Calling all aspiring young fashion designers to the front of the class, please! That’s right this back-to-school season, Zulily, the best online retailer for kids (and moms) is launching a very exciting fashion design contest for kids. Zulily’s Back-to-School, #UniquelyZu Contest will give kids, ages 5-14, an exciting chance to be the trendsetting inspiration for an exclusive capsule collection. Six lucky winners will also be awarded a $6,000 prize package based on the submission of their creative designs. What’s even cooler? Parents and kids will have the opportunity to work alongside designers at Zulily and these designs will be featured in an exclusive capsule collection for kids ranging from swimwear to back-to-school styles.
So, obviously, my initial thoughts were “Why can’t they have this competition for adults like me?” LOL. I mean this sounds like the best opportunity ever if I was a young, budding fashion designer. All selfishness aside, if you are a parent reading this to a young fashion designer or creative kid, encourage them to apply.
This school year is going to be even more exciting than in years past for kids as they will all be getting back into the classroom after nearly a year off. That is also what makes this opportunity so unique. Kids are also looking forward to seeing their friends and once again expressing themselves through fashion and creativity.
Zulily even conducted their own survey where they questioned 1,000 kids across the country and asked them what they are looking forward to in terms of fashion this year. Here are some of the trends that they found.
Trend 1: Movers and Shakers
Kids are excited to shed their sweats and are using fashion and style to feel their best. They say it enhances their performances and boosts their mood too. Among some of the adjectives used, the top words that new clothes make kids feel are: happy, confident and strong. Their personal style is very important to them and their identity. I love the way that kids use fashion as a form of expression as that was super important to me growing up too. I used to obsessively wear a pair of jean booties and a peach skirt and top set with ruffles – and no one could get me out of it! So, I get it.
Trend 2: Glue Guns and Glitter Bombs
Bedazzled jeans are back! Kids are also tapping into their creative side by adding embellishments and having a little fun with the outfits they wear. They say it makes them feel unique having items that represent their true inner self. Therefore, they add patches, sequins, glitter paint, bedazzling, etc. to their clothing to make them feel special and their clothing authentic. I am sensing a lot of young designers on the rise.
Trend 3: Retro & Reimagined
This one made me laugh as I did this same thing when I was growing up. I shopped my mom and dad’s closet for vintage pieces. In some cases, my mom had saved pieces for us kids to wear and so I definitely capitalized on those heeled Capezio cowboy boots from the late ‘70s. Kids once again are turning to mom and dad for retro fashion inspiration and by repurposing clothes to their liking.
So the bottom line here is to encourage your kids to get creative and make sure to practice putting together unique creations. This is a great time to allow your kids to express themselves and what better way than through fashion design?! I think all kids that are itching to get creative to apply!
The contest begins July 7th and ends July 31st and here are all the details you need to know:
- Parents will use their own Instagram accounts to post their child’s submission photo. This creation can be anything that represents their fashion sense from their own fashion creation, lay flat, mood board, design sketch, graphic, or anything else that he or she chooses to create.
- Post to a parent’s Instagram account using both of the hashtags #ZulilyContest and #UniquelyZu
- Fill out this entry form with your submission.
I’m including the official rules and overview here:
- Contest overview – https://blog.zulily.com/back-to-school-fashion-forecast
- Contest rules- https://www.zulily.com/back-to-school-uniquely-zu-contest-official-rules
- Contest submission page – https://www.zulily.com/lp/bts-uniquely-you-contest
As a Zulily fashion blogger, I am so excited to share this information with you and I hope you and your kids capitalize on this unique and exciting opportunity! Have fun, be you, and good luck!
If you’re anything like me then you have caught yourself re-evaluating your loungewear now that it is practically all we have been wearing for the last year. The way I see it, it is a practical reason as the more high quality your loungewear, the longer they will last (longevity), the more sustainable, and higher quality means more comfort and personal satisfaction. Therefore; I think it’s the wisest decision one can make to invest in elevated pieces to build out your loungewear collection. I never thought I would be in a position to care that much about what I am wearing at home, but now that I am a little older and wiser now (lol), I am finally beginning to understand the value in quality over quantity. So, let’s explore all the amazing ways you can upgrade your loungewear and the 5 elevated pieces you need to get you there.
01. SILK PAJAMAS
Yes, that’s right 100% silk pajamas. I think this category belongs in the “treat yo’self” section because let me tell you, silk pajamas are the real deal. I purchased a two-piece set that came with shorts and a tank top and they were supreme! I truly feel like a royal when I sleep in them because they are just that luxurious, I feel like a queen. There’s something to be said about the company I bought them from too, which has now been sold out of this exact set for two months. I wish they would hurry and re-stock so that I can get another pair! In fact, “the silks,” as I like to refer to them as were so dang good, I bought them for my mom as a gift for Mother’s Day. I, in turn, wanted her to live in the lap of luxury throughout the year as well. I gifted her the long high-waisted pant with side slits and cropped button-down short-sleeved silk set in solid black. I know she will get lots of use out of them! So, if you want to feel like a queen, I suggest investing in a silk pajama set too!
02. CASHMERE SETS
Another premium and sustainable fabric, cashmere, can be found in many of the world’s most elegant-looking sets. You take an average style, say joggers and a hoodie, and turn it into sheer class once it’s made out of cashmere. Cashmere sets truly are the definition of elevated loungewear. I also purchased a cashmere set this year in my quest for elevated loungewear and it was another decision I do not regret. I can use it for months to come and it feels oh so luxurious! Look for cashmere sets in neutral colors (black, grey, brown, taupe) as they are also going to last you a long time. Plus, monochromatic sets are the way to go. They can also be very versatile too as you can wear the tops and the bottoms separately. Treat yourself to a cashmere loungewear set, I promise you won’t look back.
Gowns, or slip dresses, are another piece that feels so regal as you slip into bed at night. They are so lightweight and breathable that you feel like you’re wearing nothing. Most of the new gowns or chemises are made to be machine washable silk which makes them even easier to wear over and over again because you for darn sure will. The fun part about these pieces is that many of them can be disguised as slip dresses and be worn over a T-shirt for a fun “going out” look. Or, pair it with an oversized cardigan and you’re in business! You may even opt for a nightgown in a longer nap dress style, with lac, button front, or one that is an elevated sleep shirt. There are so many beautiful styles to choose from, the only decision you have to make is which one?
04. PAJAMA SETS
Another elevated loungewear favorite is the two-piece pajama set. These are so fun because you can go all out with prints and color choices. I recently purchased a pair of satin pajamas with faux-fur feathers on the top sleeve cuffs and bottoms. They give me an old Hollywood glam vibe which makes me feel, well, glamorous! Even if it’s just me by myself at home. Ha! In some cases, it may be a splurge for fabrics like silk but elevated pajamas also look great in satins, velour, bamboo, or modal materials which will feel expensive but at a lower price point. So, whichever version pajama set works for you, just make sure it’s one that feels just as great as it looks!
Finally, under your to-do list of elevated loungewear to acquire is the almighty robe. This is the piece that ties everything together. Now, some sets come with a matching robe which is an added bonus. As in a satin chemise with matching robe set. Or, if you like to own a few, I suggest getting one really fancy robe that makes you feel like a goddess every time you wear it. You may even want a buttery soft velour robe or boucle for winter and an airy short satin robe for summer. Whichever style robe you choose, just make sure it wraps you up in ultimate comfort and makes you feel like the queen that you are!
I hope this guide inspires you to rethink your loungewear and to treat yourself to something nice! Until then, stay tuned for next week’s article where we will dive into a more in-depth discussion on the topic!
It’s one of the most essential pieces in your wardrobe – a staple in the truest meaning of the word and so versatile. I’ve said it before but it’s the one item every woman needs to own at least one of in their collection: The white blouse. It’s classic, timeless, and makes you look instantly chic however you choose to style it. In my opinion, if you only had one top, it should be the white blouse. Recently, I have added many styles to my collection: the boyfriend, textured, the classic, and one with puffy sleeves. The point being, they all serve various purposes and can be worn on multiple occasions. That’s why I love having a few in many styles in my arsenal. Today, I want to explain how you can wear a white blouse, of all different styles, and why it’s the best choice ever!
No wardrobe is complete without one classic white blouse. It’s the best worn on its own or for layering, so make sure that yours is high quality too. This is one of those pieces that will last forever so if the fit and the feel of the blouse is just right – it will consistently stay in your outfit rotation. A classic white blouse will pair well with jeans for casual wear to two-piece suits for work. It’s so versatile, this shirt is meant for styling in all the ways possible.
White button-ups get a casual, cool vibe when made out of a textured almost boho style. This top is more casual, so you can wear it open or buttoned up front tucked into jeans or shorts for summer. Longer versions work well here too as textured white button-ups are made for bathing suit cover-ups too. Simply wear loosely over your favorite bathing suit, throw on some flip-flops and you’re ready for any pool or beach day in the sun!
When you want to take your white blouse to the next level, choose this puffy sleeve option to truly elevate any look. Again, this white blouse can be worn with jeans and braided/woven kitten heels or with your dressiest trousers. Either way, this is a look that will speak volumes!
The boxier, boyfriend-style cuts are crisp and also very versatile. This style can look casual untucked with jeans or tucked into high-waisted trousers for a more formal look. It’s practically like you stole your boyfriend’s white button-down and made it all your own. Super chic and very of the moment right now.
The dual front utility-style pockets or one strong square single pocket white blouse is another way to rock your white blouse. This white blouse is so versatile it will have you ready for work or the weekend in one of the most appealing cuts.
Some of the best white button-downs are oversized and drapey and made out of cotton or linen. It’s so adaptable too meaning it works well on various body shapes as you can create a multitude of ways to wear it. You can wear french tucked or tie it up in front to accentuate a higher waistline. It’s another one of those shirts you can wear with anything and look like a million bucks.
If your classic white blouse isn’t quite keeping you cool enough during the heat of the summer months, the short-sleeve white blouse is your best-kept secret. Try a casual linen style with rolled cuff sleeves and a classic collar. The buttons can even be more casual in natural wood or opalescent buttons. The short-sleeve button-ups are the best worn with denim shorts and sandals for the coolest, casual look of them all.
HOW TO STYLE IN THE SUMMER:
I can’t think of a better way to wear a white blouse during the summer than to style an oversized version of the shirt over a bikini or one-piece this summer. It’s so so so chic, effortless, and did I mention an easy way to pull off that “cool-girl” vibe?! All you’ll need to bring is your summer essentials – your beach bag, sunglasses, and flip-flops. The rest you’ve already got covered – in the chicest cover-up of them all: the white blouse.
When the heat begins to turn up, tie your white blouse at the waist to create not only a waistline but a style that is so on-point for summer. This look would be so cute with jean cut-off shorts, cropped denim, or your ‘90s khaki trousers. Add a bright-colored slide sandal and your straw tote bag for a look that will have your friends “fit to be tied.”
A classic white blouse will pair perfectly with any style of summer shorts too. You can tuck it into your paper bag shorts for a classic look if you’re going for more of an elevated look or you can wear it with your sporty bike shorts. One of my favorite looks for summer is the classic white blouse with jean cut-offs and a simple sandal. It’s one of the easiest ways to look polished and put together with minimal effort. That’s the beauty of the white blouse, it will always make your look “smarter” worn in the most simple of ways.
Which ways do you plan to wear your white blouse this spring/summer?
As we gear up for warmer weather ahead, it’s time to take a look at our shoe collection and decide if we’re in the market for a new pair of shoes. I know I like to grab a few pairs each year to stay fresh and current. Some pairs I snagged last year are even back in style this year like the sporty sandals trend that’s having a major moment. So, chances are these styles will keep cycling in and out for years to come. One thing is for sure, as we begin to reemerge into society after shelter-in-place, you’ll want to make sure your shoe game is on point. These shoe trends will help you put a pep in your step this summer 2021.
Sporty sandals come in various styles this season ranging from your classic Velcro styles to all glammed up with embellishments and bedazzles. Your most classic example of the sporty sandal is the most well-known thanks to Teva and Birkenstocks alike. Many designers have taken this original version and amped it up a notch. You can find them in flatforms, with rugged tread soles, and with whimsical floral print or pearlized straps. However, if you’re okay with the classics, that’s okay too. One thing is for certain, comfort reigns supreme with these stylish sandals. Never thought I’d say this but don’t be surprised when I tell you sandals with socks here is also a winning combination.
The woven braided designs are so beautiful and add dimension to the slide. The padded leather is so chic which gives these sandals a luxury feel. Opt for braided flats or slides with a heel for an elevated look. Woven slide sandals are the best footwear for everything from jeans to dresses this summer – they will be your go-to shoes this spring and summer. Choose your braided slides in anything from neutrals, to pastels, to bright colorful hues! Even a pop of color will look good on these little braided/woven numbers.
These barely-there sandals are the epitome of minimalist footwear design. They have simple and few straps which makes them uncomplicated and easy to slip on. Oh, and did I mention that despite being quite simple, they add a level of elegance to any look. I have even seen kitten-heel versions of barely-there sandals paired perfectly with biker shorts, a T-shirt, and a structured oversized blazer. Quite frankly, they can be worn with almost anything for maximum effect.
The cozy slippers that we wore throughout most if not all of 2020 are not taking a backseat quite yet. Luckily they’re here to stay in 2021 and lately fashion gurus and celebs alike have been spotted wearing them around town as streetwear. Who can say they mind it? It’s a cool kid look so if you’re brave enough to wear them outside, choose styles that function well as indoor/outdoor slippers. Meaning they have actual tread or grip at the bottom of the slipper. Opt for a wild fluffy flatform slipper or a sophisticated shearling slide. The funkier the better as this style is meant to be fun and not taken too seriously.
Channel your inner goddess in a pair of lace-up sandals. Elevated flats are in style as one of this season’s hottest trends. It’s also not too far from your favorite house shoe of 2020. As we take baby steps to get beyond our slippers, this trend is a fun one to try as it helps us ease out of slippers slowly. Opt for lace-up sandals in animal prints or with chichi additions like pearl and studs.
It’s been a while but ballet flats are back! Who’s doing a few pique turns, plies, and leaping for joy about this one?! I guess it’s kind of an obvious choice to bring back as it’s similar to the look and comfort of a slipper but chic enough to wear outside. Designers took that idea and ran with it creating ballet flats that are extravagant, showy, and by far make a statement. Look for ballet flats in bold metallics, laser cut-outs, fancy prints, and baubles. Ballet flats are such a classy addition to any outfit and this season’s trend will definitely pack some punch to this femininely classic shoe.
This season it’s all about clogs – a classic shoe that has been reinvented in every style imaginable. From your typical wooden heeled clogs with rounded leather toes to even the plastic slingbacks brought to you by Crocs. Does anyone remember Dr. Scholl’s slides being a major trend back in high school? Wear a little piece of nostalgia with similar wooden slide clogs this summer – with embellishments like studs or rhinestones for bonus points. Animal prints on all styles are trending from calf-hair leopard print to cow print. The best part is these classics are both stylish and comfortable which makes them another go-to this season.
Finally, a style that we all know and love reemerges this spring and summer in a lively and unconventional way – in color! This season it’s all about the celebration of style and what better way to do that than with doses of color here and there. Opt for a pair of your favorite heeled sandals in bright oranges, chartreuse, or cerulean. Even pastels are a popular hue. The goal is to have a little fun and create happiness wherever you go.
Accessories are crucial to any spring or summer wardrobe. This year it’s no different; however, as we slowly reemerge from staying safe at home, it feels like we will want to showcase our fashion now more than ever. From hats to handbags to fancy hair accessories – this season it’s all systems go! Accessories are a great way to start as they add a powerful punch to any outfit and are so great for layering or providing that glamorous extra touch. So, if you find yourself heading off on a beach vacation, the pool, or even for a casual stroll, make sure you are toting one of this season’s hottest accessories for 2021.
Straw visors are the go-to summer essential hat for the beach or poolside. They are chic and definitely functional in so many ways. One being (my favorite) you can wear your hair up in a bun and not have it be smothered by a hat. You can let your hair or ponytail wave freely. Straw visors also cover your face really well as they have wide brims to provide extra sun protection. Styles range from woven straw, honeycomb straw to artisan-made palm straw. Most are packable too which makes them great for popping in your suitcase.
See the world through rose-colored glasses literally this summer everywhere you go. Doesn’t that sound cheery?! Sunglasses on trending in all kinds of colored lenses like red, yellow, and orange. Shapes may vary but old-school aviator types are back in fashion now too. Think the old-school retro type a la Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
These netted bags are hugely popular this season. They are also super practical as you can use them anywhere from the Farmer’s Market to the Pool Club. Net bags are well, see-through so make sure you’ve got some fun items that add a little splash. Like sunglasses, headscarves, hair claws, and your SPF. Some net bags come with inserts too in case you want something a little more structured and safe from small items falling out.
Keeping the sun off your face is so important. Bucket hats are a great way to keep your face shaded while looking super fashionable doing it. Yes, the ‘90s are back (what’s new) and these little numbers are gaining lots of popularity this spring and summer. Opt for a plain all-black or try one in a fun colorful print in an oversize style while you are outdoors playing in the sun.
Headscarves are ideal for summer days as they are cute and will keep your hair out of your face. You can tie your scarf into a ton of different styles too like a headband, ponytail accessory, or a head wrap. They will elevate any low-maintenance hairstyle and bring it to life. Grab a few of these silky or satin styles with elegant patterns and colors.
The ultimate summer statement piece is a fashionable beach towel while lounging at the pool or beach. You want to ensure your beach towel is fashion-forward because it will also double as a sarong or beach cover-up if you want it to be. So, make sure it’s made of a nice sturdy fabric and has a fun design or print. Plus, it just looks so chic and high-class and you will use it all summer long.
Beach bags in natural materials like straw seem to always make their way to popularity for the spring and summer months. Grab a woven tote bag one in a classic structured shape or one in a boxier style. These bags are great from airplane straight to the beach as they are great carry-alls for all of your valuable possessions.
Probably this season’s most important accessory: the face mask. Be prepared by always carrying a few face masks in your beach bag or purse. They come in so many adorable prints that it is always wise to bring a couple along with you when you are out and about. Be extra and attach a chain necklace to it for a little extra glam and also so you can conveniently take it on and off without losing it or having to put it away each time. It’s hands-free!
TECH GADGET ACCESSORIES
Speaking of hands-free, electronic accessory holders are slowly becoming all the rage. Whether that’s a fashion chain for your ear pods or a shoulder strap sheath for your iPhone. Go the extra mile by giving your electronics some love in stylish cases. This whole trend was created due to the low-maintenance/minimalist style of being at home. If you ever left the house, you only wanted to carry with you the essentials. It’s perfect in case you’re dashing out the door and don’t want to carry a full purse or bag. Genius.
Lastly, make a bold fashion statement with jewelry. Trends to follow are layering a variety of necklaces with different textures and made out of various materials. Gold jewelry is also very on-trend from chain necklaces to chunky gold hoops. Bejeweled cuffs mixed with colored gems pack a punch on your wrist too. However, you decide to add a piece or pieces of jewelry make sure it’s bold, beautiful, and colorful. This season’s accessories aren’t faint of heart – they came to be known and shown off!
Well, are you ready to get some sun on those legs and hit the ground running? I mean it’s been a while and I know I can’t wait to start digging the shorts out of the bottom of my drawers! This sentiment may not be shared by all, but shorts season is one of my favorite seasons of all. I have a few all-time favorite pairs and they keep me feeling cool all summer long. So as the temps begin to warm up, let’s cover the hottest shorts of the season, that will keep you cool all summer long. The long and the “short” of it.
Denim Cutoff Shorts
Jean cutoff shorts are a staple piece in the summer rotation. If you had to ask me the best denim shorts it would without a doubt go to Levi’s. I bought my first pair of Levi’s cutoffs from a vintage shop In Boise, Idaho back in high school (which I have still managed to hold onto). I have worn them to shreds but still, find it hard to part with them. They are durable and are my favorite pair of summer shorts. Levi’s are great for their high-waisted silhouettes, distressed details, and overall timeless nature. They look great with any and everything too from a classic white T-shirt to a dressier button-down blouse. Finding the right fit is important too as anything too short or tight and you may have a Daisy Duke situation going on. Make sure you get the right size so they are roomy enough to feel comfortable and breezy all summer long.
Casual Sweat Shorts
The dolphin styles have that retro look to them and that elongates the leg I love right now. These athletic styles are so cute for running errands or athleisure styles. Or, they are great for working out. I love mine for working from home as they keep me cool and comfortable. They are also great as they keep me ready for a long walk at any time of day. So, whether you’re dressing your shorts up for your virtual meeting or pairing it with a favorite casual tee, casual sweat shorts are super cute. Especially, if you’re not quite ready to give up your sweatpants quite yet, but summer is calling and it’s time to switch to shorts. Casual sweat shorts are the right choice.
Bermuda shorts are super cute in tight black denim or a baggy 90s khaki vibe. The Bermuda shorts, or trouser shorts, are taking the shorts to new longer lengths that are now a major street style look, not just a preppy look. Give a pleated pair a high fashion look by pairing it with a plain white tee matching blazer, mules, and gold jewelry. Or wear your raw hem black Bermuda shorts with a black ribbed tank for a monochromatic look with wrap sandals. Faux leather Bermuda shorts are another way to wear this fun trend without looking super basic. Add a blouse or classic top and heels and you have got a look!
Drawstring Linen Shorts
I love linen pants like I love linen shorts in the summer. It’s another classic style that also looks so effortless and beachy in the summer. Oftentimes you can find linen-viscose blends or shorts made with Tencel which is another super soft/silky fabric that is lightweight and breathable. These are your go-to shorts for hitting the beach or for throwing on over your bathing suit as your beach cover-up after a full day in the sun or water. If you’re heading somewhere after just throw on a fun graphic tee to pair with your laid-back linen shorts. Also super cute in khaki or olive green with a simple white top, denim jacket, and white tennis shoes or flip flops.
Paperbag waist shorts sit higher on the waist that gives it that cinched silhouette. Many of them have a bow-tie, belted or ruched waist. They are very cute and feminine as they create the hourglass figure and they typically are worn with a tighter fitting top. Bodysuits and high-neck tank tops are great options for flouncy paperbag shorts for a lightweight summer look with sandals. This is one of my personal favorite summer styles as it’s easy to throw on and keeps you cool all summer long. Also, great to layer a cardigan with if it tends to get cooler in the evenings. Or you can dress up a built-in belted pair with a chic blouse and espadrille sandals.
Some key factors to keep in mind when shopping for shorts:
- Fit/Length: Choose styles and fits that accentuate your shape and body type. Also, opt for lengths, waists, and fits in accordance with your body type.
- Fabric: Shorts come in a variety of lightweight materials for summer such as cotton, Tencel, linen, polyester, and denim. Choose a fabric that gives you the right amount of breathability that you feel your best in.
- Occasion: Know the occasion for where you are going to wear each pair of shorts you are buying. Are these for exercising, everyday wear (working from home), the beach, formal attire? It’s important to choose a pair that fits the occasion that you’ll be wearing them to.
With so many fun styles and brands to choose from, which shorts styles are you excited to wear this summer?
Ah, jumpsuits, the perfect transitional piece to take us from spring into summer. Not to mention this one-piece miracle worker does the heavy lifting by making us look put together with minimal effort required. This is important as many of us are still a little unsure if changing out of loungewear ever again is a good idea. Jumpsuits will bridge that middle ground between fashion and comfort and are a good starting point for breaking out of your sweats. Dresses are great too for this purpose, but for a more modern, edgy, of-the-moment design, the jumpsuit is your answer.
Jumpsuits also require the bare minimum when it comes to styling as the jumpsuit itself is the focal point. Add jewelry, heels, and a handbag if you are dressing up the look, or it can easily be dressed down with sneakers or sandals. Now, jumpsuits have been around for a bit (and no one is complaining) as they are a perfect balance of comfortable chic and they can go from season to season. Many of the styles included here are the more popular styles that have been circulating around the internet, on social media, to the runways in Paris. Behold, the many options in place that you have before you as we discuss all the different styles of jumpsuits.
But first a little history:
Thanks to French-American designer, Pauline Trigere, who first popularized the jumpsuit in the 1960s. As it was once considered an item reserved solely for workers in the industrial arena, it quickly gained its popularity over the years as a highly recognizable fashion garment. Fast forward to now and jumpsuits are once again fashionable.
Utility jumpsuits were designed for and specifically worn back during WWII by pilots to serve a military purpose. Then, jumpsuits evolved to become a style only worn by male laborers in the workforce, then women joined the trend, once they entered the workforce. Today, women everywhere wear utility jumpsuits (and the like) as a symbol of style and strength perhaps – as it carries a part of history for women’s rights. Utility jumpsuits tend to run baggier or have an oversized fit them so keep that in mind as far as your fit preferences. Although, many come with cinched waists and buttons so you can adjust. Also, yes! It has pockets too! Lots of them. Style with casual white sneakers, double-strap sandals, or sandals with a low heel. This look is one that will take flight!
Similar to the utility jumpsuit, the boiler suit is also synonymous with the working class and another replication of the jumpsuit itself. Today, you can find many iterations of the boiler suit but a common style is the denim boiler suit. With long sleeves, a structured color, and belted or unbelted waist you can adjust the fit. They can either be form-fitting or slouchy depending on the cut. This makes boiler suits a super practical option for any work-from-home wear as well. Dress it up with a pair of mules and gold accessories or down with some sporty sneakers.
Cropped jumpsuits are ideal for spring as we move into summer. Find a lightweight breathable material like linen, Tencel, or modal which will keep you cool and comfortable. Also, these fabrics are made from eco-friendly and sustainable materials which are better for the environment. Sounds like a win/win! Sleeveless crop flare jumpsuits are great because they are just as cute worn with a T-shirt as they are alone or with a jacket. So grab your spring denim jacket and straw tote bag as you hit the streets in your retro sneaks!
Rompers also belong in this category as they are perfect for the season ahead – summer! They are so cute in the short-sleeved button-front styles with cinched bow waists as well as the slouchier casual styles with a pocket-front and straps that tie in a bow. Either way, you can’t go wrong here. This is another great style to wear in structured stretch denim, cotton, or linen. Pair with your favorite neutral-colored braided slides or tennis shoes for a look that will have you ready for a vacation!
Wide Leg Jumpsuit
Wide leg jumpsuits with a structured bust design or dynamic puffy sleeves are a major hit this season. You can also add to the wide-leg drama by opting for a jumpsuit in a bold, bright color like bubblegum pink or cherry red. This may also help brighten the mood of the world around you too. Slip on your strappy sandals or barely-there square-toe heels, metallic accessories, and a handbag for an Haute look!
If you’re feeling a bit fancier, strapless jumpsuits are a great alternative to the more laid-back styles we have discussed prior. They are also the perfect choice for occasion wear – be it a wedding or any other type of formal occasion you have coming up this year. The fabric you choose is crucial too like crepe or structured polyester. Conversely, faux leather jumpsuits are going mainstream and work well on strapless styles too. This style is edgy, to say the least, and would be a showstopper for sure. Add heels and a clutch to elevate these looks.
This brings us to our retro style, designed by Pauline Trigere in the 1960s, that is influenced by the disco era of the sixties and seventies. These sleek one-pieces are trending in form-fitting silhouettes with flared, bell-bottom legs. What a fun way to wear a jumpsuit – with sequins and sparkles! These retro jumpsuits will definitely have you dancing the night away!
If you have been following the hottest quarantine trends of this year and last, then you will know that bike shorts have been one of them. They have proven undoubtedly convenient for any work-from-home lifestyle outside of sweatpants (when you want to switch up the rotation) and they are so easy to turn into effortlessly stylish outfits. Take the following seven simple ideas for example of how to style bike shorts.
Long T-Shirt & Bike Shorts
This trend is easy to pull off but oh so comfortable and chic too. I recommend doing an all monochrome look in head-to-toe beige or a fun pop of color like seafoam green. Or, you can grab your Bermuda length bike shorts in black and pair it with your favorite oversize classic rock (Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, etc.) band/graphic tee. Keep this style fresh with a chunky pair of fashion sneakers or tennis shoes. If you are into the trend, add a pair of white tube socks. Switch things up with an unexpected chain crossbody mini bag and a jean jacket with extra volume.
Oversize Sweatshirt & Bike Shorts
Does anyone recall the iconic Princess Diana bike short and sweatshirt looks? She had a few, but infamously wore her black bike shorts with a vintage Harvard University grey mock neck sweatshirt and made it a style that is branded in my mind forever. In fact, I replicated this exact style by thrifting a similar sweatshirt during quarantine (one of my new favorites I might add). At any rate, this style is simple to recreate by using one of your own college sweatshirts or even a plain crew neck sweatshirt for that matter. Add a pair of colored bike shorts if you dare. This look is meant to be sporty, so sport those sneaks (and socks) and you’re good to go.
Blouse & Faux Leather Bike Shorts
Faux leather bike shorts are one of those pieces you could take from day to night or casual to dressy in no time. They are super edgy, versatile, and just plain cool. Also, SPANX carries one particular faux leather bike short that has a contoured waistband made to hold you in. So, they are very flattering too. Add a tight-fitting bodysuit to wear underneath and that way you could do a layered look whether you wanted to add a fancy satin blouse if you are going out or a casual button-down if you are just hanging out. Depending on which occasion you find yourself in, faux leather bike shorts look great with sneakers or heels and your blouse of choice.
Bike Shorts with Layers
Keep your look cool and casual by adding layers. Running out to meet a friend for a casual lunch date in the afternoon? Layer a cropped black tank top or ribbed sports bra under an oversized blouse or flannel top. Then, take a crewneck sweater or jacket and tie it around your waist for an extra layer-y vibe. Love mixing different textures, colors, and materials here too. Since this is more of a daytime casual outfit, pair with Teva sandals, Birkenstocks, UGG boots, or casual sneakers. Backpacks, fanny packs or even your hobo purse will do well with this everyday style.
Blazer, Crop Tee & Bike Shorts
Give your high-waisted bike shorts a match it deserves by coupling it with a trendy cropped top. Dare to bare a little skin or not, the crop top is a fun choice to wear for that 90s vibe and is great for summer too. Take this look from day to night or give it a little spin by adding a blazer. Take it monochrome but wearing a black blazer with black bike shorts or by wearing a plaid blazer. Keep a sporty vibe with socks and sneakers or opt for next-level sophistication by adding heels.
Whenever a chic blazer is involved keep the handbags classy. Tote your oversized baguette clutch or structured cross-body bag.
Dress & Bike Shorts
Why not style your bike shorts with a flirty spring dress? Take your man out on a date or vice versa. Mini styles or slip dresses would be so cute here with a flared or ruffled skirt. Think florals, pastels, lace, button fronts, and chiffons. Anything that is sweet, feminine, and pretty. Imagine this almost as a refined Punky Brewster a la the ‘80s TV sitcom. Dress your adorable frock up with an edgy black or brown leather jacket – one that’s a baggier style. Complete this look with ankle booties, loafers or mules, and a small leather satchel. Add some dainty gold layered necklaces and a statement ring (i.e. turquoise, opal, or moonstone).
Cardigan, Tank & Bike Shorts
Staying in? Grab your cardigan. Bike shorts are the best for lounging at home too. They come in ribbed styles now that come in the softest fabrics you will never want to take them off. These bike shorts are made for sleepwear too so pair them with a tank that’s a similar style and color. Then, layer with one of your favorite cozy, chunky, and long cardigans. This is an ideal loungewear look but could even pass for a quick run out to your local coffee shop too. Toss on a pair of casual slides as you head out or a comfy pair of tennis shoes. Add a messenger bag or large canvas tote bag in case you have to do some light shopping afterward.
April is Earth Month! A special time that acknowledges global sustainability and focuses on how we can take action to make our world a better place to live.
In honor of Earth Month, Zulily has launched its first-ever Sustainability Shop to bring awareness to families of how they can have a big impact over time if we make small changes at home. So as Zulily is doing our part, we want to help other shoppers shop smart by giving you the power to shop ethically sustainable pieces. As the fashion industry is one of the leading causes of pollution on the planet, sustainable fashion begins with fabric that we purchase. Here are 10 sustainable fabrics that support eco-friendly fashion.
As one of the world’s largest denim manufacturers, Levi’s has apparel in more than 100 countries worldwide. They too have chosen to spearhead the movement towards change and progression by promoting eco-friendly and sustainable practices like recyclable denim made from cottonized hemp and organically sourced cotton. Basically, they use a special type of hemp that has been “cottonized” to feel like cotton. They also design clothing using recycled water bottles in order to keep waste out of landfills. Plus, they have made great strides to reduce water use in the process of denim production with the Levi’s Water<Less innovations since 2011. Levi’s has and continues to make a major impact one step at a time.
Recycled cotton is the process of converting cotton fabric into cotton fiber that can then be reused into a product. Many brands are recycling post-consumer scraps from going into the landfill by repurposing them. From T-shirts to blue jeans and beyond, look for materials that are made of recycled cotton as they are sustainable alternatives in textiles.
Organic cotton is processed without chemicals, pesticides, and with ecological practices like promoting soil health. Unlike the growth of normal cotton which is chemical-intensive and creates water waste, organic cotton has a much lower impact on the environment. It also has a much softer feel than regular cotton fabrics. Many companies are now using organic cotton in garments as they are known for being eco-friendly to the environment.
Linen is derived from the flax plant and is very similar to hemp in terms of sustainability. Its growth requires very little pesticide or irrigation. Linen is a great material for anything from pants to bedding. It’s also a fabric that will keep you cool as it lowers your body temperature in the summer, unlike cotton. The look of linen is also great because even if this fabric wrinkles, that’s how it is meant to look. It gives you that effortlessly chic look while also being eco-friendly.
Many major retailers are now producing ethically sustainable leggings and sustainable travel bags that come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and prints that are made from recycled plastic. Their recycled polyester is made from plastic water bottles in and around areas in China. Fishing nets, which would otherwise end up at the bottom of the ocean destroying an innumerable amount of sea wildlife, are turned into nylon. Both materials combined make an ideal combination for workout gear. The recycled polyester and Lycra blend that many sports bras contain, ensure lightweight comfort along with moisture-wicking technology to keep you dry during a high-impact workout. Recycled plastic is so versatile it can be used for light activewear to cozy sustainable fleece. Patagonia is probably the most well-known brand for pioneering the movement when they created the fleece jacket out of recycled plastic water bottles back in 1993. Since then others have followed in ethical outdoor wear and jackets can now be found in recycled down, polyester, and wool. Simply put, there’s a lot to love about eco-friendly jackets that will keep you warm and feeling good about it. Take your impact to the next level by wearing eco-friendly materials like recycled polyester to reduce your carbon footprint.
Enconyl is regenerated nylon that begins with removing waste from our landfills. Dresses and swimwear are another great eco-friendly way to stay cool this summer. Look for materials like recycled Enconyl (recycled nylon from plastic) mixed with blends of natural silk for dresses. Also, Enconyl is made from recycled fishing nets, ocean plastic, and its production doesn’t require much water.
TENCEL is also referred to as Lyocell that is also very well-known in the sustainable fashion world. It is produced from sustainably sourced natural wood and known for its softness. A button-down shirt dress for the summer is a super cute, lightweight, and cool option. You can now “dress clean” in fabrics such as TENCEL, a silky fiber made from wood pulp grown on specialized tree farms. The motto here: minimal footprint and maximum comfort.
Modal is another luxurious fabric that is so soft and silky. Similar to TENCEL, modal is made of pulp from trees, specifically beech trees. Given its super soft feel, modal is used mainly in pajamas, underwear, and sheets. Tops and tanks are also an ideal way to wear modal as it’s lightweight and breathable. You just might find this to be your new favorite material.
Bamboo is a natural fabric that is made from bamboo plants that are known for their high quality and sustainability. Bamboo textiles are also recognized for being ultra-soft and breathable hence why it’s a popular fabric in bed sheets and pajamas. Don’t sleep on adding bamboo fabrics into your wardrobe and bedding too.
Alpaca wool is considered to be one of the most eco-friendly wools as they are raised in their indigenous areas more humanely than most animals shorn for their coat. Other naturally derived fabrics from animals include merino wool, sheep wool, and cashmere. Hoodies, pullovers, sweaters, cardigans socks, and the like (including loungewear sets) are great everyday options for when the temperatures start to drop and are also made using sustainable and comfortable materials.
Upcycling your own clothes is a great way to transform items that appear worn or outdated, new again! Here are a few tips to try to upcycle your clothes:
- Some fabrics like wool tend to form pill balls after regular wear. Shave off those pill balls from sweaters and sweatshirts by using a fabric shaver or depiller. This is one way to upcycle your clothes to make them feel like new again.
- Turn an old pair of jeans into jean cut-offs that can be worn all summer. All you need is a pair of scissors to add an entirely new item to your collection.
- I also want to point out that how you care for and wash your fabrics/laundry is just as important. The “Laundry Footprint” is a thing after all, a.k.a. the carbon footprint of laundry. So try to do your part by following these easy steps to reduce your carbon footprint when you do your laundry.
The one message that I hope to get across is the importance of shopping sustainably. Even if you are just starting out, pay attention to the materials that are on the labels of the clothes that you are purchasing and how they were sourced. Also, by bringing awareness to the brands that are doing their part for the greater good and their retailers for highlighting them.
Here’s to a better tomorrow. For a better future for our children. To better the environment and do good for our planet. After all, we only get one, and we can all do our part to do better for Mother Earth. One step at a time.
What’s the number one rule in fashion? Dressing per your body type and wearing what looks good on you in order to flatter it. Other than that, frankly, there are very few rules. After all, style is up to you, what you make of it and how you put all the fashion together. I’m just here to give you some fashion tips, tricks, and the latest trends along the way. I also have had the honor of training and teaching women how to find their best fit of jeans while working as a Stylist in my fashion career. So, in today’s lesson, we are going to learn how important it is to find the right fitting pair of jeans – a wardrobe staple. As our once most worn item in the weekly rotation, I think now is a good time to bring jeans back into the conversation as we begin to move out of stay-at-home orders. The fact is; however; that even though something is on trend does not necessarily mean it will flatter everyone. So, the more you know what suits you and your body type and the features to look for is key to this lesson. Here are the ways to find the perfect jeans for your body type.
Types of Denim
- Straight Leg – same width throughout thigh, knee & leg
- Bootcut – slightly flared leg opening made to accommodate a boot
- Flare – tighter at the knee with a flared leg opening
- Skinny – slimmest at the ankle & throughout the leg
- Boyfriend – slightly looser fit all over with the cuffed hem
- Trouser – Mom-jean style with a baggier fit
- Low Rise – sits below belly button – about 2-3”
- Mid Rise – sits barely below the belly button
- High Rise – sits above the belly button
- Dark Wash
- Light to Medium Wash
- Colored Denim
If you have an equal size shoulder to hip ratio with a smaller waist or similar, accentuate those curves, honey! Bootcut and flare jeans that are fitted through the thighs and flare at the bottom are your go-to styles as they showcase your best features. Curvy figured gals also do well with stretch and a well-defined waist like high-waisted jeans to accentuate their smaller waistlines. This will also ensure that the dreaded gaping doesn’t form at the back of the jeans which is a common dilemma for this body type.
- Seek Out – Flares or wider leg flares, skinny jeans, straight leg jeans, dark wash denim
- Avoid – Baggy jeans, too much stretch in your denim
- The Look – For an all-around fabulous look try high-waisted slim flare jeans, a black V-neck top, and heels for a simple yet chic look.
Women with an athletic body shape may not have the most curves, but they are able to wear practically any jean style they choose as they are able to create them! Athletic body types can also wear low-rise jeans really well and mid-rise jeans too. Since the key takeaway is to create a more womanly silhouette, look for more feminine styles and jeans that will help you achieve this look. Usually, this means elongating and lengthening the leg with long, slim styles on athletic frames.
- Seek Out – Low-rise or mid-rise jeans, feminine styles, long & lean styles that will create curves & length on your adorable figure.
- Avoid – High-waisted, straight-legs, baggy styles that will only make you look frumpy & shapeless when you’re obviously not!
- The Look – A voluminous blouse with feminine details, low-rise flare jeans, and platform heels is the winning recipe here!
Pear-shaped ladies have slender shoulders and wider hips. One of the main areas of concern they run into with fit is gaping in the back of their jeans with their narrow waist to hip ratio. Contoured waistbands and high-waisted jeans are an excellent choice for pear-shaped body types. Boyfriend and mom-jeans styles alike will fit high on your smaller waistlines without gaping and will allow comfort through the hips and thighs.
- Seek Out – High-rise jeans, straight leg jeans, tapered jeans, and dark wash denim will skim your pear shape perfectly.
- Avoid – Low-rise, light-blue wash denim will only look drab on your gorgeous figure.
- The Look – Balance out your proportions with a structured blazer, high-waisted straight-leg black jeans, a crew-neck T-shirt, and heels.
If your upper and lower bodies are in proportion and you have a shorter waist, then you have an apple body type. The goal here is to elongate the figure to create the image of curves and to define a waistline. Therefore, we focus the attention on elongating the legs creating the artistry of curves. Jeans with a high elastic waistband are a great idea, especially, if they are a skinny style and highlight your thin legs. Bootcut, ankle or tapered jeans are also super flattering to accentuate slim hips and thighs.
- Seek Out – Bootcut, ankle, tapered or skinny jeans which will flatter your slender hips & thighs.
- Avoid – High-waisted jeans and low-rise jeans will draw away from your beautiful assets.
- The Look – Pair dark skinny jeans with a longer tunic top and layer with a longer blazer and flats for a figure-flattering look!
With so many styles of jeans on the market and what is “trending,” it can be so difficult to choose just the right pair. However, with these simple ways to narrow down the right styles for your body type, the goal is: I hope you go out there and find the perfect pair that is right for YOU!