This Fourth of July is not like any most of us have ever experienced. With COVID-19 still a very real threat, how are we supposed to celebrate? Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, says, “Remember that COVID won’t take July 4th weekend off. Wear a mask. Stay six feet apart. Wash hands with soap often. Big July 4 parties — especially indoor ones — are a bad idea. A really bad idea.” on his Twitter, letting his 2.3 million followers know that just because we are being safe, it doesn’t mean we have to forfeit celebrations all together.
After you have narrowed down the list of who is coming to your Fourth of July social distance bash, you have to decide what to wear. Being as it is the Fourth of July, naturally you gravitate towards the red, white, and blue in your wardrobe- but there’s more you can do to stand out. Here are 3 ways to stand out, from 6 feet away, at your Fourth of July celebration.
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1- Be The Sunshine
While the Fourth typically calls for patriotic garments, it is also a summer event. As an adult, it may feel harder to put together an American flag outfit without it looking childish, so a good way to change it up, while staying in theme, is to throw in some light colors. Instead of a deep red, pick out a pastel pink pair of shorts to go with a white blouse, and add some bright blue accessories such as a wide brim hat or bracelets. Bright yellows are becoming popularized again, so incorporating a sunshiny hue into your outfit is definitely a pro-tip this coming summer.
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2- Masks, But Make it Fashion!
Masks are becoming more and more prominent in our day to day fashion and lifestyle. While many have been incorporating masks into fashion for events such as Coachella for years now, the average person is still getting used to wearing them for mundane tasks such as a grocery store run or a trip to the park. While masks can sometimes be a nuisance, it is important that we look at the bright side. Masks can actually enhance your outfit, especially themed outfits. If you are looking for a great way to show your patriotism and still stay safe, you can get a mask that has the American flag on it. If you are looking for something simple to tie in your outfit, a mask of the right color could be the cherry on top you are looking for.
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3- Filled to The Brim
It’s 4:00 p.m. and the sun is beating down hard on your barbecue. You are sweating and it’s hard to see how much margarita mix you’re spilling when the sun is in your eyes. Where do you go from here? The perfect accessory for this year’s summer bashes is a wide brimmed hat. It functions as a means to protect your face, eyes, and head from the sun’s rays, while also being the statement piece of your outfit. Paired with a relatively plain and color blocked outfit such as the aforementioned white blouse with pastel pink shorts, this accessory stands out without creating a busy look of too many pieces put together.
While your Fourth of July look may be important, it is imperative that we all stay safe during these times.
Eco-friendly fashion is more important now than ever. As the world evolves fashion needs to as well. Brands are making an effort to change the way they design, produce, and sell clothes. Here is a list of 5 Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands to get you started!
1. Black Bough Swim
“Being eco-friendly never looked this good” is Black Bough’s new motto. The beloved bathing suit brand that is made for all shapes and sizes is now slowly but surely becoming sustainable too! Their new collection is made from 80% regenerated fabric. Although they are new to the game, between turning plastic waste into bikinis, compostable mail bags, and reusable swimsuit packaging, they are on the rise to become one of your new fav eco-friendly brands. Black Bough Swim is an inspiration for other brands to start making the change one step at a time!
2. Island Tribe
Island Tribe is for all my boho babes! Their clothes consist of mostly whimsical and flowy dresses with a little edge. They do all this with the mission to reduce their carbon footprint in mind. In efforts to have less overstock and waste, they do small collections and made-to-order designs. When you purchase from them a portion of the sale is donated to the Offset Earth. This donation will go to recovering forests and planting trees. This brand is about as eco-friendly as it gets.
If you love a good graphic tee, social change, and the environment, CHNGE is for you! This streetwear brand is all about making a difference. 50% of their net profits go to various organizations including those fighting climate change. The designs on their clothing reflect the world’s pressing current issues. Their clothing is 100% organic cotton and 100% carbon neutral, meaning less water, energy, and chemicals. You not only look good but feel good too because you’re promoting change and sustainability at the same time
Every outfit needs a great pair of shoes to go with it. Why not make them eco-friendly? Privato takes the current sneaker trends and transforms them into more sustainable versions. Every part of their brand has the environment in mind from their production to your feet. Their shoes are all vegan and made from vegetable origin materials. As a brand, they show that you don’t need to sacrifice style for sustainability. You can have both!
5. Public Myth
It’s no secret that every girl loves a good pair of leggings. This activewear brand screams sustainable and ethical. Their mission is to make sustainability more than just a trend. Their clothes are made from bamboo and organic cotton and have eco-friendly packaging right down to the recyclable minimalistic paper tape. Whether you’re wearing these clothes to the gym or on the couch (like me), you know you’re helping the environment. With plenty of styles and colors to choose from, Public Myth gives a revamp to exercise and eco-friendly fashion.
In just a few short months, the coronavirus’ impact on local businesses has already been substantial, creating lasting consequences for black-owned vintage shops in particular. While both global powerhouses and local retailers have shuttered their doors, local businesses have been hit the hardest with staggering financial consequences. Consumer preferences rapidly shift from hedonic to utilitarian as the demand and budget for investment goods dwindle across various consumer demographics. The pandemic’s implications for the garment industry are no different: consumers are increasingly prioritizing affordable, long-lasting essentials over ephemeral trends or designer staples. The need to shop sustainably becomes more crucial than ever.
It is important to recognize that black-owned businesses in particular have been disproportionately affected as the pandemic and resurgence in political turbulence coincide. And as consumers, it is our responsibility to remember who and what we are supporting with our purchasing power. While protesting, supporting grassroots organizations, petitioning, and engaging in conversations on racial justice are crucial for political progress, supporting black-owned businesses is one of the most impactful and sustainable ways to demonstrate allyship. After all, elevating black voices and supporting black communities are necessary to create lasting changes.
Below is a list of ten top black-owned thrift stores and consignment shops, which offer one-of-a-kind vintage staples at accessible costs all over the country. From Fyre Vintage, a philanthropic vintage shop celebrating local artisans, to Small Needs, a vintage wonderland, these stores offer the opportunity to promote black-owned local businesses, shop sustainably, and find timeless statement pieces for your wardrobe. Think carefully about the implications of your purchases, remember the people behind the clothes you’re supporting, promote black-owned businesses and artisans, and have fun digging!
10. Roam Vintage
Founded by Natasha Zoë Garrett,Roam Vintage is an online thrift store based in LA. Natasha hand-picks and curates Roam Vintage’s product assortment of clothing, accessories, and home decor. Roam vintage is the perfect place to browse for intricate, earth-toned garments, chunky knits, and leather accessories.
New @RoamVintage drop for sale on 6/11 at 6:30 PM PST. Photo credits: Roam Vintage Instagram Page https://www.instagram.com/roam.vintage/
9. Shirley and Alice
Shirley and Alice was founded by Khalilah Williams-Webb, the personal stylist for the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. This Brooklyn-based indy consignment store offers one-of-a-kind vintage staples. From a custom Alexander Wang purse to an embroidered 70s vest, shopping here is like digging through a treasure chest. In addition to being a vintage dreamland, Shirley and Alice supports local designers and businesses through collaborations and partnerships. It also fosters a strong sense of community among its fans through its pop up events, from Wine and Sip night to art fairs.
8. Ephrance Vintage
Ephrance Vintage is an Austin-based vintage store and Depop shop that features bold colors, geometric prints, and androgynous silhouettes. In addition to offering funky everyday staples, Ephrance Vintage is currently donating 75% of its proceeds to Six Square, a cultural center in Austin that celebrates black arts, music, and history.
Founded by Creative Director Arlinda McIntosh, The Sofistafunk label promotes slow-fashion consumption through its versatile, zero-waste skirts, which are all Handmade-to-Order. The brand brings Victorian-style silhouettes to the contemporary market with their funky details and couture prints. The voluminous skirts are designed to be worn for a myriad of occasions. The signature skirt, called The Gathering, is inspired by McIntosh’s childhood memories of her mother working in cotton fields in North Carolina. As Arlinda explained, “I was especially drawn to their full skirts, which seemed to blow musically on the wind, they were passed down and multifunctional. I’d watch them pin the hemlines up to the waist to create a large pocket that would hold various items needed for that day’s tasks, then by simply changing a few things and adding accessories, that same skirt that served them so well during the day seemed to magically transform into the most elegant outfit for other activities throughout the week. These and other memories left me with a full Anthology of future “Skirt Stories” to tell.”
Sofistafunk’s signature “Gathering Skirt” in its Reversible Late Day Style. Photo credits: https://sofistafunk.com/collections/the-gathering/products/a-late-day-gathering-1
6. Kuration Collective
Kuration Collective, a funky collection of hand-picked Alaskan vintage, is a Depop and Instagram-based second-hand resale shop. The brand prides itself upon its intricately-curated 80s Alaskan aesthetic and timeless collection of vintage Disney staples. The prices fall between $25.00 -$125.00, offering a wide array of styles from graphic tee’s to occasionwear. Kuration Collective donates 10% of its profits to Essie Justice Group, a nonprofit, intersectionalist organization of women combatting mass incarceration reform.
90s Disney Mom Jeans for sale on Kuration Collective’s Depop page. Photo credits: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBJbQZ9ldfi/
5. Marché Rue Dix
Marché Rue Dix, a concept store situated in Crown Heights Brooklyn, is any creative’s wonderworld. Their brick and mortar location carries quality vintage clothing, along with the work of contemporary Brooklyn creatives. From graphic tee’s and natural beauty products to teas and spices, Marché Rue Dix carries it all.
4. Second Hand Shawty
A global second-hand powerhouse, Second Hand Shawty is an eclectic e-commerce platform that prides itself upon its inclusive, one-of-a-kind wardrobe. Gender non-conforming and inclusive in sizing, the statement garments feature fun colors, oversized silhouettes, and funky 80s styles. Most garments are priced between $20.00 – $40.00.
3. People of 2Morrow
People of 2Morrow is an e-commerce fashion, accessory, and home decor vintage shop. The brand’s core values are centered around environmental sustainability, and it seeks to provide social responsible garments and home adornment for the eco-conscious millennial. With a slightly higher price point than the majority of the brands on this list, the platform features some designer finds. Most of the garments are around $80.00- $100.00.
80s Fuchsia Linen Blazer for sale on Peopleof2Morrow’s online store. Photo credits: https://www.peopleof2morrow.com/products/fuchsia-linen-vintage-blazer
2. Small Needs
A thrifting fanatic favorite, Small Needs is an online Etsy shop that sells whimsical designer vintage-wear. Its carefully curated collection is enchantingly beautiful, from its vintage 1960s womens clothing and fairy tale dresses and Dior blazers to its plissé gowns, lace corsets, and ornate 70s jewelry. Just a scroll through their Instagram feed will take your breath away. Feminine, Parisian, dreamy, and sexy, Small Needs is the place to turn when you’re in search of a vintage investment.
60s Lace Bustier for sale on Small Needs’ Etsy Store. Photo credits: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBCDd0ng4m8/
1. Fyre Vintage
Fyre Vintage is a Michigan-based vintage shop founded by @Daynabyday. Dayna strives to combat the dire environmental impact of fast fashion by encouraging second-hand shopping and supporting local businesses. Through Fyre Vintage, she seeks to promote second-hand consumption and to celebrate local artisans and businesses. 10% of Fyre’s proceeds are used to purchase sustainable, new clothing to donate to women’s shelters in Detroit.
90s Jones New York Oversized Houdstooth Blazer for sale on Fyre Vintage. Photo credits: https://www.fyrevintage.com/shop/vintage-jones-new-york-houndstooth-oversized-blazer
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Photo credits: Roam Vintage, SofistaFunk, Kuration Collective, People of 2Morrow, Small Needs, & Fyre Vintage
The messenger bag has developed over time from only being a working man’s necessity. To now being, the accessory for men. Mailmen used this style bag in order to carry loads of assorted mail door to door. Businessmen used this bag to carry all their papers and pens. Young men in a University studying to become a working man used this style bag to carry their school books. Now, the messenger bag is more than just a life necessity for men. It has evolved into a lifetime desire for both men and women.
Why has the purpose of a messenger bag changed?
Although the messenger bag is still dominant in the workplace for its work use. It has migrated into street style fashion and has become the main accessory piece for the fashion-forward. Since the bag has become so popular in street style, the original smooth leather bags are not the only styles out there anymore. They now come in multiple fabrics, colors, and sizes. Men want to be fashion-forward too, men want options for their accessories, men want to be fashionable. Men found a new way to style the messenger bag and because of the popularity the look created, this bag became more than just a work bag. It is now a fashion statement.
How should you style the messenger bag?
Styling the messenger bag is all up to the individual wearing the accessory. For a white-collar business style, the bag in dark brown with a tailored navy colored suit can easily create that work-ready outfit. If you want a relaxed business style, a white button-up with grey slacks and a black bag will give you a casual workday outfit. For street style, you could be mono-toned. A black T-shirt with ripped black jeans and a black bag. Or you could use the bag as your accent color, like pairing a red bag with red sneakers. You could even pair a small bag with a big over-sized sweater, a pair of skinny jeans, and skater shoes.
The future of the messenger bag.
This accessory is not going anywhere anytime soon. The overall function of the bag is what makes it essential in life. The size and how it sits on the body makes it comfortable for the customer to use. The never-ending style choices are what makes this bag universal to all genders and styles. This bag has grown into more than another work bag, it has become a fashion trend and will continue to grow and evolve accordingly.
Let’s ask a quick question. As a horse rider do you prefer Western or English horse riding boots? Horse riding boots are the most important part of the riding kit. Experienced riders spend a good amount of time choosing a sturdy pair of riding boots. There is nothing worse than choosing a tight and uncomfortable pair of boots. Unfortunately many first-time buyers make the mistake of buying the wrong pair of boots. There are those who buy sub-standard quality boots just for the sake of saving money. Buying a poor-quality pair of horse riding boots can turn out to be quite an expensive affair in the long run. A pair of bad-quality boots are most likely to undergo wear and tear. Under such circumstances, you’ll have to buy a new pair after a few months.
There are different types of riding boots that you can choose from. These boots come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. Choosing a riding boot happens to be a matter of personal choice, but there are a few things that need to be kept in mind. First, keep in mind that the boot you choose needs to have small tread along with a heel of 1 inch to 1 and a half. This will prevent the boot from slipping through the stirrup. However, such boots can come in handy while working in the stable.
Usually Western boots come with heels that are slightly higher than English boots. Many of the Western-style boots come with crepe soles. These will not slide out of the stirrup easily. Some riders prefer ankle-height boots as these tend to be far more comfortable than conventional boots. Western boots are preferred as these provide the rider with good amount of protection and stability.
As stated earlier, going for a cheap pair of riding boots isn’t a good idea but if you happen to be looking for an additional pair of riding boots, then get in touch with a reliable equestrian clearance warehouse. Here, you will find riding boots at discounted prices. The motive is to buy riding boots that last.
A handy tip: The moment you hit the market, you will come across countless pairs of inexpensive riding boots made using vinyl. These boots are less comfortable and likely to wear out faster than a sturdy pair of conventional leather boots. If you happen to be searching for a pair of riding boots, then equestrian clearance sales in the UK offer you ample opportunities to find a pair or two of sturdy riding boots.
English-style boots, much like their Western counterparts, come in a wide variety of styles and designs, and sizes. You can choose a pair of classic dress boots. These are tall black boots that were worn by hunters in the 1950s. Even to this day, such boots form an integral part of a rider’s horse riding attire. Many of the riders believe that these boots are extremely comfortable and heavy-duty, whereas others find them too cumbersome and hot.
Jodphur boots are English-style boots that go up to the ankle. Such boots are worn by children in show rings. These boots come with straps that go around the calf in order to prevent the boots from bunching up the legs. Many of the new-age riders opt for boots having zippered closures. Zippered closure makes it easier for the rider to take off and wear the boots.
Make it a point to buy equestrian boots from a reliable vendor. Buying poor-quality boots can backfire big time. Don’t go for the most expensive option. Choose a pair that is tough enough to go the distance.