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Contrast-Trim Jacket
Nanette Lepore
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue. With a somewhat more fashion-forward assortment than some of the other big department stores like Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue has great options for women who want to invest in pieces that will last and have a chic sensibility, while still keeping it modern and timeless. They have free standard shipping & easy returns for 30 days using their pre-paid label, based on the return shipping rate. You can also bring an online return back to their store and eliminate the return charge. They’ll even do price adjustments if a product gets marked down within 7 days. This Nanette Lepore jacket represents some of the best that Saks offers – a contemporary update to a blazer that can be worn with a simple tank and dark jeans, black or white trousers, or over a simple sheath dress for endless fashionable options.
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06/02/2015

Our Favorite Websites Round-up for the Ladies: Sharing the Love

As we approach our one-year anniversary of the New Mark Shale, we wanted to take a moment to talk about the thing that is most near & dear to our hearts…our favorite websites to “shop” with you.
While we always try to pick products with photography that truly reflects the product, we know looking at these pictures can often feel uncertain – how will it look on me? What other ways can I wear the product? Do I have to look like/be the same age as the model in the picture? Models are often young, tall, and thin. But that doesn’t mean those are the only people the product will look amazing on. And, that’s what we’re here for – to interpret those pictures with tips about fit, any variance to the pictures you should be aware of, quality, and how to wear each of the pieces. We always try to find the images that best reflect the true fit and look of every one of our picks and we purposely crop the images to make it just about the product, not the model.
And what about the sites (or stores) we are directing you to? We know this may be the biggest change for some of our friends. While we used to have our own stores and carry our own inventory, you will now be directed to other trusted retailers when you click on the ‘shop it’ button under each featured product on our site. And “trusted” is the key here. We won’t send you to sites we don’t think live up to our customer service standards. We are highlighting some of our favorite and most popular partners this week. And in general, we will always send you to sites with customer-friendly (often free!) shipping and return policies – many of the sites will include free or pre-paid return labels. We also try to sprinkle in some new sites and brands you may not yet know, that we think you will love.
The goal of our site is to make shopping easy and convenient for you. There are endless options and, using our expertise as a retailer since 1929, we are culling down to a refined edit each week. You won’t need to leave your seat and you can feel confident that you are buying from the best so you feel modern and appropriate in every setting.

Take a look at the sites we’re highlighting this week, and why we love them. Then, head over to “Top Ladies’ Fashion Finds from Our (& Your) Favorite Websites” to see our top fashion finds for the week from each site. If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from the suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media. Thank you for continuing to be a part of our journey.
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AYR - The Skinny Jeans
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AYR - The Skinny Jeans
AYR. AYR stands for All Year Round, as this newer brand has set out to create a tight assortment of well-made essentials that are staples in your wardrobe all year long. It’s an aesthetic, and philosophy, that is very similar to our own and we’ve been impressed with the quality and fit since they launched. With a team that previously worked at J.Crew and its sister company, Madewell, they know a thing or two about seasonless essentials and getting fits just right. And with the backing of Bonobos (a similar model for men), they will surely be around for years to come. So far, their assortment is mostly online only, and they make it easy to purchase from their website. Besides free shipping, they offer a pre-paid UPS label for returns for 30 days. They even have a Home Try On program for this best selling skinny jean in a dark classic wash, Jac’s Jean – order 3 sizes and they’ll initially just charge you $1/pair (with code LAZYCHIC at checkout) until you choose the one you that fits best. It’s a contemporary fit, but on the easier side, like Joe’s or Citizens of Humanity. And they offer 5 lenghts, so you won't have to worry about alterations. If you haven’t tried it yet, now’s the time.
http://www.dvf.com/banded-julian-silk-jersey-wrap-dress/D731701M15.html
Diane von Furstenberg - Banded Julian Silk Jersey Wrap Dress
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Diane von Furstenberg - Banded Julian Silk Jersey Wrap Dress
Banded Julian Silk Jersey Wrap Dress
Diane von Furstenberg
Sold by: Diane von Furstenberg

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Diane von Furstenberg. There is simply no beating Diane von Furstenberg when it comes to an iconic wrap dress. No matter the pattern (or go with a solid), they are timeless. In fact, the prints get better with age – this pale blue is fresh and new this summer, in DVF’s classic silk jersey wrap style – you’ll love it every year once the weather starts to turn warm. They are always worth the investment. And it’s not just wrap dresses. She knows how to fit a woman’s body; her easy fit blouses and shift dresses look wonderful on so many body types. While the site doesn’t always offer free shipping, they do at times, and they always include a pre-paid UPS return label that you can use to send back anything that doesn’t work out for a reasonable $7. While DVF pieces are sold at many of our other favorite sites, they photograph the product very well and often have more colors, sizes and options than other stores have in their assortment. And that is when we will direct you here.
http://www.theory.com/ALRIGO/F0403211,default,pd.html?dwvar_F0403211_color=C07
Theory - Alrigo Pant
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Theory - Alrigo Pant
Alrigo Pant
Theory
Sold by: Theory

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Theory. We’ve always loved Theory for their modern and clean aesthetic, but we have to admit we’ve fallen deeper in love since they’ve gotten back to their roots of timeless work wear. And their site really shows off the brand. The clothes (and accessories) are as fashionable as ever, but also really reflective of the clean lines and always-appropriate style we expect for office wear. These washed linen trousers have a sailor-button detail on the pockets that step up a pair of simple wide leg pants, and look amazing for the office with a crisp white button down and translate for dinner out – especially if you wear a sexy sleeveless blouse or tank top. The overall brand’s style is contemporary, but the fit is not quite as trim as years past, giving more women an opportunity to reengage with the brand. And like many of our favorite sites, they offer free shipping and free UPS returns if you send it back with their prepaid label with 14 days (there’s a reasonable $7 fee after that).
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Vince - Ramie Lace Insert Popover Blouse
Vince. One of our favorite brands (and by that we mean yours & ours), their site showcases the line, sometimes with exclusive styles and colors you can’t find anywhere else. The contemporary aesthetic is married with a relaxed fit and slightly sporty vibe that ladies of every age adore – and why shouldn’t they? The quality is beautiful, and the fit is equally flattering. The clothes and accessories can be worn to the office, a night out, or a casual day with ease. While not inexpensive, the quality is there and the pieces really do last for years – both in the craftsmanship and the styling. The site, just like the line, continues to evolve and their photography really shows off the product in a very Vince-way. We love pointing out ways to incorporate this brand into your wardrobe with other products we showcase. For ex., this easy fitting tunic will look great over a tank with any casual bottom, from shorts to cotton or linen pants or your favorite jeans. The fern green is a nod to the current military trend, but it will never go out of style. They offer free shipping and free FedEx returns, with a label they provide in your order – you can bring anything purchased through their site back to one of their stores, as well.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shorts/novelty/PRDOVR~C6431/C6431.jsp
J.Crew - Zigzag Ikat Short
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J.Crew - Zigzag Ikat Short
Zigzag Ikat Short
J.Crew
Sold by: J.Crew

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J.Crew. While they have been getting some backlash in the news and social media lately, there is still A LOT to love at J.Crew. The modern fit and timeless style of many of their pieces, with a bit of a menswear flare, is a great mix of good quality and prices. Picking the right items are key, and that's what we're here for. We love things like their cashmere sweaters and timeless blazers. The casual pieces, like tees and shorts (in this so on-trend ikat print) won’t break the bank, and it’s a great fit for most ladies of any age. They’ve even started carrying some lines besides their own, to round out their ever-evolving assortment. It’s a store that moms and daughters can shop together, and that’s something we always admire. It doesn’t hurt that they often have discounts going on, offer free shipping over $150 all the time, and returns are easy as can be – bring them to a store for free or use their return label (good for UPS or USPS) for $5 within 60 days of purchase, which is very reasonable.
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CJ by Cookie Johnson - Linen-Blend Cropped Pants
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CJ by Cookie Johnson - Linen-Blend Cropped Pants
Linen-Blend Cropped Pants
CJ by Cookie Johnson
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Neiman Marcus. The refined assortment includes more than people sometimes realize. Sure, they carry truly designer fashions, but they also have a beautiful assortment of modern, contemporary, and relaxed fits for us to edit from. From polished pieces from the likes of Lafayette 148 New York to casual pieces like these modern fitting relaxed linen pants from CJ by Cookie Johnson in 2-18, quality is as important to them as it is to us. Bergdorf Goodman & Cusp are also under the Neimans umbrella, so we are fans of theirs, as well. They offer free shipping all the time & free returns within 15 days by using their pre-paid USPS label, but returns can be made any time with just a $9.95 deduction by still using their label. They are very fair about price adjustments, too, which we always appreciate.
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RAILS - Britt Sleeveless Button Down Shirt
Shopbop. One of the best – and largest - contemporary assortments out there, hands down. It can be overwhelming, but that’s what we’re here for. They carry newer lines not easily found in department stores, as well as some of our longtime favorites - like 7 For All Mankind, Three Dots, and Vince. They have all the best contemporary denim lines and a great accessory assortment, too. The photography is generally very good, fitting the clothes properly to the models. This RAILS shirt is a great example of that, highlighting the easy fit and styling it to showcase the laidback contemporary style of this really soft shirt that is a fabulous summer version of your favorite plaid shirt. Owned by Amazon, the shipping is super-fast and very reliable. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can log in with your Amazon credentials and get the same Prime shipping perks of free 2-day express shipping and next day shipping discounts. Returns using the pre-paid label they include with your order are free within 15 days and you can still return up to 30 days for a full refund with a $10 fee, so it’s super easy.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eileen-fisher-kimono-sleeve-cardigan/3970531
Eileen Fisher - Kimono Sleeve Cardigan
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Eileen Fisher - Kimono Sleeve Cardigan
Kimono Sleeve Cardigan
Eileen Fisher
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Nordstrom. They are known for their large assortment of clothing and accessories for ladies that like modern, contemporary, or relaxed fits – they cover it all, from Joie to NYDJ to Eileen Fisher (the designer of this easy-fitting and super versatile cardigan). Nordstrom offers the full size range, XXS-XL, Petite and Regular, so every lady can throw this on for an evening out over a tank and jeans or a casual dress. We love the dress offering at Nordstrom, too, with options at every price point in quality we can happily recommend. And then there’s also the amazing footwear assortment. In addition to the very wide net of product choices, Nordstrom offers free shipping & returns (using the label they provide) all the time. With online shopping, we know that returns are bound to happen, and we want you to have the flexibility to try on multiple sizes to see what works best for you – in the comfort of your own home, with your own clothes and shoes to try on with your new pieces…and when you have the time to do so. The other big perk of purchasing from Nordstrom is that they offer alterations at your local store for online purchases, many of which will be free. With 271 locations across the US, most people have one. They even price match.
 

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Excellent article. You forgot to mention Nordstrom's excellent price matching scheme. I often do a price check and rely on them for the best pric... Read more
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