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April 26, 2016

Casual & Upscale Mother’s Day Looks: 4 Stylish Spring Outfits

Our Clothes & Conversation this week,“Mother’s Day Plans? You’ll Need A Little Something Special to Wear” focuses on one the most important lady's in our lives - Mom. Whether you’re the mom being honored or not, Mother’s Day is as good an excuse as any for a new outfit. And you’ll be able to wear these pieces all season long so go ahead, you deserve it.
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http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eliza-j-piped-linen-blend-a-line-dress/4318175
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Eliza J - Piped Linen Blend A-Line Dress
Piped Linen Blend A-Line Dress
Eliza J
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Why is it a Find? This Eliza J navy linen dress has a pop of pink piping they gives its universally flattering silhouette a fun little finish. The raised collar elongates your neck and beautifully shows off your arms in its sleeveless shape. This timeless style is an easy go-to for any weekend activity – and a day at the office, too.
Wear it with: Whether you wear this dress around the house with a cute pair of white sneakers, or dress it up with nude pumps or simple ballet flats, you will get tons of where out of it on Mother’s Day - and any other day of the season.
Fit Tip: Eliza J has a modern fit that works for all women. In sizes 2-16 it has an easy shape not meant to cling, with a lining that ensures it doesn’t. Go with your normal size.
Alternatives: This style is going fast. Eliza J has a similar style with white piping detail. And Maggy London’s fit-and-flare style uses the same colors in an amazingly pretty layered alternative for ladies that have more of a pear shape (fuller hips/behind).
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-jaded-long-cardigan-regular-petite/4268420 Nic+Zoe - Jaded Long Cardigan
Nic+Zoe - Jaded Long Cardigan
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Nic+Zoe - Jaded Long Cardigan
Jaded Long Cardigan
Nic+Zoe
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CASUAL MOTHER’S DAY LOOK #1
Why is it a Find? Oh, this beautiful green and white combination is a dream. The color combination is so fresh and Nic+Zoe uses a blended linen fabric to give the textured knit a beautiful hand to match. The knit changes from honeycomb to stripes at the waist creating a wonderfully slimming silhouette.
Wear it with: Here, we’re giving this sweater a casual vibe with relaxed cotton pants and closed flats that are ideal in the earlier days of the warm weather season. Once true Summer hits, this is a pretty layer over white pants and the same tank top we’re showing here.
Fit Tip: Nic+Zoe’s easy, modern fit is available in XS-XL, and Petite, too, fitting true to size.
Alternatives: Joie’s floral silk kimono style open cardigan is a truly gorgeous alternative that can easily dress up this outfit and will make you feel ridiculously chic.
https://www.shopbop.com/very-light-fashionable-draped-tank/vp/v=1/845524441845257.htm Splendid - Light & Fashionable Tank
Splendid - Light & Fashionable Tank
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Splendid - Light & Fashionable Tank
Light & Fashionable Tank
Splendid
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Why is it a Find? The flared shape and asymmetrical hem make this Splendid tank a Must-have Find. Unlike some tank tops, this doesn’t cling across your middle, and its straps are thick enough to cover many bra straps – and short enough so your bra doesn’t show at the bottom of the armholes.
Wear it with: The trapeze style of the body not only makes it a wonderful option on its own, it's easy under the open cardigan we’re featuring in this outfit, complimenting the flowy, drapey look.
Fit Tip: Splendid has a contemporary fit, in XS-L, and this style is cut for a looser fit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boyfriend-trouser/4310319 Vince - Boyfriend Crop Cotton Trousers
Vince - Boyfriend Crop Cotton Trousers
Why is it a Find? If you love the comfort of boyfriend jeans, you’ll love these Vince trousers. Made of super soft cotton, they are cut in that same slouchy boyfriend fit, but have a more polished feel in their trouser styling. And the lightweight fabric makes them ideal for the warmer weather.
Wear it with: There’s basically nothing that won’t work with these pants. We’re showing them with a loose top and cardigan, and they look great with a partially tucked in button down, tee, or lightweight sweater. Of course, any casual flats or sneakers work with them, but you can also wear a great pair of wedges to add a feminine feel to the boyfriend style.
Fit Tip: Vince has a modern fit, and these are meant to be slouchy and easy fitting. If you are petite, or between sizes, you can size down and still get the right look.
Alternatives: Vince’s white linen trousers come with a self belt and super comfy elastic-backed waist…and yes, if the weather is nice, you can wear white pants before Memorial Day.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/soludos-smoking-espadrille-platform-shoe-women/4186126 Soludos - Smoking Espadrille Platform Shoe
Soludos - Smoking Espadrille Platform Shoe
Why is it a Find? Even though these Soludos espadrilles are practical for walking around, they are awfully good-looking, too. An update on your typical espadrilles, the leather looks nicer than those basic canvas ones, and the small platform makes them much more comfortable. When the weather is warming up, but it’s not downright hot, these are a great transitional option.
Wear it with: Jeans, shorts, your favorite linen and cotton crop pants (like the outfit we’re showing here) or wide leg options, these work with ease. And don’t rule out Summer dresses with them for a modernly preppy look.
Fit Tip: They are only made in whole sizes, so if you are a half size, we suggest sizing up.
Alternatives: If your size is already sold out at Nordstrom through the “shop it” button, Zappos carries them, too.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shirtsandtops/casualshirts/PRDOVR~C9310/C9310.jsp J.Crew - Always Chambray Shirt
J.Crew - Always Chambray Shirt
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J.Crew - Always Chambray Shirt
Always Chambray Shirt
J.Crew
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CASUAL MOTHER’S DAY LOOK #2
Why is it a Find? Denim in all forms, not just jeans, is a favored fabric this season. This J.Crew shirt is one of our most loved interpretations in that it’s not too heavy, yet still holds the characteristics of denim, with some light distressing to give it just the right personality.
Wear it with: The lighter shade of denim has various shades to it, making it a denim shirt that can actually be worn with dark denim, similar to the pants we’re showing in this outfit. Of course, the beauty of it is its versatility. Just like a good pair of jeans, it works with any color. And just like any good button down, it works with shorts, jeans, trousers, and skirts – an easy wardrobe staple.
Fit Tip: J.Crew’s modern fit ensures this shirt won’t be too fitted, so you don’t need to worry about the buttons pulling open. And since it comes in sizes 000-16, Petite & Tall, there’s a size to fit every lady.
Alternatives: If the weather is warm – or you’re just ready to show off your arms – Joie offers a beautifully pale blue version in their best selling sleeveless silhouette. The fabric is soft with beautiful drape that can easily be worn untucked with all the pieces we’re showing in this look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/joie-painter-cotton-linen-pants/3989265 Joie - Painter Cotton & Linen Pants
Joie - Painter Cotton & Linen Pants
Why is it a Find? Joie’s cotton and linen pants are seriously comfortable and in a dark navy shade that gives them a denim-like feel that is rich in color and an easy alternative to jeans as the weather warms up.
Wear it with: We love these pants with the denim shirt we’re featuring in this look, creating a stylish look for a casual get together that can be paired with slip-on flats, wedges, or sneakers. And they can get even more casual by pairing them with a simple tank or your favorite tee and flip flops.
Fit Tip: You can wear them cuffed, as shown, or uncuffed – the tapered leg looks great both ways and the length isn’t too long. The cotton/linen fabric has some stretch to it, too, so the modern sizing is comfortable and true to size.
Alternatives: These pants come in a perfectly neutral olive color that also looks great with the denim shirt we’re showing. Alternatively, J.Crew offers equally neutral cropped wide leg chinos for a truly current look in a similar modern fit.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/jewelry/JewelryShop/PRDOVR~F3206/F3206.jsp J.Crew - Crystal Ribbon Necklace
J.Crew - Crystal Ribbon Necklace
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J.Crew - Crystal Ribbon Necklace
Crystal Ribbon Necklace
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Why is it a Find? Blushy pink is the color of the season, and adding this J.Crew crystal necklace is an easy way to add some springtime color - and a touch of feminine sparkle to this denim outfit.
Wear it with: While this is a necklace that can certainly be worn dressed up with a cocktail dress, we love to wear it casually, as we’re showing here. It will add instant style to any tee or tank.
Fit Tip: Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see the length in the alternate picture. Since the back of the necklace is ribbon though, you can pick the length that suits whatever neckline you’re wearing that day.
Alternatives: Kenneth Jay Lane’s triple strand necklace of rose quartz stones is a really pretty alternative.
http://www.zappos.com/product/8642842/color/601844 Converse - Chuck Taylor® All Star® Seasonal
Converse - Chuck Taylor® All Star® Seasonal
Why is it a Find? Continue playing up the feminine color accents (as we’re showing with the necklace in this look) with these blushy pink Converse sneakers. It is a Mother’s Day celebration after all.
Wear it with: This timeless sneaker style has reemerged in the fashion world, but they never go out of style. This season, they can be worn with anything – from a casual denim look like we’re showing – to patterns shorts and tee, or a fun sundress.
Fit Tip: These run true to size and are sized Universally (ex. Womens size 8=Mens size 6). It is noted when you choose your size through the ‘shop it’ button.
Alternatives: If you aren’t a Converse lady, Cole Haan’s Pinch Weekender Loafer in a similar pink leather has the same casual feel, with a touch more polish. But if you are, there are several fun colors through the ‘shop it’ button.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/soft-joie-lavan-floral-print-top/4305333 Joie - Lavan Floral Print Top
Joie - Lavan Floral Print Top
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Joie - Lavan Floral Print Top
Lavan Floral Print Top
Joie
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POSH MOTHER’S DAY LOOK #1
Why is it a Find? The cotton gauzy voile of this Joie top gives it a beautiful texture that gives it a dressier feel – and perfectly plays up the rich, desert palette of cream, brown, and deep red.
Wear it with: We’re layering this top with a pretty open cardigan and brown trousers. And it looks just as good with broken-in jeans, white pants, even jean shorts.
Fit Tip: Joies’ modern fit is easy and always flattering, making it a consistent favorite of ours. In XS-L, go with your normal size – it’s a loose and flowy silhouette.
Alternatives: Joie also made a silk version in a similar color story and pattern if you want to go with a dressier fabric.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-chiffon-inset-silk-blend-cardigan-regular-petite/4247487 Nic+Zoe - Chiffon Inset Silk Blend Cardigan
Nic+Zoe - Chiffon Inset Silk Blend Cardigan
Why is it a Find? The chiffon hem of this Nic+Zoe silk blend cardigan adds just the right dressy flare for a lovely Mother’s Day brunch. And the neutral ivory color lets the deep tones of the top’s pattern really shine.
Wear it with: When you’re not wearing it with this outfit, this open cardigan makes for a lovely layer over any Spring or Summer outfit, whether you are wearing jeans and a knit top or flowy trousers and a silk blouse.
Fit Tip: Nic+Zoe’s modern fit suits any lady’s figure, in XS-XL.
Alternatives: It comes in a pretty mushroom taupe color through the ‘shop it’ button that works with the top in this outfit, too. And if you want to ditch the chiffon trim, Joie's linen and cotton version comes in the same colors.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-perfect-pants-regular-petite/4051706 Nic+Zoe - Perfect Pants
Nic+Zoe - Perfect Pants
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Nic+Zoe - Perfect Pants
Perfect Pants
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Why is it a Find? For a lovely brunch, Nic+Zoe’s timelessly simple cotton pants will always be appropriate. The shade of brown is perfect for the warmer weather – no black undertone, yet beautifully neutral.
Wear it with: These pants are a beautiful alternative to black, navy, or khaki, making them a wonderful warm weather staple that can be worn with pops of colors, or any equally neutral top. As you can see in the outfit we’re showing here, they work with solids and patterns alike.
Fit Tip: Nic+Zoe’s modern fit runs true to size, and these pants are available in sizes 2-16. If you own their ‘Perfect’ pants in the cropped length, these run a smidge smaller, but you should be able to go with your normal size. (Size up if you are between sizes, though.)
Alternatives: Nic+Zoe offers the same color and cut in a cropped version, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jill-flat/4260380 Coach - Jill Flat
Coach - Jill Flat
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Coach - Jill Flat
Jill Flat
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Why is it a Find? Sure, you can wear nude heels with the outfit we’re showing here, but for a weekend brunch, these pointy toe ballet flats from Coach are just as polished, if not more so. The scalloped topline, accented with little gold studs create a special little detail that gives them a modern, out of the ordinary, feel.
Wear it with: Ballet flats are always a staples in every lady’s wardrobe, and this updated pointy toe gives them a feminine shape that can be worn with skirts or pants of any shape. The nude color works with simply everything.
Fit Tip: They run true to size.
Alternatives: They are also available in black through the ‘shop it’ button – another must-have staple.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/theory-livwilth-stripe-linen-wrap-dress/4248641 Theory - Livwilth Stripe Linen Wrap Dres
Theory - Livwilth Stripe Linen Wrap Dres
POSH MOTHER’S DAY LOOK #2
Why is it a Find? This Theory dress is just made for a lovely springtime outing. Polished, and sophisticated, the navy blue striped linen fabric gives the wrap styling a crisp appeal that is a mix between a long vest and a ladylike wrap dress.
Wear it with: On its own, this is a beautiful dress. The lovely linen fabric is wonderful all season long and pairs well with nude pumps or metallic sandals. Since this dress has a tailored quality, with its flap pockets and clean lines, it can also be paired with skinny pants on cooler days in the beginning of the season, as we’re showing to the right, for a really modern interpretation of a layered look.
Fit Tip: Theory has a contemporary fit and this style is meant to be fitted. Depending on your bust size, you may want to add a cami underneath – white, cream, or navy looks great.
Alternatives: This dress comes in a solid pale khaki crepe fabric that will be just as pretty for your Mother’s Day outing as it will be for a day at the office. Alexis also makes a similar version with a short sleeve and stylish asymmetrical hem.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rag-bone-simone-slim-anklepants/4143003 Rag & Bone - Simone Slim Ankle Pants
Rag & Bone - Simone Slim Ankle Pants
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Rag & Bone - Simone Slim Ankle Pants
Simone Slim Ankle Pants
Rag & Bone
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Why is it a Find? While the Theory striped dress (left) is beautiful on its own, Mother’s Day weather can be tricky. If it’s not a sunny, warm day, wear these skinny Rag & Bone pants under the dress to create a seriously chic layered look. The high quality ponte fabric creates smooth lines under the dress, so you’ll get the stretchy comfort of leggings, but with more structure so you’ll look and feel utterly pulled together.
Wear it with: Besides wearing them with this Theory dress, these are pants that you can get away with wearing to work with a blazer or button down, and on the weekends with a casual denim shirt or simple tee. Meant to hit just at your ankle bone, you can wear them with everything from heels to loafers to sneakers.
Fit Tip: To get an idea of how the featured dress will look layered over pants, you can see how Theory shows it over wide leg cropped pants here. These are a contemporary fit, like the dress. If you are between sizes, you can size up and they shouldn’t be baggy thanks to the fabric that holds its shape really well. The higher rise helps you avoid creating any lumpy bits, and the seamless back zip finishes the smooth line for an invisible finish under all your tops.
Alternatives: Theory’s navy pull-on pants are cotton with a bit of stretch, too. They are also a contemporary fit, but not meant to be as fitted as the Rag & Bone pants we're showing here.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Josslyn-Snake-Embossed-City-Sandal-Heather-Indigo/prod186180119_cat48410736__/p.prod Vince - Josslyn Snake-Embossed City Sandal
Vince - Josslyn Snake-Embossed City Sandal
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Vince - Josslyn Snake-Embossed City Sandal
Why is it a Find? Whether you add the pants to the dress in this look or not, these Vince sandals look great. The deep navy plays up the stripe in the dress and grounds the whole look, with an updated block heel that also makes them super comfortable.
Wear it with: These sandals look great with dresses and jeans – especially rolled up boyfriend styles and crop skinnies to show them off.
Fit Tip: We’ve found these run true to size.
Alternatives: Stuart Weitzman’s navy suede pointy toe loafers on a pale tan sole is such a stylish alternative, if you prefer flats or aren’t ready for open shoes quite yet.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/jewelry/JewelryShop/PRD~F3186/F3186.jsp J.Crew - Neon Floral Bracelet
J.Crew - Neon Floral Bracelet
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J.Crew - Neon Floral Bracelet
Neon Floral Bracelet
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Why is it a Find? For the festive occasion, add a pop of color with this persimmon orange bracelet from J.Crew.
Wear it with: The summery flowers and crystals will get plenty of use all season long, whether you wear this bracelet to add a pop of color to a neutral dress, like we’re showing today, or you add it to your favorite white tee and jeans look.
Alternatives: These bold orange earrings will add the same pop of color.
 

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