Pre-Fall Fashion to Wear Now

You’ve heard of Fall fashion collections, but did you know about “Pre-Fall”? Designers recently debuted their 2014 Pre-Fall collections, which are often meant to be in-between season lines featuring fewer pieces than full Fall and Spring collections. These “Pre-Fall” lines are perfect for those living in regions that begin to transition into cooler weather early, but not exactly ideal for those living in, say, the South – where it’s still in the 70s going into November. While that usually means these chic Pre-Fall styles are just plain unwearable until the holidays, there [... more]

The Only Shoelaces You Will Ever Need

Withstanding the zombie apocalypse. Extreme hipster resistance.  Bear attacks.  These are just a few of the bragging points held by the makers of Kickstarter’s latest success story, Rhino Laces: guaranteed unbreakable shoelaces designed for the world’s toughest jobs. Some things only become obvious to people in extreme situations, like two wildland firefighters who found their boot laces were snapping just as fast as the charred branches surrounding them. Determined to find a useful solution, they spent years testing different materials that would be both cut-proof and fire-proof, finally developing a proprietary [... more]

Red, White, and Blue for You

Festive holidays can always be a bit tricky to dress for:  you can choose to don your finest themed apparel – and run the risk of looking like a five-year-old - or not dress up at all and run the risk of looking out of place when everyone else is red, white, and blue-in’ it up.  If only there were a happy medium, right? This weekend, embrace a festive outfit without feeling too cheesy and childish. The key to the perfect 4th of July outfit is to choose two colors to focus [... more]

Nice Socks

The owners of Nice Laundry wanted high-quality socks at a low price, so they cut out the middleman and started making their own. Cuff tension, heel pocket depth, fine raw materials and a shrink-resistant final product are some of the things that they had in mind when they began designing, and the results feel as good as they sound. There are a few special things about this brand. First, it offers a recycling option for your old socks. You can send them in and they’ll salvage what they [... more]

Simple Sandal

Minimalism rules the fashion industry these days, and that’s not exclusive to women’s style. Take Bally’s sandals for men. With their simple structure and subtle and sporty iconic accent stripe, these leather sandals embrace the minimalist trend while still remaining functional and stylish. The soft calf leather and rubber soles provide the ultimate level of comfort for vacations spent at the beach or touring the countryside, or as your daily casual shoe during the summer. Pair with shorts or chinos rolled at the ankle for a casual cool look that will transition [... more]

Kickin’ It at the Coast

It’s beach season and that means maximizing style with minimal clothes. Lightweight, breathable linen looks great but can take some wear and tear. Whether it’s a pair of pants or a light-colored shirt such as the one above, linen is a must-have for your summer wardrobe. Throw on some short trunks and grab your reliable bag and you’re ready to head down to the beach. Just don’t forget a good pair of sunglasses and a towel for catching some rays. Oh, and before you go, head over [... more]

On the Brinka Style

Graphic shoes can liven up your wardrobe by working print into your everyday looks. Bally’s Brinka Pumps ($313) in an Aztec-inspired geometric pattern catch the eye without overwhelming your outfit. The soft, calf-skin leather shoe comes in two different color ways: a neutral steel gray and a warm shade of coral. True to the current trend that bucks sky-high heels, the Brinka stands just a tad over 2½ inches, making them perfect for either day or night. Wear these with a pair of dark-blue skinny jeans or [... more]

Dapper Daddy

Historically, the color blue signifies masculinity. But did you know that it also symbolizes wisdom, intelligence, and self-esteem? Broadcast your confidence by incorporating different shades in a bold business casual outfit ideal for the style-conscious guy. Start off your statement-making ensemble with a blue and brown plaid sports jacket by Sarar and cheeky sapphire blue bowtie by Fox & Brie. Ground the look with classic navy twill trousers by Sid Mashburn, an oxford button-down shirt, and brown leather accessories. Whether you’re attending the kids’ recital or grabbing [... more]

Jack of All Spades

Launched in 1996 as a men’s lifestyle brand selling handmade utilitarian messenger bags, Jack Spade continues a tradition of quality design. The line, launched by Andy Spade, husband of Kate Spade, now predominantly focuses on classic menswear and accessories but still maintains that same Americana aesthetic synonymous with the power couple’s products. The Cole Short ($168), featured above, perfectly captures the essence of the brand with a color-block design reminiscent of the original Jack Spade canvas bags. Made from 100-percent cotton, these updated classic shorts, paired with [... more]

Peek-A-Bootie

Who says boots are just for winter? These Olivia Cut Out Buckle Boots ($310) transition easily from cold weather to the summer heat. Generous side peep-holes turn the shoes into multi-seasonal footwear perfect for a casual day excursion or a girls’ night out. With a 3½-inch tapered heel and wraparound buckled strap, the shoe offers a chic option to the all-too-common pump or wedge. Sporting a luxurious white leather, the booties bring an element of edginess to any outfit without screaming, “I’m here to party!”

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Everyone knows bright colors go hand-in-hand with summer fashion, but if you’re a guy looking for this year’s IT color, turn your attention to a bright marigold or lemon yellow. Flattering to so many skin tones, this rich buttery hue radiates a fun-in-the-sun vibe while remaining surprisingly chic. Pair a bright cotton sweater with a sharp navy blazer for work, or slip on some eye-catching loafers before heading out at night. Not feeling so brave with this bold color? Get a taste of it with a yellow [... more]

Beach Bombshell

Who said beachwear can’t be glamorous? This chic, all-black one piece and matching cover-up makes the perfect ensemble for poolside evenings and resort vacations. The waist-cinching Shape Swimsuit by H&M will boost your body confidence, while the sensually sheer Beach Dress with deep V-neck and side slit playfully offers peek-a-boo moments. Paired with these trendy platform Lindsey Wedges by Stella McCartney and gold and red accessories from Swell Caroline and House of Lavande, this fetching outfit will surely turn heads at any waterside gathering. H&M Shape Swimsuit [... more]

Kickin’ It With Keds

Keds’ iconic and simple canvas-top sneakers have adorned the feet of women and children for nearly 100 years, but did you know they make Keds for men too? From the original style to chukkas, there’s a Keds perfectly suited for you! The Champion Springs line for men is particularly ideal for spring thanks to several bright color choices and its lightweight form. Slip on a pair with your slim-cut jeans rolled at the ankle, or with your favorite pastel-hued club shorts for a relaxed and effortless spring [... more]

Transitional Statement

You can’t assemble a complete spring wardrobe without a pair of fashion-forward wedge sandals. But is it too much to ask that the wedge also be miraculously comfortable and appropriate for both day and night? Texas designer Elaine Turner doesn’t think so. Featuring an elegant color-block design of rich black and tawny brown, her chic Camila Black and Butter Leather Wedge ($278) transitions perfectly from the office to an evening out. And thanks to the memory-foam insole, your feet will feel as good as they look.

Spectator Style

When heading to your favorite team’s stadium for the big game, don’t sacrifice style for comfort. Today’s casual clothing is designed to look good while holding up in the elements. This Colorblock Essential Crewneck by Gap feels as soft as your favorite slouchy tee but provides a more tailored fit. Pair it with J.Crew’s 9-inch Stanton Short in Pinstripe Irish Linen-Cotton and slip on these bright Nike kicks for updated classic style. And to help you make the most out of your day at the park, may [... more]

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