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!

 

 

Packing Light: A Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Gone are the days when people packed giant steamer trunks for their vacations. Now, how to pack for travelingwoe betide the traveler whose suitcase weighs more than 50 pounds. Between the overcharges from the airlines and the pain of carrying extra luggage, it makes more sense to travel light.

For years, the British have embraced a concept called the “capsule wardrobe,” and the idea has been growing in popularity in the United States as well. The idea of a capsule wardrobe is to own a minimum number of garments that can be mixed and matched to form dozens of unique outfits.

The capsule wardrobe concept lends itself easily to travel, since traveling naturally limits the number of clothes we can have with us for the duration of the trip. A capsule wardrobe of eight pieces, for instance (three shirts, one skirt, one pair of pants, one pair of shorts, and two sweaters) can yield an impressive 40 outfits!

To build your summer travel capsule wardrobe, follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Plan your activities. Will you be hiking, swimming, or doing other outdoor activities, or will you be doing more city walking and visiting museums? How much time will you spend at the beach? How often will you go out to meals? Try to list a general schedule of what you will be doing on each day of your trip.

Step 2: Identify the clothes you’ll need for each activity. Take into account the climate you’ll be visiting; how hot will it be? How often does it rain? Does the temperature drop significantly at night?

Step 3: Plan general outfits for each day. For instance, on a day when you plan to go to the beach and then out to dinner, you’ll need the following items:

  • Bathing suit
  • Cover-up
  • Dress
  • Sweater

Do this for each day of your trip.

Step 4: Tally the items you have listed for each day. Gauging the length of your trip, how often you can wear each item, and your access to laundry during the trip, build your capsule wardrobe based on your itinerary. Bear in mind that small items like bathing suits and underwear can be easily washed in a hotel sink and hung up to dry. Also, most bottoms (skirts, shorts, and pants) can be worn several times before needing to be washed, whereas shirts are more likely to get sweaty and dirty if you’re out walking a lot.

Bon voyage!

The Fashion Problems of Living in North Carolina in the Summer

Living in North Carolina is a wonderful thing. We have four distinctive seasons and great what to wear in NC during the summerfashions to match each one of them. But anyone who’s lived here for any length of time knows that summer can bring its own set of fashion challenges, and we wanted to help you just in time for this year’s heat arrival!

  1. You’re going to be hot. If you live in North Carolina during the summer, you can pretty much count on temperatures in the 80s and 90s every day. This is the season for light sundresses, linen separates, and breathable fabrics to keep you comfortable. If you’re going to be out in the sun, you might want to avoid dark colors because they absorb the heat of the sun. But if you’re wearing a sundress, don’t forget extra sunscreen on your shoulders, back, and chest!
  2. Corollary to #1: you’re going to be freezing if you go inside. The good news is that you can cool off in almost any North Carolina building during the summer. The bad news is that you might cool off a little too much because restaurants and stores often have their air conditioning turned down to the low 60s to keep the building cool. Always carry a light sweater or jacket to use, if needed, inside during a North Carolina summer.
  3. Chafing: the struggle is real. With humidity averaging 90 percent in the summer, it can be almost impossible to walk in a skirt without your legs chafing. Bike-short-style lingerie eliminates the problem, or you can keep a stash of powder handy to keep things cool and dry. Some people also swear by athletic anti-chafing balms like Bodyglide when they plan to walk a lot.
  4. Days blend into nights at the beach. North Carolina is blessed with miles of beautiful coastline, where locals and tourists can soak up the sun by day and enjoy the boardwalks at night. But what to wear to go from day to night? A simple shift or maxi dress looks great on the beach and in bars, restaurants, or other beach venues.
  5. You have to embrace the heat. North Carolina in the summer is not for perfect makeup, constricting clothes, and impeccably smooth hair. Let loose and enjoy!

2013 Top-Layer Trends

Fall fashion is all about layering and the 2013 runways were stacked with hot, top-layer trends.

Pullover picture from www.refinery29.com

Here are our favorites for the season.

One part cozy and one part quirky, the graphic pullover is an ode to the 70s, and we are stoked for its comeback. A graphic pullover is not your average sweater. It has flair in the form of funky designs and cool images. Floral designs and sharp geometrics stand out as leading trends, but don’t forget the ever-popular Aztec patterns. Kittens and Christmas trees, however, are best left for holiday parties. Since it’s a retro trend, try your luck at thrift stores to find a vintage gem.

Fall and cardigans go together like peas and carrots. Grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte and head to the football game in an oversized cardigan—another hot 2013 trend. Extra-long and a little bit baggy, the oversized cardigan is the perfect top layer to any casual outfit. Look for one with a fun accent, like different colored pockets or elbow patches. Pair with your favorite jeans and Converse Chucks to complete the cozy chic look.

For the workplace, get down to business in a tuxedo-style blazer. Sleek, sexy and professional, the tuxedo blazer is an autumn accent that is sure to turn heads. Layer over a fitted dress with tall black booties for the office, or throw over top a graphic white tee and distressed jeans for a casual weekend look.

Fall has an on-again, off-again relationship with military-inspired clothing, and this year, it is definitely on! Runways were once again filled with camo prints and army green. Salute this style with camo anything topped off with camel and olive accents. The headliner for this trend is the baggy camo jacket. For a chic twist, wear it with black stilettos and a sock bun.

Fashion That Goes From Day to Night

Don’t miss out on a single moment by having to change outfits between work and a fun night with friends. Go easily from office fashion to ooh, la la! with these quick tips.

Layering is a great way to prepare for a quick change. Make sure your wardrobe houses at least one suit jacket and/or cardigan; these top layers are perfect for day-to-night quick switches. Wear the jacket over a fun, colorful blouse for your work attire, then, when it’s time for happy hour, simply take it off. If you’re eager to sport your new mini dress to dinner, do it by grabbing a flowy skirt to layer on top for work hours. The skirt will hide the bottom half of your dress and transform the top into a tucked-in blouse. Business on the outside; party on the inside.

When trying to change the tone of your outfit, accessories are your best friends. You can make the most boring pantsuit perfect for a night out with just a few fun additions. The key is to prepare ahead and do a little purse packing. Business attire is often designed in neutral colors, so transition the attire to night by adding a splash of color: Bright neons and big bold jewelry will catch eyes and distract from your office attire. In the morning, pack a statement necklace, bracelets, and a bright clutch in your purse for easy accessory access after five. Shoes can also have a huge effect on your look. For work, try wearing Tieks ballet flats. They’re fashionable, comfortable, and fold up easily to fit into your purse when it’s time to switch to heels.

day to night shoes

Next, do a quick flip on your makeup. Darkening your daytime makeup is an easy way to amp up your look without starting from scratch; simply pack eye shadow, eyeliner, and lipstick. Top off your daytime eyes with a layer of a darker shadow, then thicken your eyeliner to complete the look. Be wary of adding mascara as layering coats usually results in clumping. For your lips, sport a nice berry shade. If you want that bright red pop for your lips, go easy on the eyes so as not to look overdone.

For an easy hair transformation, try putting mousse in towel-dry hair, twist length-wise and then twist into a simple bun at the base of the head (think cinnamon roll). At five, literally let down your hair for easy waves that styled themselves while you worked.