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It’s a shirt, it’s a dress . . . It’s a shirt dress!

Spring is in full swing, and if there’s one outfit that you have GOT to add to your closet right now, it’s the shirt dress. Why? In short, it’s a classic, versatile piece, that transitions easily through the seasons. Wear it with your rain boots today, then style it up with some wedges come summer.

Read on for everything you ever wanted to know about this effortless year-round look, including how to shop the style on sale.

What is a shirt dress?

A women’s shirt dress is essentially a long, button-down, collared shirt worn as a dress. The classic shirt dress features buttons and a collar, but there are many variations on today’s styles, including the t-shirt dress.

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Where did the style come from?

Inspired by menswear, the shirt dress was a product of World War II because of its utilitarian function as an everyday dress manufactured from readily available and practical fabrics. When they became popular as a fashion statement in the 1950s, they were called “shirtwaist” dresses, and featured more feminine detailing, such as tailored waists and full skirts. Christian Dior pioneered the style in his “New Look” collection, and the dress became iconic thanks to TV shows like The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet and The Donna Reed Show.

Where is it appropriate to sport this silhouette?

A shirt dress is appropriate in casual, professional, and informal social settings. There are a variety of styles to choose from, including loose and flowy dresses in cozy and comfortable fabrics, as well as tailored, polished dresses in crisp fabrics. Shirt dresses come in sleeveless, short sleeved, and long sleeved varieties. Some are belted, while others hang straight, or have a cinched waist. While most styles hit just above the knee, you can find them in longer midi or maxi lengths.

How should the dress be styled?

A casual shirt dress in a soft chambray or cozy slub cotton pairs well with flats and a hobo bag. For a more professional look, try a classic tailored or belted shirt dress and style it with pumps or wedges and a satchel. This look is ideal for year-round wear. Try a plaid print dress with boots in fall or winter, and switch to a floral or striped dress with sandals in the spring and summer.

Shop shirt dresses on sale from designers like BCBG, Calvin Klein, DVF, Vince, Velvet by Graham & Spencer, DKNY, and MICHAEL Michael Kors

May 5, 2016   No Comments

10 Spring Dress Styles, All On Sale

Spring is that glorious time of year where we inventory our wardrobes from last season and figure out what we want need. Dresses and spring go together like Kendall and Gigi on a runway. These 10 spring dress styles are fresh (we promise) and worthy for a coveted place in your warm-weather wardrobe. Disclaimer: there are some repeat styles from past seasons, like the midi dress and the chiffon maxi dress, but new silhouettes and prints breathe fresh life into these timeless styles. And as always, every dress here (and on Shop It To Me) is on sale. We deliver a sale digest to your inbox or iPhone each morning with the brands you love that went on sale in your sizes overnight. Sign up here so you never have to miss a sale again.

10 Spring Dress Styles

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1. Off-The-Shoulder Dresses

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Exposed shoulders. So hot right now. But really, the off-the-shoulder look is flattering on everyone. If you want more of a beachy look, go with a Rebecca Taylor or Parker dress. If you want something a bit more structured and formal, go with a L’Agence or Tracy Reese option.

Pair with: Chuck Taylors for a beachy vibe or ankle strap heels for an elevated look

2. Embroidered Dresses

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Nothing screams spring like a good embroidered dress. Embroidery can give a fun flare to an otherwise bland dress. Some of the best embroidered dresses we’ve seen this season are this Cynthia Rowley, this Tadashi and this DVF.

Pair with: a saddle bag and sandals

3. Boho Dresses

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Boho-style dresses are the easiest dresses to wear. In a word, breezy. Brunch, the beach, walking around town… throw on a boho-style dress. The obvious favorite brand is Free People but we’re also obsessed with this Amanda Uprichard dress.

Pair with: fringe sandals (duh) or booties while there’s still a chill in the air

4. Lace Dresses

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Lace is timeless and seasonless. It’s also appropriate for any occasion. This versatile feminine fabric has been incorporated into some of the best dresses we’ve seen all season from BCBGMAXAZRIA, Ralph Lauren and Altuzarra.

Pair with: minimal or neutral ankle strap heels and a mini bag

5. Slip Dresses

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There’s a very sexy, feminine way to wear a slip dress without walking down the street looking like you forgot to get dressed. The key is to keep things minimal with your accessories and makeup. Equipment and Jenni Kayne have nailed the look.

Pair with: a bomber jacket and heels for a downtown chic look

6. Crochet Dresses

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A bit different from embroidery, crochet is handcrafted from yarn and usually very intricate. This is one of the best spring dress styles to invest in. We’re loving these dresses from Mara Hoffman, Karen Kane and Lucky Brand.

Pair with: embellished sandals and a denim jacket

7. Shirt Dresses

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A classic style, the shirt dress is also seasonless. It’s another easy “throw it on and go” style. Here are some great spring options from Sanctuary, DVF and Rails

Pair with: lace-up sandals and a fringe bag

8. Midi Dresses

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The midi dress has been revived and we’re newly obsessed with some of the styles we’re seeing. This Mara Hoffman is everything. For a more formal approach, we’re digging this Halston Heritage number.

Pair with: slingback sandals and a bucket bag

9. Chiffon Maxi Dresses

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Prepare to turn heads with one of these flowing goddess-like dresses. You’ll want to wear one every single day, so maybe stock up. DVF, Rachel Zoe and Maggy London are our top picks.

Pair with: wedge sandals (seriously, that’s it.)

10. Floral Shift Dresses

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Florals for spring, how original (to quote our favorite fictitious fashion editor). But there’s something so feminine and fresh about a shift dress in a nice floral, no? Check out these top picks: Rebecca Taylor, Karen Kane and DKNY.

Pair with: perforated shoes and a studded bag

March 24, 2016   No Comments

5 Spring Jackets That Solve Your Layering Problems

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Winter weather can drag on and on making you totally dread grabbing your go-to layering pieces as you leave the house. Dread no more because these 5 spring jackets are so perfect for wearing right now and as the dreary weather transitions to spring. Best of all, some of these styles are recycled trends so chances are, you already have one in the back of your closet (one more reason to think twice before you toss last season’s jackets to the giveaway pile). Revive your layering game and prepare to be giddy when you leave the house in one of these 5 spring jackets.

Bomber Jackets

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Bombers are another timeless style taken straight from the military look we draw so much style inspiration from each season. What makes bomber jackets so trendy right now? In a word, prints. Designers are using bold prints and patterns to shake up this classic style.

How to wear a bomber jacket now: a blouse tucked into a midi skirt with fringe booties.

Military Jackets

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Think Michael Jackson. He popularized this style making it an iconic staple for many designers like Balmain and Louis Vuitton. Luckily, many brands have replicated this style making it more affordable for the masses. You can’t go wrong with this structured style.

How to wear a military jacket now: dark skinny jeans, booties and a graphic tee.

Lace Jackets

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This fresh spin on layering will instantly become your new favorite trend. We’re seeing lace on all sorts of jacket styles making it a versatile piece with a feminine touch. It’s fun to feel girly, so add this to your femme-chic arsenal. Best part? You can replace your go-to formal outerwear with a lace jacket.

How to wear a lace jacket now: a fit and flare dress with a pair of sky-high pumps.

Tweed Moto Jackets

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We wish we had thought this style up years ago. It’s like your favorite leather motorcycle jacket got together with your tweed blazer and made the most perfectly styled baby. The mix of structure and material will flatter any body type. We haven’t seen a ton of these jackets, but the few we have seen are must-haves.

How to wear a tweed moto jacket now: white jeans (yes, it’s ok to do this all year), a lace top and over-the-knee boots.

Puffer Coats

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This style is on our lists of spring jackets because designers have seriously stepped it up when it comes to down or “puffer” coats. These coats are adapting to new silhouettes and it actually works. Puffer coats are now functional and fashionable which makes the cold spring days and nights even more tolerable.

How to wear a puffer coat now: a plaid shirt, boyfriend jeans and slip on shoes.

Craving more spring jackets? Here are some other styles to try now: wrap coats, trench coats, denim jackets, capes & ponchos

March 11, 2016   No Comments

Top 5 Trends To Try Now And How To Wear Them

Don’t neglect your bottom half. Shop It To Me members are currently obsessing over these top 5 trends. And everything is on sale, so don’t feel guilty swooping these up.

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Flare jeans make an appearance every few years and there are so many ways to wear the flare.

How to wear flare jeanskeep two things in mind when you’re shopping around — length of jeans and shoes you’ll wear with them. Buy them long enough so they barely touch the ground in whatever shoe style you’ll be wearing. Wearing them with heeled ankle boots or casual heels is best.

Best brands for flare jeans: 7 For All Mankind, J Brand, Citizens of Humanity

culottes - top 5 trends

Culottes, ladies, have made their way back in the most fashion-forward way possible.

How to wear culottes: with heels. Always. This is important or you’ll run the risk of looking like you’re wearing flood pants. The length culottes should be below the knee and above the calf. Dark colors are the most flattering.

Best brands for culottes: BCBG, Michael Kors, Keepsake

track pants - top 5 trends

Track pants, or joggers, are versatile enough to dress up or down.

How to wear track pants: style your outfit around the pants. For a more casual look, tuck a tee shirt in and wear with sandals. For a dressier look, tuck a blouse in and wear with fun heels.

Best brands for track pants: Vince, DKNY, James Jeans

boyfriend jeans - top 5 trends

Boyfriend jeans will never go out of style. Currently, distressed boyfriend jeans are a very popular style.

How to wear boyfriend jeans: wear these on days you want to be comfortable yet chic. Much like track pants, you can dress them up and down easily with any combination of top or shoe.

Best brands for boyfriend jeans: rag & bone, Lovers + Friends, AG

leather skirts - top 5 trends

Leather skirts are timeless.

How to wear a leather skirt: pick a style that works with the looks you’re trying to achieve. Pencil leather skirts are for work. Mini leather skirts are for casual looks.

Best brands for leather skirts: J.Crew, French Connection, Elie Tahari

February 11, 2016   No Comments

1-800-HOTLINEBLING Halloween Costume

Unless you haven’t used the internet in the last week, you’ve probably seen approximately 6,453 Hotline Bling memes. And they haven’t gotten old… yet.

When Drake’s new video dropped, it inspired us fashionistas a tad differently. So we decided to seek out Drake’s infamous red puffy jacket look, à la femme. And we found everything on Shop It To Me!

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Moncler Puffy Coat $1,300 (cheaper option here and here)

Nike Tank Top $30 (in girls’ sizes)

Topshop Jogger Pants $75

Timberland Wedge Booties $130

October 27, 2015   No Comments

Getting the ‘Suits’ Look on a Summer Associate’s Budget

Our Shop It To Me team is obsessed with “Suits,” the USA Network and Universal Cable Productions hit series. In honesty, we tune into this addictive legal drama as much for the incredible clothing as for the kickass characters and sizzling dialogue.

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Because we lust after Jessica’s (Gina Torres) Giambattista Valli dresses and Rachel’s (Meghan Markle) Alexander McQueen pencil skirts, we sought out Jolie Andreatta, the show’s costume designer, to learn how to get the look she uses to tell the Suits story.

SITM:  We drool over Jessica, Rachel and Donna’s amazing wardrobes. Any advice for summer associates who are just starting out? 

JA: Start with a pencil skirt — a few if you can afford it – because it will never go out of style. You just have to find the right proportion: for the show, we like the below-the-knee length.  Add a classic white shirt, and any kind of jewelry — like a statement necklace or a locket — and you are ready to fit in anywhere.

SITM:  What type of shoes and bags should we invest our hard-earned cash in this summer?

JA:  It’s important to invest in quality shoes! You’re wearing them a lot, so it’s worth it to spend the money. You need black, but I love a sexy brown pump.

I buy beautiful bags for the show, especially Prada. If you can only afford to purchase one bag, go for a medium-sized bag–something big enough to slip an 8×10 file and your flats into. As for color, I love, love, love taupe. It’s fresher than black and can go from winter to summer.

SITM: Any suggestions on how to achieve the Suits look without breaking the bank? 

JA: Services like Shop It To Me, that find beautiful designers like Dsquared2, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Reed Krakoff and Rachel Comey on sale in your size. Consignment stores–like The Cat’s Meow or Revival Couture in Toronto, where we shoot, or Decades in LA. Zara—for insane knockoffs of designer stuff. The Room, at Hudson’s Bay, also in Toronto is another of my favorite haunts.

Learn your proportions. I can’t stress this enough for building a great wardrobe. It’s important to try things on and see what works best for your body. Avoid oversized clothing, go with things that are fitted but have a little bit of stretch. Start a file of things you love – cut pictures out or pin things online.  And don’t buy something just because it’s on sale; buy on sale because it’s the right thing!  Especially shoes!  Invest in good quality shoes!

Some of our favorite Suits-inspired picks:

1. Jimmy Choo Pumps now $277.81
2. Mulberry Bag now $1,500
3. Vince Pencil Skirt now $94.99
4. Ann Taylor Tweed Pencil Skirt now $64.88
5. Equipment Blouse now $99
6. J.Crew Pencil Skirt now $79.99
7. Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace now $78.52
8. Miu Miu Pumps now $269
9. Neiman Marcus Tote now $44
10. Vince Pumps now $191
11. Ann Taylor Button Down Shirt now $59.99

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And don’t forget to watch a new “Suits” tonight, at 9/8C, on USA. It’s never too late to join the firm!

June 25, 2014   No Comments

5 Things for the Gals from the Men’s Half-Yearly Sale at Nordstrom

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale for men is on, and we’re a bit jealous. Our stylists have uncovered some total gender-neutral gems, so let’s borrow from the boys, shall we?

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1. Mighty Fine t-shirt, now $24.12 (rock it with a skirt and Converse for the perfect casual-cool look)
2. Hershel Supply Co. backpack, now $33.49 (the mixed print is spot-on for hikes & trips to the beach)
3. Paul Smith scarf, now $116.98 (lightweight & patterned with vintage beach postcards, too cute)
4. MICHAEL Michael Kors watch, now $164.98 (all the cool girls are wearing oversized watches)
5. Recover iPhone 5 case, now $25.46 (a refreshing option to dress your iPhone)

 

June 18, 2014   No Comments

Men are “like hummingbirds,” and other advice from Silicon Valley’s leading matchmaker

We’ve all been there: stressing over what to wear on that all-important first date.

So we turned to dating expert Amy Andersen, founder of Linx Dating, who has launched hundreds of relationships and dozens of marriages. Known as the Cupid of Silicon Valley, Amy teaches tech executives, entrepreneurs and investors how to date. We asked her for some dos and don’ts for smart first-date dressing.

“First impressions are lasting ones when it comes to dating,” Amy says. “That doesn’t mean you need to wear designer clothes. It’s about being well groomed: think nice haircut/color and feminine nail polish for ladies; for men, neck hair shaved, clothes pressed.

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According to Amy, men and women are very different when it comes to first-date impressions. “Men are visual creatures. He will know within the first 30-60 seconds if he is interested — purely based on physical attraction.” She recommends women “channel your inner Natalie Portman” — be classic, lady like and stylish.

  • Wear color. Men are like hummingbirds and are attracted to red and jewel tones. Avoid black, Army green and gray.
  • Avoid super-baggy clothing. (Men want to see a woman’s figure!) You don’t need to show a lot of skin, but know what works for your body type.
  • Skip the heels if he’s short. Your towering height could make him feel insecure, so it’s safer to wear flats.

women's optionsClockwise from left: Diane von Furstenberg dress, now $245.25 | Alice + Olivia top, now $116.16 | Isabel Marant flats, now $289 | Tory Burch Reva flats, now $180

The typical Silicon Valley man is a challenge when it comes to dating, says Amy. He often shows up wearing yesterday’s clothing and looking like he just woke up from a nap. Amy counsels male clients to wear clean, pressed clothes. She recommends he invest in:

  • A great pair of dark denim jeans.
  • A good sport coat — something with personality, like Etro.
  • Beautiful shoes, like a pair of leather Ferragamo drivers. Shoes that are scuffed up or outdated could be a reason she eliminates him from the dating game.

men's optionsFrom left: Citizens of Humanity jeans, now $126.63 | BOSS HUGO BOSS sportcoat, now $432.15 | Ferragamo drivers, now $335.99

She encourages both men and women mix up their dating look in the early stages: “If you are uptown with your day-to-day fashion, go for a more edgy downtown look on a date.” For women, she recommends playing with colors, texture and shine to keep him on the edge of his seat and excited to see you. For more about Amy and linxdating, hop over to her site here.

June 17, 2014   No Comments

Baubles for Spring!

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Accessory lovers everywhere, rejoice! This spring, the runways are bursting with bright pops of colors seen hanging from ears, necks and wrists. We’re talking studs, collar necklaces, florals, insect & reptiles – you name it. Once again, we’ve done the dirty work for you so you can try out these trends for yourself. Get colorful and crystalized in this week’s roundup of the best jewelry brands to buy. Pay close attention—we guarantee these will end up on your must-have list this season.

To edit your Shop It To Me brand preferences, visit www.shopittome.com/profile and select “Brands” or just click here. Below are the best bauble brands we suggest to keep on your radar. And don’t forget, you’ll see them as soon as they go on sale!

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Here is a little sneak preview of what you can expect to find:

 

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1. Lulu Frost Earrings now $97.50 (50% off)
2. Dannijo Cuff now $346.99 (30% off)
3. Dara Ettinger Necklace now $162.75 (65% off)
4. Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace now $175 (30% off)
5. Chan Luu Bracelet now $24.99 (50% off)
6. Giles & Brother Ring now $27.99 (60% off)

April 14, 2014   No Comments

Fashion Expert Rachel Zalis’ Fave Looks for Rocking your Coachella Style

Coachella kicks off on April 11, and if you’re lucky enough to be heading to this year’s music and arts festival, you’ll want to watch style expert Rachel Zalis’ picks for that laid-back desert look. She shared them during a fashion show on E! News Daily, including a few sweet pieces she found through Shop It To Me.

To edit your Shop It To Me brand preferences, visit www.shopittome.com/profile and select “Brands” or just click here. Below are the brands we suggest to update the one staple in everyone’s wardrobe. And don’t forget, you’ll see them as soon as they go on sale!

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Haute Hippie Dress $163
Straw Hat $20.99
Free People Cuff $19.95
Dolce Vita Sandals $38.49
Dolce Vita Booties $119
Kelsi Dagger Bag $76.99
Rory Beca Romper $136

 

April 7, 2014   No Comments