Friday, April 18, 2014

Guest Blogger Erin: How to Wear 1 Dress 3 Ways

Erin, from Small Orchard Lifestyle Blog, is married to Buckle manager, Jake, and is mama to 20-month-old, Zoey. Today, she's demonstrating how to get the most out of one dress by using layers to repurpose it for multiple occasions.

Hi friends, Erin here! Spring is here and dress season is upon us! This time of year is always jam-packed with holidays and events. Soon, we'll all be running to our closets looking for the perfect piece to wear. So what's the best way to get the most out of your summer dresses? I'm so excited to share a few simple steps on how to take one dress and style it three different ways for completely different looks! By simply switching up a few key layering pieces, you can easily take a fun and funky daytime look to a perfect classy evening out or a simple summer night in!

Start by choosing a dress with a classic fit. Maxi dresses are a great choice. They're comfortable, easy to wear, and should be a staple in every woman's wardrobe! Choosing something semi-neutral will allow you to mix and match it with more pieces, even some you might already have in your closet.

Next, add your first layer. Choose a structured piece that will help form your look, or add an accessory (like a skinny belt) to give it some shape! This is a great opportunity to build interest by including a bright pop of color or embellishments.

Choose a top layer that ties your dress and first layer together. This piece should showcase your best features of your outfit! If your base layer has embellishments, add a light sweater with an off-the-shoulder neckline. Play with the lengths of your layers - don't be afraid to throw a longer cardigan over your summer tanks. Experiment with different fabrics and textures that speak to the occasion you are dressing for!

Finally, pile on the accessories! Think scarves, necklaces, fashion flips, and more! Well-chosen accessories complete your outfit and really top off the different looks. Stack multicolored bracelets to bring out your bright layers. Try mixing and matching metals to tie together the color palette. Add sunglasses or a bag to top it all off!

It's all about the details! My favorite looks to wear are ones with tons of visual interest. Find pieces that catch your eye and show off the best features of that piece! Don't be afraid to put something together that you may have not tried before. With these few steps, you can breathe a new life into a simple dress or get more mileage out of your old favorites! Here's to hoping you enjoy this sunny season and begin looking at dresses in a whole new way!

A big thanks to Jake (Manager) and Danielle (Visual Manager) from the Buckle store in Tacoma, Washington, for their help with the outfits in this post. Give Jake or Danielle a call at (253) 473-9748 for a free fitting, or check our store locator for a Buckle store near you!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Breaking Fashion Rules: Rethinking Under-utilized Pieces

Once again, we’re tearing down the old notion of fashion rules. If you've been led to believe that certain items are only acceptable for specific occasions, we’re about to show you otherwise! It’s time to rethink a few closet staples…

Rule to break: Hats are only for bad hair days.

We’re all guilty of turning to hats as a quick-fix for those days when our hair is just plain unmanageable. But, if you think the best use of your favorite head-wear is simply taming your tresses, let us convince you otherwise! In truth, a hat can make an outfit. Whether it’s a subtle addition that complements the whole look, or a bold statement piece, we believe hats are meant to help you stand out, not hide away!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Senior Pictures: Everything You Need to Know

Recently, we teamed up with Kaylinda DeTurk Photography to treat five seniors to an extra special senior photo session. Along the way, we got to experience both sides of a senior shoot first hand, and we picked up some extremely helpful tips. Now, we're sharing them with you!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Breaking Fashion Rules: All-over Colors and Patterns

Last week, we made it clear – we’re fed up with all those old fashion no-no’s. The way we see it, rules were made to be broken. You just have to know where to start!

This week let’s take a look at fashion rules pertaining to all-over colors and patterns…

Rule to break: Don’t wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Meet Our Top Designer: Gimmicks by BKE

We asked. You voted, and now, the results are in. The championship title for your favorite spring look goes to... boho! Your votes have us fired up for spring boho trends. So much so, that we wanted to share with you some boho insight from an extremely talented individual, the designer of our premier brand, Gimmicks
Meet the brilliant mind behind the design, Kelli. Our favorite part - her designs are all Buckle exclusive! She agreed to sit down with us to answer a few questions and let us invade her afternoons to snap some photos of her creativity in action. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Breaking Fashion Rules: Mixing Colors

We've all heard them - those infamous fashion no-nos. Their origins may be a mystery, but over the years these “fashion rules” have spread like the plague into our wardrobes, making us second guess what to wear and when to wear it.

"Don’t wear white after Labor Day."
"Don’t wear this color with that color."
"Less is more."

Really? We beg to differ! White is forever. Non-traditional color combos are awesome. And less is more? False - more is more!

It’s time to stop questioning your fashion choices and just do what feels right – break some rules! Each week in April, we’ll take a look at a few of these fashion no-nos. Then, we’ll show you how to shatter each rule, breaking it with confidence!

Up this week – color mixing.

Rule to break: Never wear black and brown together.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How to Care for Your Boots

Things can get wild when you have your favorite pair of boots on - rodeos, festivals, concerts, and wherever else your boots roam. That's why it's important to learn how to properly take care of them. Cleaning your boots can be a quick and easy process, so you don't have to lose sleep worrying about your precious boots. In five simple steps, you can have them cleaned and ready for action.  

What will you need? A boot jack, a sponge, a wash cloth, leather supplements - and of course, your dirty boots. If you're not an avid boot-wearer, these tips can also apply to just about any leather shoes.