Black leggings have quickly become the bread and butter of life. The fabric and rise options range just as much as the price point. I got curious and decided to do a deeper dive into what’s out there. Considering the legging trend has been around for a little while and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, we may as well see what the offerings are.
I visited a few different sites during my research. LuluLemon, the king of yoga activewear, Atleta, a company with a commitment to healthy living and mindful sustainability practices, as well as everyone’s favorite store - Target.
In my search I found the main options to consider when comparing the basic black legging is fabric, color, pocket availability, length and price point. Let’s explore, shall we?
if you fall in love with a legging, the fit and rise are perfect, the length and price point, you may want more than one. And - you may want to mi it up once in awhile by wearing a different color. Knowing the leggings that you love are offered in a variety of colors is definitely a bonus.
What do you plan to use the leggings for? Are they for athleisure? Running errands, lounging, Sundays when getting ready is far from an option or desire? Or do you love to attend hot yoga classes? You know. get your sweat on, your heart rate up, and everything in between? Fabric will be an important part of your decision if that’s the case. Do you want your leggings to transition seamlessly between seasons? Then length is something to pay attention to.
The leggings I’ve provided below cover a range of price points, fabric content, rises and more. Take a look and just maybe you’ll stumble upon your next favorite black leggings. Happy perusing!
Do you have a favorite pair of black leggings? I'm always looking for new great finds, drop them below!
With fourth of July right around the corner, plans are coming together, details are getting sorted out, so what's next? It's time to pick out an outfit. I've provided some ideas below that are sure to cover any activity that comes your way.
Dresses with stripes are timeless and not to mention the perfect way to party while being comfortable at the time same time. The versatility is perfect for a day out and about. Dress it up or down. Add some wedges for a dressier look or some flip flops or slides to make it more casual. Wear with a red headband or accent with some fun red jewelry and you'll be stylin' and celebrating with the best of em!
Can you ever go wrong with jean shorts and a tank? Perfectly casual and up for anything, you can wear a swimsuit underneath if there's a pool or lake dip in your future. Throw this outfit on and you can do it all!
If you're headed to a more formal occasion, I love this dress from Shein. Girly and delicate. A perfect dress for sipping some cocktails with friends.
Are jumpsuits the new maxi? Talk about comfortable! I love this one, it's striped and festive! And with some flats it could be made casual or with bold statement earrings, dress it up.
Talk about classics. These could be worn with any of the outfits above and they'll keep you comfortable throughout all activities, from parades to BBQs and more!
Complete your ensemble while protecting yourself from the sun. Loving this Ralph Lauren hat from Zappos!
No matter what you wear, there is no doubt you'll look fabulous! Have fun and be safe!
It’s officially June, which means the heat is on its way. If you work a consistent 8-5 like most of us, you wake up in the morning, get s’o fresh and so clean (clean)’, and make your way into the office, either on foot, public transit or in your own vehicle. But when the temperatures start rising above 90 degrees before 9 a.m., how do you make it all happen without sweating through your clothes, off your makeup, and from your mane? That’s the question.
Read on to read some hot tips (ha!) on how to stay cool while still putting off pro-FRESH-inal airs in the summer heat.
Let’s break it down into a couple of categories, shall we? Essentially to tools and apparel.
First up, tools.
Each of these items is a must have (at least) on your vanity, and if you have room, can even go in your bag if you want to avoid the development of any stains or odor while on your commute.
Next up, apparel.
What better to reference than Forbes Magazine when we’re looking for advice on how to look and stay cool for work even when it’s super hot? According to the linked article, “Your appearance is an important piece of your professional brand--just as much as a well-crafted resume or a polished LinkedIn profile.” So... what does Forbes suggest?
Additionally, we recommend straight up avoiding flip flops, shorts, spaghetti straps, halter tops, tube tops, miniskirts and rompers. Really, anything that belongs in your beach bag, that you would wear to a bar or to bed, or put in your gym bag has no place in the office. A good rule of thumb is, “If you aren’t sure if it’s inappropriate for the office, it probably is, so don’t risk it.”
Other mistakes to avoid? Sundresses without a blazer or cardigan; a sloppy loose topknot; sunglasses on your head; anything too short or too tight (specifically for skirts or dresses); tops with too many buttons undone; logo shirts; or anything with a print better suited for a boat party than the office.
What are your tips and tricks for staying cool in the heat when the workplace is your destination? Please share below in the comments!
Can you remember the last time you exercised outdoors?
What about the last time you exercised indoors?
Chances are, you remember the latter most recently. And seasonal changes are not an excuse! There are opportunities to exercise outdoors no matter the season, and being outside has many benefits that indoor workouts cannot provide.
Fill Up on Sunshine
Get a vitamin D fix every time you exercise outdoors! You will want to be mindful of the sun of course, and use proper sun protection. However, vitamin D is an essential nutrient that we get every day naturally when we are outside! All it takes is 15 minutes, which would mean just a short jog around the block.
Vitamin D is a natural mood-enhancer and also boosts the immune system. When the body and mind are nourished, they function in optimum condition and it will make exercising feel that much better.
Breathe Fresh Air
When you step outside, you give your body the chance to breathe in fresh oxygen. When we spend most of our time inside, we breathe in recycled air. Breathing is one of our body's primary detoxification systems, so it is important to give it the best quality of what it needs- oxygen.
Oxygen enters the body through our lungs, which then filters it into our bloodstream, to create energy. If you're not getting enough oxygen, your body will be unable to function and health problems can occur. Getting fresh oxygen into your body can relieve stress, reduce headaches, and increase muscle function both during a workout and as post-workout recovery!
Exercising is already known to be a stress-reliever due to the fact that it releases endorphins in the brain. Additionally, being outside helps reduce cortisol, the stress hormone, from being produced. Plus being outside is inherently soothing and reminds us to connect to something a little bigger than just ourselves.
So, what are my options for outdoor exercise?
Try Something New
If you constantly go to the same gym, for the same workout, or to the same yoga class, every week, it can be nice for your body and mind to switch things up. Stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something new forms new connections in your brain after all! And you never know if you like something until you try, so why not step outside and see what happens? You may find something that works really well for you or that you really enjoy that you may have never tried before.
What are some of your favorite workouts?
Fashion rules are starting to fade. With the introduction of “winter white,” you can wear white anytime you want. Black and brown are complimentary colors and stripes can be worn with plaid and/or polka dots. Everything we once knew has been thrown out the proverbial windows of the major fashion houses.
These new rules apply to everyone, but everyone isn’t the same. Body type plays a major role in how fashions fit and flatter. We all want to look our best, celebrate what we have, and feel good doing it, right!? Read on to learn more about how to determine your body type and then how to dress it so that your fashion choices flatter instead of falter. Clothes are designed to help us portray the image of a balanced body and knowing your body type is the first step.
According to JoyofClothes.com, you must determine your body shape by looking objectively at the body and not focusing on problem areas. “Look at yourself in the mirror in your underwear. Stand with your legs together and your arms a bit away from your sides. Examine the area from under your arms, past your bust and ribcage, over your waist and hips to the fullest part of your thighs.” Once you’ve done that, read the descriptions below to determine where you land. The Jeans Blog has some great images to help you visualize what you’re reading below and it goes into GREAT DETAIL on, specifically, buying jeans for your body type.
If you have only a few curves and your waist and hips and upper body are relatively the same size, you’re a rectangle. This can also be described as someone with “little definition at the waist, a straight-up-and-down figure, boyish.” Real Simple says this body type should opt for styles that fit snugly at the middle, but flare at the bottom to help create the image of curves. “Dresses that are tight all over and anything too flowy or unstructured around the waist, like Empire-waist tops” don’t really work for this body type. Instead, try boot-cut pants, fitted jackets, feminine tops with ruffles, wispy sleeves and flared skirts.
If your bust and hips are curvy, but you have a small waist, you’re an hourglass. Real Simple describes this makeup as evenly proportioned with ample chest, narrow waist and full (but not wide) hips. This body type should avoid “shapeless or boxy styles like baby-doll dresses, tunics and oversized cardigans.” Good pieces include high-waisted pants, wrap dresses, v-neck tops, and pencil skirts.
If you have broad shoulders and a slender waist and thighs, you’re an inverted triangle. Real Simple says this body type is defined as “shoulders and torso that are narrower than the hips” and says that “shapeless, oversized sweaters; skinny jeans and pants; and skirts in a flimsy, curve-hugging fabric like silk” don’t work for this body type. Items that will work include, wide-leg pants, tailored jackets, boatneck tops and A-line skirts.
If your lower body is slim, but you are carrying weight around the middle, you’re an apple. Real Simple also calls this body type the circle (or round) and says women with this body type should avoid “anything that draws attention to the middle--like high-rise pants, belts and waist-cinching tops.” Slim cut pants, shift dresses, tunics, and empire-waist tops work well.
If you are widest at your hips, but have a slim upper body, you’re a pear (or triangle). Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and Rihanna are a few celebrities who fit this bill. Women with this body type should “tend toward more feminine silhouettes” according to Who What Wear. Avoid drop waist dresses, jackets that hit at the hip, low-waisted pants and embellished bottoms opting instead for printed tops, flared pants, a belt worn at the waist and A-line dresses.
Last but certainly not least is a pear shape. Of course, if you’re a pear shape and want to rock an A-line dress you love, or you’re an hourglass and love high-waisted pants, you do you sister. These are suggestions to help you dress for your body type, not mandates on style. After all, aren’t rules made to be broken?!
Even the BBC weighs in with Leggings and Yoga Pants: When Tight Trousers Get Controversial.
Merriam Webster’s dictionary lists the definition of pant as “an outer garment covering each leg separately and usually extending from the waist to the ankle.”
By that definition, leggings ARE pants.
The key thing to remember when wearing leggings is to check their opacity--that is, make sure they aren’t see through. This can be done with the help of a friend or by doing any number of contortions in front of your mirror. Nothing makes the argument for leggings NOT being pants more than onlookers being able to see your underwear (or...more power to you, sister...your bare skin). And, let’s face it, as popular as leggings have become, there are some pretty cheap products out there. To check for opacity, do the “knee test” by bending your knee really tightly--if you can see your knee through the fabric, it’s likely others will be able to see your underwear.
Thankfully, GH put several different brands of leggings through a rigorous testing process for us and identified some of the best brands out there, and the winners were….
Right on the item page, it says, “Ranked #1 in a nationwide textile lab testing, the C9 ChampionⓇ Embrace Legging excelled above the competition. Good Housekeeping rated these mesh inset tights best for fabric durability, moisture wicking, opacity, comfort/fit, stretch recovery and shrinkage...wearers found these leggings trendy and flattering for daily wear, but still athletic enough for the gym.” Well, you just about can’t beat that with a stick...especially because they cost just $30.
Described as best for running or cycling, the Land’s End Speed Crop Pant are designed specifically for high impact activities. They’re moisture-wicking, reflective and have flatlock seams and pockets. Good Housekeeping said they “got perfect marks for fit” and “outperformed in the stretch recovery test.” They’re mid-rise and sit just below the waist, so basically they won’t sag or roll down. There are a ton of styles and colors that can be yours for normally $75ish, but there are often certain styles on sale!
Good Housekeeping said, “Testers gave these top marks for being the most flattering.” They use Sculptek™ technology to provide amazing shape and support, even when in motion. They can be worn for gym workouts, running, and studio workouts--so they’re incredibly versatile. And the drawstring is a fully adjustable continuous loop, so it won’t come out and get lost in the seams or in the wash. Plus, they cost less than $90 and come in a ⅞ Ankle Tight, Capris (pictured above) and a shorts style.
So...after all this, what say you?! Are leggings pants? What are your favorite brands and how do you style them?
Back in the day, sky high stilettos were THE THING, but as we move into a more athleisure- friendly environment, more stylish options are emerging--which should be music to your ears (er, your toes).
Though it’s long been known, doctors are just now starting to tell us ALL the ways in which high heels are bad for us. They can negatively affect posture and bones by putting pressure on our joints, straining our muscles and contributing to ankle injury. In fact, the Washington Post laid it out plain and simple with the headline: High-heeled shoes may look good, but they’re bad for your feet.
According to the article, a podiatrist said, “Humans are meant to walk heel-to-toe, with the leg at about a 90-degree angle to the foot and the ankle joint employing a 60-degree range of motion during normal daily activities. By wearing a high heel, you’re altering the position of the foot and how the foot is to function...lots of bad things happen.” (Like the development of calluses and corns, capsulitis, neuromas, pinched nerves, stress fractures and plantar fasciitis, among other awful things!)
Careful, because you may think that a simply fix is flat shoes. Though those aren’t the answer either, as the Washington Post article also points out that “Uggs are really bad for your feet [because] they don’t support your arches” and the same is true for flip-flops. Heels with a 1-2 inch height seem to be what most people can wear and still see minimal side effects.
To help quell your worries about unfashionable feet (since we’ve just informed that resorting to flip flops and Uggs is not the answer), we’ve found a few styles to try out.
At just $79, these are both relaxed and chic. The peep toe slip on is appropriate for casual and office attire. Lightly cushioned to provide insole comfort, they come in a plethora of patterns and colors and have a heel height of just three inches. They have great closed toe, and bootie styles for winter. Plus, with every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS gives a new pair of shoes to a child in need through their One-for-One Program.
This low (just two inch) chunky heeled sling-back has both an open toe and heel. The nubuck leather upper and fabric lining provide next-to-skin comfort and the footbed offers generous cushioning. Moderately priced at $119, they come in black borneo, beige, cognac and sesame embossed nuback leather.
Birkenstock is back, baby. The anatomically correct cork footbed encourages foot health and will mold to the shape of your foot. The raised toe bar is designed to encourage the natural gripping motion of your feet, which helps to exercise your legs and aid in circulation. The neutral heel profile and deep heel cup keeps the natural padding of your foot in place so that your body weight is distributed more evenly. You may feel like you’re stepping back into the 90s, but, that’s ok...embrace it and pay the $135. Your feet (and body) will thank you for sure!
Birkenstocks...again? Yep! This version, with its two and a quarter inch heel, give you just a little height if you’re having trouble getting comfortable and feeling fashionable walking and standing at less of an angle. And, bonus - you still get all the benefits of the shoe listed just above. These are $120 and come in Graceful Toffee and Pearl White.
If you’re really looking to shirk stilettos and fully embrace the athleisure trend and pair your favorite swing dress with tennis shoes - these Cole Haan’s cost about $130 and are lightweight, comfortable, functional and stylish. Not to mention they come in eight colors!
What’s your favorite non-heel go to shoe? Where can we find it and why do you like it? If you can, take it a step further and tell us how to style it for work and casual attire! We’d love to hear from you!
It turns out Nordstrom is pretty famous (or infamous) for the odd, and sometimes uber-expensive, items on its website.
Last year, Nordstrom gained notoriety for selling a rock in a leather pouch for $180 and, this year, they caught quite a bit of flack for their heinous plastic-kneed mom jeans that retailed for $95 (now on sale for $56). Nordstrom competitor Neiman Marcus even got in on the action and added muddy jeans that retail for a dirty $328!
Obviously, a bevy of weird and sorted items can be found on the InterWeb, but fashion giants like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus have been helping to set fashion standards for decades. What they stock the shelves (or pages) with is usually what’s cool, but now we aren’t so sure. The insanity of these items and the extraordinary price tags made us wonder what other ridiculous things you could buy from these (and other) totally upstanding retailers.
From the totally odd, to the totally trashed, to the totally hard to see, you’re not going to believe what we stumbled across.
Every working person needs paper clips at one time or another and most of the time they come in boxes of 1,000 from stores like Staples for the cost of a penny or so. Ok, so that’s an exaggeration, but you get the jist...what we buy from Staples definitely isn’t the same as this $25 paper clip being sold by Nordstrom (that comes in black, gold or silver) is it?
Technically, Nordstrom is calling this a money clip, but it looks like a large paperclip--and likely works the same way. If this is the look your guy is going for, save yourself $24.99 and give him a jumbo clip from your desk!
Many a woman have mocked many a man about wearing socks with sandals, but Gucci is saying, “Go ahead!” For $1,190 (that’s right--more than a grand) this incredibly creepy flesh-tone latex sock and red strappy sandal pairing can be yours.
Been to Ikea lately? It appears Balenciaga designers have. The Today Show recently did an article about the French designer’s $2,145 Arena Extra-Large Shopping Tote (left) that looks almost identical to Ikea’s foldable FRAKTA bag (right) which retails for less than a dollar. The Balenciaga version is made of wrinkled leather and is likely able to be rinsed and wiped clean like the polypropylene Ikea version.
Sorry, you’re too late to make these $1,400 Destroyed Sneakers yours, because they’re SOLD OUT! That means people actually purchased them. Described as having leather and textile upper, round toe, lace-up front with side lace guards, logo patch at tongue, padded collar, cushioned heel counter and rubber outsole--we’re saying “What the what?!” Because these look like shoes that had a shoestring get stuck in an escalator at the mall.
If a lower profile sneaker is more your style, (no longer available at Barney’s) these Golden Goose Distressed Superstar Sneakers, might be more in line with what you’re looking for. These are Italian-made and retail for $585.
And if you’re really digging the distressed tennies above, get your hands on these $295 Alexander Wang Destroyed Cotton Skinny Jeans. Pair the two together and your ensemble will cost you more than $1,600 and you’ll look like you were run over by a street sweeper.
If you’re really digging the distressed trend, we get you...we, too, have explained to our grandparents that we “bought our jeans this way” because it looks cool. But, let’s face it, things are getting a bit out of hand. Reebok gets it. In April, they posted a $425 Authentic Sweat Shirt on their site “for the man who wants to look like he muscled it out at the gym, but really went to a movie instead.” The shirt isn’t active anymore, but Forbes wrote about it and shared the image below.
In addition to de-stressing, the fashion industry has started taking its cues from the Emperor Who Had No Clothes. Forever21--though not as tried and prominent a fashion giant as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus--has Thigh-High Clear Boots available for you. Originally $79, they’re on sale now! Imagine how the humidity would impact these babies--where would you wear these that you wouldn’t likely have sweat pooling in the bottom?
TopShop takes it a step further with these Clear Plastic Straight Leg “Jeans” are available for $100. If you do purchase them, make sure to care for them properly as they’re “wipe clean only.”
We have just one thing to say…stop the madness! Fashion is art, we know it - we believe it. But it seems like things are becoming odd for oddity sake. Things are going too far! Or, are they not going far enough!? We just don’t know anymore.
What’s the most ridiculous item you’ve seen for sale in a truly reputable department store or online retailer? How much did it cost? If money were no object would you have bought it?
Each year when 4th of July rolls around, do you flash back to the days of the matching printed American flag t-shirts your mom bought for your whole family to wear? Fear not! Thanks to both brick-and-mortar and online fashion retailers alike, we, the people, have the unalienable right to be trendy in 2018.
Below are 7 fashionable ways to show your patriotism this Independence Day... with not a basic screen-printed tee in sight!