7 #OOTDs for the Week: How to Dress Sporty and Still Look Cute
Just because the athleisure trend ushered in a new era of universal sweatpants acceptability and okayed sweatshirts outside of the gym doesn’t mean that in order to jump on the sporty bandwagon, you have to always look like you’re on your way to SoulCycle. This week’s outfit inspiration is about how to look cute — like, date–night cute — in sporty duds with help from some of the most stylish ladies on Instagram. Scroll through these seven #OOTDs below for tips on how to elevate the class in gym class staples.
1. @yanafisti: Yana shows us that tennis-court cute looks really good when it’s played up with posh accessories. Keep the look completely out of costume territory with a chic, monochromatic palette that even more casual pieces like chambray shirts and chunky boots can conform to.
2. @myshowroomblog: True, there’s been a ton of buzz about white sneakers lately, but they’re not the only sporty-feeling shoe that can polish a casual look. On your next errand run, slip on a pair of boat shoes that fall right in with this season’s preppy loafer trend.
3. @frassyaudrey: Who knew that throwing a varsity-style jacket over your date night dress would make the look feel even sweeter? We have to say, the going-steady greaser vibe is totally working for Audrey here, especially with her polka dot hair tie and retro specs.
4. @fakeleather: Freshening up sneaks and a baby-soft tank is as easy as stacking your closet with luxe spring staples. See how basics like a perfectly scrunched denim jacket and leather shorts (yes, they count as basics) elevate Adrianna’s sportier pieces just like that.
5. @somethingintheway5: Even your basic sporty girl uniform — a graphic tee, boyfriend jeans and crisp white sneaks — can be classed up in an instant by following the age-old adage: opposites attract. Raquel’s cocktail party–ready faux fur coat adds a refined wink to her ultra-casual look (honorable mention to the dude here taking the same advice).
6. @queenofjetlags: Rather than embrace the sporty vibe of your sneakers, be inspired by them. Noor’s done just that by using her shoes’ pale purple and silver pops as the jumping off point for her entire office-ready look. For commuters and cozy girls alike, it’s a priceless style hack.
7. @seewantshop: Think outside the gym for your sporty girl inspiration by channeling too-cool surfer babes. With your wayfarers within arm’s reach, nail the effortlessly chic look with flowy layers, a clean palette and beach waves upon beach waves.
What Insta style stars do you follow? Do you do an #ootd on the regular? Tell us in the comments below, and be sure to tag your pics with @britandco for a chance to be featured in next week’s post.
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com