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Board Shorts or Shorts?

Image Courtesy of Nordstrom.

Image Courtesy of Nordstrom.

Over the past five years, men’s fashion has grown into an industry in itself.  Sure men have always needed clothes, but men’s fashion has never been as mainstream as it is today.  Today’s dapper gent incorporates the latest trends into almost every aspect of his wardrobe, including swimwear.  Because the line between men’s swimwear and everyday apparel has become so fine, some guys are rocking board shorts as everyday apparel.

Based on their styles, some swimsuits could pass as regular, land-loving shorts.  Swimsuit manufacturers have designed polyester blends that wick water away just as well the swimsuits of yesteryear, just without the bulk.  The lightweight materials aren’t awkwardly shiny like they used to be.

Swimsuit retailers, like Pacific Sunwear, sell many different styles of what they call “hybrid shorts,” which incorporate the fast wicking material and lightweight feel common to board shorts, while still looking like a pair of shorts on first glance.

We’re not suggesting hybrid shorts are a replacement for traditional bottoms, but hybrid shorts are perfect for your next beach day. They can easily transition from the beach to the bar so no more worrying about having a complete outfit change. Just throw a button-down shirt with a pair of Sperry’s in your beach bag, and you’re ready to hit the bar after a long day of fun in the sun.

The Top Places for Spring Break Swimwear….

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Image Courtesy of J.Crew

For better or worse, Spring Break is coming, and that means we only have two weeks to get our swimsuits, towels, flip flops and beach bodies ready to lay on the beach and do absolutely nothing for an entire week.  The only problem is, almost no stores carry swimwear this early, but the few that do would make perfect additions to your Spring Break carry-on.

Image Courtesy of J.Crew

Image Courtesy of J.Crew

J.Crew has a huge selection of men’s and women’s swimwear, all of which incorporate the latest trends.  The women’s line has a plethora of bandeaus, one pieces and bikinis to fit all body shapes and sizes.  One adorable women’s one-piece swimsuit featured ruching around the stomach to give you a sleek figure, while still being sexy.  Tres chic.

Their men’s line, pictured above, has a host of nautical designs, along with simple solid colored suits.  Like J.Crew’s shorts, the swimsuits are available in 5, 7 and 9 inch inseams to show as much or little skin as you want.

If J.Crew’s swimsuits aren’t energetic enough for your spring break destination, check out Nordstrom’s men’s and women’s swim sections for a host of styles appealing to almost all audiences.  For example, I like my trunks short and fitted, but they’re not for everyone.  I saw a bunch of swimsuits that I would wear in a heartbeat, but I also saw a wide range of knee length board shorts for more conservative men.  Like the men’s line, Nordstrom carries a wide range of suits from short, sexy bikinis to sophisticated one pieces.  I love the sexy one-pieces that have emerged over the past several summers because they show a sexy figure, while still leaving something to the imagination.

Based on the spring break swimsuit designs, I’m excited to see what stores will sell for the summer.  I love it when stores break the typical mold of bikinis and board shorts because like any other article of clothing, your beachwear should reflect your personal style.

Day After Christmas Sales to Die For…

Every year I ask for way more than Santa could possibly bring. While everyone else is exchanging that ugly sweater from Aunt Linda, there are incredible sales in stores and online.  Grab your wallet and hit the mall to make up for everything Santa couldn’t bring. Here are the hot deals:

7 For All Mankind – 40-50% off men’s and women’s apparel

Ann Taylor – 50% off entire purchase with code: winter50

Banana Republic – Extra 30% off already reduced prices with code: brsale30

Bloomingdales – Up to 50% off selected items

Coach Factory – Additional 30% off already reduced prices

Express – Up to 50% off selected items

Gap – 30% off everything. Extra 20% off sale items with code gapsale

Guess – Extra 30-40% off already reduced styles

H&M – The first 100 shoppers get a scratch off tickets with after Christmas sales

Hot Topic – Up to 75% off

J.Crew – 20% off final sale using code: mustshop

Jack Wills – Up to 40% off selected apparel

JC Penny – Up to 75% off selected departments with online doorbuster sales

Macy’s – 50-75% off men’s and women’s apparel through December 30th

Nordstrom – Men’s half annual sale

Old Navy – Up to 50% off online & up to 75% off in stores

Target – $10 off purchases of $50+

Tilly’s – Additional 30% off sale items

Shopping For: Snow Boots

If you don’t currently have any snow-appropriate footwear, you may want to look into it, considering the uh, situation outside.  I’ve done some browsing to find cute options for trudging around in this lovely white stuff.  And don’t worry, there isn’t a single Ugg boot on the list.  (Sorry if you’re a fan)  Happy Hunting!

1. Quilted Faux-Shearling-Lined Boots by L.L. Bean


I love a good duck style boot and LL Bean makes some great ones.  These guys will keep you warm with the faux-shearling lining, while the water-resistant nylon upper keeps you dry.  The waterproof bottom with steel shank and chain-tread outsole keeps you from slipping and sliding.  Available in four colors.  $89, available at LL Bean

2. “Air Tali” Lace-Up Cold Weather Boots by Cole Haan


If you have some cash to spare, these Cole Haans are super cute and functional to boot (ha!).  Constructed of waterproof suede and patent leather with lace-up styling, these boots also incorporate concealed Nike Air technology. Comes in Army Green and Black.  $248, available at Bloomingdales

3. “Snug Harbor” Boot by Sperry Top-Sider

SPeryFor a little heel action with your snow boot, check out these Sperrys.  Waterproof with faux-fur lining and a 2″ wedge heel. $159.95, available at Nordstrom

4. “Blizzard” Boot by Trotters


If sleek and black is more your style, these babies fit the bill.  Made of water-repellent synthetic leather and an adjustable buckle, these have a zip closure and faux fur lining to keep you toasty.  In Black and Brown.  $75, available at

—Kat Blazowski

PWStyle Gift Guide: Your Beloved Furry Friend

Well here we are in the home stretch.  Christmas is but a mere 5 days away and hopefully you’ve started shopping for everyone on your list at this point.  In the madness of the holidays, it’s easy to forget perhaps one of the most important people in your life: your pet!  Hey, it’s the holidays for them too.  So, we’ve rounded up a few good ideas to be sure that your canine or feline is covered.

1. Kiehl’s ‘Cuddly-Coat’ Dog Grooming Shampoo


Pamper your pup with this chamomile-infused doggie shampoo from your own fav skincare brand.  Works on all types of coats and sizes and leaves them smelling lavender fresh.  Just try to have fun getting them in the tub.  $17, available at Nordstrom

2. Maui Wowie and Cleo’s Catnip


Christmas is time to break out the good stuff treats-wise, so why should it be any different for our kitty pals?  Both Maui Wowie and Cleo’s Catnip, with their cute as hell packaging, contain 2 oz. of the same organic flower and leaf catnip.  We’re partial to the Cleo. $5.99, available at Bonejour Pet Supply

3. Bowser Beer for Dogs


Now Fido can raise a glass this holiday with Bowser Beer for Dogs.  Chicken-flavored and made from a combo of beef broth and pure malt barley that is high in protein and great for shiny coats, the ‘Beer’ comes in packs of 6 12 fl. oz bottles.  Cheers to that! $9.95, available at Petco

4.  Bergan Turbo Track Cat Toy


Create all kinds of tracks using the 5 different configurations, add the ball, and voila! :  your cat is entertained for hours. $19.99, available at Petsmart

Kat Blazowski


So what if it’s a crisp fall day out? There’s free frozen yogurt in West Chester! According to NBC10, California based Sprinkles is opening a location in West Chester, and to commemorate the occasion they’re giving away free frozen yogurt with free unlimited toppings! We’re pretty excited because we’re big  Red Mango and even bigger Pinkberry fans – neither of which have hit the Philly area, YET.

Daily Candy is pointing the way to Tide’s Loads of Hope Campaign, which is working towards helping those effected by natural disasters.  You can help by purchasing Tide with yellow caps or by purchasing one of their cute t-shirts. With products like that, helping couldn’t be easier. Daily Candy also has a write up on these interesting rose thorn earrings from Lee Hale, available at Egan Day on South Street.


Courtesy of Daily Candy

We also peeped these boots from Sorel on the website – they’re cute and look like a great alternative to Uggs for seriously icy or snowy days.