Posts Tagged ‘spring fashion’

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

Modern Haute Headwear Trends

Hats off to ladies who commission chic headwear as a nod to fab fashion, along with added protection from the sun on these long Summer afternoons.  The latest hats are ubiquitous in our favorite boutique scenes, with a style designed to be great on any mom!  Get hyped for our favorite hat pics:

Floppy

kate spade floppy hat

An Everyday Floral print is exactly what you need to add pizazz to a tank and capris.   Floppy hats are super-easy to don atop short or curly hairstyles, too.  Try the Ribbon Floppy Hat by Kate Spade New York, available at Bloomingdals.

Hat Knowledge Liven up jeans or a simple blazer and skirt by day; make flyaway hair look infinitely styled.  There’s a right hat for everything!

Cabbie- Cap Style

Denim Headwear is one of Summer’s best trends.  The visor-style brim of Selma Fisherman Jean’s Denim Hat is great for shielding eyes from sunny glare; the close-fitting cap is a must for humid hair days.  Available now at Singer22.


Straw Fedora

Oh Poppy! This beautiful creation of straw freshens your style with the tip of a hat.  Painted flowers liven up the Poppy Fields Fedora hat, available at Anthropologie


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.

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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.

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.

jessica ashlee simpson tween line

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.

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.


 

 

Spring’s Best Belts – Accessories to Try Now

This Spring, cinch up in style with the prettiest, most wearable belt accessories!  Our favorite 70’s flares and dainty dress looks are transformed into new ensembles that look worthy of their own photo shoot.  Explore these exciting “statement piece” designer creations along with basic belts you can wear with just about anything.

Tip: Create contrast by pairing a thin leather belt with busy, printed pieces.

A Friendly Tassle Create an amazing look by combining this fun leather wrap belt with exquisite printed dresses you’ve seen featured on Mamastyles.   B-Low the Belt Skinny Tassel Belt comes in 5 colors, including black, purple and aqua.  $105 at Shopbop.

below the belt tassle belt

Pair a simple tassel belt with exciting prints.

 

Turquoise Hearts have it made on gorgeous brown Italian-made leather. 2-inch thick Turquoise Heart Belt by Melamed, on sale now at Saks.

turquoise heart belt melamed

Hearts have it.

 

Braids and Beads adorn this unique essential in leather with hardware buckle and simple beads woven within.  Just enough decoration to keep an outfit chic, not jingly.  Leather Skinny Braided Belt with Beads in 3 color combos, $45  at Banana Republic.

braided skinny belt banana republic

Braided classics get a twist with trendy beads!

 

Bedazzled! Beaded Apparel and Accessories We Need Now

When it comes to stones and beading in fashion, less is very often more.  All it takes is a sprinkle of shimmery pipe beads and semiprecious crystals and stones to take any outfit from plain to exquisite.   Spring 2011 runways were full of this type of casual glam — bedazzled fashions that make any mother shine like the star that she is!

 

badgley mischka fashion week rtw spring 2011

Embellished pieces added glitz to the Badgley Mischka runway during New York Fashion Week Spring 2011

Avoid Looking Overdazzled by choosing one piece of beaded or gemstone apparel in the form of classic pieces like a basic black dress.

 

tbags beaded applique maxi dress black

T-Bags Beaded Applique Maxi Dress flaunts your jewels with a unique look and racerback bodice.  Awesome for evening affairs!  $242 at Saks.

Studded Gold Metal adorns footwear, making  basic flats something to be worn with shorts and silk dresses.  Add instant excitement to your pedicure with Matisse Jada Sandals in Gold; $100.95 at Zappos.

gold studded matisse jada sanda

Be the Queen of the Nile -- or sandbox.

 

A Crystallized Cuff is everything you need to show off a wrist of glamor.  Pretty as a peacock, this feather-design bracelet is perfect with solid color dresses, khakis and/or a neutral t-shirt.  Crystal Plume Cuff bracelet, $85 at J. Crew.

crystal plume cuff bracelet j crew

Crystals make glam happen.