Wardrobe MVP: The Dress

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – There’s not a wardrobe staple that transitions better from one season to the next than the dress. And it’s no surprise that the dress has caught the attention of leading stylists and editors, with everything from sleek A-line to wrap-styles gracing the pages of fashion magazines. The key trends right now? Ruching and pleats, along with embellished necklines.

Brands like Liz Claiborne new york have especially capitalized on the dress trend at their outlet retail stores this season, with the design team putting special emphasis on patterns, prints and texture in the collection. And with good reason — retail statistics have shown that despite the lackluster economy of 2009, the dresses category was actually up 5 percent while the rest of the apparel market trended down, according to data from The NPD Group, a leading consumer and market research firm.

“Dresses have become one of the very few growing categories in apparel, with consumers seeing them as ‘great investments,'” says Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Analyst, The NPD Group. “They create the basis for a complete outfit with the right accessories in one garment, and consumers just love the idea of one-piece dressing — it’s simple and economical.”

It is clear why dresses are such key wardrobe components of so many women who lead multi-faceted lives — they’re beautiful, feminine and oh-so-versatile. “All-occasion styles” of dresses are particularly popular within collections like those found at Liz Claiborne new york because they can be dressed up or down by changing out various accessories, like a colorful cardigan, heels or some great jewelry. The best part? They are available at over 90 outlet retail stores nationwide and come in petite, missy and plus sizes, making them a perfect fit for every body type.

Look for dresses that are easy to wear and easy to care for — Liz Claiborne new york dresses are almost all machine-washable and made of soft, breathable cotton- and in bold colors, soft prints and textured fabrics like eyelet. And don’t forget those accessories! Take a simple gingham shift dress from day-to-dinner with the simple but stylish addition of some strappy high-heel sandals and statement jewelry.

For more information and special offers on dresses and other fashion accessories, go to www.lcnyoutlet.com or call 1-800-555-9838. Become a fan on Facebook: Liz Claiborne new york.

Board Games Are the Answer for the Holidays

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – How will my Uncle Harry and Grandma Betty get along? What should we do with all the kids? What presents should I get? How much should I spend? Every host over the holidays has a host of questions, but thanks to traditional board games, there is a one-stop solution consumers can count on to suit both their holiday gifting and gathering needs.

“The right game can be a gift that keeps on giving and bring any group together, no matter how diverse,” says Eric Poses, creator of Loaded Questions, a popular discussion-oriented board game with more than 1 million sold.

According to a recent survey conducted by GfK Roper, 53 percent of Americans say that socializing with other players is the most enjoyable part of playing a board game. Winning may not be everything, but bringing the whole family together for under $25 is a victory that everyone can enjoy.

And it’s not just families playing board games. Game nights have also become a growing trend among friends, couples and even singles looking for ways to socialize and maximize their entertainment dollars.

Recent figures released by NPD group corroborate this trend, as board game sales are up 10 percent in the face of high-tech video games and the toy industry’s overall decline during the first six months of ’09. Games like Loaded Questions, with an entrepreneur at the helm, are paving the way for small manufacturers to join the Goliaths of the industry in this trend of inexpensive, social entertainment.

This holiday season, Poses is opening up his game for fans to come up with their own “loaded questions” and offering $25,000 in cash prizes for the five winning suggestions. To enter the contest, people can visit www.loadedquestions.com to submit up to five original questions for consideration. The new edition of Loaded Questions is now available at Target, Barnes & Noble, Toys “R” Us, Borders and hundreds of specialty retailers nationwide.