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Five Minutes with Something Navy Founder Arielle Charnas

The influencer talks holiday styling and her new Dallas pop-up shop, now open in Highland Park.
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Something Navy founder Arielle Charnas
Courtesy of Something Navy

There’s nothing wrong with being a bit basic … or at least investing in high-quality basics for your closet. After all, you’re always going to need a classic cableknit sweater on chilly evenings and a reliable sweat set for lazy-day errands.

And that’s exactly what Something Navy founder Arielle Charnas is selling in her new Highland Park pop-up shop (find it one next door to Dior), which opened last week and will stay through the end of the year.

The New York-based blogger and fashion influencer launched the brand’s online store in July 2020 (to much applause) after breaking with Nordstrom’s, where Something Navy had previously been sold exclusively, in 2019. Since last year’s solo launch, Charnas has opened brick-and-mortar stores in New York City and Los Angeles. Dallas is her fourth location.

Most Something Navy pieces sell between $15 and $600, so whether you’re looking for holiday tops, sweaters, or even just comfy, trendy joggers, there’s something for every budget.

“We’re really listening to what everyone’s looking for and what they’re reacting to most,” Charnas says. “We’re making an amazing mix of feminine, fun, classic basic pieces at a really great price point.”

We caught up with Charnas at the Highland Park store to chat about her new maternity collection and holiday party styling tips.

(This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.)

Something Navy Pop-Up in Highland Village
The interior of the Something Navy pop-up in Highland Village.

Why open a store in Dallas?   

I was here about 2.5 years ago for my Nordstrom collection—when I launched with Nordstrom—and we did a meet-and-greet here. And I was just overwhelmed with the amount of people who came to support. And in that moment, I just knew that if I ever had the opportunity to open a Something Navy store, that this would be one of the first. It’s number four, but it’s close enough.

How long are y’all going to be here for?

We’re here for the month of December and hoping to go further than that (laughs). But, right now, December.

I guess that answers my question, “Do y’all have any plans for a permanent store?”

Yes. Fingers crossed. If all goes well, then we will be here permanently.

Can you talk to me about some of the pieces in the store you’re excited about?

This question is always really hard for me, because I love every single piece. But I would say [Reversible Faux Shearling Long Vest]. I love this piece because I can wear it a million different ways. I wore it on the plane here with a sweatsuit. I’m wearing it now with jeans and a sweater. And tomorrow morning on the plane with leggings and a long sleeve. So it can just be worn in a million different ways. It’s perfect for Dallas because it’s not hot, it’s not cold, so this is the perfect jacket to throw over you. It’s very ideal.

Y’all also have a new maternity line out with A Pea in the Pod. Can you talk to me a bit more about that?

We’ve been working with A Pea in the Pod for a while. I just had my third baby, so they have been an amazing partner of mine for a really long time. You know, when I was pregnant, I was looking for holiday pieces that can be worn during maternity, and it was very hard to find. So, A Pea in the Pod worked with us, and we curated a bunch of amazing pieces. We made sweat sets to ribbed dresses to sequined dresses, so we pretty much cover your entire pregnancy. And it’s all really cute styles.

Speaking of the holidays, do you have any style tips as people begin attending holiday parties again?

My biggest styling tip right now for holidays is to incorporate a fun hairpiece. I love bows or a sequined, bold headband. That’s my go-to right now: a really fun hairpiece to spice up my outfit. Because I feel like for holidays people feel like you kind of have to wear sequins or something sparkly in your outfit, but some people don’t want to go crazy like that, so it’s a great way to slightly incorporate that fun trend.

Is there a trend you’re really excited about right now?

Utility wear is a really big trend coming up. I think finding or investing in a cool pair of cargo pants. I would have to figure out how to style them and if it’s going to fit into my wardrobe but that’s definitely something I’m looking to invest in.

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