2014 Holiday Gift Guide

As the holiday season nears closer, so does crunch-time for finding the perfect gift for every person on your list. In true SCHEELS fashion, our team of merchandise experts wanted to alleviate some of the stressful shopping this season can bring by outlining the hottest gift picks for the whole family.

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Men’s Fashion: Fall Layers

 

alltogetherIt is time to play by the rules of fall and get out your best layering gear. As the temperatures drop, unnamedpractice your hand at creating great looking, weather-ready ensembles. Now this isn’t to suggest that you bundle up in as many pieces as possible (e.g. Randy from “A Christmas Story”.) The key is to consider each layer as an option to wear as a standalone piece. Considering each layer ensures comfort with the overall goal of creating a great looking outfit. To help you get started, here are a few pointers as you put together your layered look.

Think Thin.
The lightest piece of clothing should be the first to go on. Keep in mind the basics: t-shirts, thermals, fitted tanks, etc. Think thinnest to thickest while you put together your look. Choose easy-to-breathe natural fabrics such as 100% cotton, linen, cashmere or rayon. Don’t forget to consider special technological features such as moisture wicking or dry absorbing garments to guard against excessive perspiration. Avoid heavier fabrics such as corduroy, flannel and nylon. Some of these fabrics may sound comfortable but are not ideal for what you want as the first layer against your skin to set the framework for a breathable, layered outfit.

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Less Can Be More.
If you’re comfortable in several layers, go for it but don’t aim too high. Keep in mind your daily routine and consider your best options. You want to be comfortable and this cannot be achieved if you’re not able to move (remember the Randy reference!). Use your best judgment and pick layers that evoke a loose fit feel. Your second layer can be a shirt, sweater, cardigan, button up, flannel or vest. This is where you can think creatively. Choosing a mid-layer may mean going for the heavier fabrics partial to the winter seasons such as flannel, corduroy, wool and cashmere. Remember to picture each item as a standalone piece. If you shed your final layer, say a jacket, will you still be comfortable in your mid-layer?

Color Inside the Lines.
Be creative in mixing patterns and colors but don’t go overboard and make yourself an optical illusion. The key is to tie in subtle portions of each layer. Plaid shirts are a great option because they can have several colors, making it easy to pair with solid colors. If you decide to pair a vest or sweater with a button up shirt, bring in the first layer’s color. Make sure that your collar or first layer shirt is also visible. This will add a subtle pop of color, completing your color story. Another color tip is to pick colors that are best suited for your physical traits. You can do this by considering your eyes. Choose a color that is opposite of the color wheel to your eyes. For example, a fella with dark brown eyes might want to wear olive green or caramel brown.

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All Together Now!
Sum it up with a jacket, blazer or coat. This is a great time to play with accessories if you’re up for it. Adding a subtle scarf, hat, watch or even the right sunglasses can bring your look together. Though these aren’t necessarily “layered” pieces, they certainly add a bit of charm to the compilation. Again, comfort is key. Wear a heavier jacket if you will be going out in the elements or if it’s a cooler day, aim for a blazer. Consider wearing something with an attached hoodie for that extra bit of warmth on a cool day. This also gives the illusion that you are wearing a hoodie without the added weight.

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Now that you’re done step back and make sure you’re able to move comfortably. Layering can take practice but once you’ve got it down, experiment with adding various colors, accessories and pieces. Layering can echo your personal style which may change day-to-day. Now it’s time to update your wardrobe with this season’s hottest styles.

 

 

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Fall Sweaters & Boots

Here’s a breakdown of the essential transitional pieces as you migrate your wardrobe from fall to winter. I’ll outline the best footwear and outerwear to ensure you stay stylish and warm throughout the seasons.

If you’re searching for style and practicality, these boots are the perfect combination of both.

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The North Face Nuptse Purna Boot is sure to keep you looking great, even in freezing temperatures.  In classic black, this boot will go well with all of your winter wardrobe.  The Sorel Tofino Winter Boot offers another great color option, and a quilted look adds interest to the boots.  These boots, with waxed canvas and leather shell will keep you warm and dry all winter long.  If you are looking for a dark brown boot, then look no further than the Northside Kathmandu Boot, featuring a D-ring lacing system to ensure a snug fit that keeps the snow out.

If you prefer a simple and classic tan boot, here are some fabulous options.

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The UGG Elsa Boot provides a twist on a classic, featuring the cream colored top and laces.  This waterproof boot delivers urban street style and offers all the luxury and comfort you would expect from Ugg.   Relaxed buckles are taken to a new level on the Not Rated Cow Love Boot, offering style and comfort for all day wear.   The chic Cobb Hill Peyton Boot boasts equestrian flair, an adjustable double buckle complimented by a full zipper closure.  This boot also features a reliable no pinch Lycra calf panel, for the perfect fit every time.

Don’t forget your Button Down Boot Socks which pair beautifully with so many different boot options.

Looking to add a bit of sass to your cold weather wardrobe?  These sweaters are perfect for you!

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Nothing is better than an owl who winks at you in the mirror, and this Woolrich Owl Motif Mohair Crew Sweater is perfect for showing off your playful side.  Another great pullover options is Soybu Samantha Sweater.  Made for your life, this lightweight, wide neck sweater features a hi-lo hem, and will keep you warm through the season.  This Roxy White Caps Stripe Sweater, featuring an oversided hood, is the perfect combination of black and white.  Not your ordinary sweater, this option from Roxy is shows off features such as a deep V neckline, and front pouch pocket.

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If you prefer an open front cardigan style sweater, we have just the thing for you!  The Billabong Loosen Up Cardigan brings a splash of color to your cold weather outfit, featuring an asymmetrical hem that is finished off with perfect tassel detailing.  Prefer a more simple style?  The Roxy Same Old Feeling Sweater is a lightweight cardigan inspired option, with a loose knit, and a short sleeve.  This option comes in two neutral hues, both of which will compliment your existing winter wardrobe.  The Billabong Between the Lines Cardigan is available in four colors.  This sweater features a cascading open front, which is accented with side pockets and mesh detailing at the neckline.

 

 

 

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Fall Color Palette

FALL COLOR PALETTE

Fall is a time to celebrate warm hues, and cozy attire.  Oxblood, and variations on the color, is the quintessential color of the season.  Bundling up in crimson, raspberry, or oxblood will keep your winter wardrobe effortless.  Have fun with the current cold weather trends, and experiment with this darker color palette.

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The blouse on the left, by Sanctuary, provides a modern twist on a retro style.  A brilliant pattern, and the use of velvet at the neckline, makes for a fantastically unique top.  Contrast the lightweight top with a think knit scarf, which will pull your look together.

Prefer more layering?  The Hurley plaid on the right is perfect under a Billabong cardigan.  The slouchy neckline on the sweater offers a great alternative to an basic cardigan.  Stripes at the hem of the sweater will also take this look up a notch.

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Dresses are a fantastic piece to layer with in the fall.  A nearly weightless floral print dress, as seen here on the left, is a fabulous option for dressing up during cold months.  Pair this Jack dress with some tights, and terrific boots for a date or party outfit.  A bead and chain necklace will complete your delicate look, without overdoing it.

Thicker dresses are also a beautiful option for a fall occasion.  The cowl dress on the right, by Mountain Hardwear, is a superb garment for more warmth in the cold.  Again, paired with tights and chic boots, this is perfect for outdoor activities in the crisp autumn air.  A simple belt at the natural waistline and necklace will finish off your ensemble.

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Boots are another great way to wear oxblood this season.  A calf-high boot from Yellowbox is wonderful for many casual outings, and the straps and buckles add interest to an otherwise simple design.  If you want to add a bit more sass to your outfit, choose a heeled boot.  This pair by Chinese Laundry will help command attention for your chic ensemble.  Flat booties are great for cuffed jeans or trousers.  Franco Sarto has refined the traditional look of a bootie, and created something elegant.

Show us how you wear darker colors this season, on Instagram using the tag #ScheelsStyle.

 

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Fall Accessories

Scarf season is upon us, meaning its time to bust out one of the most versatile and fun accessories for your wardrobe!  With so many ways to tie a scarf, here are just a few of my favorite ways to tie a scarf and adorn yourself this autumn.

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Taking a basic rectangular scarf, wrap it twice around your neck, and tie a loose knot with the ends, creating an effortlessly chic finish.

To add a bit of pizzazz to your ensemble, and wear your scarf in a non-traditional way, then this look is perfect for you.  Take the two long ends of the scarf and tie in a knot, then drape over your neck.  Add a belt to accentuate your waistline, a great necklace, and you’re all set!

Another great way to add interest to your rectangular scarf is to braid it!  Drape the scarf on your neck, tying a loose knot where you want the braid to begin.  Braid the scarf “backwards” from there, and you’re done!

If you just love infinity scarves, but can’t decide which is your favorite, then layer them!  To create the illusion of a full single scarf, just combine two in a similar color.  If you want to add more color, choose contrasts.  Have fun with it!

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Cool Weather, Hot Looks

French Connection is a luxurious brand, which provides both style and comfort for the fall.  These tops will make you feel absolutely fabulous, and look fantastic with either leggings or skinny jeans.

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The Anastasia Crepe Shirt is a must-have for all seasons.  This top features line drawings of well-known landmarks to satisfy your inner globetrotter.

Zipper Neckline

If you are looking for a twist on a basic sweater, look no further than this adorable sweater with zippers on the neckline.  Pair with a simple beaded necklace to stay looking chic.

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This Knit Jumper Dress is perfect for someone who likes to cover a bit more, while staying stylish. A small beaded necklace is the ideal accent for this dress. Throw some tights on underneath, a sassy pair of black boots, and you’re ready to go!

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Another delightful option for fall is a dress.  This style by tribal is perfect for the office or an evening out.  Pair with this metallic jacket for a flawlessly tailored look.

Anouka

A basic two-tone long sleeve is a necessity for winter.  Add this Anouka top to your wardrobe, and you’ll feel effortlessly put together.

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For footwear, my current obsession is wedge booties, which is a great shoe to wear with tights. There is no better way to get height, style, and practicality than with a pair of wedge booties. BCBGeneration has this sleek, mock-suede bootie, which is just the right fit for winter.

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For a more rugged option these booties by Bedstu are sure to please!

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If you prefer a flat boot, Bedstu has another stylish option.  Pair with an ombré scarf and fingerless gloves to complete your look.

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For the man in your life, achieve this smart look with a Costal plaid shirt and a cozy Patagonia sweater.  Finish off the look with a suede dress shoe and Buffalo denim.

 

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Expert Advice: Three Jeans for Every Man

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Scheels Fashion Expert out of Minot, ND, Lucas Havig shares the three jean choices every man can count on to cover all his denim needs.

There are so many different kinds of jeans out there that it gets a little fuzzy when you’re staring at a wall full of denim. There are different fits, cuts, washes, materials, brands, etc… often time we stick with the one pair we’ve had since high school or college until they simply become unwearable. Luckily, there are experts at Scheels who can help to find your new favorite pair of jeans.

Fit is the most important aspect when looking for new jeans. It describes how your jeans are going to fit around your waist and thighs. You can find them in slim, regular/relaxed, and loose. There are more fits, but these are the most common.

Next you’ll need to find your rise. The higher the rise in the jean, the more room you’ll have. And conversely, the lower the rise, the more fitted it will be.

After that, you should find what kind of cut works best for you. The cut is simply the leg opening. For example, if the opening at the bottom of your jeans is the same width as the knee, you’d have a straight cut. The most common are straight, bootcut, and wide. If all else fails, start with a bootcut.

From there, find the type of wash that you feel the most comfortable in. Dark washes can be dressed up or down. Light washes always give a more comfortable look. You can find jeans with unique character like whiskers, tacking, whip stitching, dremmeling, and more. Find what compliments your style.

 

That being said, here are my 3 favorite jeans:

Big Star Pioneer:  The anything, anywhere jean. I’d recommend getting this in a darker wash because you will have such versatility from going to the grocery store to going out for dinner. Dress it up with a button up and blazer or throw on a sweater – it looks good no matter what your agenda. The Pioneer is a regular fit in the thighs with a bootcut and a mid-rise.

Silver Zac:  This is the weekend jean. Get it in a light wash and couple it with your favorite tee or hoody. This jean is great for sporting events, school, or wherever. It’s the feel-good jean that you can have fun in. The Zac has a regular fit in the thigh, straight leg and sits mid-rise.

Buffalo King-X:  It’s all about the x-factor… in this case it’s elastic! That’s right, this jean actually has a built in stretch to it. I’d recommend going down a size because of the elastic, but you’ll get one of the most comfortable pair of jeans you’ll ever have – without having to break it in. The other great thing is that it comes in a slim fit which gives a much more tailored and polished look. The King-X comes in a slim fit, bootcut and has a low rise.

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Winter Boots for the Whole Family by SOREL

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Keeping warm and staying dry while playing at recess, walking into work or spending your family Saturdays running up the neighborhood sledding hill – SOREL helps make the most of this year’s winter wonderland with a boot for each member of the family.

Founded in 1962 in Canada, SOREL brings its functionality and heritage of expert craftsmanship to the modern world of fashion, where it is inspiring a new generation of doers, builders and creators. SOREL combines felt, wool, premium leather, and flawless construction with people who aren’t afraid to get their boots dirty.

Let’s dive into the finest boots for winter and give your family a reason to warm up to the season.

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MEN’S SOREL COLD MOUNTAIN ZIP BOOTS
Function mixed with everyday style, these boots are perfect for the everyday commute.

The Cold Mountain zip boot is like a suit of armor for feet. It will offer you optimum protection against the elements, whether you’re working or playing. Nothing will get past these fully waterproof, and totally stylish boots-they feature 200g Thinsulate® insulation to keep you warm and protected, a thick padded, removable footbed for premium comfort, and a zip-up closure for securing a great fit.

MEN’S SOREL CARIBOU BOOTS
Warm, tall and waterproof, these boots are perfect for work or play outside.

Often imitated but never equaled, the original SOREL Caribou boot features a nubuck leather upper with waterproof construction, seam-sealing and a removable ThermoPlus™ felt innerboot for warmth, comfort and protection in cold and wet winter weather.

MEN’S SOREL TIMBERWOLF LEA BOOTS
Rugged and built for subzero weather, these boots are perfect for the ultimate outdoor winter adventure.

Built for days when the only thing down is the mercury in your thermometer, the Timberwolf keeps you smiling by combining the durable construction of a waterproof work boot with toasty 400g Thinsulate® Insulation of an extreme weather pac boot. Perfect for keeping your toes cozy and dry during an active winter hike or snowshoeing, this boot is designed with built-in gaiter loops to help keep the snow out and molded snowshoe heel grips. Rated down to -40° below zero, this SOREL winter boot is about warm from the foot up.

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WOMEN’S SOREL WINTER CARNIVAL WINTER BOOTS
Trendy and built for ease of use, this boot is perfect for an outdoor stroll or window shopping with the family.

The Winter Carnival™ boot features the archetypal SOREL™ look in a versatile boot. Winter Carnival™ is up for anything, be it a cold nights’ romp with the dog, a stroll through the shops, or dinner after a vigorous day on the slopes. 

WOMEN’S SOREL JOAN OF ARCTIC KNIT WINTER BOOTS
Knit for a cozy feel, these boots are perfect for the cold days of winter.

Many famous writers, filmmakers and composers have created masterpieces about Joan Of Arc, and so has Sorel. It’s time to channel your inner French hero with these warm boots, lined with a cozy knit pattern and ready to be laced up tight around the leg.

WOMEN’S SOREL TOFINO WINTER BOOTS (MATCH YOUR GIRLS!)
Fierce and full of all of SOREL’s best goods for a chilly day, these boots are perfect for a winter woman ready to rock some style – plus, you can pick up a pair for your girls to match!

A quilted waxed canvas upper with leather overlays gives the Tofino™ boot unique style while waterproof construction, a leather shell and a faux fur lining ensure that feet stay warm, dry and comfortable in cold winter conditions.

FOR THE KIDS

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GIRLS’ SOREL JOAN OF ARCTIC SNOW BOOTS
With a splash of color, filled with warm fur, these “mini-me’s” of the Joan of Arctic provide warmth and style to your daughters days outside.

Perfect for the girl who wants to be “just like mom”, this pint-sized interpretation of the luxe and cozy classic Joan of Arctic™ integrates thicker insulation to ensure small feet stay warm in chilly winter conditions. With the same great faux fur snow cuff, waterproof suede leather upper and 2.5mm bonded frost plug as the adult version, your girl will be dry and protected as she basks in these playful and pretty winter boots.

GIRLS’ SOREL TOFINO SNOW BOOTS (MATCH MOM!)
Wrapping your daughter’s feet and legs right up, these chic boots have the insulation of tough winter-wear, but the fashion of mom’s own Tofino boot.

A suede leather upper with fun patterned laces gives this boot unique style while Thinsulate™ insulation, fleece lining and a removable EVA footbed ensure that feet stay warm, dry and comfortable in cold winter conditions.

YOUTH SOREL YOOT PAC™ SNOW BOOTS
Multicolors available in stores, these boots are great for the active child, playing at recess or on the sled hill.

This waterproof boot features a PU coated leather upper and a light shell, making it great for keeping feet warm and dry without weighing you down during a long day out in the weather.

PRESCHOOL SOREL SNOW COMMANDER SNOW BOOTS
Warm and waterproof, these little boots are perfect for you child’s day in the snow.

The Snow Commander™ is an ideal all-around boot for staying warm and dry in challenging winter weather, this boot features a waterproof rubber shell, 200 grams of insulation and a pull closure at the top of the shaft to lock out the elements.

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Wear This Dress Three Ways

Looking to experiment with layering this season, but not sure where to get started?  Then this Roxy dress is a perfect addition to your fall wardrobe!

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 If you want to create more of an informal look, then this is a superb combination.  Look fabulous at any outdoor activity in this Tribal chambray top, and Spyder Vest.  To warm up your look a bit, these SmartWool Tights will do the trick.  A pair of Sorel boots will keep your outfit just the right amount of casual.

 

Red is a wonderfully warm hue to get started into your layering adventure.  By adding a statement necklace to this already fun dress, you’ve established an impeccable outfit for a party or dinner date.  Complete your chic look with a small Polka Dot Wallet and Classic Nude Heels.

 

For a more cozy look, top off your dress with this sweater by Billabong and Look By M scarf.  Tights are another great addition to this outfit.  This pair gives the illusion of high socks, providing a sassy touch to your ensemble.  These BCBGeneration black wedge booties will let you feel dressed up, while staying comfortable.  A polka dot tote is fundamental for a successful fall outfit, and this darling rose gold watch, will add a bit of sophistication.

 

Show us how you layer for fall, and your go to piece, on Instagram using the tag #ScheelsStyle

 

 

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Tailgating Fashion

Football season is here! There is absolutely no better way to celebrate the crisp fall air, and the company of friends, than tailgating. We all have teams we can’t wait to celebrate, yet logos we’d rather wait to wear! If you are looking to support your team, but also show off your style, here are some great pieces to incorporate into your game-day outfit, and everyday wardrobe!

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Red is a bold color, and fantastic hue to show your team spirit. Whether you lean toward this delightful lace dress from Roxy, or a cozy hoodie from Nike, we’ll have you covered! Don’t forget to sport your chic new fossil bag to bring all your game-day essentials.

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Blue is a bold color to demonstrate your pride! This printed long sleeve from Aventura is the perfect layering piece. Top off your outfit with a bright slouchy hat, and complete the look with classic pair of blue jeans.

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Maroon provides the perfect shade for fall to make you feel warm and comfortable all season. Faux Fur lined hoods are trendy and chic, and this option, featuring toggle details on the front, is sure to please. A full cowl knit scarf will complete your ensemble in style, and as always, a bag is a must have for any occasion!

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Green is sure to make your friends envious of your new stylish finds. A jacket is a must, and this option from Roxy features a high neck, and a hood you can zip inside, perfect for chilly weather. This small crossbody bag is ideal if you don’t want to bring too many items to the game. A scarf is one of the most versatile cold weather accessories, and you won’t want to be without this luxuriously soft option.

Show us your school spirit as you tailgate this season! Remember to always #scheelsstyle!

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