Posts Tagged ‘maternity fashion’

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.



Early Fall Shoe Preview – Major Prints

Aldo print platform shoes womensAs our favorite footwear retailers prepare for early Fall, famed footwear is already abound in high looks and prints that are nothing short of excitement.

While sipping your lemonade, take a little time to peruse our picks of feral designer platforms, dainty ankle boots and reinvented reptile flats.  Fall’s hottest looks are being introduced right now for the upcoming months.  You’ll be just as revved up as we are!

Best part?  These star-quality shoe looks are all available to purchase right now!

Under $100

At the top: Abstract Attitude is yours with these super high, cushioned platforms that are irresistibly wearable.  Pair your colorful pair of Forwood Shoes by Aldo with a calf-skimming dress, denim or even a pencil skirt and blouse — you’ll be fit for a gallery.  $90 at Zappos.

French-Inspired flats are bejeweled to fit in with your most essential neutral blazers and new chunky knits.   The grosgrain ribbon, lizard Parisian Flats by Mia are a light and sexy statement that is also great for maternity wear.  Available at Piperlime.

parisian ballet flats lizard piperlime

Hear Me Roar with a special style of Trini Ankle Boot by Kate Spade.  A friendly mid heel and girlish bow make for a look that’s both classy and fabulous.  $475 at Piperlime.

leopard print ankle boot kate spade



All-Occasion Maternity Clothes

Maternity can (and should) be worn many ways.  Get the most out of each month with trendy, yet versatile maternity fashion fit for work days, afternoons and super fun nights.  Below are a few of our favorite “mama” styles to keep you chic during every stage!

The Peasant Dress has a vintage look and colorful that’s stunning and chic enough for any venue.  Alter it smaller to fit your post-baby size.  Multicolored retro print Edith Dress by Olian Maternity, available now at Zappos.

olian maternity dress zappos

A chic and colorful peasant dress is great for glamorous nights.. or a casual luncheon.

Chiffon is On Think of this fluttery sheer blouse as an investment piece.  The swinging style is eclectic enough to pair any top underneath; great for maternity wear and masking post baby-bump figure flaws.  Short Sleeve Flutter Maternity Blouse by Hale Bob; available now at A Pea in the Pod.

hale bob maternity blouse sheer flutter sleeve

Feel the flow of sheer printed chiffon. Wear it for special occasions or play!

Perfect Bootcut Jeans

Bring even more joy to maternity time — with a great pair of blues.  This lovable pair by Paige Premium Denim is designed with a deep indigo shade that blends perfectly with a  sequined blouse or simple tank.  The best-selling Westbourne Maternity Jeans in McKinley wash at Piperlime.

paige denim maternity jeans

Bootcut jeans to wear with anything.

Where It’s OK to Wear Fashions with Bling

At Mamastyles, we cannot help but notice the abundance of shiny, studded sportswear drama taking place in our favorite boutiques.  In the past, we’ve covered a couple of ways to put on metallic and sequined apparel for day.  However, contemporary apparel’s newest studded denims and tops delves even further into the idea of Hollywood-style casuals — no matter where the Summer may lead!

These “blingy” styles are designed to wear..

..To the Carnival

joe's jeans bling denim shorts

“Bling, bling” Let comfort ring!

Quick and basic, these single-button denim shorts give you reason to stand out.  Put it on with your favorite graphic tee and look instantly glam.  Bling Denim Shorts by Joe’s Jeans, available at Shopbop.

.. Out to Dinner

parker sequin racerback dress

A racerback dress only looks high maintenance; great for Maternity wear!

Add a little fragrance, neutral platforms or heels and you’re dressed for a fantastic night ahead.  Sequin Racerback Dress by Parker can be altered after maternity.   Available at Piperlime

.. Wherever the Day Will Lead!

rebecca minkoff bag

Best-selling studded shoulder bag by Rebecca Minkoff works for toting lip gloss AND toddler toys.

Cross-body or clutch, this studded handbag is a fabulous addition to your everyday things.  Use it for easy access during adventurous trips or boat rides.  Rebecca Minkoff Studded Rocker bag in 3 colors, available now at Singer22.

Memorial Day Style! Looks to Kick Off Summer

Let freedom ring and celebrate your time off work and with the kids — all while looking oh-so fresh and chic!  This season’s best skinny crops and American flagwear features eclectic style that looks just as good for a Summer evening as it does on the beach.  Check out the easiest ways to stylize this weekend’s ensembles — then get up and go!

How to Wear It: The Patriotic Tee

There are ways (believe it or not) to sport the American flag without looking too, well, flaggy.  Layer the loose-fitting American Flag Cut Off Tee by As Is under a denim vest or wear as a beach dress.  Available right now at Singer22.

american flag tee tank as is singer22

Fashion for the free.


How to Wear It: High-Waisted Cropped Jeans

Afraid of skinny crops being too skinny?  Think again.  Mid-rise cropped denim elongates the figure for a slenderized look under Summer’s oversize graphic tees.  AG Adriano Goldschmied Farrah Skinny Cropped Jeans in shades like red and Kelly green, available at Saks.

ag adriano goldschmied skinny cropped jeans

Skinny lives on all Summer long!


How to Wear It: Bead-Neck Halter Top shown here in a swimsuit, moonlights as a day-to-dinner top when paired with a vivid printed skirt or satin capris. Maternal America Maternity Beaded Strapless Tankini (sold with bottom), available at Nordstrom

maternity beaded halter tankini top

Maternity swim is also pretty for an evening affair.



Short Print Dresses We Must Have for Spring

Be prepared to amaze with Spring print dresses guaranteed to flatter your bod at at any age — or stage.  Contemporary short frocks make day dressing a stylish breeze.  Non-clingy styles and graceful shapes make it easy for any figure type to show off some leg!

Bebel dress Trina Turk

The artist's perfect day dress.

Abstract Madness is simple enough to be seen during sunlight.  A bust-friendly one shoulder bodice and a-line skirt call for waist-cinching accessories.  Cobalt print Bebel Dress by Trina Turk, $236 at Piperlime.

The Power of Floral Notes is enough to make a mom look seductive in a classy, elegant way.  Rise up to any occasion with a silk halter that can be used in a larger size during maternity and altered after.  Silk Tropical Halter Scarf Dress, $129 at Bebe.

bebe silk tropical halter dress

Flowy, self-tying silk can be used for maternity.


old navy maternity grey jersey floral dress

Wide-set straps make maternity dressing a breeze.

Shades of Grey Jersey on a bra-friendly maternity dress are tres chic.. especially when it’s under $30.   The Maternity Wide-Strap Jersey Dress ($29.94 at Old Navy) encourages us to spend 80-degree days in comfort and style.


Mother’s Day Countdown – Best Spring and Summer Dresses Under $150

5 Days until Mother’s Day!

It’s dress-up season, and we’re not talking prom.  Moms everywhere are filling their social calendars — and closets — with the best new dresses available through our favorite contemporary designers.  Having the hottest looks doesn’t only come with a pricey budget.  Take home our favorite styles of maternity, strapless and other dresses you’ll cherish — all in the 3-figure or lesser price range.

One-Shoulder Maternity

Slightly sheer, this striped dress is hand-dyed and exudes hotness with one flowing sleeve.  It’s the perfect way to show off your shape in a glamorous way.  Nuka Maternity One Shoulder Dress ($108) at Nordstrom.

Nuka Maternity one shoulder dress nordstrom

The shape and flow of perfection.

The Sari

A traffic-stopping frock like this will change the way you look at t-shirt dresses — and traditional garb — for years to come.  Floor-length pink tie-dyed Rachel T-Shirt Sari Dress ($139) features a slight peek-a-boo back.  Buy a size up for maternity purposes.  Available at Rachel Roy.

rachel roy t shirt sari dress

Cultured bohemian gets gorgeous!


Retro for Any Figure – Under $100!

From its swinging pleated skirt to a bra-friendly bodice with tiers, a dress so perfect as this one should be worn for Mother’s Day brunch and used for dancing the night straight away.  The coral shade attracts any skin tone, fair to deep.  Sleeveless Mad Men Dress by Aryn K. ($99) at Piperlime.

Aryn K Mad Men Dress

Jump and jive!

Un-Mellow Yellow – Sunny Color Fashion & Gear

Yellow.. is a color evoked by light. Bring some hyped-up joy into your life by wearing pretty sun-kissed hues that bring out the brightness in you.  Don’t be afraid to put it on —  choose between deep and muted shades to best fit your hair and skin tones.

Blondes may find lighter pastel yellows more flattering than brights

Redheads will enjoy trying out sweet gold and honey shades

Brunettes can take their pick.  Any shade of yellow blends great with dark-hair!

If Dark Colored Clothes are more your thing, finish off an outfit with lively splashes of yellow on basic tanks.  Flourish with embroidered marigolds atop the Flourishing Stripes Tank by Pilcro.  $78 at Anthropologie.



marigolds tank anthropologie

Yellow embroidery blooms atop Summer stripes.


Easiest Dress You’ll Ever Wear and it’s under 60 bucks!  Dress this split-side maxi dress up with jackets and colorful stone jewels.  The fit is not too tight but not baggy — just perfect.  Yellow Easy Vest Maxi Dress at Topshop, $55.


yellow maxi dress topshop

This deep yellow dress is an ideal palette for tropical accessories.


A Daytime Clutch doubles as a fancy diaper bag; it comes complete with all the essential pockets and matching changing pad!  The Petunia Pickle Bottom Glazed Cross Town Diaper Clutch in an ultra mod print, Sunshine in Sardinia.  $89 at Nordstrom.


Petunia pickle diaper clutch nordstrom

The Petunia Pickle diaper clutch gets sunny!




Strapless Savvy – Comfy & Wearable Dresses

If the thought of surviving in a strapless dress gives you the chills, Mamstyles is here to assure you that our favorite new dresses for day and night are designed to keep you looking fabulous, sans sleeves.  Don’t be afraid!  Just like kids’ favorite scary stories, these looks are a lot friendlier than they might seem at first.


Color Me Nana Dress modcloth

The hottest bra-friendly maxi dresses offer foolproof flatter.

Color Me Nana Dipped in essential grey and black stipes, this flowy, rouched bandeau-style maxi dress is Spring’s hottest choice during and after maternity.  Alter its length if you like, or wear it with mile-high beaded wedges.   You will love the simple sizing of this fashion blogger-inspired Color Me Nana dress, $49 at Modcloth.



Lem lem sundress at Barneys

Summer days..

A Perfect Sundress makes it easy to combine Hamptons style with uptown sophistication.  This strapless piece promises to be a fantastic low-maintenance friend.  Blue striped Sundress by Lem Lem, $210 at Barneys.


Akris punto bubble dress saks

Mature, yet danceable.

The Elasticized Bubble Dress gets styled for grownups with a khaki color fit for evening champagne.  Keep it neutral with fine jewels or go on a spree of all-out colorful shoes and accessories.  Jersey Bubble Hem Dress by Akris Punto, $495 at Saks.



Printed Passion – Spring Dresses to Cherish

Modernism, florals.. paint by numbers.  This Spring, pick your print and amp up your day dress wardrobe like never before.  Don’t let personal figure woes rule out a short hem length or sleeveless style — the dresses below can look great on any height and body type.

10 Years of Marc Jacobs – Limited Edition

Add a denim jacket or boyfriend blazer to this tribal print blouson dress.  It’s a true keeper by the master of ready-to-wear originals.  Marc byMarc Jacobs 10th Anniversary Frida Flag Print silk dress, available at Saks.

marc jacobs frida flag print dress

Raise the flags.

The Maternity Sash Dress A glowing look that’s as comfy as a t-shirt.  Adorn the solid black bodice with a majorly beaded necklace  to up the glam factor, or tone it down with espadrilles by day.   Maternal America Tie-Front Maternity Dress, available at Nordstrom.

maternity sash dress

Mother's glam.

The Prettiest Kaftan An entire outfit in one simple piece!  Maxi-mize your look for day or early evening affairs with an intricate necklace closure.  Maison Scotch Kaftan Maxi cotton dress in blue or red, available at ASOS.

Maison Scotch maxi kaftan dress

A kaftan dress for day or eve.