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Summer Stripes

Summer Stripes

Stripes are a pattern that scream summer. From basic tees, to Breton sweaters all the way to breezy linen shirts, tailored skirts and slouchy jackets.  No longer limited to classic blue and white, striped tees and sweaters are coming in all different colors and silhouettes. We love the subtle update of gray or black for a more sophisticated look that still channels your inner Bardot. 

From L to R: California Tailor "Tomboy" t-shirt, Rag & Bone "Stark" 10" crop jean, Loren Stewart necklace and bracelets, Shiraleah calf-hair leopard print tote, ATM "Sailor" sweater, Frame "Le Garçon Crop" jean, Samira 13 Tahitian pearl drop earrings, Merci Marie chain trim cross-body

We can't really think of a time or place where the correct stripe wont work.  Keep it casual on the weekend with a tee, distressed denim and patterned tote, and knock him dead on a chilly date night with an oversized sweater, slouchy, white boyfriend jeans and your highest heels.  Obviously a bold, bright lip will accent both looks perfectly.

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fashion month (so far)

fashion month (so far)

Milan fashion week is nearly over, with Paris around the corner, which means fashion month is winding down.  Our buyers have come and gone to market and the orders for Fall are finished.  Although it's month out, that doesn't mean we can't fantasize about what they chose and what to expect come early August.  It's really not that far away, you know. 

With all of the designers we carry, it's hard to pick out one collection as our favorite, but we can certainly pick out favorite looks within each collection and do a little trend forecasting in the meantime.

The 70's vibes will continue into fall 2016, whether it's seen in flares - cropped or otherwise - flowing, floral printed midi dresses or super exaggerated collars.  Another trend that's here to stay, probably now and forever, is men's tailoring, seen in gorgeous outerwear and luxurious wool in nearly every silhouette you can imagine. 

A newer trend that's popping up is a touch of glam, sequins, Lurex, you name it, seen especially, and surprising at Max Mara.  Classic military details - gold buttons, pea coats, trenches, epaulets and jodhpurs - have been seen in nearly every collection that walked down a runway.  And of course. it wouldn't be the fall/winter collections without some fur. Be it faux or real, accent collars or full length coats, the texture is everywhere and just screams winter, warmth and luxury.

It's fun to dream about the fall collections while the weather continues to stay cool.  But don't forget, spring is here in the store and those warm weather months are almost here!

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Treat Yo' Self

Treat Yo' Self

We're getting in the spirit of Saint Valentine's Day here at Mercantile.  Shades of pink and red on the racks and all the candy hearts you could ask for. 

We know it can be a loaded holiday for a lot of people - whether you're in a committed relationship, years long marriage or happily single - it can be both stressful and often times disappointing.  Rather than put your Valentine's gift in the hands of another person, we've picked out some rose hued items just for you.  That way, no matter what your relationship status, you'll be taken care of.  We believe in self-reliance after all. 

Take your pick from the list below, grab yourself a bottle of bubs and you'll be all set for a relaxing, and of course stylish Saturday (fingers crossed for sunshine!).

From L to R: Paul Smith herringbone stripe scarf, ATM "Cozy" cashmere cardigan, Max Mara "Oblato" jacket, Shiraleah leopard clutch, Kismet by Milka double bar bangle with champagne diamonds, Max Mara "Palco" shirt, Majestic striped linen t-shirt.

Always remember, there's nothing better than to treat yourself!

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2016 Wardrobe Detox

2016 Wardrobe Detox

A new year often means a fresh start - and maybe even a fresh wardrobe - so we wanted to help you clean out your closet a bit and update some essentials. 

Unless you are a stickler to the One In, One Out rule, your closet may feel cluttered and overwhelming come January.  Although we suggest sorting through your clothes seasonally, January is a great time to do an overhaul, especially since consignment stores and clothing resale shops are still buying for winter through mid-February.

There are a couple of guidelines to remember when doing a closet clean out.  If you haven't worn a piece in over a year, it's too big or too small, has irreparable damage, or it holds no emotional value (which would warrant storage) then it should be thrown into one of three piles: Sell, Donate, Alter. 

ATM voile boyfriend shirt, Rag & Bone jeans, Vince cashmere poncho, Current/Elliott "The Cropped Straight" jean and "The Patch Pocket Workman" shirt.

We picked a few of our favorite new arrivals for Spring, to fill in a bit of what will get taken out. You can never go wrong with a pair of skinny jeans, a light-weight white shirt, a cashmere poncho and a chambray shirt. All essential, season-less and timeless pieces. 

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Modern Classics

Modern Classics

Fashion may feel fast - it is always changing - but certain styles, silhouettes and fabrications are constant.  A menswear-inspired wool coat, a white cotton shirt and denim show up every season. To keep a classic outfit feeling fresh and modern, choose unexpected colors and textures and play with silhouette and proportion.  We've pulled together a few of the best modern classics from the current season to give you a versatile, day-to-evening, holiday look. 

Rag & Bone "Blankett" coat, ATM "Boyfriend" shirt, J Brand "Selena" crop bootcut jeans, Samira 13 pearl earrings, Rag & Bone color block scarf, Vince "Signature V" leather tote.

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