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Chic Weekend Designer Outfit Under $325

At Mamastyles, we take weekend shopping pretty serious.  The changing weather is calling out for a few minor wardrobe updates that are designed to keep even the busiest of moms looking chic for all the 2- and 3-day weekends ahead.  Treat yourself to valuable favorites by Marc Jacobs, Gap and more.

Marc by marc jacobs sage cardigan blue

An asymmetrical cardigan made with 3-day weekends in mind.

Choose One Pricey Piece that will stay in your closet forever — or something close to it.  The hip length, kimono-style Marc by Marc Jacobs Sage Cardigan is a clever way to cover up on a breezy day.  $228 at Shopbop.

paper bag waist shorts gap

Shorts with a pleated front are loose but not too paper-baggy.

The Essential Shorts are made for every type of frame.  So easy to pair with the Marc cardi, tees, anything!  Paper Bag Waist Shorts come in 4 colors and very nice prices.  $25 each at Gap.

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Keep the accessories for last (but never least!)


Foot Jewels Lay off the heavy bangles and add some chains down low for an unexpected effect.  The Rylee Embellished Flat Sandal from Bakers ($68) is a comfy way to pull cotton casuals together into an outfit that’s perfectly glam.

Image Conscious – The Most Body-Forgiving Spring Fashions

In a  population where  size 6 bloggers are labeled as curvy and “plus” size models wear an 8, even the healthiest Women may begin to feel as if the fashion industry just doesn’t fit their frame.  An emphasis on teensy waists, longer limbs and underweight bodily mass has motivated fashion media  to take a stand against glorifying a stick-thin appearance on the runway and advertising campaigns.

For Work

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Power to the Shell.

As females and moms, the changes we experience in body weight and shape often move faster than a speeding carousel.  Building a wardrobe based on fluctuating body types may seem hard, but these take-anywhere essentials promise to flatter at any size.

Above: The Shell It flows, is not too short and unlike many Spring fashions, loves to be worn with a bra.  Zip Back Shell is the ultimate warm weather layer, available in a rainbow of shades at Topshop.

Spring's Best Staple.

Gaucho Pants Fashionistas everywhere were wowed by the runways of you’d-swear-they-were-skirts who popped up during Fashion Week.  In a dark  or light shade, this  silken version by Alice + Olivia is a surefire hit.  Available at Shopbop.

Playtime Greats


The Team Captain.

Ultimate T-Shirt Dress Ever wish you could wear your best-loved lounging clothes outdoors and still look tres chicMaddy Baseball Dress by Lauren Moshi combines all the goodness of loungewear and a swing skirt that looks fab with bare legs and flip flops.  Get it at Black Label Boutique.

monrow linen jacket piperlime

Cropped, But Not.

Linen Layers Welcome to your closet:  The best new throw-on jacket gets a funky layered look and lighter fabric.  Linen Jacket by Monrow, available at Piperlime.

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.

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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.


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Wedges For A Rainy Day



Get The Look – Christian Dior Couture Spring/Summer 2011

As Couture Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 arrives to the catwalks of Paris (and our internet!) the world is yet again amazed by the look of Dior.  Marking the 15th year of design director John Galliano, the newest couture featured bold yet classic — and, dare we say, wearable — fashions inspired by fashion illustrations as well as a golden age of femininity.

The attention was brought to pleated skirts of immense proportions (as well as simple pencil styles), fueled by multiple layers of tulle.  Asymmetrical jackets intensified hourglass silhouettes, accented by large sequined bows in back..  a lovely lesson in ladylike.  Dior-style.

Real-Life Style

Even if you lack the formal social schedule (or hefty budget) for couture, the dreams Galliano brought to life are practical enough to inspire ensembles for nearly any given night or day.

A Touch Of Rouge, Cinched With A Bow

For Night Catch the theme, lips and eyes of Dior couture.   Wear the belted red/black Silk Rosette bustier by Bebe ($89) alone for date night or under a blazer for business affairs.

Get colored eyes like the ultra-black and baby blue lids at Dior.  Buxom Do You Believe in Love? Mini Eyeliner Set ($20) at Sephora.

By Day This fashionable blazer is ready for work in a luxurious blend of silk and cotton.  Rebecca knit blazer ($130) at Banana Republic.

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.