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The Little White Dress

We all know how important the “little black dress” is. It’s the one article of clothing that will get you through any social event on your calendar. But now that it’s summer, maybe we should switch things up and try a “little WHITE dress”. Yes, the old rules dictate you should only wear white Memorial Day through Labor Day (and we are now in that time frame), however, I do believe the white dress can be worn all year long with the right accessories and other pieces in your closet. White is classic, crisp, and chic, and looks fabulous with a tan. Here are some celebrities rocking the LWD.

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Jessica Stam is stunning in Marchesa

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Tali Lennox in this season’s hot trend-the shirtdress

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Gabrielle Union is perfection in this three-quarter number

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Caroline Sieber shines in an almost kimono-looking ensemble

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Cameron Diaz is chic in this white jumpsuit

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Vanessa Hudgens personifies glamour in this gown from Philosophy di Alberta Ferritti

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Ashley Madekwe in adorable in this shift from Zara

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Rachel Bilson opts for couture Chanel (love this one)

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Natalie Portman in a darling LWD

Every designer and retailer offers a LWD this time of year. Here are some of my favorites in stores now.

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From left to right:
Lucca Couture Chiffon Tie Top Baby Doll Dress $69 from Urban Outfitters
Warehouse Metallic Lace Shift $83.50 from ASOS
Johann Earl for Urban Renewal Surplice Dress $59 from Urban Outfitters

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Knit Lace Dress $98 from Banana Republic
Scallop Lace Tube Dress $98 from Arden B.
Amie Maxidress in whisper gauze $69.99 from J. Crew

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Sunny Repose Dress $98 from Anthropologie
Calvin Klein Sleeveless V-Neck $99.50 from Macy’s
Pleated Bodice Dress $79.90 from Express
JNBY Asymmetrical Hem Tshirt Dress $80.90 from Nordstrom

There are so many great options for the LWD. It is the perfect summer staple and will quickly become your go-to item for all occasions. Paired with flip flops or heels, this dress is sure to be a hit.

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Marvelous Maxis

Today is the first day of May (Happy May Day) and that means summer is almost here. Temperatures are getting higher, the sun is shining brighter, and the stores are full of amazing warm weather fashions. Once again, the Maxi is ruling the dress selections. Sexy, free-flowing, comfortable, and multi-functional, these dresses are the perfect staple for summer fun. The Maxi will take you to the beach, dinner, and everything in between. Here are some wonderful options in various price ranges. I know there’s one for you!

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Mossimo maxi dress with bra-top $34.99

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Mossimo Hi-Lo halter maxi dress $27.99
both available at Target
I love both of these dresses. They are the perfect beach cover-up or for running errands.

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Floral maxi $39.50 available at Delia’s
A lovely print at an affordable price. What’s not to love?

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Sparkle and Fade pleated empire maxi $49.99 available at Urban Outfitters
A very sexy option for a night out. I love the pleated skirt and empire top.

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Tiered-ruffle satin maxi $25

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Smocked-chiffon tiered maxi $39.94

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Smocked-gauze Mexicali maxi $24.94
all available at Old Navy
These are three of my favorites, especially the orange one. This is what I think a maxi should be-great colors, flowing bodies, and super summery.

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The Sexy maxi $88

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Ruffled maxi $69.50
both available at Victoria’s Secret
What I love about the two of these is the bohemian feel they have. They appeal to the hippy in me.

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Lattice back printed maxi $88 available at Express
This is more dressy and would be stunning at a summer wedding.

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One World sleeveless printed maxi $78 available at Macy’s
This one is so adorable and peasanty. I love the print!!

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Felicity and CoCo chevron print jersey maxi $78 available at Nordstrom
I can picture this on a boardwalk with a straw hat. I love summer….

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Medallion print maxi $69

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Stripe button front maxi $89
both available at Arden B.
Both of these could be worn to work.

I always thought I was too short to wear a maxi, but there’s nothing a good tailor can’t do. A little hemming and I have a fabulous go-to dress for everything summer throws at me.

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From My Style Book

It’s a gloomy day here in Minneapolis so I’ve been playing with my shopstyle and stylebook apps (again). It’s so fun to browse through hundreds of items and then put together dream outfits. I created four great looks for spring. They’re fun, a little flirty, and contain a variety of price points.

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I love this floral print top. It has so many amazing colors you can pull into other pieces. It’s a great look for hanging on the weekend or for work.
7 For Mankind Gray Classic Skinny Roxanne $295 available at Style Bop
Cinch-tie Cold Shoulder Blouse $35 available at Old Navy
Balenciaga Arena Giant Nickel Day Bag $1495 available at Barney’s
Xhileration White Wayfarer Sunglasses $12.99
Mossimo Pearlynn Espadrille Wedge $34.99
Long and Lean Tank $8.00
all available at Target

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This is my “date night” look (although you could wear it to the office). I adore the leopard print. The darkness of the denim and the black patent platform are very sexy, and really dress up the outfit.
7 For Mankind Mid-rise Bootcut Jean $169 available at Lord and Taylor
Chiffon Leopard Print Top $20 available at Old Navy
Balenciaga Giant 12 Nickel Velo Bag $1895 available at Neiman Marcus
Mossimo Paisley Platform $29.99
Xhileration Black Cat-eye Sunglasses $12.99
both available at Target

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I love this look! I would live in it, whether it was going to the zoo, the movies, or shopping. It is my perfect spring look.
7 For Mankind Cropped Skinny Jeans $178 available at Lord and Taylor
Smocked Button Front Printed Top $30 available at Old Navy
Rachel Zoe Joni Raffia/Leather Bucket Bag $495 available at Bergdorf Goodman
Buyamba Soles Beaded T-strap Sandal $14.99
Mossimo Tortoise Geometric Sunglasses $16.99
both available at Target

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This is my “long lunch with the girls” look. Can’t you picture having cocktails on a patio with your besties wearing this ensemble?
Mother Cropped Runway Skinny Flare $198 available at Shopbop
Off-the-Shoulder Chiffon Blouse $29 available at Old Navy
Rachel Zoe Leather Satchel $450 available at Bergdorf Goodman
Mossimo Pam Rope Wedge $24.99
Xhileration Olive Wayfarer Sunglasses $12.99
both available at Target

So, which look is your favorite?? To create your own amazing looks, check out shopstyle and stylebook, both available at the app store.

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Babydoll Dreams

If I was a fashion designer, my signature piece would be the babydoll dress. I have always been drawn to this silhouette. I think it started because while appearing to be thin, my weight is all carried around the middle, and the babydoll allowed me to hide the tummy while turning the focus to my legs. But what it really comes down to is that the babydoll is just so darn cute. And, it can be really sexy if styled correctly. I’ve worn this silhouette for play, work, and even to events such as weddings. And while the “doll” never goes out of style, it does have certain moments and this spring is one of them. There are a ton of adorable variations out there and today I’m going to share some of my favorites with you.

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Long Sleeve Navy Babydoll Dress by Argenti $52
This truly captures the hippy element for me and I’ve actually owned similar dresses. The navy is a nice alternative to black, especially going into spring.
available at eDressMe

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Vero Moda Babydoll $63 (was originally $116)
Love the color, love the ruffled bust line. This little dress is the one you need for all your summer events.
available at Asos

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Darling Chiffon Lace Babydoll $64 (was $116)
The name says it all-this is darling! I love how it’s styled with the thigh high socks. It gives a very playful vibe. This dress would also look amazing with a great pair of heels.
available at Asos

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Solid Babydoll Ruffle Woven Dress $118
Sexy, sexy, sexy. I’m a sucker for off-the-shoulder and the color is summer personified. A wonderful dress for date night or a daytime excursion.
available at Free People

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Babydoll Bra Top Dress $40
A classic dress with a built-in bra. This will take you everywhere and work for everything.
available at Victoria’s Secret

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Pearl Embellished Swing Dress with Crochet Detailing $50 (was $134)
Pretty white dress with wonderful detailing, this dress will take you to the beach with flip flops or to music in the park with sandals.
available at Asos

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Gloria Dress $29 (was $98)
This dress will take you to every summer wedding and then some. I love that the straps are the detail and you can’t go wrong with the price.
available at Quicksilver

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Bar III Dress $64
Every girl needs a pretty floral dress in her wardrobe and this one has it all. The soft color palette and simple floral pattern makes this the quintessential summer dress.
available at Macy’s

In my opinion, if you’re looking for a versatile summer dress, look no further than the babydoll. It has everything you could want in a dress, it will hide the pooch, and you’ll look amazing.

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