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All-Occasion Dresses to Wear Right Into Fall

August has descended upon us quicker than we can say “Surf’s Up!”  We at Mamastyles are super-excited for a fresh start in Fall fashion.  Transitioning seasons can mean fun new events for daytime and night; celebrate the remainder of Summer with versatile dresses that are as appropriate for parent mixers as they are for a city lounge.  Choose from maternity-friendly options and slinky frocks designed with stylish mamas in mind.

A Midi Dress in black or light blue is perfect for wearing right now (humid Summer nights) or later with a bolero jacket for Fall.  A bra-friendly bodice and rouched center elude to a lengthier, leaner physique.  Oonagh by Nanette Lepore Raidon Midi Dress, available at Shopbop.

oonagh nanette lepore midi dress blue

A midi dress makes it easy to transition from now to September


The Super-Mod Shift boasts a silhouette that’s ideal for any stage of maternity — and after!  Add a glamorous long necklace, boots and you have a runway-ready look on hand.  Fuschia and turquoise Blocked Shift Dress at Topshop.

blocked shift dress topshop

Go mod for maternity and post-maternal wear!


Sequined and Strapless spell classic and fabulous — wear alone, with a satiny wrap or cashmere cardigan!  A liquid, pearl-colored column dress like this one is a glimmering, low-maintenance style year round.  Dalian Dress with silver sequin bodice, available now at Anthropologie.

dalian shift dress anthropologie

Strapless is fabulous for nighttime or day.



Fall Clothing Preview – Daily Fashions

For many mom s, the sunny Summer is a beautiful way to celebrate fashion — and playtime — in a refreshing way.   However, there’s no harm in taking a stylish “first look” at the fashion in store for those first breezy days of September.

Get your Fall shopping list ready using our rundown of the seasn’s 2011 fashion trends by some of the industry’s most influential, new and classic brands and designers.  Use these it ems to intermix with classic cool weather pieces already in your closet at home!

A Go Everywhere Blazer This fitted woven silk jacket is an invaluable asset for putting together all kinds of perfect Fall looks.  The Becky Jacket by Rebecca Minkoff looks great when worn closed (for the board room) or open (for after school).  Available at Shopbop.

red blazer fitted jacket

Take a fitted jacket everywhere!

A Return to Plaid Fall and tartan styles go hand in hand like fruits and veggies.  Add a shock of modernized plaid to your wardrobe; the Philosophy Tartan Pencil Skirt by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania also features Fall’s newest layered, asymmetrical hem.   Get it at Net-a-Porter.


vivienne westwood tartan plaid skirt

Fall skirts get a new kind of drape.

A Brand New Pullover Cable knits are making a comeback — big time.  Grown-up school style gives sweaters a roomy look at a cropped length that doesn’t add bulk to your hips.  Grey Cable Knit Pullover Sweater by 3.1 Phillip Lim, available at Saks.

cable knit pullover phillip lime 3.1

Not your daughter's knits.



March & April Rain – Weatherproof Gear To Wear Now

For fashionista moms everywhere,  Spring showers refuse to wait until April.  This might put a damper on playground days but opens a great new window for exquisite fashion!  Fashion may not bring out the sun, but these pretty and useful duds look great while keeping your delicate outfits (and skin) dry.  Slip into the latest rain-chic jackets, wraps and the hottest rain boots we’ve seen anywhere — all under $220!

Sometimes, All You Need Is A Wrap This cozy hooded wrap takes the place of that old college sweatshirt — also doubles as a swimsuit cover.  Wear-everywhere Linsey Hooded Wrap by Goddis ($215); pre-order it now at Boutique To You.

Goddis Linsey Reef Hoodie

The New Sweatshirt To "Throw On"

April Is Coming Up Peachy

A breathtaking cotton trench like this is the ultimate in couture rainwear.  Look runway-ready in a coat that flatters your waist  and fits in just about anyplace.  Double Storm Flab Trench Coat in Tangy Peach ($180), available at Topshop.

tangy peach trench coat topshop

Another Pretty Classic From Topshop

Don’t Let Rain Take Your Wedges Don’t ruin your fabric ones, either.  The rubber platforms of black patent Hunter Wedge Rain Boots ($175) are high enough to walk on water.  Available now at Saks.


Hunter Wedge Rain Boots saks

Wedges For A Rainy Day



Tie Dye Dos: Kickin’ Spring Casuals

Lots of 70’s-inspired clothing looks graced the runways of Fashion Week, including bright color combos that will certainly turn heads!  The new look of tie-dye is a superb form of hippie-chic fit for all pre- and post-baby bodies.  Soft new designs steer away from a rainbow of Grateful Dead bears (save that for the next Woodstock).   Get into the newest versions of contemporary ombre dresses, swim and tie-dye tees you’re sure to love.

Tip: To make casuals elegant (not Woodstock), stick to a single piece of tie dyewear, keeping the rest of your outfit “calm” with a solid shade of flare leg pants or a straight maxi skirt!

Blue life phoenix cape tee singer22

Soft Color Dye is a sexy whisper, not a scream.  Layer the Blue Life Phoenix Cape Tee over support camisoles and long tanks; it’s a feminine touch to crisp capris or ratty jeans.  Available at Singer22.

You’re Hired This silken dress has the potential to become your favorite office – birthday party – pretty french restaurant garb.  It’s a perfect canvas to accessorize (included is a beige rope belt to get you started).  Hire Me Dress in mosaic ombre print, available at Nanette Lepore.

Nanette Lepore hire me dress berry

The Ultimate Tunic formulated for use with swimwear, shorts and slacks.   Its oversize fit and open back makes it an ultra cool option for maternity. Parker Beach V-Neck Tunic in Tye Dye, available at Singer22.

Parker beach tunic cover up

St. Patrick’s Day Deals – Online Sales You’ll Enjoy

That ol’ Irish luck is with all of us on this holiday!  Shower kids’ closets (and yours) with Spring fashion and shoes — our favorite retailers are offering 20% discounts and free shipping on darn near anything!  Feeling lucky yet?

Arden B. – 20% Off B-Lucky Promotion

Just for today, receive 20% your entire purchase and 99 cent shipping on any order over $25 at Arden B.  Discounts are calculated automatically when you check out.   Some great picks:

abstract dress empire arden b

Empire-waist Embellished Abstract Maxi Dress is a fabulous throw-it-on look for outdoor brunch or anything evening.  Hold daily gear or beach/park essentials in the pretty (and quite affordable) Zig Zag Satchel.

zig zag satchel arden b

Disney Store – Free Shipping For Online Orders

It’s a great day to stock up on their essentials for Summer’s rapidly-approaching good times.  Personalized Minnie Mouse Beach Towel, below.  Use free shipping code LUCKY at checkout.

minnie mouse beach towel disney

20% Off Shoes – ‘Like’ Famous Footwear On Facebook

The versatile shoe retailer is taking the route of other big brands by offering 20% off their immense online offerings of designer sandals, athletics and kids.  Exclusively online:  Sketchers Compulsions slip-on, available at Famous Footwear (see the site for discount details).

sketchers womens sneaker compulsion

Fringe Accessories You’ll Love – Late Winter and Spring 2011

The Essential Lifestyle Boot.

Leather riding-inspired footwear has all the details and comfort you need to walk  straight through to Spring. House of Harlow 1960 Tessa over-knee boot, available at Singer22.

Wild western fringes and 1920s-inspired fray — what do they stand for?  The latest in Winter/Spring accessory trends, of course.

As boutiques beef up their Spring 2011 fashions, your favorite ensembles become easy to accessorize.    Stylish specialty trims make outfits pop.. so do fringes draped on a necklace that sashays as you move!   The exotic look of fringe is a super-easy way to update your wardrobe without dipping too far into funds.  Get a fringed look going for any occasion from daytime to dancing.  These accessories and boots also serve as maternity-friendly style!

To avoid overkill, stick to one or two fringed accessories at a time: A pair of shoes or oversize necklace with coordinating dangle earrings.  Mix and match pieces to create a beautiful bohemian-inspired presentation.


Nifty Tweed is back for a posh and ladylike Spring.  Wear this classic hobo bag for shopping or stuff with towels for poolside convenience.  St. John Collection Tweed Hobo, available for pre-order at Nordstrom.

The classy and fabulous hobo.

Party Time

Tassle It Up with museum-worthy collectible neckwear. Tassel Exhibit Necklace by Rada is a head-turner that doesn’t carry the price of platinum.  Available at Anthropologie.

Fashionable art you’ll keep forever.

Get Booted! Stylish Boots To Wear Right Into Spring

Transition fashion — It’s the stylist-endorsed way of keeping today’s outfits hip while investing in items you can wear from this season to the next.  The newest neutral beige and bright color  footwear styles are made for wearing with darn near anything.  Indulge in the latest ankle boot styles and designer booties from couture canvas to super sales.

Canvas and les Chunky Heels

Excite yourself with a boot of workable comfort and no-nonsense design (if you don’t count the 3.75″ heel).  Treat yourself to the day-friendly Maison Martin Margiela Work Moc Booties, available at Shopbop.

The mother’s work boot.

The New Pink

Fashion meets functional luxury.  These natural rubber and cotton rain boots are made for shopping the streets on rainy days (or when the kids need a ride to school).  Calf-height Ilse Jacobsen Rubber Rain Boot, $179 online only at Urban Outfitters.

More Ways To Update Boots

  • Add an anklet over tall leather or ankle boot styles.  Coin Anklet, $10.34 at ASOS.

  • Fold soft and pliable tall boots over into a chic, cuffed look.

Sale Crazy: Get This Buy Now At Bakers! The Dallas Boyfriend/Cowboy Boot in limited sizes at Bakers

Originally $99.95, now $19.90 at

Mother-To-Be Rachel Zoe’s New Clothing Line!

It has been quite the season for the petite blonde once known solely as a (very well-paid) celebrity stylist.  As we anxiously await Season 4 of The Rachel Zoe Project,  hard-working Rachel and husband Rodger Berman are making preparations for the birth of their first baby boy.

Rachel Zoe Rodger Berman

The petite powerhouse disguised her fashionable bump until November, when she announced her pregnancy via Twitter

It was the style guru herself who accidentally revealed her baby’s sex during a now-famous interview with Womens Wear Daily.   Zoe, who is 7 months expecting, gave the fashion press a first look her new contemporary clothing line during a private event at a loft in downtown New York.

Photo courtesy of WWD

The collection consisting of menswear-type suits (above), elaborate leather capes and all kinds of dresses,  is inspired by Rachel’s favorite looks (including all-white outfits) and designers she typically wears, such as Halston.

Rachel Zoe copied black white vintage dress

The copied vintage dress Rachel created her own version of the black-and-white creation she used in a magazine shoot (and owns, above) in 2008.

Falling into the contemporary price range, fans of the line  should expect to pay over $200 for a short dress and $700 for a suit look.  While it isn’t confirmed which stores will actually carry the line, its designer told WWD that she would like to see it hanging near “it” labels like Alexander Wang. She also continues to design the Rachel Zoe line of fairly-priced accessories and faux fur looks for shopping network QVC.

Styles To Wear Straight Into Spring

All the hype about Resort 2011 and Spring fashion fever may seem a bit ironic,  if you’re currently nixing chunky heels for snow boots.  However, budget-savvy stylists know there are many ways to update your late Winter look, choosing pieces and accessories that promise to follow you straight through the tundra and right into Spring’s lavish grass.

The Boyfriend Blazer

These oversized jackets may lack excess shoulder padding and neon colors, but the favorite 80’s style is indeed a necessary fave.  Today’s versions are  versatile and can be found in darn near any brand from bridge lines, contemporary to couture.  Shown here: 3/4 sleeve Boyfriend Jacket from Elizabeth and James in the new favorite hue of beige.  Available at Saks.

Flared-Up Bottoms

Skinny pants are great, but the look of retro will add a little fun — and flatter — to tees and sweaters.  Try a minimal flare or 7 For All Mankind’s Bell Bottom Super Flare for a dramatic look with a totally wearable (as in, not hip-hugging) rise.  Available at

Anything in Peacock Blue ..  or Peacock Feathers

This belle-of-the-ball hue is universal enough to stand out for any occasion, with any skin tone.  Best of all, this blue is blossoming at nearly every price range.  Peacock feather bib necklace ($10.80) and earrings ($2.80) at Forever 21Below: Silk rolled-sleeve parka by Akris, available at Saks.

After-Holiday Sales – Coats and Dresses

Gear up for a fashionable New Year’s Eve, post-holiday parties or a piece of contemporary garb to keep you warm.  Some of this week’s best markdowns include black dresses as low as $57:

Asymmetrical organic cotton is sturdy enough to take you from this season to next.  Style up Bassike’s Organic Cotton Tank Dress with nearly any jacket or dressy accessory from your existing wardrobe.  Now on sale for $57 at Net-a-Porter.

Perfect Coat for Dress-Up

This short sleeve, grey blended wool Herringbone Coat by Elizabeth and James makes a non-bulky asset for sweaters.  Now about $298 at Net-a-Porter.


Fashion up with a ladylike, wearable frock in the season’s favorite feral print.  On the Prowl Dress by Nanette Lepore, about $232 at Piperlime.

A Bright and Lovely tartan plaid is polished and lots of fun.  Wool-blend Blazing Bright Coat, Plenty by Tracy Reese.  $139.95 at Anthropologie.

Other Stylish Events & Offers

  • Save up to 50% and donate to support the St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign at Ann Taylor.
  • Get in on super-fabulous wraps, satiny sequined purses for evening and a dazzling collection of crystal teardrop earrings at the White House Black Market Winter Sale.
  • Shop gorgeous party dresses and bustled skirts for little girls, along with some of the prettiest coats (like the Mimi & Maggie Brown Tibetan Princess Coat) that may just be discounted more than 50% off.  Going, Going, Gonna Be Gone Sale at kids shop  Tuttibella.