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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.


Trend Report - Spring 2015

Trend Report - Spring 2015

It may not be spring yet, but it's sure starting to look like it.  With all this sunshine and blue sky it's time to start thinking about what we're going to wear as the weather continues to get warmer.  We've selected our five favorite trends for Spring, all of which can be mixed in with your winter wardrobe and worn now.


This may seem like an obvious choice, but this year designers have taken floral prints to a whole new level by using classic prints and messing with the proportions, colors and fabrications. Layer these pieces with a cozy cashmere cardigan to make them cold weather appropriate and once warmer temps arrive leave your arms bare!


Suede survives best in mild, dry weather - so it's no surprise that it was all over the Spring runways.  We love the soft and relaxed feel of suede and how it adds a casual elegance to any outfit.

White Denim

We're crazy about white denim at Mercantile and we've mentioned it before on the blog - but we're not talking about your basic white jeans here.  These pieces are patch worked, distressed and in completely new and unexpected silhouettes, adding some major interest.  Unlike fashion rules of yore, white denim can be worn all year long.


What was once a fabric brides and babies continues to be refreshed and made relevant again.  Whether it's crochet, eyelet, laser cut or intiricately woven, we can't get enough.  We love to mix the delicate fabric with denim or leather to toughen it up. 


This classic print can be taken in so many directions, from super casual to elegant and sophisticated.  And it's not the gingham of your childhood either - it's been blown up, refined and reimagined.

Don't let the February blues get you down - warmer weather is starting to make an appearance and Spring is right around the corner. With some new additions to your wardrobe the end of Winter won't feel so far away.


Love @ First sight

Love @ First sight

Valentine's Day is only a few days away.  The sitter's been booked, dinner reservations have been made and the flowers are on order.  But what about a gift?  Whether you're dropping hints to your spouse or shopping for a loved one, we have you covered.

A piece of jewelry is a classic Valentine's Day gift - venture outside the box a bit with a gold necklace that will make a subtle statement whether it's paired with a denim shirt or a cocktail dress.  

Kismet by Milka 14K Rose Gold Medallion Bar Necklace

For the man or woman who has everything you can spell out your sentiments with this graphic and luxurious throw pillow.

Rani Arabella Cashmere Love Pillow

Although lingerie is a traditional gift, it is also very risky.  Choose a delicate camisole that can easily be layered under a sweater or a blouse instead of something overly sexy.  This will delight the recipient instead of offend her.

Zimmerli Prive Cami available in ecru, black or blush

A cashmere sweater in a bright and festive color will quickly become a wardrobe favorite and will inspire romantic memories every time she wears it.


A striped shirt is a modern and unexpected Valentine's gift that can easily be paired with jeans.  This is an affordable piece that transcends age and is equally appropriate for your daughter or your mom.  

California Tailor sea shore pink beach pop over

If all else fails, a modern diamond band or pavé diamond studs will make any woman happy.


You can give extravagantly or subtly on this romantic holiday, but it's important to remember that love and support throughout the year will make your gift that much sweeter.