RACK of STYLE

As a young gal growing up in the world of retail, I hopped on the fashion train way too early. Despite my efforts to destroy any evidence of some of my early fashion choices, hints of my styling efforts creep up every now and then. Thankfully, I have found the straight and narrow of the styling world – in other words, I know how to work a closet! Check back each week for glimpses of my favorite fabrics, colors, and go-to styling tips!

Action-Packed Styles

As we move through the week, one thing I’ve been especially grateful for is having breathable, cooling apparel in my wardrobe as the days grow hotter—especially as I’ve been trying to incorporate extra movement and exercise throughout the days wherever possible. And thank goodness for moisture wicking—you never know when it will come in handy! Add some UV protection in the mix, and I’m ready for whatever the day brings.

 

So, for these reasons, Wic-Tech™ by National® has quickly become a summer favorite. They have all of the above–and feel exquisite! Which style is your favorite? Share with us in the comments!

 

Ready for action,

Rebecca


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Top Picks for Christmas in July

Did you know Christmas in July actually started in North Carolina? Yep, nearly 90 years ago at a girls’ camp in Brevard. And here in Lexington, National is celebrating with our own mini event! We’re featuring different daily savings all week long. (To keep current with these, you can have them e-mailed to you each morning.) Here are some of my favorite brands and styles of the week—’tis the season!

 

UltraSofts® are such a good wear this time of year – as the sun tends to linger around these days, the UPF 50+ helps shield the skin from harmful UV rays, making for a great “Christmas” gift, as well! A couple of my favorites are this Diagonal Yoke Top and the Isabella Top – so classic and comfy!

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Diagonal Yoke Top by UltraSofts®

 

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Isabella Top by UltraSofts®

 

To kick that UPF 50+ up a notch, Wic-Tech™ apparel sports that along with moisture wicking. The fabric is easily movable and feels fresh and breathable—ideal for anything from my daily walks to athletic activity. The Skort is super cute and feminine, too!

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Wic-Tech™ Attractive-wear by National®

 

These Reebok® Princess Classics are so comfy – I could wear them every day. The soft lining absorbs moisture, they’re vented, and are padded on the inside—the combination of which really does the trick for me for summertime wear.

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Reebok® Princess Classics Tennis Shoes

 

After a long, hot day, there’s nothing like kicking back in a lightweight lounger! This Santa Fe Border Dress is actually fitting for any time of day, but the easy crinkle cotton style just makes it a good go-to for cooling off.

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Santa Fe Border Print Dress by National®

 

Christmas in July can still be celebrated, even from the comfort of home! Which styles inspire you most? Share with us in the comments section!

 


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How to Look Good in Clothing

It may sound simple, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Did you know…the mere way we carry ourselves and style what we wear can be a game-changer on how we look in clothing! Here are some easy tips & tricks that anyone can do to look better in everyday, any day attire.

 

  • Tricks on the side: Tops, blouses, and jackets with side panels or princess seams can help enhance and slim the midsection while staying as comfortable as ever (I’m loving this Promenade Jacket as well as this Full Zip Jacket!). Also, garments with a brought-in waistline, whether with gathers or elasticized accents of any type, add further accentuation and shaping (like with this Eyelet Jacket).

 

  • You’re in good shape for summer. Shapewear: a woman’s go-to to bring things in—wherever you need. The process is simplified through garments that have it built in, like these Pull-on, Pull-in Pants by National®. So easy!

 

  • Long-lasting style safe to camp out on: Women’s camp shirts. This look has been taking the fashion industry by storm this year due to its versatile wear that flatters any body type. With features like traditional notched collars and button-down fronts, they can be worn over a tank or tee or buttoned up, and tucked or untucked. Plus, Camp Shirts by Donnkenny® offer a no-iron bonus—a must-have if easy care is important to you!

 

  • Grade-A style: Muumuus. Another classic, flattering drape. To get the most out of your A-line fit, practicing good posture can help the drape from the top-down while thinning out the rest of the body. A knee-length or lower cut can help create a flattering silhouette as well.

 

  • Throughout the ups & downs, turn to vertical stripes. While horizontal stripes can cast a widening effect, their vertical counterpart does just the opposite, making the wearer appear taller and thinner. To take it a step further, combine with a slight heel to elongate your look.

 

  • A healthy variety of wardrobe and lifestyle: Practicing a good diet (here’s some go-to recommendations by the American Heart Association) and keeping hydrated will also help with looking our very best in clothing, every single day.

What works best for you? Share with us in the comments section! Also, remember that when you do find something you love, don’t hesitate to build a section of your wardrobe around that theme. Go with what works!

 

 


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Bold Colors for Bold Protection

Finally, the rain clouds have dissipated and the sun has reappeared in Wilmington! With its swift arrival this week, our family spent all the time we could in the great outdoors…and my skin is showing the impact of our new-found weather.

 

Last week, I purchased new sunscreen my friends recommended. In addition, I added a few new UV-protectant garments to my closet. As a mom of three, I need the addition of clothing in case I dart outside for longer than expected without consistent sun protection. For my kiddos, this looks like UV shirts and the sweetest sun hats. For me? Comfort and style – all wrapped up together. In this season, if things aren’t easy…it just won’t happen. These three pieces make it easy to ensure I am protected from the sun’s harmful rays and comfortable while playing with my littles!

 

How do you prepare for days outside? Share your sun protection tips with me in the comment section below!

 

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Isabella Top by UltraSofts®

 

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Pleat-Front Polo by UltraSofts®

 

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Promenade Jacket by UltraSofts®

 

 

 


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Red, White, and Blue Styles

I stepped outside this morning to take our sweet Jasper dog on a stroll. We’re officially relegated to extremely early walks, as the humidity has found us in Wilmington. ’Tis the season for lightweight layers and loose-fitting silhouettes!

 

With summer holidays around the corner, I am sharing a few looks perfect for the July 4th weekend and the rest of your summer strolls. Our newest assortment is easy to mix and match, making it easy to create a multitude of looks all summer long. Personally, with two more added to the mix and an energetic 3-year-old to watch – you’ll find me in sleeveless tanks and comfortable pants (or my favorite crops) for the remainder of this season. If I find myself with enough time to enjoy a meal with Thomas, I will definitely spruce up my outfit and opt for this comfortable shirt and printed skirt.

 

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Stripe Capri Pant by National®

 

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Flare Leg Capri Pant by National®

 

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Janet Cardigan by National®

 

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Print Tiered Skirt by National®

 

How about you? Which look is your favorite?

 

Stay cool,

Parker

 


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Summer Crinkle Styles

Making the most out of lightweight, easy-care fabrics is one great way to be more comfortable this season. Let’s talk about one style that deserves some time in the spotlight: the classic crinkle. Since the puckering process takes so well to airy, lightweight fabrics like cotton, rayon, and polyester, and so little of the fabric actually touches your skin, the scrunchy style makes for ideal wear in the warming seasons right around the corner.

 

Personally, I think my favorite thing about crinkle fabrics is that I never have to iron them—just wash and dry! Priceless. Also, the typical draping fit combined with the aforementioned non-cling aspect tends to offer a more flattering look (no matter the coming or going of a few extra pounds).

 

Luckily, crinkle fabrics are available in all sorts of women’s dresses, blouses, and nightgowns—and here are some that I love!

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Printed Crinkle Crepe Smocked Dress by National® – with a smocked bodice in an easy, flowing fit.

 

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Donnkenny® Camp Shirts – notched collar, comfy shoulder pads, and side vents – in Donnkenny’s signature yoryu polyester.

 

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Crinkle Cotton Gown with Lace by National® – for breathable, stylish zzz’s.

 

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Lorelei Lace-Up by Blouse National® – just subtly crinkled, tunic style, rayon gauze.

 

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Floral Crinkle Lounge Dress by Metropolitan® – the muumuu style doubles down as a day dress or a comfy lounger.

 

What’s your favorite type? What styles will you be wearing this summer? Share with us in the comments section below!

 

Rebecca


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Summer Sleepwear

Summer’s almost here, and along with sprucing up a new, fun-in-the-sun wardrobe, of equal importance is sleepwear that’s appropriate for the season. As it’s time to start switching out cotton flannel for cotton-modal, and body-hugging knits to airy, roomy fits, here are some suggestions that’ll uncover the ways to get an easy, breezy night of zzz’s all summer long.

 

 

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Lullaby Pajamas by National®

Honestly, these are some of the softest pajamas I’ve ever felt! Extra brushing, a hint of stretch, and an easygoing fit make these pajamas a must-have—and they’re way more luxurious than their modest price point might suggest.

 

 

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Geo Floral Cotton Gown by National®

Made from lightweight, breathable cotton, this sleeveless gown has a four-button placket at the neck and a flounced hem that keeps you super cool in a relaxed fit. Lace and ribbon trim add a sassy, feminine style.

 

 

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Wicking Pajamas by Najerika Lingerie®

These Wicking Pajamas are a great choice for those who tend to sweat excessively while sleeping. Short sleeves and an open V-neck let more body heat escape, and the polyester-cotton blend is super soft and comfy!

 

 

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Butterfly Zip Robe by UltraSofts®

This lounge dress flaunts generous hem vents for cool, relaxed comfort. Plus, it has UPF 50+ from the UltraSofts® knit, making it a great all-day house dress as well for when you need to step outside.

 

So, from gowns and robes to two-piece sets, whether silky-smooth or lightweight and soft, the right cuts and fabrics will help with getting a stylish, sound night’s sleep this summer.

 

 


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Mix ’n’ Match Freedom

Since the initial boom of mix ’n’ match fashion in the 1950s, the concept has steadily been making headway decade over decade. I’ll admit, there’s something undeniably efficient about having five pieces of clothing having the potential to be thirty different outfits on any given day. Also, along with the practicality of it all comes the daily creativity in choosing whatever suits the mood or occasion. (Plus, I love having more options for less cost!)

 

I’ve found the more that I add to my mix ’n’ match wardrobe, the less worry I experience on a daily basis about getting dressed—I know I’ll find something, even if pressed for time. One thing about ShopNational is that they always have high quality mix ’n’ match separates available—across their entire store. There’s the comfort of clothing, and there’s the comfort of the act of clothing (one’s self); here are some of my personal favorites that offer both!

 

Top by UltraSofts®

Americana Tulip Sleeve Top by UltraSofts®

 

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Pull-on, Pull-in Pants by National®

 

Embroidered Floral Skirt by UltraSofts®

Embroidered Floral Skirt by UltraSofts®

 

Americana Graphic Tees by National®

Americana Graphic Tees by National®

 

Sleeveless Polo by UltraSofts®

Sleeveless Polo by UltraSofts®

 

 

What’s your outlook on mixing and matching? Do you have any favorite go-to pieces you love? Feel free to share in the comments!

 

 


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Heroes in Red, White, and Blue

 

I am so thankful for all the everyday, hometown heroes – including front-line workers, business owners, and/or those staying home to combat the coronavirus – there’s a “hero” in all of us. On that note, Memorial Day is right around the corner—so I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s fashion blog to some all-American styles.

 

National’s new Americana Collection has reds, whites, and blues, plus plenty of stars and stripes that give a fresh pop to any wardrobe! I’ll definitely be grabbing some of these to wear on the 4th of July as well. From sun protection to stylish embroidery, here are some styles sure to pep up the wardrobe just in time for Memorial Day.

 

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Savannah Ribbon Hat by Sun ‘N’ Sand® – with UPF 50+. It’s foldable and packable, too!

 

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Floral Detail Dress by UltraSofts® – with lovely stand-out embroidery. Also has UPF 50+.

 

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Americana Graphic Tees by National® – summery-soft cotton-modal.

 

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USA Flag Infinity Scarf by National® – vintage-chic with plenty of breathability.

 

Gigi Wedges by Grasshoppers® – that heel look, but with jersey lining and memory foam footbeds.

 

 

What are your favorite USA styles? Are you doing a go-to look, or trying something new this year? Feel free to share with us in the comments section.

 

Here’s to our heroes,

Rebecca

 

 


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Muumuu, May I?

The decelerated pace of things lately has re-introduced my appreciation for an all-inclusive garment—one that’s easy to wear, stow, and care for (and hides away my quarantined snacking-related choices). Thankfully, the muumuu dress has made its way from its Hawaiian/Polynesian roots here to the U.S. mainland, and lately, it’s proven to be a great investment for my wardrobe, wallet, and self-image. Fifteen seconds in the morning, and I’m dressed for a day of leisure, errands, or social time–whatever the day has in store!

 

Characterized by a relaxed, shoulder-down drape that offers extra room and comfort, muumuus have become increasingly popular among women across the nation and are widely available in an array of cuts and styles. Plus, they typically fold and pack well, and are light and breathable–perfect for summer trips and waterside cover-ups. I love mixing and matching with sunhats and sandals for being out and about–and, needless to say, the does-it-all garment offers at-home comfort all evening long.

 

Regardless of the many ways you can dress them, muumuus all have one thing in common: they create a look you can feel great about yourself in, no matter where you are!

 

Below are a few of my personal favorites – what style do you enjoy the most? Share in the comments below!

 

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Keilani Floral Lounger by National®

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Multi Print Lounger by National®

 

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Border Print Crinkle Dress by National®

 

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Ikat Printed Caftan by National®

 

 

Relax and enjoy!
Aloha,

Rebecca

 

 


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