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Gladiator Sandals Fashion Trend 2015 >> MamaStyles Top 10 Picks

Celebrity Mamas, Kourtney Kardashian, Liv Tyler and Jessica Alba, all wearing stylish and trendy gladiator sandals

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As a mother, comfort is a big priority. From running around with the little ones, playing in nature with the bright sun rays warming your hearts, laughter, messes and memories made, style may be the last thing on your mind. It doesn’t have to be though, because shoes are a fabulous way to pull an outfit together! Fortunately gladiator sandals are a huge style trend now for the Summer of 2015. Not only are they trendy and chic, but they are flat and casual, making them easy to wear throughout a busy day. They are a great choice for mothers everywhere. There is an ease of comfort when wearing along with the added bonus that these sandals can look highly sophisticated and edgy! At Mamastyles, we believe that having your own style as a mother is beautiful. It brings you confidence to feel and look your best. And when you have confidence, nothing can stop you!

Here are our top 10 picks for gorgeous gladiator sandals to enhance any outfit!

1 >> Free People Edgewater Lace Up Sandals, available at ShopBop for $100.80

Made of leather in Portugal, these gladiator sandals feature cross stitched piping that lace up to be tied. We really like the unique detailing of the leather that holds the laces. These are casual and look so comfortable! Since theses sandals are more enclosed and your skin is less exposed they would be an amazing transition piece to be worn in Spring, Summer and Fall. Bonus points for these gladiators!

2 >> Jeffrey Campbell Hola Gladiator Sandal, available at UrbanOutfitters for $115

These gladiators are simply gorgeous! They come in grey, black and white and feature a lovely crosshatching with a zip closure in the back. The corset lacing has a lovely braided texture to it. Perfect for a summer stroll through the park with your kids!

3 >> Free People Oliviera Wrap Sandal, available at Revolve for $68

These Free People gladiators are so pretty! They feature a wrap tie closure, giving it lots of flair. They are made of quality leather that is embossed with unique subtle designs. These would be the perfect pair of sandals to transform from morning errands with the children to a nice date out with the hubby. We love them!

4 >> ALDO Lidia Cognac Gladiator Flat Sandals, available at ASOS for $65

These gladiator sandals are made of faux leather, perfect for vegan moms! They are just plain fun. With the lengthy multi strap design, they are bold and sassy. These could be worn everywhere this summer. Especially to the pool, but make sure you take them off before you decide to tan, you don’t want those tan lines!

5 >> Mya Gladiator Flat Sandal, available at Swell for $39.95

At such a great price these gladiators are a must! The white leather will match with everything, and the simplistic design makes them a perfect choice for a plethora of styles. With the Velcro strap enclosure, even your little one can help you tie your shoes!

6 >> MIA girl Twizzler Lace-Up Gladiator Sandals, available at JCPenney for $24.99

I love the unique structure of the gladiators! The geometric cutouts make them stand out confidently on their own. They seem like they are built to last too. Perfect choice for the vegan mamas!

7 >> ASOS FENTON Gladiator Leather Sandals, available at ASOS for $33

Out of the group, these black gladiators are very edgy! They have a really interesting ankle strap design, and pretty strapping with an open toe structure. They are made of real leather, so you know you will be able to sport these for years to come, as you experience motherhood and watch your kids grow up before your eyes. They are beautiful!

8 >> All Roads Lead to Rome Grey and Silver Gladiator Sandals, available at LuLu’s for $22

These are such pretty cut outs in grey and also vegan. They look very versatile and are super casual, a perfect choice of gladiators for the everyday, wherever your daily environment takes you. They also come in brown, so you can easily switch them out if you decide you love them, for the price, why not?

9 >> Sparra Gladiator Sandals, available at Steve Madden for $69.95

Metallic gladiators are a must for the very stylish mama! The metallic sheen is so glamorous and will elevate whatever outfit you decide to pair with these. I love the evenly spaced straps and the tie closure. These would be perfect worn with your favorite summer dress!

10 >> AEO Gladiator Thong Sandal, available at AE for $34.99

Add a splash of color to your wardrobe with these wine colored gladiator sandals from American Eagle. Made of faux leather, the cool design will be a great choice for any outfit. You can rock these day or night. They may be too casual for a night out, but a great choice for the days when you wear comfy t-shirts and shorts.

As a mama, which gladiator sandal would be your first choice?

Want to learn more about Gladiator sandals? Check out this short video by Vogue that shares their visual history:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrnN-L_atxg

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

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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!

 

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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.

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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.

 

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.

bakers shoes sandals

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.

Sophie Theallet for Nine West: Perfection of Pink and Tan

What makes the new collaboration between Nine West and French designer Sophie Theallet such perfection?  Complete with silken plaid prints, straw and satchels whose styles spell “Summer”, the collection  is not only gorgeous — it’s affordable!  Unlike many “mid-price” label collabs, Theallet’s pretty things all are priced under$100; stylish proof that a lady need not break the bank to get fabulous.  All styles are set for pre-order right now at Nine West.

Sophie Theallet for Nine West Tinna Platform

Tinna Platform as featured in People magazine, $99

rose multi double satchel nine west

Double duty - the Rose canvas satchel is charming.

It is no wonder how this Euro-American phenom has made her mark  as an authority in luxe bohemian style.   Winner of the 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Award, Sophie Theallet’s excitingly colorful, yet gracious visions are a favorite of  style icons Anna Wintour and first lady Michelle Obama.

Mary heel stiletto nine west sophie theallet

The 5-inch Mary t-strap with ankle bow (also in pink plaid), $99

Sophie Thallet for Nine West is another all-American way to enjoy high-end fashion at a mere fractions of the cost of couture and pricey purses.

emma straw satchel sophie thallet nine west

Choose natural or black straw in the Emma Satchel with charms and silk lining, $69

 

 

The Nine West collection is another all-American way to enjoy high-end styles at a fraction of the cost of couture and pricey purses.

Eco Friendly Fashion Solutions


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Keeping close to Mother Earth is always in style.  From sheath-style organic tunics to the hottest vegan footwear known to Women, keeping in touch with nature can be as simple as putting on your favorite pair of heels.  Above: A Walkable 5-inch Platform gets the woven treatment — under $40!  Bamboo Lorie Natural Canvas Waffle Weave heels crafted out of… yep you guessed it, bamboo ($39) available at LuLu’s.

Bella de la Botanica A gorgeous eco-linen tote boasts incredible nature prints and artsy chain trims. Wear this pricey piece on a daily basis; the design is amongst Spring 2011’s ultimate eco-chic. Botanical Print Fallabella tote collection at Stella McCartney.

Fallabella Botanical Tote Stella McCartney

A Tiered Tunic has a black trim that’s perfect for styling.  Think of this organic cotton creation as a neutral foundation for a patent belt and your funkiest shoes.   Outlines in the Sand Tunic by Prim I Am ($74.99) available at Modcloth.

organic cotton tunic modcloth

A Hold-Everything Diaper Bag Ju-Ju-Be bags’  cruelty-free designs allow animals to keep their skin and moms, their sanity.  Tween Diaper Bags (shown here in Perky Perennials) are full of pockets and ready to go.  $10o at Diapers.com.

ju ju be tween diaper bag perky perennials

 

Great Fashion + Tokyo Relief Fund – GAP Brands Care

It was Tuesday in the Far East when Tokyo retail boutiques began to reopen their doors and get on with what is now a life less ordinary.  Fashion pavilions including H&M, Louis Vuitton and Chanel decided to brave sporadic power outages in an attempt to compensate for last week’s disaster.

Flora Tote banana republic

Help Rebuild Japan With Banana Republic

In the wake of this terrible time, Gap, Inc. is giving customers the opportunity to help out by purchasing affordable donations at online stores via Global Giving.   Head over to Gap, Piperlime and Banana Republic for disaster relief, breathtaking looks and hot Spring savings!  Merchandise purchase is not mandatory for donation. 

Shown above: Leather Flowers are a stylish way of reminding us there is life after natural disasters.  Edition Collection Flora Tote available in 2 colors at Banana Republic.

Wedges and Prints @ Piperlime As if the mid-to-sky high sandals aren’t exciting enough, the contemporary brand has a multitude of fresh-picked designer dresses and tops in artsy shapes with potential for maternity wear.

 

The Blouse Tucker Piperlime

A Blouse For Everything + Shoes At Piperlime

The Blouse by Tucker comes in silk splashed with 3 very different prints, from sponge-painted bliss to black and white butterflies.  Available at Piperlime.

Gap maternity tee

Visit Gap To Donate For Japan's Emergency Relief

Maternity In Full Bloom @ Gap Luxe pima cotton tees are just the right effect for warm weather.   Maternity Floral Graphic T in Purple Steel, available at Gap.