Apr 242019

Spring trends always feel like a breath of fresh air, especially when it comes to denim. While jeans—be them skinny, flared, baggy, or straight-leg—truly never go out of style, there are certain nuances that gain steam during one season versus another. So what are the denim styles to know for 2019? After a little investigating, we got the inside scoop.

We reached out to Kelly Urban and Misty Zollars, the co-founders of the Amo denim brand, to learn all about the denim trends that are going to reign supreme this spring 2019. Since we knew you love to shop, we included shopping picks for each of the six major spring denim trends below. Much to our surprise, the highlighted styles are already bubbling up, meaning come summer 2019, they will be all anyone will care about. 

Go on to read all about the spring 2019 denim trend highlights from Amo co-founders Kelly Urban and Misty Zollars. 

“As women owners and designers, we are always adding a feminine spin on denim classics. One of our favorite trends is embroidered denim. We took our best-selling Loverboy, a slightly relaxed, higher-rise, cropped, straight silhouette, and updated it with tiny rosebud floral embroidery. The result feels like something truly special, but the vintage wash keeps it feeling a bit tomboy. We love that it’s a balance of masculine and feminine and is surprisingly easy to wear.” — Amo co-founders Kelly Urban and Misty Zollars
“While we are still loving and wearing high-rise denim, there is something really interesting about denim that sits a bit lower (just above your hip bone) with a classic straight leg. We’re not talking the type of super-low-rise skinnies from the past that you have to buy special underwear for; this is more low-slung than low-rise, and yes, there’s a big difference, in our opinion. Low-slung denim feels more modern and is very flattering as it kind of just sits on your hips and has a bit of ease to the fit. It feels effortless and relaxed, like the type of jeans you could wear all day no matter what you’re doing.” — Amo co-founders Kelly Urban and Misty Zollars
“We love a classic mid-rise fit with a little something extra at the hem.  Our Tie Ankle jean is just that—it takes your classic black skinny jean and adds a flirty, unexpected twist. The inseam is cropped above the ankle so that it works with both longer and short inseams, so no hemming is needed!” — Amo co-founders Kelly Urban and Misty Zollars
“One of our favorite new fits for spring is a long, straight-leg vintage-inspired fit, like our Layla in rigid denim. While we still love the cropped-at-the-ankle look, we are excited to have a longer, un-cropped straight-leg option for spring and are really into our take on this in a beat-up vintage-looking wash.” — Amo co-founders Kelly Urban and Misty Zollars
“Pintucks down the center leg is such a nice detail in denim as it really slims and elongates the leg. We finished ours with a little ankle slit and kept the wash clean and dark. The result is a jean that feels special but one that you can wear every day.” — Amo co-founders Kelly Urban and Misty Zollars
“Sometimes it’s just a little twist on a classic that can get us all giddy about wearing jeans. Our Ribbon Loverboy for spring is one of those styles for me (Kelly). It was inspired by the type of satin ribbon bows my mom used to put in my hair when I was 5. I have this memory of me riding my bike with those tassels on the handlebars, and I had pigtails with these satin ribbons bows in them. For whatever reason, those satin ribbon bows always made me super happy, and to this day, that colorful satin ribbon makes me smile. We updated our Loverboy jean with this two-inch-wide satin ribbon down the outseams, in wearable colors like navy, adobe, and pale pink. It feels very fresh and springy and, of course, very nostalgic.” — Amo co-founders Kelly Urban and Misty Zollars

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Everyone Will Toss Out Their Skinny Jeans for These 2019 Trends
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Apr 232019

Welcome to the latest edition of a new series in which I’ll test out a variety of items from different brands that you want to know about. I’ll give you my honest take in my quest to find the best of the best for you, dear reader. WWW Reviews encompasses everything from trends to staples to fashion utility items and more—basically, anything and everything a fashion girl would want to know about. Next up: leggings.

Aside from being the stretchy pants I wear to exercise, leggings weren’t something that I gave much thought to until the world became obsessed with them circa 2015. Suddenly, my collection of years-old, slightly stretched-out leggings didn’t feel adequate. And since the legging trend has reached a fever pitch, thanks in part to legging-crazed It girls like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, I decided that the time had come to put some of the top brands to the test in hopes of finding the crème de la crème. My quest gave me newfound knowledge of what makes a successful pair of leggings, and it also led me to a couple of pairs that check all the boxes. (Although, you truly can’t go wrong with any pair in this batch, depending on what you’re looking for.)

Without further ado, read on to get my honest take that resulted from wearing leggings for approximately two weeks straight, and shop them all for yourself.

Fit: True to size, but the fabric is very stretchy, so consider sizing down if you’re in between sizes. Fabric: Luon . Comfort: The Luon fabric is extremely soft and weightless. It’s stretchy without stretching out. Rise: High; Length: 28 inches. Price: $98. The Verdict: 3.5/5. Lululemon has always been my go-to legging brand, but this was my first experience with one of its much-lauded Luon options. While these were incredibly comfortable, thin, and breathable, I found myself wishing for a little more structure in the boot camp class that I wore them to. They’d be great for something like yoga or even just lounging or running errands, as you’re not moving around much. For more vigorous workouts, these might not be your best bet.
Fit: These run a bit small, but I didn’t need to size up. Fabric: 86% polyester, 14% spandex. Comfort: The fabric is firm yet flexible and weightless, so I didn’t feel constricted. Rise: Mid; Length: 3/4 (23.5-inch inseam). Price: $85. The Verdict: 4.5/5. I’d admittedly been dying to try this much-buzzed-about brand and finally got the chance to test out the Warmup Leggings and the 3/4 Warmup Leggings. The 3/4 option proved better for me, as I’m 5’4″. These ended up being one of the most flattering pairs that I tried. They feature Outdoor Voices’ textured compression fabric, which made for a very slimming look. My lower half felt almost too compressed at times, but I didn’t mind. They’d be perfect for almost any type of workout or just for going out and about. They’re definitely cute enough for that. 
Fit: They’re Spanx, so it’s normal for them to feel a little snug. Fabric: 60% nylon, 40% elastane. Comfort: They’re on the firm side. Getting them on takes some muscle. Rise: High. Price: $102. The Verdict: 3.5/5. If you’re seeking a pair with high-tech shapewear-like capabilities, look no further. Spanx’s Active Compression leggings feature Slim-X fabric that smooths and supports from top to bottom. There’s a wide-set gusset, which adds to the flattering look. That said, they’re not for the faint of heart, as they’re quite firm. I loved that they looked clean and unfussy, despite the shapewear-like factors. 
Fit: True to size. Fabric: 84% nylon, 16% lycra. Comfort: Very silky and breathable. Rise: High; Length: 26.75-inch inseam. Price: $198. The Verdict: 4/5. Ultracor leggings are very stylish and feature special compressive fabrics that sculpt the body like shapewear without constricting movement or suffocating your legs. They feature a built-in thong, which helps to achieve a smooth look. The price point is on the high side for these, but they do feel quite luxe, as the name claims, and I loved the subtle star pattern. My take? They’re worth the splurge.
Fit: A bit snug. I’d consider sizing up if between sizes. Fabric: 62% polyamide, 38% elastane. Comfort: More supportive than comfortable, but not uncomfortable. Rise: High; Length: 7/8. Price: $100. The Verdict: 3/5. I had some trouble getting these on, and they felt a bit on the thick side. That said, they were very flattering thanks to the supportive yet stretchy construction, a backside-enhancing seam, and the slightly cropped length. They also did a great job of wicking away sweat. These are great Spin class leggings.  
Fit: True to size. Fabric: 88% nylon, 12% elastane. Comfort: These were very comfortable. I could barely feel them. Rise: High; Length: 23-inch inseam. Price: $85. The Verdict: 4/5. I’m happy to say that New Balance leggings didn’t disappoint. They’re just a solid, no-frills, sturdy pair. The NB Dry fabric absorbs sweat and resists odors, while contour seams make them flattering and the NB Fresh antimicrobial treatment repels odor and inhibits bacterial growth for prolonged freshness. Win-win.
Fit: True to size. Fabric: 87% nylon, 13% elastane. Comfort: The fabric was soft and stretchy, but the waistband felt a bit bulky. (It was developed for yoga practice.) Rise: Mid. Price: $70. The Verdict: 3/5. The relatively low price point is definitely a plus, as was the cooling mesh detail. I would’ve preferred for the fabric to be thinner and a bit more supportive, but for the price, these are tough to beat. I recommend them for yoga or Pilates. 
Fit: True to size. (I wouldn’t size up with these.) Fabric: 87% polyester, 13% spandex. Comfort: This was the most comfortable pair that I tried. The fabric was incredibly soft.  Rise: Mid; Length: 25″ Price: $97. The Verdict: 5/5. I don’t know how Beyond Yoga managed to make these so comfortable and stretchy yet compressive at the same time. They bunched a tiny bit at the ankles for me, but they’re so tapered that I didn’t mind the look of it. I’ve been wearing these to a barre class, but they’d be great for any other workout or just running errands. 
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Fit: Size up if you’re between sizes. Fabric: nylon spandex/glossy performance fabric. Comfort: I was pleasantly surprised by how stretchy and soft they were. The high waistband added to the comfort factor. Rise: High; Length: 27.5- to 28.5-inch inseam. Price: $114. The Verdict: 5/5. I suppose the Kendall/Gigi/Bella/Hailey gang circa 2017 is to thank for my curiosity about this model-off-duty go-to pair. The moto detail has a leather-like look, but you don’t even feel it. Besides looking quite elevated, these lifted and contoured to a T and wicked away sweat. They felt almost too cute to wear to a Spin class, but at least I could proudly wear them to brunch afterward. 

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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Apr 222019

Welcome to Second Life, a podcast spotlighting successful women who’ve made major career changes—and fearlessly mastered the pivot. Hosted by Hillary Kerr, co-founder and chief content officer at Who What Wear’s parent company, Clique Brands, each episode will give you a direct line to women who are game changers in their fields. Subscribe to Second Life on iTunes, and stay tuned. We’ll be releasing new episodes on Mondays.

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Apr 212019

The whole “I have nothing to wear” predicament is something we talk about a lot on Who What Wear. (This story about the science behind it is particularly interesting.) This is my personal experience with the dilemma, which I’m sharing in hopes that it could potentially solve your wardrobe problem, too. (After all, isn’t that why you’re reading this?)

Over the years, I’ve dramatically declared that I have nothing to wear countless times (despite a full closet of options at my disposal). And that’s for one reason: I had somehow ended up with a closet full of T-shirts and sweaters, jeans, blazers, flats, and black handbags—they’re what I feel most comfortable wearing. (That’s me above, wearing some of those go-to pieces.) Sure, these pieces are timeless and versatile, but they basically combined to form one type of outfit that isn’t appropriate for every situation.

Accordingly, over the past few years, I’ve made a point to shop for pieces that would help me form a wider variety of outfits. I wear jeans more than anything else, so I focused on adding dressier tops and heels to my wardrobe, and I’ve recently been making even more of an effort to diversify my wardrobe by shopping for more dresses, skirts, and trousers. Thinking that my solution may be the cure to your wardrobe woes too? Read on to shop “fancy” tops and heels that I’m loving at the moment.

The perfect thing to wear with denim.
Pretty, but also cool.
Bowling shirt vibes (in a good way).
In case you need a break from animal print…
One can never have too many cool black tops.
Just the thing to layer under an oversize blazer this season.
I may never be over puffy-sleeve tops. 
I highly recommend buying this in both colors. More sizes available here.
This has a sheen to it that makes it even “fancier”.
I’m very intrigued by the neck detail on this top.
These It shoes were just released in snake, and I think I’m in love.
Is it just me or do these look very expensive?
A shoe and an anklet in one.
Loving the ’80s vacation vibe these are giving off.
I’d buy these just because of the heel.
A small price to pay for shoes you’ll have forever.
Zara It-shoe aleart.
This color is so interesting.
Wedges are back, and this is the pair I’m pondering.
I can’t stop thinking about these simple, pretty shoes.

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After Decades of "Having Nothing to Wear," I Fixed the Problem
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