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!

Mix ’n’ Match Freedom

Since the initial boom of mix ’n’ match fashion in the 1950s, the concept has steadily been making headway decade over decade. I’ll admit, there’s something undeniably efficient about having five pieces of clothing having the potential to be thirty different outfits on any given day. Also, along with the practicality of it all comes the daily creativity in choosing whatever suits the mood or occasion. (Plus, I love having more options for less cost!)

 

I’ve found the more that I add to my mix ’n’ match wardrobe, the less worry I experience on a daily basis about getting dressed—I know I’ll find something, even if pressed for time. One thing about ShopNational is that they always have high quality mix ’n’ match separates available—across their entire store. There’s the comfort of clothing, and there’s the comfort of the act of clothing (one’s self); here are some of my personal favorites that offer both!

 

Top by UltraSofts®

Americana Tulip Sleeve Top by UltraSofts®

 

women's mix n match pants

Pull-on, Pull-in Pants by National®

 

Embroidered Floral Skirt by UltraSofts®

Embroidered Floral Skirt by UltraSofts®

 

Americana Graphic Tees by National®

Americana Graphic Tees by National®

 

Sleeveless Polo by UltraSofts®

Sleeveless Polo by UltraSofts®

 

 

What’s your outlook on mixing and matching? Do you have any favorite go-to pieces you love? Feel free to share in the comments!

 

 


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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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Muumuu, May I?

The decelerated pace of things lately has re-introduced my appreciation for an all-inclusive garment—one that’s easy to wear, stow, and care for (and hides away my quarantined snacking-related choices). Thankfully, the muumuu dress has made its way from its Hawaiian/Polynesian roots here to the U.S. mainland, and lately, it’s proven to be a great investment for my wardrobe, wallet, and self-image. Fifteen seconds in the morning, and I’m dressed for a day of leisure, errands, or social time–whatever the day has in store!

 

Characterized by a relaxed, shoulder-down drape that offers extra room and comfort, muumuus have become increasingly popular among women across the nation and are widely available in an array of cuts and styles. Plus, they typically fold and pack well, and are light and breathable–perfect for summer trips and waterside cover-ups. I love mixing and matching with sunhats and sandals for being out and about–and, needless to say, the does-it-all garment offers at-home comfort all evening long.

 

Regardless of the many ways you can dress them, muumuus all have one thing in common: they create a look you can feel great about yourself in, no matter where you are!

 

Below are a few of my personal favorites – what style do you enjoy the most? Share in the comments below!

 

muumuu dress floral

Keilani Floral Lounger by National®

women's muumuu

Multi Print Lounger by National®

 

muumuu

Border Print Crinkle Dress by National®

 

muumuu caftan

Ikat Printed Caftan by National®

 

 

Relax and enjoy!
Aloha,

Rebecca

 

 


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Stop & Smell the Roses

Hey, Friends! I’m so glad to see the temperatures steadily rising again here in Lexington, NC–slowly, but surely–and my warmest wishes to you this Cinco de Mayo! As we welcome in this first week of May, I’ve been thinking ahead to Mother’s Day this coming Sunday. This year, Mom’s special day falls during a week where nature is beginning to bloom once again, and vibrant, happy colors and prints seem more than appropriate to live in this season! Speaking of which, National has all-new styles that perfectly coincide with these flowering times of new beginnings, and I am delighted to share some of these with you all. Being in the spirit of May and Mother’s Day, here are some new floral favorites that will look and feel great this month:

 

dress

Button-Front Day Dress by National®

womens jacket

Embroidered Jacket by National®

womens blouse

Forget-Me-Not Printed Blouse by National®

womens jacekt

Floral Jacquard Jacket by National®

womens flower top

Bold Flowers Knit Top by Alfred Dunner®

 

Which one(s) do you like best? Share in the comments below!

 

Blooming with hope,

Rebecca

 


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Say Yes to the Patio Dress

During these uncertain times, one thing that’s for sure is the warming weather’s becoming more and more reliable. And as the perennials return to bloom once again, this year, easy-wear patio dresses and muumuus are becoming a go-to style for women across the country. Hilaria Baldwin (wife of Alec Baldwin) has showcased their comfort and style recently, wearing National’s Print Sundress (special thanks to dailymail.co.uk for coverage on Hilaria Baldwin in Print Sundress by National®).

 

National Print Sundress

Hilaria Baldwin posts wearing the Print Sundress by National®

 

As this season presents opportunity for all things new, adding bright & joyful colors and new styles to our wardrobe, around the house, and/or garden will make for a great pick-me-up any day of the week. As there’s a wide variety of patterns, colors, and cuts to patio and lounge dresses, here are some ideas for inspiration, as now’s the perfect time to get ready for the brighter days and sunnier skies just ahead.

 

print sundress

Print Sundress by National® – around-the-house style that’s great for any body type (as worn by Hilaria Baldwin)

 

patio dress

Printed Crinkle Crepe Smocked Dress by National® – (a flowy, wear-anywhere style)

 

patio dress

Santa Fe Crinkle Cotton Dress by National® – (beautiful influences of the Southwest)

 

sunflower patio dress

Sunflower Print Lounger by National® – (just. gorgeous.)

 

Daisy Denim Dress by National® – (flattering, flowery, & flounced.)

 

What’s your favorite type of patio dress? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 


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Comfy at Home

If there’s anything I’ve learned about the at-home lifestyle, it’s pajamas, messy buns–and how to live best when the world has seemingly stopped. It’s been such a unique type of challenge. I think it’s safe to say that while these unprecedented times continue, one thing we can control is how to be as comfortable as possible at home, and I know what I spend the day wearing can make all the difference. Thankfully, one of National’s specialties is comfy loungewear, and there are several new types to choose from, from two-piece sets to snuggly wrap robes. What’s your favorite type to spend the day in? Share with me in the comments below!

women's lounger downtime

The Downtime Knit Lounger by National®

 

womens pajamas

Side-Laced Pajamas by National®

 

womens lounger

Plush Cowl Neck Lounger by National®

 

robe

Plush Zip Robe by National®

 

Stay well,

Parker


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Comfy Walkers

Week….wait, what week are we on of self-isolation? I’ve lost track, my friends. But one thing has come from this season of social distancing: nightly family walks–and I am loving every minute.

 

Our little girl is transitioning out of her stroller and into her very own tricycle (a big move my mama heart wasn’t quite ready to see). Somehow, my baby girl has sprung up into a vivacious and joy-filled 3 year old…I blinked, y’all. What happened? Just yesterday, we had to remove her “snack tray” from her tricycle (that currently has a handle for us to push her along), because her once little legs are now too big to fit beneath and still pedal. Truly, I feel like it was only yesterday her feet didn’t even reach the pedals.

 

All these walkabouts have me evaluating my “comfy shoes section” of the closet and realizing I need to spruce that up just a smidge before summer. The National® team has curated a wide variety of fantastic shoes, in particular, easy slip-ons, for any time of day. I have selected four options for you to peruse – the first two a bit more athletic in makeup and support, and the second two a bit more on the styled side.

 

Which pair do you like most?

Seasonal Windsors by
Grasshoppers®

Gracee by
Easy Spirit®

Niche Slip On by Bzees®

Tilly Shoes by Beacon®

Enjoy the sunshine,

Parker


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Happy Lounging

I’m not sure what day of social distancing we’re on…I lost track around day 8. (Anyone else?) I will tell you that I have significantly elevated my lounge game.

 

Regardless of the season in which we find ourselves, there is something truly uplifting about wearing what I call “happy jams.” Pajamas in bright colors and fun patterns make for a cheerful morning (or afternoon….or evening…no judgement here).

 

Personally, I love a button-down top and loose fitting pajama pants. (And a plus side of button-down pajama tops: throw on a scarf and earrings, and you’re ready for a video conference call where no one will ever guess you’re in pajamas.)

 

In my spring pajama recommendation list, I have included a soft robe in a stunning blue floral print (a great complement to any solid color pajamas!). Do you have a favorite pajama set for this time of year? While we’re lounging, let’s make sure we do so in comfort and style.

pajamas

Lounging Pajamas by National®

robe

Plush Zip Robe by National®

lullaby pajamas

Lullaby Pajamas by National®

pajamas

English Garden Knit Pajamas by National®

Cheers to some happy,

Parker


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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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Spring Jackets

Stan Fields: Miss Rhode Island, please describe your idea of a perfect date. Cheryl “Rhode Island”: That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.

This is one of my favorite quotes from a favorite movie, “Miss Congeniality.” And I’m with Miss Rhode Island. Spring is around the corner, just in time for my favorite layering piece of the year….the go-to, lightweight jacket.

Call me clothes-obsessed, but I am a sucker for a great jacket. I crave breezy mornings on the coast, simply because I can’t wait to bust out a new accessory. And yes, I 100% consider jackets an accessory. You can opt for a fun print, a bold color or a new texture to add to your overall look. Anything that can radically shift an overall vibe is absolutely an accessory!

If you need a bit more “weather” protection or you’re searching for a shift in silhouette, our team here at National® has developed an array of options sure to suit your closet. Below are a few options that seamlessly transition from winter to spring. Which one do you like best?

jacket

Water-Resistant Nautical Jacket by National®

jacket

Eyelet Jacket by National®

cardigan

Soft Drape Cardigan by National®

jacket

Full-Zip Jacket by National®

Cheers to jacket season,

Parker


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