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Snow Day

Snow Day

What a winter! Here in the PNW we've experienced record snow fall and storm after storm, making for some serious winter weather.  As much as we'd like to be thinking ahead to spring, it's a hard thing to focus on when it's so so chilly out!  Lucky for us we've got a spot of sunshine when it comes to our outerwear options - specifically in Mercantile favorite Herno - these down jackets are available in nearly every color of the rainbow with a silhouette to fit every figure.

The Italian based company boasts an ecologically sustainable factory - always a plus in our book - as well as ethically sourced down, all finished with the highest Italian craftsmanship making the chicest and most lightweight puffer we've ever seen.

From L to R: Derek Lam 10 Crosby woven cross-body, Rag & Bone "Salute" stripe top, Current/Elliott jeans, Herno puffer jacket, Frame jeans, Amina Rubinacci tweed jacket, Derek Lam 10 Crosby leather cross-body with metal hardware and Antonelli Firenze "Charlotte" shirt.

These jackets are not just for the weekend, although we love to pair them with denim and a cashmere sweater.  The pieces can easily be elevated to evening, they are Italian after all, with a cigarette pant and crisp white shirt.  Although you'll be happy with one, we find it hard to resist a new Herno puffer, especially when the colors are so delicious!

XO
Mercantile

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

Comfort isn't the first thing that comes to mind when planning a New Year's Eve ensemble - it's probably sequins, sparkle and sexy - but its certainly something to consider. We like the idea of a festive outfit that you'll feel great in, no fuss required.

Pants in a silver hue are a fabulous solution, perfect when paired with a graphic top and metallic accented accessories and strappy heels.  For an unexpected and slightly more low-key outfit, pair your favorite Fair Isle sweater with a mini skirt and leather booties.

From L to R: M Missoni broken zig-zag top, rTa silver leather jeans, Rene Escobar 18k gold, sterling silver and diamond bangles, Red Valentino Fair Isle sweater & McQ skirt.

We had so much fun filming our New Year's Eve style segment with More Good Day Oregon, check out the outfits in action below!

Have a happy and healthy New Year!

XO
Mercantile

Pattern Play

Pattern Play

Mixing prints and texture can seem like a daunting trend to take on, better left for the fashion editors and bloggers.  How do you mix and match your patterns without looking like your kooky neighbor?  It's really fairly simple, and we're excited to teach you how to incorporate this bold and chic look into your wardrobe. 

If you stick to a few simple rules, you'll look like the street style stars of fashion week.

1. Pick a color story, and keep the prints within the same color group.
2. Play with proportion, a large pattern can compliment a more delicate print.
3. Texture is your friend here, a solid sweater or tweed jacket with a bold texture will add just as  
    much as a graphic print.
4. Try using the same pattern in different sizes and/or inverted colors (think navy sweater with       white stripes paired with white pants with navy stripes)
5. When in doubt, throw some polka dots in the mix and always treat leopard and stripes as a
    neutral.

From L to R: ALC "Sadie" hobo bag, Rag & Bone "Olympia" top, Tucker pleated midi skirt, Rene Escobar Oxidized silver pendant with diamonds and assorted 18k gold, oxidized silver bangles with diamonds

Remember, fashion should be fun. and this is a great technique to play around with your closet.

XO
Mercantile

Packing List: Festival Season

Packing List: Festival Season

It's that time of year again, and no we're not talking about Spring.  It's time to pack your bags and head out on a music filled adventure.  You'll want to be stylish while staying cool and comfortable for the long days spent outside and on your feet.  Whether it's Sasquatch. Bonaroo or the ultimate, over the top, desert wonderland that is Coachella, we've got all the festival gear you need.

A music festival is the perfect opportunity to go a little wild with your wardrobe, it's all about layers and mixing patterns and textures.  Don't be afraid to step a bit outside your comfort zone and have fun.

Rag & Bone Aria Tank, Iro Jeans Glossy Tee, G. Kero Jungle Shorts,
Iro Hook Skirt, Frame Denim Le Garcon Jeans, J. Brand Denim Vest,
Cotton by Autumn Cashmere Fringe Pullover, Rag & Bone Grayson Backpack,
Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Fedora

Day 1 Festival:

Iro Jeans Tank, G. Kero Shorts and Rag & Bone Hat

Night 1 Party:

Rag & Bone Tank, Iro Skirt, J. Brand Denim Vest

Day 2 Festival:

Rag & Bone Tank, Cotton by Autumn Cashmere Sweater and G. Kero Shorts

Night 2 Party:

Iro Jeans Tank, Frame Denim Jeans, and Rag & Bone Backpack 

Day 3 Festival:

Iro Jeans Tank, Iro Skirt, Rag & Bone Backpack

Flight Home:

Cotton by Autumn Cashmere Sweater, Frame Denim Jeans and Rag & Bone Backpack

We would also pack a couple pairs of your favorite sunnies, a bikini or 2, a colorful lace bra to layer under your tanks, a flat sandal and leather boot for day and a strappy heel for the parties at night.

If you're lucky enough to be heading to the UK - where the weather tends to be muddy instead of sunny - pack your Stutterheim jacket and a pair of Wellies to keep you dry.

XO
Mercantile

Milan Fashion Week Faves

Milan Fashion Week Faves

Paris fashion week is in full swing, therefore fashion month is nearly over.  While the editors and buyers push through the final days of a busy, exciting and exhausting month, we're taking a minute to look back at our Milan Fashion Week favorites. 

Unlike New York Fashion Week, there doesn't seem to be a clear trend running through all the collections, which makes for more interesting viewing and a more versatile closet come Fall.

Les Copains:

They got the 70's memo at Les Copains, with lots of flared wool trousers and billowy chiffon blouses.  But this collection is far from boho - with oversized jewels and luxe fabrics - it's glamorous, like 70's icon Bianca Jagger.

Max Mara:

Never one to disappoint when it comes to outerwear, this collection from Max Mara is full of luxurious and oversized wool, fur and quilted winter coats referencing Marilyn Monroe and 1950's glamour.  The theme is taken even further with cat eye glasses, beautiful wool wiggle skirts and oversized sweaters.  The tasseled loafers are both on theme and modern at the same time.

M Missoni:

Shanghai and it's bright lights and late nights was the inspiration for the latest collection from M Missoni.  As usual, it's youthful and colorful with a strong use of Missoni knits.  We can see the Asian flare through the use vibrant colors and traditional Chinese details.

Piazza Sempione:

Totally modern and totally beautiful, the Fall collection from Piazza is full of clean lines and a balance of neutral and rich colors.  The influence of the fine art world can be seen in the sleek styling and painterly prints.

Once again we're feeling inspired and invigorated by the Fall collections and we're eager to see what Victoria and Haley have in store for us here!

XO
Mercantile