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Five fashions for the laid-back lifestyle

Unplug, and unwind, dress down in style in these relaxed and built-for-comfort-and-function fashions

Dapper do-gooders

There can be many interpretations of work causal, but you can’t go wrong with the laid-back but buttoned-up looks of Toad & Co. The versatile Cruiser Cord Skinny pant ($90) looks great at the office but durable enough for the great outdoors. The Morrison Long Sleeve shirt ($95) is perfect for travel because it pairs great with jeans and doubles as a light jacket. The reversible Telluride Sherpa Jacket  ($195) is cozy and cute, inside and out, with a wooly teddy bear fleece on one side and a water repellent nylon shell on the other side. Not only does this sustainable clothing company make good-looking clothes, they do good, through carbon-capping clean manufacturing practices and good-neighbor volunteer work in local communities. Available at REI and other retailers nationwide.

Shoes for whatever the weather

Weekends warriors can kick off their dress bucks and slip into something more comfortable – and built to withstand whatever conditions it comes across – in Cat Footwear’s style-infused, industrial strength  Stormer Shoe ($105). This waterproof rubber boot has a soft neoprene lining that prevents rashes and discomfort caused by friction, and a shock-absorbing cushioned footbed for all-day comfort and energy return. The flexible outsole provides superior traction with slip-resistant and oil resistant rubber, with an ergonomic design that bends with the foot and provides stability even on uneven terrain.

Sustainable fashions to love

There’s plenty of love to go around when it comes to Amour Vert fashions. Their name, which means “Green Love” in French, reflects the company’s philosophy of producing planet-friendly clothing, made in limited quantities to reduce waste, with signature fabrics designed to be beautiful, durable and of course, sustainable. The casual and classy Velouria Nouveau Fleece Wrap Cardigan ($98) in a brushed fleece made from modal and organic cotton looks as ultra-soft to touch as it feels to wear.

Pullover, now

When you want to pull on a comfortable pullover and hang, Mountain Khakis Pop Top Hoodie ($89) is the perfect complement to a wind-down weekend. This below-the-hip fit poly jacquard fleece top can be worn over layers or on its own. The two zippered side pockets can carry all your essentials, and it even has a side slit for access to your pant pocket.

Clothes for high performing kids

Kids crave comfort in their clothes while parents want value, which is why Shred Dog keeps both kids and parents in mind. This line of performance gear for young adventurers is made with attention to detail and highest quality materials, yet the collection is wholesale priced and sold direct to consumers, so the pricing is comparable to what you’d find on clearance racks at premium sports stores. Outfit kids for winter with the seamless ¼-zip base layer top ($44), insulator jacket ($70) and convertible bib pants ($130-150), perfect for skiing or snow play.

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