• The "Idiosyncratic Fashionistas" Weigh In: How Do You Form a Style Identity?

    By Nick on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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    ​Forever aiming to achieve fabulous style identities, New York City fashionistas Valerie and Jean take pride in standing out in a crowd. But instead of targeting specific styles, or adopting the newest trends, the pair focuses on allowing their personalities to shape the way they look. 

    “A desire to enjoy life inspires my individual sense of style,” said Jean, who, along with Valerie, co-writes a blog entitled Idiosyncratic Fashionistas. “I look up to personal style icons like Nancy Cunard and Georgia O’Keefe—but I admire their strength of character more than their personal looks.” 

    For Valerie, who conveys a “graphic, textural and architectural” style, fashion represents an opportunity to express individuality: “Wearing clothes is like inhaling a bouquet of flowers,” she responded. “When people react to what we’re wearing, they look like they’re inhaling the same bouquet.”

    In late 2013, a celebrity editor for prominent fashion website Stylecaster noticed Valerie and Jean’s unconventional sense of style. He later listed the dynamic duo in his annual “50 Most Stylish New Yorkers” feature (see slide 45), describing Valerie and Jean as “two of the most fashionable women he’d ever met.” In Valerie’s words, Cain smelled their bouquet.

    But for the stylish pair, achieving an identity in the “fashion capital of the world” requires a strong sense of self-awareness. Jean believes aspiring fashionistas must know who they are and what they want to look like—and then, they need to laugh. “When people look at me, I hope they see confidence with a sense of humor,” she continued. “After all, dressing should be fun.”

    Valerie encourages women to practice patience from start to finish: “Start simply and make sure you don’t overwhelm yourself” she said. “Just like cooking, you should slowly add to your style. But remember—nobody gets it overnight!”

    Jean and Valerie navigate New York’s busy streets on a daily basis, all the while donning their fabulous outfits. But admittedly, they couldn’t do so without supportive, comfortable shoes. 

    “Details count!” said Valerie, offering final words of advice. “You CAN find shoes that are both stylish and comfortable. Take the time—you’ll be glad you did.”

    Jean, who prefers to paint, sticker and add platform heels to her Dansko clogs, also believes in the power of comfort and style: “I have worn Dansko for decades,” she began. “I do a lot of walking and my feet never, ever hurt!” 

    We love the confidence, sense of style and personalities of these remarkable women.

    “Cunard and O’Keefe were not interested in looking like everybody else,” Jean concluded. “They looked like who THEY were, and that worked for them.” 

    [Photo Credit: The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas]


     

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  • The Essential Guide to your Fourth of July Tablescape

    By Meghan on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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    ​This summer, showcase your party-planning passion with a jubilant tablescape, ready for a memorable Fourth of July celebration. From American flag pennants to decorative fireworks, and from strawberry and blueberry shortcake to watermelon hors d’oeuvres, turn your Independence Day into a fun and festive bash.

    How, you may ask?

    For starters, we recommend pairing your favorite summer outfit with a pair of sandals from our Vista collection, complete with a cork footbed, adjustable uppers and countless color options (like red crackle, ivory, and blue). While decorating, cooking and entertaining your guests, you will experience all-day comfort and support, made possible by our long-wearing Vista sandals.
     
    Once you’re dressed for the big day, jump into action by setting your table. Below, we offer a few decorating tips to help you along in the process. But don’t take our word for it—find your table and decorate away!
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      Mix patterns and shapes
      On Independence Day, stars and stripes cover anything from tabletop decorations to summer t-shirts. So why not mix up your palette with an assortment of red, white and blue patterns—like polka dot or plaid? The result: a Fourth of July tablescape with a bold, eclectic flavor.

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      Add a vintage touch 
      Sort through your attic—or your local flea market—for antique decorations with a summer flair. We’re talking old soda bottles, wooden milk crates, worn-out baseballs, vintage mason jars and other fun novelty items. Pair your classic decorations with modern tableware for a perfectly-balanced display.

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      Uncover your inner crafter
      Think like an artist and turn simple decorations into creative summer staples. Paint thick, solid stripes on a traditional tin vase; turn patterned scrapbook paper into playful pinwheels; or use fun buttons and letters to create hanging pennants. Regardless of your craft, delight in the accomplishment of attractive (and festive) homemade decorations. 

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      Incorporate subtle summer flowers
      To counter your red, white and blue color scheme, handpick a bouquet of simple-yet-elegant summer flowers, including daisies, hydrangea, lilacs, assorted greens and other light-colored fillers. Your bouquet will radiate refreshing summer colors, creating beautiful symmetry with your bright and bold decorations.

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      Decorate with food
      While decorations play a pivotal role in bringing your table to life, no party is complete without delicious summer food. Add festive hors d'oeuvres to your Independence Day display by making a flag design out of cheese, watermelon and blueberries. Or, for a savory twist, toss a salad with goat cheese, strawberries and blueberries. 


      Whether you go utterly classic, completely modern or somewhere in-between, we encourage you to make the most of your Fourth of July party. Plan well, work hard, and have tons of fun—all the while sporting your comfy Vista sandals. Happy Independence Day!

       

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  • Shop the Trend: Rooted in Vintage

    By Meghan on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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    From distressed leather to sterling silver, and from styles of yesteryear to today’s looks, we have the vintage trend covered. Check out our favorites by following the links below:

    1. Pendant Necklace: A brilliant turquoise and sterling silver pendant elevates this handcrafted necklace into a stylish wardrobe staple.    
    From: TheLostTreasure
     
    2. Brass Bangle Bracelet: This clean and crisp bangle bracelet features a hole-punch design and classic brass finish, ready to impress fashionable friends from every generation.
    From: alchemievintage
     
    3. Weekender Bag: With a rich cognac color, large buckle pocket and distressed details, this weekender bag represents the very best of the 1970s.
    From: alchemievintage
     
    4. Dansko Dana: Dana, a huarache sandal with heritage roots, adds a versatile metallic pallette to your classic summer style.  
    From: Dansko

     

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  • Shop the Trend: Fresh and Fabulous Florals

    By Meghan on Friday, May 30, 2014

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    ​To celebrate sunny skies, warm summer breezes and flowers in full bloom, we have the floral trend covered. Check out our favorites by following the links below:

    1. Monogram Notebook: An intricate floral design, custom monogram cover and recycled interior pages elevate this notebook beyond a boring office supply.
    From: PrintStitchAndPaste

    2. Blossom Necklace: Featuring playful pink flowers and a gold-plated chain, this bib necklace adds floral fashion to every outfit.
    From: MidnightGirls

    3. Dansko Sophie: Slip on Sophie, our classic summer sandal featuring a pillow-soft footbed and luxurious leather uppers.
    From: Dansko 

    4. Floral Clutch Bag: Stow away your summer necessities with this chic clutch, complete with a watercolor floral design and water-resistant nylon lining.
    From: SpicerBags

  • Shop the Trend: Bright, Bold, Beautiful Tangerine

    By Meghan on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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    ​From vintage scarves to hand-carved mugs, we have the tangerine trend covered. Check out some of our favorites by following the links below:

    1. Vintage Butterfly Scarf: Don a piece of history with this Vera Neumman original, complete with watercolor butterflies and tangerine accents.
    From: GlamourGirlsLingerie

    2. Brass Earrings: Bridge the gap between modern and vintage with these tangerine dangle earrings, constructed from orange glass rings and Austrian beehive beads.
    From: MeMadeJewels

    3. Dansko Thea: With its clean lines, bold straps and fresh and flattering shape, Thea will turn heads all season long.
    From: Dansko
     
    4. Round Sunglasses: Plan a seaside escape with these vintage shades, ready for sand, a cool breeze and an empty agenda.
    From: MODvintageshop

    5. Anatomical Heart Mug: Turn this hand-carved coffee mug into a morning staple, big enough for refill, after refill, after refill…
    From: BreadandBadger

     

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      1. July 21 2014 Dansko and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Team Up to "Save the Bay"
      2. July 15 2014 The "Idiosyncratic Fashionistas" Weigh In: How Do You Form a Style Identity?
      3. July 11 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Practice in Posture, A Seated Guide to Meditation
      4. July 10 2014 Fran’s Four Fabulous and Functional Summer Hairstyles
      5. July 08 2014 10 Summer Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes
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      7. July 01 2014 The Essential Guide to your Fourth of July Tablescape
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      1. June 30 2014 In the News: Dansko Co-Founder and CEO Mandy Cabot
      2. June 27 2014 Food, Farms and Comfortable Clogs: Q&A With Cooking Light Executive Chef Anna Bullett
      3. June 24 2014 Summer Days at Dansko: Team Day 2014
      4. June 20 2014 Cabot Creamery Makes a Difference in Local Communities
      5. June 17 2014 Shop the Trend: Rooted in Vintage
      6. June 12 2014 A Moment For Mindfulness: Introducing Guest Bloggers Mindful Magazine
      7. June 10 2014 Kickstart Your Art Collection with these Five Artsy Tips
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      1. May 30 2014 Shop the Trend: Fresh and Fabulous Florals
      2. May 28 2014 10 Summer Suitcase Essentials for your Next Adventure
      3. May 22 2014 Brooklyn Chef Justin Warner Shares Three Kitchen Essentials (Hint: He wears Dansko shoes!)
      4. May 20 2014 Let Your Garden Grow: An Early June Planting Guide
      5. May 16 2014 A Month of Celebrations: Dansko Recognizes Teachers and Nurses
      6. May 14 2014 A Mixologist’s Journey: Q&A with Bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler (And a Cocktail Recipe, too!)
      7. May 13 2014 Dansko Volunteers Hit the Road During "Footwear Cares" Month of Service
      8. May 08 2014 Mother's Day 2014: Why Do We Celebrate Mom?
      9. May 07 2014 Lace up Your Sneakers and Visit Our Top Walking Cities
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      1. April 29 2014 "America's Best Cook" Contestant Presses Onward – In Dansko Clogs!
      2. April 25 2014 A Step-By-Step Guide to Planting your Arbor Day Tree
      3. April 23 2014 Shop the Trend: Bright, Bold, Beautiful Tangerine
      4. April 21 2014 Earth Day 2014: Five Steps for Conserving Water at Home
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      1. March 28 2014 Volunteers Leave a SPLASHing Impact
      2. March 26 2014 Spotted in Dansko: Acclaimed Chef Suzanne Goin
      3. March 24 2014 Celebrating Employee Ownership with a Little Competition (And a LOT of Laughter!)
      4. March 21 2014 Suits, Sweaters and Dansko: Q&A with New York Designer Drew Villani
      5. March 20 2014 Now Introducing: Word of Foot!
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