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.

 

 

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!

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.

 

Designer Spotlight: Neon Buddha

Nitsa’s is proud to carry women’s sportswear by Neon Buddha, whose slogan is “nirvana neon buddha at nitsasfor your body and soul.”

Neon Buddha started with the idea of producing a lifestyle clothing collection for travel, home, work, yoga, and you. The collection is Canadian-designed and produced and managed by a team of 300 women in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Neon Buddha’s ethical work standards are fundamental and at the forefront of its management strategy.

Neon Buddha was launched in 2006 and features casual cotton-spandex knitwear—T-shirts, jackets, skirts, and pants that also have handmade buttons. Their spring 2015 line features skinny pants and wide-leg pants, bright tunics, colorful cotton jackets, and comfortable dresses and tanks in a color palette featuring 22 different colors.

Neon Buddha’s ethical work standards are fundamental and at the forefront of its management strategy. Also woven into the fabric of the company is a steadfast dedication to sustainable practices.They use green technologies whenever they can and have a new dye house that is 100% pollution-free. Currently, both the Canadian head office and their Chiang Mai facility uses solar power to heat domestic hot water. Extra insulation has also been installed in the buildings to keep the staff cool in Thailand and warm in Canada. All paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metal are recycled. At their warehouse in Chiang Mai, dozens of trees have been planted for shade, and green spaces have been created for the staff to enjoy and to offset the company’s carbon foot print.

During the season, any excess fabric is donated to several non-governmental organizations and women’s groups where it is used in income-generating projects.

Neon Buddha’s designs inspire them as members of the global community to give back. One percent of all sales of garments are donated to various projects to make the world a better place.

Visit Nitsa’s Winston-Salem location to find the latest designs by Neon Buddha.

 

 

Seeing Stripes

Think inside the lines this season with bold, beautiful stripes. The 2013 runways were

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packed with this linear trend as designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, and Christian Dior sent out model after model sporting stripes.  The trend is often associated with nautical themes, but this year stripes are for every style. From thick black bands to skinny neon lines, stripes have worked their way into summer fashion staples and we’re here to help you figure out how to wear them.

Everything from sunglasses and handbags, to skirts and suits is dressed in lines this year, so it’s easy to add them to your everyday attire. However, be careful as to how to work them in. If you’re new to the trend, try playing it safe. Look for vertical stripes, which have a slimming effect, and stick to basic colors such as black, tan, or navy.

If you’re a fearless, all-out fashionista, designers have created an abundance of modern options for you to sport this big, bold trend. If you wear a neutral stripe, you’re safe to accent with bright accessories, statement pieces, or even another pattern. If you go the bold stripe route, you’ll want to tone down the rest of your attire: A bright or thick stripe will be a statement on it’s own.

If you dare to try a horizontal stripe, balance it out with skinny jeans and high heels. Worried about the circus tent effect of horizontal stripes? Never fear! Just be sure the piece is fitted and preferably a neutral color to avoid the larger-than-life look. Slim down for the beach in a striped bikini or color-blocked one-piece. Be on-trend at the office by pairing a striped pencil skirt with your favorite white blouse. You can even dress up your phone with a designer striped case.

So what are you waiting for? Go get linear!