Step into Spring Wedges for the Weekend

What I Wore in Total Motion Taja T-Strap SandalJessica Quirk is the creator of What I Wore, a personal style blog capturing what she’s worn (almost) every day for the past 8 years. When she’s not posing for photos or writing her blog, she’s busy as a stay at home mom with her son Felix. She also loves designing and sewing her own clothes, baking cupcakes, knitting, binge watching whatever’s new on Netflix, and hiking with her family near her home in Bloomington, Indiana.What I Wore at the Farmers MarketSpring weekends are my favorite. The trees are in bloom, the farmer’s market is open and people are out and about. And there’s no better way to experience it all than by taking long walks into town, past pretty little houses, down brick paths, pushing our stroller.What I WoreWe had a banner weekend last Saturday and Sunday. We started our morning by cooking breakfast at home and then walking into town to check out the Bloomington Farmer’s Market. I picked up a bag of Brown County Coffee and a bunch of heirloom radishes (which we ate later for dinner with softened butter and sea salt!).  I wore a cushy pair of wedges with a bandana print dress nipped in at the waist with a vintage belt, simple shades and a brown leather fringe bag.What I WoreUsually this is the time of year when I’m breaking in all of my new footwear, but I’m happy to report this style, the Total Motion Taja T-Strap, was super comfortable from the get-go (because every gal knows that nothing stops you in your tracks like a pair of blister-inducing and uncomfortable sandals). Nude colored wedges are my go-to for flattering my legs and looking a little taller, while still providing the necessary comfort needed to walk miles (and miles… and miles). See my other favorite styles below.What I Wore in the Total Motion Taja T-StrapFrom there, my husband Adam had to bop into his distillery (Cardinal Spirits – visit if you’re ever in town!) so I walked Felix down Kirkwood Ave and then along Indiana University’s (IU) campus and back home again.

Next up – The Little 500 bike race  – an IU tradition! I attended both the men’s and women’s races all four years as an undergrad and have been back three times to watch since we moved back to town. It’s an amazing tradition of fixed gear bikes racing on a cinder track, plus cool traditions before the event begins. Felix was especially into the “bubbles” (balloons), and I always love hearing “Back Home Again in Indiana” sung a Capella and seeing the sky diver float through the sky with the American flag during the national anthem. And then the Grand Marshal says “Riders! Mount your bicycles” and they’re off!The Little 500 Bike RaceCheck out the Oscar nominated 1980’s film Breaking Away to get a (fictional) idea of the race. The one we went to is limited to IU students and alum, but like the movie, one team uses Cutters as their name (that’s who I cheered for this year!). With a fidgety toddler in tow, we had to move around quite a bit and eventually headed home about half way through. Felix fell asleep in his car seat in record time (about 60 seconds after we hit the road!).What I Wore and FelixWe ended the day by grilling out at home and resting up for a bike hike on Sunday morning. All in all – a perfect weekend!What I WoreFind more of Jessica’s style inspiration by following @WhatIWore on Instagram.

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#BoatShoes: Nautical Style On or Off the Water

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As the calendar flips to warmer months, our minds begin to drift toward summer – summer warmth, summer adventures and of course, summer outfits.

Summer reminds us of our history sponsoring some of the world’s most famous sailing races, when we outfitted the sport’s top sailors with their footwear. Luckily for lovers of boat shoes, they’re no longer made just for teak decks. Boat shoes can be worn everywhere, from the boat to the BBQ, casual Friday to date night.

What are boat shoes?
Boat (or deck) shoes were originally designed to help sailors better grip the deck. Virtually every boat shoe has the same anatomy: siping (thin slices in the rubber sole’s surface to help with traction in slick conditions); oiled leather or canvas uppers made to repel water; and highly durable stitching throughout the shoe to literally tie it all together.

The question for many men: how do I style boat shoes for a day on or off the water? The answer: working this summer staple into any outfit is easy. Once you realize how versatile the shoe can be, the rest is smooth sailing.

Here are three ways to pull off boat shoes (with a bonus outfit for the ladies).

Cool days & cooler evenings

Cool days, cooler nights.Click image for product details

While summer is on our minds, spring is still very much a thing here in New England where temps range from 70º one day and below freezing the next. While we don’t suggest building a snowman while wearing boat shoes (we don’t like frostbite), we do recommend breaking out your pair in early spring. They wear nicely on a windy day and easily transition to a cool spring night.

Bonus: several colors of our Bennett Lane 3 Boat Shoes are machine washable. Should muddy, wet weather strike on a romantic walk (or walk with the dog), you can just throw them in the wash and start fresh tomorrow. (Shoe care tip: click here for directions to wash machine washable shoes.)

Here we combined Nantucket Red pants, a cowl neck sweater (to keep out the spring chill), and our Bennett Lane 3 Boat Shoes, which are lightweight and flexible – perfect for a day on the boat, weekend exploring, or a nighttime bonfire.

Dressing up the boat shoe

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Boat shoes are here to stay as a comfortable addition to any work-appropriate summer wardrobe. We’d even go as far as saying that the style crosses over into the men’s loafer family, as it can add a bit of personality to a professional look. Long story short: you may be stuck at work on a gorgeous day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a little summer (and comfort) into the office.

Casual dress pants, a button down, our Jeffrey’s Bay 2-Eye Boat Shoe, and some sharp accessories will have you ready for any meeting. Just be sure to keep your bucket hat and aviators close by for when you sneak out to catch some rays (your secret’s safe with us).

Summer soiree style

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If you’re looking for something a little more “party ready” for warmer afternoons, this is where it gets even easier to style boat shoes.

Try the layered look with a canvas jacket for when the wind picks up off the water and a fun button down shirt that lets people know you put effort into the look (even if you’d prefer to be wearing that old, but no less loved t-shirt from your college days). Canvas shorts and our Summer Sea 2-Eye Boat Shoes complete the look.

For the ladies… 

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Ladies and gents alike enjoy a good nautical-inspired outfit, so we couldn’t leave the ladies out. This look is for those days when you (or your gal pal) want to rock the boat (shoe) with a dressier look, so you’re ready for anything the day brings: cheering on the sidelines at t-ball, scouring the local antique fair, or…stay with us…for those times you find yourself on a boat.

We rounded this outfit out with a layering jacket for that morning chill; a nautical bag large enough to carry the day’s essentials (and any fun finds you may stumble across along the way); and our favorite part – our women’s Cambridge Blvd, machine washable boat shoes.

Directions for washing machine washable shoes
To wash Rockport machine washable footwear, first remove the footbed.

Then, place the shoes by themselves into the washing machine. Use a gentle cycle with cold water and a liquid detergent (not bleach).

Once the cycle is complete, lay the footwear on a nonporous surface to air dry overnight (time to dry will depend on local humidity)

The footbed can be washed separately in warm, soapy water and air-dried.

As Seen In: OK! Magazine’s ‘What’s Hot Right Now’

Ok! Magazine

Turn to page 54 in the May 2 issue of  OK! Magazine, and you’ll see our Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump featured front and center in the ‘What’s Hot Right Now!’ round-up of pretty pastels inspired by actress and starlet, Emma Roberts.Ok! Magazine layout

Tis’ the season for pastels, and OK! Magazine has the look covered with an entire outfit highlighting these lovely pale spring colors.  These subtle shades are here to stay, so be bold in adding them to your spring wardrobe. Pair our comfortable heels in icy blue with a pretty floral dress, jeans, or rock the trend from head to toe a la OK!’s round-up.
in Icy BlueLove our Total Motion women’s collection? So do Woman’s Day, Redbook, and fashion stylist Shalice Noel.

Spring Looks We Love with Trend Styled

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Saul Carrasco is the creator and editor of Trend Styled, a blog that covers all things men’s style, grooming, lifestyle, and travel. A Texas born transplant, Saul now calls New York City home where he works full time as a blogger and a men’s fashion stylist.

Trend Styled in Rockport Path to Greatness Slip On
My day to day style is surrounded by few staples that revolve in and out of my daily looks. Great outerwear, cozy sweaters, and a great pair of kicks are always at the top of that list. These Rockport Path to Greatness Slip Ons have been a constant in my wardrobe. They can easily be dressed up with a suit for those days at the office or dressed down with a great pair of denim for those lazier Sunday’s spent brunching with friends.

The quality in construction and luxe materials that make up these kicks are what makes them so multi-occasional. Perforated suede, cushioned insole, and cool leather details are just some of my favorite parts that went into designing these slip ons. Trust me, they aren’t your usual slip ons!

Outfit: Suit & Winter Jacket

I love pairing a suit with a little more of a casual shoe. Especially when I have a full day of running errands around the city. The luxe materials help to make these Rockport slip ons so much more versatile.Trend Styled in Rockport Path to Greatness Slip On

Outfit: Jeans & Cardigan

Going casual doesn’t mean you have to lose style points for comfort. Get a great pair of shoes and the rest will follow.
Trend Styled in Rockport Path to Greatness Slip On

Find more of Saul’s style inspiration by following @TrendStyled on Instagram.

This Port71 guest blogger received compensation in exchange for his post. All opinions are the blogger’s own.

As Seen In: Real Simple’s Guide to Wearing Vests

RealSimple-How-to-wear-a-vestImages via Real Simple

To wear a vest or not to wear a vest? That is the question that Real Simple editors answered in a recent article aptly titled “How To Wear a Vest.” The answer? To wear a vest, of course.

The magazine’s editors rounded up their picks for long vests, short vests, casual vests, dressy vests, and everything in between. Along the way, they offer up fit tips (long vests are “figure-forgiving”), style upgrades (mirror the length of a mid-length vest with a longer necklace), and suggest flattering tops and bottoms, cute accessories and comfortable shoes – including our Adelyn Ballet Flat – to complement any and all vests.

Our favorite looks? Pairing a long vest with tailored pants and comfortable ballet flats for a work-appropriate take on the trend. We also can’t resist this casual look. Jeans + vest + flats = the perfect spring weekend outfit.

It’s clear that the vest is once again having a “moment.” Thanks, Real Simple, for showing us fun, simple ways to style this must-have item for spring.