LBD – 5 Days 5 Ways

The social season is in full swing and your presence is in high demand at holiday events ranging from a casual gift swap with your girlfriends to a chic company soiree. Think you could rock the same LBD (little black dress) to each one? Of course! Check out how I suggest styling this classic LBD from Banana Republic Factory Store at Tanger – 5 Days 5 Ways!

Holiday Dinner with the Girls

Go feminine! Bring in a little color with a suede strappy heel or pump and a delicate necklace with ribbon accents. Of course any color will work, but I am a bit partial to gem tones over the holidays. They’re so regal and warm! If it’s a little chilly, simply add a solid black cardigan or shawl. You don’t want to steal any attention from these glamorous accessories.

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Holiday Office Party

You’ll be the talk of the office in this chic ensemble. Pair your classic LBD with a winter white or cream blazer with gold accents. Store your necessities in a shimmering gold clutch. If you want to glam it up even more, add a sparkly gold chandelier earring or a wrist full of fun bangles. Hint, hint – you could rock this look on New Years Eve too (assuming you aren’t ringing in the new year with your coworkers)!

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Holiday Date Night

I’m sure your boo loves to see you get all dolled up, but I’m positive he likes the simple you even better! Toss on a classic black wedge or heel (extra points for the ankle strap) before heading to your favorite holiday hot spot. In case he’s not willing to carry the lip gloss and ID, pick up a black and gold chain clutch. It’s simple, it’s elegant, it’ll take his breath away!

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Casual Holiday Brunch

Heading out to finish some holiday shopping, but want to stop and grab brunch with your besties? Toss on your festive holiday scarf and brown booties. You know they’re going to want to take pictures, so style away. It’s casual enough to run around town, but trendy enough to turn heads at the table.

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The Holiday Extravaganza

‘Tis the season to sparkle and shine! Dare to be different in this jaw-dropping sequined blazer. It’s a show stopper, for sure! Add a pair of large vintage, rhinestone earrings for even more pizzaz! This is my FAVORITE holiday look! It’s fun, flirty and screams “pass the champagne!” Keep the shoe simple – a basic black pump will do!

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So there you have it… You have no reason to ditch the holiday shindig, just because you can’t figure out what to wear! There are endless possibilities with the LBD! If you don’t already have one, this is the year to invest! Make sure it’s figure flattering, comfortable and a classic shape. You’ll be wearing it for years to come.

Happy holidays and happy shopping!

Velvet Nights

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Velvet has finally managed to nix the old, dated stereotype and has gained some serious fashion cred with the whose who of the world. It graced the fall/winter runways with glamour and ease. Plush, luxe fabric is officially in!

Before you jump on the velvet bandwagon, I want to share my five tips on pulling off this new and improved trend. Take my advice and you’ll come out looking like a star!

1. When in Doubt, Go Dark

Colored velvets can be a little tricky. If you have any hesitation at all, I recommend going with a deep jewel tone, steel grey or even black instead. Not only are they more versatile, they’re flattering too!

2. Avoid Crushed Velvet (please)

You don’t want to look like an ice dancer, do you? I would avoid crushed velvet at all costs. Go with a thicker fabric. Also, avoid velvets with any stretch. They tend not to last as long.

3. Try a Menswear Silhouette

The most popular velvet pieces include dresses and skirts. These are perfectly fine and recommended, but there’s something about a velvet blazer that seems extra special. I’ve even seen velvet tailored trousers at Tanger.

4. Resist Nostalgia

Have any oversized velvet bows or jump suits lying around? Well, I give you permission to send them on to never-never land. Invest in fresh takes on the luxurious fabric like a paneled sweatshirt or even a velvet baseball cap. Oh la la.

5. Don’t Dilute The Effect

Velvet is a show stopper! All you really need is one nice piece to make an outfit pop – No need to over do it. You don’t want to look too busy.
If you have any specific questions, comment below and we’ll get you on the right track. Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

Gold Rules Supreme

‘Tis the season to sparkle and shine! Metallics have always been a holiday favorite, but gold is ruling supreme this year, over silver, rose and all the others. It’s fun, festive, fancy and classy. Glisten head-to-toe in a gold sequined dress or pair gold accessories with your favorite LBD (little black dress) for a more timeless style. There are endless opportunities to make a statement with this season’s most elegant trend.

Gold allows you to stylishly express your holiday spirit without wearing the oh-so-obvious red or green. While the options are endless, there are still rules to wearing it correctly. If you go with a dress, skirt, pants, etc., make sure the rest of your ensemble is relatively simple. Just because you have a gold sequin dress on doesn’t mean you have to wear gold sequin shoes, too. If you opt for wearing accessories you can have a little more fun.

Below are some of my favorite gold finds from some of Tanger’s top brands. Take a peek, add them to your list and then report back on what you find. You won’t be disappointed!

Keep your look polished and current with any or all of these fabulous gold pieces and enjoy the sparkle of the season. Happy shopping!

The Secrets To Looking Aspen Chic

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This chilly fall/winter weather feels like it’s here to stay guys! I’m not saying I’m happy about it, but it does give me a darn good reason to spruce up my fall/winter wardrobe. I’ve taken cues from some of fashion’s leading designers and invested in a number of Aspen Chic items. Aspen Chic is that stylish nordic, ski bunny look. This year, it’s been done with a bit of a twist and has a northwestern flare. It’s beautiful none the less. From what I’ve seen around Tanger and strutting down the runways, the chunky knit sweater is going to be the season’s go-to item. Luckily, there are options galore!

Here are a few styling tips to keep you looking cool and current. Remember, you don’t have to actually be a world-class skier to look like one. Aspen Chic is a casual look, both on and off the slopes!

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Tip No. 1 – Texture. Texture. Texture.

Or shall I say tips number one, two and three? Texture is everything people! I preach this with fashion, home decor, etc. Textured knits are super playful – Call it chunky, fuzzy, furry, anything you would like. It’s all in the feel!

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Tip No. 2 – Go Big or Go Home

Yep, I said it! Oversized sweaters aren’t just for the legging type! They can be worn a number of ways – with slacks, over a sheath dress, with a fun a-line skirt and more! Long sweaters and oversized “boyfriend” knits are modern and fresh. My favorite take on this is the funnel neck, which is the oversized version of the traditional turtle neck sweater. Ponchos are also an awesome oversized option!

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Tip No. 3 – Don’t Dress to Blend In

Color and patterns are all the rage. Neutrals have their place in my heart (don’t get me wrong), but when it comes to dressing for sweater weather, I go for fun palletes and perky patterns. We all need a little extra umph when it gets this cold anyway. This is sure to give your fall/winter wardrobe that touch of pizzazz you’ve been looking for.

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Tip No. 4 – Mix and Match

Chunky fall/winter sweaters shouldn’t always be worn with heavy jeans, wool slacks and corduroys. Mix it up and toss on leather leggings, silky jogging pants, maxi skirts and more! Dare to be edgy, or just slightly out of the box.

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Tip No. 5 – Stay Dressed… All Day

I know too many people who don’t put thought into fall/winter accessories, because they think they’re meant to be stripped down and thrown to the side once they take off their coat. Instead, I recommend adding to the look just as you would any other time of the year. If you throw on an awesome wool hat, embrace it and style it for an all-day look. If you’re throwing on an infinity scarf to cozy up, coordinate with your fun colors and prints and wear it for the day.

Comment below and let me know if you have any questions about how to pull off this Aspen Chic trend or have other ideas to share with my readers!

Happy Shopping!

The Tanger Outlets Grand Opening Experience – Ottawa, ON

It’s official – Tanger Outlets is open in OTTAWA!

I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening celebration of the brand new Tanger Outlets center in Ottawa, ON. It was so incredibly exciting! As if the endless number of brand name stores weren’t enough, Tanger brought in ice skating rinks, rock climbing walls, glam stations, circus performers, food trucks, celebrity guests, hosted VIP cocktail parties and more. It was spectacular! Tanger sure knows how to throw a welcoming party and oh boy did people show for it… Traffic counts were unmatched!

Some of the hottest brands included Coach, Nike Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Cole Haan Outlet, just to name a few! Let’s just say I had to invest in another piece of luggage before returning home. For a full list of stores in Ottawa or at your nearest Tanger Outlet center, click here.

If you plan to visit Tanger Outlets Ottawa before November 20th, click here to download your additional 20% OFF savings coupons! And if you can’t make it before then, no worries! I hear the sales are unbeatable year round!

I am counting down the days until I get to visit again. Until then, I have this exciting video to watch to relive the excitement. Check it out for a behind the scenes look at a Tanger Outlets grand opening event.

Until next time – Happy Shopping!

 

 

Sleek and Stylish Rain Coats

It’s raining, it’s pouring, rain coats are scoring! Rainy days don’t have to be dreary. Top off your favorite fashions with style and wrap yourself in the hottest trends of the season. Embrace the wet weather with Tanger’s chic selection of waterproof jackets and coats. The selection (and not to mention price) is sure to brighten your day! Here are a few trendy styles to keep your eye out for.

Athletic

Fun, feminine prints take away from the boyish sportswear look.

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Classic

Minimalist and chic, this jacket will see you through the showers in style.

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Textured

Keep dry whilst ensuring you stay on trend.

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Traditional

A classic trench will ensure that you look chic – even if wet.

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Sleek

Go for a high-fashion, high-shine take on rainwear.

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Lightweight

The perfect companion to pack in your handbag.

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 Happy Shopping!

 

Halloween Costumes from Tanger Outlets

Don’t fear! The Tanger Style Maker is here! Yes, I know it’s Halloween but I also know a number of people are still scurrying around looking for the perfect costume for tonight. I’ve spent the week sharing ideas of looks that can be pieced together with items either already hanging in your closet or waiting to be purchased at your nearest Tanger Outlets. They are simple, quick and fashionable of course! Check ‘em out!

Look No. 1 – Mary Poppins

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Mary Poppins must be an Ann Taylor Factory Store A-lister. To pull of this look, all you’ll need is a black, knee-length circle skirt and a white or cream long-sleeved blouse. Throw on a pair of black tights, your favorite high-heeled boots or booties and you’ve got your base. Accent with a red belt (and a bowtie if you have one lying around), white gloves, a black top hat and that trusty old black umbrella for a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious costume! Oh and don’t forget the spoon full of sugar!

Look No. 2 – Scarecrow

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This is one of my favorites! I bought a great pair of overalls this year that I’ve dressed up and down all season long. Who knew my fun denim staple could double as a Halloween costume? All you’ll need to pull of this look are of course the denim overalls (I found mine at the Gap Outlet), a plaid or striped shirt and a straw hat (I’m using my beach hat). To accent the look and take it to the next level, tie a roped belt around your waist, toss a few fall leaves and straw in your pockets, paint on your most frightening scarecrow face and TA DA – You have a stylish scarecrow, good for adults or kiddos alike!

Look No. 3 – Lumberjack

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I’m not sure about your beau, but those I know aren’t too fond of dressing up for this spook-tacular holiday. I found the perfect solution – A lumberjack! It’s fun and stylish, but still manly. All he’ll need is a plaid flannel shirt and his favorite pair of jeans. I found both at American Eagle Outfitters. I would add a pair of suspenders if he’s up for it and a beanie to top it off! If he’s willing to plan ahead of time, have him grow out his beard for the Halloween festivities. It’ll be a hit!

Look No. 4 – Olivia Pope

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Scandal fans – This one is for you! Pair a classic white or cream trench with a pair of tailored slacks to mimic the fashionable Olivia Pope. If you don’t already have them, either of these pieces could be found at Calvin Klein. If you’re really wanting to channel the ABC diva, sip on an extra-large glass of vino throughout the night. It’s an accessory, I promise… Only for Olivia Pope!

So there you have it – Four awesome looks that you can throw together in no time! Let me know what you plan to dress up as tonight in the comments section below. Happy Halloween and Happy Shopping!

Tanger Tips: How To Wear Fall Hats

Hat lovers – It’s your time to shine! Get ready to turn heads in an “Oh wow she’s really pulling that off” rather than an “Oh lord, who told her that looked good” kind of way. Hats used to be the accessory you grabbed when you felt drab or were having a bad hair day. They are SO much more than this people… Hats aren’t intended to cover up the not so hot, they’re meant to shine, be the icing on the cake, you get my drift!

Hoping that you’ve come to understand my passion to reinvent the hat afterthought, I’m going to pack this post full of tips and tricks to wearing the season’s most fashionable accessories. There a quite a few hat options out there these days, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying they’re all interchangeable. Versatile, yes. Interchangeable, no. Some work better with specific looks, look better with different hairstyles, etc.

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Beanies are a must-have for the colder months, but it can be super easy to slip into a more juvenile style with this headwear. We want to avoid looking like a child and go for more of a sophisticated fashion statement. Here’s how to accomplish a chic beanie look.

  1. Go with a neutral color – It’s more versatile this way.
  2. Keep it simple – Avoid beadwork or heavy embroidery.
  3. Opt for a looser fit – Tight beanies just look silly.
  4. Keep it natural – Wear it over your forehead and on a downward angle to the back of your head, covering your ears.

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Baseball or athletic hats might be the only fashion accessory that men currently know more about than women. Sometimes we just want to toss one on as we run out the door like the guys, but we have to put more thought into it than that. Maybe these tips will make the decision a little easier.

  1. Avoid athletic logos or any large symbols  – These can be kept for those bad hair days I mentioned, but don’t try to dress them up.
  2. Try leather – Yes, a leather ball cap.
  3. Throw one on with a dress – You’ll be surprised, trust me!
  4. Embrace the menswear trend – I’m not saying wear your man’s cap, just toss your more stylish counterpart on with a pair of loose boyfriend jeans and a casual (but cute) tee.

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Fedoras have been a popular male accessory for a while now, but no stress – More and more women are adopting this cool and casual look.They represent class, style, and sophistication. The fashion possibilities are absolutely endless! Just be sure to follow these rules.

  1. Work with your proportions – You don’t want your hat to overpower your frame.
  2. Invest in the classics – Felt and straw, get them both! You’ll thank me later.
  3. Master the “messy but cute” doo – Fedoras are the perfect compliment to a casual relaxed look.
  4. Get creative – Dress it up or down with decorative bands and accents.

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There’s a floppy hat suitable for literally everyone and every style. From different colors, textures, shapes and adornments, you’re sure to find one that compliments your fall or winter look. I personally love the fact that they’re extremely practical as well. There’s nothing like saving your face from the elements in style! Here are a few tricks to successfully wearing them.

  1. Get the right fit – There IS such a thing as too big.
  2. Add your own personality (maybe with a POP of color) – Floppy hats are allowed to steal the show!
  3. Work on your posture – I know it sounds silly, but stand up straight. It look more chic this way!
  4. Go all out – Pair your new hat with a jumpsuit or wide legged pants for a 100% retro look.

You’ve got your tools, now get to Tanger and pick up your favorite fall hat! Happy Shopping!

A Match Made in Heaven

Matching separates are taking center stage this season in bold solids and striking prints! Whether you opt for pretty flowers or stand-out stripes, these perfect pieces were designed to come as a pair. I’m seeing double in everything from matching trouser suits and shorts with shell tops to blazers and pencil skirts. Fashionistas around the world are updating their looks with uniform dressing – head-to-toe textures, colors, prints, you name it! It’s time to meet your match…

But first – The following tips will help keep your look posh and trendy:

1. Go for a simple top (blouse or light tee) under the matching set, if it calls for one of course.

2. Pick a color (or print) and style that you’ll get wear out of separately too, not just as a set.

3. Choose modern cuts, fitted and tailored. Avoid oversized and flouncy pieces.

4. Accessorize with chic shoes, bags and clutches. This will ensure the look remains modern and sophisticated.

5. Large jewelry will also provide a nice touch to a super coordinated look.

Get double the style points by mirroring your new matchy matchy looks after the street style snapshots below.

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Monochrome Love!

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Happy Shopping!

On the Hunt for 30 Trendy Items Under $30

It’s been a while, but I’ve been busy hunting down the latest and greatest for you guys! My latest stop was in Foley, AL. In my last post, I shared my bargain buy of the season (the J.Crew striped dress) and showed you how to wear it three different ways for three different occasions. Check out that video here!

As if that weren’t enough fun and excitement for one trip, I decided to go on a little scavenger hunt. I thought, why not see how many trendy items I can find at Tanger for under $30 each… Oh and in 30 min! What? Crazy? No – It was actually a breeze. Watch my quick video to see my amazing finds. This just goes to show you that big or small, you can find anything on your shopping list at one of Tanger’s INCREDIBLE brand name stores in a flash! There’s no sifting through outdated merchandise, no having to ask 5 sales associates for help and no worry about time!

All of the items featured in my video can be found at the following stores:

American Eagle Outfitters

Banana Republic Factory Store

Gap Outlet

J.Crew Factory

Kenneth Cole

Old Navy Outlet

Hurry and Happy Shopping!

How To Wear One Dress Three Ways – Foley, AL

Sometimes refreshing your wardrobe doesn’t take a complete overhaul. If you invest in the right versatile staples, you should be able to style any statement piece a number of different ways. While visiting Tanger Outlets in Foley, Alabama, I found the perfect dress to transition from Summer to Fall and styled it for the office, a weekend festival and a datenight – Three completely different looks!

If you’re looking to put these looks together yourself, all you’ll need in addition to your favorite statement dress are the following items.

  1. Solid Blazer
    • Color of your choice
  2. Solid Flats
    • Color of your choice
    • Tip: try to compliment the blazer
  3. Denim Jacket 
    • Tip: I wear an oversized denim shirt to avoid the bulk
  4. Chunky Gold Necklace
    • Long or short depending on the cut of the dress
  5. Fun Scarf
  6. Neutral Heels
  7. Crystal Necklace 
    • Long or short depending on the cut of the dress
  8. Metallic Clutch

Chances are you probably already have half of these pieces hanging in your closet. Get creative and remember, if there’s something you’re missing, head to Tanger to find it! You can’t beat the selection and more importantly the savings! Happy Shopping!

 

How To Pull Off Bold Fall Prints

When asked about how to pull off bold fall prints, my answer is always “Attitude!” Anyone can wear them! Personally, I feel more energized when wearing stronger prints. Especially in vibrant fall hues. Check out our Pinterest page for some great sources of inspiration!

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There are multiple ways to wear them. If you’re more conservative and content with your current style, try tossing on one bold piece mixed with solids or neutrals. This could be striking pencil skirt, a brighter printed trouser or even a wild blazer. You’re sure to catch the attention of your admirers, but they’ll most likely be commenting on your confidence. I’m telling you… These prints will transform the way you feel and the way you carry yourself.

I’ve had a thing for mixing prints this season, so I’m going to give you guys a few tips and tricks to doing this the right way. If you’re daring enough to mix bold prints, my guess is that you’re either a conservative dresser wanting to branch out a bit or you’re the free spirit looking for different ways to show off the endless number of eye-catching pieces hanging in your closet. These tips will help both of you!

Tip No. 1: Start with Just a Pop

Not ready to dive into mixed prints from head to toe. One easy way to rock this trend is to toss on a bold patterned scarf over a more subtle printed top, think wispy florals, soft watercolors or light stripes. Animal print or floral scarves go with almost anything. The combination might seem a little out of this world at first, but will all come together once you top it off with a solid cardigan, jacket or coat.

Tip No. 2: Stripes with Florals are the Go-To

One of the safest mix-and-match combos is stripes and florals. It’s simply classic and not overwhelming. My favorite is the cute striped shirt and a floral skirt. Accessorize with neutral items so that you don’t take away from your mix-matched masterpiece!

Tip No. 3: Don’t Over Accessorize

Keep the attention on the mixed prints. Keep them to a minimum — stack a few bracelets, or don a sparkling ring or your favorite new clutch. Bright, attention grabbing jewels should be saved and used more as statement pieces of their own.

Tip No. 4: When in Doubt, Grab Polka Dots

So you’ve found an incredible bold patterned skirt and want to give this who mix-matched thing a try, but you just aren’t sure what to throw on top. Grab the polka dots. I recommend everyone have a sheer polka dot blouse or collard shirt. You’ll find that this print mixes well with almost everything!

Tip No. 5: Break It Up

If you feel like your bold prints are running together and making you feel a bit overwhelmed, just toss on a belt to break them up. This is a great solution for prints that are more similar in shape or color as well.

So, what do you think? Do you feel armed and ready to shop for the perfect fall patterned pieces or even just visit your closet and piece together some never-been-seen combos. I hope I’ve at least provided the confidence to give it a shot. Take it off the hanger and slip it on. I promise once you start experimenting, it will all come together!

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Tanger Shopping Adventures – Houston, TX

I had an absolute blast visiting the Tanger Outlet Center in Houston, TX a few weeks ago. If you live in the area or anywhere within a short drive, I highly recommend a visit. Not only did I pick the most beautiful day in Houston’s Summer history to go shopping, I picked the day all the kiddos were out with mom and dad doing all of their back-to-shopping! Any day is a good day when you shop AND ride the carousel. If you’re wondering… I might have taken a spin or two.

I thought it would be neat to chat with the kids about why they like to shop at Tanger. I found out what all the hottest stores are, what they’re planning to wear on the first day of school and more. Check out my short video with my new BFFs! For more fun videos, be sure to visit Tanger’s YouTube page.

If you haven’t finished or even started your back to shopping, it’s not too late! Extra TangerSTYLE Fall deals are running now through the end of the month. Be sure to visit www.TangerOutlets.com to plan your trip and download your additional 20% OFF coupons. The savings are UNREAL!

Happy Shopping!

Tanger Trend – Back-to-School

I hate to be the summer spoiler, but we’ve officially entered back-to-school season! Of course there are pros and cons to this annual transition, but I’ve got to say – I’ve never been more excited to help piece together some of the hottest back-to-school fashions I’ve seen in years! Get ready to make a major style statement!

This back-to-school season is all about mixing and matching – combining prints, colors, accessories and jewelry can elevate any look, not to mention create endless combinations. Who doesn’t love getting more for less? Versatility is king! Here are some key pieces I suggest picking up next time you’re at Tanger.

No. 1 – Oversized Sweaters

First comes practicality – Who doesn’t get a little chilly in class? Be prepared with a cute oversized sweater, rather than throwing on a fleece that may or may not look like an afterthought. I recommend going for more neutral tones like grey, taupe or even black. You’ll be able to rock it with almost any look. Think texture, shape and detail. Maybe even go crazy with leather patches on the elbows or pockets – Oh gotta love pockets!

No. 2 – Neon Pops of Color

Neon pops of color make it easier than ever to jazz up your basics. Pick up a few bright skinny belts to toss around a solid dress, finish off a layered cardigan look or to simply accent your favorite jeans. There’s also an endless assortment of bright jewelry available at Tanger. Go with a statement necklace for a bold and stylish look or a subtle bauble earring for an understated but not underdressed effect.

No. 3 – Colored Jeans

Colored skinny jeans are a must-have for all! You absolutely can’t go wrong. They’re the easiest to style being that they will always be the focus of attention. Here are the fall colors released by Pantone’s 2014 Fashion Report. My vote – get one in each color!

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No. 4 – Romantic Layers

Back-to-school season means cooler weather and of course fluctuating classroom temperatures. Dressing in romantic layers is a perfect way to fashionably plan for a cool morning and a warmer afternoon ride home. Start with lace shells or base layers. Whether they’re seen underneath a blush or neutral cardigan or peeking out beneath a crew neck sweater, they’re sure to add a touch of femininity!

No. 5. – Bold Patterns

On the other side of the fashion spectrum are the bold patterns. Think lips, cats, glasses, catchy sayings or quotes… I’ve seen it all! While I condone one wild piece per look, I’m warning you – Don’t go overboard. One and only one! Pair your favorite graphic tee with a dark skinny jean and motorcycle jacket and you’re sure to look too cool for school… Well, not too cool! You catch my drift!

No. 6 – Skirts

Skirts! Skirts! Skirts! My goal is to make skirts the new go-to item in your closet! They are by far, the most versatile and fashionable pieces you’ll own. They come in tons of shapes, colors, textures and can be styled to your liking. Keep it casual with a pencil skirt and a trendy t-shirt or get fancy with an a-line skirt and your favorite heels. Let’s be real – you probably aren’t rocking heels to class. Maybe save that look for the superlative awards at the end of the year, where you’re sure to get Best Dressed!

What’s the best part of back-to-school shopping? It can all be done in one visit to Tanger Outlets, where you’ll find an endless list of incredible brands and the absolute best savings in town! You simply can’t beat the experience. Before you hit the road, be sure to visit www.tangeroutlets.com now through the end of the month to download your additional 20% OFF coupons.

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Happy Shopping!

Tanger Trend – Mint Green

Mint – It’s the color of summer. With almost two months left of everyone’s favorite season, there’s still time to sport this trendy shade. Pastel colors were huge this spring, but the minty hues held on strong and have been seen in more vibrant hues throughout the summer months. Mint pieces are extremely versatile, as the color practically goes with everything – tone it down with your favorite neutrals or pair it with your brightest brights. The choice is yours! The color is fresh, but not too feminine. It’s prefect for everyone!

Below you’ll find some of my mint-spiration, used to stock my summer closet. All of the pieces I found can be worn on a casual weekend girls trip or even a sassy night out with your man. You can’t be afraid to experi-mint!

Happy Shopping!

Tanger Trend – Beach Accessories

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I get it! Summer is all about taking time off and relaxing. Crashing waves, the smell of sunscreen, the tropical breeze and endless sunshine – all perfect ingredients for an amazing day in paradise. Beach vacations require that you step away from the phone or laptop, take a deep breath and enjoy a few days without a to-do list. There isn’t a worry in the world… well, maybe there is!

Vacations take planning. You plan your travel accommodations, research restaurants, book excursions, etc. All of this takes a little effort before tossing the electronics. I’m asking all of the women, the moms and the planners out there to add one small, tiny task to your list! Begin researching beach fashions! There’s an entire market out there that people aren’t taking advantage of. Bikinis and swim trunks are no longer the only necessities needed in the suitcase. Designers are producing incredible lines of beach and resort wear and it’s all stunning!

My favorite resource for beachwear inspiration – Pinterest! It’s the ultimate look book, with ideas for everyone. Take a look at my most recent board, featuring all of my favorite beach accessories for this summer. Pick out your favorites and head to Tanger to find the look! I promise, you’re going to feel like a million bucks strutting your stuff down the beach or at a nice seaside dinner. You’ll be glad you spent the time!

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For those of you that appreciate a little more direction, here it a list of summertime beach necessities. Take this with you to Tanger and you’ll be set!

Cute Cover-ups

Don’t cover up your sassy swimsuit with a dingy beach towel. Instead, wear a trendy cover-up! There are plenty of choices this year that include jumpers, rompers, maxi skirts, retro shorts, and more!

Skin Saving Hats

Wide brimmed hats aren’t just worn to make a fashion statement, they also save your skin from unnecessary sun damage. They’re one of this year’s hottest trends! Tip – Choose styles with a loose, open weave so that your scalp can breathe.

Picture Perfect Sun Glasses

Statement sunglasses are a must. Most of us are wearing them anyways, so use this as an opportunity to stand out. Aviator, cat eye, round, and retro frames continue to be popular this year.  Tip – Purchase a pair that offers UV protection – lenses that will block  99–100 % of UVA and UVB rays.

Colorful Beach Towel

Claim that spot in the sand in style! No one wants to see last year’s faded favorite. Look for chevron patterns in pastels or fun beach waves in bright hues. You’ll also find towels with fun, cheeky sayings this year – they’re fabulous!

Spacious Beach Bag

You put extra thought into your purse selections for the beach, don’t you! Do the same for your beach bag. There’s one fit for everyone! Tip – Choose one that’s water proof and that offers a zippered pocket inside to stow away small items.

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

Tanger Trend – Summer Dresses

Finding the perfect summer dress can be daunting and time consuming, but with plenty of options and the right tools, finding these warm weather staples is a breeze. Below, I’ve outlined the types of summer dresses that flatter each body type. If there’s something you’re unsure about or need more specific advice, feel free to comment below.

Rectangular

Women with a more boyish figure are usually blessed with long, lean legs. My advice – Show them off! Avoid long maxi dresses that can make you appear even straighter and shapeless. Go for shorter, fitted dresses with a cinch at the waist to help accentuate. If you want to create the illusion that you have larger hips, try to find summer dresses with side pickets or horizontal ruching. Feminine details and accents are also great for this body type.

H&M

Pear-shaped

If you have a pear-shaped body, summer dresses should be more fitted up top to show off your smaller upper body and have an a-line or full skirt. The key is to accentuate the parts of your body you feel best about and hide those that you aren’t in love with yet. Focus on highlighting the waist rather than hiding behind loose-fitting pieces. If you’re naturally curvy, you want to draw attention upwards. This creates balance and who doesn’t love to show off their back, neck and shoulders. You can even pull off statement earrings to balance off a more simple look.

Banana Republic

Athletic

Athletic women usually have broader arms and shoulders – broader than their hips. Women with this body type are also fabulously toned and should always be looking for an excuse to show it off! Pick your favorite body part and run with it. The only thing I would suggest is staying away from too many details around the shoulders. Also avoid thick fabrics and high high necklines.

JCrew

Thin

A lot of people think thin women have it made, when in reality it’s tough to find a good fit. Shapeless silhouettes can overwhelm a thin body and dresses that are too tight simply don’t add any interest. The cardinal rule for thin women is to avoid vertical stripes, as they make you look long and lanky. In order to look a little more voluptuous, go for printed or ruched dresses to give the illusion of curves. You absolutely don’t want to let the dress wear you!

Saks

Hourglass

The hourglass figure should always be shown off. After all – isn’t that what we’re all going for here! Simple, fitted sheath dresses look best on women with proportionate curves. Again, sticking to simple, always go with solid colors. Wild prints will detract from your shape.

H&M

Happy Shopping!

Tanger Trend – 4th of July Fashions

4th of July Sale

Some of my fondest summer memories as a child were those spent celebrating the fourth of July. It’s a time to celebrate our country with friends, family, festivals and food! Ahhh and FASHION! The 4th of July has always been an excuse to dress in theme from head to toe. This has of course toned down a bit with age (I’ll spare you the childhood photos), but I still use it as an opportunity to praise my great nation in style.

We all have different plans – Some requiring a fully accessorized look from head to toe and others just a simple swimsuit cover-up. No matter what’s on your agenda, I’ve got great finds! Below are some of my favorite pieces from Tanger!

You’ve still got time to shop – head out this evening or first thing in the morning to snag your favorite 4th of July fashions! You don’t want to miss the incredible 4th of July sales going on now through Sunday, July 6th! Don’t be late!

Tanger Trend – Tasteful T’s

Who would have thought that the cotton t-shirt could go from the ultimate basic to making a fashion statement all on its own? T-shirt trends are out and about this summer. Celebs and fashion icons alike are pairing them with everything from jeans to party skirts and even accessorizing with diamonds and other couture pieces. Think of the summer t-shirt as a canvas – you can dress it up or dress it down however you so choose. This comfy classic comes in an array of styles. Here are a few must-have styles to add to your collection! Let’s be real… we all need more than one!

The V-Neck

Audios crewneck, hello deep V! For men and women alike, the V-neck t-shirt has stollen the show, becoming the single-most sought after style of fashionable T’s. I suggest going for a looser fit – one that shows of your silhouette but also says “this look is a breeze.” They key is to be styled, without looking like you won a summer camp t-shirt decorating contest. Keep it simple!

v-neck t-shirt

Men’s T’s

The menswear trend can easily translate into “t-shirts for everyone!” Sport an oversized t-shirt with fitted jeans and a scarf and you have a polished and chic lazy-day look – perfect for running errands or picking up the kids from the pool.

boyfriend t-shirt

Distressed

Ok – I’m not talking garage sale finds here. More like perfectly worn with a touch of personality. Designers are eliminating the need to scuff up your perfectly good t-shirts for that old-faithful feel by doing the distressing themselves. The key is to look for pieces that have this stylish element without looking dingy. Trust me, once you find it, you’ll know!

distressed t-shirt

The T-shirt Dress

Stylish and easy to wear, T-shirt dresses are becoming a go-to for comfort-lovers who also crave style. They’re a one-step dressing solution for days when time or patience is in short supply.

t-shirt dress

So there you have it! Throw on your favorite comfy t-shirt and head to Tanger to stock up for the summer. Happy Shopping!

 

 

Tanger Trend – Easy Chic

It’s summer which means that it’s time to relax! Take all the stress out of figuring out what to wear in the mornings – It’s time to go simple! While layering and accessorizing have their place, Summer is a time to appreciate the chic factor of uncluttered, but polished outfits. Easy chic is just that… easy to achieve! Think loose fabrics with light and breezy textures, blouses that float over your curves and maybe even fall over the shoulder. Think skirts that catch the wind and stylish sandals that can easily be slipped off for a walk down the beach.

I’ve rounded up a number of looks to provide some easy chic inspiration!

What do you think of these sleek silhouettes and minimal accents? You can pull off this chic sophisticated trend too! Just head to Tanger for an endless selection of summer fashions at the hottest prices!

Happy Shopping!

Tanger Trend – Global

TangerStyle Summer sales are in full swing at Tanger Outlets! Visit their website to download your extra 20% OFF coupons now through June  30th! These saving on top of the already unbeatable deals are mind-blowing. Really!

Take a minute to watch my new video on summer’s hottest trend before you go too! You’ll be armed with all of the tips and tricks to looking as stylish as ever for your favorite summer events. Let me know what you think about this worldly trend in the comments section below.

Happy Shopping!

Tanger Trend – Dainty Designs

We’ve seen a million fashion trends come and go… but dainty jewelry has and always will be a winner! It’s classy and romantic and can be worn everyday to help polish off a number of different looks. It’s simple and so chic! There’s a time and a place for statement jewelry, but your dainty pieces are the ones that will stand the test of time. Just because you’re rocking jeans and a t-shirt, doesn’t mean you can’t accessorize! I wear more gold, simply because it screams sophistication, but this trendy jewelry is just as flattering in silver, copper and even rose gold. Below are some of my favorite dainty pieces. Similar items can be found around every corner at Tanger. And remember, the jewelry is timeless but the sales could come and go… so hurry and get shopping!

Comment below and let me know what you think of this delicate trend!

Happy Shopping!

Tanger Trend – Memorial Day Fashions

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, so pull out those clothes that have been hiding in your closet or under your bed since fall and style them better than they’ve ever been styled! If you’re just not feeling anything you have to choose from, head to Tanger! The sales this weekend are going to be unbelievable. I’ve been going for years and don’t plan to miss this one!

Tanger Memorial Day

For most of you, I’m sure your Tanger stop will be one of many weekend plans. After all, long weekends only come around every once in a while – I recommend squeezing in as many outdoor activities as possible. Maybe this means relaxing at the beach, getting together with your colleagues at a suburban barbecue or sipping cocktails on a sunny rooftop in the city. Whatever it is, don’t stress about what to wear. I’ve the perfect look that is not only stylish, but versatile. Dare I suggest you rework it for multiple events! Well, it’s possible!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Skinny white jeans are life-changing! I used to say they were the best seasonal investment, but now you can wear them year round. They’re good for a casual get together or even a crazy night out. You simply can’t go wrong! A cuffed capri length jean paired with heels or a wedge flatters every body type. They come in various lengths and can be found at stores like J.Crew Factory, Gap Factory Outlets, Saks OFF 5th, Banana Republic and many more! They’re everywhere.

I like paring my skinny jeans with flowy, draped tops. They’re light and airy and balance out the tighter fit of the jeans. Not to mention, almost every color in the book looks good with white. Obviously the reds and blues are hot for Memorial Day festivities, but you could also choose to rock a more neutral look to dress it up a bit. 

Once you have your base pieces, it all about accessorizing. I adore a summer wedge, but if heels aren’t your thing be glad there’s no shortage of phenomenal strappy flats at Tanger. Either of these options work great if you know you’ll be mingling on a grassy lawn or a roof top. Neutral shoes are my favorite, because they elongate the leg. If you’re looking to dress it up a little for an evening event, simply switch out the neutrals for metallic. You’ll look flawless! I can’t get enough of gold and white!

Visit www.tangeroutlet.com before you head out for a sneak peek at the deals and to plan your trip. Savings so big can turn a short stop into a shopping adventure, so you might as well be prepared! You won’t believe the deals from Tanger‘s incredible selection of brand names!

Happy Memorial Day and Happy Shopping! 

Tanger Shopping Adventures – Locust Grove, GA

I had the opportunity to visit Locust Grove, GA last week. Let me tell you… I’ve never seen so many people out and about on a Wednesday afternoon. The center was absolutely packed and I so enjoyed getting the chance to sit down with shoppers and talk with them about their Tanger shopping experience.

I had the brilliant idea to put together a video featuring their thoughts on Tanger’s tagline, “Think Outlets. Think Tanger.” I presented it as a fill in the blank question, asking them to add a third “thought” and here was the response!

 

Comment below and let me know where you would like me to come next! It’s getting a little warmer outside and I’m in need of a few new summer pieces. Who wants to go shopping?

Tanger Trend – Spring Skirts

Tis the season to show off a little leg! One easy way to do this is with skirts. They’re perfect for the breezy spring weather and come in a million variations from casual to fancy. But with so many options, how do you choose which types of skirts best fit your beautiful figure? You visit me! I’ve outlined a step by step guide to choosing the most comfortable and flattering skirts for any shape and size.

Step No. 1: Educate yourself on the different types of skirts available

The following is a list of the most standard skirt styles. Note, this is not a comprehensive list, as the world of skirts is endless.

  • Mini or Micro – Short
  • Bubble – Usually above the knee and bulges slightly at the hem
  • Pencil – Slimline
  • Flip (often referred to as mermaid) – Fitted through the waist with a flare at the hemline
  • Sarong – Wraps around the waist or hips
  • A-line – Flares out from the waist
  • Handkerchief – Graduated hem lengths, diagonal cut
  • Maxi – Loose fitting, usually three quarter length or longer

Step No. 2: Select a skirt type based on your figure

  • Shorter figures – Straight or slim skirts and a-line skirts are best for shorter figures. The best length is right above the knee, as anything shorter or longer can make you appear even shorter. Off center slits and verticle embellishments or detailing will help elongate the legs as well.
  • Curvy figures – A-line and sarong skirts are great for women with curvier figures. Go with soft and more fluid fabrics, which float over your womanly figure. Wear a skirt with a waistband if you want to accentuate the waist. Avoid them, if not.
  • Slim figures – Women with slimmer figures want to add shape. Bubble, filp or a-line skirts can help with this. Most other skirts can be worn as well, but be sure they have details like pleating, pockets, gathering, waistbands, etc. to help add interest to the shape.

Step No. 3: Understand the importance of hem length

Trends in hem lengths change every season, but it’s important that you stick with the length that is most flattering to your body type. The hem or length of the skirt should fall at the smallest part of your legs. For most people, this is mid thigh or just below or above the knee. Also note that when trying on skirts in the store, the hem should sit straight when on, with no dipping in the front or back (of course with the exception of diagonal cut hems or the intentional hi-low skirts).

Before you hit your nearest Tanger Outlet center, take a moment to explore your own closet. Take a quick look at what trends you seem to give in to most. Do you have more short skirts than long, more loose than fitted? This is usually a good indicator to what you feel most comfortable in. If what you see aligns with the tips I’ve provided here, then you’re all set. If you notice a random selection or none at all, I recommend you take some time to truly figure out what’s best for you. There are beautiful spring skirts out there for everyone!

Comment below with any questions about what’s best for your body type? Or maybe there’s a skirt hanging in your closet that you just aren’t sure what to pair with. Let me know and we’ll work together to piece together the perfect outfit!

Happy Shopping!

Tanger Trend – Spring Accessories

The last few seasons have been all about the clothes. The more striking and eye-catching the better, all while the accessories took a back seat. Yes, neutral and subtle accessories are timeless but it’s time you start investing in show-stopping pieces to brighten up your wardrobe! Luckily, all of the 2014 Spring/Summer designers were on the same page. There’s no shortage of great spring accessories at Tanger. Here are a few of my favorite pieces and must-have items.

1. Bags Full of Personality

Whether you’re headed to the beach or simply need a new office tote, you have the opportunity to make a statement this season. Go with a large striped bag like this one from Banana Republic if you want to capture that nautical feel. If you aren’t one for large patterns, try a pastel tote or cross-body bag. You might not be stuffing them with a million dollars, but you’ll sure look like you’re worth it!

Banana Republic

2. Stacked Arms

I’m really into stacked bracelets right now. Some people prefer to stack multiple dainty pieces up their arm, but I’m feeling the bolder, bigger bangles. Less can be more in this case! I LOVE these clear acrylic bracelets from Claire’s. They go perfectly with all of my Mod looks. The opacity and cut of the bracelets really make them stand out against any spring color.

Clair's

Claire’s

3. Noticeable Necklaces

Statement necklaces have been around for a while and surely aren’t going anywhere. I love the 3D effect designers are incorporating into their 2014 designs. As we know, florals continue to be a strong trend this year. Necklaces like this are a great way to incorporate them into your existing wardrobe without having to dive in head first into floral prints from head-to-toe.

J.Crew

J.Crew

4. Spring Scarves

Many people don’t think of scarves as a spring staple, but let me tell you. They can be the BEST way to add a pop of color or a fun print to your monochromatic or neutral outfit. I love the look and urge you to embrace them all year round!

Banana Republic

Banana Republic

5. Bright Flats

Bright spring sandals are the best way to add a little fun to your warmer wardrobe and they come in almost ever color imaginable! In my opinion, the brighter the better. I like to use this as an opportunity to add a pop of color to my outfit. These beautiful Kate Spade flats even bring together the 3D floral trend we’re seeing this season! Aren’t they great?

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Invest in these five staples and you’ll be all set! Comment below and let me know what your favorite spring accessories are.

Happy Shopping!

Tanger Trend – Sheer

There’s no missing the sheer scene this spring. Designers from around the globe are incorporating translucent and breezy silhouettes into the mix, sometimes even paired with their more structured looks. This trend is graceful and feminine with a hint of mystery and sex-appeal. It’s one of this season’s hottest trends, but is not exactly the easiest to wear without the proper styling. For those fearful of over-exposure, I’ve come up with a few easy rules to keep you on the right side of daring. So, how do you execute the perfect sheer ensemble?

1. Make sure you’re dressing for the appropriate occasion.

If it calls for more modest attire, you’ll need more coverage underneath. Sometimes just a slither of skin is all that’s needed. If you are wanting to be a bit more adventurous, try wearing a sheer piece over a bandeau bra or camisole or with a bandage skirt or high-waisted trousers. I’ve also seen great combo pieces with strategically placed sheer panels, creating just enough interest while remaining tasteful. 

2. Think strategically about what lies beneath. 

If you wear a sheer blouse, layer it over a tank top or spaghetti strap camisole. They also provide a great solution to the crop top trend we’re seeing this year. If you appreciate the look but want to steer away from flaunting your midriff, layer it with a translucent silk top. It makes it much more wearable. If you’re doing to wear a sheer skirt, I would recommend layering it over a similarly colored bandage skirt or even snug shorts for a sportier look. Keep silhouettes simple – this look is all about conceal-and-reveal.

3. Choose your colors wisely. 

You always want your base pieces to be a shade similar to the color of the sheer garment. Avoid wearing under layers that are too close to your skin tone, as this can be deceiving. 

Now you’re ready for a full day of shopping at Tanger! Anyone can be a style maker with the right tips and tricks. Remember – always try on one piece that feels a little out of your comfort zone. You don’t always fall in love with it until it’s on. Also, dress strategically when shopping. If you know you’re on the hunt for the perfect sheer blouse, plan you undergarments accordingly. 

Happy Shopping!

Tanger Trend – Geometric Inspirations

It’s ok – It’s just a flashback to geometry class for one of this season’s hottest trends with grids, triangles, circles and more! All of these shapes add a kind of quirkiness to spring’s softer feel. They’re available in all of our favorite candy colors, but my favorites are by far the black and white pieces.

Briana - Geometric

I’ve spent my time exploring Tanger for some of the neatest geometric looks and have seen everything from geo, laser-cut necklaces to simple, black and white dresses. I will say, I was surprised to see it so well done with textures as well. I saw quite a few pieces that appeared to be a solid, but when seen up close revealed a fun geometric texture. What do I always say? It’s all about the details!

On your next visit to Tanger, you’ll find basic geometric characters that are repeated and multiplied and an endless amount of prints creating optical illusions and large graphics.You’ll notice that all of these pieces are symmetrical, which make them extremely figure flattering!

Happy Shopping!

Let me know what you think of this spring trend by commenting below. I love hearing from happy Tanger shoppers!

 

Tanger Trend – Mod

Fun, chic, sophisticated, wild – You can wear it all with the help of this season’s hottest trend, Mod! Check out my video on how to incorporate this bold and beautiful spring trend into your existing wardrobe.

 

Are you inspired yet? Get to Tanger today to find all of these great mod looks and more! But first, visit www.tangeroutlets.com to download your additional 20% OFF coupons, available now through April 19th. You just can’t beat these deals!

Happy Shopping!

Tanger Trend – Candy Colors

Spring 2014 Palette

It’s ok to indulge in your sweet tooth this spring with fashions fondness for pretty pinks, mint greens, lemon yellows and violets. Designers are sending out these fancy spring shades in droves. Sugary sheer fabrics and beautiful laces bring out the sweet feminine appeal of youth, but are also very wearable.

Candy colors come in all shades from pastels to stronger, brighter hues. Each can be worn head-to-toe or used as statement accessories. See below.

Shoppers tend to think pastel hues are going to wash them out, but when done right they seriously enhance the beauty of each piece. One of my favorite looks from our 2014 campaign photo shoot was this threesome, shot for the cover of the 2014 Coupon Book. How stunning are these ladies in these soft peach and beautiful blush tones? This goes to show you that one color can work on many different skin tones.

Spring Pastels

We paired each of these looks with neutral and some metallic accessories. The looks were strong enough to stand on their own! Notice the shoes – they’re soft and simple but the styles are breathtaking. Again, a subtle but stylish compliment to the perfectly paired pastel ensembles.

If pastels aren’t you’re favorite, there’s still a treat for you! Bright, candy colored accessories should also be making their way into your jewelry boxes or armoires this spring. From what I’ve seen, brighter pinks, greens, purples and blues are the most popular.

If you’ve got the sweet tooth and are craving savings, it’s time to head to Tanger! TangerStyle Spring savings are going on now and you don’t want to miss them. If you don’t already have yours, click here to get additional 20% OFF coupons now through April 19!

Happy Shopping!