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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.

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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

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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

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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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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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Must-Read Book: Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful 3.0

Pretty Powerful is a new kind of makeup manual that starts with who you are, rather than how you look. In this book, Bobbi interviews dozens of real women, celebrities, and athletes about what beauty means to them and shows, step-by-step, how to achieve each look. Along the way, she shares her trade secrets for striking eyes, youthful skin, pretty lips, and perfect brows for any age, skin color, or beauty type. Brimming with personal and inspiring beauty stories from Blythe Danner, Alexa Ray Joel, Gabourey Sidibe and many others.

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Have you picked up your copy yet?

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Rush Week: What to Wear

Planning Rush Week looks can be a daunting task. Our top tip? Choose clothes and accessories that you not only feel comfortable in, but also speak to your unique personality. We broke down the sorority recruitment process by day (though schedules vary by university) so you can impress stress-free.

Comfort is key on your first day as you’ll be walking from house to house. Pair your school-issued tee with tailored shorts, cropped pants or a preppy skirt. (We picked a pink pant that’s playful yet polished.) Your secret weapon on this busy day? Blotting tissues. They’ll ensure you’re fresh-faced and oil-free from the first house to the last.
Shop Our Picks: Sanctuary Clothing Cropped Pants, Michael Kors Watch, Bobbi Brown Blotting Tissues, Michael Kors Earrings, Sam Edelman Sandals

Take things up a notch with a sundress. Look to feminine styles with prints or textures to subtly set your look apart. If you still have several houses to visit, opt for a shimmery yet smart flat. When you get down to the final tours, lift your look with a pump or wedge. We chose a bejeweled wedge that catches the sunlight with every step. A cheerful nail polish —  we especially love this coral shade — is a constant reminder that this week is all about having fun and finding your place.
Shop Our Picks: M.S.S.P. Printed Dress, Gianni Bini Wedge, Michael Kors Bracelet, Guerlain Emilio Pucci Nail Lacquer, Anna & Ava Necklace, Vince Camuto Metallic Flat, Gianni Bini Lace Dress

Stand out from the crowd of black dresses with a saturated jewel tone. On-trend details, like one-shoulder necklines and peplums, create a sharp look that also complements your figure. Don’t go too heavy with your accessories. Instead, select one or two statement pieces that truly shine.
Shop Our Picks: Gianni Bini Pump, R.J. Graziano Earrings, R.J. Graziano Bracelets, Gianni Bini Peplum Dress

Keep it fun and simple on this special day. Since you’ll be running to meet your new sisters, slip into the flat sandal you wore on your first day. Wear a lightweight, fitted camisole or top you can layer under the T-shirt your house will give you. There will be plenty of photographs to commemorate the day — so don’t forget your lip gloss for flawless shots.
Shop Our Picks: Gianni Bini Shorts, C&C California Tank, Sam Edelman Sandal, BCBGeneration Sweet Bracelet, Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss, Lilly Pulitzer Sorority iPhone Case

Find looks for Rush Week here.

Do you have any tips for Rush Week? Share them in the comments!

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Twilight & Turquoise: Inspiration for the Newest Bobbi Brown Collection

Bobbi Brown’s latest collection, Desert Twilight, was inspired by end-of-day light in the desert and rich southwestern turquoise. The lovely palette transitions effortlessly from summer to fall and creates a flattering, light-catching look.

We love the Bronzer/Blush Duo with its warm and tawny glow. The new limited edition nail polishes, aptly named Turquoise and Twilight, make your manicure the perfect season-spanning accessory. The Desert Twilight Eye Palette contains 8 shades that complement most skintones. Feeling bold? The Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Blue Moon will add a bright pop of color to your look.

To learn more about the inspiration behind this limited-edition collection from Bobbi herself, check out this video.

Shop the Desert Twilight collection and all Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

What is your favorite piece in this collection? 

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Sunless Tanning: Tips and Tricks

The days are longer, the weather is warmer and it’s time to don shorts and swimsuits. To get that coveted summer glow without the harsh effects of the sun’s damaging rays, try an at home tanner. Don’t be scared to apply at home. Follow these steps for a bronzed look that’s sure to turn heads.

Step 1 – Exfoliate

When creating a masterpiece you need to make sure your canvas is prepped and ready. This is the most important step to achieving self-tan perfection. Tanning products interact with the outer layer of skin. This layer is made up of dead cells that only last 7 to 10 days. Exfoliating ensures you get an even layer of dead skin so your color doesn’t start to peel or crack. Avoid using a heavily oiled product because oil can act as a barrier between the product and your skin.

Products to try: Fashion Fair Refining Face and Body ScrubBobbi Brown Beach Body Scrub or Xen-Tan Premium Sunless Tan Body Scrub

Step 2 – Moisturize

One of the biggest tells of a self-tan disaster? Cracks around our elbows and knees and fine lines on the ankles and wrists. By layering on an oil-free moisturizer before using the tanning product, you’ll keep the color from settling into cracks. You can also use a gradual tanning moisturizer to remedy this problem.

Products to try: Tan Towel On The Glow Self-Tanning MoisturizerPhilosophy Hope Daily Oil-Free Moisturizer for Normal to Oily Skin SPF 30 or Origins Zero Oil™ Oil-Free Lotion with Saw Palmetto & Mint

Step 3 – Apply

First, make sure you are not in a humid or hot room. You should not be sweating when you start application.

  • For lotions or creams do one appendage at a time. Quickly apply in a circular motion to avoid streaks. Wash your hands thoroughly in between applying cream to your legs and arms. Use a nail brush on your nails, and don’t forgot the sides of your hands, thumbs and knuckles.
  • For spray, start with the bottom of your legs and work your way up. This way you won’t mess up the color on your stomach by bending over! Always keep the mist and wrist moving. To get spray on your back, spray your tanner behind you and walk into it, like you walk into a sprtiz of perfume. Do this 2-3 times to make sure enough tanner gets on your skin.

Products to try: bareMinerals Faux Tan Body Moisturizerbliss A Tan for All SeasonsBody Bling Original by Scott BarnesEstee Lauder Bronze Goddess Golden Perfection Self-Tanning Milk or Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion

Step 4 – Dry

Don’t get dressed or sit on furniture until your tanner is fully dried. A blast from your hair dryer on the cool setting can help speed this along.

More tips and tricks:

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Do you have any tips or tricks that work for you? Tell us in the comments! 

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Bobbi Brown: Long-Wear Eye Collection

Does creasing eye makeup make you cringe? Does fading eyeliner make you furious? Are you sick and tired of touching up your eye makeup midday?

Then it’s time to make room in your cosmetics bag for the Long-Wear Eye Collection from Bobbi Brown. Long-Wear Cream Shadows (also available in metallics) go on smooth and last all day without creasing or smearing. The Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner gives you the look of liquid liner with the ease and feel of a gel formula. Dillards.com customers love it so much they gave it a 5-star review. Do you prefer your liner to come in pencil form? The Long-Wear Pencil lasts up to 12 hours. That’s half a day! Your eyelashes haven’t been forgotten either. The Long-Wear Mascara not only delivers lush, thick lashes but can stand up to elements (and even a few tears) for up to 16 hours.

The staying power of these products makes creasing, fading and touch ups a thing of the past. And with Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Eye Collection providing all-day coverage, your makeup bag might get a bit lonely. Watch the video to learn more about lonely makeup bag syndrome.

Your makeup bag will learn to get over it. We promise.

Check out our entire collection of Bobbi Brown makeup on Dillards.com.

Which products do you look forward to using, without any touch-ups? Tell us in the comments!

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