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Wardrobe For Teachers:
How To Create 12 Outfits With 10 Stylish Pieces

August 17, 2017

You’re all set to make it your best year ever! But, will your school style follow suit? Follow our guide below to keep your daily looks professional, yet comfortable AND on-point. We’ve pulled together 10 easy, versatile pieces to mix and match for 12 stylish days of teaching. And here’s the best part: each outfit (sans the shoes, handbags and other accessories) costs less than $100. Now that’s the kind of math we can wrap our heads around!

 

The 10 pieces included in our capsule:

  1. Dress
  2. Woven top with roll-up sleeves
  3. 3/4-sleeve knit cardigan
  4. Colored skinny jean
  5. Patterned tank
  6. Long-sleeve flyaway sweater cardigan
  7. Pencil skirt
  8. Crocheted cardigan
  9. High-low hem top
  10. 3/4-sleeve knit top

Who has time to ponder every day’s outfit? These 12 will help you dress and head out the door in a heartbeat – saving you time and money.

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3 Denim Trends To Love & How To Style Them

July 31, 2017
Denim

If we had our way, every day would be denim day. Jeans are the go-to option versatile enough to dress up for a night on the town – or down for a day at the farmer’s market. (Don’t even get us started about their comfort!) Below are a few denim styles we love, along with some stylish thoughts on how to rock them day in and day out.

Hi, Waist!

The nineties vibe with high-waisted jeans is off the charts – and so on-trend! In short, we LOVE it! Dark denim, sans destruction, exudes a more formal look and a smart choice for nearly any occasion. Added bonus: high-waisted denim highlights your curves and holds you in. For a contemporary look, slip on a pair of white sneaks, a neutral tote and a cute, cinched-waist jacket. You’ll be set for whatever the day brings. Ready to run errands? You are now.

Denim Jacket Outfit

In The Raw

Remember your cut-off shorts days? They’re back in a big way – only now with jeans. Raw-hem styles with just-right destructed details are on everyone’s want list. The look is new, casual and unique with an unfinished, yet cool factor. Offset their worn-out ease with a floral top and gladiator sandals and prepare for compliments. We love how the sweet floral print plays against the raw-hem denim. So cute and unexpected!    

Denim Jeans Outfit

Rocker Chic

Concert on your summer fun list? Roll with studded denim to rock your look day or night. Go full-on rocker chic with lots of bold studs or keep your look rocker-light with fewer, smaller ones. We especially love the look when it’s paired with softer, more feminine tops and sandals. Sooo unexpected – and ready for swaying at summer’s best country and rock fests. Get your tickets ready!   

Casual Denim Outfit

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Summer Dresses: 4 Styles To Rock Your Sunny Season

July 24, 2017
Pink Dress

Going somewhere? Summer dress season is in full swing – or should we say ‘full twirl.’ But, really, is it ever NOT dress season. With the plethora of new and unique styles available, we’re certain there’s one (or many) to pique your fashion sense no matter the season or occasion. Need a little inspo? Give these 4 styles a twirl for your next summer shindig. Lush floral prints and light, airy fabrics keep your look stylish, fresh and fun.

Gimme An ‘A’

Though temps may rise, you don’t’ have to forego style to keep your cool. Grab a floral A-line number to slip into for brunch, a trip to the museum or your BFF’s shower, to name just a few. For those destinations a little too cool for comfort, pair it with a vest, cardigan or light jacket to fend off the AC’s wintery blast.

Outfit Dress

Work It

Consider this shift dress a case study in comfort that works equally well at the office, fancy dinner or a wedding. A true 9-to-5-to-11 piece for the days when there’s little time to fuss with your look. Even its simple cross-bar embellishment makes getting ready easier – no necklace needed. Shift into easy? Please!  

Yellow Dress

Max Out  

Picture yourself in the tropics, or least in tropical flair, in a floral maxi. It’s the effortless throw-on-and-go style versatile enough to wear just about anywhere. We’re thinking date nights, showers, weddings, on the boardwalk and nights out with friends. But, go with the flow of whatever feels right to you. Dress it up with a pair of wedges or heels, or slip into some cute, flat sandals for your more low-key occasions.

Floral Dress

White On

White is so right (and so cool) on so many levels – especially in the heat of summer. We love that this style is short, sweet, shoulder-baring and so versatile. It totally fits for brunches, picnics and those times that call for your Sunday best. Accessorize with even more white or mix up your palette with vibrant colors. Everything goes with white, right? Touche!  

White Dress

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Vacation Bound? Pack Smart With These 10 Must-Haves!

July 10, 2017
Vacation Blog

Fab vacation on your summer checklist? Yay! Whether you’re packing for a wild zoo daycation, splashy getaway at the lake or roadtrip across the good old U.S.A., comfort and preparation are key. Be that person who thinks of everything with a little help from Gordmans. We’ve assembled a list of 10 essentials to take your vacation from average to awesome. Let’s roll!

In Step With Comfort

Even if you’re planning a relaxing getaway, you’re bound to spend time on your feet. Cushion them with memory foam slip-ons. Lightweight and ultracomfy, they’re perfect for days when you need a break from sandals and flip-flops. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Free Your Hands

With so much to juggle during that trip to the museum or amusement park, you can’t go wrong with crossbody handbags. Fill it with necessities, slip it over your head and enjoy hands-free convenience. Styles with handy pockets get even more bonus points.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rain, Rain Go Away

We’ve all been there – caught in the rain without a trusty umbrella. No more! Toss one or two into your luggage without taking up precious space. Today’s styles are  more compact (& stylish) than ever. Bring it, rain. We’ll be ready!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Made In The Shades

Sunnies are practically no-brainers for vacation days. Even on cloudy days, they’re still needed – are we right? See all of the season’s hottest shapes, colors and styles at Gordmans.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stow & Go

It’s come a long way, baby. Gone are the days of basic black luggage. Today’s luggage is as stylish as your favorite outfits and features spinner wheels, easy-access pockets and lightweight designs. Need a particular size? Choose from small to carry-on to OMG sizes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Just Because 

Because you need to pamper yourself. Wherever you go. Whatever you do. No questions asked.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Keep The Piece

There’s no doubt about it. You leave on vacation, you MUST pack swimwear. You never know when the pool, beach or newest splash pad will call. Be ready for H2Oh-so-fun times in the latest swimwear.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Feeling Boho

Sure, you’re looking forward to casual days ahead, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for comfort. Bring on boho vibes with a tie-front top and matching shorts! Casual, yes. Stylish? Definitely. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Top It Off

Let’s be honest. Some days you don’t want the sun. And some days you’re not having the best hair day. These are the days that call for a hat. Toss it in your luggage and pop it into shape when needed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

On The Mend

For those ‘oops’ moments that pop up when you least expect them, be sure to pack  an ‘emergency kit’ to remedy fingernail issues, clothing mishaps and more. This 38-piece wonder kit packs such things as buttons and thread, a nail file and safety pins to turn oh-no moments into no-problem moments.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Don’t let your vacation prep time turn into panic time. Start early on your list, then check it twice for these smart essentials. Let the vacation adventures begin!

Family Fashion

Your Best Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June 12, 2017
Father's Day

That time has rolled around again. Time to answer the age-old question: What do I get Dad for Father’s Day? The struggle is real, we get it. Fortunately, Gordmans has the answers – a slew of gifts, actually – that show Dad you care. He’s the greatest guy in the world, right? Give him something that he’ll actually use – and you’re in good standing. Give him something to boost his cherished pastimes like fishing, golfing and napping – and you’re perched atop his favorite list.

So, let’s roll out the red carpet and peek at some fun gift ideas to liven up Dad’s downtime at the lake, golf course or his very own backyard.

Gifts That Will Have Dad Hooked

Downtime by the lake. Is there anything better? And, really, can you blame Dad for wanting to relax there? The tranquil water, whispering breezes and an occasional ‘ploop’ after he casts for the catch of the day. It all adds up to a day of sheer bliss, made better by a gift as comfortable as it is functional – a Realtree fishing shirt. With handy pockets, cool fabric, loose-fitting design, plus a back yoke for much-needed ventilation, it’s sure to be his go-to right after his rod and reel.

Father's Day Fishing

Gifts For Dad’s Fairway Fever & Beyond

While it won’t guarantee a hole in one, a golf polo will make every swing, chip or putt that Dad takes look amazing. It’s the gift of style that keeps giving, course after course, season after season. What makes it such a popular gift? Dad can dress it up with a nice pair of pants or shorts, or dress it down with jeans or denim shorts. In a new polo shirt, he’ll be game for anything, from a night on the town to a day on the links. Wrap up this traditional gift in his favorite color (or two) and you can’t go wrong.

Father's Day Golf

Gifts Made For The Shade

Dad deserves a day off-the-clock. One that’s all about comfort – and a long, refreshing, uninterrupted nap. While you can’t ensure that he’ll get quality shut-eye, you can give him gifts of comfort. Think all-cotton tees, sunglasses and outdoor pillows. They’re gifts Dad will actually use and enjoy well past June 18. But don’t sleep on it – Dad’s big day will be here sooner than you think!

Father's Day Comfort

Fashion

5 Workout Essentials You Need To Own

June 2, 2017
Workout Essentials

We get it. Some days you feel like powering through your best workout ever. Other days, you feel like power napping is essential – especially after a super busy day. We say, ‘go for the nap, then go for the workout.’ Napping may be just the boost you need to breeze through your next amazing workout. The key is to get your pulse going and your body moving, right? So, after you’ve had that essential nap, grab your gym bag and be sure to pack these five essentials from Gordmans to keep yourself cool, comfortable and content during your next sweat session:

Workout Gear

Tanks That Can Take The Heat

The right top can make or break your workout – and we think a performance-knit tank is a no-brainer for ultimate comfort. No sleeves to restrict movement. No too-tight necklines. Good ventilation where it counts. Tanks have everything going for them (& you) when it comes to style and comfort for your most demanding routines.

Check out the newest styles at your nearest Gordmans!

Workout Gloves That Serve To Protect

Essential for any activity that requires grip, workout gloves provide an extra layer of padding and protection. Shield your hands from wear and tear (and callouses and blisters) while lifting weights, performing floor exercises, doing pull-ups, riding stationary bikes and other similar exercises. You’ll thank yourself later. So will your hands.

Workout Gloves

Capris That Show A Little Skin

Made to move with you, not against you, performance capris are everything for gym workouts to outdoor running. For those who want more coverage than shorts provide, but less coverage than long bottoms, capris are a happy medium. Because your ankles are exposed, they tend to be a bit cooler – and that’s a good thing!

Muscle Roller Sticks For Much-Kneaded Relief

Muscle RollerIt’s the piece you don’t know you need, until you try it and then wonder what you did without it. Yep, this is that piece. What looks like a folded umbrella actually provides relief to tired and sore muscles – and it’s super easy to use. Just roll it over those areas where you feel discomfort to massage, relax and relieve muscle soreness and stiffness for quicker recovery after workouts. (Think of it as a rolling pin for your muscles.)

Ear Buds To Make Time Fly 

Workouts seeming a bit long? Ear buds can help speed up your workouts – by way of your smartphone or your gym’s TVs. For outdoorEar Buds or indoor workouts, just plug ear buds into your smartphone to jam to your song list while working up a sweat. Or, plug into your gym’s TV bank to watch your fave programs. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the minutes tick away.

Finally, an essential workout tip: fight boredom by varying your workouts. Exercising in the same manner, with the same gear at the same time and place is bound to get  boring. Try mood-boosting yoga. A ballet-inspired barre workout. Kickboxing. Weight training. Chances are, you have many options available. Variety is the spice of life – and a good workout. So, get your sweat on and get moving in new and different directions.

Fashion

How to Rock Transitional Dressing

March 15, 2017

Welcome to March: It doesn’t feel like full-blown winter anymore, but it’s still not quite spring, either. To get through this wishy-washy time when the temps could be 40 or 60 degrees, you need to lean on a few key staples. These transitional pieces will help you bridge the gap between seasons–and get your spring stuff in rotation a little earlier, too!

 

On your torso: Mid-weight sweaters

When you need something in between the chunky knits of December and the fluttery blouses of May, mid-weight knits are a girl’s best friend. If you’re not ready for a full-on jacket, layer up with a vest (try this fur-collared style by Pink Rose, $17) for added warmth and style points.

On your arms: Anorak

You might think it’s too early to pull out some of your favorite spring dresses, but with this outdoorsy classic (plus tights and booties, see below), you can absolutely make it work. We love this anorak in olive or black by Ashley ($20). Suddenly, cold shoulder dresses like this black-and-white printed one from Luxology ($21.99) don’t seem so chilly!

On your legs: Fuzzy tights

Don’t close the drawer on tights just yet: Cable knits and cozy heathered tights still have plenty of life left matched under a denim skirt or sweater dress. And here’s a wild idea: Layer a wild-printed pair of capri leggings like these from Eye Candy ($7.99) under a solid-colored skirt or dress, top with knee- or calf-high boots and you’ve got a super-cool transitional look.

On your feet: Booties

When your sturdy, fur-topped snow boots seem like overkill but it’s not breezy enough for sandals, the bootie is your best friend. Feel free to rock the classic short boots you wore all of last fall, or look for updated styles with breezy insets or open weaves, like the Chelly Bootie by Fergalicious ($54.95).

 

On your head: Knit beanie

By now, you’ve had enough of your wintry hat with cozy ear flaps. It’s time to make the move to a slouchy lightweight beanie, which can add a bit of grunge-inspired attitude to any outfit.

 

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Winter Skincare

February 24, 2017

 

Winter Skincare

Between the dry air and cold temps, winter weather can really wreak havoc on your skin. With serene scents and mint green, frosted glass packaging fit for a spa, e.l.f.’s skincare line is just what you need to survive the waning days of winter … and use happily the rest of the year, too! Here’s the lowdown on five of our favorites.

Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser ($10)

This gentle, shape-shifting cleanser starts as a smooth gel in the jar and then melts into a creamy lather in your hands. Nourishing ingredients such as argan oil, rose seed oil and vitamin C sooth your skin while removing makeup and dirt.

Tip: Make this your first step in your skincare routine in the morning and at night.

Hydrating Bubble Mask ($14)

This addictive mask is unlike any other we’ve tried before. First, you apply the clear gel to your face, being careful to avoid your eyes, nostrils and lips. Then, watch as the gel puffs up into a foamy, bubbly layer on top of your skin. How cool is that? Unlike sticky clay masks, which can be a challenge to wash off, this rinses clean quickly.

Tip: Secure your hair with a stretchy headband to keep flyaways from sticking to the mask.

 

Soothing Serum ($12)

Serums are seriously trending for their concentrated moisturizing power and anti-aging properties. This clean-smelling serum easily smooths over your skin and features shea butter, jojoba and aloe.

Hint: Apply the serum to your neck as well as your face at night before you to go bed. Allow to sink in before you add other products, such as eye cream (see below).

Illuminating Eye Cream ($10)

Here’s a secret of makeup artists everywhere: Eye cream is the key to getting a smooth application of concealer under and around your eyes. This cream is infused with Vitamin E, which blocks free radicals in the body to keep skin looking plump.

Tip: Use your ring finger to dab on the cream gently under your eye, from the bridge of your nose to your temple. You don’t want to pull or tug on the delicate skin around your eyes, so be as gentle as possible!

Daily Hydration Moisturizer ($8)

Serums and eye creams are perfect for nighttime, but to protect your skin from the elements during the day, you need a light but potent moisturizer. Thanks to aloe and cucumber, this daily hydration formula smells delicious and provides a protective barrier for your skin.

Hint: Apply before you put on your makeup in the morning to give a smooth foundation for your favorite cosmetics.

Try out the e.l.f. skincare line sold online and in stores and let us know what products you like!

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9 Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats

February 14, 2017

9 Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats

A bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates might be the most traditional, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day gift-giving, there is so much more out there to show your affection for the ones you love. Whether you’re looking for a special surprise for your spouse, child or friend (and don’t forget to treat yourself, too!), these options are as sweet as can be.

The hand-made details—a dark denim rosette, metallic heart cut-out and hand lettering—of this wood-grained Love Frame ($11.99) make it an extra-special perch for a favorite photo.

 

 

How cute is this Together Makes Life Beautiful pillow ($9.99)? One side features a heartfelt message, while the other is covered edge to edge with x’s and o’s.

 

With its heathered gray tones, comfy knit fabric and sweet screenprint, this Inspired Hearts Hacci Raglan Hoodie ($19.99) should be required attire for a cozy movie Valentine’s Day date at home.

 

Whether or not it’s sandals season where you live, you can’t help but go googly-eyed after one look at these Emoji Heart Eyes Flip Flops ($3.99).

 

Any modern romantics in the house? If you prefer crisp and clean-cut designs to pink, red and frills, pick up this Derek Heart High Neck Screen Tank ($4.99) with a simple black-and-white motif that nods to Valentine’s Day without seeming overly sappy.

 

With it’s powder pink hue and sugar-sweet message, this Heart String Art ($9.99) is just the right fit for the littlest valentine in your life. Bonus points for adding these utterly adorable Rainbow Heart Sunglasses ($3.99)

 

Wear your heart on your sleeve with this Crystal Bangle with Heart ($7.99). Between the rose gold-tone metal and the twinkly crystal heart and band, it’s right-on for Valentine’s Day.

 

Lapel pins are making a comeback, big-time! Your BFF would really dig the Orion 3 Piece Bff Heart and Donut Pins ($3), which would look super-cute pinned on a jean jacket or backpack.

 

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Valentine’s Day Lingerie to Love

February 8, 2017
Valentine's Day Lingerie to Love

What’s your idea of the perfect lingerie? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got eight great options ranging from comfy and covered to show-some-skin skimpy. Whether you’re in the mood to rock heart-covered boxers or a lacy bralette, there’s something here for every boudoir personality.

PLAYFUL

Express Yourself Pajamas for Valentine's Day x
The coral color and “xoxo” emblem on this nightshirt give a subtle nod to Valentine’s Day, and with the caffeinated message “Espresso Yourself,” it’s just the thing to slip on for a cozy breakfast at home with your sweetheart.

FLIRTY

#yours pj set for Valentine's DayIf you’re charmed by feminine details, feast your eyes on these ruffle-trimmed boxer short-style bottoms and cutesy cap-sleeve top. If the message isn’t infinitely clear to your valentine already, the hashtag screenprint will drive it home with a smile.

CUTE

Valentine's day
This is the perfect outfit to stage a pillow fight with your partner! On top, try this deep-V bralette in a snazzy shade of neon pink. To match, pull on gray ankle-length pajama pants with a matching pink drawstring tie and an all-over pattern of teeny-tiny hearts.

SWEET

Valentine's Day robe set
This lovely look is all about the layers: A flirty chemise and breezy robe in matching gray-and-pink floral with elegant gray trim around the neckline and sleeves.

SASSY

Red Robe and Lingerie for Valentine's Day

This black bustier bodysuit is anything but basic, with trendy torso cut-outs and sheer floral panels. Layer over a sassy heart-printed robe and you’re ready for romance.

RACY


If you think red lace on Valentine’s Day is a cliche, think again: This babydoll lingerie set with delicate details—check out the scalloped racer back and peek-a-boo keyhole—puts a contemporary spin on the traditional red lace look.

ROMANTIC

Valentine's Day lingerie
What could be more romantic than a matching bra and panty lingerie set? This duo features a dreamy pale pink base with a black lace overlay; the tiniest of bows serve as the final touch.

SULTRY

Valentine's Day Bodysuit
Ready for a super-sexy lingerie look that’s barely there? This bodysuit pulls out all the stops with sheer fabric, a keyhole back, a plunging neckline and hourglass scallop details on the torso. Happy Valentine’s Day, indeed!