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You’ve invested in your denim, and taking proper care of your jeans will ensure they last for the long haul. While there’s conflicting info out there on how to wash (or not wash) them, we’ve done the research on the best ways to care for your trusty blues.

Unsure of how to take care of your denim? Here’s how to wash your favorite jeans.

Washing Less is More

Unless you are wearing your jeans every day from sun up to sun down, you can wait in between washes. Not smelly nor soiled? Avoid tossing them into the washing machine after every wear. Skipping frequent washes helps prolong the life of your jeans—aim to get four to five wears out of them. White and light-colored denim is the exception to the rule as it’s prone to getting dirty or dingy.

Wash Gently

Think twice before tossing your favorite jeans into the washing machine with your other laundry. With a little bit of extra care, you’ll extend the life of your denim while ensuring you have the perfect fit every time you put them on.

  • Handwashing is always the most gentle wash option. Fill your bathtub or sink with water, add a gentle detergent and let soak.
  • If you prefer using your washing machine, opt for a gentle cycle. Turn your denim inside out to help prevent fade.
  • Consider the wash of your denim. Cold water helps dark wash denim retain color; however, hot water cycles clean clothes better. Wash your denim sporadically in warm water for the best of both worlds.
  • Denim is a dyed fabric that will bleed as you wash. Protect your other clothes by washing all of your denim in its own load. The wash cycle creates friction between your jeans and other articles of clothing, so washing your jeans alone also avoids wear and tear on other clothes.

Stylist Tip: We know you’re eager to rock your new denim, but washing before you wear them ensures the dye doesn’t rub off onto your skin, upholstery and other clothes. Plus, denim bleeds the most right after you pop the tag.

Dry With Care

Denim is constructed with a cotton or cotton-blend fabric that is woven for the ultimate in strength and comfort. The higher the cotton content, the more stretch you will encounter as the denim weave pulls or “stretches out.” Drying your jeans correctly will help with keeping your denim in perfect shape.

Hang dry your jeans in the shade to avoid shrinkage and fading—the less heat you can use, the better. Jeans feeling a little loose? Do toss them in the dryer on medium to low heat.

As a rule of thumb, try to size down when buying new denim. This will account for any stretch that will naturally happen as you wear them day to day.

—Sheri F.

Ready to rock a new pair of jeans? We’d love to send a new pair your way!

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Meet The Guests Katie Piper

@katiepiper_

Katie Piper is an inspirational philanthropist, campaigner and television presenter. In 2008, she launched her own charitable fund, the Katie Piper Foundation, which raises money for those living with burns and scars – a cause that remains close to her heart after surviving her own acid attack. She also created a BAFTA-nominated documentary on the topic, named ‘Katie: My Beautiful Face’, which was watched by 3.5 million viewers and shown in more than 15 countries. Katie is a best-selling author who’s penned 8 successful books such as ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Beautiful Ever After’ and a journal entitled, ‘Confidence’.

Faye Toze

@fayetozersmith

Faye Tozer is best known for her part in the Brit Award-winning pop band Steps. Over a five-year period they released 17 singles and four studio albums, selling over 20 million records. Faye was a finalist on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and is currently starring in the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, as Miss Hedge.

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Alesha Dixon:

I’m Alesha Dixon, and you’re listening to Wear It’s At, a podcast all about midi-life milestones, brought to you by online styling service, Stitch Fix.

Alesha Dixon:

Now, throughout the series, we plan to discuss, dissect and dress everything from love to lust, careers to crisis, and from friendships to fashion. Today, we’re talking about the ups and downs of adulting, and how it’s possible to grow up without growing boring.

Alesha Dixon:

Joining me we’ve philanthropist, campaigner, television presenter, and bestselling international author, the phenomenal Katie Piper.

Katie Piper:

Hello.

Alesha Dixon:

Thanks for joining me.

Katie Piper:

What an intro.

Alesha Dixon:

What an intro.

Katie Piper:

Wow.

Alesha Dixon:

Right? Needed some music behind it.

Alesha Dixon:

Also with us today is West End star and member of Brit Award-winning pop band Steps. It’s Faye Tozer.

Faye Tozer:

Thank you, and hello.

Alesha Dixon:

Thank you, ladies, for joining me.

Alesha Dixon:

Right. So, let’s get straight into the questions. Okay. What makes you feel young, and what makes you feel old?

Katie Piper:

I watched Love Island yesterday, and I felt old.

Alesha Dixon:

My friend texted me. She’s like, “Are you going to watch?” I said, “I don’t want to, but I’m going to.” And then, she texted me afterwards. She was like, “What did you think?” I said, “It’s a load of rubbish, but I’ll be watching tomorrow night.”

Katie Piper:

Yeah. That sums it up, basically.

Faye Tozer:

I had a coffee with my best friend yesterday morning. We said exactly the same thing.

Faye Tozer:

I think what makes me feel old is when I hear people’s birth dates, when they were born, and they say, “I was born …” You know, the millennials.

Katie Piper:

People who were born in the ’90s, and you’re like, “Oh my god.”

Alesha Dixon:

I know.

Faye Tozer:

Yeah. That kind of is a big checkpoint for me.

Alesha Dixon:

Or, when you find yourself moaning about things, and you think, “Oh my god. I sound like my nan,” or, “I sound like my mom.” Usually, I have those moments.

Faye Tozer:

Definitely like my mom. Or, when you say, “Oh. Music’s not the same anymore.” All those things that you heard your parents-

Alesha Dixon:

“It’s not like it was in my day.” You know, when you say that, and you think, “What have I just said?”

Faye Tozer:

Yeah. Exactly. Exactly.

Katie Piper:

Or, if people talk to you about current music, and you’ve not even heard of the person. And, I’m just like, “Oh. Sorry. I didn’t even know that’s a person or a brand or I don’t know.”

Alesha Dixon:

What does being an adult even mean?

Faye Tozer:

What I call adulting at home, I guess, is when I have to pay my bills or I have to organization something. It’s the thing that used to feel like homework kat school. It’s the chores that you have to do.

Alesha Dixon:

The chores. Yes.

Faye Tozer:

Yeah. The boring bits.

Katie Piper:

Yeah. I think you’re right. I think, definitely, adulting, for me, is becoming less selfish. I know, as a child and a teenager, my childhood revolved around, “When is it Christmas? When is it school holidays? When is it my birthday?” And then, as a teenager, it was about pushing boundaries, “When can I go out? When can I buy cigarettes? When can I come home whenever I want.” And then, as you become an adult, even before I had my kids, it was starting to think about other people and really becoming aware of that.

Alesha Dixon:

Was there a turning point, would you say, a certain age where you suddenly felt more of an adult, so to speak?

Katie Piper:

I think, for me, it was a bit of a backwards and forwards movement, because I did feel like an adult when I moved out of home. I was only 19 when I did that. And then, when I kind of had a trauma in my 20s, I regressed back to a child. So, I sort of had a good go at it, was a bit wild, came back, regressed into child … like, kind of needing help, needing support, and then I went back out sort of late 20s, and had a much more conservative, slow journey to feeling like a woman again.

Alesha Dixon:

What about you, Faye? How old are you, if you don’t mind me asking?

Faye Tozer:

I’m 43, turning 44 in November already.

Alesha Dixon:

Looking fabulous.

Faye Tozer:

But, I don’t feel like that number matches me at all, but I’m very proud to have earned the stripes for it.

Faye Tozer:

For me, I think it was when I first started working. Those sorts of things, where you’re discovering the world on your own and making your own decisions, and having to just look after yourself.

Alesha Dixon:

I know what you mean.

Alesha Dixon:

As a child, do you remember the thing that you were most excited about doing as an adult?

Katie Piper:

Mine was a lot about accountability. I just couldn’t wait to not have to report to anyone. Like, you get the picture. I was a nightmare as a teenager. I was like, “I can’t wait to live in my own flat, go out and come home whenever. I don’t know when I’m coming home. And, do what I want.” And, actually, when you do do it, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, because, then, you run out of money for food and rent, and you wish you were at home. I was kind of quite wild in that I just wanted to be really free and just do what I wanted, when I wanted.

Alesha Dixon:

What would you say is the worst thing about being an adult?

Faye Tozer:

I enjoy being an adult. I think, as my years progress and I achieve more, or just as I move forward, my life gets better.

Alesha Dixon:

I agree.

Faye Tozer:

I’m really enjoying where I am now. I wouldn’t go back at all.

Alesha Dixon:

No. You couldn’t pay me to be in my 20s again.

Faye Tozer:

Right. Exactly. And, I feel so much stronger, and so much bigger and better, and so much more satisfied and happy with the world.

Alesha Dixon:

Yeah. And, it’s so interesting how so many people put an emphasis on age and worry about getting older, but everybody I know, there only seems to be positive benefits to maturing, and getting older and wiser and more conscious and awake and aware. Life is just more peaceful, I think, within yourself as you get older.

Katie Piper:

100%. I totally agree with what you’ve said because I’m my happiest at my oldest, and society would say that that’s not right for a woman, because a woman is her most glamorous or most prime in her 20s.

Alesha Dixon:

Rubbish.

Katie Piper:

No. It’s-

Alesha Dixon:

No disrespect to the 20-year-olds. But, trust me, wait till you get older. It gets better.

Katie Piper:

Yeah. For me, with age, has come acceptance, and that equals confidence. So, I’m my most confident and most happy. You know, I’m nearly 36, and I love it. I can’t wait to get older.

Alesha Dixon:

Well, I turned 40 last October, which really surprised me. I had a couple of weeks of feeling a bit anxious about it, which surprised me because, my character, I thought I was going to be really positive about it. So, I had a tiny wobble, but it was more the realization of just how quick life goes, and that was what was making me feel anxious, not the idea of turning 40. Because, I have to say, now I’ve turned 40, actually, I’m so excited, and I feel like I’m just getting started.

Faye Tozer:

Absolutely.

Alesha Dixon:

It’s just so lovely to feel.

Katie Piper:

Yeah. And, also, what a positive way to look at aging.

Alesha Dixon:

Yeah.

Katie Piper:

Aging is a privilege. Not everybody gets to age.

Alesha Dixon:

That’s right.

Katie Piper:

And, actually, you look at it as another milestone. And, when you realize life is short, I’m going to live it to the full and, like you said, really relish and enjoy being an adult.

Alesha Dixon:

Exactly.

Alesha Dixon:

So, how do we grow up without growing boring?

Faye Tozer:

I don’t know. I think there’s something in letting yourself have responsibilities, but also letting your hair down. Make sure that you hang out with your friends and do fun stuff. I mean, I feel very privileged that, with my job in the entertainment industry, I meet so many crazy, wild creatives, and I still jump around with the youngsters on the stage. I just feel that that gives me so much energy and so much laughter as well.

Katie Piper:

I mean, you were amazing on Strictly.

Alesha Dixon:

Yes.

Katie Piper:

I would watch you with my jaw … As were you.

Alesha Dixon:

I voted for you, by the way.

Katie Piper:

Yeah.

Faye Tozer:

Did you?

Alesha Dixon:

Yes.

Katie Piper:

You were so good.

Faye Tozer:

Wow. Thank you. That’s so cool. That’s amazing.

Katie Piper:

But, I think it’s a big thing about not conforming to, “Oh. A certain person at this age shouldn’t be doing X, Y, Z, or shouldn’t wear X, Y, Z.” If you don’t conform to what is, really, just a made up standard, then you don’t put a limit on an age, I think.

Alesha Dixon:

I agree.

Alesha Dixon:

I know you’ll both relate to this, but when you look at the world through your children’s eyes, that helps keep you young as well, doesn’t it? It reminds you to have a childlike kind of attitude about life, and how their imagination is free. We just put so many kind of … the pessimistic kind of adult head on, sometimes. And, actually, just remembering what it’s like to be a kid and just be in the moment.

Faye Tozer:

You know, through the eyes of children is such an amazing thing. Because, I remember, when Benjamin was really small, when he recognized that a window was a square, I was like, “Wow. That’s so cool.”

Alesha Dixon:

It’s the small things.

Faye Tozer:

It is. And, it’s just such a beautiful thing. To have that sort of vulnerability, and be so unaware of what’s out there and the limits that we put on ourselves as adults, I think.

Alesha Dixon:

Yeah. It’s like we put sort of stigmas on things, and kids don’t. They’re just free.

Faye Tozer:

Yeah. Some people think you might become boring when you’re a parent because of routines and that kind of stuff. But, actually, I think it stops me being boring, because I kind of pre … I anticipate everything I say, and I don’t want to say, “Oh. It’s a horrible day outside. It’s raining.” “It’s a lovely day.”

Alesha Dixon:

Yes.

Faye Tozer:

“Let’s go to the river. Let’s put welly boots on.” I don’t want to make my child into a pessimistic person, so I almost sort of think, “No. I shouldn’t say that,” or I shouldn’t say something negative about myself, because I’m going to give her that kind of dialog. You know?

Alesha Dixon:

Yeah. Children keep you in check, don’t they?

Faye Tozer:

Yeah. That’s true. Yeah.

Alesha Dixon:

They really do.

Alesha Dixon:

Do you think there’s such a thing as dressing your age? I mean, I think I know the answer to this.

Faye Tozer:

I’m interested to hear what you think, actually.

Alesha Dixon:

I mean, I don’t think that I dress to suit my age. I just dress in what makes me feel comfortable. I don’t know. I think my style’s got better as I’ve got older. I just feel like it’s an expression of how I’m feeling and who I am. I’m just as comfortable in a tracksuit, but if I want to wear a short skirt and get my legs out, then I don’t feel like I shouldn’t because I’m 40. I still feel like, if you’ve got it, then flaunt it. No?

Katie Piper:

Yeah.

Faye Tozer:

Absolutely. I think it’s interesting because, being in a pop band as well, you get to express yourself and have these amazing, crazy costumes. It’s stuff that I probably wouldn’t wear on the street.

Alesha Dixon:

Yeah. Of course.

Faye Tozer:

But, it’s so much fun to be able to wear these crazy things. And then, in my daily life, I kind of wear classic things, things that I feel comfortable in. But, when I go out, I want to get my legs out. Yeah. I’ve still got okay legs.

Alesha Dixon:

I think, when you get older, you just know what’s appropriate, depending on the environment that you’re in, and you kind of adapt to that.

Katie Piper:

Yeah. I think I would look at it as, “What’s suitable for this job?” I would never think, “What’s suitable for my age?” I suppose, after I had my second child, things like my stomach changed. And then, there was a point where I thought, “Oh. Should I not wear a bikini?” And then, I thought, “Actually, this is crazy.” We’re seeing, on social media, so much more diversity in age, body shape, size. And, I thought, “No. There’s so many different looking people out there. I’ll wear … [inaudible 00:10:00].”

Alesha Dixon:

It’s quite dangerous, isn’t it, if we start dressing by our age?

Katie Piper:

Yeah.

Alesha Dixon:

Because, people are at different stages in their lives within themselves. I mean, my mom’s in her 60s, and she dresses quite cool and quite edgy, and I think, “Why not?”

Faye Tozer:

I think we’re quite lucky with what sort of fashion is out there as well, this generation.

Alesha Dixon:

Do you think you’re more fashion-conscious now, then, than when you were younger, or just more relaxed about it?

Faye Tozer:

No. I think I’m a bit more relaxed about the whole thing, and I feel more confident in my choices and what I feel looks good to me.

Alesha Dixon:

Works for you.

Faye Tozer:

Yeah. And, it is. It’s all about confidence. It’s like people who wear hats. If you wear a hat, wear it with confidence, and people will love you in it. If you’re not sure about it, you can tell by body language. Yeah. It’s nice to be able to express yourself. Yeah.

Alesha Dixon:

Yeah. And, also, I think, when you get older, I think you understand that being sexy or being beautiful isn’t by the length of your skirt or how much skin is showing.

Katie Piper:

And, you stop dressing for other people. You just dress for you. And then, that’s so clear-cut.

Alesha Dixon:

Freedom, people. Freedom.

Alesha Dixon:

What would you say is the most grown-up decision … This is a big question. What’s the most grown-up decision you’ve ever made?

Faye Tozer:

Again, it’s back to children, again. Having the decision to have a baby. I mean, it was kind of more an internal decision, because I think the hormones kicked in, and it was like that’s my drive for life, was … It suddenly felt like that’s what I needed to do. And, I guess, buying a house, that’s a big decision.

Katie Piper:

Yeah. I mean, I think your whole adult years are full of huge financial decisions, strategic decisions. But, I think, like you said, children. I had my second child 17 months ago, and my first child, just like any mom, is so precious to me. And, I really worried, could I feel like this about another child?

Alesha Dixon:

Oh, wow.

Katie Piper:

Will I hurt her feelings if I have another baby? It was this really … I probably overthought it a little bit, because it’s fine, and they’re best friends, and it’s brilliant, but it felt like a big decision because I was affecting so many people’s lives. And, you know, I’m a working mom. I knew I was going to go back to work straight away. But, yeah. It felt like a big decision.

Faye Tozer:

I think that’s a really, really big point, actually, going back to work after having your child. That was a huge decision. Are you abandoning your child? Who is looking after your child when you’re working?

Alesha Dixon:

Yeah. Absolutely. And, it’s not … Other people judging your choices for your life is just crazy.

Katie Piper:

Yeah. Best piece of advice someone said to me was, “Never make decisions based on other people’s opinions.”

Alesha Dixon:

I agree. It’s so right. That’s quite restrictive, if you were to live your life based on somebody else’s opinion of what you should do.

Katie Piper:

Absolutely.

Alesha Dixon:

You wouldn’t do anything.

Katie Piper:

And, it’s a fake life for you, isn’t it?

Alesha Dixon:

Absolutely.

Katie Piper:

Because, you’re kind of living fraudulently, because it’s not, ultimately, what’s at your core.

Alesha Dixon:

Do you still look to other adults for advice?

Faye Tozer:

Absolutely. Every day. I think that I’m really lucky because both my parents are still here. They’re married still.

Alesha Dixon:

Lovely.

Faye Tozer:

We’ve got a really lovely support network. My mother-in-law is incredible. Everybody-

Alesha Dixon:

A sentence you don’t hear often.

Faye Tozer:

I know, right? I feel very, very lucky.

Alesha Dixon:

No. I’m in the same camp. I’ve got a … She’s not my mother-in-law, but she’s fantastic. So, yeah, I feel very lucky too.

Faye Tozer:

I feel so blessed to have people that I can literally just pick up the phone and go, “What do I do now?”

Alesha Dixon:

Yeah. And, there’s nothing wrong in that, I don’t think, at all.

Katie Piper:

No. I think everyone needs someone in their corner. And, for me, I’ve got a range of people that are from different backgrounds, different eras. Because, obviously, sometimes, maybe your parents’ advice might be based on the past and their traditions. So, I think it’s great to have friends who understand your work, and maybe some friends that are giving you an honest outsider’s perspective as well, and they’re not yes-people. I think that’s important.

Alesha Dixon:

Very healthy. I mean, I’m 40, and I still need my mom.

Faye Tozer:

Oh. Absolutely.

Alesha Dixon:

Yeah.

Faye Tozer:

Yeah. Love my mom.

Alesha Dixon:

I don’t think she feels like she has a 40-year-old, because I don’t act like it half the time.

Faye Tozer:

Yeah. They’ll always be your babies. That’s the thing, isn’t it?

Alesha Dixon:

That’s right.

Faye Tozer:

Yeah.

Alesha Dixon:

That’s right.

Alesha Dixon:

What’s the most immature thing you still do?

Faye Tozer:

Like, daily? I mean …

Alesha Dixon:

Is it important to harness your inner child?

Faye Tozer:

Yeah. I laugh a lot. I’m silly a lot. I enjoy that. And, I think holding your children close and laughing, just being silly. Yeah. Being silly is such a joy.

Alesha Dixon:

You’re so right. Life is tough, and it is very serious a lot of the time, so we have to find things that just make us smile, make us happy.

Katie Piper:

Yeah. I think, for me, I feel, sometimes, in my life, I’m responsible for a lot of people. So, sometimes, I like to totally regress. I’ll go with my kids and my husband back to my mom’s, because she doesn’t live in London, and we’ll stay there for the weekend, and my mom will be like, “Do you want me to wash your socks for you that you wore today?” I’ll be like, “Yes.” She’s like, “Do you want a sandwich?” “Yeah.” “Do you want the crusts cut off?” “Okay.”

Alesha Dixon:

I love that.

Katie Piper:

Yeah. And, I just have a really responsibility-free weekend.

Alesha Dixon:

I love that.

Katie Piper:

You know, no makeup, just chilled. And, actually, I know it’s not real life, but it’s escapism and privacy, and it’s nice.

Alesha Dixon:

It’s really nice.

Katie Piper:

Yeah.

Alesha Dixon:

I think, for me, when I’m most immature is when I’m with my daughter and my partner. My partner’s so much better than me at being silly with her and doing silly things, and I find myself,..

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Scroll down to discover how to rock this fun and fearless look. 

Comfy & Casual

Meet this summer’s simplest silhouette. The one-piece makes getting dressed easy (don’t worry about matching tops to bottoms). And who says you can’t mix prints? We love the pop of color these floral tennies add to the more subdued stripes in the romper. Step lively.

Elegant & Elevated

Take your look up a notch. The sweetheart-cut neckline and pintuck pleats up top balance the flowy bottom. Layer it under a classic blazer, add a stacked heel in a striking color and metallic hoop earrings, and you’re ready for a night on the town.

Cool & Relaxed

A cropped, shoulder-baring one-piece in lightweight cotton is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. The shorter length gives your shoes a chance to stand out. Wear it with a sandal wedge to elongate your legs.

Flirty & Feminine

You’re never too old (or too young) to rock a romper. Dressy fabrics, such as silk and satin add sophistication, as does a not too-too short hemline. Balance bright, bold colors and patterns with a simple strappy wedge heel in a neutral hue. A sash in the same print as the romper adds structure.    

Slip into something super easy this summer. Ask your Stylist to send you a one-piece (or two).

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Up your style game with our top summer pant picks.

Go To Ladylike Lengths

Capris, pedal pushers, clam-diggers—whatever you want to call them—these summer pants are the perfect foil for hot weather. Hitting just above the ankle but usually well below the knee, the length tends to shorten your frame. To help create a long line, go with a simple, straight-legged version. A tucked-in top and a belt or sash in a similar tone creates a clean, uninterrupted silhouette. The cropped hem lets you show off your footwear—fancy or otherwise.

Form Meets Function

Fashion favorite of the 90s, the cargo pant (with its practical patch pockets and combat vibe) is making a comeback; thankfully, this time with a higher waist and slimmer silhouette. If you want to pay homage to the girl bands of that era, a crop top and chunky sneakers are all you need. While this trend generally lends itself to more casual looks, we say kick up your kitten heels and slip into a silky blouse for a night on the town. 

These Pants Are No Slouch

Talk about comfortable—and believe us, when it comes to summer pants, the unstructured drawstring wins, hands down. The key to pulling off this popular look? Balance the uber casual silhouette with more polished pieces. We love the look of a fitted (and tucked in) top and just enough bling, so you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed. You can also elevate these pants (literally) with a pair of heels. We suggest a wedge or stacked heel to help lengthen the leg. 

The Modern Wide-Leg

Ultra comfy and universally flattering, the classic wide-leg may just be the superstar of summer pants. For an unfussy, yet sophisticated look, we love a barely-to-the floor length finished with block heels, pop-of-color pumps or booties. Top it off with a breezy blouse and chunky accessories. If you want a more relaxed look, try a cropped style paired with sleek sneakers, mules or slides. Add a straw bag, flip flops and Sophia Loren-sized sunglasses. 

No Need To Rein In This Style 

Gauchos take their inspiration from the pants worn by South American gauchos (cowboys!), but fear not, styled with a few key pieces, this pant is a fun and feminine alternative to shorts. Typically high-waisted and loosely tapered from the thigh, gauchos pair nicely with a statement top that’s half-tucked in, and a waist-defining wide belt. Finish with a pair of block heels for more retro-inspired flare.

The Classic Slim Wide-Leg

Not as billowy as a true wide-leg pant, this slimmer version still checks all of the same boxes for comfort, ease and versatility. The pant feels relaxed without looking sloppy, making it a good workwear choice. Since the length hits just at your ankle, your shoes have a chance to make a style statement, too. Try a kitten heel or a polished pump if you’re taking this look to work. Otherwise, a strappy wedge sandal does the trick of adding height and structure to your outfit.

The Smart-Casual Jogger

No longer relegated to couch-surfing loungewear, the jogger, especially in airy, breathable linen is a sartorial summer staple. You can sport a more street-savvy style with a simple change of your kicks. Skip the sneakers and opt for a pair of heels to keep the outfit fresh. We love joggers with unique details, such as zippered pockets or a lace-up side design. The tapered leg and elastic opening are the quintessential casual combo: relaxed, yet fitted.

For some, summer screams, “Shorts!” And for others, summer pants are the way to go. If the latter sounds more like your warm-weather go-to, ask your Stylist to include a pair in your next Fix.

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Overalls are back and better than ever. And this time, they’re not just for kids! If you loved baggy blue dungarees with oversized tops and a scrunchie in the past, refresh this one-piece style with trendy tops and fresh footwear for an updated take on an old favorite.

Ready to give your childhood staple a grown-up spin? Buckle into a pair of overalls with these outfit combinations in mind.

Opt for an Overall Dress  

For a modern approach on a retro look, take a note from fashionistas everywhere and rock an overall dress for any event on your calendar. Heading to a music festival? Add a dash of daring by showing a little skin in a crop top. Lunching with the ladies? Look no further than a luxe lace tank or ruffle sleeve blouse for a polished aesthetic.

Style with Feminine Prints and Details

Give your inner girly-girl a chance to shine. If you love baring your shoulders, take the trend out for an evening test drive with a flirty off-the-shoulder top in a vibrant color. Get playful with prints when you reach for fresh summer tops (cue all the fun florals!) and finish with strappy sandals or wedges.

Pair with a Classic Tee and Sneakers

Your go-to knit tee is the perfect partner for fashion-forward overalls with cuffed hems. If you want these one-piece-wonders to handle the hard knocks of summer fun, opt for a slouchy short overall that will give you plenty of flexibility for running around, then finish with a striped tank and functional fashion sneakers.

Wear with a Button-Up

For a menswear-inspired twist with a touch of minimalist edge, try pairing your overalls with a collared button-up in white or cream. Opt for a breathable fabric, like linen or cotton, and roll up the sleeves as temperatures rise. Complete the outfit with blush ballet flats to juxtapose the modern flair with a touch of romance, or add heels for an unexpectedly elevated spin.

It doesn’t have to be #ThrowbackThursday to wear overalls, so slip into some today!

—Megan S.

Are you excited about the return of this summer fave? Let us know in the comments section.

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If there’s a sure-fire way to instantly elevate a pair of jeans (quite literally), it’s with a pair of femme shoes. If you ask us, heels fit the bill perfectly. They’re fun, polished, and there are so many styles to choose from! No matter the type of denim you’re donning, there’s a pair of heels out there that’s perfect for them. 

Read on to learn how to wear heels with jeans!

What heels to wear with ripped jeans

Ripped jeans are as casual as your denim can get. Walk the line between edgy and exquisite with of-the-moment slingback heels in a vibrant hue like poppy red. Finish with a delicate tie-waist blouse to bring the look home.

What heels to wear with skinny jeans

If you have a pair of go-to jeans, they’re probably skinnies. Streamline this polished silhouette with sky-high pointed-toe pumps in a seasonal color. Have happy hour plans after work? Add a printed blouse and a blazer—which you’ll swap for a moto jacket as soon as you clock out.

What heels to wear with bootcut jeans

We love the year-round versatility of bootcut jeans. Give this dynamic denim extra flair with heeled ankle booties. Go with a peep-toe, laser cut style during summer, and switch for pointed-toe suede come fall. Finish with a plaid button-down for a cohesive approach.

What heels to wear with wide leg jeans

Wide-leg is denim’s way of saying “I can be casual and daring at once”. Wear wide-legged jeans with heeled mules or block heels to reach their full retro potential. Finish with a simple-yet-chic blouse that cinches your waist to harmonize with this high-spirited silhouette.

Stylist Tip: When the temps hit triple digits, opt for a cropped wide-legged style and partner with nude shoes for mile-long legs.

What heels to wear with boyfriend jeans

In a style rut? There’s no better way to mix things up than with fashion-forward boyfriend jeans. Pair them with sleek stiletto heels to create some contrast or opt for colorful stacked heels. Complete your ensemble with an embroidered top to add some extra punch.

What tops to wear with jeans and heels

With so many denim-heel combos, you might be wondering what tops to pair with your newfound obsession. We’ve got you covered!

Casual tops, jeans and heels

Partner your jeans and heeled booties with your trusty T-shirts or casual button-ups (think plaid or camo). Add a pop-of-color bag for instant panache.

Blouses, jeans and heels

Dressing up for a night out? Slip into a slinky cami blouse in a rich shade like burgundy, and go with no-fail black jeans and pumps.

Blazers, jeans and heels

Your 9 to 5 just got way livelier. Pair colored jeans with a vibrant blazer for a bold color-block effect. Anchor with neutral pumps to keep things balanced.

—Crista G.

Excited to partner your pumps and jeans? Tell us how you plan on styling them below!

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Meet The Guests Natalie Lee

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Mother of two girls and former midwife, Natalie Lee created Style Me Sunday (www.stylemesunday.com) as a space to talk about all things fashion, with feelings thrown into the mix. Natalie’s aim is to inspire women to celebrate their uniqueness, share their struggles and experiences, and to show that there’s no such thing as perfect. As a fierce supporter of other women, Natalie launched the Warrior Woman Project to encourage women to break down their insecurities, be brave and not let anything hold them back from achieving their goals.

Jodie Kidd

@jodiekiddofficial

Jodie Kidd is best known for being a television presenter and one of the most successful models of her generation. Discovered at the age of 15, she has since appeared on the cover of Vogue, opened shows for Givenchy and walked for Alexander McQueen, among other impressive accolades. Kidd is also a sportswoman, enjoying golf and polo, but most notably has enjoyed an impressive career as a professional race car driver for Maserati, competing on some of Europe’s most prestigious race courses. In January of this year, she released her debut book ‘Balance your life’, a motivational 6-week guide to healthy eating and exercise.   

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Alesha Dixon:
Hi, I’m Alesha Dixon, and you’re listening to Wear It’s At, a podcast all about midi life milestones, bought to you by online styling service, Stitch Fix. Today, we’ll be chatting about self loving and self loathing in this week’s episode, The Greatest Love of All, and whether your version of self love is blending up a smoothie, finding time to meditate or cozy and down with some chocolate and your favorite film, we’ll be discussing at all.

Alesha Dixon:
Now, this week I’m joined by supermodel, author and adrenaline junkie, Jodie Kidd.

Jodie Kidd:
Hello.

Alesha Dixon:
Lovely to see, JD.

Jodie Kidd:
And you, my love.

Alesha Dixon:
And, also, we have London based style blogger, mum and body confidence advocate, Natalie Lee of Style Me Sunday.

Natalie Lee:
Hello.

Alesha Dixon:
How are you?

Natalie Lee:
Yeah, really good, thank you.

Alesha Dixon:
Thank you both for joining me. Let’s get straight to it. Right, I want to ask you both, what are your views on self love and what does it mean to you?

Natalie Lee:
I think, to me, I like the phrase, “You can’t pour from an empty cup,” right? So, if you look after yourself first, then everyone else benefits from that. So, for example, at the weekend, I got a free weekend. It just happened. My husband was away climbing some mountains. The girls-

Alesha Dixon:
As you do.

Natalie Lee:
Yeah, he just did a challenge, the Three Peaks Challenge.

Jodie Kidd:
Love that.

Alesha Dixon:
[inaudible 00:01:23].

Natalie Lee:
And, yeah, so, and the girls went to the grandparent’s, and I booked myself into a hotel for two nights.

Jodie Kidd:
Oh, wow.

Alesha Dixon:
Lovely.

Natalie Lee:
In London.

Alesha Dixon:
By yourself?

Natalie Lee:
Yeah.

Alesha Dixon:
Yeah.

Natalie Lee:
And just really enjoyed it, and just had the most magical alone time. And that, to me, is like the epitome of self love. And I came back and I was refreshed, and I was, you know, not shouty mom. I was really … It was just lovely.

Alesha Dixon:
You’re always a nicer mum when you’re kinder to yourself.

Natalie Lee:
Absolutely.

Jodie Kidd:
It took me a long time to kind of understand that though. I kind of went through all my twenties and thirties thinking that, you know, you have to keep pushing, you have to do this, you have to be the best, and da, da, da, and, actually, how much of a better person, the better energy, better for all the people around if you do take a little bit of time and, as you said, love yourself. Chill out, read a book, have a lie-in, have breakfast in bed. Just have time for you. Actually, the benefits … It took literally … I can’t believe I’m in my forties now and I’m like, it took me until then to really realize how beneficial it is and good for your head as well.

Alesha Dixon:
I mean, do you believe people that say, you know, “I can’t find five minutes for myself”? I think, surely, you can find five minutes just to be kind to yourself.

Jodie Kidd:
I was that person.

Alesha Dixon:
Really?

Jodie Kidd:
Yeah, and because you just go, “I haven’t got enough time. Why do I need to do that? I’ve got to go and do this and I’ve got to do that.” And, you know, the horse was doing this or the child’s doing, that-

Alesha Dixon:
The horse is doing it.

Jodie Kidd:
It’s always something. So, literally, I was that person, and then, suddenly, my sister, actually, was the one that said, “Look, Jodes, you have to stop. You are just a machine. You have to just love yourself.” And I was going, “Well, I do, I really love myself and I’m absolutely fine. What’s wrong with it?” And she was going, “No, just stop and just, you know, take that time.” Like going to your hotel weekend. And I did it. I remember the first time I did it, where I’d literally no phones, switched off, and I was kind of like going … And I was in a hotel, the same, and I was going, “Gosh, I’m going to get really bored. What am I going to do? Got to do something.” And then, suddenly, after a couple of hours, I went, “Well, I think I’m going to have a hot bath, you know, in the afternoon.”

Alesha Dixon:
It’s the freedom.

Jodie Kidd:
Yeah. I was like, “Oh, my God, I can have a hot bath in the afternoon and have bubbles, and have a glass of wine.” And I suddenly was like, “I get it.”

Alesha Dixon:
It’s switching your mindset as well, isn’t it? Because once a year I go to this retreat in Portugal, and it’s like a wellness retreat, and I don’t know if you’ve heard of Jason Vale, but he’s absolutely amazing. And I used to say, “I’m going to be selfish for the week,” and it was actually my partner that said, “No, you’re going away to have a week of self love.”

Jodie Kidd:
Ah, lovely, yeah.

Alesha Dixon:
And so it’s just like changing … And I thought, “Yeah, he’s right. It’s not about being selfish. I’m going there to be kind to myself, because, actually, it makes me a nicer person.” But I do it once a year and I go for six days, and I don’t like being away from my daughter for six days, but I think, actually she gets a better mum.

Natalie Lee:
Absolutely. And I think as moms we’re often quite sort of martyrish, aren’t we?

Jodie Kidd:
Oh, gosh.

Natalie Lee:
We’re like, “Oh, I can’t find five minutes,” but you have to make the five minutes.

Alesha Dixon:
Yes.

Natalie Lee:
It’s not about … You know, there’s always something to do, isn’t there? But you have to find that time, and we can all find it, every single person. So I think you just have to make it happen.

Jodie Kidd:
It’s so true.

Alesha Dixon:
What do you love most about yourself?

Natalie Lee:
Ooh, good question.

Jodie Kidd:
You first.

Natalie Lee:
I think I love really well. I love hard.

Jodie Kidd:
Oh, that’s nice.

Natalie Lee:
When I love people, I love really, really hard.

Jodie Kidd:
Oh, that’s so nice. Will you love me? I want to be loved hard like that.

Natalie Lee:
You’re in need of love.

Jodie Kidd:
No, no, no. Love the way you said it, it was gorgeous.

Natalie Lee:
And, physically, I like my bum. I’ve got a good bum. Yeah.

Jodie Kidd:
Yeah.

Alesha Dixon:
That’s a good one to like.

Jodie Kidd:
I don’t know. I think what I love about myself is fiercely loyal. So once you’re in that kind of, as, you said, once you’ve got that love, you feel that love. I’ve got that with my friendships. So I’d say my loyalty to my friends and the people that I love, I think is something that I would go above and beyond to kind of withhold. And then, physically, legs. I love my legs.

Alesha Dixon:
I love that we’re talking physically as well.

Jodie Kidd:
Yeah, I’m switching on really quickly. Can we get away from the emotional side?

Alesha Dixon:
I would say for me, I love my compassionate heart. I feel like it’s never ending. And I love natural joyful disposition. I feel like I’m naturally a cup half full, optimistic person. And, actually, when I’m feeling negative or being hard on myself, I feel like I’m moving away from who I am. So I love that I have a sort of natural vibrancy about life. But I would say the thing I like least about myself is I’m short tempered, I’m impatient, and, sometimes, I feel like things I do are never good enough, and I have to always remind myself-

Natalie Lee:
Perfectionist. Are you a perfectionist, or?

Alesha Dixon:
I think the older I’ve got, I’ve realized that I’m never gonna be perfect. But I think I am one of these people that strives for it, but I’m also accepting that I’m perfectly imperfect, and that’s freedom in itself, because before, that wouldn’t have been good enough. It’s like I would’ve had to have, you know, it’s kind of getting to a place where you can just be content with what you have, not necessarily striving for something else. Are you guys into exercise?

Jodie Kidd:
Yes.

Alesha Dixon:
Yes, I thought you would say that.

Jodie Kidd:
But it was also another thing that took me a long time to realize,, because I was always active but never went to the gym, never had a routine. In the last couple of years is the first time where I’ve really been doing, you know, proper exercise, and I have to say my mental balance, everything, I’m just gone, “Can’t believe it’s taken me so long to actually know how beneficial exercise is.” It’s amazing.

Natalie Lee:
So I never really … I just hated the gym, I hated exercising, but in the last couple of years I’ve got into dancing.

Alesha Dixon:
Oh, nice.

Jodie Kidd:
Brilliant.

Natalie Lee:
Yeah, I go dancing. I try and go four times a week, and I am dripping by the end of it. I love it. I’ve ever found anything like it and now I’m addicted.

Jodie Kidd:
And do you think that people will have to find their own way of whatever exercise it is? So-

Alesha Dixon:
Yes, for sure.

Jodie Kidd:
You found yours with dancing. I actually found one on a, I’m not allowed to call it an elliptical machine, apparently that’s really old fashioned.

Natalie Lee:
What is it?

Jodie Kidd:
It’s a cross trainer.

Natalie Lee:
Oh, cross trainer.

Jodie Kidd:
I’m looking, is it cross …

Natalie Lee:
Yes.

Jodie Kidd:
I call elliptical. Everyone’s like, “You can’t call elliptical.” Apparently, that’s so not cool.

Alesha Dixon:
I’ve never heard that. Elliptical.

Jodie Kidd:
It’s elliptical.

Natalie Lee:
I’ve never heard that either.

Alesha Dixon:
I like that.

Jodie Kidd:
My other half just goes, “It’s embarrassing.” So I’ll go to the [inaudible 00:08:19] and I’ll be like, “Have you got an elliptical machine?”

Natalie Lee:
You’re showing your age there, Jodie.

Alesha Dixon:
I can’t get to grips with them.

Jodie Kidd:
So embarrassing. I am turning into my mother. Oh my God. I did this show when I hurt my knee so I can’t do too much running, so I love ellipticals. So I found that, and that really has beneficial things, but running, oh, my God, same thing. Hated it, wanted to cry, wanted to be sick, you know, it was just dreadful.

Alesha Dixon:
What are your thoughts on dieting? I mean, it’s such a broad question.

Jodie Kidd:
I’ve tried it. Obviously been in the fashion world for so many years, you’ve got to be a size eight, or a size zero in America, so you’ve got to be very conscious of what you look like. So, you know, tried diets throughout most of my life and they’ve just been …

Alesha Dixon:
Exhausting?

Jodie Kidd:
Hell, actually, really hell. I mean, some of them, you literally are so calorie low that you can’t even get up and walk without feeling dizzy, you know? It’s kind of like there’s some horrendous ones, and it’s just got to this point in my life where you just do everything in balance.

Natalie Lee:
I don’t deprive myself of anything. I think any time I do deprive myself, I’ve found that I just crave it even more, and then it’s just all goes in. So, if I fancy it, I’ll eat it. And I think it goes back to that self love again, doesn’t it? Once you start looking after yourself and loving yourself, you’re not going to binge on food that makes you feel like crap. So, yeah, I eat food that I like, and I love vegetables and fruit.

Alesha Dixon:
Me too.

Natalie Lee:
And I like, pizzas, and coke and all that kind of stuff, but it’s if I love myself and I’m looking after myself, I do it in moderation, like you said.

Alesha Dixon:
Do you have a go to gym workout outfit? Or are you just a bit like, “Oh, I’ll just throw on anything to go to the gym”?

Jodie Kidd:
Yeah, I’m a bit relaxed.

Alesha Dixon:
I’m a throw on anything to go to the gym girl.

Jodie Kidd:
Yeah, I’m a bit relaxed, but there is some amazing gym kit out there. I’m a member of a gym in London, and I go there, and, God, it’s like a fashion show.

Alesha Dixon:
To go to the gym?

Jodie Kidd:
Yes, they’re looking amazing and make up. I don’t see many of them sweat though, so I don’t know [inaudible 00:10:38]. But they look fab.

Natalie Lee:
I mean I think you’re right. I think putting on whatever’s comfortable is the most important thing with exercise gear. You don’t want to be hoiking it up all the time and readjusting, because that just distracts you from actually doing the exercise. But I have to say, I mean, I am a style blogger, obviously, so my leopard print leggings, I absolutely love them, and that’s probably my favorite workout gear, because they also really feel good. They’re really snug and they fit me really well, and they look bloody excellent.

Jodie Kidd:
Brilliant.

Alesha Dixon:
Gets you in the mood for the dance class.

Natalie Lee:
Exactly.

Alesha Dixon:
I love it. So, of course, this episode is all about self love, and as we know, what you wear can be a big part of this. So what’s your go to wardrobe pick when you want to feel your best?

Natalie Lee:
I mean, for me, I think a power suit is always a good one. I’m wearing one now.

Alesha Dixon:
It’s beautiful.

Natalie Lee:
And it’s nice and bright, and it makes me feel really good. A suit always makes me feel really good, actually. So, yeah, and color. I love color. So I very rarely wear black. I don’t have much black in my wardrobe at all. So, yeah, I just wear things that try and lift me up.

Jodie Kidd:
Yeah. So I’m good old nice pair of jeans and a lovely top, and I just felt comfortable, and you can just tart it up a bit with a nice handbag, or a nice little belt.

Alesha Dixon:
I mean, I’m a bit limited at the moment because I actually haven’t bought any maternity clothes as yet. But I’m a bit like you, Natalie, most of my wardrobe is colorful, and I find that color-

Natalie Lee:
Makes you happy.

Alesha Dixon:
Yeah, it just gives off a mood, doesn’t it? And a bit like you, if I’m going somewhere, whether it’s a meeting or for dinner, and I throw on a nice suit jacket with just a pair of jeans and some heels, that’s enough. You know, the older I get, in a way, the less I try.

Jodie Kidd:
Yes, true.

Alesha Dixon:
You know, which is really freeing and quite nice, you know? I can feel equally as good in just a vest top and some jeans, some nice accessories.

Jodie Kidd:
Yeah. But the power of a lovely boot, or a little bag or something, just that one little thing can change an outfit so much.

Alesha Dixon:
Do you guys have any wardrobe items that you consider real treasures?

Jodie Kidd:
I’ve got an amazing dress that was made for me for the BAFTAs, about, gosh, about 15 years ago, and it’s a couture dress that God knows how much it’s worth, but it’s something that I treasure. I really do treasure it, and it’s incredibly beautifully designed and specially for me, so it’s-

Alesha Dixon:
Have you worn it in the last 15 years?

Jodie Kidd:
No. It’s in the boxes.

Natalie Lee:
So I’m a big believer in not having outfits and just saving them for special occasions, like wearing them. So, you know, I am that mom who will wear sequins on the school run.

Alesha Dixon:
Yes.

Jodie Kidd:
I love it.

Natalie Lee:
So I try and make sure I wear all of my wardrobe if I can, and if I haven’t worn it in over a year, I try and get rid of it.

Alesha Dixon:
Really good way to live, actually.

Natalie Lee:
It’s healthy.

Alesha Dixon:
It’s a good idea.

Natalie Lee:
Yeah. I mean, I don’t have any couture dresses in my wardrobe, so that’s a little bit different.

Alesha Dixon:
I bet you are the coolest mom on the playground.

Jodie Kidd:
Oh, my goodness.

Natalie Lee:
No. You know what-

Alesha Dixon:
I think I’m a disappointment when I show up, because they think, “She’s off the telly, she’s going to look really good,” and I literally turn up in a jumper and some leggings, and they must think, “What a disappointment.”

Natalie Lee:
Well, you know, my daughter said to me the other day, she went, “Mom, why can’t you just wear leggings and a T-shirt like all the other moms?”

Alesha Dixon:
Like me. Bless her. But when she gets older, she’ll realize how dope Mom is.

Jodie Kidd:
Oh, fabulous, yeah.

Alesha Dixon:
I love that.

Jodie Kidd:
Oh, brilliant.

Alesha Dixon:
Do you feel like social media has had a big influence on your appearance? I mean, does it make you feel pressure to look and dress a certain way?

Jodie Kidd:
No, I wouldn’t say I’m really governed by social media. I mean, social media on a whole ginormous other scales of how damaging and how brilliant it is, but I wouldn’t say it really governs what I wear.

Alesha Dixon:
So you wouldn’t find yourself comparing yourself to other people?

Jodie Kidd:
No, but I might say, “Oh, that’s a really nice … You look fabulous. Where’s that jacket from, or something that like that.

Alesha Dixon:
Right.

Jodie Kidd:
But no, it wouldn’t drive me as much as that.

Natalie Lee:
I mean social media is my job, so it definitely does influence what I wear. I take an outfit picture most days, but, for me, it’s really quite positive. I like the fact that it actually kind of makes me make an effort in some ways. So it’s good and it makes me feel good. When I make a little bit of an effort, take a nice picture and post it and get good feedback, hopefully, it does make me feel good. So it does definitely influence me and what I wear.

Alesha Dixon:
Now a lot of people talk about feelings of anxiety stemming from using social media. Natalie, is this something you’ve had much experience with?

Natalie Lee:
I mean, luckily, I’m not one of those women, but I do get a lot of messages with women who message me and say, you know, “I really wish I had your confidence,” and they’re even older than me often. But it is hard, because you do compare yourself to people on social media, because you don’t get the whole story. You think that, you know-

Jodie Kidd:
They’re having the most glamorous, incredible lives.

Natalie Lee:
Yeah. Looking beautiful, and, you know, they’ve got no problems with their husbands, and their kids never answer them back and brush their teeth straight away.

Alesha Dixon:
[inaudible 00:16:33] this perfect picture.

Natalie Lee:
Yeah. So you just don’t get the full story.

Jodie Kidd:
It’s all false.

Natalie Lee:
But, you know, you have to just be very mindful of the fact that everyone is fighting their own battles.

Alesha Dixon:
That’s right.

Natalie Lee:
Everyone has their ups and their downs. So, whenever I get that sort of niggly doubt in my head and feel jealous or feel anxiety, I always just, you know, take a moment to sit back and think, “No, their lives are not what you see on Instagram.” So just be always mindful of that. If you find yourself going into a spiral of anxiety, stop, turn it off, delete the app. It will always be there when you come back, so just-

Jodie Kidd:
And go for a run.

Alesha Dixon:
Really good advice. Yeah, and go for a run. Right,..

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Tropical Sundresses

A long-loved classic, the sundress is a tried and true summer favorite. It’s easy to throw on when you’re in a rush, easy to dress up for summer-nights and it’s easy on the eyes, too. They are simply the best.

Stylist Tip: Climbing temps making you sweat and causing chafe? Try wearing shorts underneath your frock—there’s no shame in wanting to feel comfortable and cute.

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Printed Shorts

Nothing starts a conversation like, well, a conversation print! Add some pizzazz to your look by incorporating a pair of printed shorts. Wear them with a classic, white sneaker for a casual affair or wedges for a more formal look.

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Colorful Stripes

Let’s face it: we’ve all got stripes in our closets. And who could blame us? Stripes are an easy pattern that add texture to your outfit, no matter what. So, why not add some color on top? Match the vibrant summer hues of the season with vivid stripes.

Ready to try some of our favorite July trends? Schedule a Fix, and ask your Stylist for key summer pieces, so you feel styled all season long.

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Stitch Fix Style by Stylist, Crista G. - 2w ago

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Fashion sneakers are versatile, comfortable and on-trend. These stylish soles aren’t the bulky styles you might wear to the gym but are modern variations on classic lace-up and slip-on sneakers (or “tennis shoes”, as they’ve also been called). You can wear them with your basics and thanks to the athleisure trend, your #streetstyle sneakers can also offer a sharp contrast to dressy and ultra-feminine ensembles, too.

Here’s how to wear fashion sneakers.

Wear Your Sneakers with Your Classics

Start with the classics: jeans and a tee, little black dress, leggings and your favorite pullover… You get the idea. We’re talking the usual suspects of anything you typically reach for without overthinking. These go-tos make the perfect foundation for adding sleek and chic fashion sneakers. Our suggestion? The trend-forward jeans and a super-soft tee or button-up.

Stylist Tip: Experiment with new denim silhouettes with your fashion sneakers, like wide-leg crops or vintage straight-legs for up-to-the-minute style that’s just as effortless.

Sport Your Sneakers with Your Gym Faves

Break out your sporty go-tos like sculpting leggings and your favorite hooded pullover, then slip on a pair of lace-up fashion sneakers to take your look beyond the gym. Retro versions sporting an apropos label like Nike are on trend and cement a sporty-chic appeal.

Dress up Your Sneakers for Date Night

If you typically reach for flats or heels for date night looks, consider opting for a fashion sneaker. In leather, suede or boasting some fun embroidered detail, these can expertly contrast a flirty frock or a sleek skirt-and-blouse combination. Add a crossbody bag and you’re ready for a sunny picnic or catching a movie with your beau. 

Take Your Sneakers to Work

Enamored with athleisure? Rejoice in the knowledge that this polished & sporty trend can bleed into your 9-5. Depending on your office’s dress code, adding a casual flair can banish drab workwear. Swap your blazer for a bomber or a polished sweater, paired with traditional workwear like tailored pants and a button-up. Bring the look full circle with neutral fashion sneakers or try them in an elevated material like leather or wool (and be sure they’re fresh-out-of-the-box clean to keep things professional). 

Keep these tips in mind to help you navigate the stylish waters of wearing what’s possibly the most comfortable footwear trend ever. 

—Jennifer M

What are your favorite ways to rock sleek fashion sneakers? Tell us in the comments below!

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Summer whites and brights are warm-weather standards, but there’s a new shade in town when choosing your bottoms this season. Olive has joined the neutral ranks full-time and is an easy option for your neutral, printed and colored tops. Add olive pants, shorts, jeans or skirts to your bottoms rotation and your summer wardrobe instantly expands.

Here’s the scoop on what to wear with your olive bottoms.

Wear Olive with Neutrals

All basics apply here. Neutral tees pair seamlessly with olive bottoms; mix in knits with unique details like ruffles or crochet to add interest to your staples. Don’t forget about chambray this summer, too! The lightweight, Tencel top comes in an array of blues and it’s an easy seasonal match for your olive pants and shorts. Prefer a darker pairing? Wear your favorite black tee with an olive skirt and pop-of-print sandals.

Wear Olive with Brights or Pastels

Bold beauties like sunny yellows, rich reds or citrusy oranges warm up your olive bottoms. Go full bright with olive’s complementing shade and wear a coral tank or cherry red tee. Prefer a more subdued color combo? Try lavender, blush or sky blue to get that summer feeling on the subtle side. Layer a lavender cardigan over those neutral tops when the evening chill sets in or create a casual night-out stunner with a blush blouse, olive joggers and strappy heels.

Wear Olive with Prints

Put some prep in your step with stripes, gingham or plaid; or channel your inner garden goddess with florals to harmonize with the earthy olive. Think a classic plaid blazer, a chic Breton-striped top or a floral button-down blouse. Alternatively, break out your boho side with peasant tops and breezy cotton styles embellished with cool embroidered details at the neckline or hem.

—Jennifer D.

With so many options, you’ll soon be sporting olive pants year-round. What do you like to wear with your olive pants? Let us know in the comments!

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