Nitsa’s Launches New Resort-Wear Lines

Just in time for those spring break getaways and cruises, Nitsa’s is launching a new resort-wear collection in their Winston-Salem boutique.

Resort-wear lines that Nitsa’s will carry include Persifor, Roberta Roller Rabbit, Barbara Gerwit, HIHO, and Dizzy Lizzie.

Persifor offers bright and whimsical prints in casual dresses, tunics, palazzo pants, and accessories like handbags, totes, and hats. Their machine-washable silky custom fabric features vibrant hues of blues, greens, and citrus. Persifor was founded by Alexandra Thompson, a Parsons New School for Design graduate, who has worked in design for such iconic brands as J. Crew and Lilly Pulitzer before launching her own line.

Roberta Roller Rabbit is a travel-inspired lifestyle brand, offering exotic, sophisticated yet affordable leisurewear and accessories by designer Robert Freymann. Roberta Roller Rabbit is an offshoot of Freymann’s namesake label and was inspired by a fable of a magical rabbit that she found on a piece of discarded fabric in India. All of her pieces are hand-block printed, created and produced by Freymann with artisans in India. Popular prints include monkeys, elephants, and fish and complete the signature whimsical spirit that has become synonymous with the brand.

Barbara Gerwit has designed a resort collection that is made up of hand-blocked, hand-beaded embroidered tunics and tops, and other related accessory items. Casual printed knit dresses and tops have now been added to this growing collection. Her light and airy fabrics are made of brightly colored cotton lawn, cotton Swiss voile, and laundered linen that has been constructed for easy care and washability at affordable prices. Prints include bright florals, pineapples, flamingos, and seashells.

HIHO Clothing is inspired by life in the Caribbean with casual clothing including linen shirts and sweaters, beach dresses, printed cover-ups, and soft cotton t-shirts. HIHO clothing is based on a tropical lifestyle and influenced by the pristine environment of the Caribbean and island life. Clothing is soft, designed to be functional, colorful, and comfortable in a chic island way. The casual, cool, and elegant designs and original prints are the hallmark of the HIHO brand.

With timeless, modern patterns and prints, the Dizzy-Lizzie line is a designer collection for the modern day woman. Founded in 2006 by designer Liz Lighton, these timeless dresses, pants, jackets, and “Tizzie” shirts are redefining the way women dress. Lighton’s passion for prints is shown through every detail in her clothes, such as the ribbon trims, stretched fabric, cuffed sleeves, and inner cotton linings. The collection features dresses, tunics, and tops in bold and colorful stripes, prints, and florals that are perfect for a cruise or a stay at an island resort.

Stop in and see all of these beautiful resort-wear collections at Nitsa’s and get ready for your next vacation or bring a little bit of the islands to the Triad!

Think Spring! Introducing Side Stitch Clothing at Nitsa’s

Spring is almost here, and there’s no better time to update your wardrobe. And with the easy-to-wear and soft-touch pieces from women’s sportswear line Side Stitch, you’ll be Side Stitch clothing is now available at Nitsa's!ready for the warmer days ahead.

Made in Los Angeles, Side Stitch clothing has a fresh California style with casual easy-to-care-for designs. Their Spring 2016 collection is perfect for the woman looking to update her wardrobe for the office, weekend, or night out. Influences from the effortless Southern California lifestyle are injected into the unique, ultra-comfortable designs that include short sleeve button- down tops, high-low hemmed shirts, and flowy lace-up tunics in a variety of bright colors. Relaxed denim and linen shirtdresses offer functional dressing options that can transition easily from office to a night out. Gingham, plaid, polka dot, and stripes add interest to this collection.

Fabric is a key player in Side Stitch designs. They create fabrics with the softest touch possible, and their core denim pieces use a special eco-friendly fabrication.

Side Stitch was created in 2013 and has been mostly carried by Nordstrom. As they expand into a full lifestyle brand with their Spring 2016 line, they are broadening their product assortment and will be featured in boutiques across the country, including Nitsa’s in Winston-Salem.

The collection’s fabrics and silhouettes are so incredibly versatile that styles easily transition from season to season, and thus fit perfectly in today’s changing retail environment which favors the “buy now, wear now” concept.

 

What is the Perfect Prom Dress for Your Body Type?

Choosing the Perfect Prom Dress

High school prom season is right around the corner, and girls everywhere are starting their search for the perfect prom dress. From long to short, strapless to one-shoulder style, sequins to ruffles, there are lots of different styles of prom dresses to choose from. But how do you find the dress that is right for you?

One of the best ways to narrow down the type of dress in which you’ll look your prom-picture best is to know what style is best for your body type.
Finding the perfect prom dress for your body type

Pear shapes – If you have narrow shoulders, a small chest and waist but are curvier on the bottom through hips, buttocks, and thighs, then you are pear-shaped. Dresses that look best on this figure type are those that are more fitted on the top and have an A-line or fuller skirt.

Apple shapes – If you are fuller on top and tend to carry weight in your mid-section but have slim hips, legs, and a small behind, then you are what is referred to as apple-shaped. Prom dresses with an empire waist will help draw attention away from your middle. Also, a higher waistline means the prom dress may not be as tight in your problem area. If you have nice toned, athletic legs, show them off by choosing shorter prom dresses.

Slender, straight shape – If you have more of a slender, straight up and down shape, you’ll want a dress that will create the illusion of curves. Choose styles that draw attention to your bustline or a dress that bells out at the bottom. Or you might try a dress that draws attention to your waist such as a wrap dress or one with a belt.

Petite – If you are 5’2” or under, you’ll want a prom dress that will create a long line and make you appear taller, but floor-length ball gowns tend to overwhelm a small frame. Go for a shorter dress or one with an asymmetrical hemline. A longer, fitted solid-color prom dress can add the illusion of height as can long ruffles.

Hourglass shape – If you have an hourglass figure, consider yourself lucky! Since your body is well-proportioned, you don’t need to hide anything, and most styles of prom dresses will flatter your figure. If you have a fuller bust, just be sure to choose a dress that offers good support up top.

Whatever dress you chose for your special night, make sure you are comfortable in it. You don’t want to be tugging at a strapless dress all night if it does not fit you correctly or have to worry about a long train getting caught under your heels. Go for a pretty color with some interesting details in a style to fit your body shape, and you are sure to have a memorable prom night!

 

Making the Most of Bridal Trunk Shows

Bridal trunk shows can be a great way to find your perfect wedding dress. Sometimes, you might even get to meet the designer and get a great deal on a gown.What to expect at a trunk show

What are trunk shows and how can you make the most of them? Read on for answers to all your questions.

What is a bridal trunk show?

Bridal trunk shows are special events when the wedding dress designer (or a representative from the company) visits a bridal boutique to showcase his or her new line of wedding gowns. Brides-to-be schedule appointments to try on dresses and meet with the designer.

Why do boutiques have trunk shows?

Most bridal salons only carry a few dresses from a select group of designers. Trunk shows allow customers the opportunity to see and try on dresses they wouldn’t normally be able to find at that store. If you find your perfect dress during a designer trunk show, you can see if the store carries it, or oftentimes you can place a special order for the dress through the store.

What are the benefits to the brides-to-be?

Brides benefit because they will have the opportunity to talk to the designer to discuss his or her gowns and what styles may work best for their body type. They will also be able to take advantage of show specials which, many times, are a percentage off the dress or an accessory purchase.

What are the benefits to designers?

Bridal designers benefit because they get to see brides try on their dresses and hear their feedback.  This is a great opportunity for them to learn directly from the customer what they may be doing right or wrong.

When Are They Held?

Many bridal salons hold trunk shows year-round, but the vast majority of them occur January through April. The shows usually last from one to four days, and appointments book up quickly. Call early or book online! 

How Do I Prepare for Trunk Show Day?

First make sure you request your appointment by calling the store or scheduling online. An appointment will ensure that the store knows you are coming, and they can plan to give you the best service possible. Be prepared to buy. Trunk show specials can only be offered while the designer is in the store. Bring only a couple of trusted friends or family members with you. Too many guests will spoil your experience, but not having your trusted friends with you may make you uncomfortable with making this important decision. Bring a shoe with the heel height you plan to wear on your wedding day. Most of all, plan to have a wonderful, fun, and exciting experience!

Plan to attend Nitsa’s next bridal trunk show with designer Marisa Baratelli on Feb. 4-8, 2016, in our Winston-Salem store or Feb. 10-13, in our Charlotte store.

Call 336-725-1999 to make an appointment for our Winston-Salem trunk show, or call 704-940-1999 to schedule an appointment for our Charlotte trunk show.

 

A Holiday Gift List from Nitsa’s

When it comes to the holidays, Nitsa’s is all about fashion and fun. Come in and explore our magical emporium, where you can find the perfect gift for every FashioNitsa on your list! Here is what’s selling like hotcakes this season: 

Tech Accessories

They’re practical and pretty! Accessories for your smartphone don’t have to be utilitarian plastic affairs; Nitsa’s has retractable ear buds, WiFi speakers, and wallet-sized recharging accessories in styles that are beautiful, chic, and whimsical. From modern bold patterns to subtle floral prints, we’ve got the styles that fit your life. Why be boring?

Luxurious Candles

Nitsa’s is proud to carry the ultimate in home luxury: mildly scented candles from Voluspa. Voluspa’s beautifully fragranced candles burn cleanly, thanks to their creamy coconut wax blend. A staple among the Hollywood elite, Voluspa candles are perfect for the FashioNitsa’s who deserved a little pampering.

Fun Fur

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Look no further than the fun fur accessories at Nitsa’s. Fur key chains are the perfect ornament to clip onto your purse or briefcase to add a dash of flair and personality. And our fur knit scarves are all the rage this season—from Soho in London to SoHo in Manhattan.

Say Yes to the Dress

For the perfect party attire, come browse Nitsa’s selection of designer cocktail dresses and eveningwear. Whether you prefer Herve Leger’s bold, body-con style or Chiara Boni’s perfectly proportioned timeless looks, Nitsa’s will always dress you perfectly from head to toe.

From our family to yours, Nitsa’s wishes you a wonderful holiday and the happiest of new years.

Dressing for Holiday Parties in 2015

Parties, parties, parties! ‘Tis the season for holiday occasions, whether they’re family dinners, black-tie affairs, or office celebrations. But what does the FashioNitsa wear for all these events? Unless it’s an ugly sweater party, she does not pull out the Rudolph-and-Frosty-bedecked knitwear. Read on for our favorite looks this holiday season.What are the best looks for the holiday party season?

Look #1: Office Holiday Party

Company parties can be very risky, and not just from a fashion perspective. The trick is to be celebratory but still professional, both in terms of behavior and in terms of dress. Since many holiday parties start right after work, you can find a great solution with Nitsa’s specialty day-into-night outfits and dresses. To transition seamlessly from work into the evening event, bring some bling to amp up your work outfit. Shine, which is always popular at the holidays, is especially strong this year. Try shoes, a bag, or a scarf embellished with glitter to keep your look professional but still fun.

Look #2: Festive Casual

Get-togethers with family and friends are rarely formal affairs, but the holidays call for some sense of occasion and fun. Nitsa’s recommendation: start with a pair of our on-trend jeans, and build the rest of your outfit around this casual base. Jewel tones are often flattering around the face and are especially hot this season. Metallics give a real sense of occasion, as do a pair of glam shoes or a jeweled clutch.

Look #3: Formal or Black Tie

Whether it’s a winter wedding or a glittering New Year’s Eve party, a formal party is the time to pull out all the stops. If you’re feeling daring, you can go full-length and unleash your inner diva, or go for slightly less formality with the perfect cocktail dress. This season, icy pastels are dominating the runways, but if that doesn’t suit your skin tone, you can always go deep with beautiful jewel tones. This time of year, emerald and ruby are especially popular, but not together!

Wearable Technology and Fashion Tech Accessories

Have you ever seen a picture of the first digital watch/calculator combination? It was huge, bulky, and black, and it sat on the wrist like Darth Vader’s favorite ornament. Wearable technology has come a long way since the 1980s—with beautiful jewelry and accessories masking an array of useful tools. During the intervening decades, the miniaturization of computers has enabled a boom in wearable technology; a 2014 Global Web Index report found that fully 71 percent of Millennials (people aged 16 to 24) were interested in wearable technology. From activity trackers to Bluetooth headsets to fully-functioning computers, this trend seems like it’s here to stay.

The ubiquity of smartphones and tablets has driven an increase in attractive accessories for them. It seems that bracelets and earrings may be optional, but smartwatches and earbuds are not. People’s insistence on accessing their technology at all times has naturally led to a desire to look better doing it; Apple’s white earbuds are fine for jogging, for instance, but they don’t exactly make your officewear pop. And who wants a boring phone case when this two-by-four-inch rectangle provides a perfect blank canvas for self-expression?

At Nitsa’s, we proudly offer products from Triple C, a leader in fashionable wearable technology. Triple C was founded in 2005 with a line of stylish accessories, but they saw the growing trend of wearable technology and switched their focus in 2010. Through their own product line and private-label partnerships with such fashion brands as Kate Spade and Coach, Triple C’s tech accessories make a statement. Be a part of the future with Nitsa’s and Triple C!

It’s a Tracksuit… It’s Business Casual… It’s Athleisure!

Once dismissed as a flash-in-the-pan fad, athleisure clothing is now called “the trend that won’t die” by the fashion press. Athleisure—a word that combines athletics and leisure —refers to athletic clothing that can be worn in non-athletic settings. Signs of the athleisure trend have dominated the runways for the past several seasons, from cashmere hoodies to Chanel sneakers, and entire clothing lines are now devoted to this fast-growing market.

One reason for athleisure’s rise in popularity is recent technological gains in the textile industry. Many fabrics can now stretch in some places and drape in others, creating a more sophisticated, polished look. Others conform to the wearer’s curves for a body-conscious style. Many of Nitsa’s newest lines, like those from Lyssé and Herve Leger, use these athletic fabrics to create their signature styles. 

Another reason for the continued popularity of athleisure clothes is our national preoccupation with fitness. Increasingly, physical fitness is seen as a whole lifestyle choice, not just a weekend hobby, and people want their clothes to show their commitment to health. With many athleisure choices, a wearer can easily step outside the office for a brisk walk during lunch and then return to her desk without bringing a change of clothes.

Finally, with their focus on function along with form, athleisure clothes tend to be far more comfortable and practical than traditional casual wear. Stretchable material offers more comfort and flexibility, whether people are sitting at a desk or circulating at a party. Come into Nitsa’s to be a part of the athleisure revolution!

How to Tie Your Scarves!

Why Scarves Are a Must-Have in Your Wardrobe!

The leaves are starting to turn, and the mercury is dropping; now is the time to find your how to tie your favorite scarvesperfect scarf!  

Scarves this season feature rich colors and bold designs. The infinity scarf is still popular, and can now be found in a variety of styles from athletic to elegant. Long, thin scarves can help to elongate your body and add a touch of style. Large silk squares, à la Hermès, remain classic, while art-print silks offer a modern take on the look. As the weather gets even colder, look for scarves to get larger and cozier: think pashmina-style capes. Some designers are even offering blanket-scarves!

Here are some ways we have seen scarves on the runways this fall:

The L: With a long scarf, wrap one half around your neck and leave it hanging down the back, while the other end hangs down the front.

The Cowgirl: Fold a medium-sized square scarf in half on the diagonal. Let the wide end of the triangle cover your throat, and wrap the two ends around the back of your neck and back to the front. Tie loosely. 

The Lovebite: Fold a small square scarf into a tube shape and tie (not too tightly) around your neck with the ends on the side. It’s très Francais!

The Belt: With a long silk scarf, pull it through the belt loops in your jeans and make it a belt. It’s a great way to showcase an art print! 

The Classic: To show off a large silk square, fold it in half on the diagonal and arrange it over your shoulders with the widest part of the triangle lying across your back. It’s a beautiful and confident way to show off one of the seasons hottest accessories!

 

 

Nitsa’s Grand Reopening – Focus of the Week: Sweaters and Tops

During the second week of Nitsa’s Grand Reopening, we are pleased to offer 25 percent off all sweaters and tops! This season’s tops boast a broad range of styles, colors, and shapes, so there’s something wonderful for everybody. Some of our favorite sweaters and shirts this season come from top designers like cooper & ella, tbagslosangeles, and Aldomartins (Barcelona).

Cooper & ella is the brainchild of a busy working mom who couldn’t find the perfect “date blouse,” so she created one herself. Her ready-to-wear pieces, which are memorable, flattering, and versatile, are now sold in 250 department stores and boutiques worldwide. Cooper and ella is for the woman who is “doing it all” and wants to look good while doing it. From desk to dinner, day to night, lacrosse field to ballet recital, cooper & ella is for today’s modern woman.

Tbagslosangeles is the highly coveted brand worn by many A-list celebrities. Featuring creator Shadi Askari-Farhat’s signature bohemian style, tbagslosangeles showcases vibrant prints on feminine, versatile pieces.

Aldomartins was created by Martí Bisbal in Barcelona in 1975. Since then, the brand has been known for impeccably designed, chic knitwear made from the finest materials. This year’s designs feature bold prints, varied textures, and European flair.