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Long Sleeve Dress
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The timeless silhouette of this 5th & Mercer long sleeved sleek dress gets a fresh Fall update in a deep muted wine, grey, and black plaid. The full zip down the back lends a pop of style that can dress it up for dressy dinner or cocktail function, while the long sleeves and crewneck makes it an easy choice for any event where you want to dress more conservatively, like a work function or going to temple or church. The color combination is easy with black tights and pumps. And the knit fabric has great stretch and weight to it, in a contemporary fit that skims your body in the best way – really flattering. The waist seam provides just the right definition, though you can add a slim black belt, too.
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09/01/2015

The Fall Social Calendar: How to Stylishly Dress for It All

Labor Day is drawing near, kids are headed back to school, and we’re starting to crave red wine again – sure signs of Fall. And the Fall social calendar usually fills up as quickly as that Summer one does. Instead of pool parties, barbecues, and beach weddings, it becomes a time of cozy get-togethers, charitable events, more weddings (but indoors), and holiday get-togethers for many. So, let’s start talking about what to wear. From dressier events to more casual parties, and family meals on holidays, we love Fall fashion…and these are great times to show them off (in completely appropriate ways, of course).

Take a look at a few of our favorites here, representing each kind of party, and then head over to this week’s Fashion Finds article, “6 Essential Ladies’ Looks for Every Type of Fall Event” where we’re creating outfits for them all, so you can be ready for every occasion. If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media.
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Free People - Patterned Bauhaus Knit Dress
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Free People - Patterned Bauhaus Knit Dress
Patterned Bauhaus Knit Dress
Free People
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Casual Get-togethers. Intarsia and graphic patterns give sweater knits a fresh, new feel and this cozy sweater dress from Free People will give you a look ready to celebrate anything Fall. The fit is typical Free People- loose and easy. We love it as pictured, with a rugged pair of lace-up boots - black or brown. We’re featuring this gorgeous grey/blue combination – our favorite – but it also comes in an abstract black/cream combination (also through the ‘shop it’ button) so go with your favorite. Add a belt to create some shape if you’re curvier, which is also an easy trick to hike it up if it’s a little long.
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Joe's - Collector's Edition - Dolman Dobby Gauze Shirt
Casual Get-togethers. Whether it’s a Back-to-School party, a Fall Harvest soiree, or just a bunch of friends getting together to drink scotch/red wine and use the fireplace – even if it’s not quite cold enough to really need it - everyone loves an excuse to share an easy few hours with friends and family…and bust out some new duds to kick off the season in style. Just like new school supplies on a kid’s first day of school, those new clothes are a sign of renewal and starting fresh. Stylish new jeans, a great sweater or button down, and the perfect boots will get plenty of use throughout the season, and can get their first wears here. Denim is as popular as ever this Fall, and a denim shirt can get you through lots of casual occasions with stylish flare. This one from Joe’s – one of our favorite resources for jeans – has an easy fit that works really well with the soft cotton fabric. It’s great under a relaxed cardigan or on its own to show off the dolman sleeve (that’s basically a loose fitting sleeve); with cords or ponte pants, or a pair of jeans in a deep, dark wash. The darker blue (called Nadiyah through the ‘shop it’ button) is an easy accent to the camel and burgundy colors of the season. Add this caped jacket for a gorgeous Fall look.
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Elie Tahari - Maria Two-Tone Double Knit Dress
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Elie Tahari - Maria Two-Tone Double Knit Dress
Maria Two-Tone Double Knit Dress
Elie Tahari
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Sophisticated Gatherings. Elie Tahari’s knit dress is another ideal option for a Fall event where you want to look smart. The knit is so comfortable, but the black and charcoal color blocking step it up from an ordinary black dress in a very subtle way. The elbow sleeve length is super flattering – concealing and shaping the arm beautifully. The skirt is seamed to flare out easily from the waist, providing the right structure and some fashionable detail at the same time. Black tights and pumps or sleek knee high boots look just right. You can even add a scarf for a pop of color.
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FRAME - Le Shirt Tie Silk Dress
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FRAME - Le Shirt Tie Silk Dress
Le Shirt Tie Silk Dress
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Sophisticated Gatherings. As we head in to September, there is a level of sophisticated refinement that takes over. Instead of taking a client for outdoor drinks, you may go to posh restaurant for dinner. You may also be celebrating the upcoming Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays with family or neighbors. And these are all occasions to dress for. A smart dress or beautiful trousers and blouse, maybe a blazer, will allow you to show off some updated seasonal looks and look perfectly appropriate for these occasions. This dress from FRAME is just what we have in mind. The tie neckline (that can be bowed or knotted loosely, as shown) and tailored stripe lend the right air of polished sophistication for all of these events. The seamed waist provides a break, but doesn’t interrupt the fluid drape of the easy, modern fit. It looks great as is, but you can add a neutral or burgundy belt for added definition (a great option, especially if you are curvier). You can even add a rich camel blazer for a tailored effect. These shoes in luggage or navy will complete the look effortlessly. You can also wear it with knee high boots in cognac, so you’ll be sure to get plenty of use out it.
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Eliza J - Embellished Lace Gown
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Eliza J - Embellished Lace Gown
Embellished Lace Gown
Eliza J
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Formal/Semi-Formal Events. The rich navy of this Eliza J formal dress is a sophisticated alternative to black that really shows off the gorgeous details of the lace and neckline beading. The lace is an overlay that is actually made in two pieces, so you get a beautiful break at the waist (where the top portion ends) that balances the hip area perfectly. It also helps conceal any little bumps you might have around your waist area effortlessly. The price is amazing for a truly formal dress like this, in a modern fit that will flatter any figure. And the beautiful embellishment eliminates the need for jewelry – simple studs or a rhinestone bracelet are all you need. Complete the look with peep toe dress shoes in navy or metallic – these play up the beading on the dress.
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Halston Heritage - Cap-Sleeve Structured A-Line Dress
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Halston Heritage - Cap-Sleeve Structured A-Line Dress
Cap-Sleeve Structured A-Line Dress
Halston Heritage
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Formal/Semi-Formal Events. As Summer draws to a close, a whole new crop of events start coming our way. Charity events change from golf outings and runs to sit-down dinners, auctions, and dressier affairs. September and October are also big weddings months. In general, a cocktail dress or dressy separates will be ensure you fit right in. If it’s formal or “black tie optional” you can opt for a simple and sophisticated long dress, though a more dressier cocktail dress or suit is still perfectly appropriate. This Halston Heritage dress is one of our favorites for the season. Not only is the gorgeous port wine color just right for the season, and an amazing alternative to black, the style is just amazing. The volume of the flare skirt shows off your waist and conceals your hips, while perfectly offsetting the non-fitted cap sleeves. The higher collar beautifully shows off the split neckline, all in a silk/cotton that provides structure to the silhouette for a cool weather way to dress up for a wedding or any non-black tie affair. Any metallic or black dressy heels will be beautiful with it (and it’s dark enough that sheer black stockings and pumps look great if you don’t want to go bare legged).
 

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