Monthly Archives: May 2017

Blush Sneakers for Summer

1 Keds Champion Mini Daisy Sneakers

Classics, with a twist—the “Champion” silhouette gets a chic update, done up in daisy-patterned crochet. Pair them with a sundress for an easy summer look. Available in three other colors.

2 Nine West Sendy Slip-On Sneakers

Kiltie detailing and an almond-shaped toe add a little refinement to this pair, but real leather and a padded insole ensure they’re just as comfortable as their more casual counterparts. Also available in black.

3 Superga 2750 Cotmetu Metallic Sneaker

Rose gold isn’t just trending in jewerly and makeup—it’s also having a moment in footwear. Just like swiping on a rose gold highlighter works for any skin tone (because it straddles the line between cool and warm tones), the hue will work with any color ensemble as well.

4 Blue by Betsey Johnson Esme Sneakers

Floral embroidery and the palest pink add feminine touches to this menswear silhouette, making them the perfect pairing for casual weekend pieces like denim skirts. Also available in ivory.

5 Converse Pro Leather Botanical Gardens Low Top

Perforated leather doesn’t just look cool, it maximizes breathability to keep your feet feeling cool as well. We love that this pair comes with matching blush laces as well as a white pair, so you can add a little contrast if you like. Also available in blue.

6 Clarks Floura Mix Sneakers

This pair takes a page straight out of the current athleisure craze, with retro-cool design details like colorblocking and a sawtooth outsole. Also available in black.

7 Dolce Vita Zalen Sneaker

These low-profile, copper colored tennis shoes add a stylish pop to weekend ensembles like jeans and a tee. Also available in platinum.

Best Ways to Save Money on Your Wardrobe

Being on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean you have to cut new clothing out of your life for good. Follow these simple tips to save—while you shop.

1. Do Shop Slightly Out of Season

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Most retailers get new deliveries of clothing at least every two weeks (if not more often), and are under constant pressure to turn over their merchandise. This means that season-specific items—summer shorts and sandals, winter hats and gloves—hit the shelves a month or so early and are likely to be deeply discounted halfway through the season, despite still being the latest trends (making right now, for example, a great time to shop for swimwear). Resist the urge to stock up on the new pieces you want for the coming season—snag them when they’re marked down, but still wearable for months instead.

2. Do Buy Better Basics
When it comes to wardrobe staples (a white buttoned shirt, black trousers, a go-to tee), the options are endless, seemingly similar, and available at every price point, from Forever 21 to Fendi. But when it comes to these pieces—the ones you’ll wear over and over again, year after year—it makes more sense to invest in quality items. The cheap black pencil skirt and the more expensive one might not look so different on the rack, but paying a little more now will prevent you from having to constantly replace the lower-priced version (which will show telltale signs of wearing and washing much sooner), saving you money in the long run.
3. Don’t Get Sucked in By Sales
Do you have Black Friday marked on your calendar? What about Cyber Monday? Super Saturday? Amazon Prime Day? Are you on the mailing list for all of your favorite stores because they offer insider deals and discounts? You may think you’re being a savvy consumer by always scoring new things at lower-than-retail value, but you’re really just playing into well-known consumer psychology retailers use to get their customers to buy more—and more often. Do yourself a favor and unsubscribe from all of those email lists. The next time you’re tempted by a sale item, first ask yourself, “Is this something I would pay full value for? Or am I just tempted to buy it because it’s on sale?”

4. Don’t Dry Clean
Prevent your laundry bills from racking up by checking care tags before you walk out of the store. If you have any items that are “dry clean only,” keep in mind that the purchase price of that item isn’t the final amount that it will ultimately cost your bank account—you need to factor in the cost of dry cleaning for every wear. Keeping your closet stocked with pieces you can launder yourself will keep the cost of caring for your wardrobe down considerably.
5. Do Pay Attention to Care Tags
If avoiding “dry clean only” items is a maxim you already live by, take it one step further and ensure you’re taking proper care of the clothing you have—just because you don’t need to dry clean a piece doesn’t mean it won’t need special care. Check the care tag and always launder according to the manufacturers specifications, whether that’s with cold water only, laying flat to dry, or handwashing. It will greatly extend the lives of your clothes.

6. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for a Discount
Have you ever spotted a could-be perfect piece in store, reached for it, and realized, sadly, that it’s been damaged? Usually, the issue is minor—a small (removable) stain, a ripped seam, or a missing button—nothing you can’t fix at home for the cost of a small emergency sewing kit. Instead of putting the item back on the rack in defeat, recognize it as an opportunity to inquire about the retailer’s damage discount policy; they usually have one in place that will knock about 10 percent off of the price, even if it’s already on sale.

7. Do Try Alternative Ways to Shop
Mass retailers aren’t the only options out there to keep your closet well-stocked. Try hosting a clothing swap with friends, scouring eBay for coveted investment pieces, and keeping an eye on the offerings at your local thrift, consignment, and off-price stores

Some Attractive Fashion for Sun Protection

Spending some time in the summer sun? Snap up one of these styles with built-in UV protection.

1 Wallaroo Hat Company Savannah Hat

This chic hat has a 5-inch brim that not only throws some serious shade, but also blocks harmful UVA and UVB rays with an Ultraviolent Protection Factor of 50+. A wire-edged rim means it will sit exactly where you want it to. It rolls up easily, so you can pack this for all of your summer vacations, too. Also available in black with camel stripes.

2 J. Crew Sun Shirt

Rash guards aren’t just for the surf set anymore; since the rise of athleisure, they’ve also been popping up as chic après swim attire. Fitting a bit looser than your average rash guard, you’ll feel cool and comfortable all summer long with room to move around. Also available in white and yellow.

3 Athleta Tie Dye Salutation 7/8 Ankle Tight

Take your yoga practice outside, or just rock these while you’re running errands—they’ll keep you comfortable and your skin protected. Designed to fit and flatter, Athleta has cut these in a full range of sizes: regular, tall, petite, and plus. The 7/8 length should hit you just above the ankle for a figure-friendly look that elongates your leg and has a non-restricting feel.

4 Mott50 Long Sleeve Woven Boyfriend Button Down

Super versatile, you’ll find a surprising amount of ways to style this top. Wear it over a bathing suit with embellished sandals to hit the beach, or with embroidered jeans and heels for your next lunch date. Dressed up or down, you’ll be safe from the sun with UPF 50 right in the fabric. Also available in navy.

5 White Sierra Bug Free Printed Gauze Scarf

The ultimate line of defense, in addition to UPF material, this scarf has a built-in insect repellant, so you won’t have to worry about pesky mosquitoes at your next summer BBQ. Drape this around your neck with your favorite white summer dress for a look that will protect you from UV rays during the day and bugs when you venture out at night. Also available in purple and yellow.

6 Coolibar Beach Cover Up Dress

This casual, cozy cover up is perfect for long days spent by the pool or on the beach. The lightweight material will be a breeze to pack—making it a no-brainer for summer vacations. Worried about damage to your highlights? Pop the hood up to keep your hair protected from UV rays, too. Available in ten other colors.

7 Title Nine Shield One Piece Swimsuit

Wear this sporty swimsuit on its own or over a bikini as a sleeveless wet suit. The print in the middle adds some interest, but the black panels on the sides of the print help enhance an hourglass figure.