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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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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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Fit Tips: How to Find Your Perfect Swimsuit

Have questions about swimsuit shopping? We crowd sourced our creative team for their most puzzling pool-wear quandaries. Check out the resulting swimsuit FAQ for expert tips on fit and styling.

Q: Can I add volume to my chest without resorting to push-up cups?

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A: Don’t be so quick to dismiss push-up styles. Modern push-up cups are soft and subtle for a natural appearance. Plus, many styles are offset with feminine accents, so you can rest assured you won’t look like you’re swimming in your bra.

But if you’re still not sold, try two of our favorite new trends: handkerchief and fringe bikini tops. Both styles are flattering and free-spirited, creating the illusion of a larger chest while balancing the overall shape of your figure.

Shop the Suits: Coco Rave Practical Magic Underwire Top, Gianni Bini Butterfly-Print Flutter Top,  Roxy Surf Essentials Fringe Bandeau Top

Q: Do I have to stick with solids to look my slimmest? 

SwimImage2 A: Of course not! Just remember, small-scale prints minimize while large-scale prints emphasize. Mixing and matching different patterns and solids lets you spotlight your best assets. For example, pairing a boldy printed bikini or tankini top with a solid bottom is a simple, chic way to keep the focus on your upper body.

Shop the Suits: GB Bird-Print Halter Top & Stripe Hipster BottomChristina Swimwear Woman Floral-Print Tankini Top, Coco Rave So Social Bandeau Top & Solid Bottom

Q: Any tips for finding tummy-taming suits that aren’t constricting?

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A: We’re loving this season’s peasant-inspired tankini tops. They’re fitted through the bust but softly skim your midsection for a slimming illusion. Blouson tops – which feature loose bodies with banded hems – keep you covered and feeling confident even when you’re in the water.

Spanx and Magicsuit swimsuits are also great options. Both lines offer comfortable control designs that couple light compression with flattering accents (like draping, shirring and tiers) for a slimmed-down look in seconds.

Shop the Suits: Athena Pick Your Fit Mandalay Bandini Top,  Kenneth Cole Reaction True Love Tankini Top, Spanx Riveting Ruching One-Piece Swimsuit 

Q: I’m young but not confident about my rear and upper thighs. How do I hide my problem areas and still look my age? 

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A: Skirted bikini bottoms and swimdresses not only conceal your lower body, but also make a feminine statement. In fact, we find many skirted suits flirtier than traditional bikinis. Look for skirts with ruffled or pleated hems to achieve that coveted balance of coverage and youth.

Another way to minimize thighs and hips? Put the emphasis on your upper body. Think ruffled bandeau tops, shoulder-accentuating halter tops, or striped tops paired with solid bottoms. Basically, anything that draws the eye up.

Shop the Suits: Betsey Johnson Beauty Mark Floral-Print Swimdress, Kenneth Cole New York Haute Wave Bandeau Top & Skirted Bottom, Eco Swim Galaxy Ruffle Bandeau Top & Hipster Bottom

Q: How do I choose a suit that complements my skin tone?

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A: Finding a swimsuit that complements your complexion is just like shopping for a dress or top. If you always feel good in purple, take some purple suits into the dressing room. And though black is a traditionally slimming choice, avoid it in favor of other dark shades (navy, plum, olive) if you typically look washed out in it.

To fake a tan, turn to warm shades such as coral, orange, red and neon. These hot hues not only bring a bronze glow to pale complexions, but also enhance darker skin tones. 

Shop the Suits: Miraclesuit Up & Coming One-Piece Swimsuit,  Gianni Bini Striped Ruffle Top & BottomGB Monokini One-Piece Swimsuit 

Q: I want a coverup that provides coverage but is still sexy. Any suggestions?

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A: Coverups are key to pulling together a glam pool or beach look. While caftans are a classic choice, we’re smitten with this season’s crochet styles. They provide crucial coverage but also reveal playful hints of skin – the best of both worlds.

If you’re trying to pack lightly for vacation, go with a maxi dress. The multitasking silhouette pairs with flip-flops for the beach and wedge sandals for dinner.

Shop the Suits: Gianni Bini Crochet Tank Coverup, Becca Colorized Romper CoverupTrina Turk Tokyo Bay Maxi Dress Coverup

Click here to see our entire selection of women’s swimsuits.

Do you have fit or styling tips? Tell us in the comments!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Coat Class: The Anatomy of the Perfect Trench

The trench is a season-spanning piece — but what exactly makes this classic so essential? We took a closer look at a BCBGeneration trench coat to learn why the storied style is a must-have again and again.

From classic khaki to ribbon-trimmed, there’s a trench for every personal style and body type. Find yours here.

Do you prefer a basic or statement trench? Share in the comments. 

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Statement Handbags: Have Fun & Turn Heads!

There’s no need to start fall with styles that blend into the background. Punch up your wardrobe with a bag that draws second looks and starts conversations. We’ve picked the best ways to play with your handbag wardrobe this season.

Unique Details: This zip over satchel from Kathy Van Zeeland stands out from the crowd with whimsical zipper details and a silver giraffe print. With its intricate decorative beading and peacock feather motif, this Nina Mae Fully Beaded Peacock clutch combines upscale and quirky. The T Tahari Olivia tote steps up a simple shape with distinctive colorblocking and the curved lines of the front pocket.

Rich Colors: Betsey Johnson knows a thing or two about making statements, and her Neon Lights Jelly satchel says it all with a vibrant neon green. Brilliant scarlet dials up the drama for this Indio leather bucket from The Sak. On the other end of the color spectrum, bold blue hues take this BCBGMAXAZRIA Evening clutch from staple to stunner.

Fresh Silhouettes: We love the rounded shape and vertical front zipper pockets of the Vince Camuto Cristina hobo and the asymmetrical front flap of the Hobo Original Zara cross-body bag. The vegetable tanned Cavo tote from Patricia Nash is dressed up with delightfully unexpected cutouts and ruffles along the top edge for a fresh take on a classic.

Touchable Textures: What some designs use as a decoration, the Steve Madden Fringy Fringe hobo uses as a centerpiece. An unexpected panel of hair calf invites touch and adds an unexpected edge to the Brahmin Kensington Collection Taylor tote (and it’s only available at Dillard’s)! For turning heads and starting conversations, though, nothing beats the owlishly offbeat UGG Australia Foxley Flap shoulder bag, with its over-the-top textures, chain strap and antiqued brasstone hardware.

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What handbag statement type fits your style best?

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Style It: Tights & Leggings

This season’s must-haves: brightly colored and patterned tights or leggings. Not sure how to style them?  Check out our 4 examples below to get that effortlessly on-trend look for your wardrobe.

Bright Tights

Much like colored denim, brightly colored tights add a perfectly bold touch to your look. You don ‘t have to keep the rest of your look subdued. A leopard-print tunic and studded smoking slippers keep your ensemble fashionable yet comfortable for a workday or shopping. To finish off the look, reach across the color wheel for a bag that punches up your palette.

Shop the look: Collective Concepts Smockneck Shirtdress, Hue Opaque Non-Control Top Tights, MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Top Zip East West Tote, Betsey Johnson Bliiingg Smoking Slippers

Patterned Tights

Not quite ready to take the leap to a bright leg? Then start your hosiery exploration with patterned tights. Depending on the pattern, they can add edge or sophistication to your outfit. For a sleek workday look, pair them with a tailored dress and authoritative pumps. A patterned bag coordinates perfectly with this option. Take this look to dinner by adding on a bold lip or a statement necklace.

Shop the look: T Tahari Libby Ponte Knit Dress, Spanx Tight-End Filigree Patterned Tights, Antonio Melani Joanne Pumps, Brahmin Melbourne Collection Anytime Mini Shoulder Bag

Cord Leggings

When the weather turns cooler, leggings are a great option for keeping warm. But how do you keep your look from getting too casual? Pair them with soft fabrics and feminine accessories. A chiffon tunic balances the corduroy perfectly, while the stones in these earrings subtly echo the jewel-tone hues. Add cute booties or pumps to finish it off.

Shop the look: MM Couture by Miss Me Printed Chiffon Tunic, Hue Corduroy Leggings, Sam Edelman Louie Booties, Betsey Johnson Moroccan Medallion Drop Earrings

Print Leggings

Just add printed leggings to instantly take your closet favorites to fashionably fabulous. A long tee is an easy option for these leopard-print leggings. Take a full dive into rock star mode with a spiked bangle, moto-inspired boots and a sleek leather jacket.

Shop the look: Buffalo David Bitton Nepeta Faux Leather Jacket, Sanctuary Clothing Short-Sleeve Screen Print Top, Hue The Original Jeans Leopard Print Leggings, BCBGeneration Halen Moto-Inspired Boots, Natasha Accessories Pyramid Stretch Bracelet

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Which look are you excited to try?

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