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Wool Side-Pleat Long-Sleeve Dress
Halston Heritage
Sold by: Bergdorf Goodman

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Halston Heritage, the diffusion line of the iconic Halston brand, is known for their luxurious and minimalist designs. And that is wonderfully apparent with this charcoal wool dress. The draping is exactly where a woman’s figure will best benefit from it – across the waist and hip, without interfering with the bust line. The notch detail at the neckline is finished with a very deep brown leather-looking trim…so sophisticated, and versatile in that you can wear brown or black shoes with this dress.
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10/28/2014

Skirts & Dresses: The Long & Short of It

There are so many skirt lengths and styles this season that we want to take this week to edit the very large range of options out there today. And, of course, this relates to dresses, too. The “midi” is the talk of the season – a length that falls below the knee, around mid-calf. This is a really nice option for the fall season, in that it looks great with pumps or booties and is a perfectly appropriate length for the office or something a little more formal. But that doesn’t mean that mini and maxi’s are out of the picture. They are still going strong, and fun for a casual day of brunch and shopping. And let’s not forget the pencil skirt and simple sheath silhouettes. These are classics that are always in style, but are especially strong this season with all of the “normcore” inspirations out there (That’s the term hipsters came up with to say “basics”. Why? We have no idea.). Oh, and there’s fit-and-flare options (great for an hourglass figure), asymmetrical and pleat details, fabrications from sheer to nubby menswear…the list goes on. And that’s why we’re taking this week to edit this all down to some ideal picks for the classically modern, yet stylish, Mark Shale woman.

Take a look at a few of our favorites here, and then head over to Fashion Finds, to see our top pick for work, after 5, and casual dressing.
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http://velvet-tees.com/women/the-latest/dashawn-ponti-flared-skirt.html
Velvet - Dashwan Ponti Flared Skirt
Swingier silhouettes are important this season, and such a fresh update in skirts. This casual version from Velvet is made of a sturdy ponti that is stretchy, comfortable, and looks great with a plaid button-down, tights and boots, or a soft sweater, tights, and heels. This is one of those items you’ll pick up thinking it’ll just be nice to have. And then you’ll find yourself wearing it again and again…and again.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/skirts/alinefull/PRDOVR~B0203/B0203.jsp
J. Crew - Merino Wool Skirt
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J. Crew - Merino Wool Skirt
Merino Wool Skirt
J. Crew
Sold by: J. Crew

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With sweater dresses being a mainstay, the sweater skirt is now reemerging, and we couldn’t be happier. They are just as forgiving and warm, but with even more opportunities in our wardrobes. J. Crew’s merino wool version delivers in versatility and a universally great fit. We’re showing the charcoal grey version here, so you can see the fit on the model, and how it can be dressed up for work with heels. But it’s the taupe heather bark that is our top pick. (Click through the “shop it” button to see for yourself.). It looks great with broken- in brown boots and easy-fitting olive cashmere sweater.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/white-warren-colorblock-cashmere-flare-hem-dress/3850506
White + Warren - Colorblock Cashmere Flare Hem Dress
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White + Warren - Colorblock Cashmere Flare Hem Dress
Colorblock Cashmere Flare Hem Dress
White + Warren
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Sweater dresses have been a go-to for winter dressing for years. They are comfortable, warm, and versatile. We especially love the styling of a sweater dress that doesn’t cling, so the flare hem of this White + Warren dress is the perfect finish to the oh, so soft and cozy, cashmere. We love that you can wear this for a casual day at the office with heeled boots or out to brunch with ankle booties.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-first-fall-twirl-fit-flare-knit-dress-regular-petite/3818049
Nic + Zoe - First Fall Twirl Fit & Flare Knit Dress
Nic + Zoe’s relaxed line just keeps getting better and better. This fit-and-flare style is fresh and flattering, accentuating your waist and concealing any hip or bottom imbalance. The pattern elegantly works in our favors, too, lightening up below the waist to draw the eye in. The ¾ sleeve and stretch cotton/rayon material complete the look and keep this dress so comfortable. You’ll wear it now and throughout the holiday season, with heels or booties.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Double-Face-Knit-V-Neck-Dress/prod175830036_cat12110765__/p.prod
Vince - Double-Face-Knit V-Neck Dress
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Vince - Double-Face-Knit V-Neck Dress
Double-Face-Knit V-Neck Dress
Vince
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Vince is always one of our favorite lines for clean, sportier silhouettes that are timeless. A Vince piece is always worth the investment, and the easy fit means you’ll want to wear it all the time – especially when it comes to this amazing dress. The raw edge detail and easy style is offset by beautiful wool fabric. The deep v-neck (check it out through the "shop it" button) allows plenty of styling flexibility – layer a tee or turtleneck under, add a scarf as shown over it. Or, just play up the neckline with a long necklace. Booties and oxfords looks great with this dress, and tights are an easy add-on.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/maggy-london-print-jersey-sheath-dress/3810159
Maggy London - Print Jersey Sheath Dress
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Maggy London - Print Jersey Sheath Dress
Print Jersey Sheath Dress
Maggy London
Sold by: Nordstrom

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There are a lot of things to love about this dress…the price, the print, and the length are at the top of this list. Maggy London’s modern fit works for most ladies, and this fresh length just below the knee really highlights the clean line of the long sleeves and crewneck. (Tip: Any tailor can easily shorten this, if needed.) There is a subtle detail of a seam at the waist that creates that nice nip at the waist, but otherwise, this dress is all about the beautiful deep pinks and purples in this stain glass print. For work or dinner, you will feel great in this one.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Diane-von-Furstenberg-3-4-Sleeve-Printed-Silk-Wrap-Dress-dvf/prod175850132___/p.prod
Diane von Furstenberg - 3/4-Sleeve Printed Silk Wrap Dress
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Diane von Furstenberg - 3/4-Sleeve Printed Silk Wrap Dress
3/4-Sleeve Printed Silk Wrap Dress
Diane von Furstenberg
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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We can never talk about dresses without talking about Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dresses. The print on this one is just beautiful – click through the “shop it” button to get a closer look. It’s full of little dots that use a variety of colors and white, to ever so subtly pop against the black ground. The top of this dress is DVF’s classic silk jersey, and the bottom is done in chiffon to create some ease and swing that is so flattering – and can be suitable for work or out for cocktails. You may also want to opt for a more classic wrap dress in an all jersey iconic design. We stockpile these dresses – the prints only get better with time, and the wrap styling is always stylish. But the best part is how forgiving a wrap is - in November’s InStyle, Diane von Furstenberg herself suggests layering a bodysuit underneath a wrap dress. And of course, that’s a brilliant idea – you can conceal as much cleavage as you want, and it helps smooth at the same time.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-pleated-skirt/3790078
Vince - Pleated Skirt
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Vince - Pleated Skirt
Pleated Skirt
Vince
Sold by: Nordstrom

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We love a good pleated skirt, but it's very important that it doesn't conjure up any memories of a school girl uniform. Vince's version has just the right amount of sophistication. The longer midi-length and off-center slit give it the maturity we are looking for. And the stitched down pleats provide the modern sleek edge. Keep the rest of your look simple with a trim turtleneck, crewneck sweater, or tucked in button down shirt. The length works with heels to dress it up, or boots for more of a downtown vibe.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/MICHAEL-Michael-Kors-Belted-Long-Sleeve-Maxi-Dress/prod172200354_cat12110765__/p.prod
MICHAEL Michael Kors - Belted Long-Sleeve Maxi Dress
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MICHAEL Michael Kors - Belted Long-Sleeve Maxi Dress
Belted Long-Sleeve Maxi Dress
MICHAEL Michael Kors
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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High-low hems are a popular finish to skirts and dresses this season, and we see this trend continuing in the months to come. That is the finishing touch that makes this MICHAEL Michael Kors dress special, while still being endlessly versatile. The easy jersey material can be dressed up or down, so this dress will look just as good with a pair of boots and chunky jewelry, as it will with pretty heels and elegant earrings. The belt is the perfect width to look good both ways, and is included. We absolutely love this dress – it’s so simple, but you’ll instantly look pulled together and stylish when you put it on. (Tip: If you need to get this shortened, don’t worry about the hem– any tailor should be able to keep the high-low detail in tact.) This dress is so great, in fact, it's selling out everywhere. If they are out of your size, try here.
http://www.shopbop.com/faux-leather-scuba-skirt-5th/vp/v=1/1599481067.htm?
5th & Mercer - Faux Leather & Jersey Skirt
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5th & Mercer - Faux Leather & Jersey Skirt
Faux Leather & Jersey Skirt
5th & Mercer
Sold by: Shopbop

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Leather pencil skirts are prominent this season – and for good reason. They are sexy, yet sophisticated. Wear a white button down and heels for a great work look. And then add a sexy top for a night out. An all leather luxury skirt is a yummy investment, but there are some great faux alternatives out there if you’re not fully ready to commit. Our favorite is this one from 5th & Mercer. The back of this skirt is ponte with a full 2-way zip, which is actually more comfortable than all leather – and easier for walking. The leather-like front is a great imitation that looks like leather, but not at leather prices. The key to pulling off a leather pencil skirt is the fit, and the slim, modern fit of this one hugs without being too tight. It looks great when it hits below the knee.
 

Comments (2)

Thank you, Frances! We love the feedback and are delighted to be shopping with you all again - in this new way.
10/30/2014 10:22 AM
Mark Shale
I love these email articles! The styling tips and "where to buy." Still missing your Lenox Square store after all this time.
10/30/2014 9:23 AM
Frances Waters
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