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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Milly for Kohl's Review

I've been looking forward to the colorful Milly for Kohl's collection ever since the preview photos popped up on Instagram several months ago. The collection, which is inspired by the isle of Capri, features a multitude of prints and true-to-Milly feminine silhouettes. Think crisp sheath dresses, flirty midi skirts, breezy peasant blouses, on-trend crop tops, and plenty of perfect-for-summer prints. 

To show just how similar the Kohl's collection is to recent Milly runway looks, I shared some interesting comparisons recently. You may have seen my Milly for Kohl's lookbook outfit and preview featuring photos of me wearing the Ciao bella striped tee and umbrella print pencil skirt on my other blog The Key To Chic. Full disclosure - I've been equally excited for this collection as I was for Lilly for Target because I find it just as cute and colorful. If you like Milly for Kohl's as much as I do, the bonus is that it won't crash the Kohl's website, sell out in five minutes, and end up in the hands of resellers. Plus, there are lots of really pretty floral prints in case you didn't get your hands on any Lilly for Target.

Here's how the merchandise looked on a quiet Tuesday night. This empire print maxi dress pictured below is one of my top picks. 

Milly for Kohls Print Maxi Dress

Milly for Kohls lookbook

Below, a look at some of the Milly for Kohl's dresses for little girls. These mommy-and-me pieces are available in sizes 4-6X. So cute, right? Just in time for Mother's Day, too.

Milly for Kohls Girls Dresses

Below are the stretchy knit printed maxi dresses and the strappy jumpsuit in black.

Milly for Kohls review

I love the mix of saturated blues and reds. These prints are exactly what I want in my closet. They're cheerful, chic, and very summery.

Milly for Kohls

In the fitting room

For reference, I'm wearing sizes 2 or XS in everything. I'm petite and my current weight is 101 lbs. The collection does have size 0, but my store didn't carry anything in a size 0. Sizing runs true to Kohl's Women's department. Unfortunately, my store didn't carry most of my wish list items, so I'll be stalking other locations for a wider selection.

I found everything to be true to size except the V-neck maxi, which runs small in the bodice, and the sateen shorts, which run big in the waist. Overall quality and construction looked great compared to earlier DesigNation collections, with my least favorite pieces being the stretchy knit striped maxi dresses and sheer peasant tops. I preferred the pieces with more structure and shape. 

Now for a closer look inside the fitting room...

From left to right below:
floral fit and flare scuba dress: it has pockets, a good quality back zip, hefty scuba fabric, and is super comfortable. I'd hem a few inches for a shorter length on myself. This is a top pick for me. I love love love this floral skirt from the collection just as well, but my store's inventory was limited. I'll be hunting this down for sure.
striped pleated shirt dress: one of the chicest pieces in the collection. It has pockets, a partial side zip and button front, and is made of a lightweight cotton blend. I think it would look better if ironed, as the pleats didn't lie quite right. The fit was slightly loose and it felt very comfortable. The nautical vibes, belted tie, and preppy A-line shape make this one another top pick.
abstract floral midi scuba skirt: it's made of the same scuba fabric as the dress on the left. It's a simple pull-on style with a contrasting black waistband. I rolled the waist on this to shorten the length. I love this paired with a striped tee or organza crop top from the collection.

Milly for Kohls Floral Stripe Dress

From left to right below:
mosaic print sateen tank top and sateen shorts: the crop top also comes in a pretty blue floral (on my wish list). It's a boxy, structured fit in a cotton/spandex blend, and I think the XS fit me well. The shorts in size 2 had plenty of room to spare in the waistband, so I'd have to size down to a 0 because they run big. They also come in white.
blue shirred peasant top: it's too sheer and lightweight for me but very comfortable with cute ruffle details on the sleeves. The fit is oversized and there are adorable contrasting color tassels at the neckline. It also comes in a bougainvillea hot pink colorway.
blue floral A-line dress: an easy to wear, comfortable cotton blend. I found it slightly roomy in the waist and underarm area. Unfortunately, there aren't pockets. I'd shorten the length on this just a little to fit me better. The print is gorgeous. 

Milly for Kohls Blue Mosaic Floral

From left to right below:
floral print peasant top and floral maxi skirt: the top is just like the blue one above, but the print makes it less sheer. I tucked the top into the skirt but don't love the way the skirt's striped panel looks on me. The skirt is a comfy stretchy knit rayon and is lightweight.
V-neck maxi dress: one of my favorites. It runs small and very fitted in the bodice and waist. Love the stretchy knit rayon construction and high comfort factor. If you're curvy up top, then go up a size. 

Milly for Kohls Print Maxi Dress Skirt

Shoe notes since some of you might inquire...I'm wearing old 4" wedges from Aldo. They are sold out but can shop a similar style here for under $43 or in suede for $130

I'll update this review as I find more of my favorite items in other Kohl's stores, so watch this space!

Get your hands on the collection (check out online only pieces too like this floral dress) and see/share photos on social media using #MillyforKohls.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Music Festival Fashion - What To Pack for Coachella

Coachella is on the near horizon and I can't help but be inspired by all the festival-themed fashion that dominates the retail scene this time of year. It's the season for crop tops, crochet, fringe, short shorts, and printed kimonos...not to mention the proliferation of accessories that channel free-spirited '70s style such as temporary tattoos, flower crowns, colorful jewelry, and floppy hats. Even if you're not trekking to the desert to partake in the festivities, you can still incorporate the nostalgia of the '70s (it is one of this spring's most popular trends) with flared pants, fringe tops, and crochet details. Festival fashion is all about making a personal style statement with a mixture of fun prints, tactile textures, and embellished accessories. Key to having fun? Being prepared with comfortable footwear, a hands free bag, sun protection, and a battery charger!
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See more ideas for what to wear to Coachella on my other blog The Key To Chic.

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M.A.C. Cremesheen Glass, $20
Battery charger, $68
Felt floppy hat, $52
Aviators, $9.99
Beaded necklace, $25
Floral printed kimono, $80
Positive vibes only tee, $38
Fringe camisole, $48
Klorane dry shampoo (this stuff is the best!), $20
Epic weekend tank top, $12.99
Distressed denim shorts, $58
Yes To Cucumbers SPF 30 natural sunblock, $11.99
Floral flares, $75
Tiered crochet shorts (many other colors available), $24.99
Suede fringe backpack, $105
Open heel ankle boots, $75
Black lace-up sandals, $65
Flash Tattoos, $22
Embellished pewter sandals (other colors available), $17.99

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Milly for Kohl's Lookbook vs. Milly Runway

April is looking good! The Milly for DesigNation at Kohl's collection launches on April 23, and having browsed the recently released lookbook, I'm already planning my wish list (which gets longer by the day). The colorful collection, which is inspired by Capri, includes everything from floral frocks and cute jumpsuits to on-trend boxy blouses and ladylike skirts. You're in luck if you love Milly because the Milly for Kohl's line channels signature Milly by Michelle Smith design details. For example, cute skirt sets, painterly prints, and vacation-perfect pieces reminiscent of the Milly runway dominate the Kohl's collection. To show just how true this collection is to the Milly aesthetic, I've selected a few of my top picks from the Milly for Kohl's line and compared them to recent Milly runway looks. Here's a closer look.

Milly for Kohls Lookbook White Skirt Set

The monochromatic skirt sets above both feature sheer details, A-line silhouettes, and crop tops. Head scarf optional. Pictured above on the left: sheer yoke top, $44 and organza full skirt, $60. 

Milly for Kohl's red floral skirt

Bold red florals on a pale background are the name of the game for both of the looks above. A contrasting waistband or black belt add definition to the waist, while a form-fitting skirt silhouette and high heels add instant glamour. Pictured above on the left: ciao bella tee, $40 and bougainvillea skirt, $50.

Milly for Kohls Lookbook Floral Set

The fun floral print and crisp tailoring on the outfit above on the left echoes this blue floral print look from spring 2012. The Kohl's collection also features a jumpsuit in this print which is on my wish list. Pictured above on the left: monofloral tank top, $40 and printed soft pants, $54.

Milly for Kohls Lookbook Mirror Print Tank Dress

Digital mirror prints give both of these mini dresses a bold and modern appeal. What sets them apart is the price. (There's also a pencil skirt in the Kohl's collection with this print.) Pictured above on the left: engineered tank dress, $68.

Milly for Kohls Lookbook Black Skirt Set

Sheer details, boxy tops, and full skirts makes these looks similar. The Milly spring 2015 version of the skirt is $495. Pictured above on the left: sheer yoke top, $44 and organza full skirt, $60.

Milly for Kohls Lookbook Floral Pants

Channel the relaxed and colorful feel of Capri in an effortless way with floral cropped pants. Just add a black top for Jackie O. inspiration. Pictured above on the left: printed capri pants, $48.

Milly for Kohls Lookbook Lemon Stripes

Print mixing at its finest. Take a classic black and white stripe, add a cheerful yellow print, and voilĂ ! The result is artsy and playful. (There's also a lemon print tee in the collection for $40.) Pictured above on the left: villafranca tank dress, $68.

Milly for Kohls Lookbook Print Skirt Set

Bustier styling and pencil skirts scream bombshell glamour. I can't wait to get my hands on this Milly for Kohl's floral number. It reminds me of her spring 2015 main line dress. Pictured above on the left: bustier midi dress, $74 (online only).

The collection launches April 23, and even includes a few dresses for girls in sizes 4-6X. 

Select your favorites from the lookbook, follow along on social media with #MillyforKohls, and watch this space for my fitting room review.

*Update - see a sneak peek of the collection on my Instagram and see how I wear a look from the collection on The Key To Chic. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook for more updates!

*April 22, 2015 update - see my Milly for Kohl's review with fitting room photos and sizing information.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Look for Less - Sporty Sandals for Spring and Summer

Last spring I dipped my toes into the sporty sandals trend with some Prada-inspired DIY jeweled Teva sandals and some gold Aldo sandals

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Teva Universal Sandal, sporty sandal trend

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After months of wearing boots and sneakers, spring has arrived, and I'm more than ready for sandal season. This year, I'm still incorporating the sporty sandals trend into my spring 2015 lineup with everything from cropped denim and day dresses to printed shorts and culottes. 

How to wear sporty sandals? The trick to pulling off the trend without looking like you're heading to or from the gym is to inject dressier elements into your look such as fluid blazers, silk blouses, cropped trousers, midi skirts, or city shorts. The contrast of dressy with sporty/casual is both glamorous and unexpected. The best part about this trend is the high comfort factor. Who might even find yourself putting those heels away and hitting the streets for long walks.

While designer versions abound in styles ranging from slides and cleated soles to wedges and flatforms, there are myriad styles if you want the look for less. Below are my top twelve picks under $150.
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Get the look for less:

1. United Nude, $95 (also in black, white, blossom, yellow, and red)
2. Steve Madden, $99.95 (also in silver and white leather)
3. Topshop silver sandals, $70
4. Topshop velcro sandals, $65
5. Teva flatforms, $49.95 (also in orange/white/black)
6. Report Signature sandal, $59.95 (also in bronze)
7. Steve Madden, $79.95 (also in gold)
8. Aldo gold glitter, $70 (also in silver)
9. Aldo studded sandals, $70 (also in bone)
10. Splendid leather slides, $68 (also in yellow)
11. Steve Madden, $139.95 (also in black or gold)
12. Kate Spade leather slides, $98 (also in blue/white)

March 25, 2015 update - Check out the new shoe collaboration between Nasty Gal and Teva featuring a colorful mesh sandal and a flatform.

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