6 Best Cargo Pants for Women in 2016

Who doesn’t love more storage? Cargo pants aren’t just for rugged adventures. Here are the top six styles that range from casual to active. Wear them to work, out on the town, out for a run, or just lounging at home.

1. Lee Women’s Modern Series Straight Fit Zuma Cargo Pant

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These are the pants you’ve been waiting for. Lightweight, with just the right amount of stretch, these comfortable cargo pants work as well in the office as they do on the trail. The fit is great, the straight leg silhouette is stylish, and they don’t have too many bells and whistles. Pair them with a t-shirt for casual comfort, or dress them up with a pretty blouse.

2. Dickies Women’s Relaxed Cargo Pant

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The Dickies name is synonymous with tough work clothes, but these cargo pants showcase the company’s softer side, literally. An incredibly soft, brushed cotton make them quite comfortable, and the fit is fabulous. True to Dickies form, these high quality pants hold up well through a long day, and keep you looking great as you relax all evening.

3. Columbia Sportswear Women’s Cascades Explorer Pant

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Thick enough to handle outdoor adventures, light enough to keep you cool, these quick-dry pants from Columbia are great for hiking as well as everyday wear. Perfect for traveling — stay comfortable on the plane and look good when you reach your destination.

4. Red Fox Womens Cargo Jogger Pants

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Sexy, stylish, and functional. Dress these up with a pair of heels or tall boots. Made of a sturdy twill fabric with a bit of stretch, these pants fit comfortably, hugging your curves while leaving room to breathe. For the price, you may find yourself wanting a pair in every color.

5. Soho Glam Women’s Classic Soft and Comfy Drawstring Jogger Pants

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Take these durable joggers to the gym and they will work just as hard as you. Comfortable and curvaceous, these pants are an attractive alternative to run-of-the-mill sweats. Besides looking fantastic while you work out, you’ll also have plenty of spots to keep all those essentials (like your keys and wallet) that are so annoying to exercise with. And if you feel like taking the day off from your usual workout, these cozy cargo pants are also perfect for curling up on the couch.

6. PajamaJeans Straight Leg Dark Brown Cargo Pants for Women

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The only downside to these fun, adjustable cargo pants? They are so comfy, you might not want to leave the house. But they’re so cute, you’ll definitely have incentive to. The soft, stretchy material is flattering, and they are just the sort of pants you’ll want to live in. They’re versatile, too. Wear full length, or roll up the hems for a cropped look.

The 8 Best White Dresses for Women in Spring and Summer 2016

Spring and summer are popular seasons for special occasions. And since it’s perfectly fine to wear white after Labor Day, every woman needs a “little white dress” hanging in her closet as that go-to spring or summer piece for all of the events on her calendar. Casual, cool and chic are three words that come to mind when looking for that must-have seasonal white dress. These 8 options top the list of ones that make the cut.

  1. Zeagoo Chiffon Summer Sleeveless w/ Belt

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Perfect for spring or summer, this sleeveless dress is great for weddings, baby showers and Sunday brunch. Thanks to its double lining, your intimates won’t show through when light hits the fabric. The static-free chiffon won’t stick to your skin, so you can enjoy wearing the soft, comfortable piece and draw attention to your waistline with the included sash. Throw a lightweight cardigan over your shoulders on a chilly night to add a pop of color to your look.

  1. PAKULA Sexy Sleaveless Lace

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Hit that summer beach party in style when you strut your stuff in this casual cotton lace dress. Its sheer fabric makes it great for wearing over your two-piece, but be careful walking in the sand where the sun shines. It has a snug fit that falls above the knees to show off your summer ready legs.

 

  1. Viwenni® Womens V-neck Chiffon (Sexy)

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The free flowing, Bohemian style of this dress is just right for those casual summer days when it’s scorching hot outside and you want to show off that sizzling skin. The chiffon A-line cut and open slit sleeves will let the summer breeze cool you down while you look summer hot. This dress runs large, so you’ll want to order one size down.

  1. Meaneor Floral Lace Shift Dress

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With feminine lace detailing across the top, this shift dress is a fabulous pick for lunch dates, a daytime wedding or an afternoon out with the ladies. The above the knee length is ideal for any body type, and the side pockets give you a nice place to hold small essentials. The dress is made from 20% cotton and 80% polyester, offering form fitting comfort while still allowing room to breathe.

  1. Sleeveless Lace Fit + Flare

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Available in both standard and women’s plus sizes, this 100% polyester dress is a gorgeous choice for elegant daytime soirees. It has vintage-inspired flair, a sweetheart neckline and a ribbon tie at the waist to accentuate those womanly curves. Made in the USA, this lace dress is the perfect length if you want to be modest and stylish.

  1. Eva’s Eye Women’s Chiffon Summer Holiday

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One of the most comfortable styles of dress is a maxi. For spring and summer, a maxi is great because you can wear it alone, or add to your look with accessories. This soft, sleeveless, chiffon maxi dress has a cinched in waist that allows wiggle room for women, since it is only offered in one size. The sheer lightweight fabric makes this dress great for warm summer days.

  1. Sakkas Ella Double Layered Bodice Spaghetti Strap

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Made from 100% cotton, this spaghetti strap dress is not quite a maxi, but is still long enough to be dressed up for more formal occasions. The rouching around the bust and waist are a nice touch of texture, and the scallop styled edges add dimension to the double layered skirt. Available in one size, the dress fits approx US dress sizes 0-16, UK sizes 6-20, and EU sizes 34-48.

  1. Modern Kiwi Eva High Low

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Wear it as a dress by itself, as a top over leggings, or as a cover up for your summer swimsuit. Made in the USA, this rayon/spandex blend dress has a snug fitting elastic bust, which keeps it from falling down. Show off those sexy shoulders and legs with this flirty, flowy piece. Not too short and not too long, the length is just right for spring and summer days in the sun.

 

The 6 Best Trench Coats for Women in 2016

Trench coats are arguably one of the most sought-after garments for female consumers in today’s world. They’re warm, stylish, and come in many different variations you can choose from. Trench coats also fit the body very well and can give out a direct representation of a woman’s physique while keeping her warm in the process. No wonder why they are so popular, especially in the rainy Spring months.

Without further ado, here is a our 2016 list of the best Trench Coats for Women:

#1 Pardon My Trench” Rain Jacket from Columbia

columbia-pardon-my-trenchThe Columbia Women’s Pardon Trench jacket would be a great addition to your collection if trench coats are up your alley for the cold season. This particular jacket designed by Columbia, is made mainly of 100% nylon and lined with polyester. It’s designed to provide a high-level of comfort for you while making sure you’re warm and toasty during your daily errands.

It’s well-made and completely safe for a nice machine wash whenever it’s time to do so. This Columbia jacket tends to look great with fitted jeans or tights. It’s sure to give off a nice impression and look for women out there with slender body-builds. The hip pockets are essential for small item storage while it’s removable belt adds additional assistance in keeping the warmth inside.

Rainy day? fear not, as the adjustable storm hood will be sure to keep you nice and sheltered as you go about your day. Is this the coat for you?

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#2 Viishow Fur Lapel Trench Coat

viishow-red-trench-coatThe Viishow Fur Lapel trench coat is certainly an eye-opener to say the least. The deep-red coloring is sure to turn heads while appearing to be professional and fashionable at the same time. At first glance, there’s a certain indication of high quality and craftsmanship. You can instantly tell it’s well made and designed, or even cost 5x it’s retail price.

However, the good news is that it’s actually very affordable! The coat is well designed and is perfect for anyone that’s looking for a nice fit and noticeability. The color schemes included in this product are wool blend and red. The wool-blend gives out a nice outdoor-oriented look while the red is a more aggressive, seductive approach.

Whatever type of look you’re going for is completely subjective, but we’d surely guarantee that you can’t go wrong with either choice. Everything about this faux coat is solid, from the button sizes to the strap design. We feel like this particular trench coat can grant you an overall new look as well as a possible newly-found confidence. Highly recommended as a great addition to your closet’s collection.

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#3 Acevog Women’s Double-Breasted Trench Coat

Acevog Wool Trench CoatThe Acevog Women’s double-breasted trench coat is surely one of the more professional-looking coats in our gallery. We believe it is one of the few types of coats that a woman can go straight out of cold weather and into a working environment and blend right in. This trench coat is simply something else. Like many others, it’s a slim-fit, but it has all the assertiveness you’ll ever need. It gives off a driven/motivated individual type of feel.

At first glance of it being worn, it earns it’s own respect with the slick, dark coloring and mixture of wool, polyester, and rayon. If you’re into scarfs, you’re in luck. Feel free to mix and match whatever color you’d like with this trench coat. You can go from casual, to artsy, to professional in one simple exchange.

What’s best of all is just about any color or design scarf with go right with it. The Acevog trench coat also has a decently-wide selection of coloring you can choose from. These include gray, black, navy-blue, army-green, and dark-gray. Even with the variations, we strongly feel that many scarfs with blend right with them. This is a great trench coat to flex your creative abilities on.

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#4 Zerlar Open Front Trench Coat

zerlar-open-frontThis trench coast is one of the more uniquely styled and textured ones on the market. While the button and pocket placements differentiate, the design and texture are remarkable. The Zerlar Outwear Waterfall cardigan sweater can stir up a slew of different opinions.

The professionalism and assertiveness surely tones down, but comfort excels. The coat fits loose while also feeling very soft at the same time. The sleeves will grant your arms breathing room and warmth and provides a bit of natural style with it’s cuffs.

There’s also a fair amount of pocket space in this sweater, great for accessory storage. It may appear to look like a bathrobe from the beginning with the loose appearance, but it goes great with white or dark-colored slim fit bottoms. The Zerlar cardigan comes in grey and khaki coloring made by 90% acrylic.

If you value comfort and warmth a bit more than style, this shoe definitely fits. A nice cold-dry wash with fabric softener will have this garment hot and ready to-go whenever it needs to be cleaned.

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#5 Double Breasted Trench Coat from Plus4U

double-breasted-trenchThe plus4u womens double-breasted trench coat is among one of our favorites. Why do you ask? well, for many reasons. Let’s start out with the wide range of color options that are available with it. Choose between burgundy, black, brown, grey, charcoal, red, teal, and navy coloring for whatever mood you’re in for the day.

This coat has nice, fitted sleeves, a crispy collar design, and a warm hood for the not-so-warm precipitation. It’s fashionable, recreational, and professional all in one.

The plus4u trench coat is made up of 65% cotton and 35% polyester. This means you may want to air or hang dry it if you wish for it to remain its modern size. There’s also a bit of added spandex to fit bodies that are a tad bigger than its specified frame. With 8 frontal button and front pockets that fit snug, this thing will definitely keep you warm and secure in chillier weather.

With a large variety of colors, you could have one for different kinds of environments. We highly recommend that this product is machine washed with cold water and no bleach. All too often, coats become ruined because this isn’t addressed.

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#6 Jubilee Double Breasted Overcoat

jubileen-double-breastedThe jubilee women’s hooded overcoat has a more abstract design than most other trench coats out there. There first thing you’ll notice is that the buttons are scattered, the hood has an interior design, and there are a significant amount of designer creases on it. Nonetheless, it’s still a very nice trench coat by alway means and here’s why.

For one, the coat hangs a bit lower than most, so the top of your legs will receive an additional amount of warmth when worn. This coat always comes in about 5 color variations (black,blue,gray,purple, and red) so choose what looks best on you.

The Jubileens trench coat is tight knit with slim-fit arms and waist as well as a nice belt for even more support. This thing really hugs your body while being very sophisticated at the same time. Add a nice collar and hood, and you’ll more than like feel the warmest in this type of trench coat as opposed to many others in the market.

Looking for some different options? You can check out our entire Winter Apparel section or jump right to our Winter Coats for Women guide…

Guide to Woman’s Clothing Measurements

Buying clothes online can be a difficult process, especially for women. Not being able to try clothes on can seem like a really large hindrance to making the proper clothing choices, but with a little know how it’s possible to make excellent decisions and utilize the power (and savings) of online shopping to your advantage. Here’s a guide to the picking the right size of woman’s clothing when shopping online:

Start with a Tape Measure

Clothes sizes can vary somewhat from manufacturer to manufacturer (more on that below), but in order to make the best decision you need to know what your exact measurements are. This way you can compare the designers’/manufacturers’ measurements to your actual size, and then factor in some other adjustments (which we’ll talk about below).

You can do this in front of a mirror or with a friend. You want to take three different measurements:

  • Bust Measurement – Stand as normally/naturally as you can and take the measurement tape around the fullest part of your bust, under your arms and around you back, making sure that it stays parallel to the ground (so that it is an accurate measurement). You may need a friend to help you with this part, but it’s the most important measurement for many purchases, including woman’s coats/jackets and woman’s shirts.
  • Waist – Place the measuring tape just under your belly button, and remain relaxed. Many people are tempted to flex their abs here, but just keep as relaxed as possible (remember you want to get an understanding of how your body is during the course of a normal day). Wrap the measuring tape around your body, again making sure it’s parallel to the ground. Keep the measuring tape tight, but not too tight (don’t constrict your skin).
  • Hips – The last piece of the measurement trifecta is the hip measurement. For this we want to stand straight up with your feet close together (less than 6 inches apart) and measure around the full part of your waist and rear end. You can probably do this on your own, but conscript a friend to help you if you need.

Once you have these measurements taken, put them down on a piece of paper so you don’t forget them. Now we can make a better, more informed decision when deciding on what clothes to buy!

Researching the Designer/Manufacturer

  • Customer Feedback and Reviews – The CG Newman staff have done our best to research variations in sizes from one designer to the next and have included this information in our various buying guides, but if you are doing your own research, you can get a ton of value by looking at individual customer reviews. Reading a lengthy review will likely give you some insight into the sizes and feel of the clothes. Also, once you’ve gotten insight into one article of clothing from a given company or designer, chances are that will transfer over to other clothes from that same company (i.e. Carthartt tends to run small, North Face tends to run big, etc.)
  • Reach out to the Company – Many clothing manufacturers provide excellent customer service, if you really want to be sure about a given purchase, you can usually just send them an email with your measurements and see what they have to say. They’ll likely be more than happy to help you, especially considering you are about to become a customer!
  • All else Fails – Free Returns! – Veterans of the online shopping game will know this already, but it bears mentioning here. The ultimate fail safe of online shopping is free returns. Companies like Zappos made the concept of free returns very popular, and now many more companies are following suit. We always mention the products/companies that have free returns in our buying guides, because it has become an increasingly crucial aspect of online shopping for many of our customers.

How to Choose the Right Winter Coat for Women

Choosing the correct winter apparel can be a bit more difficult for women than it is for men.  Not to sell men short, but it is more important for women to be stylish and fashionable in all seasons, and winter provides specific difficulties for this because of all the bulky clothes, padded jackets and focus on insulation rather than aesthetics.

Clothing manufacturers have started to come around, however, and more winter coats are available for women that are not so bulky, and focus more on having a “slimming” effect, while still providing the adequate insulating factor and warmth that is necessary in the harsh winter climates.

To help women everywhere make the choice easier and more informed, we’ve put together this short guide with a few crucial factors that should be taken into account when purchasing the best winter coats for women.  Enjoy!

1. Know Your Materials

It’s crucial to know what material you are buying.  The best materials in this day and age are:

  • Down/Feather Insulation
  • Thinsulate Synthetic Insulation (hypo-allergenic)
  • Faux-fur

Some of the materials/factors you want to avoid are:

  • Air Insulated (i.e. Bubble Jackets)Low Fill Count (below 400)
  • Real Fur

With regard to the final aspect of real fur, we purposely do not promote real fur being used in today’s mass manufactured jackets and coats.  The fur you usually see being used is either Raccoon or Coyote, neither of which provide any added benefit to down or thinsulate materials.

2. Know Your Sizes and Form Factors

Most winter jackets and coats tend to run small, meaning you will need to order 1 size larger then you expect.  However every manufacturer is different, so make sure to check feedback from other buyers before making a final decision (we’ve done a good job at evaluating the size factors in our Top 10 List).

Also important is to know whether you are shooting for a long coat or a shorter coat.  More long coats (usually down to the knee or below) have become popular in recent years, and they have done a good job at maintaining the form factor (i.e. slim) and not seem too bulky.

However, shorter jackets still dominate the overall popularity, as they are less constricting and generally quicker to put on/take off.   Most women utilize tights/nylons to keep their legs warm, so longer jackets aren’t always necessary.

3. Machine Washable?

Depending on your activity level, you may be getting your jacket/coat dirty more often than you’d like.  Some coats are able to be machine washed (many Cartthart brand coats, for example, are machine washable) and this leads to a lot of time and cost savings from having to go to the dry cleaners.

For “fancier” coats, ones that won’t be used during physical activity, manual labor, shoveling snow or going hiking, they won’t need frequent cleanings, so utilizing the dry cleaner wont be such a cost concern.

Following these 3 simple steps should give you a big advantage when choosing the proper winter coat for your needs.