A fall staple would have to be the sweater dress. They are versatile, keep you warm, and extremely fashionable. A sweater dress can be paired with tights, leggings, skinny jeans, boots, heels, flats, and so much more. This wardrobe essential can take you from your desk to drinks instantly. This season, sweater dresses can be found everywhere and at all price points. There are so many sweater dresses to choose from in all colors and prints. No matter what your style may be (edgy, girly, rocker, bohemian, classic..) there are sweater dresses out there that would fit perfectly into your closet. Which style below is your favorite?
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! Any stylist or anyone with the least bit of fashion sense knows, “It’s all about the accessories.” Lately, partly due to the state of the economy, every brand and designer – new or established – is aware of the truth in that statement.
According to The New York Times, in order to profit, you better get into the accessories business. It’s been officially noted by Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at NPD Group: “The accessories business is healthier than the apparel business.”
For example, at Michael Kors, accessories and related merchandise accounted for about 75 percent of total revenue in 2012 according to a spokeswoman for the company. This fact isn’t surprising as almost everyone is sporting a Michael Kors watch from their personal collection of designer wrist candy.
It’s not just watches. Footwear, handbags, jewelry, and basically any type of non-apparel adornment is keeping the fashion industry afloat and brands would be insane not to give consumers what they want – accessories.
The label lovers still crave Chanel, Fendi, Burberry, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg (the list goes on), but she’s also become much more savvy with her paycheck. Rather than purchase a top or bottom that may be worn a few times, why not invest in a timeless Chloé or Chanel handbag and put that cost-per-wear to work?
Macy's Footwear Department Rendering - Photo Courtesy of Macy's via WWD
To feed the insatiable footwear frenzy, department stores have answered the call with new and improved, expanded footwear departments. Just last month, Barney’s launched a shoe floor that offered styles for both men and women. A smart move as women aren’t the only ones looking to freshen up their accessory game. This month, Saks Fifth Avenue is focused on the growing appeal of contemporary footwear designers such as Brian Atwood and Nicholas Kirkwood whose designs are new editions to the store’s popular department.
Lord & Taylor answers the footwear expansions of its department store rivals by redesigning and devoting its second level to…what else? Shoes! The one and only Bergdorf Goodman only needed to give their famous shoe salon a little TLC. The space was reorganized by lifestyle and refreshed with the infusion of some new footwear designer labels.
And what of the Macy’s giant that owns the tourist traffic of Herald Square? The mother of department stores has put roughly $400 million into overhauling the 2.2 million-square-foot flagship with 39,000 of those square feet dedicated to women’s shoes. According to WWD, that makes for a total of about 280,000 pairs of shoes, all in one place, all for you.
It’s always been about attainable luxury, a concept Tory Burch is more than familiar with as she’s been hip to this fact since her successful label hit stores. As more designer labels follow suit, it may be safe to say the accessory category is bringing in the money these days.
All hail the bohemian dream queen! Women’s Wear Daily reported early today that Nicole Richie is ever expanding her style empire, this time collaborating with Macy’s for a Limited-Edition collection that will be available this fall, under the name “Nicole Richie for Impulse.” Although details about this exciting news are slight, we can rest assured that the garments involved will be very true to Richie form. What we love about this style icon is her timeless, chic approach to the gypsy look. The fashion maven has come a long way from days gone by, and is consistently proving herself a staple in our designer repertoire.
In the photo of Nicole to the left, she is seen wearing a sheer blouse from the collection. The flowy, belled and gathered arm, black and white contrast, along with a dusting of delicate print whisper very good things to come this autumn. Macy’s chief marketing officer, Martine Reardon, revealed that the line will involve Richie’s favorite prints, trends and jewel tone colors. Also it is worth noting…her price points are set between $49-$149. Good things, very good things indeed.
Affordable luxury: the fashion industry’s oxymoron. Pick up a Karl Lagerfeld jacket at Macy’s, a Missoni skirt at Target or a Lanvin dress at H&M. Until recently, this was unheard of. High-end, designer pieces were only available to the wealthy or those willing to forego paying rent for a month…or two. These days, as in tomorrow, you can pick up a silk Versace dress at H&M for $199.
Versace for H&M
According to WWD, the collection will include apparel as well as home furnishings; a first for H&M. In September, Missoni for Target offered home furnishings that flew off the shelves as fast as the clothing flew off the racks.
We think everyone needs a little bit of luxury to maintain a fashionably-healthy lifestyle. What’s your take on the myriad of collections and who do you think should collaborate next?
While you’re thinking about it, check out the slide show for some inspiration from previous collections.