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!

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.

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.


What Are the Spring 2015 Fashion Trends?

After a harsh winter spent bundled in heavy layers and down coats, the weather is finally starting to warm up, and that means it’s time to start thinking about spring. Break out those sandals and sundresses and plan to do a little shopping to add some of the latest spring fashion trends to your wardrobe.

Here’s a list of some of the top spring trends and wardrobe must-haves fashion experts are seeing for 2015.

Color: Color is making a bold statement for spring. Bright whites, blushes, pastels, olive green, and black and white are popular this season. Yellow also is very popular for this spring as well as shades of red and orange. Floral patterns were big on fashion runways this year in everything from tops and pants to dresses and scarves.

Styles: The Bohemian look is very on-trend right now with clothing featuring fringe, headbands, embroidered patches, and feathers. This look is very eclectic with a 1970s vibe in prints and colors. Crochet, flesh tones, lace, and floral make for a very feminine look. Sheen and shine, sequins, and metallic foil finishes will be everywhere as well as embroidery and jeweled trims. Asian patterns are also trending with pajama and kimono shapes seen a lot.

Must-haves: Maxi dresses are a must-have for your spring wardrobe. This style is typically a floor-length sundress and comes in solids, prints, and florals. Another item that is hot this year is Bermuda shorts. In between a crop pant and shorts, Bermuda shorts hit right above the knee and can be dressed up or down. Tunics, wide-leg trousers, layering shirts, and woven tops are other must-haves.

Shoes: Look for metallic and neutral combinations for spring footwear. Sandals, wedges, and flats are still popular and stylish with sandals that are reminiscent of the ankle boots that were popular this fall. Gladiator sandals remain trendy as well as loafers with a square toe.

Accessories: Belts will be everywhere, whether wide or skinny, and are best worn with a dress. Layered necklaces and fringe are also trendy this season.

Happy spring shopping!

Easter Dresses Aren’t Just for Little Girls

There’s nothing sweeter than seeing little girls dressed up in their fancy Easter dresses and hats. But who says the tradition of a new Easter dress has to be reserved for kids?  There’s no better way to kick off spring than with a colorful new dress in the bright colors Easter dresses for women 2015of the season.

How can you make this tradition more grown up and current?

Choose a dress that says spring. Think bright floral prints, pastels, pinks, yellows, greens, whites, and lavenders. Obvious choices for Easter would be a pretty sundress, but if the weather isn’t quite warm enough to go sleeveless, you can throw on a pretty cardigan or wrap, or splurge and invest in a spring coat. Spring coats can be found in lighter canvas or cotton fabrics in bright colors like hot pink, yellow, mint green or even in a pretty floral print.

Good choices for styles for Easter dresses include knee-length, A-line sleeveless dresses or classic sheath dresses. Maxi-dresses are still hot this season, but for the holiday, choose one in a lighter spring color or pattern. If you want to show off your figure, fitted dresses are also trendy right now.

Easter dresses embrace femininity with girly, floral prints or bright solids in lace, cotton, or silk. Ruffle and lace accents are current right now. Or if you prefer more classic designs, there are a plethora of structured dresses available for spring in solids like navy blue or black with white piping. Sleeveless styles work best for Easter, but if you prefer a sleeve, be careful when choosing a short sleeve dress as cap sleeves or sleeves that hit too high on the arm can be unflattering to even the slimmest arms.

Dresses not for you? You can still put together a pretty Easter outfit with a pair of wide-leg pants in linen, silk, or rayon paired with a bright top or sweater.

Easter also marks the day that most ladies break out their sandals after months of being in storage for winter. Wedges and gladiator-style sandals are still popular choices this season, but you can never go wrong with a flat sandal embellished with gold or silver accents.

If you are longing for that “Easter bonnet” you used to receive every year as a child, be bold and wear a hat with your Easter dress. Available in a variety of styles and colors that range from subtle pastels to bright, vibrant tones, Easter hats for women are an elegant and sophisticated way to complete any fashion ensemble. Choose a wide-brimmed hat and tie a pretty scarf around it to finish off the look.

Embrace your inner child and get decked out this Easter. Happy spring!

Rules for Wearing White: Breaking the Taboos

Can You Wear White in Winter?

If you were raised in the South, you were probably taught the rules for when it was acceptable to wear white. “No white before Easter or after Labor Day” was the usual guideline that women all over the U.S. followed for years and years.can you wear white in the winter?

Not any longer!

Fashion experts say you can break this dated rule and wear white any time of year as long as your make sure the material is seasonally appropriate. For example, wearing a white linen dress in winter is still a no-no, but wearing winter white in a chunky white wool sweater is perfectly acceptable and stylish.

So what or who created this fashion rule? According to fashion reporters, it began in the 1930s with the ultra-rich wearing white only in the summer. Light clothing gave the look of leisure, while dark clothing was mostly for working people. This idea expanded in the 1950s among the middle class. Southerners held to this hard and fast rule of no white before Easter or after Labor Day. Some say it’s a Southern thing, because it’s so hot in the South.

Now, wearing white after Labor Day is more widely acceptable, and it’s common to see ladies rocking a pair of white jeans late into September, especially in areas where the weather stays warm until late fall.

But what about wearing white before Easter? Do you really have to wait until then to wear white pants or shoes? Again, consider the weather. If it’s already in the high 70s where you live, wearing white linen pants or white sundress before the official Easter deadline is perfectly acceptable. But if it’s still snowing in April, hold off on the white linen until the weather thaws out.

When to wear white is ultimately a personal choice. But nearly all fashion experts say there is one hard rule of thumb—NEVER wear a white dress or outfit to a wedding unless you’re the bride!

Back-to-School Fall Fashion Trends

What’s Trendy this Fall?

Students are already heading back to school, and whether you are in high school or 2014 fall trendscollege, hitting the books is a lot more fun with new fall outfits.

As a grown-up, fashion’s fall season is your symbolic first day. It’s the perfect way to motivate yourself for work after the lazy days of summer come to an end.

As summer winds down, 2014 fall fashion trends are already hitting the stores, and Nitsa’s has a variety of new clothing and accessories to get you back to school—or work—in style.

Here are five hot trends for fall:

  • Denim — Who doesn’t remember getting a new pair of jeans to head back to school? Whether they’re skinny, straight, boot-cut, or boyfriend, a great pair of jeans never goes out of style. And if you think denim on denim is a fashion don’t, this year it’s not—pairing fall’s new washed-denim shirts with jeans is definitely a fashion DO, but the look needs to be very intentional and shouldn’t match. Trends for denim this fall are less crisp than in the past and include more washed-out styles and patchwork denim.
  • 60s mod — Think Twiggy or Mad Men but with a modern take. Sixties mod styles like mini dresses and little shift dresses are hot this fall.
  • Pastels — Usually when you think of pastels, you think of spring, but this year soft, feminine colors can add a pop to your wardrobe in winter pieces such as coats and sweaters.
  • 90s Throwback — Relive the 90s with fall’s urban streetwear looks. Nineties throwback styles this season are not extreme (no parachute pants here!) but include lots of worn-in overalls and denim mixed with athletic-inspired pieces.
  • Shorts — Shorts are the perfect transition from summer to fall, and this season’s trend is the boyfriend short—a slouchier, rolled-up version that can be dressed up with a blouse or cardigan and little booties or dressed down with a t-shirt and flats.




Style You Pretty

You adore a trumpet-style dress but what if fit-and-flare doesn’t exactly accentuate your natural shape? Finding the perfect dress isn’t just about what you like, it’s also about what style looks best with your body type. Here’s a few tips to get you started. Once you’re in our store, our knowledgeable stylists can help you find the perfect fit.

Apple – Look for a dress that cinches nicely at the waistline, then flows out into a subtle

Pear shaped figure example

A-line. In addition to cinching, bodices with texture—think ruching or lace—provides structure to your midsection.

Pear – Accentuate your slender upper body with thin straps, a deep V neckline, or fitted bodice; play to your hips and thighs with structured fabrics that won’t cling and billowy skirts (that won’t either).

Straight – If you weren’t born with them, buy them— curves, that is. A ball gown that cinches at the natural waist with a billowy, floor-length skirt can give the illusion of curves.

Curvy – Play up your hourglass shape with a drop-waist or mermaid-style gown. While a sweetheart neckline perfectly mimics your natural shape, avoid plunging necklines that show too much up top.