Shabby Apple Ferris Wheel Collection

Green gingham!  Eeeeeee!
Green gingham! Eeeeeee!

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

Like a breath of fresh spring air, the Shabby Apple Ferris Wheel Collection arrived in my inbox yesterday – the collection features some great 1950’s-inspired silhouettes in cotton candy colors, perfect for those looking for an early spring. I am particularly pleased that Shabby Apple selected some really great prints for this collection, as they tend to lean more toward solids. I also love that their full skirt comes in so many colors and prints. As always, Shabby Apple’s dresses are great for dance or work, so we can get maximum mileage with our purchase. Here are my favorites from the collection:

Lovely shaped dress in blue with a floral print
Lovely shaped dress in blue with a floral print
Fruity print!
Fruity print!
A sassy look with a Peter Pan collar
A sassy look with a Peter Pan collar
I am usually not a fan of ruffles on the bottom, but the placement of this ruffle has the potential to create a really flattering silhouette
Dots! I am usually not a fan of ruffles on the bottom, but the placement of this ruffle has the potential to create a really flattering silhouette

It’s Not a Trumpet Skirt, But…

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In the middle of my Trumpet Skirt Crusade I stopped by the Shabby Apple website to check out their new collection called “The Block.” Lots of bright, cheerful colors in this collection of dresses, tops, and skirts, including this wonderful pleated skirt that flares out at the bottom, creating a bit of that that trumpet skirt shape. Available in blue (Cityscape Skirt), red (Streetcar Skirt), and yellow (Taxicab Skirt).

Pre-Black Friday Sales

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‘Tis the season to be shopping and the pre-Black Friday sale seems to be the new Black Friday sale.

Everything on Tulle‘s website is now 50% off and all orders are free shipping, which is pretty fantastic, since Tulle already offers items that are reasonably priced. The best deal on the site is Tulle’s coats, which look impeccably cut and come in a fantastic selection of colors. Sale ends at 1:00 p.m. TODAY, PST, which means it ends at 4:00 p.m. for me and everyone else on the east coast.

Our friends at Shabby Apple have a 20% off sale through November 30. Use the code GIVETHANKS to take advantage of the sale and pick up one of their adorable dresses for the holidays.

Dresses from Shabby Apple

More Shabby Apple Madness: Roamin’ Holiday

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The crew at Shabby Apple are turning out new collections so fast, it’s hard to keep up! Their latest collection is inspired by one of my favorite destinations, Rome, Italy, and features not only some fantastic dresses, but also a sweet red Vespa in the photo shoots – truly a collection after my heart!

Here’s what I’m loving from the new collection – ciao!

Spanish Steps Dress - the skirt on this has wonderful ruching and embroidery. Vespa and Trevi Fountain not included. 😉
Primavera Dress - love the shape of this dress, the color, and the shot
Bernini dress - this floral looks like clouds in the sky
Gondola Dress - my absolute favorite, definitely wearing this one for Vespa rides

Shabby Apple Goes South Pacific

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The more I see of Shabby Apple, the more I think that these girls are swing dancers. Who are you? I’m very intrigued. The latest Shabby Apple collection has us looking past spring, into a tropical and summery climate. The South Pacific collection is another vintage inspired collection of lovely dresses, with vibrant colors and patterns, flattering necklines, flowers to add to your Floweruary celebration, and breathable, danceable fabrics. I am smitten with the following dresses:

Pina Colada Dress - a lovely shirtdress with buttons and piping
Garden Isle Dress - love the print and the dress pattern, contemplating this one for myself
North Shore Dress - with flowers!
Pineapple Princess Dress - peplum!

Shabby Apple: All That Jazz Collection

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If you are looking for a last minute holiday dress, you may find something you like at Shabby Apple in their vintage-inspired All That Jazz collection. I love the photo shoot for this collection, as they’ve done a fantastic job of accessorizing with hats, gloves, jazz musicians, and vintage cars. Shabby Apple makes great basics that are easy to wear to both the office and swing dances and this collection is no exception.

Also, starting today, and for the next 12 days, stop by the Shabby Apple fan page on Facebook for a coupon code for 20% off one great product each day between the time they’re posted and 5:00 p.m. MST, 7:00 p.m EST. It’s a 12 days of Christmas sale!

Just look at the peplums! Here’s what I’m loving from the collection:

Moon River Dress
Miles Dress
De'lovely Dress
Ain't She Sweet Dress

Groupon for Shabby Apple Today!

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Today’s Groupon for the Washington, D.C.-Montgomery County area is for Shabby Apple, which I blogged about earlier this month – how serendipitous! $40 gets you $100 worth of Shabby Apple’s lovely, vintage-inspired clothing. You don’t have to live in the D.C. area to partake, as the discount is for shopping at the Shabby Apple website. Thanks to Allyson for posting the Groupon to Lindy Shopper and for sharing this amazing discount!

Shabby Apple

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Special thanks to Julie and Elizabeth for directing me to Shabby Apple, whose dresses are in several categories in my book – vintage-inspired, dance-worthy, clean lines, and work-appropriate. That last category is critical – if I can wear it to work and to dances, I can probably justify paying a bit more for the garment because I’ll get more miles out of it. I can see me getting a lot of miles out of some of these lovely dresses!

Tuileries Dress

That these dresses are work-appropriate is entirely based on the owners’ desire to have stylish dresses that cover enough skin to make them feel comfortable. In their search for these dresses, they discovered that the problem was not that stores were not buying these clothes, but that the designers were not designing these clothes. Necessity is the mother of invention, so Shabby Apple decided to make these dresses that did not seem to exist!

The web site also makes a good point about these dresses – it’s an all in one outfit. You don’t have to buy any camisoles to go underneath or cardigans to go on top, you just have to buy the dress. In these tough economic times, it seems that the dress is the wardrobe saver in more ways than one.

I should also note that I keep running across companies who have great products and a social conscience, and Shabby Apple is no exception. Shabby Apple partners with Unitus, a non-profit organization that “accelerates access to life-changing financial services for those at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Shabby Apple donates 5% of its net dress sales to support work in India (where Shabby Apple Dresses has sourced many of its dresses and the textiles used to manufacture its dresses). In addition, each Shabby Apple Dresses customer has the opportunity to donate an extra five dollars to Unitus every time she buys a dress. Shabby Apple Dresses and Unitus are involved with 10 of India’s most promising microfinance organizations that provide financial services to more than 1.6 million hard-working women and their families. Every $100 donation from Shabby Apple Dresses provides at least 20 women with access to financial services – and the chance to live a life without poverty.”

There are a bevy of dresses to love, so let’s get started:

Sheep Meadow Dress
Bette D. Dress
Ingrid Dress
Lindy Hop Dress
Jitterbug Dress
Frida K. Dress
Circo Dress
Liz and Darcy Dress (in 9 colors!)
Bonheur Dress
La Tour Eiffel Dress
Sutherland Point Bathing Suit