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Festive for the 4th

Festive for the 4th

There are few things better than a long holiday weekend in summer.  The weather is warm and balmy, you get a day off of work and most likely there is a party to attend with good food, good drinks and better friends. 

We like to keep things casual yet festive for Independence Day, rather than going full on red, white and blue, focusing on a single pop of color with coordinated accessories.  Crop jeans in a floral hue and a shoulder baring, white top are the perfect combo for the warm holiday. A denim jacket and tonal scarf will keep you cozy for the fireworks, beach side bonfire or backyard fête.

AG "Robyn" jacket, Current/Elliott "Madeline" top, AG "Stiletto" crop jean, Eileen Fisher cotton scarf, Loren Stewart sterling silver ID bracelets & Vince Signature small leather camera bag.

We hope your 4th is filled with fun, food, friends, family and of course fireworks!

XO
Mercantile
 

How to wear the Crop Flare

How to wear the Crop Flare

You're probably seeing these jeans everywhere - they're a little funky, a little short and sorta flared - and wondering how and the heck you're supposed to wear them.  Well, you shouldn't be scared by what you don't know...all it takes is a little education.  We are officially obsessed with this denim trend that's happening (we have at least four different styles in the store right now) and can't wait for you to love them too. 

Current/Elliott rolled sleeve trucker jacket, Max Mara stripe sweater, AG Jeans "Jodi" crop flare, Loren Stewart necklace and bracelets, Shiraleah leather tote bag.

1.  They should be cropped, but not too cropped.  If you happen to be tall they may hit you a little higher right above the ankle, but that's okay.  You really want the hem of the jeans to barely hit the top of your favorite ankle booties. 

2.  The flares range from baby-bells to just the slightest kick.  Choose a silhouette you're comfortable with, whether it's a super flare or or not, and you'll be much more likely to sport these all year long. 

3. Until you've grown comfortable with the trend, let the jeans do the talking and keep your other silhouettes simple and classic.  A pair of cropped flares pair perfectly with a striped tee, work wear jacket, suede booties and a messy bun for day or a crisp white shirt, a pair of sky high pumps and a bold lip for evening.

We can't wait to see how you interpret this new denim look, we know it'll be totally fab.

XO
Mercantile

Packing List: Hawaiian Getaway

Packing List: Hawaiian Getaway

Raise your hand if you feel like it's been winter forever. Yeah, us too.  It's hard not to start dreaming of sunshine and summer and get super bored with winter once the spring collections start to arrive in-store. 

If you're one of the lucky ones, you've got a warm weather vacation planned in the near future.  Whether it's sunny Southern California, the blazing hot desert or the beaches of Mexico, it doesn't really matter as long as it's warm.  Here at Mercantile, we've been dreaming of a tropical, Hawaiian getaway, complete with early morning walks on the beach, boogie boarding and sunset Mai Tai's. 

From L to R: T by Alexander Wang reversible jersey dress, Joie "Knapp" silk blouse, Hartford Liberty print shorts, James Perse mesh hooded pull-over, AG Jeans, Sol Angeles "Ciao" tank, Current/Elliott "Navy" skirt and "The Cinched" dress.

Remember, a successful packing list doesn't have to be lengthy, as long as all your pieces can be mixed and matched.  Sticking to a neutral color palette, with a single pop of color is always a plus and you can always add a little extra color with your shoes, accessories and of course your bikini.  Don't forget a couple pairs of sunnies and your trusty Panama hat.

Aloha!
Mercantile

Shear Genius

Shear Genius

With Christmas just days away, we've got sleigh bells and snow flakes on the brain.  Unfortunately, here in Portland, the reality is more like duck boots and rain drops.  Rather than get too bummed about the drizzle, we've focused our attention on a major trend for winter that our buyers spotted it all over NYC. Shearling.  It's the basically the warmest fabrication out there, and totally timeless; you'll stay cozy and chic winter after winter. 

Although rain isn't ideal for fur and shearling, you'll get more wear out of your piece if you treat it like you would any other winter coat. Just don't forget your umbrella.  And don't worry, we've included a vegan option for those of you who don't do fur. 

L to R: Vincent Pradier beanie, Rene Escobar necklace, Sara Weinstock bangles, Christiansen fringe leather hobo, Rag & Bone "Callista" crewneck sweater, Current/Elliott plaid shirt, AG "Nikki" jean, Vince shearling jacket with hood and Theory "Visterna" faux shearling vest.

When the temps start to warm a bit with the arrival of spring, don't be afraid to pair your shearling outerwear with a mini dress and a bare leg for a bold, high fashion look.

XO
Mercantile

Fourth of July

Fourth of July

Portland natives have been known to say that Summer - or Summer weather - doesn't start until the July Fourth holiday.  And boy is it ever going to heat up. With the weather forecast predicting three digits, we've collected some of our favorite, and coolest outfits for America's big day.

A lightweight sundress is the perfect solution for the Fourth - a no brainer - stick with breezy cotton or linen in hues of blue.

Current/Elliott Strappy Dress. Sundry Stripe Maxi Dress, Current/Elliott Indio Dress,
Vince Stretch Linen Drawstring Dress, G. Kero Adele Dress

Keep your separates festive and easy, mixing different textured stripes in white and blue, or a cheeky take on stars and stripes.

Sundry Stars Muscle Tee, James Perse Cotton Linen Stripe Pencil Skirt, Rag & Bone Greta Blouse, Current/Elliott Bermuda Short, Rag & Bone Camden Stripe Tee, Vince Fold Over Short, Current/Elliott The Costa Short Sleeve Shirt, Frame Le Garçon Jean

A jean jacket is a summer staple, throw yours on over any of the above looks when its time to watch the fireworks.

Current/Elliott Trucker Jacket, Closed City Jacket,
AG Jeans Distressed Denim Jacket and Robyn Jacket

Have a fun and festive holiday!

XO
Mercantile