The Ultimate List of Fall Wedding Essentials

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While a wedding is certainly a wonderful cause for celebration any time of the year, there’s just something special about fall weddings in particular. For many of us, fall is the time of year we look forward to most, and with good reason. The weather is just right—not too warm, but not too chilly yet, either. Something about the changing foliage makes everything feel just a little bit more magical, as well. What better time to start a new life with the person you love most in all the world? Continue reading

5 Best Fall Transitional Shoes for Your Closet

Fall Transitional Shoe

When it comes to fall, there’s definitely a lot to love. The oppressively hot temperatures of summer are officially over, but the bitter chill of winter is still a long way off. Mother Nature is at her best, brightest, and most beautiful. Cheerful, meaningful holiday get-togethers are right around the corner as well. Continue reading

School’s Back in Session: A Shoe Guide for Outfitting Your Kids for Class and Fall Athletic Activities

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Summer’s drawing to a close, and the days are drawing shorter as fall approaches. After all, the kids are going back to school, and now is the time to get their wardrobes ready for the classroom and athletic field. Smart footwear choices will help your little ones make the most of every activity of the season. Continue reading

Breeze Through Labor Day with Stylish Boat Shoes

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If there’s one thing we love about this transitional period between summer and fall, it’s the fact that it couldn’t be easier to get dressed. With the dog days of summer in the rearview mirror, the temperature’s right where we want it—not too hot, but not too cold yet, either. We can start dabbling in our favorite fall wardrobe staples, but it’s still warm enough to wear a lot of our summer clothing as well. Continue reading

Winter Fashion for the Guy in Your Life

Women aren’t the only ones who are obsessed with personal style. Looking put together and participating in the latest fashion trends is just as important for men. However, even the smartest and stylish among us can use a little inspiration from time to time.

If you’re looking for some cool weather fashion ideas to get your favorite guy through what’s left of the cold weather, look no further. The following are just a few of the contemporary ensemble ideas we like best this season.

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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.

Booties with flair

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?

5 Favorite Party Dresses for the Holiday Season

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When it comes to holiday party season, there are lots of things that can be considered absolute essentials. However, the right outfits top the list, and with good reason. Holiday season brings with it events that we’ve been looking forward to all year round. ‘Tis the season for visiting with seldom-seen loved ones, and posing for pictures as well, so it’s important to look the part.

Dresses are the obvious go-to when it comes to looking fabulous all season long. However, knowing you’re in search of a knock ‘em dead dress option is one thing. Actually finding one that’s flattering, wearable, and affordable is another. Check out the following offerings for some fantastic ideas that will have you turning heads no matter where the season takes you. Continue reading

Trending Now: Block Heel Booties

Here in the 21st century, women are no longer willing to settle for one thing or the other. They don’t want a career or a family; they want both. They don’t want a relationship or a fulfilling social life filled with friends; they want both. The same line of reasoning applies to the modern woman’s approach to fashion.

Today’s woman expects her footwear to be comfortable, practical, and stylish. That’s exactly why block heel booties are having such a moment right now. They’re the perfect marriage of all the elements women are looking for in a fall shoe.

Why Go with Block Heels?

There are several reasons to forgo stilettos or other more traditional heels in favor of block heels. Let us count the ways!

Comfort

Every woman loves the graceful look and the height that comes along with high heels. What they’re not so nuts about are the pain and discomfort that come along with them. This is especially the case when it comes to long days spent working on one’s feet.

Today’s block heels are every bit as stylish and feminine as other high heels, but they’re also a lot more practical when it comes to everyday wear. You can do everything in them from painting the town red on a date, to working, to spending the day running errands or driving the kids around.

Versatility

Not every look is a great fit for stilettos or flats. However, you can pair anything from jeans, to dresses, to shorts with block heels and still look fabulous. They’re also available from a multitude of designers, come in just about every color under the sun, and can be found attached to just about every kind of footwear there is. Whatever the look you might have in mind, it’s sure to go perfectly with a block heel.

In short, block heels represent the very best of both worlds – the elegant, leg-flattering look of a heel without the pain, discomfort, or safety issues that tend to come along with them.

Block Heel Booties: Must-Have Fall Footwear for 2016

If you’re a huge fan of block heels and someone who looks forward to boot season each and every year, then you’ll go wild for this fall’s hottest trend – the block heel bootie! Chunky, stylish block heels ensure that they’re as easy to wear as they are good-looking. Low, near shoe-like heights make them wearable with a variety of different fall looks. Here’s a closer look at some of our favorites.

Jellypop Women’s Bobcat

This daring bootie is definitely one for the lady who loves making a statement. Faux distressed leather uppers combine with fun accents like chains, buckles, and studs for a low-key edgy look. A side zipper and reinforced 1 ¼ inch heel make this boot as easy to wear as can be. Pair it with everything from jeans, to sweater dresses, to long flowing skirts.

Franco Sarto Women’s Nashville

If you like your block heels a little on the higher side because of the elegance they bring to the table, then you’ll fall in love at first sight with the Nashville, for sure. Beautiful suede uppers in rich colors and distressed toe accents catch the eye and add appeal to any outfit. Reinforced foot bed padding and a lace-up closure ensure that these booties are as comfortable as they are beautiful.

Lifestride Women’s Lexy Shootie

If you’ve got your heart set on a simple, basic bootie that will go with absolutely anything this fall, then look no further than the Lexy Shootie from Lifestride. A combination of matte and shiny textures add visual appeal in a subtle way that won’t clash with the rest of your look. Traction soles, flex support, and a layer of plush memory foam in the foot bed make these extra comfortable, as well – perfect for the office!

Soda Women’s Belt Bootie

Looking for a bootie in a timeless style that stands out in all the right ways? The Soda belted bootie is for you! Double belt and gunmetal rivet accents play against a faux-leather upper. A quirky, stylish faux-stacked block heel completes the look to perfection. Pair with all of your favorite fall looks, and then some!

If you’re looking for a fall boot that hits all the right notes, almost literally goes with everything, but is completely in step with the latest trends, block heel booties are absolute must-haves. Check out our selection today!