Enduring Style: How to Wear Leopard Print

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Leopard print is something that never truly goes out of style, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s one of the easiest ways to add a dose of distinctive flair to absolutely any outfit. It can definitely stop traffic and turns heads. However, like most daring looks, leopard print can be tough to pull off successfully.

Thankfully, wearing leopard and other animal prints is a fine art that can be mastered with enough know-how and practice. Here, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe in a way that’s classic and chic. Which idea will you be taking for a spin first?

1. When in doubt, pair it with black.

Like most potentially intimidating patterns, it’s really easy to wind up with too much of a good thing when it comes to leopard print. However, pairing leopard with black is a great way to ground it and embellish a bold look.

Pair a pretty leopard print statement top or tee with sleek black slacks or skinny jeans for a gorgeous weekend ensemble. Wear a silky leopard camisole with a black pencil skirt, a chic black blazer, and no-nonsense pumps for a fantastic office look. Dark neutral browns like cocoa or coffee work well, too.

2. Balance your leopard with neutral accessories.

Are you longing to step out in a leopard print dress but scared of looking dated? Forgo the skin-tight dress and reach for something soft and flowing instead. Then break up your leopard by pairing it with neutral-toned accessories.

Cinch your waist with one of this season’s stylish leather belts in basic black or neutral brown. Top your look with a matching leather jacket and pull on a pretty pair of leather booties. You’ll look (and feel) like a million dollars, guaranteed.

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3. Understand that a little leopard goes a long way.

If you’re new to leopard print and looking for a way to rock it that’s as subtle as it is stylish, this is the technique for you. Treat your leopard print like an understated accessory instead of the focal point of your ensemble. It’s a great way to direct attention exactly where you want it.

Do you want to accentuate your waistline? Draw attention to it by pairing a narrow leopard belt with a little black dress. Want to lead people’s gaze to your face? Try a stylish pair of leopard-framed sunglasses or tie on a gauzy leopard scarf.

4. Reach for a leopard print bag or clutch.

When you think of the type of handbag that goes with just about anything, a leopard option might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it really should be. Consider the fact that your standard leopard print is really three neutral shades – black, white, and khaki – working together as one. That means it has the potential to go well with just about anything when it’s on a handbag. Try it and see for yourself!

Pair your leopard bag with any neutral monochrome ensemble and watch how it makes it pop. Reach for a leopard clutch as the perfect way to add oomph to an understated pastel palette. Make leopard your new secret formula for making any outfit look sleek, stylish, and put together.

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5. Add leopard to a menswear-inspired look.

Leopard isn’t just a print that’s inherently sexy. It’s also incredibly feminine, pairing wonderfully with boyfriend shirts, sporty looks, and menswear-inspired outfits. Add a leopard shoe to a sharply tailored suit for a head-turning punch of visual appeal, and you’ll see exactly what we mean. The Lucky Women’s Eadda puts the finishing touch on any outfit.

Leopard flats, sandals, or pumps are also fantastic ways to dial up the aggressive girl appeal of just about any outfit. Remember, balance is the key to success, here. Use leopard footwear as a way to take anything, from casual weekend wear to your go-to athletic look, from “ho-hum” to “wow” in an instant.

As you can see, learning how to positively rock leopard print and make it your own is far from impossible. It just requires a little understanding as to how to use it and know-how as to what makes it a winner. Start experimenting today! You just may find your new go-to signature look.

Three ways to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots

Over-the-knee boots are the hottest shoes of the season. They’re perfect to wear with just about any outfit day or night. The trend is now being styled with skirts, dresses, jeans, oversized sweaters and casual shorts. If you’re unsure how to wear OTK boots here are a few tips:

1. Casual Dress & Boots
Wishlist’s Crisscross Dress is the perfect casual, fun and stylish dress to pair with OTK boots. Add a pop of color to your outfit with City Classified’s Jupiter boot. The rich Vino color and suede material are definitely on trend in the fashion world of 2017.

2. Jeans & Boots
Choose a pair of boots that are comfortable and flexible enough to wear over jeans. Suede fabrics are always a good option. Zigi Shoho’s Brock is a soft suede fabric that will definitely fit over your skinny jeans. This boot has a 3 1/2 inch heel which makes it easy to dress up or you can go for a more casual look by wearing it with jeans. If you’re not into heels, Guess has a sleek and sexy OTK boot that looks great with your favorite pair of skinny jeans. OTK boots with a heel or with a flat sole are the perfect way to add variety and style to your wardrobe this year.

3. Skirt & Boots

This fun and flirty corduroy skirt will look adorable with a blouse, or sweater and OTK boots. Wear a boot with a flat sole since this skirt is of a more casual style. Soda’s Yan boot is the perfect boot to complete you trendy and stylish look. Also, add scarves and cute blazers to give your outfits a fun and unique look.

 

OTK boots can be intimidating at first, but they don’t have to be. There a many ways that you can wear this style of boot. Above are just a few of the ways that these boots can be worn. If you’re unsure about your look, check out the many style guides in fashion magazines or look at images on the web for advice.

10 Winter Fashion Trends for 2017

10 Winter Fashion Trends for 2017

There’s always excitement when it’s time to ring in a brand new year. The holidays are over, and it’s officially time to turn over a new leaf. ‘Tis the season to start dreaming about the changes and aspirations you have for the year ahead. It’s also the perfect time to inject new life into your go-to winter wardrobe.

We’re happy to report that 2017 will be bringing a wealth of exciting new trends your way. These aren’t styles that look great on the runway but don’t really translate into real life either. This year, it’s all about very wearable items that look fantastic on everyone and that crafted with real life in mind. Keep an eye out for the following items and make them your own this year.

 

Trend One

Woman posing on chair in leggingsLeggings

When it comes to winter staples that deserve a place in everyone’s closet, it doesn’t get much more essential than leggings. Leggings are super comfortable – just right for a wealth of winter activities from curling up by the fire with a mug of cocoa to enjoying a brisk winter hike on a whim. They’re also incredibly versatile. Layer them under chunky cable knit fisherman sweaters and tall boots. Reach for them instead of stockings or tights on super cold days for a little extra added warmth.

However, it’s not just about the standard black knit leggings you might be used to this winter. Fun new fabrics, cuts, and prints are taking these cold weather classics to the next level and beyond.

Faux Leather: Fresh finds like this flirty offering from Wishlist are redefining the way people think about leggings. Slim, streamlined fit combined with comfortable features strike the perfect balance between style and comfort.

Metallics: Metallic tones have been dominating the fashion scene since fall and have been showing up on everything from purses, shoes, and scarves. This winter, add metallic leggings in shades like pewter and rose gold to your wardrobe and shimmer your way into 2017.

Trend two

Capes and Ponchos

Although the heavy duty jackets and coats we rely on every winter certainly aren’t going anywhere this season, you will be seeing a lot of alternative top layers hitting the fashion scene as well. Winter so far has been all about elegant, flowing options like capes, stoles, and ponchos. We can expect that trend to continue as we make our way into 2017.

Woman on beach in ponchoWatch for neutral tones like taupe, ebony, chocolate, and dove that go well with any color scheme from classic head-to-toe black to refreshingly vibrant jewel tones. Fabrics are super luxurious, made to keep you cozy and make you look fashion forward at the same time.

Faux Fur: Treat yourself to an ultra-cozy option in faux fur or shearling. Watch for flattering square cut designs that look fantastic on any body type. Fashionable cowl necks scarves keeps you warm and comfortable while adding a touch of class to the mix.

Stripes: Looking for the comfort and grace of a poncho, but still want to participate in a fun trend? Try a casually cool option like a striped poncho instead. Pair it with everything from skirts and dresses to skinny jeans and leggings.

Trend Three

Bohemian Vests

This past fall saw the return of effortlessly cool bohemian style in a big way. As a result, we spotted skinny jeans and knee-high boots paired with romantic poet shirts and retro chokers. That bohemian revival certainly didn’t go anywhere as temperature dropped and winter set in. It will continue to stay with us as we head into the 2017 portion of winter as well.

Woman posing on couchThis time it’s all about vests and with good reason. Not only do vests pair well with so many of this season’s classic layered looks, but they’re a great way to add an extra touch of warmth without adding bulk.

Ruffles: Some of our favorite vests feature long, ankle-skimming lengths and pretty touches like ruffles. Layer them over your favorite winter dresses or jean for a contemporary look. Add a long, funky necklace for the perfect finishing touch.

Fluffy Styles: We’re also loving some of the fluffy neutral options hitting the scene when it comes to vests. For instance, this luxurious faux shearling vest from Noelle is just the thing for pairing with jeans, skirts, leggings, and more.

Trend Four

Quilted Jackets

Woman in black quilted jacketBy the time January and February roll around, it’s not just chilly. Some days, it’s downright cold. This is especially the case if you live in a region that sees a lot of heavy snowfall or biting winds capable of chilling you to the bone. However, people in some temperate regions still to bundle up a little more often throughout the later winter months.

Nothing helps you beat the cold quite like a quilted jacket. However, this year’s offerings are bidding adieu to the trademark Michelin man look and offer coats with contoured lines that flatter the figure. You’ll also be seeing the following.

Stand-Up Collars: Look fantastic while you keep the winter chill at bay with elegant stand-up collar styles from noted winter wear brands like North Face. Look for additional offerings in shades like rabbit, dove, or lilac.

Vest Alternatives: Not quite sure you want the coverage of a full jacket? You’ll be happy to know that vest versions in bright colors like teal, scarlet, and fuchsia will also very much be in style.

Trend Five

Bona Fide Work Clothes

Woman walking down streetClothes that mimic the rugged, cold weather looks associated with good, old-fashioned hard work have been all the rage for decades. Just think about the popularity of plaid flannels and combat boots. This winter, people will be stepping up their game and expecting more from looks like those.

Work clothes offer dependable form and function. Look for work shirts, boots, and cold weather jackets from big names like Carhartt – brands that wrote the book on hardy, tough cold weather clothing that performs as well as it looks.

Earflap Caps: Toppers like classic earflap hats are everyone’s favorite go-to way to keep their head warm and cozy this winter. Look for warm neutral shades like toast, stone, and sable.

Bombers: When it comes to jackets, it’s all about bomber looks. Try a quilted flannel offering from a brand known for producing quality winter wear like Carhartt. Dark neutral tones that go well with everything are good choices. Hooded jackets are always  fashionable during the colder months.

Clogs

artsy photo with clogsWinter footwear options like boots and booties are pretty much a given when it comes to cold weather. However, this season will see the robust return of a classic shoe – the humble clog. Clogs are the perfectly practical way to keep your feet warm and comfortable no matter what the weather may decide to throw at you.

Even so, these clog are furthest thing from what your grandmother wore around the garden. This winter, people are going crazy over pretty clogs that feature unique decorative touches, graceful designs, and unusual material choices.

Pretty Detailing: Lots of this winter’s shoes have made use of elegant detailing and embellishments as a way to dress up otherwise ho-hum neutrals, and clogs are no exception. Look for features like buckles, leather folds, studs, and filigree details.

Bright Colors: Also very popular are ultra-colorful clogs that take you back to the 60’s and 70’s with psychedelic patterns and cheerful hues. Add whimsy and fun to your favorite casual or work looks with ease.

Trend Seven

Duck Boots

As touched on above, people now expect so much more from their winter wear. They’re no longer willing to suffer for the sake of fashion. They want the best of both worlds – classic good looks that also guards them against the cold.

Giant boot outsideThis is especially the case when it comes to footwear. Enter the mighty duck boot! Duck boots have been the darlings of the footwear fashion scene for a while now, but you’ll be seeing even more of them as the crisp winter snow gives way to murky slush, damp conditions, and rainy afternoons.

Hardy Brands: As is the case with winter outerwear, people are opting for quality in their duck boots by turning to the big names in the industry. Exactly why we’re seeing so many offerings like this tough duck boot from winter giant Sorel hitting the streets.

Shiny Bottoms: People are also loving duck boots in styles that emphasize the contrast between the upper and lower portions of the shoe. Try a black and brown duck boot that pairs a matte upper in brown or sable with black rubber bottoms finished to feature a high polish.

Booties with Flair

When it comes to attractive ways to get more out of your footwear, you just can’t beat a solid pair of booties. Booties go well with just about every look, from layered looks, skinny jean ensembles, or work wear. We certainly won’t see them going anywhere as winter winds its way into 2017.

This season, it’s all about subtle flare that comes from unique touches, creative embellishments, and unusual designs. The colors themselves will stay comfortably neutral, which pairs well with the monochromatic ensembles that are all the rage right now.

Zippers and Buckles: Some of our favorite bootie styles this season combine elegant sky-high heels with details like zippers, buckles, and studs that are purely decorative in nature. Stop traffic with combos that feature quilting, zippers, and a platform sole for an ultra-hot look.

Ribbons and Ties: Decorative ties, ribbons, and bows are also popular right now. Pay special attention to looks that combine classic black block heels and Western style touches.

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Trend Nine

Avenue Totes

Woman holding large purseOf course, no look can really be considered complete without the right choice in handbags. This winter, the trend calling for functional and fashionable continues with trendy avenue totes. Fashion-wise, they’re a perfect fit for anything you might have on the agenda for the day. Transition from the office to your evening plans without missing a beat.

These totes won’t let you down when it comes to functionality either. Water resistant linings, spacious interiors, and multiple oversized pockets make it possible for you to carry everything from your favorite novel to the your laptop with ease and style.

Travel-Friendly Designs: Roomy tote purses are perfectly designed for living life on the go. Not only do they boast all the utility you’d expect from a good avenue tote, but they double as travel bags thanks to features like convertible back pockets that makes it easy to slide them over a suitcase handle.

Pretty Colors: This season’s avenue totes also represent a fun way to add a splash of color to your winter wardrobe as well. Look for options in tones like scarlet, plum, bubble gum, and canary.

 

Trend Ten

Scarves, Scarves, and More Scarves

If you’re like many people, you swear by your extensive collection of scarves when it comes to getting through the winter. Not only are scarves warm, cozy ways to protect your neck and throat from the ravages of the cold, but they put the perfect finishing touch on your seasonal layered look.

This season’s scarves are anything but ordinary though. Look for attractive designs that compliment a put-together silhouette as well as fun patterns that promise the return of an early spring.

Infinity Scarves: Pretty loop scarves that create a perfect drape are a great option this winter. Stick to basic neutrals like black infinity scarves or upgrade to a jewel tone like cranberry or plum to add a pop of color to a monochrome ensemble.

Animal Print: If you’re looking for a chic way to add flare and appeal to your winter outfits without adding color, look no further than the classic animal print that are dominating the fashion scene right now. There’s nothing like leopard print to perk up an outfit.

In 2017, the current fashion trends offer many exciting choices to keep the winter blues at bay. Which of these looks has your attention so far?

Brands We Love: Merrell

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If you’re an active person, then you don’t need to be told how important your choice of footwear is. You already know that it’s not enough for your cross-trainers and hiking boots to fit well and be comfortable. They also have to perform well under a variety of conditions. They have to be supportive and durable. That’s where brands like Merrell come in.

Merrell is well-known in the footwear industry for producing truly fantastic shoes and boots for active people. The Merrell name is synonymous with concepts like innovation, comfort, reliability, and value. In other words, there are lots of reasons why we love Merrell shoes. Let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest reasons why you should love them as well.

Enduring History

As is the case with many iconic brand names, the Merrell story started with just one person who dreamed of producing products several cuts above what was already available. His name was Randy Merrell, a bootmaker from the small town of Vernal, Utah.

Merrell started handcrafting his incredible boots in 1981. It didn’t take long for people to sit up and take notice, either. Later on that same year, those boots would be dubbed the most comfortable and functional boot in North America by none other than Backpacker Magazine.

Randy Merrell’s business would truly reach the next level when the Bank of Vermont decided to invest in it. This made it possible to produce the boots on a much larger scale than was previously possible. It allowed for drastically lowered productions costs as well, and the rest is history. Today, the Merrell brand boasts a full catalog of hiking boots, moccasins, sandals, and even dress shoes made with the needs of serious outdoor enthusiasts in mind.

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Superior Fit

As any outdoor enthusiast can tell you, it’s not possible to overstress the importance of a good fit when it comes to active footwear, and Merrell’s entire catalog gives new meaning to the concept. Each shoe is constructed from the inside out in order to ensure a shoe that’s comfortable and easy to wear.

Wide toe boxes further ensure that the shoe never feels tight or cramped regardless of what the activities of the day may be. Merrell shoes, like the Merrell Men’s All Out Blaze Sieve Brindle, are well-known for perfectly tailoring their fit to suit the differing needs of men and women.

Unbeatable Cushioning

Another hallmark of a superior active shoe is a footbed built with not only comfort, but support in mind – support that’s capable of cradling your feet through a grueling hike, run, or other adventure. Merrell delivers with footbeds that are anatomically shaped to fit to perfection.

The midsoles are further fortified with Merrell’s own highly responsive EVA foam cushioning. This cushioning is specially designed to absorb the shock associated with a variety of activities, from simple walking to vigorous running or jogging. The foam also helps promote overall foot stability, the better to help you safely and comfortably take part in all of your favorite activities.

Fantastic Moisture Management

When you’re an active outdoorsy type, it’s not enough for your shoes to simply be comfortable and supportive. They need to be capable of surviving exposure to moisture. That’s exactly why so many Merrell shoes come attached to heavy-duty features like Gore-Tex linings – features that completely keep out external moisture, help your feet stay dry, and ensure the longevity of the shoe itself.

Merrell shoes are also fantastic when it comes to managing internal moisture. Each pair is made with superior breathability in mind so your feet remain cool, comfortable, and dry no matter where your adventures may take you. They feature antimicrobial treatments to keep bacteria and fungi at bay.

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Great Traction

Last, but certainly not least, Merrell shoes are nothing if not slip-proof. Each pair features ultra-tough Vibram rubber soles and a distinctive tread pattern capable of gripping a variety of different surfaces. You’ll never have to worry about having enough traction at your disposal again, even under wet or punishing conditions.

In other words, shoes like the Merrell Women’s Siren Edge, is built for serious outdoor enthusiasts, and then there are Merrell shoes – shoes that strike the perfect balance between function, form, and performance. Find your perfect pair today and take your own outdoor activities to the next level!

 

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4 Ways to Wear a Scarf

Woman covering face with scarfBy now, we’re well into winter and, baby, it sure is cold outside! It goes without saying that we’re all looking for ways to stay warm and cozy while we’re out and about. However, we naturally want to look our very best and most stylish as well. This season’s beautiful and luxurious scarves fit the bill perfectly. They’re wonderfully elegant ways not only to stay warm, but to add style and flair to all your winter outfits. Continue reading