Scouting Stylish Spring Steals From (Really!) JCPenney


DFW Style Daily’s most enduring fashion fixation? Shopping local to support Dallas’ best and brightest retailers and designers. And though we adore our independent curators of style, the influence of national brands built right here in Big D also serves as a cornerstone of this city’s well-heeled aesthetic. Today, as we prep our warm weather wardrobes, we’re turning to one such bold face name. None other than JCPenney (really!) is solving our top spring style challenges, for under $100 per piece.     The Challenge: Dressing Day-to-Night The Finds: A mixed-media dress from the Duro Olowu collection and I ‘Heart’ Ronson’s colorblock frock each go from work to play. Pair them with tights and a cropped jacket now, and bare legs, platforms, and a lightweight cardigan when spring heats up.   Price Tag: Mixed-Media Dress, $50; Colorblock Dress, $32         The Challenge: Sourcing Statement-Making Accessories The Finds: Whimsical pieces like Duro Olowu’s clutch, Olsenboye’s striped fedora, and Mixit’s tassel earrings are ideal add-ons. Grab the embellished bag to update your favorite dress, and toss on the jewels and topper with skinny jeans and a tee.   Price Tag: Clutch, $30; Fedora, $16; Earrings, $12         The Challenge: Suiting-Up in Style The Finds: A sophisticated aesthetic – think aggressively-cut blazers and pantsuits – dominated spring runways. Go boldly into the boys club with Olsenboye’s print pants and M.N.G by Mango’s bright blazer, layered over Decree’s polka dot top. Pop a bright color with a sunny all-weather wrap.   Price Tag: Pants, $30; Blazer, $55; Top, $22; Wrap, $15         The Challenge: Stepping Into Spring The Finds: Snag enviable footwear like Liz Claiborne’s suede pumps to amp up this season’s menswear-inspired items. For travel, we suggest Mia’s wedges and K9 by Rocket Dog’s preppy twist on the gladiator sandal. Any or all can take you from decidedly dressed up to casually cool with a simple swap.   Price Tag: Pumps, $25; Wedges, $50; Sandals, $25         The Challenge: Lighten Up The LBD The Find: Georgina Chapman, the famed Marchesa designer, lent her red carpet magic to JCP this season with the Pearl collection. Her taffeta LBD made our must-have list for spring thanks to its quirky details. Add transparent accessories for of-the-moment appeal.   Price Tag: Dress, $70          All photos, credit   Editor’s Note: This post was not sponsored by JCPenney. We just think they’re totally underrated and wanted to show ‘em some love. - LP  

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