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  1. Wrap, shawl, poncho…and the list goes on of this season's SUPER HOT trend.  They are everywhere!  On the street, on the runway…and they should be in your closet!  Gone are the days of only having structured, form fitting outfits.  People are finally embracing stylish comfort. 
     
    There are so many benefits to these great wardrobe essentials:
    • They are the perfect layering piece.  Layer the over a tank top, short sleeve, long sleeve top or sweater depending on the weather.  Either way they are sure to keep you warm and cozy during the cold weather season.
    • They can be worn a variety of ways.  Wear your poncho loose or belt it!   Wear your wrap open or belted.  Wear your shawl like a large scarf or wrap it casually over your shoulders.
    • They are the perfect travel companion.  Because these items can be worn in a variety of ways, they are perfect for traveling.  They are also loose and comfortable, perfect for the constant activities surrounding your itinerary.  And, they are made from fabrics that resist wrinkling which is so important when traveling.
    • They make wonderful gifts for all of your girlfriends as one size fits all!
    • They are ON TREND, keeping your wardrobe fresh and stylish.‚Äč
    Poncho
    Kavu Pretty Poncho
    Just as its name states, this poncho is pretty!  We sold out of these in 2014 and couldn’t wait to get them back in stock in this seasons’ Heathered Black.  It literally goes with everything.
    Wraps
    Kavu Wrap It Cardi
    The Wrap It Cardi is a sleeveless take on the Pretty Poncho.  It can be worn loose and open or belted with the self fabric belt.  Available in 2 great neutral colors, it will literally layer over anything in your existing closet.
    Royal Robbins Lindsey Wrap Cardigan
    This amazing piece was designed to be worn in a multitude of ways.  So no matter what you have planned for the day, it will fit the bill.


    Royal Robbins Boucle Sweater Vest
    Another sleeveless wrap in a great knobby boucle fabric.  Available in a wonderful neutral color and another jewel tone option, its cozy and on point this season.
    Shawls
    Royal Robbins 3 Season Wrap
    Wool and Yak blend to make a luxurious wrap that is a must have accessory.  Layer it over your favorite top or wrap it over your favorite outerwear and make a statement.
    Royal Robbins Mystic Shawl
    Reversible and fabulous, this is our most cost effective option available!

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  2. What is a capsule collection, you ask?  Well, according to Wikipedia... a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, which can be augmented with seasonal pieces. We recommend you do this by season so that you have a nice, compact and even better – travel ready – wardrobe for each season.  Everything should blend together nicely which keeps your style cohesive.
     
    Top Tips for a Creating a Capsule Collection:

    1. Don't ignore the basics – Basic tees and tanks for Spring/Summer, basic long sleeves for Fall/Winter.  And remember that basics don’t have to be just some boring tee.  But they do need to be something that can coordinate back with lots of items.  Example: Aventura Erin Long Sleeve has great ruching and a wonderful wrap detail.  It can be used as a stand alone or a layering piece in white/black under lots of cardigans, sweaters, tunics and so on.
    2. Neutrals – By this we don’t mean that your wardrobe has to be nothing but white, off white, gray or black.  By all means if that is what you like, go for it, but there are so many other items that will match back with lots of things.  Example: Carve Whitman Slim Pant in Midnight.  With its dark wash, it can be dressed up or dressed down.  It’s not denim, but looks like it could be, and the fit on this pant is comfortable and flattering.
    3. Travel ready pieces – Travel ready pieces are great because they coordinate with so many things and can be worn over and over again without worry about wrinkles, etc  Example: Kavu Pretty Poncho and Kavu Wrap It Up Cardi.  These can be layered over leggings, pants, skirts and dresses.
    4. Trendy Items – Let yourself buy a few trendy items each season.  It keeps your wardrobe fresh and current.  And with some trends lasting longer and longer these days, it helps ease some pressure on your bank account but still lets you look stylish every season. Example: Kavu Deva Dress in Military Camo Print or even Toad & Co.’s Printed Lean Legging in Camo or Tyrian Purple.
    5. Accessories – You can change up the look of each outfit by accessorizing.  And outdoor women love a great hat, scarf or pair of mitts.  Let’s face it, we wear them to run errands, during activities, on the après ski scene and sometimes even at work.
    For inspiration, we’ve set up some great capsule collections for Fall.
    Capsule Collection I - Fall 2015 - a great collection of whites, ivories, grays and blacks
    Capsule Collection II - Fall 2015 - a spectacular mix of purples and turquoises
    Capsule Collection III - Fall 2015 - off white, blues and deep purples create a wonderful color palette
    Capsule Collection IV - Fall 2015 - reds, whites, blacks and plaids!
    Capsule Collection V - Fall 2015 - neutrals, turquoises and rusts abound
    Capsule Collection VI - Fall 2015 - comfy, nubby knits in rich, organic colors
    Capsule Collection VII - Fall 2015 - off whites, browns and great coordinating neutrals



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  3. If there is one thing we love about the summer season, is that there are so many versatile clothes available, particularly for the outdoor woman. We have hand selected our favorite pieces from 10 different categories for the perfect capsule collection for summertime sun and adventure. Mix and Match your favorites, or reference our Style Guides for the creme de la creme looks in outdoor, active womens clothing that serves style and function like none other.

    1.     The Perfect Hat
    Pistil McKinley Trucker Hat Pistil Ranger Cap Pistil Josephine Fedora

    2.     Great, Versatile Scarf
    Pistil Avery Scarf Pistil Solange Scarf Pistil Esme Scarf

    3.     Socks That Go the Extra Mile
    Darn Tough Farmers Market No Show Darn Tough Pin Dots Shorty Darn Tough Sassy Stripe Crew

    4.  Active Skirts
     
    Carve Designs Seaside Skirt Toad & Co. Chaka Skirt Kavu Stella Skirt

    5.  Dresses that Move
    Carve Designs Gansett Dress Toad & Co Long Island Maxi Dress Kavu Jocelyn Dress

     6.  Convertible Pant
    Royal Robbins Terra Hiker Pant Royal Robbins Cool Mesh Pant Royal Robbins Breeze Thru Culotte

    7.  The "It" Short
    Carve Designs Oahu Short Carve Designs Lanikai Short Royal Robbins Strider Stretch Short

    8.  The Essential Tee
    Royal Robbins Noe Short Sleeve Toad & Co Slubstripe Vee Tee Aventura Imogen Tee

    9.   Lightweight Long Sleeve
    Carve Designs Dylan Gauze Top Royal Robbins Noe 3/4 Sleeve Stripe Royal Robbins Essential Tencel Cowl

     10.  The Perfect Cardigan/Hoodie
    Aventura Everly Hoodie Carve Designs Anderson Cardigan Aventura Lantana Hoodie




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  4. I had a friend call me the other day, and ask for some travel fashion advice.  I found it quite ironic since we are focusing on "Fashion that Travels" this month, so I thought I would share the overwhelmingly profound advise that I gave her. (insert wink, wink here)
     
    First of all, there are many questions to ask yourself when traveling.  My top 5 are:
    ·      Where are you going?
    ·      What is the weather forecast?
    ·      What is the culture like?
    ·      How long will you be staying?
    ·      What kinds of activities/itinerary do you have planned?
     

    In this case, my friend was traveling to New York City, the weather was going to be in the 40s, it’s a metropolitan area with a fashion sense known for black and grey, she was going for a long weekend and they were planning to shop, drink, eat and tour around to trendy places.
     
    I pulled some items from the Outdoormountainspirit.com closet, and low and behold she ended up using several of my recommendations.  Here are just a few…
     


    Pretty Poncho/Cover Up
    This item is a must have in any wardrobe because not only is it AMAZING.  It is one of the best weapons in your arsenal when traveling from warm weather to cold weather or vice versa.   Now, our Fall version is sold out in both colors because…again…this piece is AMAZING…but not to worry!  We have a spring version of the same thing in the KAVU Cover Up and next Fall we will be bringing the beloved Pretty Poncho back into the fray!
    Whitman Pant
    There is nothing better than a pant that can be dressed up or dressed down and feels so yummy you would swear you were wearing pajamas.  Wear it on the plane, wear them out to a nice restaurant, wear them to run errands, etc.
    Indah Jacket
    If there is one thing I’ve learned from many trips to Manhattan, YOU. MUST. HAVE. A. GREAT. JACKET.  This jacket is a travel go to.  It is light weight enough to be a 3 season stunner.  It can be worn without ever taking it off and look trendy and presentable for almost any occasion, or it can simply be used as a great layer over your favorite top or frock. 
    Revery Long Sleeve Top
    This is my go to long sleeve when traveling because the fabric is out of this world.  It can serve as a “basic” or layer under lots of things, and the unique cowl neck makes it more than just a basic long sleeve top.
    Mixing and matching was key here.  My friend didn’t want to take anything other than a carry on for a long weekend and the 4 pieces we gave her offered several options for her 3 day trip. 
     
    If you have a trip coming up soon and need some travel fashion advice, never fear, we are always here for you!  Message us at info@outdoormountainspirit.com with your requests and we will do our best to make your travel anxiety melt away so you can enjoy your trip and focus on what is important…Cheers!

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  5. What is the Apres Ski Scene?  Well…I suppose it depends upon who you ask.  For some it is about sipping on an ice cold draft beer after a long day skiing on the mountain, and savoring every bit of your day.  For others it is an excuse to catch up on the social front with folks you left in your wake as you ripped around the mountain.  And for others, it is a chance to see and be seen. 
     
    Admit it…no one wants to come off the mountain and find themselves at their favorite hot spot looking like a hot mess.  So, we’ve picked out our favorite Apres Ski items to help you freshen up, and look good while you unwind and sip on that cocktail.



    Click here for a full list of our favorite Apres Ski products, or browse below for outfits that will elevate your Apres Ski fashion to new levels!
     

    Pistil Designs
    Clover Knit Hat
    Horny Toad
    Berliner Vest
    Horny Toad
    Overpass Crew Dress
    Darn Tough
    City Block Knee High Sock
    Pistil Designs
    Joplin Slouch Style Hat
    Kavu
    Desolate Zip Pullover
    Kavu
    Cedar Skirt
    Kavu
    Ladies Legging
    Pistil Designs
    Iggy Slouch Style Hat
    Carve Designs
    Point Reyes Pullover
    Royal Robbins
    Brushed Back Skinny Leg Pant
    Darn Tough
    Good Witch Crew Sock
    Pistil Designs
    Cora Earflap Hat
    Lole
    Delight Performance Top
    Kavu
    Lola Leggings
    Pistil Designs
    Ruthie Wristlet



     


    Don't love any of these looks?  Check our out Winter Wonders Style Guides for more options!

    Based on these selections, and as a woman who lives in a ski town, my biggest advice is:
    Don’t look at the après ski scene as a tedious thing.  With a tad bit of forethought (best to do at night if you are not a morning person like me…), it’s easy to run to your car and switch into comfortable clothes, or to even layer properly under your ski jacket, in preparation for your après ski scene.  And don’t be afraid to go against the grain – I’ve changed from ski pants into a pull over skirt that slips right over my leggings faster than my boyfriend can change into jeans.  It’s not hard to look good, without looking high maintenance.  You just have to want to.  So, be fabulous – everyone WILL notice and who doesn’t want to OWN IT?!

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  6. We will be reporting on Summer Trends all summer long.  Trends come and go as seasons do the same, but certain pieces in your wardrobe never go out of style.  With the first day of Summer just around the corner, we no longer have to day dream about warm weather and shopping for the perfect pieces to make your wardrobe uber stylish!
     
     Here is Outdoormountainspirit.com's Guide to Summer Wardrobe Essentials:

     
    Tees - Basic tees have been a wardrobe essential for years, but the not so basic tee will help spice up your summer wardrobe.  OMS knows you can go down to your favorite big box store and buy a basic tee for less than $10, so that’s why we always aim to offer something different, unique, special.
    Tank Tops - Otherwise known as the sleeveless tee, tank tops are an essential part of any warm weather wardrobe as they help us keep cool while looking good.  Not in to showing off your arms?  Layer them up with a wrap or cardigan for extra style points.
    Skirts - Skirts are so versatile as they can be dressed up or dressed down and you can choose from all kinds of lengths depending on your body type, or what you want to show off or what you want to cover up.  Designers are also making the 2-in-1 option wherby the skirt is convertible into a dress.  So in our eyes, skirts are one of the most versatile pieces in any closet!
    Dresses - Dresses are important to any wardrobe because they can offer you the stand alone piece that doesn't have to be paired with anything else in order to look good.    From short to maxi, fitted to flowing, so many looks can be achieved with the simple dress.
    Capris - If you have never tried capris before - you should!  Some folks just don't want to show off their legs - maybe you don't have a tan and want to hide those pasty white legs, maybe you have a scar that you don't want to show off, maybe you just don't think your legs are your best feature or maybe you feel like shorts are no longer appropriate for you, but you don't want to burn alive in the blistery sun with a pair of pants.  It doesn't matter what the reason is, the capri is here to make your day!

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  7. Whether you are traveling and want the perfect wardrobe to fit in to your carry-on luggage, or you just want to simplify your wardrobe but still look great, we have the solutions for you!  Below are 5 pieces that can be transformed into 5 different looks.  And by mixing and matching the right pieces, you can make your closet look infinitely bigger and keep your budget on track. Let Outdoormountainspirit.com help you decide which pieces to choose and how you can style them for the ultimate in summer fashion.

    A Busy Woman’s Weekend Style...


    Friday, May 16    Jennifer is a working woman who needs sophisticated yet easy clothes for the workplace.  She has found the perfect match with the Anderson Long Sleeve Button Down in White and the Terra Hiker Pant in Taupe. They are comfortable, stylish and appropriate for the workplace.  We can’t wait to show you how she re-purposes them for the days that lie ahead.
    Saturday, May 17 AM Saturday is a big day for Jennifer.  She is taking the kids and the dog on a walk up Spring Creek Trail.  From there, she must pick up dog food, go to the bank, and get groceries for the cocktail party she is hosting Sunday night.  Jennifer heads to her closet to pick out some functional yet fashionable items for the day ahead.   She selects her favorite new top, the Noe Short Sleeve Tee in Black, which she transforms into a tank top with the roll up tabs at the sleeve.  And  matches it back to yesterday’s Terra Hiker Pant which she makes into a Capri with the roll up tabs on the pant leg.
    Saturday, May 17 PM After all of that is said and done, Jennifer drops the kids off with her hubby and meets her friends out for a long overdue Girls Night Out. She wants to dress the part but still stay comfortable, so she pairs the Anderson Long Sleeve Button Down with the Catalina Hi-Low Skirt in Turkish Sea, worn as a dress, for the ultimate in versatile fashion.
    Sunday, May 18 AM Sunday morning is laid back.  She hits the pool with the kids wearing her favorite swimwear and the Catalina Hi-Low Skirt as a cover up.  From the pool, she and the kids head home to get prepared for the night ahead.
    Sunday, May 18 PM Jennifer has 1 hour to get the appetizers sorted and dressed, before guests arrive. She kicks into high gear by grabbing the Noe Short Sleeve Tee from yesterday and unrolling the sleeves.  She pairs it with the Cedar Skirt in Coral for a pop of color and an ounce of flair. And grabs the Anderson Long Sleeve Top to cover up when the cool night air sets in. Top it off with some great orange accessories, and not only is she dressed to the nines, but she is ready to go with time to spare!   

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  8. This time of year, Mother Nature plays tricks on us….Some days it is sunny and warm and summer feels like it is right around the corner. Other days, the weather is dark and gloomy and we shiver at the thought of a tank top and shorts.  It is important to have some basic wardrobe essentials for transitional times.  And the wonderful thing about it is, even when the weather turns warm, these pieces continue to be a staple for your layering needs. A cardigan for cool weather nights, a button down shirt for the office, a long sleeve to keep you warm until yoga class gets your blood pumping.  Don’t avoid essential layering pieces to get you through transitional times! Embrace what you are up against and look good doing it.  

    Outdoormountainspirit.com's Guide for the "Betwixt & Between" Weather
    The Long Sleeve Tee

    Choose ¾ sleeves for their transitional nature or long sleeves in lightweight fabrics like burnout jersey, cotton slub or rayon/spandex blends.
    The Button Down

    Button them up for the office, layer them over a tank top for a more casual look or select one with adjustable sleeves for a convertible look.  Whatever you choose, make the long sleeve button down your go to layering piece this season.
    The Cardigan

    Wear it open or cinch them with your favorite belt, 
    the cardigan is the quintessential layering piece for all seasons.
    The Hoodie

    Who doesn’t love a good hoodie?!  Choose your style – vest, sweatshirt or jacket to compliment your next activity.
    The Lightweight Jacket

    Believe it or not, jackets should always have their place in a warm weather wardrobe. Select one of these lightweight options for the yoga studio, running errands or hitting the trails.
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