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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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Bronzers: Get a Sun-Kissed Glow

One of our favorite beauty products to use for summer? Bronzers. They give you a healthy glow, add a touch of delicate shimmer and create face-flattering contour.

Products to try: 1. Lancome Star Bronzer Long Lasting Bronzing Powder Natural Glow 2. Too Faced Peach Leopard Bronzer 3. Guerlain Terra Soleia Tan Enhancing Bronzer Face Decollete

Tool: 4. MAC 150 Large Powder Brush (it’s less dense than a bronzer brush so it won’t pick up as much product)

Application: Sweep the bronzer across your hairline, temples, cheekbones and jawline. Dust a tiny bit over your nose, collarbone and (if your are wearing your hair up or pulled back) over the tops of your ears. Doing this will give you that lightly kissed-by-the-sun look. If you choose a product that has added shimmer you can even sweep it across your shoulders when you wear something strapless for an added touch of light-catching shine.

Products to try: MAC Bronzing Powder, Dior Diorskin Shimmer Star, Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder

Tools: Studio Gear #15 Angled Bronzer Brush, Dior Backstage Cheek Brush, MAC #109 Small Contour Brush

Application:

  1. Starting with your bronzer brush and bronzer, suck in your cheeks as hard as you can and make a “fishy” face. Apply your bronzer in the hollow area this creates. Guide your brush upwards along the curve of the hollow. It should be similar to the line and angle of your jaw.
  2. Now, get your blush and blush brush. Give yourself a big smile in the mirror and apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks (the apple is where your cheeks poof out the most when you smile) and then sweep it up towards your temple.  Next, without adding any additional blush to your brush, blend it in with your bronzer to smooth harsh lines. If you move your brush in small circles, you will achieve a natural-looking blend.
  3. Lastly, get your powder brush and highlight color. Dust a small bit (a little goes a long way) right below the eye and onto the cheek bone. If you smile again your cheekbones are easy to find — it’s the flat part above the apple. Pull the brush out towards the temple, and you are finished. Just like that, you have a contoured and defined cheek!

Shop all bronzers and makeup brushes here.

How do you wear your bronzer? Tell us in the comments! 

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Fashion 101: Bright Shoes + Polished Toes

It’s a simple fashion formula. First, add statement color to your look with bright shoes. Then multiply their effect with the right shade on your toes. To exponentially increase your style factor, we’ve summed up our favorite color combinations.

Shop the looks:
Lancome Le Vernis Divine Lasting Color Nail Lacquer in Tangerine Tint+Steve Madden Tampaa Wedge Sandals

MAC Reel Sexy Lacquer in In the Dark Purple+BCBGeneration Zenas Sandals

butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer Teddy Girl+MICHAEL Michael Kors Jelly Sandals

Shop all bold and bright shoes here. Shop nail polish here.

Which look will you try?

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MAC: Hey, Sailor!

The nautical trend is all over our wardrobe and now with MAC’s Hey, Sailor! collection it’s poised to take over your beauty cabinet. This set is full of colors and shades that will turn your tide. You’ll ride the high seas of style with of-the-moment colors that MAC is known for, plus classics that everyone can appreciate. We got all hands on deck to tell you about some of our favorite products in the collection.

  • Set sail with new eyeshadows in seafaring hues like Feeling Fresh and Nautical Navy.
  • Bronzing powder (also available in Longwear) gives your look a shipshape summer glow.
  • Bold lips anchor your face — what nautical collection is complete without a bold red like Red Racer or a bright and cheery coral-tinted orange like Sail la Vie?
  • We love the new cheeky powder blush and the new highlight powder. When worn together, they’ll put you in 20,000 leagues of your own.
  •  For eyes that “pier” into the soul, the new Powerpoint eye pencils are a must-have.
  • Don’t be surprised  if the Captain “keels over” when you swab the deck wearing Bronzing to the Beach Body Oil.

Set a course for a fresh summer look and shop all MAC products at Dillard’s.com.

This limited edition collection won’t be around for long! Which color are you ready to try? 

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Lips & Tips: Get Matchy-Matchy

The hottest trend in beauty right now? Matching your lipstick or lipgloss to your nail polish. We love making a bright and colorful statement with our nails and lips, and luckily MAC Cosmetics and butter London polishes are on board too.

The Lippy collection from butter London took five of their most popular nail shades and created a matching lipgloss.

The Fashion Set from MAC does the same thing but goes one step further with matching a lipsticklipglass and nail lacquer.

Match your pucker to your digits at Dillards.com.

What do you think of this trend? Will you try any of these shades? Tell us in the comments! 

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Juniors Prom Trends: Bright Colors

Brilliant brights are one of this season’s biggest trends. From juicy citrus hues to bold berries, you can’t go wrong with a splash of color at prom.

  1. We love the eye-catching neon coral shade of this Morgan & Co. H-Back dress. Play up the sparkle on the straps and waist by adding some crystal chandelier earrings.
  2. Accessorizing is made easy with the necklace-illusion halter on this Hailey Logan chiffon dress. Add a statement bangle to complete the look.
  3. Take your look from elegant to party-ready with a convertible dress. When it’s time to bust a move, just remove the added skirt layers on this Morgan & Co. tiered dress for dance floor worthy styling.

Going with a neutral dress? You can still add a touch of the trend to your look through your manicure.

  1. A classic hot pink hue, like Steamy from MAC, looks great against black or prints. When pairing with other brights look to a complimentary color like lime green to make it pop.
  2. Whether you are going for a sunny dress or keeping it classic in ivory or neutral, a jewel toned mani in Purple Passion from Estee Lauder will keep your fingertips on-trend.
  3. If you can’t wait to put on your sky-blue gown, or you chose a striking silver shade, then Orange You Glad You Came from Michael Marcus is the lacquer for you.

Shop all prom at Dillards.com. Don’t forget to enter the Ultimate Prom Sweepstakes from Dillard’s and Seventeen Magazine!

Will you be rocking a bright color at prom this year? Tell us in the comments!

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Bright Idea: How to Wear Bold Spring Colors

Meet spring’s best and brightest hues: orange, yellow, cobalt and pink. Read on to learn why we love them and how to wear them.

Intense Orange

Why We Love It: Citrusy and refreshing, orange embodies the spirit of spring. Pantone® even named Tangerine Tango the official color of 2012.
How to Wear It: Don’t be intimidated — this warm shade is flattering against most skin tones. For colorblock looks, orange works well with blue, purple, pink and red. Want just a taste? Sweeten your style with an orange lip or nail color.
What to Wear: 1. Gianni Bini Johnson Jacket 2. BCBGeneration Print Dress 3. Gianni Bini Jessica Dress 4. butter LONDON Nail Lacquer 

Not-So Mellow Yellow

Why We Love It: Once restricted to pastel offerings, yellow is back and brighter than ever. Our favorite shades run a sun-kissed spectrum, from soft to shocking and everything in between.
How to Wear It: We love yellow with natural colors and textures, like nude, white and raffia. Style a yellow blouse or blazer with crisp white pants for an office look that’s cheerfully chic.
What to Wear: 1. Calvin Klein Chiffon Dress 2. BB Dakota Chiffon Blouse 3. Tahari by ASL Sleeveless Dress 4. Gianni Bini Clarice Dress

Cool Cobalt

Why We Love It: Rich and saturated, cobalt will quench even the strongest color cravings. An added perk? Unlike many blues, it pairs well with denim.
How to Wear It: Cobalt coupled with green is our current obsession — but we love this crisp shade with just about everything. Turn to shoes and jewelry for a quick fix that you can add to any look.
What to Wear: 1. Gianni Bini Suella Dress 2. Buffalo Ophelia Jacket 3. Buffalo Claribel Top 4. Anna & Ava Zebra Ring & Jessica Simpson Marcie Wedge

Powerful Pink

Why We Love It: It’s the new power color. A feistier take on past pinks,  this season’s shade is strong and confident.
How to Wear It: Even as an accent, pink packs a punch. But that doesn’t mean it won’t play well with your favorite colors. Orange, yellow, green and red all get along famously with pink. Crushing but not head over heels? Pick up a pink lipstick or blush — you’ll adore the rosy glow it gives your complexion.
What to Wear: 1. Matty M Colorblock Dress 2. Calvin Klein Denim Leggings 3. MICHAEL Michael Kors Beaded Top 4. MAC Lipstick in Lustering

Can’t get enough? Shop more colors and styles here.

What colors are you loving this season?

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What to Wear: Juniors Valentine Looks

We’ve put together some of our favorite styles to get you ready for whatever your Valentine’s Day holds.

Fun & Flirty Date

Whether you are going for a burger or for a low-key night of bowling, your casual-cool look says you’re fun to hang out with and aren’t taking anything too seriously (except fashion, of course!). This GB Gianni Bini top flirts with laser cut-outs so keep your accessories simple with delicate hoop earrings from Betsey Johnson. The top’s lovely purple hue lends itself perfectly to natural makeup. Keep your lips luscious with MAC Tour de Fabulous Lipglass in Check This Out. Our scent recommendation for a casual date: Vera Wang’s Princess.

Romantic Date

If your plans for this evening involve dinner by candlelight, you can’t go wrong with a fiery red silhouette like this Jodi Kristopher one-shoulder dress. Keep all of your date night essentials (lip gloss, mints, compact mirror) in this heart-shaped clutch from Kate Landry. The metal mesh adds a touch of shine to your ensemble. Make sure your eye makeup is smoldering when your date gazes into your eyes with this kit from Too Faced. Our scent recommendation for a romantic date: Marc Jacobs’ Oh, Lola!

An Evening with the Girls

Do you plan on spending V-Day with your best girlfriends, maybe grabbing a cup of coffee or getting a mani/pedi? Show off your flair for fashion with this Living Doll tie-front top. Pair it with the Fossil Maddox cross-body for a Bohemian, polished look. The Clinique Color Surge Eye Shadow Trio in Blushing Nude completes your look with an anything but fussy finish. Our scent recommendation for a night with girlfriends: True Religion’s Hippie Chic.

What look will you be rocking this Valentine’s day? Tell us in the comments!

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Beauty: Valentine’s Gifts

Looking to gift yourself or a friend with a sweet beauty treat on February 14th? Stick with the theme of the day and pick something in a blushing pink or fiery red hue. Here are our picks:

  1. Who needs flowers with Lancome’s La Roseraie Illuminating Smooth Powder? This bed of roses compact combines a rosy shade with pastel shimmer for the perfect all-in-one product for cheeks and face.
  2. butter LONDON’s 3 Free Lacquer in Primrose Hill Picnic is a happy and tropical pink that  will wear well into the spring and summer.
  3. Get a punch of color right in the kisser with MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Love Forever.

  1. A classic red lip is perfect for Valentine’s. Try out Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Merlot  for a pretty pout.
  2. Why not pamper yourself with a sultry manicure? You’ll feel like a queen when you paint your nails with Dior’s Vernis Nail Lacquer in Red Royalty.
  3. Keep the love alive each day you carry this Estee Lauder Love Powder Compact. It is filled (and refillable) with Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder and decorated with elegant stones.

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Cosmetics Buzz: MAC Naturally

Natural makeup is the easiest way to achieve a down-to-earth and understated look. With MAC’s new collection, Naturally, you get gorgeous shades in a dreamy palate.

This collection includes new Mineralize Skinfinish, Eye Shadow, Blush and more.  We love the Naturally Cremesheen lipstick in A Perfect Day topped with Naturally Lipglass in Naked Space for a perfect nude lip.

Shop the entire Naturally collection or any MAC product at Dillards.com.

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