One shirt, four looks.

April 19, 2018 in Appaman Style, Featured, Holiday Style, Mom Hacks, New This Season, NYC

Now that it’s starting to heat up, it’s time to start seriously planning cool looks for summer. And luckily, we’ve got you covered. Enter: the button-up shirt, the most versatile shirt of the season. It’ll be your cool, bold, go-anywhere do-anything best friend that you didn’t even know you needed. Here, we take you through four different ways to style our fave shirt of the season.

Meet: The Summer Shirts.

So (L to R) we have:

  • The Pattern Shirt in Hipster:  This shirt is covered in our cool seasonal patterns that features some of his favorite things – skateboards, sunglasses, music, and of course, pizza. 100% cotton. 100% rad.
  • The Pattern Shirt in Pina: For the guys who love to be the life of the party. This lightweight cotton shirt features a bold neon pineapple print. Psst – we even have a matching dress for a ‘his and hers’ look. Get the whole squad in this fabric to make a HUGE entrance at your next party.
  • The Benson Shirt in Grey Linen Plaid: If you’re looking for a more polished look, go no further than this cool muted fabric. Cool front pocket, classic pattern – perfect for dressing up!
  • The Benson Shirt in Carnival Plaid: It’s the coolest party shirt out. Bold, bright, breathable. Yup.
  • The Benson shirt in Blue Bike Plaid: This has been a fan favorite this season; it’s the perfect mix of style and fun. Collar, buttons and pockets, but with tiny little bikes all over it. Brrring brrrring!

 

Biz Casual (Or; for going from Very Important Meetings straight to the beach) 

The simplest look – this shirt speaks for itself, so can buttoned up with shorts for a laid-back, chilled-out look. Here we have put the Benson Shirt with our Coastal Shorts, however the shirt works back with any denim or casual short. Throw on a pair of sneakers or slides and you’ll be cool as a cucumber (both temperature-wise, and style-wise).

 

Laid-back Layer (Or; when both shirts are so cool you wanna wear both)

When you wanna show off the tee but wanna wear the shirt as well…why not just wear both? Our collections are designed so you can mix and match tees and shirts for a really cool, laid-back look. Here, we’ve teamed the Benson Shirt with our Lowrider Tee for a really fun, bold mix of colors. To go all out, team with a bold short or even just classic denim.

 

 

Buttoned Up (Or; “What even is Smart Casual anyway?”)

One of the most baffling dress codes is ‘Smart Casual’ – because it’s literally two opposite dress codes in one. Do you wear a bow tie with a t-shirt? Tuxedo pants with a tank top? Pajamas with dress shoes? Luckily, we’ve made the distinction super easy for you. The button-up shirt is the ULTIMATE in smart-casual. It has the formality of a dress shirt with the buttons and collar, but the ease of a casual shirt with the short sleeves and bold pattern. Here, we’ve teamed the Burger Pattern Shirt with our Beach Pant and Paperboy Hat.

 

Formal Affair (or; Dress to impress)

 

Here it is – the ‘wow’ factor. Team any of the Pattern Shirts with pants and a blazer and you have got the ultimate dressed-up look. The blazer gives the look structure while the shirt provides a fun, bold pop of color. Hot tip: cuff your pants and wear with chukkas, or keep it smart with dress shoes.

 

There you have it – you’re set for summer! Don’t forgot to tag us on Facebook and Instagram in your best #appaman looks for your chance to be featured. Happy stylin’!

Where to Wear It: Fine Tailoring Spring Style Guide

March 9, 2018 in Appaman News, Holiday Style, Mom Hacks, New This Season, NYC

Spring is upon us, and with it, comes a whole new range of colors, fabrics, and styling options for spring and summer boys suiting. With wedding season and spring holidays right around the corner, there’s no better to try out bright tones, soft pastels, light cottons, and bold patterns of the season.

For adults and kids alike, it’s important to choose a suit and overall look that matches the formality and season of event, but also your personal look and style. We know that it can be a challenge, we made a style guide to help you choose which spring suit styles will work for you.

Formal Occasions

While some weddings or fancy affairs may require a full traditional tuxedo, boys can get away with a wider color range than adults when choosing a suit + shirt + tie combo. While grown men might stick to traditional grey, navy, and black suits, along with a classic white shirt and dark tie, kids look great with a punch of youthful color. That said, the classics are classics for a reason — grey, navy, and black suits never go out of style and are always in season.

Dressy Casual or Semi-Formal

If you have a spring wedding, holiday event or daytime celebration coming up – don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. Our pastel suits are lightweight, breathable and come in a super cool range of colors. We love teaming the Mod Suit in Sky Slub with a pink shirt – pink is opposite on the color wheel and makes the blue suit pop. For a more laid-back look, rock an open collar and cuffed pants. To dress it up add a tie or bowtie, and top it off with a hat. You can even swap out the pants for shorts for super hot days – no matter the temperature, we’ve got your style sorted.

Fun and Festive

For you next event, we suggest going all out with bold colors, fun patterns and cool accessories. There’s so many different ways to rock our Mod Suit in Teal – dress it up with a standard shirt and bow tie or tie, or keep it casual with a tee and sneakers. Rock a colored blazer with beach pants and sneakers, and top it off with a hat for extra flair. Spring is the perfect time to experiment with bolder colors, or even just dip your toe in. Rules of fashion? Pfft. They’re made to be broken. We make our own rules.

Beachy Casual

 

If you’re lucky enough to be headed to a destination wedding this season, you can’t go wrong with our beach pants and beach shirts. They tick all the boxes – breathable, lightweight fabric, on-trend seasonal colors, and best of all – no ironing required! The luxe textured fabric has a natural crinkle. Throw on a blazer to dress it up, or swap trousers for shorts for ultimate laidback chic. Insider tip – we love styling the pants with a rolled cuff and sneakers.

 

Our Spring collection is available now on our web store.

Winter Getaway

December 29, 2017 in Appaman Style, DIY, Mom Hacks

It’s time to escape the cold, but planning a trip with mini humans isn’t always easy. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips to help make for easy packing.

 

Have any great tips?  Add in the comments below. And if you’re still looking for kid’s vacay essentials, check out our latest Resort Collection.

Stocking Stuffers

December 19, 2017 in Appaman Style, Featured, Holiday Style, Mom Hacks

It’s that time of year again: sitting by the fire, watching the snow (at least here in New York), and of course, Christmas shopping. Luckily we’ve got your covered for stocking stuffers – our cozy, fun and durable accessories are the perfect treat for Christmas morning.

 

We have a great range of boy’s hats, from the super laid-back Rocky Hat, to the fun and furry Benji Hat. They are all lined, extremely cozy, and come in a whole bunch of super cool colors that work in perfectly with our boy’s clothing.

 

Our super cool girl’s hat collection features bold colors and buttery-soft knits perfect for keeping heads warm on freezing days. Whether you’re a fan of the purr-fect Kat Hat , or the cute-as-a-button Krista hat (did someone say HUGE pompom?), there’s something for every one to open on Christmas morning.

 

We also have limited-edition gloves, scarves and earmuffs in cosy knits to keep the cold away – shop the whole accessories collection here.

 

Happy holidays!

 

 

Picture Perfect

October 30, 2017 in Appaman Style, DIY, Featured, Holiday Style, Mom Hacks

We caught up with professional photographer and friend of Appaman Laura Orozco to get her top tips on taking a great family holiday photo.

 

1. Consider your wardrobe carefully.  Coordinate outfits, but don’t match.  Use similar colors and styles to create a cohesive look, but let individual styles shine through.  Avoid bright colors and busy patterns.  Bright colors tend to reflect a color cast onto skin, especially for those who have  fair skin. Also, busy patterns draw attention away from the subjects.  If you have trouble planning outfits, check out Pinterest for some ideas!

2. Try to limit your stress and expectations, and go into your session ready to have fun as a family.  As a photographer I have a list of poses and images that I want to capture, but every family dynamic is different.  My only “must have” images are the ones that capture real family moments – joyful, loving, tender, hilarious – even tantrums and meltdowns create beautiful memories!

3. Try to get your bodies as close as possible to portray warmth and connection in group shots.  When you think you’re close enough, move in even closer!  Just an inch of separation can change the feeling of an image.

4. Always let the photographer cue the kids.  Often, I’ll have a perfect shot of the kids, but I catch the parents mid-sentence or pointing towards the camera.  Sometimes, it is hard to get the kids to look at the camera, let alone smile at the same time.  If the parents are camera ready for all of the shots, it is easier to get a great group photo.  I always use parents as attention-getters, but only when the posed group photos are complete.

5. Bribes work really well!  Whether it is a toy after the session or snacks throughout the session, the toughest and grumpiest kids tend to take great photos with some fun or yummy incentives!

 

 

Check out Laura’s Amazing work on her Facebook or Instagram

Are your little ones wearing Appaman for your family holiday pics? Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @appaman for the chance to be featured!

Mom Hacks: Back to School Tips

August 18, 2016 in Mom Hacks

Back to School Tips | Appaman

Mom Hacks: Back to School Tips
It’s back to school time for families around the country. Raise your hand if you’ve pledged to make this school year more organized and less stressful than last year. Yes, us, too. So what steps can you take to make sure your kids are set up for success this year? Follow these tips on getting organized for back to school:

sandwich free lunch ideas for kids

Lunch is Ready!
Prep lunch the night before. We love these sandwich-free lunch box ideas. Or better yet, ask your kids to pitch in with the lunch making duties! A recent article in The Washington Post touted the benefits of having your children make their own lunch.  By asking them to take charge of their lunch, it gives them responsibility and allows you some free time. Don’t worry if the end result isn’t pretty (or not 100% nutritionally balanced), you’re doing a good thing!

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Clothes Call
Lay out their clothes for the week ahead, so there’s no last minute pulling clothes out of the drawers before the bus arrives. We love the idea of labeling a different shelf for each different day of the week. To make it easier, try a hanging shelving unit (we love the sturdy canvas hanging shelves and drawers from Land of Nod pictured above). For back to school style inspo, check out our first day of school outfit ideas here.

after school snack station

After School Snack Station
Whether it’s you that’s home with the kiddos after school or a sitter, wouldn’t it be SO much easier to have a designated drawer organized with exactly the snacks you want them to munch on when they get home? This way there’s no rooting around in the kitchen trying to find hidden candy bars. Have them choose two things from the healthy snack bin or drawer and you can rest assured their mid-day munch won’t be a handful of Pez.

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Entryway Hall of Fame
Make their exits and entrances as seamless as possible with a well organized entryway (aka the place they drop all of their stuff). Invest in a storage bench, coat hooks, bins to toss their dirty shoes in and baskets to sort their homework and all letters home from school.

For back to school outfit ideas, check out our Fall 2016 Appaman kids style lookbook!