Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Right Shoes for 4th of July Parties!

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Independence Day is just around the corner and there’s probably tons of party planning happening right now! Family and friends will be coming in from out of town, barbecue grills are getting ready, and parades are being perfected. With all the preparation in the works, don’t forget about preparing your outfit! More specifically, make sure your footwear can handle the day. Here are some tips in choosing the right shoes for the right kind of 4th of July party!

 

Beach Fun

In SoCal, you can guarantee that the beaches are going to be packed for the 4th of July weekend. For the beach, choices are usually narrowed down to flip flops, sandals, or going barefoot. However, if you’re a non-beach regular, don’t feel like you have to be barefoot. Even though the weather may be gloriously hot and the water may be refreshingly cold, non-beach goers often forget about the sand. First of all, the sand can hold a lot of heat. Second, depending on how close you are to the water, the sand is usually very soft. Basically, that means you’re going to get one heck of a leg work out. Simple flip flops or flat sandals will help you beat the heat and move around a little easier. Wear sneakers if you must, just be willing to deal with them getting a little sand filled.

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Outdoor Picnic

People set up in large parks so that there’s plenty of room for the food and the games. This is not a time to wear delicate materials! For example, we love suede, but they are a little high maintenance and you’ll remember those stains for the rest of your life. We suggest sticking to footwear like sneakers or boots crafted in easy-wearing materials. Additionally, choose something that protects the greater surface of your feet. There may be some prickly grass or overly affectionate mosquitoes out there. For cool and casual sneakers, check out our Lacoste selection for men, women, and kids! Ladies, if you must wear heels, at least opt for wedges. They handle soft ground much better and won’t get stuck in it. They only shoe that should stab the earth are cleats, not pumps!

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Fancy Soirée

Some people just like parties to be a little fancy regardless of the occasion! Even if you’re wearing a formal dress or suit, this is a time to be festive! It’s the perfect time to wear bold footwear and accessories. Even if your outfit is mostly made up of a dark neutral color like black or navy, spice it up with some color. For example, you can still be festive and chic if you wear a solid white ensemble with your shoes and accessories adding the red and blue. You’ll most likely be indoors, so go on ahead and wear those sky heels and stylish oxfords! Need some styling tips? We have some great tips on how to style dresses.

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Firework Watching

Maybe you’ll be skipping the hustle and bustle of the parties and skip right to the fireworks show. While there’s no real reason to wear a specific type of shoe, we highly recommend something that has sturdy traction. Whether you’re in a crowded place or a secret location with the best view, you’ll need to be able to move around comfortably. Also, it’ll be night time. Regardless of where you are in the world, the temperature can drastically drop at night. So prepare your feet accordingly! You can’t go wrong with rubber outsoles. Sneakers are the obvious pick, but if you still want to tweak your style, try out some boat shoes. They are always a summer favorite! We have a great Sperry Top-Sider collection that are stylish, comfortable, and have very durable outsoles.

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How to Style Dresses

Styling is all about mixing and matching! There a lot of things to consider, but to easily style dresses there two areas you should focus on: the cut and the accessories. The accessories alone can dress up or dress down any look, but the right cut can really complement your figure. With summer in full gear, effortless style can truly be effortless if you add these tips to your stylish bag of tricks! Check out our dress collection from Dex for more inspiration!

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Model Phoebe Wearing a High-Low Dress from Dex

 

The High Low Hem

The high-low hem is a super trendy look these days. They’re flirty, elegant, and perfect for summer! However, the hem can make you seem shorter because the shape flows downward. So it’s a good idea to add some extra height. As you can see, our model, Phoebe, is wearing the Triss sandals by Tsubo. She’s already quite tall, but it adds a little more length to her legs to even out the hem. For casual looks, hair with soft waves and chunky bangles are great for the beach and outdoor lunches. The hem on more formal dresses are already a bold statement. Keep your jewelry simple and have your hair in an updo for an overall look that’s elegant, yet feisty!  

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Image from Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

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Model Phoebe wearing aDex Striped Convertible Dress/Skirt

 

 

Going Strapless 

Actress Jennifer Lawrence and our model, Phoebe, are wearing two very different strapless dresses with two very different hair lengths. When you go strapless, all the focus is drawn to your shoulders, neck, and face. In both examples above, these ladies let their natural attributes shine! For bolder looks, choose statement earrings or a statement necklace, but not both. It could result in looking cluttered rather than complementing your shoulders!

 

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Model Phoebe wearing Tropical Floral Dress from Dex®

 

 

Short and Chic 

Short hems elongate the legs for women of all heights, but not all short lengths are equal! For shorter women, hems that come to the knee can make you look shorter as your body may look disproportionately longer to your legs. We recommend hems that stop at least 2-3 inches above the knee. On the other hand, taller women face the issue of “showing too much leg” simply because of their height. The safest measure for all heights is to aim for hems that at least drop to the mid-thigh. It’s still elegant and sexy without seeming scandalous.  

 

 

 

 

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This style of dress isn’t usually a casual one whether it’s sheer, short, long, fitted, or loose. It’s too elegant to be just some ordinary dress. The accessory that will make the largest impact will probably be your purse! Bigger is not better in this case. Colors and patterns aside, the shape and size of your purse will pull the outfit together. In most cases, you should opt for a clutch or a small purse with a skinny strap. However, casual long sleeve dresses, like shirt dresses, are casually chic and fit nicely with bulkier bags.

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Model Phoebe wearing a Striped Maxi Dress from Dex®

 

Maxi Mayhem

Maxi dresses are a favorite for two major reasons: they are super easy to wear and transition seamlessly between seasons! They’re usually constructed in light weight materials with a hint of stretch fabric. It’s easy wear for summer and for colder months you just add on the layers. Maxi dresses are really easy to style too, especially solid colors or simple patterns. Since they are full length, you’re styling around a bigger space. You can almost over accessorize and still have an awesome look. Statement jewelry? Great! A denim jacket with a chunky bag? Fantastic! With maxi dresses, it truly is all about mixing and matching accessories and layers.  

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TwoTen Event Recap

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On June 4, 2014, the Two Ten Footwear Foundation held their YP210 (Young Professionals for 210) annual party in New York City. Designer Studio sponsored the event alongside Lacoste and many others! The YP210 Bring Your A-Game Party was a night of fun and entertainment that raised funds for communities within the footwear industry including footwear families that are in a time of need. Such festivities included having drinks with friends, dancing, art sketches, and playing games like beer pong, mini golf, and a giant game of Jenga.

As always, it’s a pleasure to run into the Lacoste Croc!

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We absolutely adored the sketching tables! These talented artists were all about style, fashion, and caricatures!

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Here’s a closer look at their handy work.

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To learn more about the Two Ten Footwear Foundation and communities like YP210, head over to www.twoten.org. They’ve been assisting footwear communities since the 1940s! If you or someone you know is in the footwear industry, know that the Two Ten Foundation is about “Shoe people helping shoe people”.

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Gift Ideas for Dad

Dads. They battle the monsters that live under the bed, scare away boys, and embarrass you in front of girls. A guy that can do all of that doesn’t deserve a cliche gift like a tie. Here are some gift ideas for all the great dads out there!

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The Perfect Match

Nothing is quite as adorable as wearing something that’s dad inspired. Maybe you can cheer and jeer together while representing his favorite team during the FIFA World Cup. Perhaps you’ll wear cowboy boots to dinner because your dad refuses wear anything else. While it’s super cute with young children, it turns into a hilarious ordeal with older ones! They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. It’ll be a great story to share and be an awesome bonding experience!

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His Day, His Games

Whether your dad is into video games, sports, or nature strolling, take part in his favorite activities! Don’t worry about if you’ll be able to keep up. Just have a good time and he’ll have a good time too! The point is to do something for him and he’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness. He gets to do what he loves, while spending time with the people that matter most. It’s a win-win! 

 

 

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Adult life has a lot to do with compromise. Vacation may turn into a “staycation” and car payments may trump concert tickets. This father’s day, forget about what he needs and give him something that he wants. That’s not to say you should throw your entire life savings into buying him his own private island, but rather something your dad has had his eye on and hasn’t been able to get for himself. Maybe he’s been wanting a set of new golf clubs, a new G-Shock watch, or a seven-course dinner. Show that you’ve been paying attention, even though he’s been busy.

 

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Sometimes parents spend all of their time working. Even weekends can be full of planning, visits, and school events. Is your dad a busy bee? Maybe he just needs some R&R! Seriously, who wants to say “no” to a nap and not doing the dishes? Try giving him a day where he does nothing. No chores, no worrying about the bills, no anything. Just a relaxing day at one his favorite hangouts, at home, or a spa. The only worry he should have that day is whether or not he wants dessert after dinner.

 

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Shirts are go-to gifts for dads and we’re always talking about the differences between fashion and style. While there are things out there that look like “dad” shirts, your dad deserves something that really matches him. For example, if he’s the type to roll up those sleeves and get down to work, don’t get him something where he has to monitor how much he sweats. If he’s a 7 Diamonds guy, but doesn’t like polos, stay away from a polo. Get him something that truly fits his style and not yours or anyone else. 

 

 

Let us know if you have any gift tips and tricks you’d like to share. We’d love to hear from you! Happy gift hunting!

 

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Shoe Styles: Then & Now

From traditional looks to Lady Gaga, every trend has a starting place. Fashion will often reinvent itself to pay homage to the original while adding contemporary twists. While your shoe style shows off who you are, even the most glamorous of styles come from unexpected roots! Here are 6 shoe history facts about some iconic styles!

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