RACK of STYLE

As a young gal growing up in the world of retail, I hopped on the fashion train way too early. Despite my efforts to destroy any evidence of some of my early fashion choices, hints of my styling efforts creep up every now and then. Thankfully, I have found the straight and narrow of the styling world – in other words, I know how to work a closet! Check back each week for glimpses of my favorite fabrics, colors, and go-to styling tips!

Parker’s Poncho Picks

Fall seems to center around family for us. We have birthdays, wedding anniversaries, holidays and – of course – a few football games in between.

This past weekend, my family celebrated our dear cousin’s fiftieth birthday. We descended on our family farm and spent every minute together – relishing in time with family and dancing until our feet were blistered.

When packing up for our farm weekend, I knew the evening strolls would feel a little chilly in comparison to Wilmington. I decided to pack up some extra layers, including a favorite poncho. Ponchos are an easy addition to the suitcase, as they pair well with base layers and solid color pants. Turn any outfit into a styled fall look with this comfortable and cozy addition. Shop my favorites by clicking on the images below!

With love,

Parker

 

 


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Falling in Love with Velour

At National, we focus on high quality fabrications that ensure fit, comfort and style. Our signature UltraSofts pieces are available year round, as are many cottons in both woven and knit. Summer brings along more linen options, lightweight and idyllic for the time of year. And as the temperatures drop and the cool night air sets in, we trade our lightweight garments for the luxurious and cozy feel of velour.

Research shows the beginnings of its fame rooted in the 1960s, as men rebelled against tailored clothing and opted for a more comfortable look.Velour gained popularity in the 1970s, thanks to hit bands like the Bee Gees who brought it forward as a chic and modern look. It was made increasingly popular in men and women’s fashion as a jogging suit.

The word “velour” actually stems from an 18th century French word meaning “velvet.” Today, velour is a sought after fabrication. Its easy-care and comfortable qualities make it a staple fabrication for the fall and winter seasons.

At National, we love crafting beautiful pieces with this luxurious fabric. From cardigans to loungers, slippers to cozy booties, we have an array of options to bring velour to your wardrobe this season. Which of these selections is your favorite? Share your favorite one with me in the comment section below!

Stay cozy,

Parker


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Patterns for Fall

Did you know that our National team begins sourcing inspiration for fall designs more than a year in advance? We start with a simple piece – a graphic design or pattern, a snapshot of wildflowers along the highway, or even draperies in a hotel room! We pull inspiration from everywhere and adapt it to fit the apparel design.

We have used floral design in embroidery, created yarn dyed knits with colors from the Carolinas, and developed our very own graphic print from inspiring home textiles. Each piece in our collection has you in mind, designed to beautifully complement your favorite items from National. Below are some of my personal favorites, developed by our National design team. Which pattern is your fall must-have? Share with me how you wear your favorite print in the comment section below!

Happy fall,
Parker

 


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Lounging in Fall

This time of year is, of course, my favorite. Vibrant colors illuminate the roadways. The temperatures lower and the breeze sets in. And when I step outside, I hear a family’s laughter and smell an outdoor grill preparing a delicious meal. Dear friends, welcome to fall in the Carolinas.

On Saturday afternoon, during our daughter’s nap, we lit a fire in our outdoor fireplace and snuggled up with a book. Somewhere in between the cool breeze and the crackling fire, I considered a brief life change to a city where this season occurs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Then I realized North Carolina is the closest thing to perfect, because we have the gift of four distinct seasons.

The key to really enjoying this time of year? Spend time outside! I’ve selected a few of my favorite pieces to take you from a cozy afternoon indoors to a lounge filled afternoon on the back porch. Click on the images to read more about my favorite “lazy Saturday” options. Which one is your favorite?

Stay cozy,
Parker

 


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The Open Wrap Sweater

In a few days, I will be sharing details from our anniversary trip to a very special place. Want a hint about the destination we chose for our adventure? Think sweaters, duck boots and rain jackets!

In preparation for a trip to a colder climate, I scoured my closet for some layering pieces to wear under heavy coats. My favorite option? An open wrap sweater. I love the ease of an open sweater and the comfort it affords in a multitude of climates. Pair your favorite one with a solid color tank and wear alongside leggings or tapered jeans.

Below are a few of my favorite options for this season (one of which is on sale!) Whether you lean towards detailed embroidery, bold pattern or a solid color, you are sure to layer in style (and comfort) this fall with these designs! Which one is your favorite?

Stay cozy,

Parker

 


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National Gives Back

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times

As many of you have read and seen on the news, the Carolinas endured a massive hit from Hurricane Florence – leaving many areas under water and without access to basic necessities. Upon hearing of the urgent needs along the Carolina’s coast, the National team went into action!

Our incredibly dedicated National family collected donations and inventory to ship directly to those impacted by the storm. Below are a few moments from our team’s work on the ground in Lexington! You are a part of this.Because of your continued support of National, we can help our broader community in times of crisis. Thank you for being a part of the National family!

For updated information on how you can directly support relief efforts, visit the NC Diaper Bank and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

With love and gratitude,
Parker


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Bringing Pattern to Fall

If your closet is anything like mine, it has a bit of a monotone look with a simple color palette and loads of solid color pieces. This season, I committed to jazzing up my wardrobe with a couple pieces that blend neutral fall colors with embellishment, detail and beautiful design.

When selecting a pattern piece, choose a color way that suits your skin tone. Personally, I lean towards dark blues and greens (especially given how often I wear denim!) Consider pairing it with a solid color tank or under layer to bring out a pop of color and align the overall design. Select simple accessories to complete your look (click here for my favorite option!)

Which pattern piece do you love most? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section below.

Happy shopping,
Parker

 

 


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The Most Comfortable Clogs

The smell of outdoor fires warming the evening. Strolls atop the crunchy leaves lining our neighborhood sidewalks. A light layer of flannel tied around my waist, just in case. The sites, sounds and smells of fall warm my heart and compel me to love North Carolina even more than I already do. It is a season of family connection, a dose of football on the weekends, and long strolls with our sweet baby girl.

The National team has added to the comfort of fall with a brand new selection of footwear for the season. Today, I am sharing my favorite styles of clogs with you! As a busy working mom, I appreciate the style, ease and comfort of a clog. With a knee surgery and back surgery behind me, I love the added cushion and support this collection affords. Click on the imagery to read more about each product. Which clog is your favorite?

Stay comfy,

Parker

 


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Top Destinations for 2019

As we adventure through a new place – which I will share with you upon our return – I’ve caught the travel bug all over again. When we began laying out our anniversary adventure, we started booking hotels, flights and road trips several months before departure. With 2019 around the corner, I wanted to give you a head’s up on some of the world’s best travel destinations!

When researching new places to visit and things to see, I stumbled upon a fantastic blog – Roaming Boomers. Nearly 10 years ago, this husband and wife team began traveling the world and sharing their findings with the rest of us dreamers! Here are the duo’s recommended list, a true tour of the world!

Are you more of a coastal traveler? Click here to read up on America’s best seaside towns.   What are your favorite places to visit? Share with me in the comment section below!

Happy trails,
Parker


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Falling into Comfort and Style

 

Thomas and I are preparing for our 10 year anniversary trip, and I am over the moon to add memories to our joy bank! We have planned a week long getaway, which we began planning on our honeymoon….promising one another we would take another big mountain trip when 10 years came along.

So this week, I’m packing up and pulling comfort and style from my closet in preparation for our trip. When traveling, I prefer the ease of a knit fabric and love the wash-and-wear care of UltraSofts. Each piece holds its shape – even when crumpled in a suitcase! For long plane rides, I opt for a knee length dress. This affords comfort and style – a must to start vacation off right!

Below are a few of my favorite options for this time of year. (And yes, some of these are even on sale! So stock up for your next adventure). Click below for more product details and share your packing tips in the comment section below!

Happy trails,
Parker


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I am Parker. My mom, Lynda, is the owner and President of National Wholesale. We are a woman’s apparel company that I’m hoping you know about but if not, you’ll be inspired to learn. We’ve been around since 1952. And the business was started by my entrepreneurial grandfather, “Georgie” with the support of my grandmother, GaGa. I’ve been surrounded by clothing and hosiery since the day I was born. I've also been surrounded by the drive to stay in business, which means connecting with our customers.

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