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The Weekend Reset – Spring eats, drinks, and chills.

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It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

WATCH: Grade A B-Movie fun.

You are either down for this or you aren’t. This is pure genre fun, with an excellent cast and production values that steer clear of anything wince-inducing. Maybe that’s not your thing. Totally get it. It shares a concept with last year’s “A Quiet Place” (although it is from a book published before that film’s release) so maybe you think you’ve been here and done that. You haven’t. This is a hoot. It doesn’t reinvent anything but it keeps you on the edge and you could consider it the mental version of a palette cleanser. Pop some corn and settle in!

 

READ: The Book that Saved the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Yes. I realize that the video above is an actual movie version of Victor Hugo’s classic. And that it is a silent movie. Also, black and white. It’s still sexier than an edited picture of a book cover. Besides, this whole story about how Hugo wrote this novel to save the famous cathedral was something I only learned about this week. This week’s fire was really difficult to watch, as someone who has been fortunate enough to have been there and stepped inside. And so, in Hugo’s book, the cathedral is every bit as important to the story as the famous protagonist of the title. A gothic story about gothic times? That was enough to get me to read this years back and it is enough to make me return to its pages.

 

LISTEN: LSD for your earholes.

I have included a song or two from LSD in past Dappered playlists. The band name comes from the three artists who joined forces for this project: SIA, Labrinth, and Diplo. I am a sucker for this upbeat, inventive and hook-filled sound. The production is so very, very impressive. It seems perfect for the season. Open the windows, turn up the volume and smile. (You might also find your body language alter accordingly.)

 

EAT: An Early Spring Mixed Grill.

Shrimp and Chorizo Mixed Grill from Epicurious

Shrimp and Chorizo Mixed Grill. As soon as I am able to move the majority of my cooking outdoors, I do. It’s not just about leaving the kitchen clean (although that is a really strong notch in the plus column), it’s also about keeping my kitchen as clean as possible. Plus, the clean kitchen. I kid. Mostly. What I appreciate about this menu is the combination of fresh-right-now ingredients like asparagus while including the chorizo, which hints at the more robust cuts of meat which will roll out over the summer. I suggest adding green onions and other spring greens available at area farmers markets.

 

DRINK: A Tasty Easter Mocktail. 

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/drinks/how-to/g785/best-mocktail-recipes/

Coconut, Cucumber, Lime, and Mint Cooler. There are only a handful of ingredients. From the link: “4 cups of coconut water 2 cucumbers sliced very thinly, half cup of lime juice, quarter cup of sugar (optional), and a quarter cup of chopped mint leaves.” You simply combine all of the ingredients and chill. If it’s me, I’m doubling ingredients. And then some. Shouldn’t be too hard to make this attractive to the 21+ adult beverage set either.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s currently chasing his spirit animal. 


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Spring is here, and so is allergy season

The arrival of spring brings with it a sense of renewed hope and joy along with seasonal blooming flowers, budding leaves, and – yes – dreadful allergies!

For many of us, spring marks the beginning of allergy season. In fact, more than 50 million Americans experience various types of allergies each year, and allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Joseph G. Dizon, MD, chief of service at the Department of Allergy and Immunology at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, says the biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen.

“As the weather gets warmer and drier, trees, grasses, and weeds release these tiny grains into the air to fertilize other plants,” Dr. Dizon explained. “When they enter the nose of someone who’s allergic, they send the body’s defenses haywire.”

When you have an allergic reaction, your immune system produces a "weapon" called an antibody, according to Dr. Dizon. These antibodies help to recognize allergens we are exposed to, and cause our immune cells to fight off the allergen, resulting in the typical symptoms associated with allergy episodes. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Runny, stuffy, or itchy nose
  • Headache and fatigue
  • Sore throat or coughing

You can reduce your exposure to pollen by:

  • Keeping your house and car windows closed; using your air conditioning system can be helpful
  • Limiting the time you spend outside when pollen counts are high (during mid-day and afternoon)
  • Wearing a pollen mask or dust mask if you need to mow the lawn
  • Rinsing your eyes with cool water or saline eyedrops to remove clinging pollen after you come indoors
  • Taking a shower and changing your clothes after you work or play outside

According to Dr. Dizon, there’s no cure for seasonal allergies. However, there are several medications, including antihistamines and nasal steroids that can provide relief and help you breathe a little easier. Over-the-counter antihistamines that can be effective include loratadine (Claritin), fexofenadine (Allegra), or cetirizine (Zyrtec). The benefit of these medicines is that they cause less drowsiness compared to other common antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or chlorpheniramine (Chlortrimeton).

“Because allergy symptoms – such as weepy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing – typically peak in the morning hours, taking your 24-hour allergy medication before going to bed often means that you’ll get the maximum effect when you need it the most,” Dr. Dizon said.

“If a person has a history of moderate or more severe allergy symptoms, it would be advantageous to start a steroid nasal spray and continue it through the season,” he continued. “These medicines are available over the counter without need for a prescription and include fluticasone (Flonase) or triamcinolone (Nasacort).

Learn more information about how to handle allergies, including how to make a seasonal allergies plan. If you’re a Kaiser Permanente member and want to schedule an appointment, please visit www.kp.org.

Watch a short video addressing local allergies.

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Nordstrom Spring 2019 Sale – Men’s Style Picks

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Nordstrom Spring Sale – Save Up to 50% off through 4/22

Surprise. It’s another sale from Nordstrom. Still nowhere near the frequency of other retailers or brands, but Nordstrom HAS been ramping up their sales in recent times. And that’s a good thing for those of us who love Nordstrom. Of all the department stores out there, Nordstrom might be the only one that not just gets it right, but gets it REALLY right. Great 3rd party selection, a huge variety of goods at various prices, and the free shipping and free returns always helps.

There’s over 4,000 items in this sale. Not as big as a half-yearly monster clearance. But it’s not some small thing either. Off we go with the picks…

 

Nordstrom Trim Fit Stretch Wool Tuxedo – $ 213.98 ($ 498)

Nordstrom Trim Fit Stretch Wool Tuxedo

I mean, I know it’s a notch lapel and most prefer peak or shawl when it comes to evening wear… but… nice price. Especially considering it ships and returns for free. Sold as separates, so don’t forget the pants.

 

Nordstrom Trim Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt – $ 32.90 ($ 49.50)

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Staples. Well made staples. 200+ reviews and almost 5/5 stars. Great collars for going tieless too.

 

Nordstrom Trim Fit Linen Sport Coat – $ 124.49 ($ 249)

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100% linen and just butterfly lined in the back. This reminds me that I need to get crackin’ on the best warm weather sportcoats post.

 

adidas Samba OG Sneaker – $ 59.96 ($ 79.95)

adidas Samba OG Sneaker

Wait a minute. Burgundy accents. Gum sole. Perforations…. SOMEONE ALERT THE FRUGALMALEFASHION COMMUNITY. This here is an imposter of their one true lord!

 

Nordstrom Trim Fit Flat Front Stretch Wool Trousers – $ 49.75 ($ 99.50)

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How much? Under $ 50 for stretch wool dress pants? Not bad at all. Un-hemmed, so, you’ll need to have a tailor shorten them to your specified preferred break. Trim fit. Flat front.

 

Tissot Blue Dial Chrono – $ 262.50 ($ 350)

Tissot Blue Dial Chrono

Quartz of course, but Swiss made and from a well known, dependable brand. NOT small. 45mm in diameter. Repeat. FORTY FIVE.

 

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Offset Denim Duffel Bag – $ 42.49 ($ 85)

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Offset Denim Duffel Bag

Herschel’s famous “Novel” bag, complete with separate shoe compartment. Also available in a solid light gray if that’s more your speed.

 

Cole Haan Feathercraft Grand Derby – $ 142.50 ($ 180)

Cole Haan Feathercraft Grand Derby

Just 20% off, which ain’t much for Cole Haan, but… there’s something about them. Especially that gray suede option?

 

Marc New York Humboldt Quilted Jacket – $ 85.70 ($ 175)

Marc New York Humboldt Quilted Jacket

A standard quilted jacket with a surprise inside. Extra insulated thanks to a high-pile fleece liner vest that’s also detachable. Too hot one day? You can ditch it. How prudent.

 

Cole Haan Original Grand Wingtip – $ 112.50 ($ 150)

Cole Haan Original Grand Wingtip

Some people love these things. Some think they’re an abomination. I ain’t judging. At least, not this time. I swear Tony Kornheiser wears these a lot on the set of PTI. You can sorta see his kicks when they cut to a wide shot when Wilbon is on the road somewhere.

 

Original Penguin Track Jacket – $ 62.49 ($ 125)

Original Penguin Track Jacket

Speaking of PTI. Penguin Dance!

 

Bonobos Cotton & Linen Blend Henley – $ 48.98 ($ 98)

Bonobos Cotton & Linen Blend Henley

Half off is good. Very good! Fifty bones for a basic henley doesn’t feel as good, but, it’s Bonobos. And there are plenty of Bonobos fans out there. The fit, the finish, etc. More than a few colors to choose from here.

 

Saturdays NYC Norfolk Water Repellent Duffel Bag – $ 112.49 ($ 225)

Saturdays NYC Norfolk Water Repellent Duffel Bag

Not bad for a good sized duffel with a bit of saturated color. 20″W x 13″H x 9″D are the dimensions.

 

Nordstrom Tech-Smart Trim Fit Stretch Check Dress Shirt – $ 34.75 ($ 69.50)

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From their tech-smart line. 80% cotton, 13% polyester, 7% spandex engineered to be breathable and have plenty of stretch.

 

The Rail Everett Plain Toe Derby – $ 66.96 ($ 99.95)

The Rail Everett Plain Toe Derby

Those shoes sure are shoey! Plain toe derby = probably what you’d see in a dictionary if you looked up the word shoe. Maybe. Who knows. Depends on how fancy the illustrator was feeling that day. From a Nordstrom house line. For the less is more crowd. And warm weather, for some reason, makes simple bluchers like these look all the better.

 

1901 Slim Fit Sport Shirt – $ 29.75 ($ 59.50)

1901 Slim Fit Sport Shirt

Horizontal Stripes! Take it away SVP.

 

1901 Moro Bar Tack Leather Belt – $ 29.70 ($ 49.50)

1901 Moro Bar Tack Leather Belt

Like Nordstrom decided to jump on the GAP essential belt wagon. Also available in black. 1 1/4″ belt width; 1 3/4″ square buckle.

 

Todd Snyder x Timex Watches – $ 74 ($ 148)

Todd Snyder x Timex Watches

I don’t recall the mod or black jack getting to this price point in the past. And the leather straps? Had no idea that was even an option. Big thanks to Matt S. for the tip here.

 

Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Sneaker – $ 97.50 ($ 130)

Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Sneaker

Good grief there’s a lot of Cole Haan in this sale. Some suede, some perforated, some not.

 

Barbour Shadow Duffel Bag – $ 214.49 ($ 429)

Barbour Shadow Duffel Bag

Moon Mills UK made tweed makes up the exterior. No idea where the thing is constructed as a whole though. “Aye Lass! Where be me ear trumpet and moustache wax?” “Iz in yee plahd bahg ma Deer!” “AH! Fah fuk’s sake Lass. Yee right ahs YOOSuahlllll!”

 

Thomas and Vine Plain Toe Derby – $ 66.95 ($ 99.95)

Thomas and Vine Plain Toe Derby

A little funky (look at that lighter blue accent on the brown pair) but perhaps that’s what you’re going for at sixty seven dollars. Five different colors to pick from.

 

1901 Short Wings – $ 65.96 ($ 109.95)

1901 Short Wings

Inexpensive, versatile, short wings for spring. From Nordstroms’ younger leaning “1901” house brand.

 

Hart Schaffner Marx Classic Fit Plaid Wool Sport Coat – $ 247.49 ($ 495)

Hart Schaffner Marx Classic Fit Plaid Wool Sport Coat

100% true-blue worsted wool with a simple windowpane pattern. And? It’s made in Canada.

 

Jack Mason Nautical Chronograph – $ 109.97 ($ 275)

Jack Mason Nautical Chronograph

Yes, it’s a “fashion” brand, and not some heritage watchmaker. Doesn’t mean they can’t make a nice looking timepiece.

 

Cole Haan Harrison Grand Cap Toe Oxford – $ 139.90 ($ 220)

Cole Haan Harrison Grand Cap Toe Oxford

Entry level dress shoes. True oxfords with a cap toe. Probably won’t last you a lifetime, but with reasonable care, should last you a while. Well reviewed.

 

Lamarque Leather Racer Jacket – $ 279 ($ 525)

Lamarque Leather Racer Jacket

Not bad for a leather moto style jacket. Leather quality can really vary, so, give it a good strong look once it arrives. If it’s not up to snuff? Send it back. You can do that since it’s Nordstrom. For free.

 

Asics GEL-Kayano 25 Running Shoe – $ 119.95 ($ 159.95)

Asics GEL-Kayano 25 Running Shoe

Surprise! What the heck are these doing here? Because if you’re like me, and a bit more dump truck than gazelle, these could change your life. I’m a heavy striker. But I can be fast if I need to be fast. 200 lbs of men’s style blogger can get chuggin’ if need be, and these have helped protect my knees and back and all that jazz for a long time. I lift in these. I kickbox in these. I walk/run the dog in these. Worth every penny. And the new design (especially the white/gray/black) don’t look like hot baby poo when paired up with some warm up pants and a decent track jacket.

 

Nordstrom Rack: Numerous Hamilton Automatics all for 40% – 50% off:

Hamilton

Why the Nordstrom Rack mention? Because there are a LOT of watches in this Spring sale. Lots of Hamiltons. For around 25% – 30% off. But there’s still a ton of really attractive Hamilton autos on Nordstrom Rack for, wait for it, 50% off. So, before you fall in love with a Hammy on the Nordy main site, maybe check out The Rack?

The Nordstrom Spring Sale is set to run through 4/22. What’d we miss? Send in any tips you have on any further steals in this Nordstrom Spring Sale to joe@dappered.com.


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Weekly Roundup: Neutral Spring

There’s lots for Spring and Summer if you’re a neutral gal who likes to feel serene and calm in colour-free looks. Some of these items come in brights, pastels, petites and plus, so browse all the options. A big shout-out to Nordstrom who’s providing extended sizes in brick & mortar stores (not just online) and merchandising sizes XXS to 3XL of the same item in one area on the shop floor. May this pave the way for all retailers so that we can enjoy a more diverse fashion world.

I’m very particular about fabric, and am pleased to share that this week’s picks are made of good and exceptionally good fabric. On to to the picks.

  • ALEX MILL Stretch Cotton Twill Ankle Pants | Nordstrom: BEST modern chinos of the season. Extremely good fit and wonderful inset back elastic detailing with criss-cross belt loops. They wowed me. Fab length and easy to hem. Fits a curvy and straight body type. Genius! Straighter body types need to size down. Comfy fluid fit. Rise looks high, but it’s not in person. Flattering and fabulous. Comes in dark olive.
  • Boden Boden Multicolor Knit Tee | Nordstrom: Clean and crisp pullover with a tidy statement neckline. Great to wear under a blazer or jacket, and looks fab worn on its own when you remove the topper.
  • Boden Boden Philippa Jersey Midi Dress (Regular & Petite) | Nordstrom: AMAZING knitted dress for Team Tall. Comfortable, forgiving and flattering. Fits a range of body types. Hard to hem, so you have to be okay with the length. Good on broad shoulders.
  • Boden Boden Cleo Jersey & Eyelet Top (Regular & Petite) | Nordstrom: Clean and pretty boho tee with a woven eyelet inset. Tailored yet roomy. Better than a basic tee.
  • Wilfred faun pant

    High-waisted, wide-leg pant: 90s Palazzo Fabness. Soft woven and flowing wide leg crops that are forgiving and very comfortable. Rise is not too high, although it looks it. Works on most body types. Easy to hem. Comes in many colours.

  • RACHEL ROY COLLECTION Gathered Sleeve Blazer | Nordstrom: I can’t believe how awful the styling of this jacket is here. It’s super cute and the photo does not do it justice at all. They’ve folded down the collar when it should be standing up, which is THE feature of the jacket! It has great ready-to-go scrunched sleeves, and the fabric is crease-proof. Comfy and easy to wear. Fits a range of body types. Do not judge the item by how bad the photo looks. Trust me.
  • CeCe Ruffle Sleeve Pintuck Blouse | Nordstrom: Yummy weighty fabric with some stretch and substance. Good fit, easy to wash and wear, and runs a size big. Three colours.
  • Levi’s 501 Moto Crop Jeans (Show Teeth) | Nordstrom: If you liked the Levis Wedgie, you’ll like these. They fit an assortment of body types and aren’t too high in the rise. I would need back waist alteration if I got them. They are SUPER cute, flattering, and very comfy. The panels are more yellow in person.
  • ALEX MILL Fleece Pocket Sweatshirt | Nordstrom: A lovely sweatshirt top in great fabric with good drape. Comfy and simple, but not sloppy. Nice relaxed boxy cut, and comes in colours.
  • Halogen Double Breasted Check Blazer (Regular & Petite) | Nordstrom: An eye-catching double-breasted blazer that looks great UN-buttoned. Love the white buttons. Runs at least a size big, and comes in petites and plus. Nice fabric. Trendy fluid fit and longer length.
  • ANINE BING Mia Silk Blouse | Nordstrom: This oversized silk blouse has a very clever cut. It tapers a little to the hem so it’s not as boxy, and the sleeves are bracelet length with very broad cuffs, adding busloads of structure and interest. My dainty frame did not drown in the blouse, which impressed me. The stock photo does not do it justice.
  • MOTHER The Shaker Prep High Waist Crop Slim Jeans (Dear Mr. Black Racer) | Nordstrom: Very comfy and forgiving jeans made of soft and thick denim fabric. The calf widths are roomier in person so not calf-sucking like the stock photo. Rise does not feel too high. Size down. Great tuxedo stripe.
  • Ecco Soft 7 Leisure Sneaker: These are extremely comfy, and a little less chunky in person. Streamlined on the foot. With an extra insole and tightened laces, they fit low-volume feet. The different leathers are the same colour, and don’t contrast as much as in the stock photo. Well made and comes in three neutrals.
  • Everlane The Form Bag: I haven’t seen this crossbody in person but it looks gorgeous, streamlined and I like the broad strap. Comfortable. Comes in seven colours and can fit a laptop.
  • Boden Arabella Sweatshirt: A crisp and dressier sweatshirt with a rainbow party on the back as well as on the sleeves – so not 100% neutral. Lovely fluid fit with a curved back hem. Better than basic. It earned a place in my wardrobe because it’s quite structured. Comes in other neutrals.
  • Lilla P Double V-Neck Dress: This type of dress works best on broader shoulders and a larger bust. Architectural and nice drape. Comes in black. Good on Team Tall, but easy to hem.
  • Hunter Refined Short Gloss Duo: A refined wellie that’s streamlined on the foot and leg, and not so heavy. Comfy. Comes in black. Quite Chic.
  • Badgley Mischka Collection Badgley Mischka Water Repellent Anorak with Stowaway Hood | Nordstrom: An anorak that works best on those who can fill it out. Roomy and it might run a size big. Very lightweight, quite breathable, and tailored because of the drawstring at the waist. Great length, fun fishtail, and five colours. Read the rave reviews.
  • Rag & Bone Perry Floral Lace Top: This is a very pretty knit top and gorgeous quality. It’s sufficiently opaque and does not require a camisole. Looks great on its own, or layered under a jacket.
  • JEN7 BY 7 FOR ALL MANKIND Stretch Skinny Jeans: A repeat top pick because the white denim is thick and the fit is flattering. Can work for a straighter and curvier body type. They ALSO come in a slim straight and bootcut.
  • Citizens of Humanity Elsa Ankle Skinny Jeans: A repeat top pick, and one of my favourite pairs of white jeans. Great fit and thick fabric. Flattering on curvier thighs. Pocket linings do not grin. Fits a curvier and straighter figure. These are quite high rise on me, so I had the back of the waistband tailored to create a perfect fit because of my swayback.
  • Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker: A top pick every year because the Scandi sneaker is all that. Streamlined, supportive, very comfy, flattering, refined, and classic Euro chic. They go the walking distance. Can work for a wider and narrower foot, but not a very wide foot. I made them work with two sets of insoles for my very low volume feet. I bought them in “vanilla metallic” which are a lot more vanilla than the stock photo (not blush pink). Come in many colours.
  • Hispanitas Rhonda Slingback Pump: Extremely comfy and well-made slingbacks that can work on a slightly wider foot. Casually dressy. Comes in black.
  • Boss Vedani Windowpane Pencil Skirt: GORGEOUS quality and fit in a graphic and timeless window pane pattern. Might need to size down.
  • Reiss Fenton Stretch Wool Blend Slim Pants: Extremely nice fabric and tailored fit with a not too high rise. The subtle texture in the fabric is unique. Can work on a curvier or straighter body type. Hems are easy to shorten.
  • Rebecca Taylor Tweed Jacket: Classic Spring tweed in a slightly longer length that works well with pants and jeans. The textured fabric and patterns are more striking in person. The description reads black, but it looks ink blue to my eye.
  • Vionic Keomi Sandal: A supportive and very comfy sandal that goes the distance. Works best on a regular and higher volume foot. Comes in black. Classic Euro.
  • Rag & Bone Victor Stripe Silk Blouse: Beautifully elegant wrap front blouse with extra front pleat and colour block detailing. Works well on a shorter waist, and might run a size small.
  • Reiss Colleen Polo Pocket Sweater: Gorgeous crisp and pretty piece that is badly styled here. It’s quite long and has a substantial welt, so it looks GREAT worn over slimmer pants and jeans. It’s not suppose to be tucked! More cream in person, and might run a size small.

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Spring / Summer Temptation: New Affordable Men’s Style Arrivals for 2019

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Spring/Summer 2019 – The Best Looking New Arrivals in Men’s Style

Those piles of parking lot snow should be starting to whither. Winter clearance events for retail are coming to an end. That means new, warm-weather arrivals are starting to show up in store, and online. Spring/Summer 2019 seems to feature more color, more patterns, more… more. But since this website bangs the drum for less is more, we’ll try and keep from getting too far out of control. Know that for many of these items, prices are sure to come down with sales & promos once the snow starts to melt.

 

Bonobos Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazers – $ 320 – $ 360 w/ ECLIPSE20 ($ 400 – $ 450)

Bonobos Unconstructed Italian Wool Blazers

Up there in price for sure, but Bonobos knows what they’re doing when it comes to these minimally lined, lightweight, wear it in everything from 10 degrees to 110 degrees sportcoats. Plenty of colors and patterns to pick from. Totally unlined in the back. Hopsack, looser weave wool is nice and airy. Super easy to dress up or down. Available in slim or standard fits.

 

Target Goodfellow & Co. Short Sleeve Henley Shirt – $ 12.99

In Review: Target’s Goodfellow & Co Spring 2019 | Dappered.com

Well made, soft cotton, and plenty of colors to pick from. Part of our round up of what Target’s Goodfellow & Co line has to offer for the warmer weather. The cotton is lightweight but doesn’t feel cheap, and the color options are all pretty nice.

 

Timex Allied Coastline 43mm Fabric Strap Watch – $ 99

Timex Allied Coastline 43mm Fabric Strap Watch

Nautical, seashore style without the “would you like to see my beach house?” price. 100m water resistance. Functional top bezel. (Yay!) Brass case so there should be some decent heft to it.

 

EXPRESS Piped Performance Polo – $ 49.90

EXPRESS Piped Performance Polo

The stretchy, super comfy, mostly cotton EXPRESS performance polos have gotten the piped treatment for Spring 2019. Not bad at all. Spendy from the jump, but… this is EXPRESS. There’s always another 40% off train a comin’.

 

Nodus Retrospect II Diver – $ 400 – $ 450*

Nodus Retrospect II Diver

Good gracious, that’s something. Designed and assembled in Los Angeles. Has a Miyota heart beating inside. More than a couple dial colors to pick from. Inward sloping bezel. I’m a big fan of my own personal Avalon (that cushion case speaks to me) but this? This is a heck of a do-anything, all purpose, classic but not boring dive watch. *Note that they are currently taking $ 200, non refundable deposits for pre-orders. Remaining balance will be charged right before shipping, which is expected to be early April.

 

Suitsupply Havana Fit Linen Blend Sportcoats – $ 399 – $ 499

Suitsupply Havana Fit Linen Blend Sportcoats

The Havana fit in linen or a linen blend is perfect for this time of year. Not ridiculously close to the body, but still tailored looking. There’s just enough room for ventilation and to breathe. Ships and returns for free since it’s Suitsupply.

 

Allen Edmonds Nomad Bucks – $ 345

Allen Edmonds Nomad Bucks

I really like the “Nomad” line. I know the new ownership at AE has NOT done everything right. Far from it. But these are still Goodyear welted, still made in Port Washington WI, and they’re darn comfortable. Full review of their chukkas from this line can be found here.

 

Nordstrom 1901 Marled Slub Polo – $ 49.50

Nordstrom 1901 Marled Slub Polo

Nordstrom is making a button down collar polo these days? Excellent. A little on the spendy side though. Slub fabric. From one of their younger leaning house brands, 1901. Ships and returns for free since it’s Nordstrom.

 

Spier & Mackay Tropical Weight Suits – $ 348

Spier & Mackay Tropical Weight Suits

Excited about these, but they do have a drawback: The jackets are fully lined. So if you’re a super sweater of a man, then you might want to steer clear. Lined in Bemberg though, so it’ll breathe noticeably better than stuffy polyester lined suits. Lighter weight tropical wool does help too in the warmer months. And hey, thankfully they’re selling the pants as separate stand-alones if you just need some trousers.

 

GAP Cotton/Linen Khakis – $ 41.97 w/ STYLE ($ 69.95)

GAP Cotton/Linen Khakis

Why GAP insists on calling these just “linen” khakis, when they’re 63% cotton and 37% linen, and most colors aren’t khaki, is beyond me. But I’m just some schmuck on the internet. Nice pants though.

 

Banana Republic Nyle Italian Lace-Up Oxford – $ 94.80 w/ STYLE ($ 158)

Banana Republic Nyle Italian Lace-Up Oxford

Gray suede bucks. Perfect for warm weather, but you can even wear them in cooler temps with jeans. Does go up for 40% off codes with some regularity.

 

Relwen Utility Trap Blazer – $ 328

Relwen Utility Trap Blazer

Y’know how a lot of fall/winter sportcoats can deftly walk that line between blazer and outerwear? That doesn’t happen all that often in spring. Until now. Also available in navy or gray. Ships and sold by Huckberry.

 

Goodthreads  7″ Inseam Lightweight Oxford Short – $ 29.19

Goodthreads  7" Inseam Lightweight Oxford Short

Oxford cloth is certainly a favorite warm weather fabric. Especially for shorts and pants. Thirty bucks doesn’t seem too bad, especially considering they ship fast and free thanks to the Prime service.

 

Banana Republic Tipped Luxe Touch Polos – $ 29.70 w/ STYLE ($ 49.50)

Banana Republic Tipped Luxe Touch Polos

There are two kinds of people in this world. First, those that love Banana Republic’s smooth as glass, cotton, luxe touch fabric. And second, those who seem to shrink these damn things in the wash/dryer, and thus, HATE Banana Republic’s luxe touch fabric. If you are in the latter camp, don’t buy these.

 

J. Crew Cotton/Linen Unstructured Suit Jacket – $ 168

J. Crew Cotton/Linen Unstructured Suit Jacket

Not all of J. Crew’s new spring arrivals look like they’ve fallen out of a norm-core lookbook. This jacket is loud but not tinnitus inducing. The top half of one of their newest “un-suits.” So unconstructed and unlined. Wearing it WITH the matching pants might cause some ringing in the ears.

 

Cole Haan GrandPro Turf Sneaker – $ 150

Cole Haan GrandPro Turf Sneaker

Spendy, but purposefully built with “Grand.OS” technology that specifically helps deliver arch support. Arch support. In a retro styled sneaker. Imagine that. Currently efforting an in person and maybe a giveaway.

 

Target Goodfellow & Co Hennepin Slim Fit Chino Pants – $ 22.99

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A true slim. Gonna be too slim for some. If you can go to Target and try several pairs on, you’ll probably be good to go. Size shown above is a 32×32.

 

Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chronograph – $ 2195

Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chronograph

Ayeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! But man. That price. Should come down quite a bit once it hits gray market dealers. IF it ever hits gray market dealers. And hey, it’s fun to dream, isn’t it?

 

B.R. Silk Cotton Cashmere Sweater Polo – $ 47.70 w/ STYLE ($ 79.50)

BR Silk Cotton Cashmere Sweater Polo

These can be super dressed up or down. Worn with jeans when it’s cool to cold, with golf pants or even those performance wool trousers when it warms up a little. Come to think of it, those wool pants + one of these sweater polos would make a really smart (but maybe a little too retro) golfing outfit.

 

Suitsupply Grey Italian Suede Sneakers – $ 179

Suitsupply Grey Italian Suede Sneakers

Whoooo spendy. But hey, if you’re out looking for some gray colorblock sneakers, here they be. Ships and returns free since it’s Suitsupply.

 

J. Crew Factory SLIM Pocket Tee – $ 15ish

J. Crew Factory SLIM Pocket Tee

Cheap. True slim fit. Four colors to pick from and that pocket breaks up the large swatch of chest fabric just enough. Cotton/poly gives it some softness and a bit of a marled look.

 

Spier & Mackay Acetate Round Sunglasses – $ 68

Spier & Mackay Acetate Round Sunglasses

Really nice. Not polarized, but the feel and finish is really quite impressive. Hits that rare mid-price-point between gas station garbage shades and super luxury sunglasses. Full review here.

 

Banana Republic Core Temp Chinos – $ 58.80 w/ STYLE ($ 98)

BR Core Temp Chinos

So good. Lightweight, breathable, and absurdly comfortable. Full review here. Currently only offered in their Aiden Slim fit. Which leaves some of us in the athletic booty camp feeling a bit squeezed. But they’re stretchy enough that even if you are on team caboose, you still might find these to be a favorite.

 

Nordstrom The Rail Payson Chelsea Boot – $ 89.95

Nordstrom The Rail Payson Chelsea Boot

Spring/Summer and boots don’t often go together. These do. Sandy suede color. Cheap. Ships and returns for free.

 

Amazon Goodthreads Lightweight Slub Polo – $ 20

Amazon Goodthreads Lightweight Slub Polo

Serious potential here. Tons of colors, cheap, lightweight and slubbed. Casual due to that lightweight, slub fabric, but some of us dig that. Ships and returns free with Prime.

 

J. Crew Factory Chunky Cardigan Sweater in Marled Cotton – $ 60ish

J. Crew Factory Chunky Cardigan Sweater in Marled Cotton

Will look great with chinos or shorts, and a t-shirt or short sleeve henley on a cool summer evening. Something to pack for those trips to the beach / lake.

 

Jack Erwin Driving Loafer – $ 115

Jack Erwin Driving Loafer

Still handcrafted in Portugal. Not bad for $ 115. TONS of colors to pick from, and that familiar, low profile and nubby sole (and heel) of a true driving loafer.

 

Spier & Mackay Warm Weather Sportcoats – $ 228 – $ 298

Spier & Mackay Warm Weather Sportcoats

From cotton chino to linen silk blends, Spier does warm weather seasonality really well. Of course, they do cold weather seasonality really well too, but, wear one of their tweed numbers in the summer heat and you might end up in a puddle of your own sweat. Anyway, back to the warm weather sportcoats. Lots of fabric options. Lots of colors. Lots of patterns and textures too.

 

B.R. Supima Cotton Button-Shoulder Sweater – $ 59.10 w/ STYLE ($ 98.50)

BR Supima Cotton Button-Shoulder Sweater

The buttons are inspired by fisherman’s/sailor sweaters from the past. They used to have higher necks on them, and the buttons would help guys at sea button them all the way up to keep the sea spray out, but could be unbuttoned later for on/off. Price above reflects a pretty standard 40% off discount.

 

Suitsupply Nubuck Duffel – $ 399

Suitsupply Nubuck Duffel

Travel season is coming up fast. And honestly, not a bad price for an all nubuck leather duffel.

 

UNIQLO – AIRism Button Down Collar Polo Shirts – $ 29.90

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A favorite. Shown above is last year’s shirt-collar version, but you get the idea. A deep-ish, three button placket, and button down collar points = a polo collar that’s smart and in control. Not one that’s curling and flopping about as the day wears on.

 

Gustin Made in Italy White/Green Sneakers – $ 169

Gustin Made in Italy White/Green Sneakers

A total splurge, and twice as expensive as Stan Smiths, but Gustin knows what they’re doing when it comes to making quality products for a fair price. The catch? It’s a pre-order system, so you’ll have to be patient. Italian Nappa leather. Cream Margom Sole. Lined in Calfskin.

 

J. Crew Factory Oxford Cloth Pants in Slim or Straight Fit – $ 35ish

J. Crew Factory Oxford Cloth Pants

Again, oxford cloth shorts and pants are quite appreciated when it heats up. Yes, since they’re all cotton they tend to soak up and hold onto moisture. But they’re just so light and airy that unless you sweat like a beast, you should be okay. Depending on the temp and humidity of course.

 

Spier & Mackay Button Down Collar Polos – $ 30

Spier & Mackay Button Down Collar Polos

For those who prefer their polos 100% cotton with great buttons and a collar that won’t stray. More than a few color options to pick from.

 

Made in the USA Flint & Tinder 365 Pants – $ 98

Made in the USA Flint & Tinder 365 Pants

Because jeans are about to get kinda hot. These? Not so much. Perfectly weighted and stretch infused cotton 5-pockets designed specifically for year round wear. Full review here in case you missed it.

 

Todd Snyder Fine Cord Stripe Suit – $ 676

Todd Snyder Fine Cord Stripe Suit

Made in Canada, Italian cotton fine cord with a touch of stretch. An investment, but it has a lot of things going for it.

 

Spier & Mackay Cotton/Linen Dress Trousers – $ 128

Spier & Mackay Cotton/Linen Dress Trousers

Side tabs! Feel free to ditch that heavy leather belt (or heck, even a lightweight belt) in favor of side tabs. 55% Cotton / 45% linen blend fabric. Sharp as hell. Lots of colors.

 

J. Crew Unstructured Blazer & Pants in Stretch Cotton – $ 266

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Available in either stretch cotton (as shown above) or a cotton/linen blend. Nice to see that despite all the turmoil, J. Crew is still making these popular “un-suits” for the spring and summer months. Multiple colors available too. Full review here.

 

TheTieBar Pointed Tip Knit Ties – $ 25

TheTieBar Pointed Tip Knit Ties

Love the knit tie thing but don’t like the “it’s hip to be square” blunted end of most? Then TheTieBars limited run of tip-knit ties are your jam. Still just twenty five bucks. Knit silk, and finished with a more pleasing to the eye (to some) point.

 

B.R. Arley Suede Work Boot – $ 106.80 w/ STYLE ($ 178)

B.R. Arley Suede Work Boot

Yes you can wear boots in warmer weather. Just favor less clunk, and more suede. And that applies here. Full review can be found this way.

 

Spier & Mackay Stretch Wool Suits – $ 348

Spier & Mackay Stretch Wool Suits

98% wool and 2% lycra in a couple of spring-appropriate shades. Still half canvas. Still one of the best values in the suiting business.

 

WP Standard Boxcar Duffel – $ 400

WP Standard Boxcar Duffel

More travel gear here. WP Standard is the real deal. And while $ 400 is no small amount of money, the look and feel of their leather, not to mention the smart construction, really is something else.

 

Suitsupply Italian Wool Blend Raincoat – $ 499

Suitsupply Italian Wool Blend Raincoat

A lightweight, almost suiting-fabric 3-season raincoat is pretty much ideal. It ain’t cheap, but ideal rarely is. 80% wool and 20% poly. Fabric is from Italy. Ships and returns for free being that it’s Suitsupply.

 

Bonobos Lightweight Golf Pants – $ 78.40 w/ ECLIPSE20 ($ 98)

Bonobos Lightweight Golf Pants

A Bonobos tech pant that doesn’t start north of $ 150? Be still. My heart. Anyway, still a splurge, but try the code ECLIPSE20 at checkout for 20% off. All poly/nylon blend here. So don’t be shocked if they “swish swish” when you walk.

 

J. Crew Diagonal-Stitch Rope Cotton Shawl-Collar Cardigan – $ 140

J. Crew Diagonal-Stitch Rope Cotton Shawl-Collar Cardigan

The heavier sweaters from winter might be stashed in cedar for the time being, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need a sweater or two around the house for when it unexpectedly cools off. Should go on sale with the frequent codes and promos that J. Crew runs.

 

Nordstrom Roger Monk Strap Derby – $ 124.95

Nordstrom Roger Monk Strap Derby

From their affordable, but still pretty nice house brand. Should look quite good with all manners of lightweight suiting.

 

Banana Republic Heritage Slim Linen Suit Jacket & Pant = $ 275 w/ STYLE ($ 458)

BR Heritage Slim Linen Suit

Price above reflects a 40% off discount, but do know that these suit separates get excluded quite a bit. Once upon a time BR would take an otherwise nice, airy, 100% linen suit like this… and fully line the jacket. But not anymore! Someone got in the ear of whoever was in charge of suit construction and said “hey, it sorta defeats the purpose of an airy, breathable summer suit, to fully line the jacket.” Sweat city people. But not here. This is the way to do it. Just butterfly lined in the back. True slim fit.

 

J.C.F. Slim Thompson Double-Breasted Blazer in Flex Chino – $ 130ish

J.C.F. Slim Thompson Double-Breasted Blazer in Flex Chino

I mean… it’s possible of course. But. Well. YOU FIRST.

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Ten Great Sneakers For Spring

In January of 2014, Karl Lagerfeld held a couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris, where he sent a parade of models down the runway wearing corseted midriffs, gossamer dresses, and pastel-colored sneakers. “Look at the shoes!,” Suzy Menkes wrote of the show in The New York Times. “SNEAKERS at Chanel! [..] No more suffering to be beautiful. Off with the vertiginous stilettos and the chunky club-sandwich soles! In with modern footwear and the female freedom that goes with it.”

The sneakers, sixty-five pairs in total, were made bespoke by the 125-year-old French shoemaking firm Massaro. Each pair required about thirty-hours of handwork to produce, with every silvery slither sequin and shining dot set by hand. They were made from python, with lace, pearls, and tweed, and reportedly ran somewhere in the vicinity of €3,000. In terms of craft, labor, and price, these matched the best of what comes out of John Lobb’s bespoke workshop in London.

Chanel’s show is obviously about womenswear, but it’s a good marker to show where fashion was at the time — which includes men’s attitudes towards rubber soled trainers. Dressing well meant dressing up, and as recently as five years ago, sneakers were verboten. Menswear crawled out of the Dark Ages of the 1990s with men trading their ratty gym shoes for polished brogues, and with time, many men learned to avoid sneakers entirely.

In the last five years, sneakers have come back into menswear, just as they have for women, and their virtues are shared across the aisle. They’re squishy, forgiving, and comfortable. They can be affordable. And they’re often better with casualwear than leather soled shoes of any stripe. Even the Duke of Winsor used to wear canvas deck shoes with his double-breasted blazers (both technically naval clothes anyway). Alexis von Rosenberg, the Baron de Redé, who owned hundreds of bespoke GJ Cleverley shoes, had a pair of tri-striped Adidas sitting alongside his black imitation brogues and four-eyelet oxfords. On the fourth row of his floor-to-ceiling shoe closet, which spanned all four walls of his wardrobe, you can see a pair of black trainers.

I mostly wear boots and derbies during the fall and winter months, but every year around this time, when the weather starts warming up, I begin thinking about camp collar shirts and washed denim jeans, as well as the sneakers that would go with them. The challenge is finding something good. For the last five years, we’ve done roundups of great sneakers for spring — sensible, even if at times adventurous, designs with options for workwear, prep, and contemporary wardrobes. Here are ten more if you’re shopping for a pair this season.

 

Sperry Cloud CVO ($ 75)

Most people think of Sperry as a preppy brand for boat shoes and Topsiders, but their Cloud CVO is a much more versatile, three-season option for guys who like Americana and workwear (admittedly prep-adjacent styles). I like how Brian Davis of Wooden Sleepers styles them on his Instagram (he’s also in the main photo at the very top of this post). The shoes, which have been made the same way since the 1930s, go naturally with milsurp, denim, and vintage clothing. During the dawn of skateboarding, kids in Southern California wore CVOs because boards didn’t have grip tape yet and the soles worked well for staying upright. “They’re essentially a vintage shoe that you can buy new today,” says Brian, who sells the CVOs through his shop. “These were issued to sailors during World War II, so they fit in well with vintage militaria and khaki chinos. They also work with the 1960s Ivy Style look, like you’d imagine on Mr. Rogers. When I think of the quintessential canvas sneaker, this is the image I have in my head.” Wooden Sleepers has both the birch white and navy blue colorways available at their Brooklyn-based shop and online store for just $ 75.

 

Nike Killshot 2 ($ 90)

Nike’s Killshot 2 are affectionately known as the Memeshots on Reddit’s Male Fashion Advice, a subreddit community of 2 million people that spans the range of avant-garde dressers to beginners who are just starting to build a better wardrobe. The shoes are popular for good reasons. They’re reasonably affordable at $ 90 a pair, they reference classic 1970s designs, and they go with many of the styles often recommended at Male Fashion Advice (e.g., bizcaz basics, workwear, and prep).

The Killshots are minimal without being boring; sporty without being overdesigned. The gray suede mud-guard and white uppers go with almost any color bottom; the gum soles and navy swoosh (now also available in burgundy) lend some nice detailing. The shoes are a close cousin of Adidas’ Sambas, which Racked dubbed “The Official Shoe of Cute Boys.” Which makes them perfect for a guy like me because I too am just a close cousin of someone good looking. Get Killshots if you want something that’s handsome but not visually obtrusive, relevant without being trendy. They work especially well for casual offices.

 

Nike Air Tailwind 79 ($ 90)

In the 1970s, shortly after Japan fell in love with Ivy Style, the Japanese started noticing that American college students were no longer wearing neckties with tweed jackets to classes. Instead, many were repurposing outdoor brands such as Sierra Designs and Eddie Bauer into their everyday attire. The look was later coined “Rugged Ivy” (or sometimes “Heavy Duty Ivy”). In his book Ametora, David Marx described it as two sides of the same coin. Students at elite colleges still wore blazers, but ones in more rural locales such as Dartmouth were more likely to be found in down jackets and denim.

For that kind of style, you could go with Danner hiking boots or LL Bean boots, but my favorites are retro-running sneakers. Meaning, the sort of track styles you might find in the ‘70s and ‘80s (a look so beloved by the Japanese, the editors of Popeye dedicated a spread to it in their inaugural issue). They lack the heft of true-blue rugged boots, but they’re also better suited to sunnier weather.

Nike’s Air Tailwind 79s are perfect for that sort of wardrobe. When they were first released in 1979, they were Nike’s first shoe to feature the company’s Air Sole, which was invented by a trainer-obsessed aerospace technologist named Frank Rudy. The modern version has been updated a little with a sleek textile upper, foam tongue, and revered Waffle outsole. Wear them with 60/ 40 mountain parkas, Levi’s jeans, and Champion sweatshirts. They can also serve as a nice sportswear foil to jeans and a trim topcoat combination.

 

Nike React Element 87 ($ 185+)

When they first appeared on Jun Takahashi’s Undercover runway show last year, Nike’s React Element 87s became an instant online hit. They fuse two themes in sneaker design happening at the moment: a chunkier silhouette with that molecule-decorated sole and a deconstructed upper with a semi-translucent shell, low-slung Swoosh, and trail-style lacing system. Since the uppers are semi-translucent, your socks will slightly change the colorways of these styles, although most people find they just alternate between gray, black, and white.

On first blush, these sneakers look like they won’t go with anything, but in being so odd-ball and futuristic, they also go with nearly everything. Greg Lellouche of No Man Walks Alone pairs them with contemporary casualwear; Andrew Chen of 3sixteen teams them with workwear. “I wear them with blue jeans, drawstring utility pants, and olive fatigues,” Andrew says. “The sail colorway is actually pretty mellow and versatile.”

If you shop for a pair, beware of counterfeits and fishing sites that are just trying to steal your credit card info (if the site doesn’t have any contact information beyond an empty “submit form” page, that’s a red flag). Your best bet is to bid for a pair through StockX, where there’s an in-house authentication process. I like the sail and green mist colorways best, but they’re the most expensive at about $ 500 per pair. Desert sand is a good, semi-affordable alternative for around $ 200. “I have a pair of the desert sands and find they go well with olive drab or khaki bottoms,” says Greg. “They also look better with beige or grey socks, rather than white.”

 

Diadora Game Low ($ 90)

Diadora is an Italian company that started out making mountain boots in the 1940s before they switched to athletic gear and sneakers in the 1960s. I like their throwback designs, which are often rooted in 1960s and ’70s running, soccer, and tennis culture (often considered to be the Golden Era of many classic sportswear styles). Sid Mashburn, one of our favorite retailers, sells them alongside their Chelsea boots and tassel loafers. The sneakers go well with the sort of Americana and prep clothing you can find at Sid Mashburn’s stores — slim-straight jeans, oxford cloth button-downs, rain macs, field jackets, and chunky sweaters. Amazon has some on sale right now for as little as $ 30, but be aware that some have distressed and waxed soles, which I think look less compelling.

 

New Balance CM997HCB ($ 100)

The 997H has all the things we love about New Balance: a classic runner style with off-white and gray suede paneling, as well as a lightweight outsole that combines comfort and stability. It’s a little more modern looking than some of New Balance’s chunkier silhouettes and isn’t as dad-styled as the company’s techy-heavy options. As Pete recently wrote in his New Balances guide, these runners have impressive relevance across the men’s style spectrum. “Maybe in part because there are so few connotations with New Balance — unlike, say, basketball or tennis sneakers — they can be worn in nearly any current sneaker-friendly context. Fashion dudes wear them to runway shows. Minimalist wardrobe palette guys wear them. Workwear guys wear them. Ivy guys wear them. Americana guys wear them. I guess maybe people still wear them to run?”

 

Moonstar All-Weather Shoes ($ 285)

Japan’s Moonstar factory makes some of menswear’s factory niche sneakers, including those from Huf Classics and Shoes like Pottery. Like modern Vans Authentics or Chuck Taylors, the shoes are made using a vulcanization method: shoe soles are bonded (glued, essentially) to uppers with a wrapped piece of rubber tape, then baked in a kiln, enabling a chemical reaction that seals the sole, tape, and upper. The difference between these and cheaper vulcanized-rubber-sole sneakers isn’t massive, but Moonstars stand out a little more in that they’re made in relatively small quantities, in a country with reasonable labor practices, and you don’t see them every day. They’re also, on the whole, more solidly built.

I particularly like their All-Weather sneaker high-tops, where the rubber sole wraps around the top of the shoe, forming a mudguard that protects the wearer from early spring showers and low Instagram like counts. The shoes are kinda goofy looking, but in the best of ways, and they go well with similarly off-beat workwear — rolled olive-green fatigues, chunky sweaters layered under field jackets, shallow five-panel caps, and naturally, slim-tapered jeans.

 

Karhu Aria ($ 130)

Karhu is a somewhat obscure Finnish brand focused on sports performance products, but they also have a small line of lifestyle shoes. Their sneakers feature something they call their “fulcrum technology,” which was developed in the 1980s in collaboration with the University of Jyväskylä. Their soles have a V-shaped spring that supposedly allows you to run faster, farther, and easier because of how it softens your step and gives you a better mid-foot landing. For lifestyle shoes such as the Aria, however, the technology is mostly a marketing bullet point. I mainly like them for their slightly chunkier silhouette and retro-inspired styling, which does a good job of riding the line between tech-heavy ’90s running shoes and ’70s era nostalgia. They also come in some handsome and slightly unusual colorways, which gives you options beyond the usual creams and grays. Wear them with outdoor and workwear-inspired brands such as Engineered Garments, Orslow, and Patagonia. They’re available at Barney’s, East Dane, Huckberry, Peggs & Son, and Bows and Arrows.

 

Comme des Garcon x ACG Mowabb ($ 290)

If you want something more unusual than just retro-inspired sneakers, Comme des Garcon’s take on Nike’s ACG Mowabbs is a great look. They’re a more directional design with slightly mismatched panels, felted fabric uppers (which look like suede but aren’t), and a Neoprene sock liner. Nike’s trail-ready Air Mowabb has been a favorite of sneakerheads, techwear guys, and actual hikers for years, but CDG’s version brings it into a more fashion-forward look that works well with both contemporary and workwear wardrobes. The mid-top design looks great with cropped trousers and fatigues; the chunky midsole and plastic heel counter lend some interesting detailing. The sneakers sold out quickly last year when they first appeared at Dover Street Market, End, and SSENSE, but they were recently re-released at Barney’s.

 

Salomon’s Speedcross and Others ($ 220+)

What began a few seasons ago as pushback against the all-white, minimalist sneaker obsession of the early 2010s has mutated into what Vanessa Friedman at The New York Times recently described as “peak sneaker silliness.” “The pressure is on to up the ante with each new design — to make it crazier! and bigger! and artier! (and, sometimes, uglier) — the form has begun to flirt with being a parody of itself,” she wrote. Salomon’s trail runners are admittedly smack dab in the middle of that hype. They’ve been featured in Palace lookbooks and CMMN SWDN runway shows; they’ve collaborated on special edition sneakers with Boris Bidjan Saberi and The Soloist; and they’ve been imitated by Balenciaga.

At the same time, they also have genuine performance pedigree. Salomon is a French manufacturer of skis, snowboards, and technical running shoes that just so happens to fit neatly into the tech-heavy and overengineered looks that are popular right now. I like them in reasonably subdued and semi-classic looks involving similar outdoor brands such as Patagonia or outdoor-inspired labels such as Nonnative. They also work with more expressive forms of contemporary minimalism, such as the things you’d find at Totokaelo. Their Speedcross offers great support and comfort, as well as a unique and easy-lacing system, while their appearance looks techy without having the bulkiness of some (admittedly ridiculous) designer options. Check out models such as the Speedcross, XA-Comp ADV, and S/LAB series at Mr. Porter, Totokaelo, and SSENSE.

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How to Wear Spring Looks in Cold Weather

In Seattle, Spring weather is variable at best. There are some sunny and mild days, but generally things don’t warm up till May or June. It can snow in March, and perpetual rain and grey skies are guaranteed. In fact, Spring is colder than Autumn. And since the wet cold is worse than the dry cold, it feels chilly around here for a long, long time. This can put a damper on your Spring style.

I’ve learned to dress more Spring-like in Winter weather, despite the cold and wet. Of course, feel free to continue wearing dark, insulating and heavy Winter clothes and footwear when it’s cold in Spring if that’s your preference. No need to change up your look for the sake of a changing season unless it lifts your mood and you want the refresh.

The trick is to stay warm and covered in lighter, shinier and brighter colours, and crisper fabrications. Here are my favourite ways of achieving a toasty Spring look:

1. Lighten Neutrals

Switch to wearing lighter neutrals across all sorts of wardrobe items. Think shades of tan, white, pearl grey, bright, olive and taupe across items like outerwear, jackets, bottoms, knitwear, footwear, handbags, scarves and belts. Switch to denim in lighter washes of blue. If these neutrals are too light for your taste, throw in shades of cognac.

Wear weatherproof footwear in light neutrals. Sperry and Sorel make amazing weatherproof boots in cream and white. I have a pair of cream duck boots from Sperry and they’ve been sublime to wear in snowy Salt Lake City and Park City.

2. Brighten Outerwear, Knitwear & Bottoms

Brights, jewel tones, mid-tones, dusty mid-tones and pastels across a range of wardrobe items are fab to wear in Spring because they break up the monotony of wearing dark neutrals all Winter. Most of these colours look great with dark and light neutrals.

Wearing bright cashmere knitwear, wool coats, trench coats and bright bottoms makes sense in Seattle because we can wear them for a while. For example, I’m wearing the heck out of my new COS watermelon cashmere pullover and Boden tomato red jeans because they are perfect for a cold Spring day with white boots and outerwear. I’m wearing my tomato red, shocking pink, citron and cream wool coats a lot too.

3. Wear More Pattern and Pattern Mix

There’s something about wearing floral, gingham and bold striped patterns that make me feel like Spring is in the air, especially when I style them with brights and light neutrals. I also like to pattern mix with classic patterns.

4. Wear White Jeans

If you don’t wear white jeans in Winter, wear them in Spring. They magically make most items that you wear with them look crisp and fresh. Wear them with solid or pattered dark neutrals, brights, pastels, mid-tones, jewel tones and earth tones. Unless you’re wearing a dark neutral up top, lighten the footwear with white jeans.

5. Throw in Metallic Footwear

Metallic boots are amazing to wear on a cold Spring day when it’s not snowing, frosting or raining cats & dogs. Think silver, pewter, gold or rose gold boots, sneakers, loafers, oxfords or pumps. Adding high shine to an outfit makes it look interesting and glam.

6. Add Spring Scarves

Chunky woolly scarves look very Winter-y, so swap them out for silkier and cotton-rich versions. Wearing them in pastels, brights and light neutrals is an even better idea. They do wonders keeping out the chill and look chic too.

7. Layer under Crisp Blouses

On a milder Spring day, I like to break out a pretty long-sleeved floral blouse because I don’t wear blouses in Winter. I layer underneath them with camisoles or a thermal tee, and wear a Spring scarf and coat for extra insulation. It feels good to wear crisp woven fabric instead of knitwear.

8. Wear Nude-for-You Hosiery

I wear nude hose under Spring dresses and flared skirts with light-coloured booties or loafers Sometimes I layer nude hose under nude fishnets. I also wear nude knee-highs under cropped pants and jeans with sneakers, loafers, pumps and booties to give the illusion that my ankles are bare, but are secretly warmly insulated.

9. Lighten Lipstick & Refresh Your ‘Do

Change up the colour of your lipstick to something lighter, softer and less earthy, just for fun. Refresh the colour or style of your hair if you’re bored with your ‘do. Or head over to a Laura Mercier counter and refresh your make-up for the warm-weather season.

10. Rock a Fun Raincoat & Umbrella

Don’t underestimate the stylish effect of a fabulous raincoat and umbrella. Retailers are doing a much better job of making rainwear look chic and fun, and less like unattractive gear. Rocking rainwear lifts your spirits and chases away the blues. Throw in a pair of cheerful wellies too.

Turns out that I follow most of these style strategies in Winter, and not just in Spring because I LOVE Spring fashion. Over to you. Do you have cold and dismal weather in the Spring? How do you transition your look into Spring without freezing your buns off?

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Editor’s Favorites: Spring 2019

Editor-In-Chief, Marc Atiyolil shares some of his favorite trends for spring.

MADE 2 MATCH

Nothing gives a space that custom, finished look like integrated details that hide seamlessly within the room. One thing that always bothers me is the unsightly cold air return covers that are standard in many homes. I love this Cold Air return cover from Made 2 Match. The cover is designed to fit a standard duct opening and muds right into your wall for a completely seamless finish that looks high-end without the high-end price! – Made 2 Match, www.made2match.ca

THROW PILLOWS

Throw pillows are the best way to freshen up your décor from season to season and year to year. This spring, I’m loving digital prints, oversized fl orals and soft pastels on pillows like these ones from Designers Guild. – Habitat Decor, www.habitatdecor.ca

WHITE GOLD

One trend I’m really enjoying this spring is the emergence of more soft gold finishes. Sometimes called winter gold or “white” gold, these softer metals have a matte finish that is somewhere between a brushed gold and brushed silver. The subtle color works with nearly any design style and offers a contemporary feel with a touch of warmth. – Litemode, www.litemode.ca

DIAMOND PATTERN

The complex diamond pattern contrasting with the smooth metal ends of this collection was the first thing that caught my attention. This combination is the perfect mix of texture and glam! The collection is available in a wide variety of finishes which can be mixed and matched to suit or even custom designed to perfectly match your kitchen! – Pomelli Designs, www.pomellidesigns.com

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Researchers have a new explanation for why those endless days of childhood seemed to last so much longer than they do now — physics. According to the theory, the apparent temporal discrepancy can be blamed on the ever-slowing speed at which images are obtained and processed by the human brain as the body ages.
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Spring Cleaning for Your Budget: 9 Strategies for Organizing Your Finances

I want to like spring cleaning. I go nuts for the New Year and Lent, because I’m all about self-improvement. Similarly, spring cleaning is a time to reorganize and start over in many areas.

But I despise it. I hate any cleaning, really. Folding laundry is about the only thing I do that qualifies as housework.

Lately, however, I’ve been seeing posts about “financial spring cleaning.” Applying spring cleaning to money? This idea is perfect for me! I can work toward self-betterment without having to pick up a sponge.

How to Spring Clean Your Finances and Organize Your Personal Budget

Here are a few ways you can scrub the dirt off your finances this spring.

By the way, you don’t have to take on all nine of these goals. Actually, please don’t! When I read lists like this one, my perfectionism kicks in and I get overwhelmed by how many changes I think I should make.

Just choose one way to clean your financial home this spring. Maybe two ways, if you’re feeling adventurous. Remember, your goal is progress, not perfection.

Start with one small, measurable goal. The sense of empowerment you will experience from being successful in that area can give you the confidence to take on the next small challenge.

1. Reevaluate Your New Year’s Resolutions

Maybe you set financial New Year’s resolutions for 2019. But considering the success rate for resolutions (how’s that exercise program going?), there’s a good chance you’ve let at least one of those goals fall by the wayside.

Resist the urge to see yourself as weak; instead, consider yourself older and wiser. Spring is the perfect time to modify resolutions that weren’t realistic.

So you didn’t make any resolutions? That’s OK. Peruse the rest of the ideas on this list and choose one or two personal spring cleaning goals that feel manageable.

2. Start an Emergency Fund

It’s a common opinion that people should have at least three months’ expenses in savings at any given time. Then if you lose your job or your car breaks down, your life doesn’t suddenly fall apart.

Guess how much money I have in my emergency fund? A whopping $ 0. Yeah, starting an emergency fund has earned its place at the top of my spring cleaning list.

To start your emergency fund, calculate your expenses for one month. Consider the cost of rent, utilities, transportation, insurance and debt. Don’t forget sneaky expenses such as personal hygiene products.

Then multiply that number by three. That’s how much money you should aim to have in your emergency fund.

Where should you open an account? The key is that you want your money to be accessible in case of an emergency, but not so accessible that you’re tempted to withdraw it when you want to go on a weekend trip with your friends.

I recommend opening a separate savings account with your bank or a money market account. Money market accounts typically require a higher minimum balance, but the interest rate can be higher — which means more money for you!

3. Keep Track of Your Debts

For six months, I was aware that I had debts to repay. I knew that I owed my in-laws money, that my husband had some vague amount to repay on his student loans, and that I had a little credit card debt (although precisely how much was on each of my three cards was a bit fuzzy).

I finally took 30 minutes to create a spreadsheet in Excel listing all our debts, including the grand total. I update that document every Monday.

Seeing everything in print gives me a better idea of where we are financially. And every time that grand total gets smaller, I do a little dance in my chair!

Looking at those numbers every Monday, especially the total, gives me the momentum to keep chipping away at our debt.

4. Sort Out Your Credit Cards

Everyone’s credit card situation is different.

If you have eight credit cards and little willpower, consider canceling a few of those cards. (But first, check how canceling your credit card could affect your credit score. Canceling isn’t always the best idea.)

If you have a low credit score but high willpower, maybe you should get a card and use it responsibly to establish good credit.

I (incorrectly) held the belief that credit cards were pure evil for years. But some credit cards pay you for signing up, hook you up with travel points, or give you extended warranties on certain purchases.

Do your research and find out how you can make credit cards work for you rather than against you. I recently paid off the last of my credit cards that carried a balance. Yay, me! Now I’m trying to decide on my next step.

5. Act to Improve Your Credit

First of all, if you don’t already know your credit score, get a free credit report. If you don’t like what you see, don’t freak out; there are plenty of ways to boost that number!

Simply paying off your debts and paying your bills on time can improve your score. If you’re not sure what’s keeping your credit score so low, check out Credit Sesame. The free site lays out exactly what factors are affecting your credit score and offers advice on how to change them.

A few years ago, I had good credit, but I wanted excellent credit. So I set up a loan with my bank. They gave me $ 2,000 to pay back over two years. I immediately put that money in a separate account, set up automatic withdrawals and never had to worry about it. (Except when I had to take out money a couple times for emergencies. See why I’m motivated to set up an emergency fund?)

That was the easiest way I could have imagined to improve my credit score. I got it all set up in just one trip to the bank and ended up raising my credit score to 787.

6. Set Short Term Goals for Your Side Hustle

Whether you’re a freelance writer, Uber driver or Etsy shop owner, it’s always good to set clear objectives.

Setting concrete goals has helped me understand my long-term vision for my freelance writing side gig. I created a list of aims, and that document acts as a source of accountability. I look at that list whenever I decide whether to take on a new project.

I ask myself, “Is this decision in line with my goals? Is it helping me move toward my long-term vision?” Setting goals has motivated me to take action.

I now have a couple of steady gigs, so I’ve started setting monthly and weekly financial goals, as well.  With fewer surprises, I can plan for how much of this extra money I want to channel toward paying off my debts.

7. Contribute More to Your Retirement Account

If you’re contributing anything to your retirement account, high five!

But if the very thought of doing financial spring cleaning depresses you, make your “one thing” to bump up your 401(k) or IRA contributions a tad. If you currently contribute 4% of your income, try bumping it up to 5% or 6%. Chances are, your wallet won’t feel the difference. If you find out your budget can’t handle the financial strain, you can decrease your contribution later.

Increasing your contribution by such a small amount may not seem worth it. But don’t forget the power of compound interest!

If you haven’t opened a retirement account yet and don’t know what all these letters mean, don’t panic. Read this simple explanation of a 401(k) and IRA. It’s never too late to start. My mom is kicking herself for putting off contributing to a 401(k) until 10 years ago, but hey, at least she started!

8. Begin Investing

Making your first investment is daunting. Especially if you’re like me and know nothing about the subject.

I urge you to take that leap, though. When you invest, your money makes you more money. There are several ways to take your first step.

My husband and I chose to pass the torch to our financial advisor. We set up automatic withdrawals with his company to put money into our IRAs. Since we are still in the early stages of saving for retirement, once we hit a certain balance in those accounts, our advisor will start making investments from our IRA nest eggs to help the accounts grow. We won’t have to worry at all.

If you don’t want to pay an advisor, ask a family member or friend who understands investing to take you under their wing and explain their strategy.

You can also use apps to get started. We checked them and found the best apps to help you start investing here.

9. Consider Your Insurance Needs

My brother’s apartment burned down at 32 years old, and he lost almost everything. Believe it or not, the exact same thing happened when he was 20! (Neither fire was his fault, by the way.)

While upsetting, the second fire was far less financially devastating because he had renter’s insurance. The insurance company paid for food and a hotel while he looked for a new place to live and gave him $ 10,000 to replace items lost in the fire.

We like to think we don’t need insurance. Hopefully, we’ll never have to use it. But if you don’t have renter’s, homeowner’s, life or catastrophic insurance (for those of you whose employers don’t offer medical insurance)… seriously look into it.

Of course, not everyone needs all these types of insurance! Carefully review your needs to see which ones you should consider, and which aren’t necessary for you.

Don’t freak out if you haven’t already accomplished all nine of these tasks. That’s what spring cleaning is for! Focus on one thing this season, whether it’s purchasing renter’s insurance or bumping up your credit score. Happy spring!

Laura Grace Tarpley is a freelance writer who is always looking for ways to save money.

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Scouted: Save Up to $500 on a Burrow Flatpack Couch During Their Spring Sale

There’s a lot to love when it comes to flatpack furniture. It’s easy to assemble, affordable, and can fit through any narrow doorway, stairwell, or hallway. Burrow mastered the art of the flatpack sofa and right now they’re taking up to $ 500 your purchase.

The Burrow Spring Sale is a tiered discount, with savings on purchases starting at $ 450. Grab $ 75 off purchases over $ 450, $ 150 off purchases over $ 800, $ 225 off purchases over $ 1,150, $ 300 off purchases over $ 1,500, and $ 500 off purchases over $ 2,000 when you stock your shopping cart and use the code TULIP2019 at checkout.

Burrow has many size options to choose from: You can stick with just the sofa or you can add on a chaise or ottoman. Or opt for the larger King Sofa that gives you 111” of seating area.  Not in the market for a sofa? They have loveseats and armchairs that are sleek and simple and will fit into practically any design style. You can even add an optional USB port (which I think should be an essential part of all couches).

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Gradient Nails Are the Prettiest New Manicure Trend for Spring

Spring’s new nail trend are “gradient nails,” a rainbow-inspired type of nail art that uses a different color on each nail to create the gradient effect of a paint sample. Artists are trying the trend in rainbow colors and nudes, taking it all the way from dramatically vibrant to soft and subtle.
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These 21 Apps Will Prevent Your Spring Break Turning Into Spring Broke

If you’re a college student, the best part of your year is quickly approaching: spring break, baby!

Your goal? To have as much fun as you can.

But you know what can quickly put a damper on that fun? Worrying about money.

21 Apps That Help You Save Money on Spring Break

While you could always figure out a way to earn money during spring break, another strategy is to simply keep your costs as low as possible.

Put your money concerns aside, and save money on spring break with these apps.

Apps for Transportation

1. Hopper

Buy your flight now? Or wait? This old favorite takes the guessing game out of when to purchase tickets by analyzing billions of flights and telling you whether the price is likely to go up or down.

2. GasBuddy

Driving to your destination? Don’t leave home without this app. It lists the cost of gas at nearby stations so you can easily find the best deal.

(Want other options? Check out this list of apps that help you find cheap gas.)

3. Uber / 4. Lyft

Instead of paying for a taxi, get a safe (and cheaper) ride home with one of these services.

5. What3Words

Never get separated from your friends again.

When you’re in a new city with unfamiliar landmarks, it can be tough to describe where you are to your companions — especially if you’ve had a few drinks. This app aims to change that by dividing the world into 57 trillion 10-foot squares.

6. Parkmobile

In a big city or a beach town that’s littered with parking meters? Rather than digging up your quarters reserved for laundry, pay for your spot through this app.

7. Citymapper

You can save big by taking public transportation. However, that can get tricky — especially if you’re not used to it. Citymapper helps you plan trips from point A to point B the cheapest and most efficient way possible.

For accommodations, check out…

8. Airbnb

If you’re traveling with a group of friends, renting a house with Airbnb is both economical and fun. Check out these awesome places under $ 100 per night across the U.S.

And if your own place will be empty while you’re away, why not consider listing it on Airbnb and making some money while you’re partying?

9. Roomer

Want to book a hotel, but don’t want to pay hotel prices? Try Roomer. This innovative app allows you to book deeply-discounted hotel rooms from people who had to cancel their trips.

10. HotelTonight

If you’re really bad at planning ahead or find yourself in a pickle, book a hotel through HotelTonight. It promises last-minute deals for top-rated hotels.

11. Couchsurfing

If you’re down with staying on strangers’ couches, you can snag some awesome, free sleeping spaces. It’s a great way to meet other travelers and gain a local’s point of view.

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12. Price Per Pint

One of the best ways to save money on food and drinks? Hitting up happy hour. But in an unfamiliar city, it’s hard to figure out where to go. Enter this app, which allows you to search by drink type, day, time and city for the lowest priced drink in your area..

13. Drizly

Because the bar can get expensive, you probably want to spend a few nights drinking at home with your friends. Use this app to compare prices at local stores and order booze for delivery.

14. Open Table / 15. Yelp

These two staples help you find nearby restaurants, peruse customer reviews and survey menus and prices.

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16. TUN Student Discounts

Embrace your student status. Use this app to help you find all of the student discounts available in your destination.

17. Groupon

You probably subscribe to Groupon updates in your home city — but what about when you’re traveling? Though some of the discounts may only be available to local residents, you’re bound to find some great deals on tickets or activities in your destination.

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18. Whatsapp

If you’re traveling internationally, this app is a must. Don’t get slammed by exorbitant international data charges and keep track of your friends by using this app to text over WiFi.

19. Wifi Finder

You use a lot of data when you travel. Avoid going over your limit by connecting to wifi whenever possible; use this app to find hotspots near you. You can also find passwords, so you don’t have to ask your barista.

20. Cost Split

If you’re traveling in a group, figuring out who owes what can be a royal pain. This handy app does it for you, so nobody ends up unfairly paying more than their share. At the end of the trip, it’ll even email out a detailed report.

Then, check out these five money-sharing apps.

21. Noonlight

You can’t put a price on your safety. This app (formerly known as SafeTrek) has several features to give you (and your mom) peace of mind. Hold down the safety button until you’re safely where you need to be. When you get there, release the button and enter your pin. If you’re in danger, release — don’t enter your pin — and it’ll contact 911.

With a few downloads before you leave, you’re bound to enjoy your trip without breaking the bank. Appy Spring Break!

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10 Outdoor Spots in Need of Spring Cleaning

Spring has (almost) sprung, which means that warmer days, blooming flowers, and singing birds are just around the corner. It also means that the ravages left behind by winter are on full display, and that mud, leaves, and other debris have turned the exterior of your home into an unsightly mess. So, as you get started on spring cleaning, don’t forget to tend to the outside of your house too. Here are 10 outdoor spots that could use some special attention now that the worst of winter is behind us.
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Spring Checks & Groovy Boots

A new outfit from Paulien Riemis of Polienne, whom we introduced to YLF in April 2014.

The groovy cowboy boots and playful checked blazer are the stars of this very trendy outfit. Paulien has tucked a lightweight cream pullover into cream high-rise jeans to create a column of colour that lengthens the leg line. Her on-trend straight leg jeans are cropped sufficiently to showcase an eye-catching pair of two-toned statement cowboy boots in their full glory. The neutral-toned blazer has an oversized fit with narrower cut shoulders, which streamlines the silhouette. Our blogger’s vintage Chanel bag echoes the camel in the checked print. She finishes off the outfit with oversized sunnies, and big hoop earrings, a gold necklace, bracelet and ring that match the bag’s gold chain strap.

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15 dresses that prove florals for spring ARE groundbreaking

Because we need at least one or two (OK, 5) floral dresses in our lives…

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Don’t let Miranda Priestly fool you, floral dresses are just as versatile as your LBD, especially when it comes to summer dressing. Nothing says wedding season quite like a floral frock, and luckily there’s a host of brands updating the classic print for the new season.

Floaty, midi, mini or super-structured – there’s plenty of ways to work the trend this season. See our SS19 summer fashion trends report, to see this season’s twist on the trend. Hint: it’s not all about ditzy florals.

Floral dresses for weddings

Print-wise, anything goes for wedding guest season. Those new to the trend and looking to avoid anything too girly should look to abstract prints, seen everywhere on the catwalk, it’s a sure fire way to liven up occasion dressing and a great way to break up any dull wardrobe shades. If you’re a fan of mixing prints, look to Rixo, GANNI and Richard Quinn for a riot of colour and print.

Romantic ruffles with a 70s vibe are having a moment and the trend is here to stay. From super long styles with splits to shorter shifts, frills are in. Just add heels and a clutch – et voila!

But don’t feel like you’ve wasted money by buying a dress you’ll only wear once. The beauty of most floral dresses is that they can easily be dressed down. Influencers like Fashion Guitar, Hannah Crosskey, Monikh and Lucy Williams, wear theirs with box-fresh trainers and ugly sandals.

Floral dresses with sleeves

The high-street’s love affair with shirt dresses means there is plethora of gorgeous long-sleeved floral dresses (see Kitri’s updated version of last season’s sell-out dress), and it’s a style that is perfect for the office too. Pick a flattering midi length, which you can easily wear with heels or smart sandals.

Floral maxi dresses

Maxi dresses are having a bit of a moment, and they’re the ideal length for a summer holiday on the coast. We love wraparound styles with a pleated skirt for that elegant touch, or a silk cami for a sexy spin.

Floral midi dresses

You’ll never go wrong with a flattering midi length, which suits most body shapes. From vintage floral prints to digital works of art, you’ll find a print to suit all tastes.

Shop our edit of the best floral dresses below.

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Spring Forward Signals Daylight Saving Time and … Jet Lag?

March 10, 2019, is the start of daylight saving time. Daylight saving time normally signals the incoming spring season and extra sunshine in the evenings for those late walks, but some people, like parents with young children, are dreading the hour of sleep we are all going to lose on Sunday — and the effects can be noticeable.

We are living in a time when numerous studies are showing that one-third of Americans are sleep deprived and weekend sleep can’t quite make up for our reduced sleep time during the work week! Basically, if you’re already somewhat sleep-deprived, giving up just 1 hour of shut-eye can negatively impact how you feel and function during the day; it’s as if you are experiencing a mild case of jet lag.

“This is due to your body’s internal clock, also known as circadian rhythm, being thrown off,” said Dennis Hwang, MD, at Kaiser Permanente Southern California Sleep Center in San Bernardino, California. “During daylight saving time, the internal sleep clock becomes misaligned. This complex timekeeper is controlled by areas of the brain that respond to light and can suppress the release of melatonin and affect your ability to sleep.”

While this shift is unlikely to cause serious health consequences, a disruption in your circadian rhythm does not only affect your ability to sleep but can also affect the function of many of your body’s systems. In addition to sleepiness, it can cause:

  • Problems with concentration and mental functioning
  • Neurologic symptoms
  • Stomach and intestinal symptoms
  • Elevations in blood pressure and heart rate (and can possibly even lead to irregular heartbeats)

Dr. Hwang offers tips to prepare for daylight saving time and to reset your internal clock:

  • A couple days before daylight saving time, start going to bed 15-20 minutes earlier than your normal bedtime (or at least go to bed earlier on the night of the time change).
  • Sleep an extra half hour on the morning of daylight saving time.
  • A dose of 0.25 to 1 mg of melatonin about 2 hours before bedtime can sometimes help you fall asleep.
  • Reduce your caffeine intake (and consume none after lunchtime).
  • Avoid alcohol and exercising before bedtime.
  • Put your phone (and tablets/computers) away at least an hour before bedtime!
  • When using your electronic device in the night, wearing blue-light blocking glasses or turning on the blue light filter on your phone or tablet can be good for your sleep.
  • Spend some time with your family and enjoy a relaxing evening at home.

To learn more about sleep, visit a Kaiser Permanente sleep center or visit www.kp.org.

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Weekly Roundup: Winter & Spring Refresh

Spring and Summer collections are making their mark, although there’s lots of Wintery merchandise too. It’s all good depending on whether you want to refresh for a long and cold Winter, or get cracking with Spring and Summer. 

Here are items that have been winners on clients and forum members recently.

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Best places to travel for Spring Break that won’t break the bank

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Few events in the yearly calendar are more exciting than Spring Break. For college students everywhere, it’s the time to leave classes behind and party until they can’t party anymore. It’s the last moment of freedom before they have to buckle down and complete their exams, so students rarely hold back when it comes to having fun. Unfortunately, the best Spring Break destinations aren’t always the cheapest. Undergrads aren’t exactly known for having much money, which means finding somewhere affordable to travel to is of the utmost importance.

Cabo San Lucas

Anyone living near, or looking to visit, the West Coast should find all they need at Cabo San Lucas. The gorgeous getaway offers many all-inclusive deals that will ensure you get everything you need without blowing your budget. With so much money saved on accommodation, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself more when you’re out and about. Luckily, the area is super lively, so you’re never short of things to do here, even when your wallet starts to look a little thin.

Myrtle Beach

If you intend to be on the beach during your Spring Break – and why wouldn’t you? – then Myrtle Beach has you covered. 60 miles of coastline means there’s plenty of space for you to do your thing without having to spend a cent. Plus, with some great nightlife options that typically cater to a younger population, you know you and your money will definitely be in good hands here.

Key West

Perhaps not the place that most people would think to visit for Spring Break, it’s lower popularity is exactly why it’s great to visit. Not only are crowds less of an issue, but prices are a lot more affordable. There are plenty of great budget hotels in the area, so accommodation is never a problem either, leaving you more money to spend on having the Spring Break of your life.

New Orleans

No-one does food quite like the South. Eating might not be the top priority on your Spring Break list, but you’ll be wanting something good to fill you up between nights of non-stop partying. New Orleans has plenty of great comfort food on offer to keep you going, and it’s a pretty cheap place to visit too. There are loads of rental deals to help you find somewhere affordable to stay, especially if you don’t mind lodging further away from the center.

Puerto Vallarta

With so many all-inclusive packages available, you’ve got to wonder why you’d have your Spring Break anywhere other than Puerto Vallarta. There are so many rental choices here that make staying in the area cheap and easy, especially if you book in advance. What’s more, with sun, sand, and sea as far as the eye can see, do you really need anything else for your Spring Break vacation?

 

You don’t get many opportunities to do Spring Break, so it’s important to make the most of each one while you can. Thankfully, you can still do that even if you’re low on funds; you just have to be a bit more picky about where you go to enjoy them.

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5 Things Under $50 You Can Get Right Now To Prep Your Wardrobe For Spring

One of the ways we build our wardrobes is “upgrading”–buying better versions of things we already know we like. And the fashion industry knows this. We’ve been buying designer jeans for decades, and for a long time now, brands have been selling pretty much every basic with “lux” in front of it, from cargo pants to white tees. It sometimes seems like a race to see who can make the most expensive X.

That said, clothing in general is as inexpensive as ever. Low inflation and cheap labor have kept prices for basic consumer goods low for a long time. A Hanes 3-pack costs $ 10 in 2019 ($ 3.33/shirt), compared to a $ 5.31 retail price in 1970  ($ 34.45 in 2019 dollars) for a 3-pack of Sears t-shirts (over $ 11/shirt).

Bottom line, if you’re looking for cloth to cover your body, you can find it cheap; maybe cheaper than ever. If you’re looking for interesting things, it can be more difficult. In an era of $ 1,000 sneakers and $ 3 tshirts, what can $ 50 get you today? I did some shopping and found 10 items worth buying right now for $ 50.

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The Hunt: White Tops for Spring

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2019 Update: This post was originally published in 2016, but we’ve updated our favorite white tops for work as of Feb. 2019 — see below!

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Pictured at top, clockwise: V-neck / crew / relaxed / scalloped / sleeveless / polka dotted sweater / Swiss dot button front

I would guess that 60% of my closet — if not more — is black. White appears far less frequently — but even I love to herald the beginning of spring by buying a few new white tops every year, and (if they’ve held up well enough), pulling out old favorites from previous years.  The white blouse, of course, is a classic — but sometimes you want something that isn’t quite as fussy or as formal as a blouse with collars or buttons. (If you’re on the hunt for a basic button-front blouse, a silky collared blouse, or a basic tee or shell to wear beneath a suit, check out our latest roundups on those topics.) I never know what to call these items (tops? shirts? white non-blouses?) but I do think they’re something that makes every outfit more versatile — and can be an easy way to take your more formal suits away from the dreaded “I’ve got a secret interview today” territory. Of course I am on #teamwhitecamisole as well, but that’s me…

In my mind, white tops break down into basic general categories, which I’ll lay out below…. I’ll note at the outset that a lot of these tops come in colors other than white, which show the details FAR better than the white versions, at least online. In fact, the very fact that there IS a white option may be hidden because the color doesn’t show up against your screen — so use the dropdown color picker menu if in doubt (screenshot of what I mean here).

The Slightly Fancy White Tee

These shirts — usually in jersey or some other t-shirt like material — have a few great details that elevate them from your basic white t-shirt.  The details are usually near the neck — but sometimes also down the back or at the hem; the material may also be different or nicer in some way than your usual t-shirt.  Pro: these can be easy to care for, and if you have fit problems because of your bust/waist ratio, these can be easier to wear than a button-front shirt. Cons: opacity can be a problem, and some details (like a sheer shoulder like the lace one below) may give you pause for your office or wardrobe. (For my $ .02 I think they look lovely as a layering piece, particularly beneath a blazer – I just layer a camisole beneath them and a regular nude-for-me bra.)

fancy white t-shirt for suits



The Blouse Tee

These tops are shaped like a tee (and are usually pullovers), but usually made from a blousy material. They can look nice and crisp, but can be high maintenance (e.g., required dry cleaning or ironing). They also can cross into the “too informal” category pretty easily.

t-blouse for work



The White Knit Short-Sleeved Sweater

These can be difficult to find online — so when you see them in the store at places like Ann Taylor or Banana Republic, do stock up! Pros: they’re definitely fancier than a t-shirt material, and sometimes more opaque (be on the safe side here and wear a camisole and nude-for-you bra the first time, though). Cons: they may need extra care in the laundry, or they may fade or look “dirty” too soon.

short-sleeved white sweaters for work



The Non-Blousy Blouse

I normally think of a blouse as having buttons and/or a collar — these tops lack that, but they definitely still feel like a blouse in formality, usually because of their material.  These can be a more modern option, as well as being easier to fit if gaping is a problem… but they can be harder to care for and be more sheer.

non-blousy blouses for work



The Casual/Feminine Blouse

These are blouses that may have buttons up the front and/or a collar — but there’s something about it that makes it more feminine, such as a burnout pattern (like the polka dots below), a peplum detail, eyelet/lace, a wrap effect, or an unusual fabric (like the jersey one we featured a while ago from Anne Fontaine). If you work in a very conservative office and are striving to add more feminine details to your workwear, start here because it’s hard to go wrong (beyond wrinkles/sheerness/etc) — for all but the most formal of occasions they’re appropriate, and an easy, chic addition to your wardrobe that goes with everything else.

feminine white blouses



The White Shell

This can be a huge category — or a very narrow one if going sleeveless isn’t appropriate at your office. To be honest, unless you wear a lot of cardigans or washable blazers, I’d avoid these tops in general — I always think it’s better to wear a sleeved layer beneath a blazer, if only to make trips to the dry cleaner more minimal (not only is it expensive, but it can be really hard on clothes too). I think they can work best with cardigans because you don’t get that line on your arm where your sleeve ends — but if you’re going for bang for your buck, I’d stick with sleeved options. Still, if you’re on the hunt, here are a few cute ones:

white sleeveless shell for work



This is a huge category (and this was a big of a runaway post!) — but what categories am I missing? What white tops do you need in your wardrobe, or have proven themselves to be real workhorses? How do you guys like to make your work outfits more springlike?

* Hunting for maternity sizes? Don’t forget to check out our Guide to Maternity Shopping for Work.

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I mostly consider black to be my base for my work wear -- but even I love a white top for spring; they have a way of freshening up your entire work wardrobe and making all of your work outfits that much crisper and lighter! These are the six tops every career woman should consider adding to her wardrobe in spring -- great for wearing under suits, layering under cardigans, and adding as a simple topper to skirts and trousers.

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