All About Denim

LuLaRoe Denim has arrived and it is amazing! Seriously, I claimed a pair from our box to try them out for myself and they are all the things that I heard about at Vision conference – soft, stretchy, high recovery material with a magic no gap waistband that keeps them in place even when doing the bend and snap.

Looking for details? Keep reading.

The Material

When LuLaRoe decided to make denim there were a few things on the requirments list for the material – It had to soft. It had to be stretchy. It had to have high recovery aka hold its shape.
For these reasons, our denim is a blend of cotton, poly, viscose, and Lycra.

  • Cotton is the highest percentage and gives the denim it’s color, texture, and finish.
  • Poly makes the denim more durable than cotton would be on its own.
  • Viscose makes it softer than cotton is on it’s own If you’re no familiar with the material, pashminas are usually 100% viscose.
  • Lycra is what gives our denim it’s amazing stretch and recovery – above and beyond your standard elastic, which is why you will see a branded Lycra tag on each pair of LuLaRoe denim jeans. In the words of Pauk Pyo, our denim maestro, Lycra is elastic on steroids.

The Details

Amazing materials mean nothing without equally amazing details to go along with them. For our jeans that means a magic waistband, mesh slimming panel, busted out seams, and branded hardware.

The magic waistband is just that – magic. I wore these jeans Saturday evening and most of Sunday which meant driving, church, and the shop. There was no adjusting the waistband sitting or standing up, no plumbers crack worries. They stayed where they were supposed to be and it has to be the most comfortable waistband I’ve had on a pair of jeans ever.

When I mentioned the slimming panel to Barb she got a strange look on her face and proceeded to tell me that whenever she’s tried on jeans with a slimming panel she ended up with weird bumps along the edge of it. We’ve all tried on shapewear. We know what she’s talking about. With that in mind, one of the first things we checked for when trying them on for ourselves was weird bulges. We are happy to report that these slim without creating unsightly lumps.

You may be wondering what ‘busted out seams’ are. It’s probably not what you’re thinking. It simply means that if you cuff them you get a pretty aqua contrast stitch on the seam.

Lastly, branded hardware. Every rivet on your LuLaRoe denim is branded with either LuLaRoe (the front button) or the LuLaRoe logo square (the back of all of the rivets). We’ve been checking all of ours as we unbag them, but if you receive a pair of jeans that do not have branded rivets, let your consultant know because they should be.

The Finishes

For denim’s initial release we have two washes – the Standard and the Essential. The Standard is a mid-dark tone blue with whiskered details that is your perfect every day jean. The Essential is a dark indigo blue that is awesome for date night or when you want a more polished look with your denim.

As with any dark wash denim, your Essential wash in particular can rub a dark blue initially. This is called ‘crocking’ and happens because indigo is a topical dye aka it doesn’t permeate the fabric. If you want to seal in that dye, you can do so with a vinegar bath. There’s a great video here that walks you through that process in just a couple minutes.

More finishes are planned, so keep an eye out for more denim developments.

Sizing

You denim sizing runs roughly in line with standard US denim sizing. Due to the stretchy nature of the material a lot of ladies have been able to wear multiple sizes or size down depending on their fit preference. I am an 8/10 and can wear a 28 or 30.

Not sure what size you are? We’re having a denim try on party on Tuesday, August 6th from 6-9pm at our shop above Gypsi Soul inc in Canterbury Village in Orion Twp, Mi. Come join us and feel free to bring a friend! Get directions here.

Intro to Pattern Mixing

Pattern mixing – or mashing as some call it – is a big trend for summer fashion this year. We’ve often played with it in the boutique, but we know that it’s a scary thing to a lot of people. If you are someone who is interested in trying out pattern mixing, but don’t know where to begin, check out these five rules of pattern mixing.

Color is Supreme

If you remember nothing else from this post remember this – your colors need to jive or the other four rules do not matter. More precisely, make sure at least one color is common between the pieces you are pattern mixing. More that one is even better.

Use Pattern Neutrals

Pattern neutrals are like neutral colors. They are patterns that mix well with other patterns. As a general rule these include stripes, polka dots, animal prints, and plaid. There are some who also include tie dye, but it depends a lot on the way the tie dye is done.

Texture is Different than Print (Most of the Time)

When playing with pattern mixing, texture – lace, imprints, knit, etc. – the majority of the time fits into the neutral pattern category. I say majority because some of these textures will come in colors that make a difference in that categorization and some are detailed enough or large enough to be considered a full on patter.

Vary Pattern Size

If you’ve been watching the runway photos or follow street style on Instagram then you may be looking at this and going ‘but, Alaina [insert name here] mixes patterns of the same size’. It’s true. There are people who mix similar size patterns and it looks amazing. However, as a rule, varying your pattern sizes helps your pattern mixes come together.

Confidence, Confidence, Confidence

If color is supreme, confidence is it’s best friend. No matter how well you mix your patterns you must be confident in what you’re wearing or people will be able to tell. That may mean that you start small. Throw in some polka dots or small stripes. Take baby steps. Find pictures of what you like as examples. Then, when you’re ready, rock that look with full confidence.

Looking for examples? Check out these pattern mixing outfits we’ve pulled together:

Prefer a video format? Check out our YoutTube video here:

Tie Dye Party!

We are co-hosting a Ladies Night Tie Dye Party with Gypsi Soul inc on July 11th from 6-9pm.

Alaina will be demonstrating some of the most popular folds that we’ve done and will be available to assist with the dyeing process. All dyeing will be using liquid dye. We will be sending home care instructions on how to best wash out your piece(s) after giving the dye 24 hours to set.

If you are purchasing a piece of dyable LuLaRoe from us for the party, there is no additional dye fee.

Shop here for dyable pieces. We will be continuing to update this album as the event gets closer.

Gypsi Soul will also be offering scarves. To RSVP visit the Gypsi Soul website here.

If we do not have what you are looking for in stock or you have a piece you are dying to dye, please drop us an email so that we can work with you prior to the class to make sure you have what you need.

Samples of clothing tie dye projects that Alaina has done:

Ready to Rock that Red, White, and Blue?

Memorial Day is almost here and it has us thinking of barbeques, summer days, flags, and parades. It’s also just one of the holidays where we show our love for America with some red, white, and blue.

To help you and your family get decked out for this and future holidays, we’ve curated an album full of red, white and blue. The items included in this album include everything from the subtle to stars and stripes.

Shop now and get free shipping when you spend $35

Oversize Your Irma

Fall in love with an Irma shirt several sizes bigger than your usual? Want to try something a little different with the ones already in your closet? Don’t despair. We’ve got some styling ideas from the simple to the extreme for you to try out.

Cuff It & Belt It

Tame the oversized with cuffing on the sleeves to bring them up and a belt to bring in that waistline.

Knot It

This is a great way to bring it that extra fabric and it perfect for layering over a dress or long tank. Drop the knot down and it’s also cute with jeans or shorts.

Drop A Shoulder

Drop a shoulder and tuck the sleeve into itself for an asymmetrical look. If you want to add a little va va voom, add that belt on to create an hourglass shape.

Go Sleeveless

Drop the other shoulder and you’ve got a sleeveless dress. You can tuck the sleeves in themselves and throw a belt on to keep up the hourglass or use them to bring in the sides by knotting.

This is an example of what it looks like knotted in the back.

Though my favorite of the three is the front knot. Tuck the ends for a more elegant appearance.

Halter Up

Once you’ve dropped the collar into a sleeveless position, you can also choose to use the sleeves to create a halter neck. Pull up the sleeves, knot, and lean over to floof a little for a nice draped look.

As usual, throw on a belt if you feel like the material is taking over.

Skirt the Matter

If you want to completely change things around then this last transformational tip is for you. Drop that collar to your waist and you’ve got a new skirt. Since arms hanging off the sides aren’t exactly in (though you never know what you’ll see during fashion week), tie them to make them look like they’re supposed to be there.

I like the off-center front knot, but you can also tie in the back if you prefer a smoother appearance.

Just Rock It

If this all seems like too much effort, rock it as is or throw on some black leggings or skinny pants, cute shoes and an awesome pair or earrings and go. The most important part is that you feel confident in what you’re wearing.

Prefer to watch the styling happen? Our video is now live on YouTube! You can’t see the top of my head for most of it, but you can see the Irma and that’s the important part 😉

Questions? Let us know!

May Drop In & Shops

Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Not loving your warmer weather wardrobe? Have a little take a growth spurt? We’ve got you covered! Drop in and shop at any of the following dates in the month of May:

Friday, May 10th: 4-6 pm
Saturday, May 11th: 4-6 pm*
Tuesday, May 14th: 10-12 & 4-6 pm
Wednesday, May 22nd: 6-8 pm
Thursday, May 30th: 5-7 pm

Need another time? Drop us a message and we can set up a shopping time that works for you 🙂

All drop in and shops are located at 2346 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion MI above Gypsi Soul Inc (the green house in the back of Canterbury Village).

Save this image for a quick reference:
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*We should have sufficient staff on hand for shopping earlier in the afternoon as well

Farewell Kids (For Now)

Do you have LuLaRoe Littles? If so, this post is for you. In April, LuLaRoe announced that we would be saying farewell to the entire kids collection including all kids dresses, shirts, layers and skirts.

Kid’s leggings will still be available.

This move will make room for new styles coming into the warehouses (like Nicki) and give LuLaRoe a chance to take another look at the collection itself. In the short term, we are mostly likely to see kids styles pop up in special collections.

If you and your littles would like a chance to snag some pieces before they’re gone, check out our ‘Farewell Kids’ album for some great pieces at great prices while supplies last.

Feature Style: The Nicki

Style Details

Name: Nicki
Type: Dress
Sizes: XXS-3X

Nicki is our brand new fit n flare dress with a tank top and flirty skirt.

So what are some of the features that make the Nicki a great addition to your wardrobe?

  • Fitted to the waist and then flares into an a-line skirt.
  • A tank top makes her great for summer or layering with a cardigan.
  • A knee length skirt makes her great and appropriate for work and play.
  • Pockets. She has pockets.

Wondering how versatile Nicki is? Here are a few examples of how we’re been pairing up Nicki for even more fun, fresh looks:

Shop Nicki Now

Feature Style: The Irma Shirt

Style Details

Name: Irma
Type: Shirt
Sizes: XXS-3X

Irma is a flowy tunic length shirt especially popular to wear with leggings and Cassies.

So what are some of the features that make the Irma so popular?

  • A loose body which makes her flexible on body types and able to be worn oversized.
  • Fitted half sleeves which keep them from sliding down (unless oversized).
  • The hi-low hemline covers up your assets with leggings or a fitted skirt like Cassie.
  • The scoop neck is low enough not to be constricting, but high enough not to be revealing.

Watch out for our styling video and post with a variety of ways you can wear and style your Irma! Until then, here are a few examples from our Instagram of how we’ve worn Irma.

 

 

 

 

April Open House

Join us this weekend for our very first open house in our new location above Gypsi Soul Inc in Canterbury Village.

Our Open House hours are from 5-8pm on Saturday, April 27th, and from 1-4pm on Sunday, April 28th.

Bring a friend and get a gift from us.

Special for this event, we are offering an opportunity to trade up your old LuLaRoe for brand new pieces! Bring your gently used LuLaRoe to the event and receive a coupon for special pricing on a brand new piece of LuLaRoe. The pieces collected will be donated to a local women’s shelter.

The address is 2346 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, MI 48360. We are in the green house and the closest parking lot is next to C-Pub.

On Facebook? RSVP here for the most up to date news about the Open House.