Introducing Nitsa’s Grand Reopening!

Expect the Unexpected at Nitsa’s

The month of October is going to be an exciting one in Winston-Salem as Nitsa’s rolls out our Grand Reopening! Since Nitsa Bambalis founded the store in 1964, Nitsa’s has constantly evolved to meet the changing needs of our customers. That evolution continuesCome see what all the fuss is about at  Nitsa's Grand Reopening in Winston-Salem with specials during the 4 weeks! in October as we roll out exciting new sportswear and fashion choices hand-picked for today’s woman.

Nitsa’s Grand Reopening Celebration will take place from Monday, September 28, through Saturday, October 24, in our Winston-Salem store. Each week will feature special new items at special prices:

Week One (September 28 through October 3): All our handbags are 25% off, and all our scarves are Buy One, Get One 50% off. Come see the rich colors and designs that are the hottest accessories of the season!

Week Two (October 5 through October 10): All fashion tops and sweaters are 25% off. Check out the latest looks from Plenty by Tracy Reese, Tbags Los Angeles, Elliott Lauren, Lyssé, and more.

Week Three (October 12 through October 17): All ponchos, jackets, and outerwear are 25% off—just in time for the cold weather!

Week Four (October 19 through October 24): Take 25% off anything in the store! **

Each week, Nitsa’s will stay open until 7:00 on Thursday nights; it’s a great time to check out our collection of women’s fashion. Throughout the Grand Reopening Celebration month, customers will get to draw for a special prize with each purchase; prizes include coupons for alterations, cosmetics consultations with our licensed esthetician, and discounts for future purchases. Further, for each $50 of merchandise purchased, customers will be entered into our Grand Prize Drawings. Prizes include a $100 gift certificate, a $250 gift certificate, and the grand prize is a $500 shopping spree at Nitsa’s!

We will cap off our Grand Reopening Celebration month with a party on Friday, October 23, and Saturday the 24th. Come and enjoy authentic Greek pastries and hors d’oeuvres, shop for 25% off, and collect exciting door prizes. We’re rolling out the red carpet for our grand reopening—we hope you’ll join us and see what the fuss is about!

For more details on the Grand Reopening Celebrations, visit us at Nitsas.com!

**Exclusions include bridal, special occasion dresses, previous purchases, and cosmetics.

 

 

 

 

 

Change is Good…When It Comes to Alterations

French women have a reputation for being relentlessly, terrifyingly chic. Even in jeans and a t-shirt, they often look like they are ready for a trip down the runway. Are French jeans and t-shirts really that much better than their American counterparts, or is something else going on? In fact, there is one secret that French women know, and at Nitsa’s, we know it too; the secret to looking chic is a perfect fit, and the secret to getting a perfect fit is custom tailoring. That’s why we offer on-site alterations at both our stores. As our founder, Nitsa Bambalis, said: “Fashion is one part style and three parts fit.”

When you see photoshoots in magazines or advertisements, the clothes always fit perfectly, right? Wrong—at least not at first. Those clothes have been altered and pinned in place to be as flattering as possible. Even the mannequins in many clothing stores are not immune. If you walk around the back of the mannequin, you’ll likely see that the clothes have been pulled and pinned to eliminate gaps and emphasize shape.

Unfortunately, we can’t walk around with binder clips on the backs of our clothing; that’s why tailoring is so important. Every woman is shaped differently; waists are lower or higher; hips are bigger or smaller, and busts come in all shapes and sizes. To get the perfect fit, buy clothes that fit the largest part of your body, and then have the rest tailored to fit. For instance, if you have wide hips and a narrow waist, most pants and skirts that fit your hips will gap at the waist. Solve this by having the waist taken in with darts, creating a shapely silhouette. If a shirt is too boxy, have the side seams taken in, and add darts to fit your exact contours.

Walk down any street in Paris, and you will likely see at least one tailor. It can be harder to find good alterations in the United States, but when you shop at Nitsa’s, your perfect fit is right inside the store. Our seamstresses have a combined 180 years of experience and an average of 30 years apiece. Let us help you find your perfect fit today!

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Lyssé and Plenty by Tracy Reese

Attention, all FashioNitsas! Nitsa’s is pleased to announce two of our exciting new fall additions: Lyssé and Plenty by Tracy Reese.

Lyssé

Lyssé, the brainchild of founder Beth Gold Cohen, began with the search for the perfect leggings. Working from the inside out, Lyssé designers created fabrics that are both flexible and flattering—as limitless as the women who wear them. Lyssé uses their patent-pending fabrics, flat-locked seaming, and bias cuts to create beautiful clothes that can go comfortably from day to evening. Come check Nitsa’s new Lyssé line and find out why their motto is “Because when your clothes embrace you with the same passion as you embrace life, there’s nothing you can’t do.”

Plenty by Tracy Reese, launched in 1998, represents the designer’s fun, bohemian side. Inspired by the colors of India and elsewhere, Plenty features bright colors, joyful prints, and flirty styles. Celebrities and industry insiders flock to Reese’s signature detailing, which mixes femininity, nostalgia, and a rock-and-roll sensibility. Visit Nitsa’s to see for yourself why Plenty provides “versatile everyday essentials with effortlessly sexy styling.”

Bridesmaids’ Dresses for Fall 2015

They’re your best friends, your family, or your soon-to-be family. You’ve invited them to participate in one of the most important events of your life. They’re obviously very important to you, which raises a crucial question: what are they going to wear at your wedding?

At this year’s bridal fashion week, the focus wasn’t just on the woman in white; beautiful

Fall 2015 bridesmaids dresses

From the Jim Hjelm Fall 2015 Collection

bridesmaids’ dresses also had their turn on center stage. Here is what’s trending for fall 2015:

Trend #1: Tier it Up

In both long and short hemlines, softly flowing tiers graced the runway for this fall. Light layers of chiffon or silk give a soft, elegant look. Some dresses are constructed of all loose drapes, while others have more structure and a tiered accent on the bodice or neckline.

Trend #2: Peek-a-Boo Backs

When bridesmaids walk up the aisle, their backs are on full display to the seated guests. Why not dress them up a little? Dresses feature everything from keyhole cut-outs to full bare backs. Make sure to take your bridesmaids’ bra needs into account!

Trend #3: Sheer Elegance

If you want your bridesmaids to be a little sexy but not show too much skin, this year’s sheer details will do the trick. Try sheer fabrics at the neck, shoulders, back, and even arms. It’s the perfect answer for a wedding that requires a little extra modesty without feeling frumpy.

Trend #4: Go Grey

Grey is a sophisticated choice for bridesmaids’ dressing, combining industrial simplicity with feminine details. Look for soft fabrics like chiffon or romantic details like lace.

Trend #5: Go Glam

For a formal evening wedding, choose from many designers’ fit-and-flare styles in gemstone colors. The glamour of a bygone day will add a touch of class to your special night.

Back-To-School Fashion is for Grown-ups Too

Many FashioNitsas have happy memories of back-to-school clothes shopping: the plaid skirts, the wool sweaters, the durable shoes that would last the year. School’s out permanently for most of us, but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the fun of back-to-school shopping! Here are some trends that will have you looking forward to back to school fashion isn't just for the kids!Labor Day:

Idea #1: Plaid

Plaid is a classic fall pattern, appearing on skirts, pants, shirts, coats, and accessories. While the classic plaid schoolgirl skirt features pleats, you can add sophistication by choosing a slimming pencil skirt instead. Or add some whimsy with a plaid rain hat or umbrella for the North Carolina autumn rains that are sure to come.

Idea #2: Backpacks

They are not just for kids anymore; just last month, Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes were both seen sporting the traditional nylon carryall that so many students carry. Glam up your backpack with updated designs and style, and enjoy the comfort and ergonomic correctness of carrying heavy items on your back, instead of hanging off your shoulder.

Idea #3: Functional flats

Thank heavens that most schoolgirls don’t wear the four-inch stilettos that the fashionistas on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars wear, and you don’t have to either. Look for loafer-style shoes, but skip the pennies to avoid the mutton-dressed-as-lamb syndrome.

Idea #4: Ribbed knits

As discussed previously, ribbed knits were all over the runway for this fall’s on-trend look. Find it at Nitsa’s and revel in the warmth and comfort!

Idea #5: Find your clique

High school is notorious for its cliques, and while FashioNitsas know better than to exclude others, they can still dress like their preferred tribe. Were you a punk, jock, or prepster? This season’s trends cover the gamut, so come into Nitsa’s to showcase your own personal style!

How to Pull Off an All-White Outfit and Look Fabulous!

It may be one of the hardest looks to pull off: the all-white outfit. Unless you’re a doctor or how to wear an all white outfit and look awesomeresearcher wearing a long white lab jacket, all-white outfits can very easily become FashioNitsa “don’ts.” However, if you follow these tips, you can make the all-white outfit work for you.

  1. Make sure your whites match. This may sound silly; white is white, right? Wrong. Just check out the white paint section at your local hardware store if you think that all whites are the same. White clothes come in a variety of shades (pure white, ivory, cream, winter white, etc.), and your own white clothes may change over time to be slightly different shades from what they once were. If your white shirt is slightly pink or slightly yellow, it doesn’t matter if you wear it with jeans or another color. But if you wear it with other whites that it doesn’t match, it’s distracting.
  2. But feel free to mix up the textures. Try denim on the bottom and chiffon on the top, or a silk skirt with a chunky knit sweater. Playing with texture helps keep an all-white outfit from being too flat.
  3. Pay attention to shape and balance. If you wear something long and flowing on the bottom, pair it with something slim-fitting on top, or vice versa. Too much loose and floaty clothing can look like a set of sheets hung out to dry, while too much tight clothing is rarely appropriate.
  4. Add layers. Another way to add depth to a monochromatic outfit is to complement the different textures with different lengths and layers. Try a long tank top with a short sweater.
  5. Add some color. Wearing all white doesn’t mean that all other colors are forbidden. Use shoes and accessories to provide a surprising pop of color. Adding a bright color like red or yellow provides drama, while adding a neutral like gray or brown provides sophistication.
  6. Don’t forget the bronzer. Since no one wants the skin damage that comes from being in the sun, invest in a high-quality bronzer or fake tan spray. An all-white outfit can make pale skin look washed out.
  7. Have confidence! Like any bold look, the outfit only looks as good as you feel.

How Do I… Wear a Mini-skirt?

Since it first rose to popularity in the “Swinging London” of the 1960s, the mini-skirt has been a fashion staple. Hemlines may rise and hemlines may fall, but the mini-skirt will always be there. How do FashioNitsas wear a mini-skirt? Read on for our favorite Dos and how to wear a miniskirtDon’ts.

Do keep it balanced. A mini-skirt shows a lot of leg, so balance that sexiness by showing less skin up top. For casual wear, a nice T-shirt and flat shoes or sandals can keep a mini-skirt from looking too much like club-wear. For the office, pair it with a blouse or blazer (or both) and a low-heeled shoe.

Don’t forget to tend to your legs. In a mini-skirt, your legs will be on full display, so if such things matter to you, you might want to make sure that your shave or wax job is up-to-date. As the weather gets cooler, you can add a pair of opaque tights to a mini-skirt for added cover, warmth, and style.

Keep it Classy. No one wants a repeat of Britney Spears’ mishap while getting out of a car several years ago. And while we’re at it, bear in mind that a mini-skirt may impede you from doing everyday activities that you’re used to. If you have children, for instance, and anticipate bending down frequently, you might want to wear tights or boy-shorts under a mini-skirt to keep everything Rated G. The same rule applies if you’ll be sitting on a chair or stool that is not behind a desk or table.

Do choose the right fit. All mini-skirts are not created equal, and different styles will fit different bodies and different events better than others. To emphasize a curvy figure, choose an A-line skirt. To de-emphasize curves, choose a straight, slim skirt. Try pleats or a wrap for additional style.

Do wear appropriate shoes. If you’re hitting the clubs and want to go full-glam, go for a strappy high heel. In more casual circumstances, avoid the sexiness of high heels in favor of flats, sandals, or boots. In the winter, a miniskirt with tights and riding boots remains a classic look. In the summer, simple sandals or espadrilles will keep you looking good.

It’s a Nice Day for a [Winter] White Wedding

We’re still sweating in North Carolina, but planning for this year’s winter weddings is already well under way. What can we expect to see the winter of 2015-2016? Read on to learn about this year’s trends.How to plan for your winter wedding in the summer

  1. Brides can show a little skin. On the runways this season, dresses featured plunging necklines, bare backs, and cutouts. It should go without saying that in a wedding, a little skin can go a long way, so if you dare to go bare, less is more. For instance, choose a deep neckline or a bare back, but never both. After all, you’re pledging you love to your betrothed, not going out to a club!
  2. Or, brides can cover up. Many designers showcased outerwear for winter weddings, with motorcycle jackets, dusters, swing coats, capes and sweaters all making appearances. The fabrics are lush: wool, suede, mohair, and fur (real or faux, white or brown). For a more traditional winter wedding look, try long sleeves; their demureness pairs well with a bare back, as described above.
  3. Try going metallic. Shine up the place with traditional silver and gold, or opt for surprising metallic blues, pinks, and champagnes. Metallics showed up on the runway as blingy accents as well as muted gown colors.
  4. Brighten up with some color. A monochromatic white motif can lack sparkle, so adding a dash of color can brighten up the whole event. Color can appear in a sash, a bouquet, or accessories. Keep things cool in blue, or warm things up with colors like red or yellow.
  5. Go Boho. Bohemian chic is still in style, and it can inform the tenor of the whole wedding. For dresses, look for floral embellishments, vintage styling, and a loosely-put-together feel. Flowers and accessories can follow suit, with a hand-made look that feels warm and welcoming to guests.

Fall Forward: Fashions for Fall 2015

What’s Trending in Fall Fashion?

The mercury may still be in the 90s in North Carolina, but FashioNitsas are always thinking ahead. Fall fashions are already heading to stores, so prepare yourself for the season’s biggest trends.

  1. Capes: Perfect for the mild North Carolina autumn, capes can be an elegant and versatile alternative to coats. Ranging from dressy and dramatic to throwaway chic to downright bohemian, capes offer style and comfort for any outfit from jeans to evening gowns.
  2. Statement Belts: A wide belt can accentuate (or create) an hourglass figure, create a color contrast, or just up the style ante on an outfit. Look for unique details in color, shape, or buckle style. Don’t think belts are only for the model-skinny: a well-designed belt creates a flattering shape for all kinds of body types.
  3. Quirk: Blame filmmaker Wes Anderson for the glut of quirky, Andersonian styles that graced this year’s fashion week. Seventies-style tracksuits and excessively quaint details abounded. Let your funky flag fly with whimsical touches like a striped headband or a pair of granny glasses.
  4. Athleisure: No, this doesn’t mean you can wear your gym clothes out to dinner. Rather, several designers are showcasing styles inspired by athletic wear. Look for sporty details like racing stripes or athletic tailoring. At the same time, more workwear is incorporating athletic fabrics and fits. Work pants that feel like yoga pants? Sign us up!
  5. Fur Accents: As the temperature drops, look for fur—or faux fur—accents everywhere. They’ll be in all the usual places, like collars and cuffs, as well as some unusual places, like pockets and handbags. Just a small touch adds an element of winter luxe to everyday pieces.
  6. Ribbed Knits: A fall classic, ribbed knits were ubiquitous on the runway for the season. Look for traditional sweaters with unique details, like mixed textures or cut-outs. Ribbed knits will also make appearances in dresses, capes, skirts, and accessories.

 

How Do I… Wear a Maxi Dress?

The Fabulous Maxi Dress

It’s summertime, and the living is easy. Maxi dresses epitomize the ease and relaxation of a summer vacation, yet they can also be dressed up for work or even for a dressy evening occasion. And contrary to popular belief, women of every age and body type can look wonderful in a maxi dress if they follow some simple guidelines:

  • Find the right print for your body. If you’re fuller-figured, opt for a larger print or solid color. If you’re petite with a boyish figure, you can try horizontal stripes or a small-scale print. If you’re short or fuller-figured, choose a vertical stripe to slim and elongate your shape.
  • Find the right strap for your body. If you have a larger chest, choose a wide strap to cover bra straps. If you have a smaller chest, a halter is a good choice. If you have broad shoulders, however, a halter can emphasize that broadness.
  • Find the right shape for your body. The danger with maxi dresses, especially for women under 5’4”, is looking like you’re wearing a tent. Petite women should make sure to choose a dress that fits snugly, especially in the line below the chest. Curvy women can accentuate those curves with an empire waistline or any shape that emphasizes the waist.

Here are three looks for maxi dresses this summer:

Look One: Beach Casual

Vacations at the beach present a perfect time for a casual maxi dress. Pair one with simple flat sandals, a woven bag, and a lightweight hat to keep off the sun. Don’t forget sunblock for your shoulders and chest!

Look Two: Office Chic

Work wear doesn’t need to be stodgy. Try pairing your maxi dress with heels, a belt, and a casual blazer or pretty cardigan; you’ll need the extra layer for the office air conditioning!

Look Three: Evening Out

The right maxi dress can transition to evening wear with the right accessories. Stay away from bright and beachy prints, and choose more sophisticated solids or grown-up prints. Pair the dress with dressy heels (try silver!), an evening bag, and glamorous hair and makeup. You’re ready for a night on the town!