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From Winter Parkas to Shorts

When the temperature hits 50 on the bank sign here in Iowa, we do not hesitate for one tiny second to go from this:

winter parka in Iowa

to this:

spring shorts

But are you prepared?

Other than mentally ready to  shed the layers and layers of organic cotton, denim, wool and fleece you’ve grown accustom to assembling day after day for what seems like an eternity now, is your closet ready?

This week, we are celebrating everything that is SHORTS.

shorts in spring

All of our locations have an abundance of trendy, new to you shorts at prices that will allow you to get all of your favorite brands for far less than you’d pay at the mall.

Got $20?

I think it’s safe to say that you could pick up 2-4 pairs of name-brand shorts for just that and nothing more.

shorts in spring

SO …

Go get your spray tan on and head into Stuff!

{I’m no weather man, but warmer temps are definitely on their way}

{ all pics courtesy of College Fashionista }

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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

Layers Layers Layers

I don’t know about you, but this winter weather has me reeling …

January/February in Iowa, we’re usually dealing with 20 below zero wind chill (fahrenheit) and a high of 2 degrees for the day.

This year, it’s been as low as 12 … maybe once.

Earlier this week it was 64F. What the heck?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind 6 more weeks of this Mr. Groundhog, but seriously, somebody better call Al Gore.

Global warming aside, weather of this nature can be a challenge when dressing to leave the house, but think of how much fun you can have with the layers!

I found some awesome inspiration that I wanted to share with you all in hopes to make your dressing a little easier and a whole lot more fun!

…  scroll on …

{ p/c via cupcakes & cashmere }

{all 3 p/c via urbanweeds }

and let’s not forget to layer the stylish men …

{all 3 p/c via jak&jil }

Feeling inspired to add a few layers?

I know, right?!

Best part is, all fall & winter items are 50% off at all Stuff Etc locations right now!  So you can stock up for hardly NOTHING on a few, or many, outstanding pieces this weekend and get to layering!

p.s. share some pics of your thrifty layering so that we may share with our fans

Go Nude this Winter

I am not a Kardashian fan, per say, BUT I love love love this look!  The nudes are hot! And even hotter is the hat, the fur, and the boots! Wowza!  As soon as I saw this, I rushed upstairs (I’m at the Coralville location) to see what I could find that might even come close.  I mean, there are holiday gatherings, birthday parties to attend (my own included) and let’s not forget New Year’s Eve, all in the matter of two weeks!  This ensemble would be perfect for all of the above.  And guess what I found? Every single bit of it….See for yourself!