Size Inclusive Lines Are Becoming Standard, But Finding Them Remains Challenging

Body positivity and size inclusivity are movements that go hand-in-hand. As women come to accept and embrace their bodies, many are no longer willing to be confined to what society (and, specifically, fashion brands) feel to be the “ideal.” Given that 68% of American women wear a size 14 or larger, many companies are finally starting to listen with size inclusive options — and are making a whole lot of money as a result.

Despite all the progress that’s been made, there’s at least one glaring omission in the way that size inclusive clothing is presented to the modern consumer: while a straight-sized woman can potentially walk into just about any store and find something in her size, women who fall into the “extended sizes” category often have no other choice but to shop online. Seeing that businesses are losing $62 billion per year due to bad customer service, like not catering to the needs of the clientele, this oversight is helping to fuel an e-commerce boom.

Given the steadily growing popularity of e-commerce, that might not sound like much of an issue. As of August 2017, women’s apparel was the number one top-selling item on the internet. With so many shoppers preferring to shop online than go to their local mall, it might seem like brands are smart to focus their efforts on their websites rather than in their retail locations.

But that doesn’t mean that plus-sized women don’t want to shop in stores. When finding their size in person isn’t an option, it makes sense that they’ll turn to brands that will actually cater to them. But some women feel it’s an issue that brands want to claim the inclusive label without making all sizes accessible to all women. Despite the fact that well-known companies like Madewell, Anthropologie, Ann Taylor LOFT, J.Crew, and others have made concerted efforts to expand their size range during the last year, none of these brands carry those expanded sizes in their brick-and-mortar locations; customers have to go online and order them, which completely eliminates the store try-on experience.

As reported in GARAGE, “…Neglecting to offer [size] 14+ options in-store seems at odds with logic, as well as with the values of inclusivity and diversity that so many brands like to espouse for woke points. What appears to be happening, then, is that brands … want to have it both ways; they want the good press that comes with body inclusivity, without having to make the financial commitment of offering inclusive sizes in-store at all their locations.”

Although there may be some practical concerns like floor space and the fact that many physical retail locations struggle to stay afloat already, there are other inclusive brands that don’t see those as valid excuses.

As Brooke Cundiff, founder of a popular plus-sized clothing site, told GARAGE: “This is exactly why we started CoEdition — to give these women access to great style, in the sizes they want. Traditional retailers ignore or take these women for granted. If they do carry their sizes, they hide the clothes on a rack in the corner. That’s insulting.”

That said, CoEdition doesn’t have a physical location, either. Neither does Universal Standard, other than pop-ups and limited stock showrooms. Lines like Savage x Fenty and GabiFresh’s lines with Playful Promises and Swimsuits for All are online-only, as well. And although Eloquii has now opened its sixth retail location and Torrid stores can be found across the U.S., these brands cater specifically to plus-sized customers (or those who fall right on the cusp between straight and plus sizes); the brands that carry the entire gamut of sizes typically exclude larger sizes from their retail locations, choosing to stock only smaller sizes instead.

Ultimately, it illustrates that fashion still has a long ways to go before it’s truly size inclusive. Nearly one in four adults will eat at least one piece of candy every day — while many brands have superficially stopped shaming women for what they eat or what their body looks like, there’s a big difference between creating garments available for purchase and ensuring that all women are able to share the same experience when shopping for clothes.

Style Doesn’t Stop: Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection

Although the spring season hasn’t been the amazing weather experience we’ve been wanting, we know it will get better. We’re a bit late on highlighting this collection but we have lots of time left to wear these amazing pieces. As stated, style doesn’t stop, for anything, including bad weather. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite pieces from the Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection.

There’s so much to love about the Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection. Every item is effortlessly chic and flattering, with pieces that are essential to your wardrobe. This season’s collection brings wonderful textures, wardrobe staples, statement basics that coordinate very well with each other and what’s already in your closet.

If you looking for everyday style, foundation pieces, or stylishly comfortable clothing, you will find those in the Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection. The majority of the collection boasts neutral colors. Expect lots of black and white, light sage, pale blues, soft pinks, and greys with pops of colors like red here and there. There are several pieces we have our eye on. The white On Board Denim Jacket is the perfect Spring topper; you’ll love the fluffy texture of the sleeveless Clip it Up Shift Dress and the coordinating long-sleeved Clip it Up Blouse with split sleeves with ties; the lightweight Plush Party Cardigan (available in white and black) that’s perfect for the office.

We also love the multitasking Dusk Dress Jacket, a modern shape that can be a topper or belted to be worn as a dress. Speaking of dresses, we must note the feminine silhouettes in the collection, available in both woven and knitwear options. The fashion options from Nic+Zoe are perfect for those who want to stay away from the overly structured style in both their work and personal lives.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the looks from the Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection. Do you have any favorite looks from this season’s collection?

Dressed for Success: 3 Tips for Choosing Outfits for Work Events

Dressed for Success: 3 Tips for Choosing Outfits for Work Events

When you get invited to a work event, it’s important you know how to dress appropriately. Whether it’s a holiday party, a networking event, or even a corporate event, which Damon Guidry, Global Event Strategist at Adobe, says “help engage employees… and make the places they work a more interesting place to be”, you should always dress to impress. So if you’re new to navigating the world of work events, here are a few simple tips that should help you choose the perfect outfit. Ready to be dressed for success? Try these tips.

Dressed for Success: 3 Tips for Choosing Outfits for Work Events

Know the Dress Code

If you are told the work event has a dress code, it’s essential you know what it means. For starters, a casual dress code means you can wear whatever you want, within reason. You still want to dress appropriately but you can let a bit of your own fashion sense show. If the dress code is business attire, you want to wear something that you could also wear to a meeting with a client; something that is work appropriate but can be dressed up too. For a cocktail dress code, wear something you think is too fancy to wear to work, like a short, black dress. And black tie dress code means you have to get dressed up. Wearing a nice dress and comfortable heels is a good formal option for work events. Knowing which dress code means what is key to dressing appropriately.

Be Comfortable

Most work events involve you standing or walking around to talk to different people. This is why it’s so important to make sure you dress comfortably. And if you fell victim to making one of the 16% of unplanned purchases encouraged by a display noticed while shopping, you probably have a few items in your wardrobe that aren’t comfortable or that don’t fit right — these are the items you do not want to wear to a work event. This is especially true if you’re working all day and then going to the event immediately afterward. So keeping comfort in mind, make sure you wear shoes that won’t be painful to walk in or give you blisters. Additionally, make sure you dress in layers so you can add or remove clothing if you get hot or cold. And make sure your clothes are comfortable to move in and aren’t restricting. This way, you can sit, stand, and walk at the event without any issues.

Think About Your Audience

One of the best ways to ensure you’ve dressed appropriately for a work event is to think about who your audience is. Are you going to a casual party with just your coworkers? Or will there be people from other businesses and potential clients there? Your outfit should reflect the vibe of your audience. Dressing more conservatively, fun, or fashion-forward may depend entirely on who else is going to be at the event. Thinking about who you’re going to interact with is going to guide you in choosing the right outfit.

With the number of fashion consumers being predicted to increase to more than 1.2 billion before 2020, there are a lot of professionals of varying titles always on the lookout for the perfect work event attire. So for your next work event, keep these tips in mind to ensure you’re dressed for success.

SHOPPING NYC: Designer Fashion and Accessories Sample Sales

SHOPPING NYC: Designer Fashion and Accessories Sample Sales

Tis the season of spring sample sales and many are already in full swing. Here are a few of the current and upcoming New York sample sales happening in NYC from 260SampleSale. We strongly believe in the rule of never paying full retail, and we’re sure you to do. So keep reading on for several fantastic sample sales from some of the most wonderful designers. We’re sharing sales from Maje, Marissa Webb, Sandro, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, and more.

Maje Women’s RTW & Accessories Sale: April 16th – April 21st

The French women’s ready-to-wear brand will have their signature delicate blouses, folk-rock shirts, cashmere jumpers, and ethnic-inspired accessories t prices far below retail.

Nest Fragrances and S’well Bottle Sale: April 16th – April 21st

Shop discounts on candles, diffusers, and perfumes, as well as the reusable and sustainable bottles from S’well Bottle!

Eberjey, Marissa Webb, and Apparis Sale: April 17th – April 21st

Shop women’s ready-to-wear apparel, pajamas, and intimates, plus accessories from Eberjey, Marissa Webb, and Apparis at up to 75% off retail prices.

Sandro Sale: April 23rd – April 28th

Shop discounts on Men’s and Women’s Apparel & Accessories from this French clothing brand that offers chic, visually striking pieces, impeccably cut and fitted suits, and modernized vintage styles.

Derek Lam Sale: April 23rd – April 28th

Shop true samples including women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories from this incredible designer, at up to 70% off retail. Known for his luxurious and wearable fashion, with a feminine and unfussy feel, You’ll definitely want a closet full of this luxury brand.

Diane von Furstenberg Sale: April 23rd – April 28th

Get your hands on offerings from Diane von Furstenberg’s full collection of ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories. Go home with some of her iconic wrap dress and signature prints at prices far below retail.

Mark your calendars for some non-retail priced, retail therapy. Are you excited for a particular sample sale? We’d love to hear which of the sales you’re most looking forward to.

Bag Heaven: Welcome the NEW Hex Kindred Bag Collection

Every season we find ourselves on the hunt for something special; whether it be shoes, clothes, or bags. We love seasonal launches because, like the changing of the season, these launches promise new possibilities. As we say hello to the Spring 2019 season, we welcome the NEW Hex Kindred Bag Collection. The award-winning fashion accessory brand just announced the release of the collection which features sneaker and gym duffels, backpacks, slings, and waist packs.

The Hex Kindred Bag collection features a subtle tonal-patterned neoprene that offers a sophisticated and distinctive look. The outer shell is constructed of water-resistant, coated canvas, assuring your bag and its contents are safe from inclement weather. The new look bags are available in eight of the best-selling HEX designs, including the Kindred Sneaker Duffel ($159.95), Kindred Medium Gym Duffel ($149.95), Kindred Sneaker Backpack ($149.95), Kindred Drifter Duffel ($99.95), Kindred Signal Backpack ($89.95), Kindred Sneaker Sling ($59.95), Kindred Waist Pack ($34.95), and Kindred Dopp Kit ($29.95).

We are completely enamored with the oversized tote bag. We can also think of over a dozen times and situations where the sneaker sling would come in handy. Several styles from the Hex Kindred Bag Collection boasts removable straps, fleece-lined and padded interiors, and pockets.

“The dark tones of our global stripe pattern are inspired by kindred tribes of the world,” says Trent Valladares, Co-Founder. “It says I’m a part of the global village, plus of course the subtle monochrome tones can complement any look.”

The Hex Kindred Bag collection is available now at www.hexbrand.com, HEX’s Los Angeles retail store, and premium retail partners around the world.

Spring Scents: Must-Have Spring Fragrances For National Fragrance Day

Spring is almost here and you know what that means, it’s time to welcome wonderful spring fragrances. Since National Fragrance Day is a week away, we thought we’d give you a heads up on fragrances to look out for this season. Fragrances not only invoke memories, but they can also attract a new love, and bolster your mood. Though fragrances are seen as personal, they make wonderful gifts and of course, there’s no such thing as having too many.

Whether you love fresh, sweet, musky, or citrusy scents, National Fragrance Day is the time to celebrate your favorite perfumes and colognes. We’re highlighting the must-have spring fragrances for women and two of our favorite men’s cologne as well. We’re showcasing spring fragrances from Prada, Sol de Janeiro, Cartier, Carolina Herrera, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Paco Rabanne.

Prada Candy Sugar Pop ($94.00)

Comprised of warm vanilla notes and a refreshing apple extract, Prada Candy Sugar Pop immediately gives off sweet, Spring energy with every spritz. Available now on www.sephora.com and in Sephora stores.

Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Body Fragrance Mist ($19.00)

Inspired by their NEW Coco Cabana Cream, the Coco Cabana Body Fragrance Mist is blended with delicious notes of coconut, caramel, toasted praline, honey, and warm vanilla latte. The resulting scent makes it impossible to resist and the ultimate treat for sensuous women everywhere. Fragrance notes include top notes of coconut and caramel, heart notes of praline and marshmallow, and bottom notes of honey and warm vanilla latte. Available now on www.SoldeJaneiro.com, www.Sephora.com and in Sephora stores.

Cartier Carat ($145.00)

A brilliant bouquet that is illuminated by seven floral tones that celebrate the joy of the spring season. When combined, these seven different fresh flowers form a new, abstract flower. They include notes of violet, lily, hyacinth, ylang-ylang, narcissus, honeysuckle, and tulips. Available now on www.cartier.com.

Carolina Herrera GOOD GIRL Légère ($117.00)

We recently highlighted this iconic and daring new fragrance with its striking, updated, gradient glass bottle. This time, Legere combines Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and Jasmine to create the perfect, sexy Spring scent. Available now on www.macys.com and in Macy’s stores.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male In The Navy ($94.00)

An oceanic twist to the classic Le Male fragrance will transport you to the high seas with blends of oceanic notes, Fougere, vanilla, and ambergris. And of course, the legendary Le Male bottle is wearing his Gaultier stripes for Spring. Available now on www.macys.com and in Macy’s stores.

Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua ($70.00)

Take in a refreshing splash-filled with notes of amber, violet woods, and grapefruit granite to create this masculine, fresh scent. Available now on www.macys.com and in Macy’s stores.

Do you have one or two favorite spring fragrances?

The Top Fall 2019 Trends From New York Fashion Week

Mid-February saw the streets of New York City even fuller than usual as the Fall 2019 New York Fashion Week rolled into town. The timing was perfect, as style-minded people everywhere began to feel bogged down by the bleak winter landscape and needed a fashion boost. This year’s fashion week was certainly not short in inspiration for dull closets. Let’s take a look at the top Fall 2019 trends spotted on the New York runways to look forward to this fall.

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Brown Leather

This year, designers have been embracing the rugged look in their clothing. The models on the runway were clad in soft brown leather moto jackets, trench coats, and jumpsuits.

This look not only communicates a more down-to-earth vibe, but it attracts an audience who needs to work but wants to look fashionable doing it. As a neutral shade, brown is also simple to pair with almost any other garment or accessory, giving it a versatility many other colors don’t have. The nod to the construction industry and lovable earth tones was seen on the runways of several designers, including Veronica Beard, Jonathan Cohen, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

Loafers With Everything

A major trend in the footwear department is loafers. Yes, the classic menswear shoe that would clad the foot of a businessman or engineer. But you don’t have to earn the average engineer’s salary of between $50,000 and $150,000 or wear the stuffy suit of a businessman to get in on the loafer look. This year’s runways saw female models wearing the classic loafer with anything from elegant gowns to modern dresses.

This trend was on the runways of designers like Carolina Herrera, Ryan Roche, and Oscar de la Renta. Not only does it offer an alternative to the classic dress-and-heel pairing, but it points to a bigger trend of prioritizing comfort in footwear. This year’s runways also saw ergonomic sandals, stylish mules, and block-heeled boots.

Blurring Gender Lines

Many designers this year threw the gender binary out of the window and instead asserted that people of any gender can wear their clothes. While the runways have been tending towards androgyny for years now, this year saw more male models in feminine looks, female models in masculine looks, and people who don’t identify with either gender in looks that were just fashionable.

Collections from Alessandro Trincone and Bode took on the challenge of reframing typical masculinity. They styled their male-presenting models in soft hues, detailed makeup, and even ballet flats. On the other end of the spectrum, emerging labels such as Batsheva and Vaquera put their female models in high-necked dresses and oversized silhouettes that engulfed their figures to challenge the idea of femininity for the male gaze.

What’s the ultimate takeaway from this year’s New York Fashion Week? This autumn, drape yourself whatever way fulfills your sense of identity, adorn yourself in comfort, dress for utility. Just do you, but make it fashion. What are your thoughts on these top Fall 2019 trends?

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Earring Envy: Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings

We know it’s long past Valentine’s Day but we’re still in the mood to talk about Love. Specifically the outstanding  Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings. Ladies, prepare for a dose of earring envy as you feast your eyes on the breathtaking, colorful and elegant pair of linear drop earrings.

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The stunning, hand-painted, gold Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings are dipped in 14k high-quality gold. These distinguished and creative gold plated earrings are ideal for a night out or anytime you want to play up a crisp white shirt. Playful yet elegant, the hand-painted earrings are made to get you noticed. We love everything about these stunners. We love that it is colorful, vibrant and easy to match. We love the geometric shapes and the fact that it is unique and fun-loving; and that it’s a sophisticated take on the fringe earrings trend with it 1/2 inch of swaying metallic chains.

Ana Luisa Fair Priced Jewelry

The enamel and gold plated earrings measure 9.1cm in length; and weighs a mere 9.5g, so you won’t have to worry about them stretching your earlobes. And because they believe in fair pricing, these Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings won’t break the bank. As we stated in our previous Ana Luisa Jewelry coverage, this is affordable luxury!

While you’d expect to pay upward of $163.00 for these beauties, they can be yours for only $65.00. Thanks to Ana Luisa’s fair pricing, you say goodbye to the markup. Ana Luisa remains on a mission to bridge the gap between women and fine jewelry. They guarantee full transparency and fair prices on all their jewelry pieces, so you never have to worry about paying too much for luxury.

We relish in the compliments we receive every time we wear the Love Enamel Drop Earrings. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the design, color and of course, what would you wear them with.