FLIRTY FLORAL DRESSES PERFECT FOR SPRINGTIME FUN

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“April showers bring May flowers.” While the saying may or may not be true, there’s no doubt that floral prints of all kinds are “blooming” this Spring. From Zuhair Murad to Ralph & Russo to Dolce & Gabbana, the runways were full of flora and fauna of all shapes, sizes, and designs. Whether big and beautiful or minute and abstract, the motif is just feminine enough, playful without taking itself too seriously.  The key to styling your favorite floral frock is to avoid over accessorizing and opting instead for a restrained approach. Take a look at our top picks trending for Spring 2016.

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FLORALS FOR THE OFFICE

Start off your Monday morning with a breath of fresh florals for the office. The trick is to go with a sleek silhouette paired with shoes and accessories for all day comfort and style. We like Hale Bob’s sleeveless floral sheath dress combined with Sam Edelman’s lace up heels and simple gold bangles from Kendra Scott. When it’s time for a meeting with the Boss, throw on  Hale Bob’s black Bolero jacket over your floral frock for a perfectly polished professional look. As lunchtime approaches, pull out the homemade mini cupcakes decorated with lavender wild rose royal icing flowers from Confectionary House  and you are sure to start your co-workers’ week off right. Bring a little Springtime fun to the workplace this Season.

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BOHO FLORAL MAXI

Tap into your inner “hippy” this Season  with a flowy Boho floral maxi. Relax in style with Hale Bob’s floral printed maxi dress, Free People’s floppy hat, gladiators from Steve Madden, suede fringe tote from Patricia Nash, and chic hand chain from Lana Jewelry. De-stress this Season by creating your own personal space outside. Throw down a colorful floral rug from Loloi, add a string of lights, table, cozy chair or hammock and take a minute to enjoy the calmness of the outdoors. Consider even starting your own flower garden for luscious scents throughout the year. Check out the Gardener’s Supply Company for tips on how to grow the most perfect roses, America’s most popular flower. On weekends, add a few chairs and invite your best friends over for a garden party with cocktails and munchies. Whether alone or in good company, take the time to enjoy nature this Spring.

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VINTAGE FLORALS

You can’t go wrong in a classic vintage A line floral dress this Spring. Grab Eliza J’s floral print fit and flare dress paired with cute white kitten heels from Bella Vita and a vintage floral clutch from designer tu-anh. Even if you don’t have time to grow your own posies this Spring, you can still enjoy the Season’s fresh flowers by shopping your local Farmer’s Market or flower shop. Here in L.A., we enjoy the family owned and operated Athletic Club Flower Shop delivering flowers to customers since 1916. Search your area for the best place to buy flowers and add a little brightness to your Spring this year.

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FLORAL SHIRTDRESS

Whether vacationing in Cabo or simply tending the garden in your own backyard,  the very versatile floral shirtdress is one you’ll want to add into your wardrobe collection this Spring. We like Hale Bob’s “Cabana” cotton dress paired with trendy flat gladiator sandals NEW from Lucky Brand and color blocked straw tote from Straw Studios. Another styling tip is to fashion your shirtdress over a favorite pair of summer shorts or cropped pants such as Hudson’s cropped denim jeans. You can also bring your shirtdress along with you to pool or beach topped over one of Hale Bob’s colorful printed swimsuits. Lastly, don’t forget tie a comfy cotton plaid shirt around your waist when you need to layer as the sun sets. Casual or dressy, home or abroad, let your shirtdress work for you this Season.

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ROMANTIC FLUTTER FLORALS

Not sure what to wear to your next wedding event or formal Spring occasion? We suggest a lovely sheer ivory flutter floral dress paired with black sandals from Calvin Klein and matching crossbody bag by Rebecca Minkoff. Protect your peeps with stylish “Palm Beach” sunglasses from Illesteva to complete the ensemble. For a different silhouette, we also like the faux wrap neutral silk chiffon from Hale Bob accessorized with “flower” inspired Betsey Johnson glitter “rose” bangle, Simone Rocha stud earrings, and crystal pendant from Nina. In the spirit of the Season, why not surprise the bride and groom with an arrangement of fresh flowers from your favorite flower shop.

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COCKTAIL FLORALS

Take a cue from designer Emanuel Ungaro’s Spring 2016 collection with a flirty floral cocktail dress perfect for drinks with co-workers or date night out on the town. Glam it up this Spring in Hale Bob’s sequined embroidered cocktail dress paired with Betsey Johnson’s dainty flower detailed stilettos and kitsch “flower pot” crossbody. Or sparkle like a Hollywood star in a snug gold sequined floral dress accessorized with Vince Camuto’s embellished ankle strap sandals and 3D flower jeweled gold clutch. Spritz on a little romantic “Tea Rose” perfume and you’ll look and smell fresh as a Spring day.

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TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT

Finally, no Spring or Summer season can be complete without a tropical floral print tank dress. Whether or not you vacation in the tropics this year, you can still get in on the fun with your own flora and fauna “Cabana” style. We like Hale Bob’s blue sleeveless tropical print summer dress paired with your favorite flat sandals and floral headpiece from Free People. Segue into the evening hours by switching out your casual flats for Vince Camuto’s white ankle strap heels as pictured above or opt for Sam Edelman’s fun floral print sandals and you are ready to shimmy the night away. Even if your year doesn’t include a trip to a getaway desert island, you’ll feel “tropical” in your very own floral print sleeveless dress while making yourself a homemade coconut cocktail from Cooky Coconut’s fresh delicious recipes.

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From the workplace to destination getaway to date night, there’s a flirty floral dress to fit any occasion this Spring. Whether you choose a delicate feminine print or glamorous sequined pattern, florals are a “must do” this Season. Have fun, be you, and bring a little “flower power” style into your daily routine this Season. Don’t miss a single issue and
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WEAR SPRING NOW!

 

bohemian-marie-claire2If you’re tired of the same old jeans and jacket outfit, don’t worry! You can start wearing your favorite Spring trends NOW. From Michael Kors to Naeem Khan to Gucci, flowy “Boho” is back in a big way this Season with flouncy floral print dresses, cropped wide leg pants, off-the-shoulder peasant tops, gladiator sandals, and floppy hats. Other trends include cropped tops, leggings, military jackets, peplum, and crochet shawls. We’ll show you how you can start to incorporate a little bit of Spring into your wardrobe now. Chilly or warm, workday or playtime, enjoy your favorite trends today.

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FLORAL DRESS AND MILITARY JACKET

No need to wait to bring out your favorite floral Springtime dress this year. Even if the weather proves too cold for your sheerest of dresses, there are many tips to stay warm against the elements without cramping your style. We like Hale Bob’s ruffled silk chiffon sundress contrasted with this Season’s trendy utilitarian military jacket, and accessorized with bright caged heels from Donald J Pliner and a neutral oversized handbag from Vince Camuto. Or start showing off your “beach body” curves with Hale Bob’s snug pink floral sheath dress paired with Jill Sander suede ankle booties when the weather is chilly and metallic triple strap sandals NEW from VANELi for warmer Spring days. Your military style jacket also looks great on your way to the office over the sleeveless jacquard floral dress from Hale Bob. From home to work to party time, go ahead and bring your flowery Springtime dress out to play.

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FLOUNCY FLUTTER DRESS AND CROPPED JACKET

Our second favorite dress and jacket combo is the fluttery flounce dress and cropped jacket look. Even if this year’s Easter proves rainy or cold, don’t let that stop you from wearing your favorite Springtime style. We like Hale Bob’s satin floral print silk sundress paired with the black Bolero jacket and black ultra suede leggings in case the weather is extra chilly. If the day becomes warmer, simply remove the leggings and swap out your heels for slip on wedge sandals from Jimmy Choo. You could also accessorize your look with a classic leather jacket as pictured above for a “rockin'” Spring style. Go neutral with Trouve’s classic black, Halogen’s pale pink cropped, or spice things up in Rag & Bone’s bright red. Whichever jacket style you choose, you’ll definitely be able to wear your flouncy Spring dress sooner rather than later this Season.

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MAXI DRESS AND SWEATER

Don’t leave your favorite maxi dress out of the mix either. With “Boho” trending now more than ever, it’s time to let your hair down and start feeling Summer’s carefree days to come. Start with Liberty Garden’s ivory embroidered strapless maxi and top with a simple ivory gauze button down also from Liberty Garden and flat gladiator sandals from Rebecca Minkoff. On chilly days, stay warmer in Hale Bob’s ivory cropped jacket or Liberty Garden’s terry knit lace. If you’d rather go with some color, shop Posh at Play’s wide selection of Hale Bob print maxi dresses from colorful coral to bright green to rosy red. Perfect the “Boho” style by accessorizing your look with Free People’s straw wide brim hat, hobo bag from Elliot Lucca, and fringe sandals from Diane von Furstenberg. On Spring’s colder days, swap out the sandals for fringe booties from Sam Edelman, and layer with suede leggings from Hale Bob. Warm or cold, either way, you can start wearing Spring’s favorite “Boho”trend now.

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TURTLENECK LAYERING

Another favorite way we love to style the maxi dress for now is by layering a sleek turtleneck underneath. The key to pulling off this look is to be sure that the material of your top is super thin with no embellishments to prevent your silhouette from looking too bunchy or bulky. If needed, you can also add a cropped coat or leather jacket over your outfit for added warmth. Turn heads this Season in Hale Bob’s teal printed silk maxi paired with the black knit long sleeve turtleneck, buckled ankle booties from Free People, and shoulder strap purse from Zac Posen. You can also use the turtleneck to pair under other trending Springtime fashions like Hale Bob’s silk floral blouse, the off the shoulder velvet top, or Liberty Garden’s black sheer lace chiffon. This versatile turtleneck can even be topped with rompers like Liberty Garden’s lace trimmed twill shorts set or any of the tank dress selections from Hale Bob and Liberty Garden. Don’t let cold weather dampen your Spring style. Simply grab a turtleneck to keep you warm underneath your favorite Spring trends.

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CAMI AND SEQUINED CARDIGAN

Give your favorite snug winter sweater a Springtime update by pairing with a loose gauzy cami and lightweight skinny jeans or leggings. As the weather warms, you can tie the sweater around your waist for instant style. Grab Hale Bob’s grey sequin cardigan and top with AC Collection’s silver metallic skinny jeans and a rose quartz colored silk and lace tank, Pantone’s color of the year. We also like Hale Bob’s ivory silk tank with flounce or the mixed media flyaway cami from Liberty Garden accessorized with Hale Bob’s cool silver cargo leggings and glam round sunglasses from Tory Burch as seen across the runways this Season. Look ahead to warmer weather and start wearing your favorite flouncy tanks and camis now.

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SHORTS AND LEGGINGS

And lastly, what says “Summer” more than your favorite pair of shorts? Though the last of winter’s weather may leave your legs too chilly to wear alone, we’ll show you how you can still wear your favorite Seasonal style right now. Start with a pair of basic blue denim shorts and layer snug knit or suede leggings underneath, accessorizing with a cropped coat, oversized sweater, or wool scarf depending on how cold your climate is. We like Citizen’s of Humanity’s “distressed” denim shorts with Hale Bob’s matching ultra suede leggings , silk washed cami from Equipment, and Liberty Garden’s lace Kimono for a clean, streamlined look. Usher in Spring’s florals in flower print denim shorts from Joe’s Jeans paired over Hale Bob’s gray ultra suede leggings, cozy gray knit sweater from Shabby & Chic, and ankle booties from BP. If shorts are not quite your style, you might find Citizen’s of Humanity’s loose fit long denim shorts a more comfortable option, or if you are looking to take a few inches off your waistline, get AC Collection’s vintage high waisted denim. Whichever silhouette suits you best, you can start wearing your favorite Summer staple now.

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There’s no need to wait to wear all your favorite Spring and Summer trends. Go ahead and shop your favorite looks and use our layering tips to keep warm until the weather changes. If your city is still chilly, layer your outfit with your favorite winter jacket or overcoat and warm leggings or skinny jeans. If you happen to live in a warmer climate, forgo the leggings and skinny jeans and layer with lightweight fabrics to segue into cooler evening hours. Enjoy Spring today!

 

 

 

 

 

FALL’S DRESS TRENDS

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Fall festivals. Halloween parties. Thanksgiving family gatherings. Work Christmas cocktails. With the many special events and holiday celebrations near at hand, this week’s blog focuses on Fall’s favorite dress trends. This Season you’ll see a wealth of old traditional styles updated with new silhouettes and shapes for the modern woman. So set aside your comfy jeans, take a look at our top dress picks, and start adding some of this year’s favorite dresses to your wardrobe collection for Fall and Winter 2015.

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MAD FOR PLAID

One of our favorite Fall styles that we’ve already added to our wardrobe is the plaid dress. From Tommy Hilfiger to Phillip Lim to Badgley Mischka, the runways were filled with plaid on shirt dresses, A-lines, flair skirts, and sheaths. This Season, there’s a plaid dress for every figure and any type of style. On errand day, go casual in Sam Edelman’s blue plaid shirtdress paired with your favorite sneakers or cinch with Ralph Lauren’s black stretch belt combined with a chunky ankle boot and chic cross body bag from Fossil for lunch with the girls. If you prefer a more feminine style, go with Sanctuary’s red plaid fit and flare dress paired with black and gold buckle heels from Ralph Lauren for perfect holiday style. Take the trend to the office in Felicity & Coco’s plaid crepe shift dress, black bolero blazer from Hale Bob, and black heels from Softwalk for all day comfort and style.

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Your plaid dress can also go double duty as an accessory tied around another of your favorite Fall dresses. For extra chilly days, use your plaid dress as another option other than a jacket to keep you warm against the elements. Whichever style you choose, be sure to add the plaid dress to your wardrobe collection this Season.

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SPARKLE & SHINE

Now’s the time to pull out your favorite sparkle and shine in style. Not just reserved for dressier occasions, designers this Season have made your sequined dress suitable for work or play. With just the right accessories, you can shimmer morning, noon, and night. We love Hale Bob’s pewter cami sequined dress with V neck or go with the long sleeved wrap version paired with a cozy gray Ombre pullover sweater from Hale Bob and leather buckle booties from Calvin Klein for a chic everyday street style look. Carry your look into the cocktail hour by combining your sequined dress with Stuart Weitzman’s silver strappy heels and Pedro Garcia’s Swarovski Crystal studded clutch. Make your look suitable for work by topping with Hale Bob’s black Bolero jacket, warm black tights, and Nine West wedge heels.

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VINTAGE VICTORIAN

Hail to the Queen. From Marc Jacobs to Gianni Pucci to Alberta Ferretti, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016’s runways were filled with an updated take on vintage Victorian fashion. To keep your throwback look fresh and new, look for lace inserts, shorter hemlines, sheer fabrics, and tight bodices. Try Hale Bob’s black embroidered mesh long sleeve lace dress or the long sleeve stretch dress paired with  vintage black lace up booties from Schutz and a faux fur wrap from Ted Baker to stay cozy and warm on chillier nights. For a night on the town or your upcoming Fall party, go with Hale Bob’s black stretch lace maxi dress, flattering for all body types. Accessorize to play up the “Victorian vibe” with a Mother-of- Pearl cameo necklace and a limited edition vintage floral clutch from the Victorian Trading Company.

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COLD SHOULDER

Look ahead to one of Spring 2016’s hottest silhouette trends on the runway with the cold shoulder dress. While Summer was all about the strapless look, designers this Season are moving onto the one shoulder style. From J Mendel to Tome to Verses to Tanya Taylor, this Spring’s preview shows are all about letting that one shoulder shine. Start your holiday Season in style and wear the trend now with Hale Bob’s vintage bright pink Charmeuse one shoulder dress paired with your favorite heels and sparkle clutch. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, on your next evening out opt for the vintage one shoulder peplum dress from Hale Bob combined with Vince Camuto suede black booties and a black leather jacket from Trouve for a rockin good time. Mini or maxi. A line or sheath. Stay ahead of the trends and include the one shoulder dress into your holiday wardrobe collection.

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WINTER BLOOMS

Just because the weather is turning chilly and the flowers are fading doesn’t mean your fashion has to. On Fall’s gloomiest days, point to the coming Spring with a flowy floral printed dress. Look for darker colored floral patterns and accessorize with heavier fabrics like leather and suede to reflect the changing Seasons. We like Hale Bob’s pleated floral sheath dress paired with River Island’s peep toe ankle boots and a classic leather jacket from AG Jeans. On casual days, go with Hale Bob’s black and white floral shirt dress combined with wedges and Liberty Garden’s black Menswear sweatshirt tied loosely around your waist. Complete with Free People’s luxe leather cross body bag and you are ready to take on the day ahead.

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PRETTY IN PASTELS

Another favorite trend to carry into the cooler Season is light colored pastels. No need to throw your powder pink or seaside blue to the back of the closet. With just the right accessories, you can continue wearing your favorite Summer hues throughout the Fall and Winter ahead. Try pairing your pastels with cool gray and ivory white for a warmer feel. For Lauren Conrad’s look as pictured above, try Liberty Garden’s pale pink maxi dress combined with gray suede booties from Michael Kors, a soft cropped jacket from Derek Lam, and a floppy “Boho” hat from Calvin Klein. Think pink at the office with Hale Bob’s blush suede sheath dress complete with the white washed silk jacket, ivory heels and matching briefcase from L.A.P.A. Segue into the cocktail hour by slipping into VC Signature’s dainty crystal embellished strappy heels and shaping the jacket for a chic faux fur stole from Eliza J.

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LADY IN RED

Lastly, what would the holiday Season be without a classic red color dress.  From Zac Posen to Dolce & Gabbana to Valentino, Fall 2015’s fashion runway was sizzling with red from head to toe. On your most elegant evening affair, we love Hale Bob’s luscious ruby red silk gown paired with your favorite dancing heels and a glittering crystal clutch. Or, go for this Season’s favorite “Marsala” red color with Hale Bob’s short lace long sleeved dress accessorized with matching peep toed pumps from Charles by Charles David and dangle earrings. From Cherry to Marsala,  Berry to Scarlet, don’t forget to include your favorite shade of red into your closet this Fall.

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From basic plaid to sparkling sequins, from bright red to subtle pink, there is a trending dress style to fit any shape and suit every personality this Fall.  Whether you choose to go modern with the mini one shoulder dress or throwback to Vintage Victorian, choose a dress that suits your style and reflects your unique YOU. For all of your Fall and Winter needs, don’t forget to visit our convenient online shop POSH AT PLAY, constantly updated with all the latest trends and fashions.

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BALLET IS FASHION

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In celebration of last weekend’s National Dance Day across America, this week we focus our blog on how dance is infiltrating fashion and social media. While dance has always had a strong presence in the European culture, the U.S. has lagged behind when it comes to infusing the performing arts into mainstream media. With Vogue’s recent article on the rise of ballet in fashion as well as the trending crop of “Ballet Barre” and “Bar Method” workout programs, perhaps our country is ready to embrace the mixture of this cultured art form with everyday living. Take a look at our favorite “ballet” inspired fashion finds and start incorporating a little classical ballet into your everyday wardrobe.

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PINK LEGGINGS

If the idea of chiffon and tulle are little too much for you, start your collection with the colors of ballet. From Altuzarra to Oscar de la Renta, the runways this year were filled with ballet’s favorite colors: blush, pale pink, and ivory. Part of a ballet dancer’s required performance wear includes pink tights, in order to lengthen the line of the leg in her pointe shoes. Take a tip from the stage, and grab a pair of pale pink leggings to add to your Summer collection. We love Hale Bob’s newest pink suede leggings now available at our online store Posh at Play. Pair with a cami and ivory lace Kimono from Liberty Garden for a sweet Summer style. Carry the look into the Fall months by topping with a cozy powder pink sweatshirt from Liberty Garden and low ankle boots.

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ALL BLACK 

One of the simplest ways to achieve a dancer’s sleek figure is to dress head-to-toe in all black. In order to achieve the longest lines possible and a perfect shape, a dancer’s “go to” class wear outfit will always be either a solid black unitard or a black leotard and black stirrup tights. Get the look with this Season’s popular jumpsuit trend. From Giuliana Rancic at this year’s Grammys to Monica Potter at the People’s Choice Awards, celebrities are embracing the jumpsuit trend not only for everyday wear but also on the Red Carpet as well. Get your own sleek ballerina look with Liberty Garden’s black lace jumpsuit paired with your favorite black pumps for extra length. Or go “Athleisure” with Hale Bob’s black stretch Ponte leggings paired with a fitted black laser cut cami or stretch black lace bodysuit from Hale Bob for cooler Fall days.

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TWO TONED

Maybe it’s the years of disciplined training as a student wearing the same boring black leotard and pink tights everyday to class. Maybe it’s not being able to afford a lot of new dancewear on a dancer’s tight budget. Or maybe it’s the drafty theaters that teach dancers to layer up. Whatever the reason, step into a professional ballet class and you will see an array of mismatched colors and layers on each dancer. Pictured above, professional ballerina Svetlana Zakharova of the Kirov Ballet nails the trending “two toned” look by layering her basic black unitard with a bright cap sleeve leotard and white practice tutu as she rehearses her role in “Swan Lake.” Get a similar style this Season with Liberty Garden’s two-toned Terry knit short sleeve shirt paired with Hale Bob’s black mixed media leggings. Complete your “ballerina style” with Ballet Beautiful’s newest satin ballet flats in pale pink or hot red, featured in this week’s Vogue.

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GRAY SWEATER

Speaking of layers, if it’s one thing all dancers know, it’s to always bring along a sweater or sweatshirt. In order to prevent injury throughout the long day of rehearsals, a dancer’s muscles must stay warm and stretched. In every dancer’s bag, you will find an array of leg warmers, back warmers, baggy sweatshirts, ballet sweaters, knit shorts, insulated pants, and more. Get your own dancer style with a loose fit soft gray sweater and black leggings. We like Hale Bob’s Gray Ombre knit sweater paired with black faux leather leggings and ankle boots. For warmer days, layer your sweater with Liberty Garden’s cool ivory lace skort and Cole Haan’s Stagedoor Ballet flats specially designed by 3 New York City Ballet dancers combining functionality, form, and fit.

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BALLET PINK DRESS

Channel your inner ballerina this Season with the epitome of elegance and grace in a pale pink dress. Since the color pink is trending this year on the runways, there is no better time than now to bring out this luscious and feminine color in style. You can go classic in a pale pink shift dress paired with tailored heels and a simple clutch. Or, modernize the look with your favorite comfy sneakers, a crossbody bag, and oversized sunglasses for an “Athleisure” style. If you can’t decide which look you like best, go with Hale Bob’s blush pink ultra suede shift dress perfect for work or play, dressy or casual. No matter what the occasion, you’ll look pretty in pink this Summer and Fall Season.

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“CARMEN” RED

Another common color used in the ballet world is bright red. In ballets like “Carmen,” “Don Quixote,” and “The Nutcracker,” the color red is used to depict the playful or “fiery” personality of the character. What better way to express your inner “diva” this Season than with bright red. Get a similar look to Russian ballerina Svetlana Zakharova’s “Carmen” in Hale Bob’s long sleeve red lace dress with a slight flare skirt for extra sass. If red from head to toe is a bit much for you, try just a touch with Hale Bob’s red suede leggings paired with Liberty Garden’s lace back swing Tee or Hale Bob’s flowy long sleeve red silk blouse paired with your favorite jeans, perfect for now through the Winter holidays.

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CLASSIC WHITE

Finally, if all the pinks and flowy fabrics are too “girly” for your taste, no need to fear. You can still get in on the “ballet” trend with a classic white A line dress, flattering on any size and figure. Go a la “The Red Shoes” by pairing your dress with bright red flats for a pop of color, adding a belt and handbag for perfect street style. We love Hale Bob’s classic ivory floral lace A line dress accessorized with Sam Edelman ballerina flats or “get on pointe” with Topshop’s NEW Pointy toe lace up shoes. We also love Hale Bob’s “Cinderella” tank A line dress with a perfectly fit “ballerina” bodice for a flattering figure.

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One of the most demanding art forms, a ballerina’s goal is always to achieve the perfect balance of form, grace, beauty, pose, strength, and confidence with an air of calm and ease. Become your own ballerina this Summer and Fall with our great fashion tips. Whether you choose to wear blush pink or a tulle skirt or the newest lace up ballerina flats, you are sure to exude your graceful yet confident presence this Season wherever you go. Remember our Posh at Play motto and you can do no wrong this year: Be You, Be Fabulous, and always Be Feminine.

SUMMER STYLE: WEST COAST VS EAST COAST

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Always the big debate in music, entertainment, food, and culture,  the battle between the West and East Coasts also extends into the fashion industry. Though once considered the prime “hub” of the fashion industry, New York City in recent years has taken a back seat to Los Angeles with new designers and up-and-coming fashion labels setting up practice on the West Coast. Many new designers today are starting their lines in L.A. rather than New York since they have a better chance of gaining notice, as well as the appeal of having a celebrity wear the clothing. A few years ago after working a decade in the East Coast’s fashion world, leading stylist Rachel Zoe relocated to L.A. with the concept of merging Hollywood glamour with fashion. She along with other prominent designers have helped pave the way for the fashion industry to grow and expand across the U.S. With diversity comes creativity, as today’s fashion world encompasses the tradition and class of the East Coast along with the novelty and free spirit of the West Coast. So which style do you prefer? Take our “West Coast VS East Coast Summer Style” quiz below and find out which fashion type you fit most.

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LATEST TRENDS

When the latest trends hit the Runway, how does the West Coast verses the East Coast handle it? This Season, Boho 70’s style was, and continues to be, a huge fashion trend. The West Coast tends to embrace the current fashion styles in creative and casual ways, utilizing fashion as a personal means of expression. The East Coast, on the other hand, gives a “nod” to current fashion trends and finds ways to incorporate the latest trends with traditional classic looks. With music festivals like Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle, the West Coast fully embraced the “Boho” look this Season, taking it to the max with gladiator sandals, floppy hats, fringe, and peasant blouses. Get your West Coast “Boho” style with Hale Bob’s “peasant Style” ivory beaded and embroidered silk washed tunic paired with Citizen’s of Humanity’s white cut-off shorts and Free People’s floppy hat. We also like Hale Bob’s beaded long sleeve black and white peasant blouse layered with Liberty Garden’s lace Kimono for a true “Boho” feel. If you like the “Boho” look in a more conservative style, go with the East Coast look with Hale Bob’s ivory silk drop waist tunic paired with your favorite cut-off denim shorts and comfy sneakers for all-day Summer style.

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OFFICE WEAR

Summer office wear gets two different looks when it comes to West verses East. Though both climates tend to get hot in the Summer, each Coast handles the heat a bit differently. West Coast office wear always tends to go a bit more casual and funky than East Coasters. Get your West Coast Summer office style with a cool yet casual jersey knit “V” neck dress from Hale Bob paired with funky booties from Christian Dior. Go East Coast clean and streamlined with Hale Bob’s metallic cropped pants layered with a black satin blouse and matching black pumps from Charles David. Either way, you will dazzle your co-workers with the perfect Summer work wear style.

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CASUAL

At home and at play, how do West Coasters verses East Coasters handle their casual Summer style? Since the weather is mild all year around and the beach is prevalent, the West Coast casual style favors flip flops, swimsuits, tunics, and beach hats. Even if you don’t live by the beach, emulate the style with Hale Bob’s floral silk crinkle tunic paired with Liberty Garden’s ivory lace skort and nude leather sandals. The East Coast leans towards sophisticated tailored casual styles in the warmest months of Summer. Get the classic “sailor” look with a striped 3/4 sleeved cotton top from Paige layered over Citizen’s of Humanity’s white denim shorts and accessorizing with a white boater hat from Luisaviaroma and leather t-strap sandals from Sam Edelman.

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SWIMWEAR

Cool off at the beach or pool with stylish Summer swimwear. The West Coast leans towards the Season’s hottest Summer trends when sun bathing outdoors, never missing an opportunity to stay fashionable and up-to-date. While embracing modern styles, the East Coast, however, leans towards classic trends that never go out of date. Get the West Coast style by pairing your favorite Summer swimsuit with Liberty Garden’s ivory lace skort or floral chambray lace shorts topped with Liberty Garden’s lace Kimono and floppy hat from Nordstrom. Get Khloe Kardashian’s style with a printed “East Coast” swimsuit from BitDazzle accessorized with a chic sailor hat and white leather sandals. Whether West Coast or East Coast swimwear, you’re sure to turn heads either way with this Season’s Summer style.

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SUMMER CONCERT

When work is done and it’s time to have some fun at your favorite Summer concert, which style will you turn to? West Coast favors “Boho” and 70’s style carefree looks while the East Coast embraces flowy, feminine styles suitable for a concert in the park or a show on Broadway. If you favor the West Coast, get the look with Hale Bob’s selection of maxi dresses, perfectly suited for any outdoor Summer event. We especially love the Hale Bob’s multi-colored drop waist maxi dress or the mint tie dye maxi dress. If the East Coast is more your style, try Liberty Garden’s newest black and white strapless maxi dress or the slightly more tailored black twill jumpsuit ,perfect for any nighttime Summer activities.

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DATE NIGHT

And finally, when it’s time to hit the town with your favorite someone, which style will you favor for “date night,” West Coast or East Coast? As we’ve mentioned, the West Coast tends to favor a more casual approach to even the more formal of occasions. You won’t see many jewels or sparkles with the West Coast girl. She lets her natural beauty shine through with just a fresh bronzed glow and a touch of lip gloss. The East Coast girl knows how to play up her assets and is always perfectly groomed, without trying too hard. Toss your hair into beachy waves, and get your West Coast city style with Hale Bob’s newest printed neoprene strapless mini dress paired with your favorite flat sandals and seashell jewelry. Go East Coast glam with Hale Bob’s pleated floral sheath dress or mint green snake and paisley dress, perfect for wherever your date may take you.

East Coast VS West Coast style

Today’s woman has a wealth of fashion choices depending on her style and personality. There is no right or wrong when it comes to style. Feel free to express yourself through your own unique fashion and taste. When it come to fashion, you are your own designer and judge. We’ve shown you what West Coast women prefer verses East Coast, but ultimately it is you who takes charge of your own life and what makes you feel most confident. You may identify completely with one Coast or the other, or on the other hand, may feel like you are a little bit of both. Embrace who you are and what makes you unique, and remember our motto, be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

SIZZLING SUMMER WORK STYLES

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Don’t let the hottest weeks of Summer cramp your work day style. This week, we’ll show you “cool” ways you can beat the heat and still stay fashionable at the office. Many of this Season’s trendiest styles that we’ve mentioned in our Summer blogs are perfectly suited to fit the workplace. With just the right accessories, your office outfit can transition from day to night, from playtime to work time. Take a look at our top picks that’ll keep you looking fabulous at the office and chic on the streets.

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PATTERNED PENCIL SKIRT

Forgo the solids, and brighten up your Summer work style with a tribal patterned pencil skirt. As the weather warms, pair your skirt with a cool silk camisole and slide on heels, adding a bright fuchsia jacket for chilly offices or after work cocktails. We love Hale Bob’s brightly patterned knit stretch Ponte pencil skirt paired perfectly with a black faux leather tank top. For extra hot days, go with Hale Bob’s silk stretch black embroidered tank or black studded sleeveless top made from 100% silk to help keep you cool. Complete your look with Hale Bob’s bright blue or purple Bolero jacket or go a bit more neutral in black or white.

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WIDE LEG JUMPSUIT

For an all-in-one chic Summer style, try the wide leg jumpsuit. Easily adaptable for the workplace, go “Boho” by pairing your stylish jumpsuit with thick nude wedges or go classic with black patent leather pumps. When the weather is at it’s warmest, look for strapless or tank-styled jumpsuits to keep you cool. We love Liberty Garden’s black lace and twill jumpsuit, newly arrived at our online store Posh at Play. Complete your office style with a trendy lace Kimono from Liberty Garden or top with a sophisticated silk purple scarf from Hale Bob.

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IVORY LACE DRESS

From Helo Rocha to Dolce & Gabbana, ivory lace from head-to-toe is all the rage on this year’s runways, and continuing into the Fall Season. Don’t just reserve your lace for weddings or formal occasions. Bring your dress out to work with you this Summer by pairing with leg-lengthening nude ankle strap pumps like Steve Madden’s best seller “Anibell” or go retro with Sergio Rossi’s suede kitten heel pump. Three of our favorite Summer ivory lace dresses to try are Hale Bob’s tailored cool cotton crocheted dress, romantic tank dress, or embroidered mesh dress for chillier workplaces. Your lace dress is sure to keep you cool in the office as well as for after-hours cocktails.

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FLORAL DRESS

Nothing says “Summer” more than a bright floral patterned sundress. Don’t be afraid to bring a little touch of sunshine to the office on your next workday. In order to keep your look “professional,” steer clear from sandals and wedges, and look for more tailored and structured accessories to complete your look. Start with Hale Bob’s purple floral tank dress, featuring a mock-wrap silhouette to hug your feminine curves. Complete your look with Steve Madden’s ankle strap pumps and elegant pearl strand from St. John Collection. We also love Hale Bob’s purple printed long sleeve floral dress if you tend to get chilly at the office or the black and white floral print shirtdress, perfect to pair with a black blazer for a shabby chic style.

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SHORTS AND BLAZER

When the weather becomes unbearable, simply switch out your tailored pants for shorts in the hottest months of Summer. Look for cotton shorts with pleating and cuffs, or patterned silk shorts to keep you cool yet sophisticated at the office. Don’t forget to complete your style with a white button down or silk tank and structured blazer. We love Hale Bob’s black cotton eyelet shorts, sure to keep you cool, or go with the silky black and white printed shorts for a fun patterned style. Complete your look with Hale Bob’s black studded silk tank top and coral printed silk jacket and you are sure to turn heads at the office with your chic work fashion.

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WIDE LEG PANTS AND FLORAL BLOUSE

Bring the Hawaiian Islands to work with you in a colorful floral print blouse paired perfectly with wide leg pants to allow air flow on the hottest Summer days. Not only are wide leg trousers a trending look this Season, but also they will help keep you cooler rather than tight, constricting leggings and pants. We love Hale Bob’s coral silk crinkle tunic or try the black silk floral button down for a more tailored approach. Pair with AC Collection’s black flare jeans or go breezy in Hale Bob’s black studded satin wide leg pants. For after hours errands or dinner with the girls, roll up the cuffs of your blouse and tie in front for a more relaxed, post- work Summer style.

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MAXI DRESS

And finally, as we’ve been talking about the trend all Season long, what better way to wear the maxi dress than in the office. Dress up your maxi dress style by pairing with a vest or jacket at work. Get a similar look as pictured above with Liberty Garden’s black cami crinkle dress topped with AC Collection’s grey scoop neck vest. Change up your maxi dress style by adding Hale Bob’s ivory Bolero jacket or pair with the white studded sleeveless jacket for a bit of glamour. No need to save your maxi dress for the beach or pool. Bring out your Summer style Monday morning at the office.

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What will you add to your weekly office fashion style from your Summer wardrobe collection: your favorite pattered pencil dress and cami, sleeveless jumpsuit, ivory lace dress, floral dress, shorts and blazer, wide leg pants and floral blouse, or maxi dress? This weekend, peruse your closet and see what you have to brighten up your workday week. Too busy to spruce up your Summer work wardrobe? Shop conveniently from your office or home with our easy online store Posh at Play, perfect for the busy working woman. Shop day or night, and with quick delivery service and FREE USPS priority shipping, you’ll be the “fashionista” of your own workplace.

Tropical Paradise

 TROPICAL PARADISE

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The TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT gets updated for Spring/Summer 2014. From Paris to Milan to New York, TROPICAL PRINTS hit the runway this year in a big way. Updated for this season’s trend, designers went for big tropical patterns, holding back nothing, and took to mixing the look with other bold patterning such as stripes, animal prints, and geometric designs for a big, bright Spring/Summer.  Catch summer’s last rays, stay cool, and vacation in style with the TROPICAL PRINT summer trend.

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 TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT MAXI DRESS

TROPICAL PRINTS are all the rage in Hollywood as actress Rosario Dawson rocks the Red Carpet in Ghanaian designer Christy Brown’s signature TROPICAL PRINT maxi dress, complete with a neckline embellished with round ornaments giving the dress a sophisticated and updated look. For Rosario’s look, pair the dress with Christian Louboutin cream colored pumps, or for a relaxed style, pair with  Tori Burch black sandals.

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TROPICAL PRINT CAPRI PANTS

Taking a cue from this season’s bold TROPICAL PRINT mixed media look appearing on all the runways this year, make a statement with Hale Bob’s exclusive print TROPICAL PRINT capri pants. For a glamorous night out, pair with Jimmy Choo black heels, or pair with Melina flat Blue Leather sandals by Ancient Greek Sandals  for a trendy, casual daytime look.

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TROPICAL PRINT ROMPER

Rompers made a splash on the runways and stores this season, and what better way to wear the newest trend than with Topshop’s TROPICAL PRINT romper. For a casual day at the beach, pair with Loeffler Randall sandals and a Marks & Spencer Panama hat, or for nighttime glam, pair with Prada platform sandals. Fresh & fabulous.

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TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT SHEER BLOUSE

For an updated take on the iconic  “Hawaiian shirt,” be sure to pack Hale Bob’s coral TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT sheer silk blouse on your summer vacation. This lovely flowing blouse features a flattering button down front and 3/4 sleeves gathered with tab button cuffs. Pair with Ann Taylor white capri pants for a perfect summer resort look.

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TROPICAL FLORAL PENCIL SKIRT

For a unique take on the TROPICAL PRINT trend, slip easily into Forever 21’s TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT pencil skirt. Pair with an H&M tank and Aldo wedges, as pictured above, for hot summer days and nights.

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TROPICAL PRINT SHORTS

Go chic and fun with Lily Pulitzer’s signature TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT board shorts this summer. Perfect to pair with your favorite Hale Bob swimsuit and sandals for a day at the beach, or pair with a Calvin Klein crisp white blouse and strappy heels for a hot summer night.

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TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT STRAPLESS DRESS

For a versatile look, grab Hale Bob’s exclusive print purple “Flight’s of Fancy” TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT silk crepe de chine strapless smocked top. Add Steve Madden’s black strappy heels for a night on the town, or pair with J Brand cropped skinny jeans for a casual daytime look. Can also be used as a chic swimsuit cover-up for your summer days at the beach.

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TROPICAL PRINT PEPLUM DRESS

Feel like you are on vacation even at the office in this chic TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT peplum dress by Kate Spade. The sleeveless TROPICAL PRINT dress features a flattering peplum waistline, one of this season’s most popular silhouettes, and a gold exposed back zipper. Pair with Chanel black and white ballerina flats for a chic style that will last all year long.

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TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT BLOUSE

Not just for summer, take the TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT trend into the Fall with Hale Bob’s NEW exclusive TROPICAL FLORAL PRINT blue silk charmeuse blouse. This exquisite design features blouson long sleeves with button closure, and a black drawstring neckline with gold beading. Pair with your favorite Hudson skinny black jeans for a TROPICAL Fall season.

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From the Runway to Hollywood Red Carpet events to the beach, the TROPICAL PRINT trend is here to stay this season. Found on pants, blouses, skirts, rompers, and even sweaters,  feel the tropical sea breeze all year long in this season’s TROPICAL PRINT design. Carry the carefree summer spirit with you year round with TROPICAL FLORAL PRINTS.

Black and White Dress: Summer’s Latest Trend

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Classy Chic

Coco Chanel once said, “A women should be two things: Classy and fabulous”.  With our latest black and white fashion trends, we are going to help you do just that.  From sassy fun with polka dots, to the alluring appeal of the flare style, black and white dresses complete your looks day in and day out.  This timeless color combination is undeniably chic and has lasted decades from the beginning of fashion. As I was traveling through the JFK airport last week it was evident these dresses are trending through all the generations.  From a teenager in a cute black and white short sleeve dress with sandals to a stunningly beautiful woman wearing a fitted wrap dress with Ankle-Strap Pumps, it shows that at any age these colors will compliment your wardrobe.  These flattering outfits not only make you look incredible, but they make you feel like a new you.  This season have a wardrobe of cool, confident fashion with your new flattering black and white dress from poshatplay.com.

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BLACK AND WHITE FASHION PLATE JERSEY WRAP DRESS

This easy-breezy short sleeve dress creates effortless style, especially when paired with a wedge like Michael Kors‘ Aubrey Charm Espadrille.  You can brave the rising temperature without looking wilted in this flattering wrap dress that focuses the eye to the narrowest part of your figure.

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BIRDSEYE KNIT EMBROIDERED FITTED DRESS

This sleek black and white dress is great for an evening out.  Embroidered detailing down the middle makes for a figure flattering silhouette.   Pull your hair up in a classic bun and add  Kate Spade New York  ‘Estate Sale’ Drop Earrings and you’ll sparkle in this fitted dress.

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METALLIC JACQUARD SHIFT DRESS

Look classy and comfortable in this sleeveless design.  This metallic jacquard dress can be matched with a Small Studded Leather Clutch by Nicole Miller and Mapps’ Bootie shoes by Vince  Camuto to create an edgy look.  Rarely can you go wrong in a black and white dress, especially when it’s fitted to accentuate your feminine figure.  The pattern of this shift dress is sure to get you noticed.

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MICROFIBER JERSEY KNIT WRAP DRESS IN BLACK AND WHITE

Here is a super soft wrap dress that keeps you looking polished.  With long sleeves this jersey knit dress is perfect for a day or evening event.  Remember, a black and white dress is all the rage this season and styled simply with ‘Okala’ Pumps by Sam Edelman, creating a fashionably elegant outfit.

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BRIGETTE BOATNECK PONTE FITTED DRESS

Here we have a black and white dress with a flattering fit.  You will feel youthful as this fitted dress has flounce at the hips to enhance your curves.  A beautiful band around the middle will further compliment your waist.  For a fun and flirty feel, style with a pair of Aldo’s KRISTINA heels.

THINK GREEN, LIVE GREEN, LOVE GREEN

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The color green has many different meanings in different cultures. It ‘s associated with growth, nature, hope and new beginnings. It’s the first color we see when new plants are sprouting from the ground as the snow disappears – a sign that the cold, dark winter days are behind us and the regeneration of beautiful colored flowers, green rolling hills and birds chirping outside are upon us. This universal color comes to mind when we think of people that have lifestyles that incorporate recycling, composting and driving hybrid cars. Green living is a lifestyle that promotes the preservation of nature by reducing our impact on the planet. Not only does this color promote eco-friendly and hopeful thoughts of summer, but it also brings to mind the holiday right around the corner: St. Patrick’s Day!! This national celebration was named after the Irish patron saint of Ireland and is celebrated with parades, green attire and shamrocks. Known for its emotional calming effect it has on us, we just love to wear green! So why not give green a chance? On those days when you have to go into a stressful meeting, wear green. Who knows, maybe you can be the one calming influence in a hostile environment.

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BLUE “IN THE MIX” VELVET SHIFT DRESS

Make everybody green with envy in this Silk Velvet Shift Dress. Composed of 100% silk with a Hale Bob Print, this green dress is sure thrust you into the spotlight. Pair this with Kassia Thick Mesh Pump by BCBG to complete this look.

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“LANIA” BEADED SILK RAYON VELVET BURNOUT DRESS

Thrust into the fashion limelight with this Velvet Burnout Dress. This Green Silk Rayon Burnout Dress is embellished with beads and has a V neckline that ties in the back. Pair this with the Marlow Heel by Coach for added flare.

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“IN THE MIX” COWL NECK JERSEY TOP

Take a walk on the wild side in this Silk Rayon Green Jersey Top with its bold print and vibrant colors. Pair these with our Hudson Collin Skinny Jeans and the Clarkson Sandal by Coach to get this look.

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“KARLIE” SILK TOP

Being green is sexy in this Karlie Green Silk Top. With its loose fit and dark and light green contrast, this top is both comfortable and dramatic. You can dress this down with skinny jeans and sandals or pair this with the Clemento Pump by BCBGeneration for an edgy look. 

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SILK CHARMEUSE HALTER GREEN TOP

Be the jewel of the party in this Silk Emerald Green Top. With its deep, rich color and luxurious silk material, this top is sure to be a hit at the party. Pair this with our Stretch Black Lace Mini Skirt for this elegant look.