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.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

 

What Should I Wear to Work Today?

Career-Wear Ideas for Every Day of the Week

Gone are the days where work attire meant pants suits and pantyhose. Today’s workplaces are a little less formal and allow some leeway to incorporate stylish and fashionable pieces into your career wardrobe.

The type of industry you work in will still determine how dressy or casual your work clothing can be. For example, those in more creative industries, such as advertising or marketing, can get away with a more casual and trendy look, while those working in banking or law may need to look more conservative. No matter where you work, you can learn to pull together outfits that are professional but not boring.

Here are five work-wear ideas for every day of the week, so your attire never has to look boring at the office:

Monday – Classic career look

Every woman needs to own at least one pair of good black pants that can be paired with just about any top to create a classic career look. Pick a style that flatters your body type: straight leg, slim leg, wide leg, or boot-cut. Pair it with a colorful blouse and black flats or heels. The key to keeping this classic work look from getting too boring is to pick one statement piece to wear with your outfit—such as a statement necklace, a scarf, or a bright purse.

Tuesday – The work dress

Pick a style that looks professional but is still comfortable. Wrap dresses are a good choice, as are classic shift styles. Forgo the pantyhose and choose tall boots for winter or sleek heels for spring or summer. A few rules of thumb to keep in mind when choosing dresses for work—stay away from necklines that are too low-cut, spaghetti straps, and sequins—save those for your out-of-office looks.

Wednesday – Pencil skirt and top

Slim, pencil skirts are very trendy right now and look polished when paired with a blousy top and heels,  or wear a shell and add a cropped blazer.

Thursday – Jacket and pants combo

Cropped, slim pants in neutrals like black, grey, or khaki are great pieces to wear to work and pair with a jacket. Add ankle booties, flats, or heels to keep the look interesting.

Friday – Casual Friday

Many work places have casual days on Friday, but it’s still important to look put-together and not too relaxed. Jeans are usually acceptable for casual Friday, but choose a dark wash to keep it professional. To keep the look more polished, skip the t-shirt and pair your jeans with a shell and less structured jacket. Flats or booties work best as footwear with a casual work look, or even flat sandals in warmer weather. Just stay away from sneakers and flip-flops at the office.

Invest in a few quality pieces for work and mix and match to keep your office look interesting.