Now Trending: Rain Gear

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With the arrival of April, spring showers are upon us. We understand that the earth needs nourishment for May flowers, but the struggles of walking in a downpour with a broken umbrella is enough to dampen anyone’s day (literally). So, as Mother Nature prepares to rain down on many regions, we’ve picked out our favorite gear to keep you stylish and protected from the puddles and downpours.

Boots
Durability is certainly the main factor when selecting rain boots. Whether you want to brighten up a gloomy day with colorful rain boots or keep it simple in a classic pair, we have your perfect match.

Let’s start with style. Knee-high rain boots or wellingtons are always a good choice. They’ll give you more coverage for blustery days and you can wear them with skirts or tuck in your pants (be sure to check the circumference of your chosen style before you order so you know what options will work for you). While the go-to dark-colored solids are always in style, you may want to consider a pop of color or a pattern to make getting dressed for rainy days anything but boring. If you prefer a rain shoe or low boot, there are lots of varieties here too. We’ve rounded up a few styles we’ve got our eye on for the season below.

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Jackets
100% chance of rain for the next week? Bring.It.On. Our roundup of rain jackets will have you walking into your destination as if the sun were shining – stylish, dry, and ready for what ever your day entails. When choosing a rain jacket, there are a few features to keep in mind. Waterproof and water-resistant do not mean the same thing, so if you want true protection – be sure you opt for “waterproof.” You also want to consider the length of the jacket: do you prefer a jacket that comes to your hip or covers to mid-thigh or below?

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Accessories
If the wind permits, an umbrella is a must have for a rainy day, but it can also help you show off your style. Add flare to a subdued outfit with a patterned umbrella, or keep it sleek and simple with a solid color. Either way, a functional umbrella is a smart accessory to have on hand, and don’t forget the mini to stow in your bag just in case.

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Shop for more rain gear here.

This Week We’re Inspired By

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1. The Fashionably Broke
Shopping on a budget can be difficult, and sometimes, it can feel like you can’t achieve a look without buying high-end items. Sisters Natalie and Eriko Pinto have been able to prove otherwise. You’ll want to shop with these gals when you scroll through their great street style with looks showing off how to rock a pair of classic Lacoste sneakers to working in statement pieces.

2. Apartment Therapy
This is the perfect blog for the décor obsessed and even those of us who are simply looking to spruce up our own living spaces. Fresh and affordable changes can make all the difference and with doable DIY ideas, fun recipes, and the latest in the world of home keeping, you’ll want to be sure to get your daily dose of Apartment Therapy!

3. Song of Style
Song of Style’s Aimee is a great source of style inspiration — and she makes it looks so effortless. With a focus on taking everyday items and styling them to your own personal look, this blog encourages individuality in fashion, interior design and beauty trends.

4. How Does She
Inspired to support and embrace womanhood, this site sets out to offer helpful tips and to share ideas. From recipes and organizational hacks to how-to videos like this week’s “How to Properly Dry Your Shoes in the Dryer,” there is simply lots of really useful info to dive into here.

5. The Art of Manliness
Geared toward fashionable fellas who love a good look as much as they love sports, this blog offers manly tips and skills, the latest trends in men’s fashion, finance tips and career advice too, along with a section dedicated to relationships and family. Guys, look no further for your daily dose of nearly anything you might need to know.

How To: Choose a Canvas Sneaker

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Now that spring has begun, it’s time to finally start transitioning our closet for the warmer months. In other words, get ready to ditch the now-tired winter coat and heavy-duty boots (WOOHOO!). Our go-to transitional season essential is the canvas sneaker. Perfectly paired with a light sweater and your favorite jeans or leggings, you’ll be set for whatever the spring adventures are on your agenda. This classic shoe is here to stay in the traditional sneaker style, but this season, skimmers, slip-ins and really fun patterns will give you endless options to choose from.

With so many great styles for spring, here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for this versatile sneaker:

  • Color, Color, Color. From pastels to deeper hues, if you are looking for a certain color, you’ll find it this season. Try the line up from Victoria for a range of choices.
  • Play with Pattern. While you can never go wrong with solid-color canvas, now is a great time to check out the playful options, like this whimsical Keds style.
  • Retro has Never Looked Better. From Keds and Tretorn to Sperry Top-Sider and Vans, many tried-and-true brands are serving up fresh options that will you make you wish you had held onto your old favorites.

Check out a few of our favorites:

  • Brighten up your neutral outfit with spring pastels from Converse. No wardrobe is really complete without a pair.
  • For a woman on-the-go, slip into the Keds Teacup CVO Canvas. Bonus: polka-dot laces!
  • Put some prep in your step! We love these classic Lacoste sneakers.
  • Take it back (in style) with these original Superga lace-ups.

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Time to browse? Find the latest styles here.

Shoe Reviews: Little Winners

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If you’re like us, shopping for dress shoes for the little ones warms your heart. Something about mini Mary Janes and Oxfords make a shoe-loving parent want to splurge on the perfect pair for their child. As a parent, you not only look for style, but you want comfort and affordability for those quick growing feet.  We know finding all three can be quite the challenge, so here’s a list of what we look for to help ease the struggle of getting your kiddo all dressed up & looking snazzy.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Quality – This is important when looking for kid’s shoes.  You will want to find a breathable and flexible material so they’re not constantly escaping their shoes.
  • Comfort – Making sure there is adequate cushioning in the soles is a big part of supporting those growing feet. Double check that there is a little extra space in the shoe for those overnight growth spurts, too.
  • Style – Dressing to impress isn’t just for grown-ups. With these classic dress shoe silhouettes, your little looker will be excited to get all dressed up.

Our Picks:
We’ve carefully selected our favorites to help make sure your kiddo is dressed to the nines.

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  1. Classy Oxford
  2. Dressed-up Mary Jane
  3. Timeless Loafer
  4. Detailed Ballet Flat

Outfit Inspiration: Casual Spring Comfort

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Spring is officially here and things are beginning to warm up (goodbye snow, you won’t be missed!).  With nicer weather right around the corner, we can’t help but get excited about preparing our closet for those warmer temperatures.  No matter what your spring plans entail, we’ve chosen the perfect essentials for the well-rounded spring wardrobe.

On our must-have list for the season is a simple, black maxi dress, like the Patagonia Kamala Cross-Back Dress. It’s the perfect airy and comfortable staple to transition from day to evening activities – you can pair it with your favorite cardigan for work and swap in denim jacket for a more casual look when you’re heading out and about. As with any black dress, it is all about the accessories. Chic sunglasses like the Jessica Simpson 525 will be sure to turn heads, whether you find yourself strolling through town or for those of you in milder areas, maybe hitting the beach.  And nothing says spring fun like a cute wristlet to keep all of your necessities in one place; we like the Chala Mini Crossbody Bag for its versatility and the metal charm clasp adds a nice touch of whimsy.

Last but definitely not least, you’ll need the perfect pair of sandals to kick off the season. One of our favorite this year, is the simple yet stylish Flexx Band Together low-heeled wedge sandal. With a padded  insole, this shoe is sure to keep you comfortable all day and night.

So spring into the season and get inspired by our favorite warm weather look.

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This Week We’re Inspired By

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1. I Spy DIY
“Spot style you love, and do-it-yourself” is Jenni Radosevich’s inspired quote that led her to create one of the most successful DIY blogs in the U.S. With a combination of projects, kits, and how-to videos, this blog is perfect for every creative dabbler out there – even those of us who are  DIY first-timers.

2. The Big Outside
Michael Lanza’s blog is the ultimate outdoor collection for the adventurer, with glimpses into amazing experiences and helpful tips about the best expedition tools. With insights on all the national parks in the U.S., the Alps, New Zealand, the Scottish Highlands, and so many more places, The Big Outside will have you thinking about your next adventure for sure.

3. Sprouted Kitchen
Dig into to healthy and natural foods with blogger and new mommy Sara as she shows you the tasty way to eat well. With a full page of fun recipes from A to Z and an innovative cookbook, Sprouted Kitchen is all about bringing health and flavor back to your meals, and it helps remind us to take every opportunity to share great meals with loved ones.

4. Black Girls Run!
Looking for an inspiring story to get you off the bench and on the track? The Black Girls Run! movement is full of feel-good health initiatives that are sure to get you started. Created by former sorority sisters Ashley Hicks and Toni Carey, this once two-woman running group has moved cross-country, motivating women everywhere to get active.

5. Cool Mom Picks
The title says it all. Created by Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner in 2006, this blog has become the destination for cool and savvy moms everywhere. Cool Mom Picks understands that as a mom, it can be tough to stay within your budget and still look stylish, so they promote responsible consumerism for household items, great picks for the kids, and fun, doable projects.

Outfit Inspiration: Cool & Casual

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With the cold weather dragging on into March, don’t let the winter blues affect your style. Whether you’re spending the day shopping around town, or entertaining a few friends at home, we know you’re aiming for the perfect blend of warmth, comfort and style. To make this easy on you, we’ve chosen a few great pieces to keep you looking and feeling your best in anticipation for spring.

A neutral, light-weight sweater is a mid-season essential when it comes to socializing and staying cozy. We all have our go-to sweater like this that’s perfect for any situation when paired with the right accessories. We always love to brighten up our basics, so whether you choose to pair your base sweater with a bright statement necklace or a colorful, patterned scarf, your playful color contrast is sure to be a hit.

To complete the look, you’ll need a trusty pair of jeans and a warm pair of riding boots. Cuffed, stretch jeans, such as the Prana Kara Denim, are perfect for strolls around town or hanging by the campfire. What better way to compliment these jeans than with a classic pair of riding boots? The dark denim paired with the brown leather is a tried and true look for the season that we know you’ll love.

So no matter how you choose to spend your free time – this look will help make the not-yet-spring weather easier to take for a few more weeks.

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Outfit Inspiration: Winter Gear

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Baby, it’s still cold outside! But for some of us, we love getting outdoors even in the middle of winter. So how do you gear up if you want to stay warm and still look great while you’re getting out there? We’ve got just the winter gear to keep everyone looking good whether you’re looking to take a wintry hike or stay warm while on a sledding adventure with little ones.

Women’s Look

Hooded Jacket | Zip-up | Gloves | Leggings | Boot | Hat

Men’s Look

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Inside Our Closet: Stephanie

We couldn’t think of a better way to kick the winter blues than by sharing a splash of color. Our Director of Customer Development keeps us inspired all winter long, with looks from fabulous tights and boots to bright, bold accessories paired with cozy cowl necks, you’re going to want to take a peak inside her closet. Stephanie has a knack for finding great pieces on ShoeBuy, shop her favorites below.

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