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Fall Fashion Roundup: Timeless is the new Trendy

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Fall’s must-have pieces are all substance and no fluff.

The concept of ‘investment dressing’ has become increasingly more popular amongst consumers and designers alike in recent years. People want to have smaller, more curated wardrobes comprised of better-quality pieces that will last season after season. More than just simple economics, reducing the number of fashion items piling up in landfills has become something of a moral pursuit. The environmental cost of fast, disposable fashion places a huge burden on resources and the planet, and the style-minded public are starting to take note and demand change. For Fall 2018, Poppy Barley was heavily inspired by the shift towards functional dressing that emphasizes quality construction and minimal waste. The brand was founded on the principle of building products that customers will cherish for years to come, so aligning the latest designs with a trend towards practicality was a natural extension. Fall Fashion Roundup: Timeless is the new Trendy - Poppy Barley To break down how the 2018 Fall Collection delivers big on both form AND function, we sat down with the head of design for Poppy Barley, Leah Dahlgren, about her process and what customers can expect from this season.

Q: Why do you think that functional design has come such a big driver for brands and fashion houses in recent years?

A: There's a whole movement with consumers on the desire for investment purchasing, which translates down into consumers wanting to get as much out of the product as possible; whether it's being able to wear the item across multiple seasons, occasions, or ways. As consumers needs are shifting toward more experience led lives, they want travel-ready items that fit with their lifestyles. Fall Fashion Roundup: Timeless is the new Trendy - Poppy Barley

Q: Do you think customers demand more from the products they buy now?

Fall Fashion Roundup: Timeless is the new Trendy - Poppy Barley A: Definitely! Because consumers want more trans-seasonal products, with dual day to night functionality, they are essentially demanding more out of their products from day one. They want fewer, better things that are also multi-functional, which is leading the fashion industry to design more intelligently.

Q: In terms of functionality and versatility of the new collection, what do you think are the key standouts for footwear?

A: The Beltline Cutout flat and Rosemont Mary Jane are both good examples of functional and versatile shoes. The Beltline you can wear from day to night, and it’s a stylish flat that looks a bit more stylish and exciting than other styles that you may find in the mall or online. Similarly, the Mary Jane is a nostalgic and classic style that can be worn any time of the year. In the fall/winter seasons you can pair them with decorative socks or hosiery, and then easily transition them to warmer seasons. The practical 2" heel height makes it perfect for day to night, and the option to remove the ankle strap allows the shoe to be transformed into a dressier look. Fall Fashion Roundup: Timeless is the new Trendy - Poppy Barley Fall Fashion Roundup: Timeless is the new Trendy - Poppy Barley

Q: Accessories are a big part of the fall collection, what are your callouts for the versatility for this season?

A:The Backpack and Shoulder Satchel both deliver big in the functionality and versatility categories. The backpack has lots of function—from the laptop sleeve, the multiple pockets, the ability to unzip it and have it attach to the handle of your luggage, it serves a lot of different needs. You can even tuck the back straps in and attach the adjustable strap to carry it as a crossbody. It's the perfect bag for going to work and traveling. Similarly, the Shoulder Satchel is a staple in every wardrobe. You can carry across any season or occasion— carry it as a crossbody for a handsfree appeal during your busy day, and remove it and carry it as a handheld for your evenings out! Fall Fashion Roundup: Timeless is the new Trendy - Poppy BarleyFall Fashion Roundup: Timeless is the new Trendy - Poppy Barley

Q: Comfort is important to our customer, how do you achieve this in our products?

Our 4mm memory foam in every shoe is our key feature to making our shoes extremely comfortable. We use the highest quality material for lining our shoes: leather. It helps to form the shoe to your foot over time, allowing your foot to breathe through letting moisture evaporate, ultimately making the shoe more comfortable. In addition, we also use leather soles which also helps to keep the feet cool and allow them to breathe. If you are one of those people standing on your feet all day, memory foam, leather soles and lining are your friends! Fall Fashion Roundup: Timeless is the new Trendy - Poppy Barley

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The Harley Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How To Measure:
The Harley Heeled Sandal: Take a tape measure and wrap it around your foot, right below your ankle bone as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 26 cm
5.5 26.5 cm
6 27 cm
6.5 27 cm
7 27.5 cm
7.5 27.5 cm
8 28 cm
8.5 28 cm
9 28 cm
9.5 28.5 cm
10 28.5 cm
10.5 29 cm
11 29 cm
11.5 30 cm
12 30 cm

The Esther Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How to Measure:
The Esther Heeled Sandal: take a tape measure and wrap it around your ankle, above the ankle bone, as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 23 cm
5.5 23 cm
6 23 cm
6.5 23 cm
7 24 cm
7.5 24 cm
8 24.5 cm
8.5 24.5 cm
9 24.5 cm
9.5 25 cm
10 25 cm
10.5 25.5 cm
11 26 cm
11.5 26 cm
12 26 cm

Belt Sizes

Natural Waist Measurement Typical Jean Size Belt Size for High‑rise Pant Belt Size for Mid‑rise Pant Infinite Belt Size
23-25" 23/24 26" 28" 1
25-26" 25 28" 30" 1
26-27" 26 30" 32" 1
27-28" 27 30" 32" 1
28-29" 28 32" 34" 2
29-30" 29 32" 34" 2
30-31" 30 34" 36" 2
31-32" 31 34" 36" 2
32-33" 32 36" 38" 3
33-34" 33 36" 38" 3
34-35" 34 38” 40" 3
36-37" 36 38" 40" 3
38-39" 38 40" 42" 4
40-41" 40 40" 42" 4
42-43" 42 44" 46" 4
43-44" 43 44" 46" 5
44-45" 44 46" - 5

Sizing Note: For the most accurate fit, measure around your body where you plan to wear the belt. Choose the closest belt size to that measurement.

Belt Diagram Accent Belt and Complement BeltThe Accent Belt, The Polished Belt and The Complement Belt size measurements start from the beginning of the leather to the middle hole.

Belt Diagram Infinite BeltThe Infinite Belt size measurements cover the entire length of the leather.



Belt Measuring Guide

Belt Measuring Guide

A - High-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt around your natural waistline, wrap a measuring tape around the narrowest part of your midsection. Then, add 3” to determine your high-rise belt size.

B - Mid-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt lower than your natural waistline, you will require a dierent size. If you have a particular pair of bottoms you intend to wear your belt with, wrap a measuring tape through the belt loops while in a relaxed position.

When wearing your belt in your preferred style, it should fasten in the middle hole. The belt will relax with wear allowing you to cinch it tighter, as needed.

If you plan to wear the belt in both the high and mid-rise styles, you have two options:

  1. Select your high-rise style and fasten it more loosely when worn in the mid-rise style.
  2. Select your mid-rise style and fasten it more tightly when worn in the high-rise style.