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Color Blocking

Color Blocking

Bright summer hues make the perfect statement pieces, but why not take your colorful look a step further? This season we dare you to play with bright hues and try color blocking!

FABIANA FILIPPI WOOLEN SCUBA OVERCOAT, HARTFORD HYSOPE BLOUSE, VINCE STOVEPIPE TROUSER, SUZI ROHER HEIDI CHARCOL SCARF & DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY BOND WOVEN LEATHER TOTE BAG.

FABIANA FILIPPI WOOLEN SCUBA OVERCOAT, HARTFORD HYSOPE BLOUSE, VINCE STOVEPIPE TROUSER, SUZI ROHER HEIDI CHARCOL SCARF & DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY BOND WOVEN LEATHER TOTE BAG.

Color blocking can be a daunting task, but fear not! These simple steps make creating colorful looks as easy as pie:

1. Choose a dominant piece. The yellow scuba coat in this look is obviously the crowd-pleaser. None of the other colors outshine it.

2. Pick colors that contrast. If you look at a color wheel, colors that contrast are at opposite points of the wheel. For instance, the cool blue of this Harlow top perfectly contrasts against the warmth of the yellow coat.

3. Don’t mix in too many hues. By sticking to only two or three colors, each one can speak for itself without being lost.

4. Tie it all together. Pick a few pieces whose colors are exactly the same. For instance, the black of the handbag and trousers in this look create a sense of continuity in the outfit.

And there you have it! A quick and easy guide to creating a color block outfit that is both fun and sophisticated. Have fun mixing!

XO

Mercantile

Blue Jean Baby

Blue Jean Baby

Despite the sweltering temps, the start of fall is just weeks away.  We can't help but get super excited about switching out our summer wardrobe for our favorite fall pieces. 

From L to R: 360 Cashmere "Dylan" lace-up sweater, Citizens of Humanity "Emerson" embroidered boyfriend jean, Rag & Bone floppy brim fedora, Hartford scarf & Vince leather backpack.

Our picks are anything but basic.  A classic cashmere sweater is totally modern and sexy with lacing up the front. Pair the soft staple with our new favorite (and we hope yours too) embroidered boyfriend jean from Citizens of Humanity for a relaxed fall look.  If you're feeling bold, throw on your tried and true, oversized denim jacket for a monochrome moment.

We figure if you embrace the upcoming season - and do a little shopping - cooler weather will be a welcome change.

XO
Mercantile
 

Boho Babe

Boho Babe

Spring is finally in full bloom, which means we can break out the other half of our wardrobe that we've been missing so much while bundled in sweaters, scarves and layers and layers of wool.  Ahhh, how refreshing that cotton and linen feels against our skin, not to mention the sunshine!

A spring trend we love - that seems to show up year after year - is the 70's boho babe.  We've got fringe coming out of our ears, ethnic inspired embroidery, exaggerated floral prints and crochet details for days.  You can definitely mix all these elements together with your gladiator sandals for a look that's a bit wild yet totally fun, but it's an easy style to mix subtly into your day to day look.  You can keep it casual by simply adding a peasant blouse to your Mother Denim jeans, plus a couple wrap bracelets and a fringe bag.  

Hartford "Horsica" Top, Mother Denim "Drop Out" jean, Rag & Bone wide brim fedora, Jacquie Aiche mini abalone double horn necklace, Love Heals freshwater pearl wrap bracelets
& Day Birger et Mikkelsen fringe hobo bag.

Anther reason we love this trend, is it's versatility, there is no limit to who can wear it or how much you dress it up or down.

Peace, love and Fashion,
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

Dressing for Spring, Now

Dressing for Spring, Now

Although it doesn't feel like spring yet - hello, surprise snow storm - we're getting stocked (and stoked) for warmer weather in the store.  With every shipment comes more flirty dresses, bright colors and floral prints and we couldn't be more ready. 

Even if the pieces your purchasing for the upcoming season don't seem practical for the weather outside, it's hard to resist wearing a new item in your closet.  Rather than wait until the temps rise dramatically, it may take months after all, layer your new, spring-y pieces under chunky sweaters and scarves or over textured tights and long sleeve shirts.  You'll get more use out of your new clothes, while staying cozy against the chill.

From L to R: Eileen Fisher sweater, M Missoni skirt, Rag & Bone "Abbot" fedora, Chan Luu necklace, Rag & Bone shearling backpack, T by Alexander Wang rib turtleneck, Theory "Kyon" dress, Hartford cashmere beanie, Rene Escobar bangles and Vince "Signature V" cross body bag.

This is the perfect opportunity to mix colors and textures in unexpected ways, lightweight silks for Spring pair beautifully with a fuzzy sweater.  Go bold with your choices, you won't regret it.

XO
Mercantile