As a pop star, Jessica Simpson had reached her peak by her early 20s, when several of her first albums and singles won her recognition and awards. Just as her singing career began to taper off, however, the entrepreneur launched her fashion line in 2005. The Jessica Simpson Collection was born from a partnership with Nine West founder and American fashion icon Vince Camuto. When Simpson's team approached the designer and pitched the idea for a footwear line, he quickly realized that she had a great deal of potential. She expanded her brand at an astounding rate and had soon ventured beyond shoes to also design handbags, women's apparel, outerwear, jewelry, fragrances, and accessories.
The Jessica Simpson brand is carried in a number of major department stores across the country, including Macy's, Lord and Taylor, Nordstrom, and Dillard's. In 2010, it became the first celebrity brand ever to break $1 billion in annual sales. The collection continues to expand, and it now manufactures products in 30 different categories. Jessica Simpson and her mom Tina retain complete creative control and have a hand in practically every sector of the collection's development. Now that she has moved on from music, Simpson has promoted her brand by hosting fashion-centric TV shows like The Price of Beauty and Fashion Star.
The Jessica Simpson Collection features apparel for women that both stylish and comfortable. Dresses range from casual options like shift dresses, A-line dresses, maxi dresses, and sweater dresses to more formal garments like wrap dresses, paneled sheath dresses, and fit-and-flare dresses. Tops include tees, tanks, blouses, button-down shirts, henleys, tunics, and vests. You'll also find a number of light outerwear options such as cardigans, shrugs, pullovers, and fashion sweatshirts. The brand's other outerwear includes vests, jackets, and heavy winter coats.
The line has an assortment of women's jeans that include trendy styles like boot cut, skinny, and straightleg, in addition to jeggings. The brand's beach pants and shorts are designed for causal everyday wear. Leggings are also available in a number of colors and patterns so that they can either be worn underneath a dress or on their own. Swimwear is one of the top categories from Jessica Simpson, and you can choose among one- and two-piece swimsuits. Styles include bandeau tops, tankinis, rompers, swim dresses, halter bikinis, string bikinis, bralette tops, and more. Footwear launched the Jessica Simpson brand a decade ago, and it continues to be a major part of the collection. You'll find pumps, sandals, fashion sneakers, boots, loafers, booties, ballet flats, and more. Other accessories include jewelry, handbags, wallets, watches, hats, and sunglasses.
Many celebrity brands simply slap a recognizable name on designs spearheaded by design professionals, but Jessica Simpson has clearly defined herself as the functional head of her collection. In fact, her reputation as a fashion icon has started to overshadow her former singing career. One major reason why the brand has thrived over the last decade is that fact that its garments and accessories are very relatable. Though they are undeniably runway-inspired, the line's options maintain enough of a traditional look that they won't scare off women who prefer their clothes to be a little more straightforward. The versatile selection is also available at relatively affordable prices and from a number of different retailers. All things considered, we give Jessica Simpson 5 stars out of 5.
- Established 2005
- Trendy women's apparel and accessories
- Sold at:
- Macy's, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, Belk, Dillard's, Bonton, online
- Types of items:
- Dresses, tees, tanks, tunics, button-down shirts, blouses, henleys, sweaters, cardigans, sweatshirts, vests, jackets, winter coats, jeans, jeggings, leggings, shorts, skirts, swimwear, footwear, handbags, jewelry, accessories
- Related brands:
- Vince Camuto