PrAna Phoebe Tank Top for Yoga and Beyond

Yesterday, I wrote about two brands of women’s activewear new to me. Today’s post is about a brand I already know and love.

Two years ago, I bought my first PrAna Amaya athletic dress. It’s flattering and comes in lots of fun prints. Now my wardrobe includes three Amaya dresses. They’ve held up great, and PrAna has become one of my favorite activewear brands.

A Yoga Top Pretty Enough to Wear Outside of Class

There is a PrAna top I have my eye on for its sporty design and gorgeous prints. PrAna’s Phoebe Tank Top has a shelf bra and a X-back design that’s attractive – as well as perfect for yoga and other activities. It’s also Made in the USA.

Several online sites carries the Phoebe Tank Top in different patterns.

The Phoebe Tank Top in Blue Pixie (below), Black Pixie and Viola Pixie is available from Zappos. ($65)
PrAna Womans Yoga Top Activewear

Garnet Hill has the Phoebe Tank Top in a Black Print (below) as well as an Indigo Print. ($65)

Woman Yoga Top Prana Yoga Top Garnet Hill

Sierra Trading Post has the Phoebe Tank Top in three colors in XS, S and M on sale for $42.95

6pm.com has the Phoebe Tank Top in Plum Red Quito in L on sale for $52.99

The Phoebe Tank Top is made of recycled materials – as is much of PrAna’s activewear and other products. PrAna is a brand to have on your radar if environmental sustainability is a cause you care about.

Fun Fact: PrAna was the first North American company to produce and market Fair Trade Certified clothing.

Online, Zappos has the largest selection of PrAna activewear, gear and equipment. If you are interested in checking it out, click here.

Amy

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Don’t Like Your Clothes? Revitalize Them! (Part 2)

This is the second post in a series about how to tackle your wardrobe if you’re unhappy with your clothes – or just feel like you have nothing to wear.

In Part 1, we talked about giving yourself permission to cull your wardrobe, keep only the clothes you love, and identify a neutral skirt or pants that fits, flatters, complements your personality and suits your lifestyle.

Today’s post shoes how you can use that perfect neutral skirt or pants to “anchor” an outfit and build a wardrobe around it that you like to wear and that suits your lifestyle.

The post ends with examples of an everyday top, a work top and a top for special occasions. (We’ll save workout clothes for another day!)

Because the skirt or pants that you bought (or found in your closet!) is neutral, it “should” coordinate with most – if not all – of the tops you have.

Should is the operative word here, because the next step is for you to slip on that skirt or pants and try it on with every top in your closet and drawers.

As you try on each top you will quickly realize that the bottoms look better with some tops and not so great with others. Your task is to identify the tops that look great with the bottom and separate them from the tops that look just okay – or worse. (If you still love a top that doesn’t pair well with with your new bottoms, you can use it to create another outfit.)

The Tops and Bottoms that Look Good Together Are Your New Outfits. 

Take each coordinating pair and ask yourself if it suits your everyday style, your work style or your dressed up style?

If you think you will forget these outfits and how you categorized them, write them down for future reference. For example, short sleeve white v-neck top + black pants = everyday style. (An outfit may fit more than one category.)

When you’ve finished categorizing the outfits you’ve put together, do an audit. How many everyday outfits, work outfits, and dressed up outfits can you tally? Take that number and compare it to how you usually spend each day of the week and how often you socialize.

Don’t forget to take into account how often you do laundry or visit the dry cleaner.

Every Woman Should Have a Minimum Number of “Outfits” to Wear for Her Activities 
Within the Time Frame of How Often She Launders or Dry Clean Here Clothes.

I will use myself as an example. Here’s a typical week:

After a trip to the gym and a shower, most days I wear a casual outfit while I work from home and run errands. On days that I leave the house for work or to socialize, my outfits are a bit more dressed up. At least once a week, dinners or evenings out are on my calendar too. With the exception of workout clothing, I launder my clothes about once a week – but I rarely visit the dry cleaner.

Here is my weekly tally:

  • 7 everyday outfits
  • 2-3 work outfits
  • 2 dressed up outfits

After you tally your wardrobe’s weekly needs and compare it to the outfits you’ve put together with your tops and your awesome flattering skirt or pants, take a look at how many outfits you lack. If you’re amused by fancy language, we can call this your “outfit deficit.”

You may have noticed that our new tagline is “love the style that works for you.” Here’s a visual to help you figure out what kind of tops you need for your revitalized wardrobe.

Three Tops That Illustrate Everyday Style, Work Style and Dressed Up Style

Boden Breton Long Sleeve Top Talbots Tie Scarf Blouse Anthropolgoie Special Occasion Top

Everyday Top (Left): The Long Sleeve Breton in Navy/Ivory (Sale: $30.40 from Boden, Original: $38, available in 15 color combinations) is the ultimate classic everyday top. Tucked in or worn loose, it will look good with everything from your neutral skirt or pants to prints. Lucky women who work in casual offices could also wear this top to work, but for those of you who work in offices with more traditional dress codes, save this top for weeknights and weekends. To see more examples of casual tops that Commandress profiled recently, click here and here.

Work Top (Center): The Renaissance Floral Tie Scarf Blouse ($89.59 from Talbots)  epitomizes work style and is perfect for conservative offices. It also works well for entrepreneurs like me who attend business lunches from time to time. I love how this blouse combines professionalism and femininity. Another perquisite for me is that the top is machine washable. To see more examples of work tops that Commandress profiled recently, click here and here.

Dressed Up Top (Right): Kluane Midi Blouse by Panjay & Nidhi ($198 from Anthropologie) is a sophisticated top for any number of dressed up events. The sheer sleeves and the bodice’s embroidery make the top perfect for special occasions. It looks lovely with a straight or A-line skirt. Alternatively, it would dress up pants – or even jeans – if you’re attending a festive casual event.

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Let’s end today’s post with the key thing to keep in mind while you revitalize your wardrobe.

When you’re picking out new tops for yourself, keep in mind they must fit and flatter your figure, complement your personality, suit your lifestyle and coordinate well with at least one skirt or pants in your wardrobe.

Remember the tops you set aside because they didn’t look good with your new bottoms? Take a good long look at them.

Ask yourself if you want to invest in another new skirt or pants for them. If the answer is yes, tally the number of new bottoms you potentially need as well as the tops you need to fill your wardrobe. If you plan to shop in person, wear them or bring them with you to try on with prospective pieces. If you plan to shop online, keep them beside you to glance at as you visit retailers’ sites.

Amy

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F is for Friday & Flamingos – From Flamingo Dresses to Flamingo Sandals & More

Remember the post about pineapples from last month? This summer, flamingos are as hot, if not hotter, than pineapples.

Flamingos are no longer relegated to yard art. When I was out running errands a couple days ago, I saw another shopper wearing the cutest flamingo shirt. Later that day, I stopped to admire a flamingo print top in a boutique. It’s time to wear flamingos, ladies!

Whether you want to wear flamingos, carry flamingos or sleep on flamingo sheets,
there is something for everyone who loves the bird that symbolizes beauty, grace and balance.

You could spend hours – if not days – hunting for the perfect flamingo dress, top, necklace, etc. – so today’s post is an assembly of the best of the best on two collages – all decorated with flamingos.

Flamingo Print Tote iPhone Case Scarf Top Duvet Cover Flip-Flops Mary Katrantzou Graphic Skirt Socks Watch Necklace FlamingoClockwise from Top Left: Printed Village White Flamingo Scarf ($29.95 from Amazon) | Flamingo Linen and Leather Tote Bag by The Tangled Path ($180 from Etsy) | Splendid Flamingo Print V-Neck Tee (Sale: $59.99 from 6pm) | OTM iPhone 6 Case – Flamingos (Sale: $21, Regular: $30 from Bloomingdales, Sale Ends 8/9/2015) | DENY Designs Pink Flamingo Lightweight Duvet Cover ($139-$179 from Target) | Bianca Pratt Flamingo Pendant Necklace ($940 from Barneys) | Woven Pear’s Flirty Flamingo Socks ($11.99 from Etsy) | Flamingo and Pineapple Linen Tote Bag by The Tangled Path ($35 from Etsy)  | Mary Katrantzou Bowles A-Line Flamingo Midi Skirt (Sale: $728.49 from Far Fetch) | Splendid Womens Firefly Jelly Flip-Flop (Sale: $16.08-$34.99 from Amazon) | Kate Spade New York Rumsey Flamingo Printed Silicone Strap Watch ($125 from Macys) | LouLouandMo Fun Flamingo Messenger Bag ($75.44 from Etsy)

Flamingo Dress Soft Joie Top Stuffed Animal Headband TOMS Flamingo Print Shoes Kate Spade Slide Sandals Necklace Tote Flamingos

Clockwise from Tip Left: Soft Joie Dillon P Tee ($88 from Zappos) | Kate Spade New York Flamingo Print Sheath Dress available in O, 2 and 14 ($348 from Bloomingdales) & for the lucky lady who wears a size 10 (on sale for $226 from Kate Spade) | Flavia Flamingo Stuffed Animal ($24 from Anthropologie) | Personalized4You Pink Flamingo Necklace With Monogram ($13 from Etsy) | F Melina Coated-Canvas Tote by Mary Katrantzou ($1,070 from MatchesFashion) | TeenyTinyT Flamingo Knot Headband ($7.50 from Etsy) | Toms Classic Flamingo Alpargata Slip-On Shoes ($53.95 from Nordstrom)

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There are tens of thousands of flamingo print dresses, tops, earrings, bracelets, shoes, sandals and more out there.

If you have some time on your hands and want to explore more, here are some terrific online sites with lots of flamingo-print items: for Kate Spade’s fabulous selection, click here; for unique designs on Etsy, click here; for Nordstrom’s items including more Kate Spade, click here; for Zappos’ flamingo items, click here; for Target’s, click here; and for Amazon’s seemingly endless options, click here.

Amy

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