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Tights or no Tights?

tightsI say TIGHTS!

Seriously!  How fun are these?

Now that it’s getting cooler out you should TOTALLY consider picking up a few pairs… they keep your legs warm, look fashionable, add flair to a boring outfit, and let’s admit it…

they look fan. freaking! tastic. with boots.

BUT!

{ and there is always a “but” }

You are probably thinking unless they are grey or black, they’re a little too schoolyard? That your legs must be the size of matchsticks to pull ’em off?  Or be that twenty-somethin’-too-cute-for-words working at Urban Outfitters?

Not true.  Not anymore.

wool tightsAlthough black tights are very chic & timeless, this season’s hottest trends are way more fun.  Instead of regarding tights as you do leggings (black, boring, basic…), think of them as a statement piece of your look. With different colors, patterns and textures to choose from, there’s no reason not to let a great pair of tights become the focal point of an outfit!

colored tights

If all the crazy colors frighten you a bit, try the deep jewel tones like emerald green, navy blue and dark maroon  – all are gorgeous hues that can be worn day or night.  And opaque tights are perfect for all shapes and sizes because they give a smooth look to the leg.

jewel tone tights

But how do you wear them when you’re over thirty (plus) without looking like you’re trying to be 20?

Best rule of thumb:

 Keep your clothes simple and one color.

A black shift dress looks awesome with a bright pair of tights.  Or be a little daring with a printed tight set against basic black.

tights fashion

If a fun pattern is where you’re at, tone it down with a knee-length skirt and knee-high boots so it gives a glimpse of tights, but gives your look a jolt of fun.

And don’t forget about layering.  If you have an old pair of fishnets, layer them over a gray pair of tights for a whole new look. Or grab a pair of knee-high socks to layer over coordinating tights with your boots.

There are so many options!

tights purple

And all are an inexpensive way to add a bit of fashion and fun to your fall and winter wardrobe! So …  tights or no tights?

TIGHTS!

xoxoxo

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Star Picks for Fall

Inspired by the September issue of Bazaar Magazine …

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Our Cedar Rapids Stuff Etc put together their STAR PICKS for FALL 

Cedar Rapids Stuff Etc Star picks

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Cedar Rapids Stuff Etc Star Picks

And ALL of our picks are less than $19.99 each!

Clashing is Cool

Who knew?

Once upon a time in a land far far away two completely opposite prints fell in love, got married and lived a crazy cool life together! And there you have it….a love story to last …. through 2012 at least.

Mixing and matching prints is all the craze for this season. And believe it or not, there is a right way to pull it off.

1. The easiest way to incorporate different prints into a particular outfit is to focus on a main piece and match a different printed item that is within the same color family. The combination could be as simple as combining a black and white abstract-printed skirt with a black and white striped sailor top.

2. A more advanced example would be pairing items that are complementary in color: blue and orange, yellow and violet and red and green. Choosing to mix patterns and prints that are complementary in color will make each item appear brighter when worn together.

3. There are also some prints and patterns that look effortlessly chic when styled together. Pairing stripes and florals is one of the easiest ways to pull-off the mixed print look. A bold striped blazer would look impeccable over a flirty floral dress, but if you’re too  timid to make such a statement, opt for a pairing of a floral scarf with a sailor-striped tank.

4. Another easy pairing is to combine artsy polka dots with stripes, something as simple as wearing a polka dot top with a striped sweater, but remember to vary the scale of the print to add more visual interest.

5. And DON’T FORGET TO ACCESSORIZE!  Anything goes these days and the more you layer the better and whatever you do …. don’t match!

Need more inspiration?  Go HERE to see how others are mixing prints off the runway. And how about these lovely combinations:

Now go …

and be fruitful in your mixing print endeavors.

We’d LOVE to see what you come up with … hope this helps!

 

Trend Watch: Summer Shorts

Now that it’s finally nice and toasty warm outside

it’s time to put those sexy legs into a pair of super trendy shorts!

Who knew there are sooooo many options these days?

Check these out:

And after being inspired by this post from WhoWhatWear,

I went on the hunt inside our stores …

just look at what I found so far:

You know what’s even better than finding an AWESOME bargain on all the latest summer styles?

Getting a bargain on your bargain!  Am I right?

With that being said, all Spring and Summer merchandise goes 20% off as of June 1st!

That’s this Friday people!

See you at Stuff ~ 😉

Working Backwards

Have you ever spotted a pair of shoes that you HAD TO HAVE so badly that you can hear them whispering … no …  scratch that … SCREAMING your name

but you have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what you would EVER wear them with

And bought them anyway?

I have.

Too many times to count – and my closet is witness to this!

But I’m turning over a new leaf. TODAY.

I’m going to recycle (at Stuff) all of my lovelies that I bought thinking I’d wear with something …. and it just never happened.

Usually, most people find the perfect “outfit” and go in search of the shoes.

I think its time to work the process backwards, but the right way.

I’m starting with the shoes!

… ANY of these would do …

Then I’ll find the perfect thing to wear.

I think the best way to go is with a sweet pair of jeans that fit like no other and a gray, black or white v-neck tee and voila!

Let the shoes BE the outfit!

Right now, all of our Stuff Etc locations are BURSTING with amazing summer shoe options!  I encourage you to get out to any or all of them and pick up a few (dozen) pairs for yourself!

Before I get to them! 🙂

 “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” 

~ Marilyn Monroe

Part of Who You Are

This week in the office, we had a debate ..

what’s the difference between style and fashion?

STYLE IS HOW YOU WRITE, HOW YOU PAINT, HOW YOU DRESS. STYLE IS INNATE.

IT’S PART OF WHO YOU ARE.

Fashion is just the latest trend.  And you, my friend, are not a trend.

I love the style of Mary Russell, former fashion editor for Elle and Vogue (seen here with Gunter Sachs in St. Tropez).  Simple.  Classic.  She owns it.

“Women look best and feel best when their clothes are not the uniform of the moment but part of themselves.” —Mary Russell

Is that not the truth?

* sigh *

Do you have a “style”?

I encourage you to sincerely think about it this weekend.

What do you wear that feels like a part of yourself?  Even if it’s one piece.

That’s your style.

Now get rid of everything else that is “uniform of the moment”

(take those to your nearest Stuff Etc)

And  replace them ALL with your STYLE in mind.

(let us know if we can help … we’ve been known to have some in-house experts)

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

{ p/c Tomboy Style }

In Awe of Restructuring

Maybe it’s because I’m not gifted in this way, but I am in total awe of others that have the vision and the talent to take recycled clothing and turn it into something completely different!

Like Stuff shopper, Megan Clark, from Sigourney.

I was in my office working away yesterday when I overheard Megan explaining to her young son what she was doing,

“I’m buying clothes that I can make into something else.”

“oh” he quietly responds.

But my ears perk up and I think … ‘I gotta meet this girl!’

Now, it’s always awkward approaching a complete stranger as you try to explain that you weren’t really eavesdropping, but you couldn’t help overhearing her comment.  Megan was very kind and when I asked if she would be willing to send me some pictures of her creations, she said “What about these?”

No way! Legwarmers made out of a sweatshirt!!!!  BRILLIANT Megan!!!

Seriously!

Absolutely brilliant!  I. Love. Them!

When I asked if I could take her picture, she kindly obliged and mentioned that the sweater she was wearing (and so stylishly belted, I might add) was once a men’s sweater that she restructured to have pockets and a trendy flair.

love. the. whole. darn. thing! (isn’t she adorable?)

Thank you, Megan!

For sharing your talents (and for not thinking I’m some creepy basement lady listening in on mother /son conversations).

I look forward to featuring more of Megan and her restructured fashions here on Stuff Happens.

Recently on the Runway

This skirt …

Maybe you’ve seen it?

Featured in fashion mags, fashion blogs, I’ve even seen it floatin’ around on Pinterest!

Well  guess what?!

I have stumbled upon the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) instructions of how to make this fabulous, fashion trendy skirt yourself with just a little repurposing …

And pick up your supplies at any of our Stuff Etc stores for less than $10!

We have the skirts,  probably a pair of winter tights or leggings and maybe even some boots to top it off (all winter items are 50% off too)!

p.s. be sure to share your skirt pics with us when you’re done!

{ full instructions & p/c whowhatwear }

A Dress With Previous Experience

ex·pe·ri·ence  noun \ik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)s\

something personally encountered, undergone, or lived through; : direct observation of or participation in events as a basis of knowledge and skill               ~ Webster Dictionary

Sooooo….thanks to the definition provided by good ol Webster, one can deduce that Stuff Etc’s fabulous selection of formal dresses with “previous experience” is a good thing!  Prom is right around the corner, and it’s never too soon to start looking for a dress that will be the perfect fit and color, not to mention, be completely different from all the other dresses in the room.

A prom dress is a right of passage for a high school girl!  I saved up my prom experience and only attended my Senior Year.  I can remember every detail, stitch, and the way the vibrant purple satin felt on my body and how proud I was of its individuality – there wasn’t another one like it in the room… and I bought it at a small consignment shop in my home town for less than $100.  We at Stuff Etc appreciate the value placed upon selecting the garment that will accentuate your best features for such a memorable evening.  Therefore, we are collecting from all five locations and hand-picking some of the best dresses you’ll be able to find in this area (consignors that get their dresses from Chicago boutiques for example) for our Prom Event coming in February. Click here for more details. We will also have new dresses available that we selected straight out of a 2011 Prom Magazine (like the blue one you see here) for only $89.99!

Purchasing a dress with previous experience, according to Webster,  means you are gaining a dress with knowledge and skill.  And a fashion savvy, economically conscience  girl like you will also appreciate  gaining such a unique, skilled dress at an amazing price.  Again, setting you apart from all the other girls that maxed out their parents plastic or spent collective months of their barely there, after school paychecks.

Join us for our boutique Prom Event in IOWA CITY, Sunday Feb. 6th and in CEDAR RAPIDS, Sunday Feb. 13th from 1-3pm.  Click here for more details. Try-on & purchase dresses, jewelry and other accessories.  Bid to win one of the FIVE featured dresses in the LIVE auction.  Enter to win awesome door prizes from our sponsors like a free limo, up-do, floral orders, and restaurants just to name a few.  Don’t miss out on one or both of these unique opportunities to score the perfect dress for your perfect day (each event will have completely different dresses).