Monthly Archives: January 2013

Fashion Forward: The Shift Dress

Do you want a dress that you can throw on and run out the door looking great? Meet fashion’s most effortless shape — the shift dress. A shift dress is a short, loose-fitting silhouette that hangs from the shoulders and features straight lines that don’t cinch the waist or hug the curves.

The origins of the style can be traced back to the flapper fashions of the 1920s, which moved away from the corset in favor of looser shapes, exposed arms and legs and very little waist definition. Showing up in fashion through the decades, this silhouette is most closely identified with the “mod” look of the 1960s when it was worn by cultural icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy. 

Today, this versatile dress has become a wardrobe hero and is suitable for just about any environment, whether it’s at the office or on the town.


The Dress: We love the lattice-print hemline, neckline and cuffs, as well as the floral motif on this shift dress from Donna Morgan. It’s perfect for running errands or even attending Sunday brunch.

The Rest: Grab the Jet Set Monogram East-West Tote Bag to carry all your errand-running essentials and elevate your look with these Calvin Klein Vivian platform sandals. Add sparkle with some stud earrings and a tri-tone bangle set.  Brightening Finishing Powder illuminates your face and pairs well with this complexion-friendly dress.

Shop the Look: Donna Morgan Floral Shift DressMICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Monogram East-West Tote BagCalvin Klein Vivian Platform SandalsMichael Kors Sparkle Stud earringsR.J. Graziano Tri-Tone Bangle SetBobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder


The Dress: Running out of wardrobe ideas for the office? This jewelneck shift dress is sure to spice up your work wear.

The Rest: Make a statement when you pair this dress with a satchel and give your look some loft with these iridescent pumps. Wake up the color of your lips with this stand-out Pure Color long-lasting lipstick and create a little flair with these mini bow stud earrings.

Shop the Look: Jones New York Collection Jewelneck Shift DressGianni Bini Libby Satchel BagVince Camuto Harty Iridescent PumpsEstee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstickkate spade new york Skinny Mini Bow Stud Earrings


The Dress: Looking for some going-out style? The Vince Camuto Embellished Shift Dress won’t disappoint. This fresh and flirty shift dress is the best way to show off your legs without showing too much.

The Rest: Keep it sweet with a pair of stone-detail flats and a large black bedford bowl satchel for a sophisticated edge. Accessorize the look with a Bead Fireball stretch bracelet, which mirrors the embellishment in the dress’ neckline. Add some extra mystery to your ensemble with the Caviar & Oyster Collection nail polish and accentuate your eyes with this 3D lash mascara. 

Shop the Look: Vince Camuto Embellished Shift DressSteve Madden Vegass Stone-Detail FlatsMICHAEL Michael Kors Large Bedford Bowl SatchelMichael Kors Bead Fireball Stretch BraceletBobbi Brown Caviar & Oyster Collection Nail PolishMAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Lash Mascara

What’s your favorite shift dress? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Introducing: Catherine Malandrino

We’re excited to introduce you to Catherine Malandrino, our newest women’s designer on We fell head over heels for her feminine yet unique designs – and know you will too.

Malandrino spent years perfecting her craft in the couture houses of Paris before moving to New York to launch her own collection – a transition that’s evident in her designs. Her artfully draped silhouettes and rich color palettes couple the romance of her Paris roots with the energy of Manhattan. (Her SoHo boutique was even featured in an episode of Sex and the City, and has been growing in popularity and prestige ever since.) The designer’s current collection features figure-flattering dresses for day and evening, as well as chic separates sure to punctuate any look.

Introducing Catherine Malandrino Shop the Looks: Sunrise Strokes Shift DressPointelle Knit DressPleat-Waist Dress

Shop all Catherine Maladrino here

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Our Fall 2013 Home Collections: What’s Your Entertaining Style?

Elegant yet homey.

Relaxed sophistication.

What’s your entertaining  style? Is it defined by the décor of your house? The theme of the gathering?

How about the dishes on your table? We want you to pick the pieces of our Fall 2013 Home Collections.

Like this servingware from designer Stefan Marjanovic. Clean lines and simple elegance make this set a must for fall entertaining.


The same can be said for designer Chariton Alexakis’s soup bowl. It exudes a timeless elegance, yet has a modern look and feel.

soup bowl

Have you voted yet for our Fall 2013 Home Collections? Be the buyer and help us decide!

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Spring Sneak Peek: Chambray Shirts

Soft, durable and versatile, chambray is one of our favorite borrowed-from-the-boys fabrics. Inspired by vintage U.S. Navy workshirts, chambray is here to stay.

Not to be confused with denim, chambray is a softer, lighter-weight choice with an authentic faded and sun-kissed look. The ultimate season-spanning fabric, these qualities make it easy to pair with a variety of colors and styles.


The flared sleeves of this Chelsea & Violet blouse add a touch of boho chic to the everyday. Pair it with this lace pencil skirt from Chelsea & Violet for a fun, casual daytime look. Continue the chambray look to your toes with the smokey blue Fossil Maddox flats. Pull it all together with the coordinating tomato Key-Per shopper tote from Fossil. Add coral and chambray to your beauty routine with Uber pink lip color from Bobbi Brown and Bossy Boots nail lacquer from butter LONDON.


Contrast stitching and a zipper chest pocket add modern flair to this chambray shirt from Jones New York Signature.  Pair it with dark denim like these NYDJ bootcut jeans  to continue the chic take on head-to-toe denim. For a bold punch of color, add this fuchsia Diane tote bag from Gianni Bini. Create a little flair with the dot heart & bow drop earrings from Betsey Johnson and the Join Me wedge sandal from Chinese Laundry in royal blue.

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Fading lends a vintage feel to the Lucy chambray shirt from Cremieux while a mandarin collar adds a stylish twist. Kick start a shopping adventure with it as a jacket over the Lina striped dress from Cremieux,  canvas Champion slip-on shoes from Keds and the Sunset African opal statement necklace from Barse.  Keep your essentials close at hand with the MICHAEL Michael Kors Charlton cross-body bag in vanilla. Be certain you are fashionably on time with this chronograph watch from Michael Kors.


If you like the look of chambray, but prefer a darker wash, you’ll love this button-front shirt from KUT from the Kloth. The darker chambray pairs well with colored denim, like these beach-inspired Sofia coral jeans from Lucky Brand Jeans. Signature drop earrings from T Tahari and the Oil Rub Barcelona saddle bag from Patricia Nash coordinate with the buttons of your shirt, while the Moran wedges from Lucky Brand give you tribal flair.

What’s your favorite way to wear chambray? Tell us about it in the comments.

Shop all women’s chambray here.


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Choose Our Fall 2013 Home Collections: Homegating

What exactly is Homegating, you ask? Well, just because the team is away doesn’t mean you can’t show full support with a jersey-wearing, face-painted gathering in your own home.

Enter Homegating – the ultimate game day entertainment style!

Put the game on the flat screen, and help us help you take care of the rest of the festivities by voting for your favorite designs that will score big points at any Homegating party.

Serve your yummy snacks and drinks in the plates and glasses that make up the Lyndros Collection. The deep blue hue (perhaps a beloved team color?) and functional design make it trendy yet practical for a sports gathering.


Do you want to see this in stores in Fall 2013? Vote for the Lyndros Collection here.

Chips and dip are always a hit among partygoers – and will be even more so when you serve it in this football-inspired chip boat!


Have to have it in Fall 2013? Vote for this chip and dip server here.

Don’t forget to look over the other submissions for this collection, and vote!

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Nautical Know-How: Spring 2013 Trends

Adrift after a drab winter? Warm up with our favorite nautical looks. Don’t reserve seafaring style for the beach (although, it’s perfect for resort) — maritime pieces work as a crisp pick-me-up any day of the week.

White and navy are nautical stalwarts — pop the pairing with red, orange or yellow. You can also expand the palette with other ocean-inspired hues like seafoam green and cobalt.

Shop the Looks: Calvin Klein Crewneck Tie-Waist Dress & Swarovski “Holly” Starfish-Pendant Double-Chain Necklace, Antonio Melani Tiago Belted Peplum Dress, Lauren Ralph Lauren Textured Leather Belt & MICHAEL Michael Kors Ionna Patent Pumps, Lauren Ralph Lauren Cotton-Blend Button JacketMICHAEL Michael Kors Dolman-Sleeve Stripe Top

Nautical stripes are bold and classic. We love clean navy/white pieces, but unexpected bursts of neon or sparkle set a fresh course. Another subtle update: trade navy bands for black.

Shop the Looks: Cremieux Lina Stripe Knit Dress, IQ Paris Striped Hi-Low DressMICHAEL Michael Kors Button-Front Blazer

Decked out with buckle accents and chain prints,  the MICHAEL Michael Kors resort line takes a refined approach to nautical. Whether you are packing for a getaway or headed to the office, you’ll find a striking piece to sail your wardrobe into the next season.

Shop the Looks: MICHAEL Michael Kors Belted Chain-Print ShirtdressMICHAEL Michael Kors Scarf Maxi DressMICHAEL Michael Kors Skinny Pants

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Want to dive in, or just ready for a dip? Let us know in the comments!

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Choose Our Fall 2013 Home Collections: So-Soft Blankets

It’s that time of year when crisp, cooler air makes intimate gatherings with loved ones that much cozier.

Dillard’s and Red Clay would love to be a part of it – and we want your input on our Fall 2013 Home collections. Vote for your favorite designer submissions, and we will put them in stores this autumn!

Like these blankets, designed by Maia Ming Fong. The muted colors normally associated with fall are tempered with earthy greens and  bright fuchsias.


Thrown over your favorite chair or mixed with some neutral pillows , these blankets are sure to give any home a peaceful,  relaxing atmosphere that will beckon others in.


Vote here to see these blankets in stores for Fall 2013. Browse the other submissions here in Dillard’s Fall 2013 Home Collections.

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