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Whimsical Animal Motifs Channel Nostalgic Charm

What do owls, peacocks and wolves have in common? They’re all part of a women’s fashion trend that features whimsical animal prints on tops and sweaters. Create a look around your favorite animal with these fun, nostalgic pieces. For a casual look, couple these fanciful prints with leggings or with a pencil skirt for a polished look with personality.

Designs featuring owls are some of the most popular to crop up as part of this motif. One of our favorites is this quirky owl sweater from Kensie.  A friendly owl peeks out from the front of the top, while elbow patches add sophistication. This owl-print tee from Chelsea & Violet flaunts vintage charm while flattering your figure with ruched sides. This tunic tee from Chelsea & Violet gives you a different take on the trend with owls creating horizontal stripes — one owl stands out in metallic gold.

Peacocks and feathers are another popular theme. The Liza tee from Lucky Brand Jeans flaunts a peacock print adorned with metallic studs, giving you a touch of bling. An eye-catching blue peacock print adorns this black thermal top from Lucy Brand Jeans. Colorblock birds brighten the classic Melbourne sweater from French Connection. Blues, browns and creams stand out against the black background, with one bird turned to look outward.

Wolves have long been thought of as mystical, majestic creatures. Flaunt your love for these noble animals with this wolf-print tee from Chelsea & Violet. An asymmetric hem creates a chic silhouette.

Check out all of our animal motif items here.

What animal motif is your favorite?

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Go West: Cowgirl Kicks

This season our favorite designers are making the Old West new again. With details as vast and varied as the frontier, there’s a cowgirl boot for every style. Dying to lasso fringe or wrangle studs? No matter which accent suits your fancy, most Western-inspired boots have low heels and mid-calf shafts. Translation: all-day comfort, year round. Giddy up!

Shop our picks: Kensie Branches & Blooms Floral-Print Dress & Sam Edelman Louie Booties, THML Polka-Dot Dress & BCBGeneration Bastille Western Booties, Gianni Bini Ruthie Dress & Lucky Brand Madonna Western-Inspired Boots
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Shop our picks: Chelsea & Violet Colored Denim Skinny Jeans & D.V. by Dolce Vita Lujan-2 Western-Inspired Boots, Joe´s Jeans The Skinny Jeans & Steve Madden Rifffle Western-Inspired Booties, Miss Me Jeans Heavy Metal Flap Skinny Jeans & Arturo Chiang Remi Western-Inspired Boots
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Shop our picks: Kensie Fuzzy Lace Dress & Lucchese Neomi Stitch Python-Print Boots, Adrianna Papell Strapless Rosette-Skirt Gown & Volatile Hustle Jeweled Harness Boots, JS Collections Illusion Neckline Dress & Frye Women´s Billy Pull-On Boots
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How will you style your cowgirl kicks this season?

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Pajama Party: Overhaul Your Nighttime Wardrobe

Are you stuck in a PJ rut? Is the elastic coming out of your favorite jammy pants? Are your jimjams mismatched? Then it’s time for a full-on overhaul of your nighttime wardrobe.

Become your own slumber stylist and check out some of this season’s cutest styles at our pajama party.

Rock your Romper: Rompers give you the comfort of a one piece coupled with the cuteness of a short set.  We love the lace details on this Josie Lychee lace-trim romper and the ruffles on the Luscious Lite romper from Betsey Johnson.

Get Matchy-Matchy: Matching sets create an instantly cozy look that’s a no-brainer when you’re ready to snooze. Polka dots give this top and capris set from Jasmine & Ginger a retro vibe while the understated animal print on this Jasmine & Ginger tank and boxer set gives you an on-trend way to catch some z’s.

Sleep Tight in Sleepshirts: Get the freedom of a dress with a comfortable sleepshirt. The Tullah’s Garden tunic sleepshirt from Kensie flaunts bold stripes and an easy-to-lounge-in style. The Lauren Ralph Lauren Classic His Shirt sleepshirt gives you the menswear look with a cut that’s made just for you.

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Which style do you like to sleep in?

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Game On: What to Wear Tailgating

Show off your team spirit — and your personal style — this tailgating season with looks that couple your love of football and fashion.

  1. Winning Style: Thanks to chicka~d, oversize logo tees are a thing of the past. We layered a leather jacket over this one-shoulder dress for a touch of edge (and warmth). Booties keep your feet comfortable, while a crossbody bag allows hands-free snacking and socializing.
  2. Sporty Chic: Who says game-day gear can’t be on-trend and team-oriented? Simply snag a pair of colored jeans in your school’s signature shade and finish with an elegantly draped sweater. Complete the look with statement accessories — like riding boots and a chunky necklace. Festive nails solidify your commitment to the home team.
  3. Spirited Shimmer: Elevate the tailgating experience with a flirty dress (in your college’s color, of course). We chose a swingy silhouette with a touch of shine to commemorate the big win. A dressy yet easy-to-carry bag keeps your essentials close. Pumps or flats complete the look, just be sure to consider the terrain at your tailgate.

Shop our entire selection of women’s apparel to create your own game-day wardrobe.

Do you have a lucky look for football games? Tell us about it in the comments. 

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Word of the Week: Peter Pan Collar

It’s been said that there’s nothing new under the sun — in fashion and beyond. And while we can’t argue that Peter Pan collars are fresh on the scene (they first became popular in the early 1900s), there’s no denying that our favorite designers re-imagined the style with whimsy this season.

Shop Our Picks: Kensie Beaded-Collar Dress, BCBGeneration Collared Shift Dress, kate spade new york Collar Necklace, Carolee Pearl Collar Necklace

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Will you rock a collar this season? Tell us in the comments.

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Wild Idea: Refresh Your Wardrobe with Animal Prints

Prints are an important part of a well-balanced wardrobe — but do you find yourself reaching for the same patterns again and again? Shake things up with animal prints. We matched classic patterns with their safari-style equivalents, so you can find the animal print that works best with the rest of your clothes.

Why it Works: Sultry, retro and chic — polka dots and leopard spots share a similar sense of style. Contrast colors compose both prints. Translation: If polka dots play well with your wardrobe, so will leopard print.
What to Wear: We like to think of leopard as a neutral and especially love statement pieces, like this Cremieux short, Calvin Klein dress and Vince Camuto top. But if you’re still uncertain about opting for spots, start small with a fierce shoe or handbag.

Why it Works: We know how it goes: you buy one striped top, and suddenly, your closet is full of them. Switch up your seafaring vibe with safari-inspired zebra print. The stylized stripes deliver the same striking look, plus a little extra attitude.
What to Wear: Like classic stripes, zebra works best on a tee or dress. These Vince Camuto, Kensie and Laura Max designs all feature unexpected pops of color.

Why it Works: Lace and snake may seem like polar opposites, but these tactile treats are actually interchangeable. Wear your favorite clutch and peep-toe pump with a lace blouse one night and a snake-print dress the next.
What to Wear: Don’t be afraid to wear snake as a statement; the print’s small scale has a slimming effect. Try this MICHAEL Michael Kors pant for an edgy look, and this Kensie dress or Chelsea & Theodore skirt for a flowier feel.

Why it Works: If you love floral designs, you’ll fall for feather and peacock prints. Debut a feather-print dress at your next special event for a feminine statement that stands out from the crowd.
What to Wear: When it comes to feather prints, bolder is better. Wear this Buffalo David Bitton dress or Jessica Howard dress just as you would your favorite floral frock. Style this Investments top with skinny jeans.

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Do you like animal prints, or do you prefer to stick to the classics? Tell us in the comments!

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Lingerie: The Edge Shop

Looking for a one-stop shop for all of your lounge and bedtime wardrobe needs? Then check out The Edge Shop at Dillard’s. It’s a contemporary boutique full of the latest trends, cutest fashions and hottest looks from some of your favorite lingerie designers.

Shop the looks: 1. Kensie Valerie Abroad Camisole & Geo Print Boxer Shorts 2. Betsey Johnson Tricot Swing Slip 3. Hanky Panky Riviera Fling Original Rise Thong 4. Honeydew Intimates Rumba Mesh Bow Short To see all The Edge Shop has to offer click here. What are some of your favorite looks in The Edge Shop?

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Beyond Blue: How to Wear Printed Denim

Go beyond blue this season with bold, printed denim. We took one of our favorite pairs from Joe’s Jeans and styled it four different ways. Rest assured, these floral-print pants are no one-wear wonder.

  1. Casual Friday: Make casual Friday “Take Your Style to Work Day.” Here we offset the pant’s colorful print with a crisp white blouse. A collection of classic accessories, a Michael Kors watch and handbag and Antonio Melani sandal, perfect the polished look.
  2. Evening Out: Cut the floral’s sweetness with edgy zip-front sandals, shoulder-dusting earrings and a studded clutch. The bright pink top by BCBGMAXAZRIA complements the fun print but keeps the look sophisticated with a single sleeve.
  3. Retro Weekend: Play up the jean’s feminine print with retro-inspired styling. Cat-eye sunglasses and loafers channel 1950s glamour. Maintain your modernity by adding stacked bangles and a Cremieux striped top.
  4. Summer Festival: Easy does it when you’re spending your day in the sun. Choose a breezy top and strappy sandal for a look that’s cool and comfy. A bright Cole Haan cross-body bag keeps your cell phone and other essentials stylishly secure while a golden cuff adds a touch of shine.

Shop our selection of women’s printed denim here.

Have a styling question? Tell us in the comment and we’ll post about it!


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Mixology: Master the Print-Mixing Trend

Love the look of mixed prints but aren’t sure where to start? Follow our quick guide and you’ll be a mixologist in no time.

Shop the Looks: 1. Kensie Roses-Print Top and Antonio Melani Stripe Pencil Skirt 2. Awake Embellished Tribal-Print Top and Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Crystal-Print Pants 3. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Polka-Dot Jersey Dress and Gianni Bini Camelia Leopard-Print Platform Wedge Espadrilles

Get mixing! Browse our entire selection of women’s clothing here.

Do you mix prints? Tell us in the comments!

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The Edge: Our Contemporary Buyer’s Spring Picks

To say our women’s contemporary buyer is busy would be an understatement. After all, she’s charged with finding the latest and greatest before anyone else. We managed to catch up with Megan (between meetings at market no less) to talk about The Edge Shop, spring’s essential styles and her love of bold color.

Shop the Picks: 1. Greylin Palmer Tassel Belt Dress 2. Sanctuary Clothing Rosewater Floral Blouse & Catcher Shorts 3. Gianni Bini Madeleine Sweater & Annette Skirt 4. MM Couture by Miss Me One-Shoulder Dress 5. BCBGMAXAZRIA Abee Pleated Gown

Q: What is The Edge: Contemporary Shop? What makes it different?
A: It’s the department where you’ll find on-trend looks for work and play and everything in between. The Edge features premium denim lines like Joe’s Jeans and Rich & Skinny, modern collections like French Connection and Sanctuary, and great tops and dresses from brands like MM Couture and Aryn K.

Q: How would you describe the contemporary point of view in three words?
A: Forward, confident, fearless — and fun and independent. Do I have to choose just three? Contemporary is a mindset, not an age.

Q: What lines or designers are you most excited about this spring?
A: Kensie looks great this season. Their color palette is current but has a unique twist. Sanctuary, French Connection, Chelsea & Violet and Gianni Bini all have fantastic spring lineups. And I can’t get enough of Rich & Skinny’s colored denim.

Q: So what are you wearing to your market appointments this week?
A: I’m excited for spring dresses and styling, but March weather can still be chilly. I’m relying on statement blazers and jackets that I can quickly toss on or take off. Another go-to pairing is my foam green Rich & Skinny cropped jeans with the white French Connection Cass blazer. It’s a really fresh, clean look.

Q: What will you be wearing this spring and summer?
A: Lots of dresses, hi-low hems, lace details, colored denim and maxi dresses.  

Q: If you had to choose one spring statement, what would it be?
A: Bold color: colorblocking, bright denim, saturated blouses, bright floral, geo prints, even lace. Have you seen all the colors the BCBGMAXAZRIA knit power skirt is available in? I’m even excited for bright colors in swim — Gianni Bini has some vibrant swimsuits that are easy to mix and match.

Q: What emerging designers do we need to look out for?
A: I’m really loving Greylin — their flirty dresses have a cool edge that miraculously works for everyone. Jill Jill Stuart has beautiful dresses that are also versatile and appropriate for many different occasions. C&C California has perfect knits (really, you have to touch them!) that come in a range of modern silhouttes. Also check out Patterson J. Kincaid for cool pieces with surprising details, like long fringe ties on a silky blouse or metallic sheen on a pleated maxi dress.

Shop all of Megan’s expert picks here. Or, browse our entire selection of women’s contemporary clothing at The Edge.


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