Diffusion Lines to Get Excited About: Tracy Reese for Anthropologie

Tracy Reese for Anthropologie's "Made in Kind"

Tracy Reese for Anthropologie’s “Made in Kind”

Designer Tracy Reese is best known for her feminine frocks — go-to pieces for weddings, garden parties, downtown soirees and just about everything in between. Her clothes are the perfect mix of fashion and function incorporating flirty prints and classic silhouettes with a touch of trend.

Reese has teamed up with Anthropologie for a seven-piece capsule collection. It consists of dresses only and was inspired by botanical photography and artist Freida Kahlo. “In every collection, I try to create dresses that suit different personalities and body types,” Reese mentioned on the retailer’s Web site, “so that women everywhere can find something that suits them — and this collection is no different.”

The line is part of the retailer’s “Made in Kind” series, which features designs from Byron Lars, Karen Walker and Gregory Parkinson, and is available exclusively on Anthropologie.com. Prices for Tracy Reese’s collection range from $248 to $298.

Check out photos of  the seven-piece dress line below:  

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Peplum Tops We Love

Peplum tops are a trend that’s gaining steam this spring. The perfectly prim blouses offer a classic silhouette made new again with bright hues, fun prints and lots of texture (we recently spotted Gwen Stefani, Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama in peplum looks to die for).

It’s also a versatile piece that you can wear in more casual settings with tailored shorts or boyfriend jeans. Or you can dress it up for a swanky affair by pairing it with a pencil skirt to give the illusion of a cocktail dress.

Check out our top peplum picks — all for under $100:

Where to Shop (from top left)Peplum Blouse, $44.99, mango.com; Ochre Vines Peplum Blouse, $68, anthropologie.com; ASOS Peplum Top With Net Detail, $54.54, asos.com; American Rag Top Strapless Sweetheart Animal Print Peplum, $39, macys.com; All About Top, $37.99, modcloth.com; Pintuck Peplum Blouse, $68, anthropologie.com; Petal Peplum Top, $44, piperlime.com; Lauren Jeans Co. Corianne Ruffle Cotton Wrap Blouse, $89.50, lordandtaylor.com; Peplum Top in Floral Lace, $50.60, asos.com

LWDs (Little White Dresses) We Love

LWDs (or little white dresses) are definitely a spring/summer wardrobe staple. Much like the LBD, it’s a fail-proof piece that can take you from day to evening with a simple swap of shoes and accessories.

They also seem to be a celebrity favorite for high-profile events. How can you not notice a fabulously dressed woman rocking a crisp white dress standing on the red carpet? If you don’t already own one or two, now is the time stock up your wardrobe. You want to be ready for the flood of invites to outdoor brunches with the girls and sunset cocktail parties that require you look you’re most stylish.

Check out our round-up of super cute LWDs — that can be worn to work, for a date night or to run weekend errands — all for under $100.

Little White Dresses

Where to Shop (from top left): T by Alexander Wang Formfitting Tank Dress, $97, bergdorfgoodman.com; Linen Dress, $89.99, mango.com; Crochet Lace Short Sleeve Dress, $98, loft.com; Tulle Lace Exposed Zipper Dress, $69, piperlime.com; Rare Belted Skater Dress With Cut Out, $58.17, asos.com; Fit and Flair Dress With Crochet Waist Band, $69.08, asos.com; byCorpus Mesh Tank Dress, $29.99, urbanoutfitters.com; Pintucked Shirt Dress, $59.95, gap.com; Eight Sixty Women’s Sleeveless Dress, $84, amazon.com

Fashion Forward: News & Advice

Stay up on the latest fashion news and advice:

Style Syllabus: Back to School Flats (Refinery29.com)

10 Ways to Add Color to Your Life (Vogue.com)

Spies to Brides: Fall Fashion Books (NYTimes.com)

Trend Report: Mod Dresses (WhoWhatWear.com)

Runway Inspired: Animal Prints (LuckyMag.com)

Fall 2011: Runway Trends (HarpersBazaar.com)

Fab Finds Under $100: Cropped Blazer

A lightweight, tailored blazer works well to help complete your look for those breezy summer nights, and also for transitioning into fall.

This linen blend cropped blazer would look great over a maxi dress if you’re trying to take it from day to evening. Not to mention, the coral hue will go with just about everything in your summer wardrobe.

Aryn K. Classic Buttoned Blazer, $59.99, piperlime.com

Aryn K. Classic Buttoned Blazer, $59.99, piperlime.com

Fashion Forward: News & Advice

Stay up on the latest fashion news and advice:

Accessory Report: Chunky Platforms (WhoWhatWear.com)

How to Wear Menswear (HarpersBazaar.com)

Rachel Roy Breaks Down Her Fave Color Combos (FabSugar.com)

Big Ticket Fall Items to Start Saving For Now (Refinery29.com)

The Latest Trends for Every Body Type (InStyle.com)

VIDEO: H&M Life: How Do You Accessorize? (YouTube.com)

Obsessed With Accessories: Skinny Belts

Skinny belts can works wonders for an outfit. Not only do they add a bit of kick to your look — by picking belts in vibrant hues, wild prints or with oversized buckles — but they can also help make you look slimmer when worn over a cardigan or blouse by cinching in your waistline. Yes, please!

Check out our top picks, all for under $40:

Skinny Belts - Stylin' & Profilin'

From top left: Skinny Vintage Hip Belt, $17.24, asos.com; Metallic Leopard Skinny Belt, $28.00, betseyjohnson.com; Calvin Klein Inlay Buckle Skinny Belt, $36.00, amazon.com; Studded Skinny Tassel Belt, $29.90, thelimited.com; Textured Flower Skinny Belt, $32.00, topshop.com; Quilted Skinny Belt, $24.95, guess.com; Magenta Braided Skinny Belt, $16.90, delias.com; Orange Skinny Faux Snakeskin Belt, $28.00, topshop.com; BDG Classic Leather Skinny Belt, $20.00, urbanoutfitters.com