.  Yet nights can cool off enough where we may need a light sweater or jacket.  The key during this time is to keep a constant rotation of some summer clothes and some fall clothes.

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When you think about it, this time of year is when we get to dabble into fall seasonal clothes without the cumbersome nature that much colder weather clothes can sometimes feel like.  Short sleeves are still appropriate to wear, especially in deeper earth tones, or jewel colors.  Ankle boots and cooler weather fabrics like faux leather are also perfectly fitting during this time.  Darker jeans are a must, so go get them out from the back of your closet and work them back into your clothing repertoire.  Scarves and wraps can work double duty, as accessories or functional coverings to keep us warm. 

When in doubt, just keep the right balance.  Don’t sway too much into either season.  Layering will especially help while the weather is still finicky.  Eventually, the temperature will moderate and picking the right outfit will go back to being more simple and predictable.  



Three Essential Men's Jeans

Just like for women, there are staple jeans every man should have.  They are essential to any wardrobe just like a nice suit, dress shirt, nice belt and shoes and a plain white T.  Jeans will be the most versatile item in his wardrobe.  Also similar to women, men’s jeans come in a variety of fits, washes, colors and styles.  All are worthy of closet space.  But which ones are a must?  We’ll take you through the three we think are absolutely necessary.  Any others would be icing on the cake.

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Dark Blue Jeans  

Dark blue jeans for men a like nude heels for women.  They are extremely versatile, will go with almost anything paired with it and can be dressed up or down.  A great pair of dark blue jeans can be styled in different ways to fit the occasion.  Whether it is t-shirt and sneakers hanging out casual or button down, blazer and shoes date night.  Dark blue jeans are very flattering on and gives an outfit a sleek look. 

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Black Jeans

Just like dark blue jeans, black jeans are also versatile because of the dark color.  They too, can be dressed up or down and are sleek looking when worn.  But black jeans can take it up a notch when it comes to style.  When paired correctly, black jeans can give you an edgy look.  Try black jeans with black boots and great, leather motorcycle jacket and you’ve just elevated your look.  

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Classic Medium Wash Jeans

This is your go to jean when you don’t want to think.  Its your comfort, no fuss jean.  It’s your throw on in a hurry to leave jean.  It’s your grabbing a beer with the guys jean.  It’s the sweatpants of jeans.  There are many varieties of this jean alone.  Some with mild distressing, some with fading and whiskers and some with rugged, worn pocket, knee and hem edges.  This is the ultimate casual jean.  

Fall is just upon us and this is the perfect time to find these jeans.  Charlie’s Jeans, in Philadelphia, has all of the new fits, colors and styles in store now.  You can also pick up these styles here.  Let us help you find your perfect fit in the three essential jeans you need for your wardrobe. 

Fall Mood Board

You’ve likely heard of mood boards.  It’s where you take a board of any material and place images, fabrics, colors, shapes, etc for a particular project.  It allows you to see in one place, the theme or story for the project.  You can add, replace, or take away as much as you want, until you complete your vision for the project. Mood boards are used in many industries especially those involving design.  They can be in digital or physical format and the layout is all subjective.  

This had us thinking…this would be a great idea for creating our fall wardrobe!

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How many times have we told ourselves that we want to have a specific fashion look for a season, or we want to add new styles, ones we don’t often try or wear, to bring variety and energy to our wardrobe?  Pulling it together can seem complicated, too much work, or just hard.  With a mood board, gathering the information and components now, and adding to them as the season progresses will set you up for when you are actually ready to build your wardrobe!  

Don’t know where to start?  Try with just one fall color - let’s say maroon.  Begin to build around it with different fabrics in that color, add swatches with complementary colors, and cut out or pin images with clothing and accessories that will form looks that meet your criteria.  Just keep building until the board represents the look or style you are going for.  In the end, you not only will have an artistic storyboard, you will have a template to guide your shopping!  

Happy Fall Shopping!!!

Summer Sentiment

It’s hard to say goodbye to summer when the weather is still warm, the sun is still brightly shining, and there is still light out during dinnertime.  Mentally, we have to adjust, even though physically, things seem the same.  Summer 2018 was a lot more tranquil.  Which is ironic because it also felt like it went by much faster this year, or so it seemed. No grandiose events or vacations.  Just a lot of casual and carefree time spent with family and friends.  And now that we feel like we were just getting our stride, we are at the end.  That always happens, doesn’t it?!

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There are so many things to look forward to in the fall - we’ll get into that in our next couple of posts.  For now, as we think back over the past couple of months and how much fun we had, who we had it with, and all that we did, our summer was pleasantly full and fun!  We managed to get in simple, summer pleasures and in the end, they all added up to a great season.  With that sentiment, we will thoroughly enjoy this last summer weekend and are ready to embrace the changes that fall promises to bring!  

Subtle Changes

We are starting to see it already - transition pieces are making their way into the end of summer fashion for some people.  It’s been subtle, but noticeable… the bootie sandals, the longer sleeves rolled up, and the longer, darker jeans.  The hot, humid, summer weather has even lightened up this week.  All signs that the new season is upon us.  Shoppers are browsing the fall fashions in the stores and are picking up some transition pieces.  You’ll hear a lot about transition wear as we ease into the new season.

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Transition wear can be the best of both worlds. (Except during winter when you want to burn your sweaters waiting for spring… just kidding!)  The transition season lets you still enjoy the season you’re in while dabbling just a bit in what’s to come.  You can do this with fall colors like auburn, shoes like suede sandals, accessories like scarves and more.  It allows us to play with fashion in a unique way without fully committing to one season or the other.  We’ll be honest, we don’t want summer to end quite yet.  But the new fall fashions we are seeing are quite beautiful.  Even just the fall colors are drawing us in!  So, dabble if you must!

Taking Summer Cues

We are relishing our final summer days.  And while we kind of turned our backs to fall at the beginning of the month, we may or may not be looking over our shoulders with just a slight interest in what is to come.  It’s not that we want fall to come faster.  No, we want to enjoy as much of summer as we can get.  We just can’t help it!  We are inundated with so much back to school, back to regular work hours, back to the grind of schedules... it is impossible to ignore!  In fact, in many warmer states, everyone is already back in this mode with kids having started school this week.  So, how do we transition gracefully?  We can take some cues from the way we live in the summer.

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You can start by continuing to stay in the moment.  It seems that when September comes, we hit the ground running - over-scheduling our lives, always looking to the next thing, while over looking the right now.  Summer brings out the “stay present” mindset.  Why not keep it as long as possible?  There are so many things to enjoy about fall... even the time now, as we transition into fall.  Let’s savor and relish each day, if possible, whether we are doing summer activities or a little preparing for the next season.  

Even when fall comes and we get back into our routines and our calendars fill up, let’s leave in some “maybe” options.  During the summer, there isn’t as much structure to our days, to our plans, or to our time.  We participate in things when we want to, we live for the spontaneous trips and activities, and we release the stresses of having to do something or go somewhere.  That feeling of freedom is happiness.  Don’t lose that!  When possible, leave days or time open for some spontaneity.  Give yourself the options of doing something or nothing. This will be especially helpful when the holidays start approaching.  

If you try these things, the transition of seasons may be easier than you think.  You’ll learn to live and enjoy, and not just survive, through it.  That, is a state of happiness.  

Happy Summer!

Weekend Vibe: White Jeans

This weekend we are feeling the white jean vibe.  We don’t know if it’s the super hot weather, the beaming of the sun, or the nearing of the end of summer.  We just know that this is the mood we’re feelin’!  If you don’t have a pair of great white jeans, get them now, or you’ll be missing out!  Some people shy away from wearing white bottoms.  Let us help you dispel some of these myths and rumors.

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One of the biggest reasons why people may avoid wearing white jeans is because they think they’ll get them dirty.  But really, how many times have you spilled something on yourself?  Or sat somewhere without looking first?  Not many times.  So this shouldn’t stop you.  Another hesitation some may have for wearing white jeans or pants is believing that they are all see through, exposing more than one wants.  In some instances, yes.  Fabrics can play a role.  The lighter and sheerer the fabric, the more that will show through.  However, if you buy the right pair and in the right thickness of fabric, they will not show a thing.  Wearing nude, not white, undergarments will not show under white.  Wear a nude color that blends in with your skin tone.  Another huge myth about wearing white jeans is that white can make you look bigger.  This is not true!  The style of pant or bottom will determine how you look, not the color.  Finding the perfect fit in white jeans will make all the difference in how you look and feel! 

So don’t shy away from wearing white jeans.  They are the staple jean color of the summer.  They give any outfit a chic, edgy, and clean look!  Happy Summer!!   

Carefree

We recently read a meme that said August is the Sunday of summer.  To think that there’s only one month left of summer is… well… let’s just not think of it that way.  Let’s look at it as a full month ahead of us to enjoy all the pleasures of summer!  

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Nobody needs to be reminded of what’s to come.  We all know.  We don’t need stores to try and sell us school and winter stuff.  Even if we must dabble into fall preparations, let’s not stay there too long.  Let us still enjoy buying summer dresses, white jeans, suntan lotions and funnel cake.  There is still plenty of time to hit the beach for a weekend getaway or a weekday “sick” day from work.  We still want to enjoy outdoor movies and pool parties.  We want to take warm, night-time summer strolls and eat brunch on outdoor patios.  And we don’t want to feel rushed or have anxiety trying to fit it all in. 

Let’s look at August as a month with plenty of carefree summer days.  It’s a reminder month to get out, soak in some rays, feel the warmth, enjoy the leisure, and absorb the fun times with your family and friends!  

Happy Summer!  

Something Special

We have some special events coming up.  More specifically - wedding type of events.  It got us thinking, how do you choose what to wear for these occasions?  We know locations and time of the events can narrow the choices down, but for the most part, it’s still an event that’s lighthearted, pretty and celebratory.  If you’re like us, you’ve called several of your friends who are also guests hoping to get some ideas on what to wear.  The one thing we can all agree on is what not to wear - white!  That’s the one fashion rule that should be followed.  So... what should we wear?  

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When we think of weddings, and events surrounding weddings, we think of pretty flowers, chic colors, and elegant fabrics.  Use that as your guide to what you can wear.  Floral prints are very popular to wear to wedding events because they are feminine, soft and pretty.  It perfectly fits into the theme of love and romance.  If floral prints aren’t your thing, choose to wear happy colors or brighter shades of darker colors.  Instead of deep and dark colors like navy and brown, choose a pretty royal blue or melon shade or yellow hue. You want to choose colors that feel light, and emit joy.  Remember, pastels are always a good option.  Fabrics can make all the difference in how you look, regardless if you wear a dress or a nice pair of pants and a blouse.  Avoid elements that are too rough and tough.  It can give a harsh look.  Try fabrics that flow or drape like silk and chiffon.  Lace and ruffles are perfect details to wear for these types of occasions.  

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No matter where the event is held or what kind of event it is, you’ll want to look special.  This is a very special time for your friends.  You will be part of their important events and surrounded by their close friends and families.  You’ll want them to feel special by also looking special!   

Staycation

We recently talked about jetting off to somewhere far, warm, and pretty for our vacation.  But what if a staycation is in the cards this summer?  No worries!  There are no shortage of fun and engaging events happening in our area.  From beer gardens and festivals, to art and theater showcases, and so much more.  Staycations can be just as much fun as a traditional vacation!  Maybe even less of a headache with no major traffic and traveling.  The key is planning.  

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Staycations can be super busy with activities, or just simple and relaxing.  Even a little bit of both!  Planning your time and thinking a little ahead of what and when you’ll do something will help it feel more like a vacation.  We don’t mean scheduling your week… that’s the opposite of a vacation!  We mean having mental notes of things you may want to do.  Know what’s going on in your area in the event you want to get out of your house and enjoy some sun and entertainment.  Or plan a day of cooking fun at home like making a foreign dish or having breakfast for dinner and dessert for breakfast.  Visit an area of your city that you haven’t been to before or spent much time in.  The luxury with a staycation is you don’t have to go far for fun.  Fun can be in your backyard or just a neighborhood away.  The more creative you are with the activities you plan, the more memorable and enjoyable of time you’ll have.  Whatever way you choose to spend the summer, make it light, entertaining, and easy!

Vacay Vibes

Tickets?  Check.  Hotel?  Check.  Car rental?  Check.  We are all packed and ready to go.  Vacation here we come!  After the long, never ending winter we had, this vacation is long overdue.  This trip will be a relaxing one.  No touring... no excursions... no sight-seeing...  Just laying by the pool and the beach with a drink in hand and a book to read.  The hardest decision we will make is where to eat! 

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Also what's no fuss is our wardrobe.  We will spend most of the day in a bathing suit.  When we do get dressed, we want something practical, easy to put together and something that can transition from day to night if need be.  The first thing in our suitcase is a jersey fabric, summer dress with a floral print.  This can be worn with flip flops, nice sandals or white chucks.  The fabric is travel friendly and usually requires no ironing.  Also, we’ve packed some basic T’s for throwing on, and some bright colored tops when we want to amp up our look a little.  Finally, we’ve packed some shorts and one jean that can tie in almost any top with any shoe for day or night - the Moto Skinny in Galaxy.  You’ve seen us feature this jean before and there is a reason why.  It covers so many features in just one jean!  First, it can be worn with any shoe, day or night.  Next, its dark color can be perfectly dressed up at night when you go out to dinner or for drinks.  Lastly, the moto style gives it a funky edge, and elevates your look with just a simple detail.  

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We hope you are looking forward to your summer vacay just as much as we are!  We hope you are able to relax, enjoy your company and de-stress from life’s chaos.  Your only worry should be about how much fun you should have!  

Happy Summer! 

Office Cool

It’s been hot.  Really hot.  The kind of hot where the slightest of movements will make you sweat.  While we would love to spend all of these hot days by the beach or pool, some of us have to work!  You know, to afford times when we can spend some days by the beach or pool.  For many of us, that means work clothes in the sweltering heat.  But have no fear, there are many ways to keep cool even if you have to wear pants or jeans to your office!

First and foremost, choose a lighter weight fabric.  Stick with light weight cotton, linen or rayon fabrics.  Even for tops.  These types of fabrics are comfortable, lighter in weight, have breathability, and usually dry fast when wet.  Similarly for denim, find lighter weight denim fabrics for your jeans.  The lighter the fabric, the more breathability they have.  You can usually feel the difference between heavier and lighter weight denim.  

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Next, choose looser fits.  The more space you have in your clothes, the more air is able to flow through and the cooler you will feel.  Bootcut, straight leg, and wider leg trouser fits are ideal in this instance.  If skinny fits are all you have, a neat cuff or hem roll can help expose more of your skin to air for cooling.  

Finally, balance your long pants or jeans outfits by exposing more skin with your tops and shoes.  Open toe shoes or sandals are usually okay in many office environments.  Especially in the summer.  As long as they are not flip flops.  Sleeveless tops normally work in the office.  Spaghetti straps might be pushing it.  However, even if your office has a rule against these types of tops, a cardigan or light weight blazer will give you the coverage you need while at the office.  Depending on your office attire protocol, you may be able to get away with wearing both.  

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Sometimes, the weather is so hot and humid, even if you were in a bathing suit, you would still feel hot.  Our goal for work attire in the summer is to stay as cool as possible, yet maintain professionalism.  Summer dresses and skirts are of course are a no brainer with it comes to  your office wardrobe mix.  Just remember that pants and jeans can work just as well!  

Happy 4th of July!

We love the 4th of July!  It’s the one of the least stressful holidays of the year!  Everyone is happy, excited about summer, and ready to celebrate.  We usually don’t fret over what we’re doing or where we’ll be.  We just know that we’ll end up somewhere with good people and great food.  

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Everything about this holiday is fun.  The food is always abundant and deliciously not the healthiest.  The fashion is always patriotic, playful, and carefree.  The company is always celebratory and cheerful.  Everybody wants to have a good time.  And who doesn’t like a night that ends in fireworks?!  We wish you and your family a very happy and safe holiday!

Happy 4th of July!!

 

 

 

Rules Reversed

It’s summer.  Officially.  And Finally.  Bring on the summer dresses, white jeans, floral prints, sandals and boots and velour!  What?!?!  That’s a faux pas, right?  We have “rules” for not wearing summer clothes in the winter.  Do the “rules” reverse for the summer?  We know, our blog is all about fashion freedom - not following the rules... being an individual.  However, after the long, never-ending winter many of us experienced, we just assumed that everyone burned their winter gear.  Okay, not burned it, but certainly packed it away.  Ours are stowed deep in the back of our basements and we are hoping not to touch it again until, hopefully, late fall.  So, why are we still some winter fashions in the summer?  It’s part pushing the fashion envelope and part displaying future Fall 2018 fashion trends, if you can believe it or not. 

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Many of us look forward to shedding the heavy winter layers in the summer.  We feel a sense of freedom of not having to wear so much.  That doesn’t mean we need to ditch everything from the fall and winter.  Just like some summer fashions can transition into winter, there are some winter fashions that can be worn in the summer.  Think booties.  If there’s one fall piece that can work easily with summer clothes, it’s the booty.  They aren’t a cumbersome shoe, and only cover the foot just a tad more than a pump.  Picture a floral summer dress, a cute boater hat and some light tan booties.  This outfit is perfect for a summer, breezy day! 

Still not convinced?  Here’s a fashion industry fact - while summer clothes are currently in stores and being advertised, fashion companies are in fact currently preparing for fall.  Behind the scenes, nearly all fashion businesses are in the process of building and securing their fall fashion pieces that you will see and want to buy in the fall.  Why now?  It’s necessary for clothing vendors that make the clothes have the time to produce the products in time for fall.  Most of the fashion industry works six to nine months ahead of schedule.  That’s why spring runway shows are displaying fall fashions.  They are predicting, showcasing, and influencing what you may see and wear in the fall.  They enlist fashion influencers such as celebrities and models to help wear these future fall trends now, to get us thinking about what’s to come.  

We aren’t mentally there yet.  You might not be either.  We do not want to rush summer!  Especially considering it literally just began.  So, don’t fret over what’s to come.  Let’s leave that to the industry.  When the time comes, we’ll start thinking about it.  Until then, let’s enjoy the warm sun! 

Wrap It Up

As you’re out shopping this late spring and summer, you are bound to find a large selection of wrap style dresses and shirts.  The wrap look has been around for a long time and continues to stay a staple in wardrobes, as well as a trend.  When most of us think of wrap dresses, we think of Diane Von Furstenberg, who popularized this trend with her brand in the 70’s.  Today, most brands carry a version of a wrap dress as a part of their collections.  And now, the wrap style can be found in the form of coats and tops too!  There’s even the faux wrap look where  the actual wrap of the dress or top is sewn into place.

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Why is this style so popular, even today?  The first, and probably most important, reason is the fit.  The wrapped look is very flattering on every body type.  Yes, everyone.  The style is very forgiving and adjustable.  Certain wrap dresses and tops hug around the waist adding definition to your silhouette.  The typical v-neckline cut is sexy yet feminine.  The overall style leaves you looking chic and classic.  Another reason this style is always popular is because of its versatility.  There is not an occasion that this look wouldn’t work for.  Whether in solid colors or prints, long sleeve or short sleeve, heels or flats, pulling off this look is super easy and it always looks great!  

This timeless look is one you can certainly pull off.  There are so many variations in cut and style, you can easily find one that works best for you! 

Upgrade Dad's Wardrobe

Father’s Day is right around the corner.  We know we need to get him a gift but we don’t fret about it as much as we would for a Mother’s Day gift.  Why?  Dads are usually pretty easy going when it comes to gifts.  They generally have a signature style that’s pretty much classic, practical, and unassuming.  Not all dads are this way, but a lot are.  Let’s face it, some dads aren’t the most stylish person in the family.  That’s doesn’t mean he doesn’t always look nice, put together and handsome.  It’s just that his wardrobe may not be as fashion forward or as trendy as it can be.  This Father’s Day, let’s upgrade his wardrobe!  Let’s refresh two typical items in his closet with a modern version. 

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Let’s take jeans.  There are “mom jeans” that ironically are a fashion trend right now.  There are also "dad jeans."  We all know the type of jeans that most dads wear - usually pretty loose fitting, faded and lighter in color, and not a lot of shape or structure to it.  After all, he uses his jeans for comfort and lounge wear.  Let's upgrade his jeans with something more clean looking, darker, and less baggier.  Not skinny jeans, more like a straight leg or boot cut.  Let’s show dad he can still feel comfortable and relaxed in a jean that’s closer to his body, with a little more shape and in medium or darker wash.  He’ll look casual, yet sleek.

Similarly, we can say the same for shorts.  Is your dad still wearing cargo shorts?  Or pleated shorts?  Or a shorts version of his jeans?  Let’s up his shorts game with something neater looking and less busy.  Plain front, straight fit shorts will do the trick.  And just like jeans or a simple white T, shorts can also be dressed up slightly.  A darker color would work perfectly for casual weekend wear or to an al fresco dinner date with your mom.  

Father’s Day shopping doesn’t have to seem mundane.  We can give him a modern, nicer version of those items he likes and often wears, or those things he might not regularly spend extra money on.  After all, he deserves the best… because he is the best! 

Wardrobe Reinvention

As the weather stays warmer and we wear less layers, fashion typically takes on a more simplistic look.  Sometimes it’s just too hot for all of the effort we may normally put into getting dressed.  So how do we stay stylish with less?  Reinvention!  It's redefining or restyling items in our wardrobe.  It can be as simple as pulling an outfit and swapping out a part of it with something unconventional or unique.  

Let’s take summer dresses.  This is one staple we all have in our closets.  With our summer dresses we typically wear some form of sandal.  Next time you pull out a summer dress, swap out your sandals for sneakers.  Sneakers aren’t just for jeans or workout gear.  A sleek, simple sneaker with a summer dress gives the outfit a completely different and stylish vibe.  An easy, no fuss swap for a modern look.

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Another effortless swap can be with accessories.  We all have accessories in our closets that have busy prints and eccentric shapes that we sometimes don’t know how to wear or style.  Instead of relying on your trusty monotone handbag, try glamming up a basic shirt and jeans outfit with a funky hat or colorful bag.  A beautiful silk scarf can transform into a necklace, a belt and even a bracelet!  We can do a lot with so little! 

Let’s face it, we all want to look and feel stylish, but sometimes that can be a lot of work.  We don’t have, or want to spend the time to plan our outfits in advance.  However, interchanging accessories and shoes with our everyday clothes can quickly elevate our outfits and our looks without all of the fuss!