14 Denim Statement Pieces That Aren’t Jeans
All your spring cleaning efforts have likely opened up some closet real estate, so there’s no time like RN to start rounding out your capsule wardrobe with a slew of new hero pieces. In addition to the usual prospects — a versatile trench, a floral dress and some stylish wellies — this season marks the arrival of denim like you’ve never seen it before. And we’re not just talking about the latest unexpected denim trend on the block (cropped flares, anyone?). Mark our words: It won’t be long before you’re craving an off-duty denim parka or an effortless denim button-front shirt dress that can stand on its own (and always do you right). But first, scroll down for 14 of our favorite denim statement pieces that will put even your trusty boyfriend jeans to shame. Really!
1. Emma Mulholland Check You Later Embroidered Denim Jacket ($408): Coachella-bound babes, rejoice! Run, don’t walk, to snag this hippie-loving embroidered denim jacket that can be teamed with distressed cutoffs and fringed booties for the ultimate festival-going look.
2. Wilfred Free Van Delden Dress ($110): Minimalist does it — it’s not every day you come across a denim column dress with this much ease and French-girl sophistication. Offset the light blue hue and fringed hem with some dainty jewels and a pair of spring break-worthy slides.
3. BDG Tavi Lace-Up Blouse ($69): High-waisted black skinnies: check. Free-wheelin’ lace-up denim crop top: double check. Impromptu dressing just got a whole lot easier thanks to this streamlined uniform that can be edged up just a bit with ankle boots and a bold red lip.
4. ASOS Future Zone Espadrille Sandals ($48): Is it really even resort wear if you don’t have a pair of denim espadrilles on standby? (That’s a trick question). These fashion-forward steppers will look impeccable with a black bikini and an extra-floppy straw hat.
5. & Other Stories Panel Detail Dress ($95): Take note: Everyday denim basics (that are anything but blasé) will serve as the building blocks of your wardrobe this season. Enter the denim panel dress that’s un-fussy enough to be worn on its own, but chic enough to hold its own over a frilly collared blouse and menswear-inspired loafers for a boardroom-approved look.
6. Forever 21 Quilted Collarless Denim Coat ($48): Get ready to perfect your roll-out-of-bed-and-go routine with this oversized quilted denim coat that will inspire you to do less this season. Up the cool factor by tossing it over an effortless striped dress and adding some all-white sneakers into the mix.
7. Free People Baby Love Denim Skirt ($128): Promising both comfort and style, this is the diamond-patterned denim skirt you’ll be flocking to once warmer weather hits. Style the easygoing silhouette with a plain white tee and some throwback suede mules for a trip to the farmers’ market or Sunday brunch.
8. Topshop Moto Stripe A-Line Skirt ($55): Swap out your prized button-front skirt for this striped denim A-line mini that reads cool girl in action. When styled alongside a leather jacket (or a jean jacket for a denim-on-denim look) and some lace-up flats, the outcome will be nothing short of ah-mazing.
9. Free People Green River One Piece ($128): Between music festivals and balmy weekend temps, we can think of an occasion or two (or five) for which this fierce denim romper might come in handy. Perfect your vintage rocker look with a body chain and some retro mirrored sunnies.
10. Northmore Denim Oversized Boxy Tee Dress With Raw Hem Detail ($60): Calling all self-proclaimed lazy girls! This boxy tee dress is the answer to all of your outfit conundrums. For a foolproof weekend look that requires minimal styling, simply slip this guy on with some combat boots and call it a day.
11. Kimchi Blue Aubrie Denim Apron Midi Dress ($79): Who knew a denim apron dress could be this chic (and not matronly in the least)? The lace-up back will straight-up stun without being overly revealing for a number of springtime occasions. Think: metallic slides for an exotic getaway or platform sandals for a spring wedding.
12. Madewell x Daryl K Cecilia Denim Shirtdress ($168): There’s something to be said for a belted denim shirt dress that makes you look (and feel) like you’re on your A-game. For a knockout look that’s just as worthy of date night as the first baseball pitch of the season, keep it simple with sensible flats and a leather tote.
13. Farrow Austin Skirt ($78): Ditch the tomboy aesthetic for this ladylike denim pleat skirt that can be worn on the reg. Complement the conservative midi length with granny-approved heels and top it off with a statement sweatshirt for serious style cred.
14. Reformation Sherpa Jacket ($148): Your favorite denim jacket just got a major upgrade — and with a faux fur collar, no less. For an upcoming spring gala, don’t hesitate to pair this James Dean-esque topper with a fancy ball gown or LBD.
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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