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August 5, 2015

Fresh Prints & Patterns: Ready to Play With Your Evening Style

We always love talking about new seasonal trends when we are discussing how to wear them for a night out – it’s a perfect occasion to experiment and have a little more fun that you do when getting ready for work. And you’re generally making a bit more effort to put yourself together than you will on a casual day. In “ Clothes & Conversation” this week, we talked about the fabulous new trends in prints and patterns for the upcoming season, from rich, dark florals to boho-inspired geometrics – even a little nod to the night skies. There’s no time like the present to start working them into your wardrobe, so you can get plenty of use out of them. And that’s why we are careful to pick designs that are versatile enough to wear with different items, both new and things already in your closet. We’re not trying to look “trendy” – just modern and fresh.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Thursday) for key casual pieces in knockout prints and patterns that will stylishly get you through many weekends to come. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.equipmentfr.com/shop/shirts/slim-signature-black-star-print
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Equipment - Slim Signature Blouse
Slim Signature Blouse
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There is a lot of celestial inspiration in this upcoming season’s prints, and Equipment interprets it in a ladylike way that has just the right amount of camp, without being over-the-top. It is just so fun for a night out, even if you just pair it with your favorite dark jeans and a feminine pair of heels. It also looks great under a blazer for just a subtle nod to the fun trend. Equipment is known for their silk blouses and flattering modern fit. In XXS-XL there’s a size for everyone. We’re sending you directly to Equiment’s own website, where they offer free shipping and returns. (They pack their product up really nicely, too.)
http://www.vince.com/geo-brush-stroke-print-silk-maxi-dress/invt/vnv288650528 Vince - Geo Brush Stroke Print Silk Maxi Dress
Vince - Geo Brush Stroke Print Silk Maxi Dress
Vince’s high quality and easy fit (this comes in XXS-XL) makes it one of our favorite brands, and investing in a Vince piece means you’ll have something you’ll wear well beyond one season. This past Spring and Summer, Vince created a few dresses in this maxi dress silhouette. It’s such a great fit and versatile style that they redid it in this fabulous geometric pattern. The button front placket runs all the way down the dress so unbutton to your heart’s content (we recommend sticking with unbuttoning the couple top and bottom buttons only, though). And the easy drawstring waist means you can pull it as tight as you want, and it blouses over for a very flattering look. It comes in a white/black version (through the ‘shop it’ button, too) but this concord purple steals the show. You can start wearing it now with nude sandals, and in the Fall it looks great with black wedges – the side slits also make it easy to wear with knee high boots. Petite ladies – any local tailor can shorten this dress, so don’t let the length deter you.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-new/4130211621113.jsp#/ Bailey 44 - Sarana Column Dress
Bailey 44 - Sarana Column Dress
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Bailey 44 - Sarana Column Dress
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Stripes are as important as ever, and they are fresh when used in patterns that give them a little more interest, like this Bailey 44 dress. Not only is the elbow-length sleeve flattering whether you like your arms or not, the fabric panels angle down the body – along with the stripes – creating an hourglass shape that skims along the body. Ladies, this is a winner. It can be dressed down, as shown in this picture (with flats), but we think you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to show this off for nicer nights or dressier brunches. In XS-XL, and Petites, this is an easy date night option with your best heels - black tights or bare legs. Because of the great pattern and higher neckline, you don’t need to add much else to this look – pretty earrings or a sleek cuff bracelet are more than enough.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-dark-bloom-sheath-dress/4009101 Nic+Zoe - Dark Bloom Sheath Dress
Nic+Zoe - Dark Bloom Sheath Dress
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Nic+Zoe - Dark Bloom Sheath Dress
Dark Bloom Sheath Dress
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Dusty purples and romantic florals are some of the biggest looks for the upcoming season. Nic+Zoe combines the two in a seriously flattering dress that comes in a size for everyone - Petites, and up to XL (size 16). The ruching at the waist helps conceal and also creates a pretty detail that accentuates the slimmest part of your figure. The lining helps keep things smooth, too. The slinky fabric has a touch of stretch, and the versatility of this style means you can wear it for a night out, a baby shower, or even a more casual Bar Mitzvah or cocktail party. We love how the pattern uses touches of grey, black and tan, making it simple to pick shoes for this dress. For now, simple nude pumps are all you need. But as the weather cools, you’ll be able to wear black heels, and can even wear black tights. If you have grey suede pumps, they’ll look amazing, too.
https://www.shopbop.com/dvf-mariah-tweed-top-diane/vp/v=1/1525322489.htm Diane von Furstenberg - DVF Mariah Tweed Top
Diane von Furstenberg - DVF Mariah Tweed Top
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Diane von Furstenberg - DVF Mariah Tweed Top
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The spray of color on this Diane von Furstenberg blouse is simply gorgeous – reminding us of color twinkly lights against a dark night sky. The black silk fabric of the body is sheer, and once you add a black cami the pattern really pops. The sheer sleeves give it an ethereal feel that is beautifully offset by one of our favorite details – the structured bouclé tweed collar. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to zoom in on it. The cuffs are made of the same fabric, and it truly elevates this blouse into one of the most special tops we’ve seen this season. Wear it with black wide leg trousers or a chic black pencil skirt for a cocktail or dinner party look that will make everyone just a little envious. This print is so incredible, it’s also available in jacket we featured in this week’s Clothes & Conversation, and there’s even a shift dress in this speckled boucle tweed. You simply need to add one of these to your wardrobe.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Ella-Moss-Printed-Short-Sleeve-Faux-Wrap-Maxi-Dress-Dusk/prod180570135/p.prod Ella Moss - Printed Short-Sleeve Faux-Wrap Maxi Dress
Ella Moss - Printed Short-Sleeve Faux-Wrap Maxi Dress
This Ella Moss dress is the perfect transitional piece, in a graphic pattern that is Fall ready and in an airy silk chiffon that works for any late Summer night. There is a black slip that comes with it that really helps pop the color and pattern as a stark contrast underneath. It also ties in to the black lattice trim – all making it easy to add your favorite black strappy sandals while the weather’s still warm. The wrap style and relaxed, contemporary styling is perfect for a more casual outdoor wedding, and easy for any special night. As the weather cools, you can add lug sole lace-up boots and a slouchy open black cardigan for an edgier evening look. Regardless of the season, a wide black belt can be worn over the elastic waist for a more polished look that will further accentuate your waist.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/alice-olivia-clyde-shift-dress/4056863 Alice + Olivia - Clyde Shift Dress
Alice + Olivia - Clyde Shift Dress
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Combine mod-inspiration and a patchwork of jewel tone brocade and pattern to create a stunningly intricate shift dress that looks effortless at the same time. There is a lot of style for the price in this Alice + Olivia dress. While a contemporary fit, the shift silhouette has an a-line style so it’s not too fitted. It just skims the body for an easy and flattering silhouette. We love how it looks with black tights and boots for a stylish cocktail or night out look. You can dress it up with strappy gold heels or sheer black hose and black suede dress shoes, too. The gold threading will really pop with a chunky gold bracelet.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eliza-j-belted-floral-print-fit-flare-dress/4096656 Eliza J - Belted Floral Print Fit & Flare Dress
Eliza J - Belted Floral Print Fit & Flare Dress
This floral Eliza J dress has it all – and all for an amazing price. The belt detail accentuates the waist, and the deeper tones of the floral pattern transition to Fall with ease. The back scoops down for a little sexy edge that is still completely bra-friendly. There is a touch of stretch to this dressy fabric for added comfort and shape. This is a great dress for someone who wants to show off their waist – and if you don’t like to highlight your hips, you’ll love how this easily flares out in a concealing and slimming way. Add nude or metallic heels and you’re ready to go.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/clover-canyon-winter-harvest-neoprene-dress/4059162 Clover Canyon - Winter Harvest Neoprene Dress
Clover Canyon - Winter Harvest Neoprene Dress
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Clover Canyon - Winter Harvest Neoprene Dress
Winter Harvest Neoprene Dress
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For an edgier take on floral, Clover Canyon’s use of two different floral patterns is just stunning and so fashionable, giving floral a whole new edge. The scuba fabric is thick and seriously slimming, sucking you in and creating structure in its contemporary fit. And the peplum is not only stylish – making this dress look like two pieces, with the floral combination – but it really shows off your waist, while subtly concealing your behind and hips. The solid black high neckline is such an unexpected finish to a dress that is appropriate for cocktails or a non-black tie affair. If you’re not sure how to mix patterns, this dress does it for you. Black tights and heels (especially suede) work beautifully with these wintery florals, and you can wear it with bare legs and strappy black heels, too.
 

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