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Spring/Summer 2012 – Tropical Prints You Want to Wear Now

Spring fashion is in full swing, and Summer’s photogenic, island-inspired graphic prints are being seen on fashions to wear for the office, casual playdates or evening time. Take your inspiration from our favorite Spring/Summer 2012 runways by mixing and matching beach prints and tribal patterns with classic pieces you already own.

Tribal artwork inspired the looks at Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

Layer a Blazer over wildly-printed pieces for a look that’s ultra fun, on-trend but still versatile enough for serious wear. Hot Summer colors, such as aqua, coral and ultra bright pink are flattering to pale and tan shades of skin. Don’t be afraid to try bright new hues on clothing and footwear. The looks shown here make for the perfect island getaway — no matter where you’re spending the Summer. Shown below – Go bright in black and white or hot pink.  Aztec printed romper by Topshop; Elyse blazer by Alice + Olivia, available at

Print Footwear is Fabulous with the season’s new, colored denim or solid color capris. Or, contrast printed apparel with coordinating bright flats for a fun new twist! Tropical green and shimmering goldtone Archer sandal, DV by Dolce Vita. Harris tribal sandal by BCBG MaxAzria. Both styles available at


Take a vacation from flip flops with tribal-print platforms and bright, flat sandals

Kids’ Designer Collaborations – The Simpsons, DVF for Gap Kids & More!

Collaborative Kids and Tween lines are all the range at chain retailers and department stores.  and it’s only getting better!  Lots of malltime excitement is in well, store Womens Wear Daily reported today that singer, actress and designer Jessica Simpson and sister Ashlee (mom to 2-year old son Bronx) will help design a major collection of tween sportswear, shoes and sweats manufactured by Jones Group.

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Jessica & Ashlee's tween clothing line is expected in over 400 stores.

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The newest addition to Jessica Simpson’s empire of mass-market fashion — which grosses nearly $1 billion in sales per year — is expected to be available for sale in over 400 stores across the United States and in Canada.

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Diane von Furstenberg for GapKids: Teeny wrap dresses? We hope so!

Photo by Joella Marano

Also, seasoned dress queen Diane von Furstenberg is said to be debuting a GapKids line for Spring 2012, a collaboration previously completed by style mavens Stella McCartney and Carla Bruni. Prices for the kids’ sportswear and denim items is likely to be a little bit higher than typical Gap garb, but less than the retail price tags of designer kids’ collections like Armani Junior and Burberry, to name a few.

Is Mother-Child J. Crew Ad Promoting Trandsgender?

Jenna Lyons, the  creative mastermind behind the now-stylish J.  Crew label we all know and love, has done much more than the average company President and Creative Director.  Lyons is credited with heading the brand’s transformation from dull-colored mail order fashion to some of the hippest, couture-looking fashion ever found in a chain store.  Jenna’s workday (and extremely colorful closet) was profiled by Oprah in April 2010.  Her work is also patronized by J. Crew fans Michelle Obama and her girls.  Last week, J. Crew sent emails to customers circulating the latest ad for the comany’s Crewcuts childrenswear.  It features a grinning Jenna with her son Beckett, age 5.   The adorable blonde boy is wearing a striped shirt and sporting a shocking pink pedicure evidently painted by Mom.

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Transgender.. or just cute?

Lyon’s focus in the ad clearly stays with the nail polish, reading “Lucking for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink.  Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.”   The ad has undergone scrutiny from both media and child psychologists, calling it “blatant propaganda” that can add to gender confusion for children, especially, boys, in the future.  Ms. Lyons has defended her mom and son ad to Fox News, stating that her critics are simply “overreacting.”.  “Most parents”, Lyons explains, “in the privacy of their home might think, ‘What’s the big deal?’ “.

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Girls' Driel dress at J. Crew

Whatever your views are on the new J. Crew ad, one thing is for sure: The brand’s latest offerings for kids are Spring runway-ready!  Check out the newest blazers, day dresses, shorts and swim just in at Crewcuts.

Stylish T-Shirts Help Japan Relief Fund

As the fashionable capital of Tokyo begins its rebirth,  the best names in American fashion have designed with their hearts to aid in earthquake and tsunami relief.   Join the  Ralph Lauren, Opening Ceremony and Anna Sui rebuild the beauty that is Japan.

Made for Women and Men, the t-shirts are cost-effective ($20-$30) and a wonderful way to raise awareness of the recent nuclear crisis amongst teens and even ourselves.

Dean Landry for Anna Sui

Anna Sui tshirt japan reliefColorful pop artist Landry designed simple and fantastic tees (the male version is black).  100% of proceeds go to disaster relief.   $20; available at

Opening Ceremony For American Red Cross

Opening Ceremony Japan tshirt

A perfect oversize tee to wear many ways.  All proceeds go to the American Red Cross.  $30; available at Opening Ceremony stores and online.

Ralph Lauren For United Way Worldwide

Polo Ralph Lauren Japan Polo Womens

Back design features Japanese characters for HOPE

Never to be outdone, RL Japan Cotton Mesh Polos come in 3 colors each for Men and Women.  100% of proceeds go to the Central Community Chest of Japan (a division of United Way network).  $98 each; see all styles at Ralph Lauren.

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.

Happy Holiday From Mamastyles!

Wishing you a healthy, stylish and beautiful new year of dresses, rings and festive family outfitting!

Spring Preview A songbird-print party dress will be your best look of the new year.  Sash-tied Sing Sweetly Party Dress in cotton; $148 at Anthropologie

Knuckle It Up Actress Vanessa Hudgens is a faithful fan of Low Luv Armor’s 14K Gold Plated Knuckle Ring; $80 at Boutique to You.

Polka Dot Satin The look of couture that’s fit for little girls.  Stretch polyester Polka Dot Dress by Zunie,  $44 at Nordstrom.

Happy Holidays!

Clothing Gift Ideas Kids Will Actually Want

For many households, the holidays mean a major abundance of dancing toys, powerful video games and other goods — all with a trend life that lasts about as long as slap bracelets did.   If you’re looking for lasting wearable gifts that kids will not only like, but use.. look no further than our Juvenile Fashion Gift Guide.

Wear Their Favorite Tales — Under $15!

You will not be disappointed by the quality of these adorable (and collectible) 2-fer tees, complete with scenes from their favorite Dr. Seuss books.  Find several varieties of rich-colored  Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham 2-Fer Tees for girls and boys;  $14.99 at Dillards.

 The Coolest Winter Coat Ever

To them: A totally fun and comfy skate style.   To you:  A water-resistant protective coat with up to 120 grams of insulation and extendable sleeves.  Paul Frank Skurvy Insulated Jacket in Cyan Plaid; $100 at

Be A Snow Fairy

She’ll be the coziest fashionista this side of the Artic.  Choose from 6 shades of the Kamik Kids Snowfairy Boot, from hot pink to navy and basic black.  $64.95 at


Hippy Haute With Your Little Ones

Coordinating the latest trends with your child’s wardrobe is a far cry from mother-child outfits of decades past.   Our favorite shopping boutiques make it easy todress your best bohemian chic with the kids — after all, fashion is even more fun when it’s shared!

Give It A Chance – Peace, That Is

For You

Wildfox ponchos and tees have become a cult fave among starlets of all ages, including actress mom Halle Berry and Katy Perry (Alessandra Ambrosio has been seen wearing the Peace Poncho around NYC).   This creamy sleeved poncho is comfy enough to become a grab-and-go favorite with denim or footless tights — layer a slinky sweater underneath to chase the chill.  Peace Poncho by Wildfox Couture White Label $168 at Boutique to You.

For Her

The ultimate in hippie-glam; a trendy dolman-sleeve look with softness of a t-shirt.  Flowers by Zoe Sequin Peace Top, $42.95 at

For Him

Inspirational embroidery and the goodness of pure cotton — all the best for little guys.   The supecute Peace Sign Beanie that won’t itch or squeeze; $9.99 at

Perfect Sweaters

It’s a dress!  It’s a tunic..  it’s your favorite wear-anywhere staple for Winter.   Empire-waist Iceland Air Sweater Dress, $148 at Free People.

Bohemian  Dressing  for Her

A perfectly  colorful knit dress that’s appropriate for dinner.. or that fast-paced birthday party.  College Girl Dress by Deux par Deux, $66 at

Ugg Knits For All

Uggs are long-wearing, cozy..  and  back with funky texture.

For You

The  Cresthaven Boot by Ugg features a small platform for traction; wear it scrunched or tall.   $200 at Ugg Australia.

Slouchy Style for Them Both

She (or he) will revel  in 4 color  combinations of the  toddler’s  sweater-style Tall Striped Knit Cable Boot, $120.  Let your future stylists practice their buttons while they cuff/uncuff the popular Cardy Boot in 3 colors, $120.  Both available at Ugg Australia.

Designing Moms

As International Fashion Weeks come to a close, it’s time to reflect on the many women of fashion– and we’re not talking models!  Our favorite fashionistas play the role of designing the runway’s most popular collections while living the life of full-time mom.  Check out their apparel inspirations plus the latest looks for upcoming Spring 2011:

Victoria Beckham

The ultra-posh VB was the talk of New York’s recent Fashion Week, politely unveiling her Spring and Summer Collections of dresses and sunglasses (effectively named Victoria Beckham) to an intimate army of fashion elite.  Getting rave reviews from the likes of Rachel Zoe and Barneys Creative Director Simon Doonan, the former Spice Girl’s distinctive resume is that of a designer, couture muse and mother to boys Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo (below, in early 2010).

Above: Chic, versatile and Reversible Petrol Zip Cardigan from Victoria Beckham Jeans, $405 at StylebopBelow: Fun choices for cocktails from the Spring/Summer Collection 2011.

Gwen Stefani

Known for her quirky, colorful looks that are the perfect example of punk-glam, the platinum-haired Stefani first debuted her collection Love, Angel, Music, Baby (aka L.A.M.B) in 2003.  Preceding her Spring/Summer ’11 show at NY Fashion Week,  Gwen enthusiastically explained to Styleite: “My kids are the whole reason I started L.A.M.B..  I wanted a creative outlet and to still have my kids around”.

Above: Going green at L.A.M.B. Spring/Summer Collection 2011; Gwen Stefani with her oldest son, Kingston.  Below: Rouched leather and suede Puffy Suede Booties with Cuff, $395 at Shopbop.

Stacey Bendet

The wildly creative designer and co-founder of Alice + Olivia (with partner Andrew Rosen) made her collection famous upon the debut of striped bell bottoms.  Following a whirlwind of critical acclaim, Stacey’s fashion-star status led to Alice + Olivia Kids,  an equally stylish line enjoyed by mini fashion mavens Suri Cruise and Bendet’s own daughter Eloise, now 22 months.   What’s next?  Stacey and husband Eric Bendet recently announced they are expecting child #2.. and an A+O shoe line in 2011!

Above: Mrs. Bendet- with Eloise in 2009.  Below: Blend this black + gray separate with your favorite basic shades.  High Waist Polka Dot Skirt, $297; little girls Shrunken Faux Zebra Fur Jacket, $264.  Both available at Alice + Olivia.