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The Party Starts Here: Countdown to Prom

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The dress, the shoes, the hair — prom is YOUR night to embrace your inner princess and strut your stuff. By day you may be a quiet bookworm or a perky cheerleader, maybe a theater kid or a runner — or maybe a little bit of all the above! — but prom night is the perfect opportunity to shake the shackles of day-to-day roles . This season, there are more silhouettes and styles to choose from than ever. Take a peek at a few of our favorites:

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Not to be outshone, this glitzed gown dazzles in rhinestone and sequin embellishments. The hi-low hem creates a dramatic effect while the sparkling details are sure to catch light–and eyes. If your prom night goal is to be red carpet fabulous, then this dress from Glamour by Terani Couture  is just the number for you.

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Embrace coral craze in this flirty frock. The playful hi-low hem shouts, “Let’s dance!” while the sequined pleated bodice channels Grecian-goddess vibe. One thing is for sure: you will look AMAZING in this Blondie Nites halter dress.

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This classic silhouette exudes sophisticated savvy with modern crystal-bling details. An elegant neckline is balanced with a spicy slit  that shows just the right amount of skin. For the girl that likes to keep it classy — but still have fun — this beaded low-back gown from B. Darlin is just for you.

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Embody grace in this princess-like gown with a flowing, chiffon skirt. Perfect for twirling around the dance floor, this sashaying stunner from B. Darlin features crystal rhinestones and a sweet little peep of skin at the bust. Whether tonight is the night to be swept off your feet by Prince Charming or to rock out with your besties, this dress will make you feel like a princess from head-to-toe.

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Dillard’s Exclusive Interview: Janice Marks, Design Director, Silver Jeans Co.

Silver Jeans Co. is a fan favorite for a variety of reasons including — but not limited to — excellent fit, wash and eye-catching details (love the thick-stitch embroidery). Evoking a comfortable confidence while keeping a steady eye on trend, Silver Jeans Co. is truly a jean for denim lovers. Design director Janice Marks gives us an exclusive inside look into the brand:

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What made you want to get into the fashion industry, specifically Junior’s?

I always had a love of clothing and when I discovered that I had an aptitude in design I really never looked back. I did not specifically target Juniors as I did the denim industry. Since I started in the denim business at a young age I was able to focus my personal clothing desires with denim design, which resulted in a younger minded product.

How and at what point did you discover you could make a business out of doing what you love?

I was about 16 years old and did a work apprenticeship at Western Glove Works the parent company of Silver Jeans Co. during my spring break in high school. I found working with denim amazing and the manufacturing process fascinating. I knew then that I wanted to work with denim in some way as the engineering of a pair of jeans and the elements that it takes to create the prefect jean is so involved. I started then to develop and expand my love for all things indigo at that time.

Did you attend school for your training or are you self-taught?

I attended Ryerson Polytechnic University and studied there for 2 years in their apparel design program. Most of my knowledge in denim is self-taught from working in the industry. Denim is a unique material to work with and takes years of training and is continually evolving with innovations in fabrics and technology.

Where do you draw most of your inspiration or ideas for products?

I draw inspiration for vintage, as well as the fabric and wash technology. I am continually moving forward to marry the heritage of denim with new technology to bring denim forward.  Depending on the brand theme for a given season it is mixing all the elements to create products that embody the brand identity, theme and any influences from the fabrics be used and wash treatments.

Who are you major influences? (Designers & Celebrities)

There are a few celebrities that I look to as they really embody traits of our Silver Jeans Co.  customer because they are denim lovers.

A growing influence is social media. I really like to watch the different blogs as I find these people doing the most novel things with denim at the moment. They really have a fresh take on denim.

Describe your creative process.

My creative process begins with identifying the theme that we will use to design our collection around. This theme will be used to infuse our various product categories with a common theme across sportswear, lady’s and men’s denim.

I then look to vintage and history and how it has influenced our theme and work to develop washes and details that will bring a united and eclectic mix to the style range.

I then select and develop new fabric and indigo color ranges for the season which will result in washes and fits that work with the given theme.

Lastly, washes are designed and developed in a range that will complement the looks for the season.

What trends are you following right now?

Denim Fabric Innovations are driving a lot of my new developments right now. I am working with combining manmade fibers with cotton to reduce the amount of cotton that we are using in our fabric. This will not only reduce our dependency on cotton but also with innovations in yarns we can improve the fits of our jeans and improve hand feel.

Active wear is a trend that I am following very closely and developing denims that wear and feel like knits but with all of the inherent qualities of indigo denim. Active wear is also influencing how I look at styling and different treatments on the jeans.

I am also working with eco friendly wash treatments and expanding our use of Ozone and Laser technology to along with methods to reduce the chemicals in wash processes.

Do you travel abroad to trend watch? Where? Describe a trip & how it influenced the line.

I travel a variety of places Europe, Asia and North America.  One of the longer trips is to Asia which I do quarterly. I cover numerous countries as they all have a variety of influences, which can inspire different aspects of the collection.

I typically fly to Tokyo, Japan where I will spend 3-4 days shopping the different areas of Tokyo: Shibuya for junior fashions, Harajuku for street fashion Ometesando for Designer collections, Daikanyama for independent boutiques, and Shimokitazawa for junior fashion and vintage. Each area is unique and the people on the streets are all so different. It is always the best part is seeing how individuals put the looks together and to see which trends are going to be the next big thing. Japan has a love for North American vintage so it is great for finding inspiration in vintage fabrics, denim in a boutique atmosphere.

Seoul, Korea is the second stop on the trip.  Seoul is amazing for fast fashion with the wholesale clothing market open 24 hours. They have interesting trends happening along with washes, fabrications and treatments, which translate very well for the North American Market.

What feelings do you want your brand to evoke?

I want all of our customers to feel like the jeans that they are wearing are their best friends. In that I mean that they are always there providing comfort, security, and confidence just as a friend would.

What do you feel makes your brand stand out from the others?

Silver Jeans Co. has been always know for their fit, wash, and fabric along with novel details. Our variety of fits, silhouettes and details really make use stand out. We excel as bringing the best possible value to our customer with our outstanding looks.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of the job is to take innovations in wash, fabric create designs that are accessible to all.  It is a lot of fun to design the raw piece of denim and work with the stitching and wash to create an amazing pair of jeans. Working with indigo is hugely rewarding as the hand work that goes into creating the end product is so varied on any given design.

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Do you have a Silver Jeans Co. favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Meet Me Under the Mistletoe: Holiday Party Dresses

Sleigh bells are ringing, lights are gleaming and you look fabulous. Holiday parties and New Year’s Eve are times to leave all subtlety behind you and embrace lustrous accents that shine almost as brightly as you.  It’s time to shimmer and shake, ladies!

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Sequin Diva: Allover sequins and trendy chevron print make this GB dress on-point for your holiday festivities.
Why we love it: Long sleeves and a higher neckline keep this dress a little mysterious while the shorter length remains fun and flirty.

Dramatic Doll: Scalloped sequins and and a hi-low hem create movement in this Jodi Kristopher dress that begs to be twirled around the dance floor.
Why we love it: A dramatic silhouette ensures that all eyes are on you as you dazzle under the holiday lights.

Sparkling Showstopper: A little shine adds the right touch of star-appeal to this glamorous number by Jodi Kristopher.
Why we love it: The bodycon shape and ruching shows off feminine curves while the exposed one-shoulder allows a playful peek of skin.

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Which style will you be sporting for your own social soirees? Tell us in the comments below!

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Get the Craze: How to Style Critter Apparel

Channeling your inner spirit animal has never been more fabulous than with our selections of critter sweaters and tops. These pieces are packed with personality and can easily be tailored to suit your unique style. We’ve created 3 looks with a few of our favorite critter tops: Playful Americana, Girly Grunge, and Fashionista Sweetheart.

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Playful Americana: Update a classic denim jacket by layering it with this texturally-pleasing owl critter sweater from Copper Key. Open weave and an eyelash owl create interesting focal points while the denim jacket serves as the finishing touch on this playful ensemble. 

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Girly Grunge: Slouchy layers, plaid, and combat boots add just the right amount of edge to this woodland deer top. Fitted skinny leggings balance out the silhouette while layering a shirt underneath adds contrast. And what grunge look isn’t complete without a little bit of plaid?

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Fashionista Sweetheart: We love playing with patterns and textures, and this is a prime example. Starting with a fuzzy owl sweater  as the foundation for this look, we layered a military-style jacket (which contrasts nicely with this foil-dot skirt). During the chilly months, tights are a great addition to brave bold patterns that can elevate an outfit from the ordinary to fashion-forward.

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How will you be styling critter apparel this season? Tell us in the comments below!

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Quiz: Shine in Your Next GB Holiday Dress

It’s the holiday season, and you know what that means! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Actually, let’s face it—  the holidays can be stressful.  Between finishing school and scrambling to find that perfect gift for mom (why is she so hard to shop for!), it’s easy to sacrifice your style when it comes to holiday parties and settle for (dare I say) a cliché Christmas sweater.

Here at Dillard’s, we want to take one less thing off your to-do list by figuring  out your best GB dress— and head-to-toe detail— for your next holiday party. After all, ‘tis the season to shine in your own way!

1. What type of print suits your style?
A. Fierce animal print.
B. Feminine and vintage-inspired —like polka-dots or floral.
C. Chevron or geometric.
D. I’ll pass on prints.

2. What’s the must-have accessory in your purse? 
A. My favorite sunnies!
B. Pen and paper. You never know when inspiration will strike.
C. My cell phone.
D. A small bottle of my favorite perfume.

3. The weekend is coming up! What are your plans?
A. Hang out with my friends. We have our favorite go-to places around town!
B. I’m more of a homebody.  I prefer to read or start a crafty project.
C. Hit up my favorite stores— gotta keep up with the latest trends!
D. Go to the movies for a date night.

4. What’s your favorite jewelry?
A. A bold statement necklace.
B. Gold studs or pearl earrings.
C. Layered bracelets and bangles.
D. Some pretty teardrop or chandelier earrings.

5. Which trend has caught your attention this season?
A. Tribal print cardigans!
B. Fit-and-flare dresses. They’re flattering and feminine.
C. Faux-Leather!  Bring on the luxe layers.
D. Embellished gold studs. A little detail goes a long way!

6. And finally, what are you looking forward to at your holiday party?
A. Celebrating with my friends! Karaoke, anyone?
B. I love the little things! From hot chocolate to spending time with family, I just soak it all in.
C. Exchanging gifts! I know my gift is on everyone’s wish list.
D. Catching my crush under the mistletoe!

Mostly A’s:  

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Fierce and feline-feminine, the GB Animal-Print dress is a natural selection for your bold personality.  The crisscross cutout back mark your trend-spotted style (pun intended) in this season’s wildly popular print.

Shoe Shop:  Brown booties from GB show your down-to-earth attitude with an elevated edge. 

Spritz: A free spirit like you should have a scent to awaken your senses and your feminine prowess. The Juicy Couture Viva Noir perfume offers the best of both worlds with an enticing fragrance that will lure everyone to your charisma.

Finishing Touch: Go for the bold in goldtone metal and clear rhinestone with the Vince Camuto frontal necklace.

Shop the Look: GB Animal-Print Knit DressGB Spot-Lite Buckle-Detail Platform BootiesJuicy Couture Viva Noir & Vince Camuto Necklace

Mostly B’s

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Being the shy-yet-sophisticated gal means chances are parties aren’t really your thing, and that’s okay!  Your holiday dress should be sweet and flirtatious without too much frill.  That’s why the GB Polka-Dot dress is the perfect way to show off your artistic side in a playful fit-and-flare silhouette.

Shoe Shop: Break away from your cute flats collection and step into these buckled-up beauties. We promise you won’t regret it.

Spritz: Daisy by Marc Jacobs is your ideal aroma to channel delicate allure with a mysterious medley. Like this perfume, there’s more to you than meets the eye.

Finishing Touch: Fuchsia studs by Betsey Johnson add a pop of color to this classic black and white combo, while showing off your eye for detail.

Shop the Look: GB Polka-Dot Knit DressGianni Bini Bryce Belted BootiesDaisy by Marc Jacobs & Betsey Johnson Earrings

Mostly C’s:  

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Keen observation (and retail therapy) have shaped you into a style savvy  fashionista who’s always ahead of the trend curve. Be the highlight of your party in this GB Chevron Sequin dress in must-have gold-and-black shimmer.  We love the balance of these long sleeves against this edgy-short hem.

Shoe Shop:  Mix it up with the GB Per-Fect pumps in textural harmony. 

Spritz: Modern Muse by Estée Lauder captures your contemporary confidence in a sleek-silhouette bottle.

Finishing Touch: Grab your party essentials in the Kate Landry clutch in complementary shimmer and goldtone hardware.

Shop the LookGB Chevron Sequin DressGB Per-Fect Pointed-Toe Pumps,  Estée  Lauder Modern Muse & Kate Landry Flap Clutch

Mostly D’s

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Reminiscent of a Grecian goddess, the GB Hi-Low Dress  combines classical draping with contemporary detail.  Whether you’re attending a holiday party with a date, or hoping to catch a certain someone’s attention, this dress speaks to your romantic sensibilities in 21st century glamour (unless Jane Austen regency gowns are more of your thing).

 Shoe Shop: Skip the gladiator sandals for some pointed-toe perfection with the Gianni Bini Tamara pumps.

Spritz: It’s love at first scent with the Miss Dior fragrance. Dreamy blends of floral and delectable fruit create an amorous aroma.

Finishing Touch:  Stash your lipgloss and other makeup touch-ups in the Kate Landry Social clutch for eye-candy shine.  

Shop the Look: GB Sequin-Shoulder Hi-Low DressGianni Bini Tamara Pointed-Toe PumpsMiss Dior &  Kate Landry Social Clutch

Looking for something a little different? Shop all GB dresses here.

What’s your GB holiday dress? Tell us in the comments. 

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Fall 2013: Styling Your Favorite Skinnies

The skinny-fit silhouette creates the perfect foundation to explore fall’s latest trends. Here are 3 of our favorite ways to  incorporate bold prints and daring looks (such as faux-leather and tribal prints) this season:

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Faux-leather can be intimidating, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. Try a hi-low top to soften faux-leather leggings. Finish with chunky booties (we love this pair from Steve Madden) and classic Rayban aviators for a fierce, but balanced look.

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One of our tried-and-true looks for fall is layers. Lots of layers. By adding a variety of lengths (tunic cardigan, tall riding boots, cozy scarf) to your favorite skinny jeans, you create a dimensional look that is cute AND functional for those chilly fall nights. As you bundle, take the opportunity to add prints (such as our elephant print scarf) into your ensemble.

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Tribal prints are still going strong this season, and we love finding new ways to fuse them into our wardrobes. Because these skinnies have such a bold print, we recommend cooling it down with one of our other favorite trends–a chambray top! Combat boots and the MICHAEL Michael Kors dog-tag necklace create a globetrotting look that is perfect for fall.

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How will you be styling your favorite skinnies this fall?

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Style Queen: Find your Homecoming Look

Whether you prefer basking in the limelight or burying your nose in a good book, homecoming is the perfect time to claim your style identity. Dress to impress with our favorite looks and trends for this upcoming season.

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You command attention — from homeroom to lunch — and are sure to shine in this Hailey Logan one-shoulder sequin dress with flattering ruching and a dramatic cutout shoulder. The Steve Madden Spycee dress sandals mirror the same triangular cutout, and their eye-catching bling makes a bold statement. Keep your favorite lip gloss and cell phone close in the Kate Landry Social clutch, and balance the look with the Lauren Ralph Lauren CZ stud earrings. Last, but certainly not least, the MAC 36 lashes create a striking star power effect.

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Even if you’re quiet in the classroom, you’re sure to stand out (in the best way!) in this sweetly feminine dress by B. Darlin. With just the right amount of sparkle and a flowly chiffon skirt, this dress works perfectly with the Betsey Johnson Blue Bells dress sandal. The Nina Lovell bow clutch is girly and whimsical, while the Swarovski cystal drop earrings flirt with sophistication. Finish this ladylike ensemble off with the kate spade new york dot bracelet.

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By balancing your spunky personality with a simple silhouette, you can create the perfect palette for studded accessories that are hot hot hot this season. We are crazy about the BCBGeneration olga ankle-strap pump. A pop of color, stud embellishments and a fun silhouette? Sold! Pair with the MICHAEL Michael Kors stud zip clutch, and you strike a happy balance between chic and edgy. Add hints of femininity and playfulness with a few Betsey Johnson accessories — we love the camera pendent and skull & bow stud earrings. Every good girl has an fierce side, celebrate it!

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How are you creating your own unique looks for homecoming this year?

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Swimming in Style

On a daily basis, you express yourself through your personal style, choosing pieces that accentuate your attributes and flatter your figure. As weather warms and swim season begins, you may be wondering how you will continue to be your fashion-forward self in a swimsuit. Well, we’ve put together a few looks to give you some ideas.

Retro Hollywood Glam

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From Ralph Lauren, the Bel Aire one piece swimsuit in classic black and white has an Old Hollywood glamour with its shirred body and skirted bottom. Complete the look with kate spade new york Cymone sunglasses, this Lauren Ralph Lauren Turtle Bay tote and these MICHAEL Michael Kors jelly sandals.

Ready for the Regatta

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This anchor-print halter top and hipster bottom from Cremieux adds girl-next-door charm to a sleek silhouette. Complete the look with the Cremieux textured sarong, New Wayfarer sunglasses from Ray-Ban, the COACH Legacy Weekend St. James tote and Cisco flip-flop sandals from Sperry Top-Sider.

Free-Spirited Fun

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You can’t take the sand to the beach, but can take the sizzle in the Gianni Bini fringe-detail halter top and tassel tunnel-tie bottom (for an added dash of sass, mix and match the colors). Complete the look with aviator sunglasses from Marc by Marc Jacobs, the Tamara perforated tote from Jessica Simpson and Shimmer flip-flop sandals from Gianni Bini.

What look will you wear this season?

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Graduation Looks 101

Don’t settle for a passing grade on your graduation look. Make top marks with our style guide  — we’ve made it as easy as ABC.

Accessorize

In a sea of caps and gowns, stand out with statement earrings and necklaces. A little shimmer goes a long way.
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 Belt It

Belted dresses accentuate your smallest point for a flattering fit.
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 Consider your gown

Red shoes may seem like a great idea, but maybe not if your gown is a clashing burgundy. Go neutral on shoes for a sleek look before and after the ceremony.
Shop neutral pumps, sandals and wedges.

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Little white dresses are a warm-weather staple. Whether you go dramatic with sequins or sweet with lace, you’ll find an A+ silhouette.

 Shop our picks: Emerald Sundae Ruffle-Front Dress, B. Darlin Lace Halter Dress, Honey and Rosie Belted Embroidered Dress & GB Strapless Sequin Dress

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What are you wearing for graduation?

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Fierce in Floral Denim

It’s spring and flowers aren’t just popping up in gardens. They’re also adding flirty fun to denim jeans and shorts, making them the season’s hottest trend.

Here are a few tips for stepping out in stylish floral-print denim (from left to right):

Texture: Gardens always have variety in shapes and colors, but don’t forget about texture. Top these Miss Me botanical garden skinny jeans with this lace camisole tank or this lace butterfly top to add depth.

Pop of Color:  A multi-colored floral print is easy to pair with a solid top. You can keep it cool with a pastel shade or add pop with something more electric. Either of these cold-shoulder tops from Copper Key are perfect choices for these jeans from Jessica Simpson Jeanswear.

Pattern Play: Don’t be afraid to add other patterns and prints. This Moa Moa chevron-print top in peach and white adds a breezy island effect to these Celebrity Pink floral shorts.

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What floral denim will you pick this season?

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