BE WELL: OUR DE-STRESSING RECS FOR THE PRE-HOLIDAY SEASON

We prefer our holidays chill—and we’re guessing you probably do too. In the spirit of a less-stressful season, we’ve put together a few tips to use ahead of the game. So even when it seems like everyone around you is rushed and tense, you’ll be in total ~zen~ mode.

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1 DRESS, 2 WAYS: VERSATILE STYLE C/O OUR EXPERT LISA

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We’re all about clothes with staying power—you know, the kind you’ll want to wear over and over again in lots of different ways—and the new Madewell x No.6 collab of dresses and jumpsuits definitely fits the bill. See how our stylist Lisa takes her favorite piece from the collection and transforms it from dressed up to dressed down with just a few simple tweaks.

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STYLING TIPS & TRICKS WITH KARIN BERESON, FOUNDER OF NO.6

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We’re longtime admirers of stylist and founder Karin Bereson’s NYC-based label, No.6, both for its vintage-meets-right-now aesthetic and impressive selection of prints. So we took that admiration and turned it into a collection—teaming up on an exclusive capsule of party-ready dresses and jumpsuits based on the line’s most-loved pieces (special archival prints included). For Karin’s expert tips on adding edge to feminine pieces, dressing for the holidays without overdoing it and feeling confident in whatever you’re wearing, read on. Continue reading

In Defense of Black Denim

In Defense of Black Denim
an essay by Natalie Shukur

In my mind, black denim is just about the most punk thing you can wear. Skaters, rockers, beatniks—fringers of all stripes—these touchpoints of antiestablishment, androgynous style are forever tacked to my internal mood board. And black denim, birthed in basements and garages, overdyed and DIY, has long been part of my uniform.
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OUT OF OFFICE: TEAM MADEWELL BUILT ANOTHER HOUSE (AND YOU CAN TOO)

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Our latest out-of-office adventure took to us Yonkers, New York, where East Coast members of Team Madewell helped build a house with Habitat for Humanity. (BTW, did you catch our last one in LA?) On an early Friday morning, suited up in jeans and sneaks, we hopped on a bus from our NYC HQ and set off for some quality do well time.
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GETTING AT THE JE NE SAIS QUOI OF FRENCH GIRL SKIN CARE

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What’s in our Beauty Cabinet? Well for starters, a lot of good stuff from cult-fave label French Girl. These small-batch, handmade products have a signature French je ne sais quoi that’s hard to resist. Eager to learn more about the woman behind it all, we chatted with founder Kristeen Griffin-Grimes about her beauty go-tos, how looking good starts with feeling good and a life-changing trip to the south of France.

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TALK BEAUTY TO ME: TEAM MADEWELL’S LATEST FAVES

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We’re superexcited to introduce our Beauty Cabinet—a selection of tried-and-true products, curated by us, that fall in the sweet spot between low maintenance and treat yourself. To celebrate the launch, we had Team Madewell test out some essentials from the collection—oh, and they modeled for us too, NBD.

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#WELLHEELED: TEAM MADEWELL’S PERSONAL SHOE CARE TIPS

In search of the best ways to keep our favorite kicks looking like new, we reached out to members of our Madewell fam across the country, from Portland to Atlanta. Whether they’re dealing with breakfast taco mishaps or muddy puppy paws, these ladies had plenty of shoe care advice to share.

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Jessalynn: Portland, OR

LOCATION-BASED SHOE STRUGGLE: My biggest hassle is rain, so I always apply this protective spray on leather and suede shoes. Just like how I need a spa day every once in a while, my boots need TLC too—they get a good cleaning before I put them away for the next season!

SHOE STORAGE SITUATION: I have my current lineup by the door for easy access and keep others in shoe boxes with the stuffing intact. That way they stay clean and hold their shape.

SCARIEST SHOE-MERGENCY: Being from Austin, I have a thing for breakfast tacos and I once spilled some on my new Ella pumps! Thankfully I was able to remedy the situation with corn starch—a trick I picked up in college.

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