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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 Shopbop.com.

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 Piperlime.com.

 

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

Lagerfeld for Macys, Versace for H&M: The Best Designer Collaborations for Fall!

 karl lagerfeld for macys black dress

Amazing couture fashions at a price that doesn’t look like it came off a car — that’s what we love.  Fall 2011 is packed with designer deals that are fit for moms of every lifestyle.  Fill your closets with classic garb created by a CHANEL headmaster, along with dresses done up by Donatella Versace for H&M.. and that’s just the beginning!  Here are our top picks in designer collabs that are being released throughout the coming months, all priced $170 or less.

Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s Impulse The German artist, photographer and couture king is the creative force behind today’s CHANEL collections.  Karl previously brought his iconic design sense to the masses during a 2004 collaboration with H&M.

 

This year, Lagerfeld has once again brought must-have style to contemporary racks with a first-ever collection designed exclusively for Macy’s Impulse, featuring vintage floral print dresses, mini jackets plus lots of blouses and black.  Priced $50-$170, the line is scheduled to arrive by August 31 at over 200 Macys stores nationwide.

floral print dress karl lagerfeld

Paris-inspired looks for less by Karl Lagerfeld at Macy's

 

Donatella Versace for H&M The platinum-haired fashion powerhouse was first to sport a black, studded faux leather dress at the Versace Menswear Fall 2011 show in Milan.  Versace for H&M will include all of the vivid style the Italian fashion house is noted for, including “leather, print, color and exuberance in exclusive materials at fantastic H&M prices”  the label released in a statement.  The collection is due Nov 17 at select H&M stores and online.

donatella versace for hm

Lavish looks like the studded leather dress worn by Donatella will be present at select H&M stores in November.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

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Not your daughter's knits.

 

 

Statement Necklaces to Shop For

Because sometimes, fashion speaks louder than words!

Mamstyles has rounded up some of the hottest bold statement necklaces that have made their way to the front row of retailers for Summer and Fall 2011-12.  Enjoy both couture-priced and affordable jewelry filled with precious metals, stones and shapes to fit the most style-conscious of moms.

The Unique: Golden Filigree

Nothing says “fun” like shiny golden glamor!  This stately (not heavy) Filigree Leaf Collar Necklace by Freedom is the mother’s newest answer to “bib” jewelry.  Available now at Topshop.

The Regal: Metal Fringe

A natural stone and no-fail metal links make this necklace a truly head-turning fashion.  Dress up a tunic or tee with the Nephi Fringe Necklace, available now at Free People.

nephi fringe necklace free people

 

The Sought-After: David Yurman Hidden Shop June

Embrace full-on luxury in links; shiny rodium and black ceramic adds drama to diamond pave for Summer’s most unforgettable statement.  Midnight Melange Link Necklace, available now at David Yurman.


 

 

 


4 Must-Have Shoe Styles for Summer

michael kors cheetah platforms wedgesAt Mamastyles, we are crazy about fabulous footwear appropriate for mothers of every lifestyle.

As seen in previous posts, so many new and intriguing Summer styles of shoes exist, it is sometimes hard to choose the look that fits your daytime style, weekend fun and nearly everything in between.  We’ve rounded up 4 of our picks for Summer’s best-looking (and fitting) shoe styles.

Above: Bedazzled Wedges are a great match for denim with bling or a silken dress in black or metallic shades.  Glamorous studs glow above a funky cork wedge.  If the cheetah print isn’t your thing, choose the summery white or classic walnut brown.  Leather-topped Belinda Wedge by Michael Kors, available at Michaelkors.com.

Whether you have a penchant for the mile-high (platforms, that is) or dance in ultraviolet flats, these contemporary shoe styles are certainly worth checking out for the hot months ahead.  After all, Summer’s just getting started!

aldo keithly leather platform heels

Color Up with superstar status!  Aldo’s collection of platform sandals is an affordable way to play “dress-up” in 6 different leathers and printed fabric.  Keithly Platform Sandals, available now at Aldoshoes.com.

Crocs Ultraviolet flats

The Crocs Flat combines the company’s trademark Croslite footbed and exterior that gives feet a “massage” with a shoe that transitions from brunch to preschool, to cocktails.  Peep-toe Adrina Flat by Crocs, shown here in Ultraviolet/berry.  Available now at Piperlime.

Versatile Clogs are a style investment that will carry on straight into Fall 2010.  Vintage looks and a 3-inch wooden heel put Ali’s Clog by Jack Rogers on our list of must-haves.  Available now at Saks.

ali's clog jack rogers saks

 

 



 

 

The Coolest Denim Jeans Out Right Now

We at Mamastyles are always scouting for amazing jeans.  Black cotton leggings pale in the light of  Summer’s newest innovative denim trends!  It’s time to freshen up casual closets with reversible (yes, we said it) denim leggings, essential crops and even a bright, exotic color or two!  Here’s the skinny on denim’s  newest  groundbreaking looks  any mom can wear.

Denim 2-in-1 Best-selling Bleulab double-sided blue, black or grey denim leggings and jeans are the hottest quick-change bottoms out there.  These revolutionary Reversible Detour Leggings at Singer22 do not skimp on style from either end.

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Mom-of-1 Kourtney Kardashian is a fan of Bleulab's 2-sided denims.

A Most Inviting Jean Nicknames like Toothpick and Matchstick might give these basic wash jeans a restricting impression.  We beg to differ; the newest styles by J. Crew work to slim down hips and thighs, not emphasize.  Slim Boy Jeans in beach comb boast the feel of denim that’s been worn a hundred times.. with a clean and easy silhouette, $98 .

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Perfect jeans for the boardwalk -- or anyplace!

The Flare of Flares We’ve praised the season’s 70’s-style trends before, but J Brand Lovestory Flare Leg Jeans are still something to gush about.  It’s a leg-slimming look with classic 5-pocket design that coordinates with nearly any type of footwear.  $178 at Bloomingdales.

j brand lovestory flare leg jeans white


 

 

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.