Women’s Dresses

How to Wear: Dresses Over Denim Street Style Style

How to Wear Dresses Over Denim and Why You Should

Photos by Crystal Nicodemus

The latest in everyday avant-garde combines your favorite midi dress with your go-to denim for a doubly good outfit. As seen on the street-style set (and on grade schoolers on the playground), the dresses-over-jeans craze is now in full effect—just in time for frigid temps and holiday dressing.

Below, some ways to wear the trend no matter your height or destination, plus some shoppable looks inspired by a cutting-edge fashion pack of style stars.


Food & Drink Style

Dirty Martinis, Gold Mules and Better Living with Heather Christo | The Realest

Why should models have all the fun? Each month we’re finding a “real woman”—i.e., of any shape and size—and giving her the model treatment in The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer, makeup artist and blog editor—she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style—and we all head out on location for an IRL photo shoot to showcase our monthly Dress Spotlight.

Blogger, chef and cookbook author, Heather Christo models for Nordstrom with family.

Meet Heather Christo, a classically trained French chef, erstwhile high-end caterer, two-time cookbook author, popular food blogger and enviably polished mother of two. When she and her children were diagnosed with a slew of collective food allergies, Heather (not without a heavy sigh) threw out the butter and eggs and set about using her professional experience to create new dishes that were safe for her family but just as delicious–if not more so–as the food they were accustomed to.

Along the way, she documented her experience on her blog and poured it all into her recently released one-of-a-kind book, Pure Delicious–full of helpful information and tasty recipes she developed that are free of gluten, dairy, egg, soy, nut, peanut, shellfish and cane sugar. No small feat! Find out how she does it (she’s sharing recipes!), read about her style and see her modeling some of our favorite dresses while being an impeccable hostess in her beautiful home and garden.

Heather Christo models an Eliza J fit and flare dress for Nordstrom.On work and play: Well, I really have several jobs and divide my time between them.

1. My blog, HeatherChristo.com, where I publish five days a week and do everything from the recipe development to the food styling–including photography, postproduction and writing.

2. My company, Heathermade, which is currently sold in select Costcos and hitting retail this fall. We make fresh, vegan baked goods that are certified gluten-, soy-, nut- and peanut-free.

3. My book. A year ago I would have been focused on editing it, but now I am focused on the promotion of it. So I’m doing press trips, book signings and (my favorite) public speaking about our family experience with the power of food as medicine.

And … Ha! I don’t think I am getting in nearly enough play time! But I try to enjoy any and all time that we get to spend as a family–even if it is just going on a walk on the weekend or all sitting down to dinner together. We also have great friends, and my husband and I love to go out for drinks or entertain at home.



Which Spring Dress Shape Is Right for You?

Okay, so depending what part of the world you’re in, spring either feels like a next-door neighbor or a very, very distant relation. Regardless of whether the weather is on the sunny side, our new arrivals certainly are.

Let’s take a look at the five dress shapes that are popping off as we speak, and figure out which one is right for you.

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Party Girl: Fab Frocks for New Year’s Eve

It’s almost time to ring in the New Year, but thankfully there’s still time to find the perfect party dress, and we’re talking about that dress to greet 2014 with a stylish bang! And our fabulous frock roundup includes dresses for every budget.

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Behind the Seams: Designer Lela Rose Wants You to Dress Your Best

With Thanksgiving in just a couple days, we have an appetite for beautifully embellished fabrics and hand-finished clothes. The Thread asks Lela Rose to serve us up some insider tips on ladylike dressing.

When it comes to the dress, Lela Rose knows best, so we enlisted the Texas-bred designer to help us curate effortless holiday elegance. Get ready to discover the fine art of donning a dress, one of fashion’s most timeless pieces.

“I love a dress because it is one zip and done. From there, you can play with accessories, necklaces, knits and different shoes to add your own personal style,” says the Parson’s School of Design alum. “I love color for holiday because so many people choose to wear black; color is a great way to stand out.”

Lela Rose Metallic Jacquard Dress

There’s no exact science to selecting the perfect holiday frock, but Rose firmly believes in making your best parts “work” for you and advises selecting a new style in a shape that you love. “One of my go-to dresses is our classic sheath. I love the way it was done this season, with silk-covered jade jewels and the perfect matching shrug to go over it,” says Rose. “I’m always cold, so having sweaters that are easy to wear, but don’t cover up your dress, is a must!”

Lela Rose Embellished-Neck Sheath Dress & Silk Shrug

Since launching her namesake collection in 1998, Rose continually draws inspiration from her past and present surroundings, including her hometown of Dallas, Texas. When constructing the narrative for her fall/winter 2012 (FW12) runway collection, Rose looked to Santiago Calatrava’s Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (pictured). The architectural details of this Dallas landmark became the inspiration for one of the key fabrics in Rose’s FW12 assortment. “The fabric shown in my favorite dress from the fall season was designed based on one of Calatrava’s bridges,” says Rose, who prefers to dress a little quirky by mixing texture and color.

Lela Rose Layered Organza Dress

If you’re looking to undertake a stylistic overhaul for the holidays and possibly into your New Year’s resolutions, Rose suggests stepping out of your comfort zone by working in a new color or print you wouldn’t normally wear. “It’s a festive time of the year, so have fun! I love the lapis blue color of this dress. It works for all different skin tones and coloring, but is new and exciting for the season,” she says. Lacy details should also be on your radar, according to Rose: “This holiday season is all about lace, from cotton guipure to silk Chantilly. Lace is really having a fashion moment right now, so it’s the perfect time to invest in a fantastic piece.” (pictured right)

Lela Rose Ruched Dress & Lace Bustier Dress

Interview by Qianna Smith | Photo credit: Lela Rose shot by Steven Pan


What’s New: Ted Baker London Modern Minimalist

Loving the clean lines and fall-perfect palettes of the Ted Baker London Modern Minimalist collection. Check out the painterly pops of color and sophisticated shapes that go from desk to dinner in no time flat.

‘Pennii’ Print Jersey Sheath Dress

Midi Sheath Dress


Stylist Picks: Shannon’s Top 10 for Summer

Meet Shannon, our Downtown Seattle Store Personal Stylist Manager. We tapped her to share what she and her customers are loving most for summer. Here’s a list of her top 10 favorites.

1. Trouvé Faded Denim Shirt. Denim is still in; wear it as a shirt or leave it open and throw it over a great summer dress.

2. NARS ‘Thakoon’ Nail Polish. I love these bright, fun colors! They are limited-edition, so once they’re gone, they’re gone.

3. Tracey Reese Cowl Neck Dress. Yellow is the ‘it’ color. This piece is effortless and breezy—perfect for any special occasion for summer. Need a dress to wear to a wedding? Check!

4. Sequin Small Crystal Station Enamel Bangle. Layer these on to create some chunky accents with all of your lighter pieces. You can wear one or five and create a unique look every time.

5. Ali Ro Short Sleeve Anorak. The perfect summer jacket, it’s lightweight and stylish. Transition into fall by layering a long-sleeve top underneath.

6. Ray-Ban ‘Classic Wayfarer’ 50mm Sunglasses. Who doesn’t adore these updated, casual colors? My favorite is the matte grey brown—they go with everything.

7. DVF ‘Drew Connect-Dia Jacquard’ Shoulder Bag. The perfect combination of function and trend. Get it now and be set for fall.

8. Superga ‘Cotu’ Sneakers. These are all the rage right now! Cool, classic and comfortable for everyday ventures. Choose a basic or go bold with a fun fashion color for summer and pair them with your printed bottoms!

9. Splendid Print Short. What a great way to transition into summer while staying on trend with printed bottoms. I love this pattern, because it’s subtle and easy to wear with so many things—great with a denim shirt and Superga sneakers to complete the look!

10. Johnathan Adler Gothic Rose’ iPhone Case. Our phones need updating too. I just bought this and LOVE it.

Hope everyone has a great and sunny summer!

Looking for even more recommendations for a perfect summer wardrobe? Contact Shannon or a Personal Stylist at a store near you to make a complimentary appointment.


Great Gatsby: Art Deco Glam

The trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby starting Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio was just released this week. Now, a 7-month wait until it opens. Jeepers creepers.

We already know we’ll be seeing it, because we can’t stop staring at the costumes—all that classic glamour and flapper-chic. We also couldn’t stop wishing this movie had been out back during high school American literature class.

Image © 2012 Warner Bros. Ent.

The trailer got us thinking: What would we wear to a Great Gatsby party? We did a little online window shopping and found a handful of Art Deco- and Roaring Twenties-inspired pieces for putting on the Ritz. We’re sure Daisy and Gatsby would think these are the bee’s knees.


The Perfect 10: Our Summer Checklist

Sunny days are here again (even in Seattle)! Check out our list for the season’s top 10 essentials for easy summer style. How does your own list stack up?

Street Style

Alyson in Willow & Clay

We ran across Alyson at her blog, Crushing on Clothes and loved seeing her mix of aquas and the casual styling of this Willow & Clay asymmetrical hem dress—perfect for a sunny stroll around the University of Washington campus here in Seattle.

She’s hitting all the right trends with her bright pops of color,  high/low hemline and a light-and-airy look for spring. So cute!

Shop similar styles:

High/Low Hemlines | Bright Jewelry | Pop of Color Handbags

Shop our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Willow & Clay Asymmetrical Hem Dress

Alexis Bittar Medium Tapered Bangle (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Jimmy Choo Riki Shopper