Summer has arrived, and that means dressing to keep cool and look hot! Here at HIPS, we have everything you need to elevate your summer look. A few colorful, trendy accessories and an effortless maxi are all you need to transition your spring wardrobe into summer.
From stylish sandals and sunglasses to breezy maxi dresses and skirts, we have all your summer essentials. Take a look at our latest selection of summer apparel and accessories in today's post, and stop in weekly to see what's new!
When you shop with an independent resale store like Hips, you're getting a personalized experience. We inspect every piece that comes through our doors to curate a selection of fabulous styles we think you'll love. We look for stylish, current season items in excellent condition. We're not the place to buy your basics, but we pride ourselves on dealing in special pieces you can't find anywhere else. Here's a look at eight of our favorite types of pieces to buy and sell at Hips!
Here at Hips, we buy and sell brands of every sort. Most of you are familiar with department store brands and names like Lane Bryant, Torrid, and Avenue. So we want to spotlight some lesser known brands that we think you should know about. These are smaller indie labels, brands that design and produce their apparel here in the states, or companies that stand out for some special reason.
We carry everything from budget brands to designer labels here at Hips, and we understand that many of you are looking for a bargain when you shop resale. Brands like Kiyonna and IGIGI do have higher price points, and we want to explain why. We hope you'll see that you're still getting a bargain and great value for your money by shopping these brands with us!
Our tulle skirts are customer and staff favorites. We carry them in blush and black in sizes 14+. We've seen so many women rush over to the skirts, gush about how pretty they are, and then ultimately pass because they're just not sure how to style them. To help, we've created this look book on five ways to wear a tulle skirt. Each look illustrates a number of styling tips to make tulle skirts more approachable and wearable for a variety of occasions. Once you see their versatility, we hope you'll give our tulle skirts a chance because they are so fun to wear!
Stop in-store to take advantage of our "model discount"! We now offer a 20% off coupon to customers who model what they try on in-store. Who better to model our styles than our customers?!
All you have to do is step out of the fitting room to show us five different looks you try on. We'll photograph you in each of the five looks, and we only ask that you let us repost on our social media channels. Of course you're free to repost the photos and share with all your friends! Many of our customers follow us on social media, and they want to see our clothing on women just like them. They want to see how pieces fit and how to style them, and we believe our customers are the best people to help with that.
Think of our model discount as an opportunity to play dress-up and hang out with us. So many of you step out of the fitting room for our opinions and walk around the store to test the fit and comfort of our clothes. We're just asking that you let us photograph what you try on so we can share it with other customers.
If you don't like how a certain outfit looks on you, you don't have to model that one. Pick your five favorites to show off. This is the time to try some styles you might not otherwise take into the fitting room. Try the bodycon skirt, the crop top, the tutu. Maybe the piece won't work for you, but it might inspire another customer to try it for herself. Sometimes we just need to see a garment on an everyday person to realize we can make it work, too! That's exactly what we're trying to do with this new model discount: inspire!
Liz from the plus size fashion blog With Wonder and Whimsy recently stopped into our Clawson stores to take advantage of our model discount. She tried on a number of looks and picked her five favorites to model and photograph. She built head-to-toe outfits and added jewelry and accessories to make the looks her own. As you can see, we carry everything from work attire, to casual weekend wear, to the latest styles and trends. Liz obviously loves color and print, and you can click here to visit her blog for even more outfit inspiration and styling tips. It's always fun to see what our customers put together, and we can't wait to see the outfits you'll create!
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Cass Tech Drama teacher Marilyn McCormick received the Excellence in Theater Education award at this years Tony Awards. McCormick was hand selected by a panel of judges over the 1,100 entries. She accepted her award this year at the Tony Awards in a dress she got from Hips!
What was it like winning the excellence in theater education?
Did you know your students were submitting you for the award? How did that feel when you found out?
What is your favorite part about being a teacher?
How did you hear about HIPS? And Why did you chose HIPS to get your dress for the awards?
What is your favorite place to grab dinner right now in Detroit?
Check out her acceptance speech here.
Don't put your summer wardrobe away just yet! Follow these simple steps and get continued use out of your wardrobe.
With one of the hottest summers we've seen in a while we decided it was a good time to tell you how to cool down. Of course, these are just clothing hacks, but they will work on those super hot days where you can't stay in front of a fan.
Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated our 5 years in business. Hips started out as just an idea when Vikki tried to take in some beautiful plus size coats into a resale shop and was told no because they don't carry that size. When the average size of a woman in America runs between a size 12 and 14, Vikki saw a niche market that wasn't being catered to. 5 years later, Hips has 3 different locations and many happy customers.
Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated with us on April 2nd. We look forward to seeing you all back in the store and at our next anniversary party.
A special thank you to Leah from Beauty and the Muse for coming out and helping us celebrate. She's a great blogger from Detroit and we love meeting other people in the fashion industry in Detroit!
Check out some of our great snaps from the party!