EASY PICKINS

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Action-Packed Styles

As we move through the week, one thing I’ve been especially grateful for is having breathable, cooling apparel in my wardrobe as the days grow hotter—especially as I’ve been trying to incorporate extra movement and exercise throughout the days wherever possible. And thank goodness for moisture wicking—you never know when it will come in handy! Add some UV protection in the mix, and I’m ready for whatever the day brings.

 

So, for these reasons, Wic-Tech™ by National® has quickly become a summer favorite. They have all of the above–and feel exquisite! Which style is your favorite? Share with us in the comments!

 

Ready for action,

Rebecca


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Red, White, and Blue Styles

I stepped outside this morning to take our sweet Jasper dog on a stroll. We’re officially relegated to extremely early walks, as the humidity has found us in Wilmington. ’Tis the season for lightweight layers and loose-fitting silhouettes!

 

With summer holidays around the corner, I am sharing a few looks perfect for the July 4th weekend and the rest of your summer strolls. Our newest assortment is easy to mix and match, making it easy to create a multitude of looks all summer long. Personally, with two more added to the mix and an energetic 3-year-old to watch – you’ll find me in sleeveless tanks and comfortable pants (or my favorite crops) for the remainder of this season. If I find myself with enough time to enjoy a meal with Thomas, I will definitely spruce up my outfit and opt for this comfortable shirt and printed skirt.

 

womens pants

Stripe Capri Pant by National®

 

womens sweater

Flare Leg Capri Pant by National®

 

womens cardigan

Janet Cardigan by National®

 

skirt

Print Tiered Skirt by National®

 

How about you? Which look is your favorite?

 

Stay cool,

Parker

 


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Heroes in Red, White, and Blue

 

I am so thankful for all the everyday, hometown heroes – including front-line workers, business owners, and/or those staying home to combat the coronavirus – there’s a “hero” in all of us. On that note, Memorial Day is right around the corner—so I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s fashion blog to some all-American styles.

 

National’s new Americana Collection has reds, whites, and blues, plus plenty of stars and stripes that give a fresh pop to any wardrobe! I’ll definitely be grabbing some of these to wear on the 4th of July as well. From sun protection to stylish embroidery, here are some styles sure to pep up the wardrobe just in time for Memorial Day.

 

women's hat

Savannah Ribbon Hat by Sun ‘N’ Sand® – with UPF 50+. It’s foldable and packable, too!

 

women's dress

Floral Detail Dress by UltraSofts® – with lovely stand-out embroidery. Also has UPF 50+.

 

usa tee womens

Americana Graphic Tees by National® – summery-soft cotton-modal.

 

women's usa scarf

USA Flag Infinity Scarf by National® – vintage-chic with plenty of breathability.

 

Gigi Wedges by Grasshoppers® – that heel look, but with jersey lining and memory foam footbeds.

 

 

What are your favorite USA styles? Are you doing a go-to look, or trying something new this year? Feel free to share with us in the comments section.

 

Here’s to our heroes,

Rebecca

 

 


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Spring into Skirt Season

Yesterday, it was SEVENTY DEGREES in Wilmington! Spring is around the corner – officially. When the sun peeks out and the flowers begin to show their colors, I start to reach for a little more pattern, color and spunk in my closet.

 

I find skirts to be an easy way to add new style and fun to my closet. I pair a long skirt with a tank top and cardigan or a 3/4 length sleeve shirt alongside a shorter skirt. Especially when I don’t have the time (or energy) to think through a complete outfit, skirts become a great option for fresh style as spring approaches. Between budding flowers in jewel tones, bright and happy pastels, and soft shades of blue, the National® team has curated a beautiful selection of skirts for this time of year.

 

Below are three options, each easy to match with either long sleeve shirts or tanks and cardigans. Do you lean towards pattern or pastels? Tell me your favorite style and personal must-have from the items below.

floral skirt

Tossed Floral Skirt by UltraSofts®

Floral Skirt

Floral Skirt by National®

skort

Comfort Skort by UltraSofts®

Happy Spring,

Parker


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Sun Safety in Spring

With Spring around the corner, it’s never too early to think about UPF-protectant clothing for the season ahead.   

UPF clothing (also referred to as “UV clothing”) is specially designed to screen out both UVA and UVB rays.

UPF 50+ is considered excellent protection. This is rated according to the ASTM D6603.

Did you know that all of our UltraSofts® products incorporate excellent UV protection? You can choose from an array of silhouettes and bright spring colors without sacrificing the critical importance of UPF clothing.

As spring approaches, I have started the hunt for a great “in between” weather layering option. Below are four of my favorite ¾-length sleeve options, all in bright and cheerful colors for the upcoming season. Layer with athletic clothing for a casual look or denim jeans and black slacks for a more “dressed up” version.

Which one is your favorite?

ultrasofts shirt

UltraSofts® Button Detail Tunic

UltraSofts Pearl Top

UltraSofts® Pearl Neckline Top

UltraSofts Ruffle Shirt

UltraSofts® Ruffle Hem Tee

UltraSofts Floral Top

UltraSofts® Floral Cutout Top

 

Stay sun-safe,

Parker


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Web-Only Essentials: Simply Noelle

Did you know National has its own Web-Exclusive products? Online, you can find an array of loungewear, accessories, and clothing not highlighted in the catalog. One brand showcased on our Web-Exclusive line is Simply Noelle, a company founded right here in Wilmington, North Carolina (the town I call home)!
Each product is carefully crafted with incredible fabrics and beautiful lines. The pieces are perfect for layering and transitioning seamlessly between seasons. Currently available as a Web Exclusive are three unique items, each a must-have for a cozy winter.
Whether you opt for an easy-to-layer cardigan, the perfect plaid, or a versatile henley – you can’t go wrong with Simply Noelle!
Which one is your favorite?
national site cardigan

Day-to-Day Cardigan by Simply Noelle®

plaid shirt shop

Gathered-In Plaid Top
Simply Noelle®

henley simply noelle shop

Striped Basic Layering Henley by
Simply Noelle®

Stay warm everyone and have a great week!
Parker

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Falling in Love with Flats

I wish you could see my closet circa 2006. It was magical – beautiful red patent leather heels pushing me an extra 4-5 inches taller (ironic considering I am already 5’9”), brown suede stilettos with pink stitching, and a pair of gold high heels with rhinestones that would knock your socks off.

In 2007, I sustained a lower back injury that landed me in surgery and forced me to say goodbye to my beautiful stilettos. I consigned every pair of shoes with heels two inches or more. High heels can strain calf muscles and tighten quads, ultimately leading to knee and lower back issues. I learned this the hard way, but have found a new shoe path!

My new shoes of choice? Flats! Since investing in high quality, flat loafers I have found far more versatility in shoe options and – of course – a lot of comfort. Equally important to a low heel is the level of support within a flat shoe. Below are four options that check all the boxes for me – style, comfort, support, and versatility.

Which pair is your favorite?

Walk comfortably,
Parker

women's loafers

Charmy Loafers by
Hush Puppies®

women's shoes

Nava Ballet Flats by
CushionAire®

women's flats

Ayla Low Flats by
Clarks®

flats shoes

Pleats Be With You Pumps by
Hush Puppies®


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For the Love of Lounging

As we continue to thrive in all winter has to offer – hot coffee, flattering layering attire, boots and winter bargains – one thing remains a favorite for us women year after year: lounging! Whether it’s curling up in a blanket in front of the TV or delving into a good book by the fire, I personally believe that the luxury of down time should be spent in as much comfort as possible.
Year after year, as needs for comfort can vary, I’ve found it to be so nice having a bit of variety in both the texture and thickness of lounging attire. Whether it’s reaching for a quick pullover gown, a bed jacket for extra warmth, or a light robe to cover up with, these things can really make a difference in the way we experience our evening!
With this in mind, this week we’ve gone through and singled out some robes, pajamas, and other loungewear that have received stand-out reviews, where women have spoken mostly to things like ease of maintenance, easy to slip on and off, and of course, super soft. As there’s a lot of winter clearance going on right now, I thought it would be the perfect time to share these with you all.
Lounger

Cowl Neck Lounger by
National® – (pullover style, great for everyday lounging)

women's bed jacket

Smocked Bed Jacket by
National® – (just. velvety. soft.)

robe

Chenille Gripper Robe by
National® – (soft textured chenille, Peter Pan collar)

women's pajamas

Sweet Dreams Microfleece PJs by
National® – (pull-on waist. 🔥Cozy coverage)

Longing for Lounging,
Rebecca J. Kaplan

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Lovely Lounging from Yesteryear to Now

From my earliest days at National, I can remember visiting certain designers and showrooms in New York. The most vivid and poignant memory I have was from a showroom tour of Shadowline – nearly twenty years ago. I had the privilege of meeting designers, marketing managers, and other team members of this longstanding company.
To my then young eyes, the showroom was akin to what I imagined a bridal store might be – elegant and perfectly appointed with interior decor. The designs we perused during that trip have remained core staples of Shadowline and top sellers at National. For as long as I can remember, this brand has been one of the most requested in lounge and sleepwear.
Below are a few pieces I’ve chosen to bring color and beauty to lounging. Who says you can’t look regal while sipping coffee and reading the paper? With clean lines and detailed embroidery, each piece is carefully crafted and beyond comfortable.
Do you have a favorite piece from Shadowline? Share your go-to in the comment section below.

Petals Short Sleeve Nightgown by Shadowline®

Petals Short Sleeve Pajamas by
Shadowline®

Petals Short Sleeve Long Nightgown by
Shadowline®

Petals Long Sleeve Nightgown by
Shadowline®

To lovely lounging,
Parker

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Cuddling with Cuddl Duds®

‘Tis the season for cuddling up in Cuddl Duds®. This longtime favorite brand has been a staple at National for as long as I can remember! Each piece offers luxurious comfort and comes in a variety of colors, making it the perfect gift for anyone in your family.

Cuddl Duds® offers thermals, loungewear, and even pieces suitable for outdoor activities. Below are my top four recommendations to start your “Cuddl Duds® Kit.” 

Long sleeve tunic: With its beautiful brushed print and long, flowy silhouette, this shirt is a great option for out and about jaunts in the cool morning air. Pair it with relaxed sweats or jeans for a more finished look.

Tunic hoodie: This piece is so versatile. It moves from lounging to hiking with ease. My favorite feature? Thumbholes of course!

Fleece tunic: For cold weather travel, this is an absolute must. Fashionable enough to layer as a tunic for dinner and just the right amount of warmth for lounging by the fire, the Cuddl Duds® fleece tunic is a staple in my “Christmas travels packup” every year.

Fleece lounge pants: Mission critical addition: fleece lounge pants. These pants pair perfectly with any of the aforementioned products. Enjoy endless comfort all season long in these must-haves.

Long Sleeve Tunic
Cuddl Duds®

Long Sleeve Tunic Hoodie
Cuddl Duds®

Fleece Tunic
Cuddl Duds®

Fleece Lounge Pants
Cuddl Duds®

 

Stay cuddly, my friends!

Parker

 


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