Fall is all about layering to create stylish looks that work seamlessly with the changing temps. I know what you’re thinking, “Easier said than done,” but it’s all about knowing how to dress for your shape. Follow the steps below to create beautiful layered looks that compliment any body type.

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How to Create a Layered Outfit:

  1. Start with a lightweight shell or basic solid/neutral top. Keep this layer somewhat fitted, so that you maintain your sense of shape.
  2. Pull in your first layer of warmth using a cardigan or a sweater. This can be a fun color or print. If you want to accentuate your waist, try adding a skinny belt just above the waistline.
  3. Top it off with your Favorite jacket or coat. Remember this should compliment the look, not cover it up completely. Also, make sure that the length is proportionate with your other layers.
  4. Add a scarf to complete the look. Tie in texture for added interest. Wearing all solids can make a layered look appear heavier than it actually is.
  5. For sparkle, add a few accessories. Bracelets, rings or watches are the best since most necklaces would be hidden under a layer or two.

It’s really a lot easier than it seems! First, try this at home with the pieces you have in your closet. Determine which items can be used to create multiple looks and make a list of the items that you still need. I always find that I have plenty of base layers and coats – it’s the sweater/cardigan department that’s lacking. This is also the most fun to shop for, as it’s usually the most colorful. Once you have your list, head to Tanger to find all of your layering needs from your favorite brand name stores.

Happy Shopping!

‘Tis the season for friends of fashion from around the globe to come together and celebrate. It’s New York Fashion Week and I couldn’t be more excited to report on the top trends from some of my favorite designer’s Spring/Summer 2017 collections. Shows began last week and will run through this Thursday, so there’s still time to follow along.

Follow #NYFW on social media for the inside scoop on everything from show schedules, to backstage model photo ops and of course interviews and sneak peeks with the designers themselves.

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Because today marks the halfway point for NYFW, I wanted to provided a quick recap of the two trends I’ve seen so far that are simply taking over the runways. Also, lucky for you these two looks happen to be a version of fashions that were seen in Spring/Summer 2016, so there’s a chance you will be able to reinvent some of your trendy Tanger must-haves when the warmer weather blooms again.

1. The Shoulder

If you thought shoulders were big this year, just wait. It’s only the beginning for this sexy shape. 2016 was all about showing off the adored collarbone, horizontal lines and shoulder-to-shoulder fit. 2017 is taking it back to the peek-a-boo effect with one bare shoulder and strategically placed cutouts.

Designers: Monse, Self-Portrait, Brock Collection

If you’re still finishing up your end of summer shopping and find off the shoulder looks on clearance, don’t pass them up! Check stores like H&M, Vince, Forever21 and Saks OFF 5th before they make their full fall transition.

2. The Trench

The trench made a subtle appearance this year, but it was much earlier in the spring and didn’t stick like last year’s designers had hoped. Well, no worries! It’s coming back in full force. Last year’s silhouette was structured and belted. The 2017 trench is much slouchier, using soft and slinky fabrics. The hem has also been extended to give a more fashion-forward effect.

Designers: Tibi, Dion Lee, Creatures of the Wind

There’s more to come fashion lovers! The excitement is only beginning. Be sure to subscribe (to the right) for more deets on these fab trends come Spring 2017. You don’t want to miss out.

Have a great week lovelies!

Honestly, all of the cool kids are doing it so I’m feeling the heat more than ever to jump on this bandwagon. This fall is all about cool kicks and I’m not just talking about new running shoes or workout gear. Fashionistas around the globe are turning comfy sneakers into trendy staples. Believe or not (if neutral enough), chic sneakers are now considered interchangeable with a hip flat or even heels and are equally as acceptable. I promise I would never mislead you. It sounds a little crazy, but I’m here to tell you it’s approved and encouraged.

Below are three super trendy and current sneakers that you can find at Tanger today with a little proof that they can be dressed to the nines (in case you didn’t believe me).

To Get Trendy – Go with Cole Haan

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The first sneaker is the Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Oxford. It took me a while to warm up to this shoe, but I’m telling you as soon as I slipped my toes into my first pair, I was determined to make them work with everything I own. The easiest way to style these stunners is with distressed skinnies, a casual tee and a long cardigan. Give the sneakers all the glory they deserve. Either keep the shoe and sweater monochrome or go for a pop of color. You can also find this oxford in colors like navy and fuschia. So trendy and I guarantee all your friends will be asking where you got them – Easy answer, Tanger.

For Flashback Fridays – Rock Adidas

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Come on! Who didn’t have a pair of these in the 90’s?! I can’t be the only one. Now, I’ll spare you all the details on how they were styled (or not styled) back in the day and just focus on the positive. These classic “shell toe” Adidas Outlet Store sneakers made a huge splash in the fashion arena in 2015 and are here to stay for fall 2016. While I used to sport the all white look, I would recommend opting for the black stripes or even the metallic if you’re feeling bold. Pair them with simple cigarette pants and a bold coat and you’ve got a sleek autumn look. Carry the sporty feel all the way with trendy sunnies and a sleek center part for a super fashionable feel.

Have a Niche for Nostalgia – Choose Chucks

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Another one of the classics – I think every girl raised a tomboy had a pair of these beauties. High-top, low-top, pink, white, red… I had them in every variety. I would say my chuck style really hasn’t changed. I still rock them with jeans and a t-shirt, just the fancier variety. 🙂 I’ve graduated from cargos to distressed boyfriend jeans and opt for a more form fitting V-neck over the field day tee. A long trench is a nice addition for the fall also. Keep these sneakers out year round – they’ve yet to go out of style. If you need a fresh pair, check out Journey’s at Tanger.

So, are you going to kick up your varsity style a notch or two this season? I’m most excited about the opportunity to swap out some of my “less comfortable” heels for these trendy options. Check out some of Tanger’s top shoe brands like Cole Haan Outlet, Journeys, Nine West Outlet, Steve Madden and more for all of these great styles and more. I go through shoes so often, I really can’t justify paying a ton so outlets are the way to go. Fashion for less, it’s the name of my game.
Happy Shopping!

Swinter – It’s the new season that combines the heat of the summer with the chills of winter. If you’re thinking, “Isn’t this just fall?” then I have news… some of us will skip that season entirely and be forced to move from short shorts to puffer coats in no time. I’m here to help you keep your wardrobe up to speed with mother nature. This week I’m highlighting some of the best transitional trends from one of my favorite stores, Neiman Marcus Last Call. Take advantage of the tips below and hopefully your transition will be a breeze.

#TangerTip: Stop packing away your “seasonal” bins every 4 months. Why store perfectly good pieces high up in some forgotten closet when they can be reinvented season after season.

Here are the closet stars that should definitely be given a second chance as the temperatures cool off!

Denim

This goes-with-everything wardrobe staple should essentially have it’s own section in your closet. Skirts, jackets, jeans, you name it. There are ways to style denim for every season and every occasion.

For example, take that new distressed denim jacket you purchased from Tanger to go over your summery sundresses and create a denim-on-denim look for fall (excuse me, swinter). If you don’t already have these pieces lying around, it’s 100% time to add them to your collection.

Here is an easy look to create from  Neiman Marcus Last Call.

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Jeans – McGuire $149 | Jacket – McGuire $189 | Top – McGuire $119

 

White

Typically known as the crisp addition to a summer wardrobe, white has been trying to make its way out of the seasonal struggle for a while now and it needs your help! For many people, the “no wearing white after Labor Day rule” has won the battle year after year, but I’m hear to tell you that this rule is as out of style as socks and flip-flops. Wear your summer whites and wear them with pride (and a few more layers, of course).

For example, white skinnies – If you’re anything like me, you should find an excuse to wear these at least once a week until the end of time. They’re so flattering and should not be stored away in the darkness! Designers continue to explore this fresh color in pieces like sweaters, coats and fall/winter skirts. Embrace it!

Here’s a look you could recreate, again with pieces from my go-to, Neiman Marcus Last Call.

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Distressed Jeans – Current/Elliott $139 |  Blouse – Current/Elliott $119

While denim and whites are only two of many categories of clothing that can be repurposed from season to season, they are by far the easiest place to start. Use your denim staples and white statement items to help exercise your creativity.

#TangerTip: Try pulling these pieces out of your closet and laying them on your bed. Then, pull other items that you think would pair nicely with them or multiple items to create a layered look. You’ll be amazed at the number combinations you will come up with!

So here are a few challenges for you:

  • Share your cool weather denim and white looks that you’ve mastered with me by tagging @tangeroutlets or #TangerFashionista.
  • Do you have a friend that gets stuck in a rut every three to four months? Share this post!
  • Comment below and let me know if you all have any other transitional tips. 🙂

Ok, I’m in the spirit you guys – Maybe it’s the Olympics (so sad they’re over), the election or maybe I’m just THAT into themes, but I’m all about America at the moment. Labor Day is coming up this weekend and while I do love the extra day off and end of summer sales all around, I’m more in tune than ever this year to the hard work our country puts forth day in and day out. Whether it be an Olympic athlete, or a dedicated working professional, there’s just so much to celebrate! Kudos to you all for making America so fab!

I’m proud, you should be proud, and together we shall shop (because that’s what we all do when we’re in a good mood, right)! I’m sure you could have guessed it, but this week I’m covering some of my favorite red, white and blue looks from Tanger that will get you through any of your Labor Day festivities this weekend. I’ve got a style for anyone… Let’s check them out!

Look No. 1

First up, casual meets a simple summer dress with a dash of mixed prints. Sounds effortless, right! Take a look. Anyone could pull this off. Be it a dress with a fun sash around the waist or a simple tank paired with a skirt, it’s super easy to recreate. Toss on your metallic summer sandals for one last time and finish it off with a bold striped clutch.

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#TangerTip: When mixing prints, make sure there’s a noticeable difference in size. All small or all large prints can be a little tough on the eyes.

Look No. 2

Coming in at a close second is this BOLD blue and white striped dress. These are some of my favorite buys – pieces that take little to no effort to style. I’m talking simple silver or gold accessories and you can call this dress a day. It has so much personality. I’m in love! Oh and if you’re lucky enough to have a festive ice cream cone around you win extra insta-points!

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Look No. 3

For my working ladies that still have somewhere to be this Labor Day weekend, here’s a casual work look sporting my colors of the week. We all have a pair of dark jeans lying around. Add a red and white striped tee and a fitted navy blazer for a very put together look. And of course there’s the red leather tote to complete the look.

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So, do you have your Labor Day outfits picked out yet? If not, visit Tanger before you head out for your end of summer fun and take advantage of the incredible sales going on. Stores are trying their hardest to get rid of these summer styles and stock for fall, so you’re bound to get a steal.

#TangerTip: Sign up for TangerClub while you’re there. I won’t share what spend level I’m at (because the addiction is real), but I will say that the rewards are 100% worth it. Here’s to extra savings!

Happy shopping everyone and enjoy a safe and festive holiday weekend!

Is it just me or are kids starting to look more and more like tiny little adults? From what they’re wearing to the way they carry themselves, they seem so mature. While trends come and go, there’s one thing that will always remain the same – kids will be kids. They need clothes that will help them look the part, but also be functional and comfortable during recess.

Don’t forget good taste is generated from childhood, so make your kids a part of the family shopping experience and keep them interested in fun, trendy clothes. It’ll pay off in the long run!

Here is a list of the top kids fashions from Tanger that I recommend you mommas (or dads) invest in for your little ones this school year. They’ll score your kiddos extra cool points and save you a buck or two in the process.

Denim

Let’s be honest. Has denim for kids ever gone out of style. It’s definitely a classic. Not only is it super stylish, but it’s durable. The two things I would look out for this year – a denim jacket with some sort of sleeve detail and a pair of distressed jeans (yes, I said it). All the cool kids are doing it and no, you don’t have to pay any extra for the worn look. 😉 I’ve found Gap Factory Store to be the best place to score denim items. Here are my picks!

#TangerTip: Here’s a 10% OFF Gap Factory Store coupon valid through 8/31/16.

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Sporty Kicks

Come on, didn’t you have a pair growing up to?! Grant your kids a classic style they’ll remember forever (and perhaps carry into adulthood). They’re comfy, they slip on and off easily and they go with everything from jeans to sundresses making getting out the door that much quicker and easier. I adore this black and white spin from Gap or of course the classic red, white and blues.

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Plaid

Plaid styles have definitely come and gone over the years, but 2016 is the year they takeover. They’re traditionally seen in boys’ shirts, but girls can repeat with leggings too (talk about making a statement on the first day of school), or a sundress, or simply in some back to school accessories. If you haven’t indulged, I recommend one quick stop into Gap or Old Navy Outlet. You won’t be able to leave with just one piece of plaid perfection.

#TangerTip: Download this Old Navy Outlet coupon for 50% OFF all jeans and up to 60% OFF all kids styles through 8/24/16.

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I give you permission to take credit for cool mom/dad of the year after your Tanger trip. Not only will your little ones leave looking fly, but they just might appreciate the quality time. Tanger is one of the best places to come and spend the day, knocking out everything you need at once. Be sure to stop by TangerOutlets.com before you go to plan yout trip and check for downloadable coupons from your favorite brands.

Happy Shopping!

With Fall right around the corner, it’s time to brush up on the colors of the season. Per the Fall 2016 Pantone Fashion Color Report, this season’s palette represents “a unity of strength, confidence and complexity” with hues much bolder than the typical fall shades. Here are the colors to look out for this season and tips on how to wear them in style.

Tanger Tip: All of these colors can be found gracing the racks at Tanger Outlets. Get the high fashion looks you’re wanting for a lot less than you would expect! Shop before August 21st and take advantage of additional TangerStyle Fall 25% OFF savings.

Riverside

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This color is cool and calming, but also strong and stable. Look for investment pieces like large sweaters, jackets or skirts in this fall hue and pair them with earthtones for a bold fall look.

Airy Blue

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Airy blue is the freshest of the season’s new colors – very serene. Pair this color with taupe for a cool effect or with some of the stronger shades below to freshen them up.

Sharkskin

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Sharkskin is this season’s go-to neutral, as it provides a contemporary spin on the usual shades of brown and black. Style this color from head-to-toe for a super sophisticated look. A fall/winter coat in this shade is a must-have or a sleek over the knee boot.

Auora Red

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Any shade of red is about as bold as it gets for fall. It’s warm, sensual and pleasing to the eye. Styles will depend on your personality – If you’re more subdue, go for a pop of color. For the more fashion forward, I suggest trying monochromatic layers.

Warm Taupe

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Warm Taupe is a timeless fall shade. Done is variations year after year, this color remains organic and grounded. A slight departure from the other bold colors of the season – use taupe as a base to really make the other colors stand out.

Dusty Cedar

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This color just exudes warmth. It’s the fall/winter version of this spring’s beloved blush. Wear it as a top layer and tie in matching shades of lip color and blush for a sultry look.

Lush Meadow

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This shade of kelly green takes the win for me this fall. It’s rich and vibrant personality will bring life to any fall look. Look for strong, staple pieces in this shade and let them steal the show. Pair with neutrals, dark or light, for a fashion forward look.

Spicy Mustard

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What an uplifting color! This splash of vibrancy is unexpected in all of the right ways and adds a ton of fun to the season’s color palette. Look for exciting accessories like hats, scarves or even jewelry in this zesty yellow shade.

Potter’s Clay

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The definition of down to earth – Potter’s Clay provides a solid foundation for this season’s highlands inspired looks. I always look for colors of the season when shopping – for fall, it’s the shades of the leaves turning on the mountain tops.

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I adore the idea of pairing this seemingly summer color with reds for a warmer fall look. Bodacious accent pieces can quickly become statements if styled correctly.

For more color inspiration, follow Tanger Outlets on Pinterest. I’m always updating my boards with new seasonal looks and color combos for the fashion obsessed. Color can be hard to work with, but it’s all about the pairings, so be sure and do your homework before heading to Tanger.

Happy Shopping!

It’s almost fall, which means it’s officially time to bring out the fall hats. Hats (in all their different varieties) hold a special place in my heart, as they were one of the first “out of the box” items I began investing in once I took the leap into fashion. I recommend every woman invest in at least a handful this season.

“Felt, suede, black, brown, you name it — everyone should have a few to alternate between outfits. They’ll take a look from basic to bold in no time.”

A stylish hat is a must-have fall accessory and fits right into the Highlands trend that designers are showcasing this year. Fall will be full of lots of mountain-inspired layers, thick lush layers and sultry suede fabrics. Think browns, greens and other earth tones when exploring colors.

Below are my 6 favorite styles of fall hats, with a little street style inspo from some of my favorite fashionistas.

If you’re wondering how to pair your new hat with on-point fall looks, take note! If you’re looking to create these looks for less, head to Tanger (before August 21st). They’re currently running the 25% OFF TangerStyle Fall sale. If you don’t already have your coupons, you can download them here.

Beret

The Beret is the essential Highlands staple. I suggest styling these with more casual fashions. Think distressed jeans, oversized sweaters and leather shoulder bags. Tip: Try a center part beneath the beret for a chic touch. I find all of my beret’s at H&M.

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Beanie

Beanies are as comfy cozy as fall hats get! I’m a fan of the poof up top too. Because they’re so lush, pair them with a more structured pieces like a blazer or leather jacket. The difference in shape and structure really makes it fashion worthy. American Eagle Outfitters is the place for all things highlands and takes the win in the beanie department.

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Fedora

Fedora’s just scream high society to me! This was personally the most intimidating style until I figured out the right look… Here’s my secret – pair it with denim. For some reason the two go hand-in-hand. I love this mustard tone too. It’s a great way to bring in warm color to your fall tones. If you’re looking for the perfect fedora, check out Forever21.

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Wide-Brim

Wide-brim hats are probably the most popular fall hat. I actually noticed a lot of them being worn this summer as well. They’re pretty universal when it comes to styling and they’re super flattering on everyone. I of course go full Kardashian when I rock mine, pairing it with oversized sunnies! Saks OFF 5th always has a nice variety of fedoras.

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Happy Hat hunting everyone! Snap a saucy selfie in your new (or re-styled) fall hat and share it with me on social using #TangerFashionista.

Fall is for denim… specifically jeans. It’s just that simple. Jeans are a wardrobe staple that we all know and love and have a somewhat personal connection with (at least that’s the case for me). Finding a pair you love is like meeting that significant other that you feel you’ve known for years. They come in so many different styles/personalities – some you’ll fall in love with right away and some you’ll clash with and see no future together whatsoever. The trick to finding the perfect pair of jeans is to make sure they’re true to you in the rarest of forms – from the way they fit your toosh to the way the mesh with your lifestyle. There’s plenty of fish in the sea!

For those still looking for their perfect match, I present to you…

Denim Dating 101

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Name: Boot Cut

3 Words that best describe your personality: relaxed, easygoing, timeless

Describe your perfect match: I adore women of all shapes and sizes, but especially those with wider hips.

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Name: Skinny

3 Words that best describe your personality: urban, versatile, a little uptight

Describe your perfect match: I have a thing for long legs. The slimmer the better.

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Name: Flares

3 Words that best describe your personality: hip, popular, boho

Describe your perfect match: I’m a good balance for women with broad shoulders. We really compliment one another.

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Name: Straight Leg

3 Words that best describe your personality: structured, classic, loveable

Describe your perfect match: I’m a hopeless romantic, open to any and all body types.

So, do you think you’ve found your match? I know I tend to feel somewhat incomplete without a perfect pair of stylish jeans, but once I’ve found the one (that fits my beautiful curves), It’s hard to let them go. They make some time to find, but don’t get defeated… your perfect match does exist!

If you value the whole package – good looks and a good deal, hit up Tanger Outlets. I’ve never paid full-price for a pair of jeans. Download their coupon book online before you go for some extra savings. An extra 10-25% OFF every now and then is always appreciated.

Additionally, try going in the next few weeks during the TangerStyle Fall sale and you can receive an EXTRA 20-25% OFF of your denim purchase. Download those coupons here. You might have also received these in the mail (with a few extra tips on wearing denim for fall).

Best of luck in your denim dating venture! Let me know how I can help.

Flashback to 2015 when Marsala was the Pantone color of the year. Designers must have fallen in love with this hue. It’s making a strong appearance in Fall/Winter 2016 collections across the runways, unexpectedly (but beautifully) paired with vibrant shades of orange. The stunning colorations of maroon, brick, orange and burnt orange have Fashionistas across the globe swooning for Fall.

This color story gives off a very 70’s feel, but I haven’t heard anyone complaining. Designers like Tory Burch and Alice + Olivia have showcased wraparounds, geometric prints and the oh-so-coveted knee high boots in their Fall 2016 Collections.

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While this color combo is super fashion forward, it can easily be pulled off by anyone looking to make a statement. I needed to do just that when prepping for an industry event late last week. Below is an outfit pieced together with items entirely from Tanger Outlets. I even found myself trend shopping for you all while shopping for myself. This bold and beautiful color story can be found around every corner.

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I was naturally inclined to stick with the 70’s vibe. After finding this flowy (almost seasonless) shift dress from BCBGMAXAZRIA the next step was a wine colored tight, making it a super elegant fall look. Because I’m all about elongating the leg, I paired the dress and tights with a pair of Gucci maroon heels from Saks OFF 5th (currently running a 75% OFF deal through 8/2). They will surely get their wear during the fall months.

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I kept jewelry minimal with simple gold hoops and stackable bracelets, but splurged a little on this leather bucket bag, also from Saks OFF 5th. Finding this was like striking gold – it’s the perfect size, perfect color, etc. I also adore the length. A longer strap is definitely in right now and “fashions” it up a bit.  

Both orange and wine are bold enough to be worn on their own, but, paired together, are for the most fashion forward! Below are a number of other items available at J.Crew Factory or the Express Factory Outlet that have inspired me to take this trend to the next level.

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Head to Tanger before August 21st to pick up these items for yourself for an additional 25% OFF. Tanger’s annual TangerStyle Fall sales period started Monday and only lasts for four short weeks, so hurry in! Check your mailbox for your style guide and coupons or download them straight to your phone at TangerOutlet.com.

Don’t forget to tag me on social media (using #TangerFashionista) with your orange & wine looks. I would love to see how you’ve made these styles your own!

Happy shopping (and saving)! 😉