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Casual Chic Tanks for Stylish Mothers

Being a mom, you have multiple titles. You may be the mother, the baker, the chef, the creator, the fun maker. You are the superstar, who does it all. You have so many things you set out to accomplish during the 24 hours of the day that time seems to fly by too fast. Having a stylish outfit that can be easily thrown together is a must, especially in today’s day and age. That is why at Mamastyles we have handpicked amazing casual tank tops that are simple, but refined all at the same. These are tanks can be paired with whatever bottoms you choose, maybe it is your favorite pair of jeans or casual maxi that is your summer staple. Having tops in simple, neutral and solid colors, makes them easily transitional from outfit to outfit. Though we love and appreciate a good print, styling patterned tops may be a bit more complex which means more effort. When you are on the go, these casual tanks can save you time and energy!

We want to simplify things for you by being fashion forward and are always on the lookout for stylish pieces that you may want to add to your mommy wardrobe. Check out the casual chic tanks we chose for you stylish mamas!

1 >> Spacedye Swing Tank by Moth available at Anthropologie for $88

This beautiful pullover knit tank comes in the shade of blue motif. It is a very subtle color that can coordinate well with many items. It is made of cotton, viscose and polyester knit. We love that it is long and has a very chic knit pattern. The white knit trim adds pretty detail around the tank, adding to its sophistication factor.

2 >> Fringe Tank available at Banana Republic for $39.50

Fringe has been on trend and is definitely a fun aspect we enjoy from the Bohemian chic come back. This tank has it all. The black fringe, is rad. It is edgy but also elegant. Maybe black isn’t your chosen shade? Lucky you, this cool tank also comes in Blush. If you get it in black it can add flair to any outfit as it boldly stands out on its own.

3 >> Linen Jersey Asymmetrical Hem Tee by Alternative Apparel available at Rodale’s for $49.95

This Ash Heather Hem Tank has lovely scoop neck with an asymmetrical hem. The shape and cut of this tank make it chic, unique and give it stylish character. It even has a side slit on the bottom right. It is made out of 100% sustainable linen fabric. Bonus points for this tank! We think this airy top will serve you well through the day. It can easily be layered to add even more oomph to your ensemble.

4 >> Linen Split-Neck Tank in Stripe available at Madewell for $38

We love this classic linen striped tank! It has a nice split neckline and comes in the shade of dusty waterfall. It is airy and fitted but also loose. It looks so comfy! This is a perfect choice for everyday outfit. We think it would be perfect paired with classic jean shorts of course, making this classic outfit complete.

5 >> Endless Tank available at Lucky Brand for $69.50

This tank is made chic by all the attention to the details. The Henley button front, dainty buttons, and airiness combine to make it very graceful. We love these details! It is made of 100% rayon dobby. Get the photo pictured in Nigori, or choose from American Navy, Victoria Blue, or Red. We love all of them!

So do you see yourself wearing any of these tops? If so, which is your top pick?

 

Organic Cotton Summer Outfit for Mamas

When it comes to buying clothing, the best thing you can do for the environment and your health is to choose clothing that is free of pesticides and is made from quality sustainable materials. Organic cotton is a wonderful natural fabric choice because it is produced without being sprayed with synthetic chemicals which can be imbedded in the fibers. Organic cotton is also beneficial because it uses less water than other fabrics, is softer and bottom line, a better product to wear in comparison to regular cotton or other synthetic fabrics. When you purchase clothing and fashion items that are made of organic cotton, you are protecting both your family at home and the environment as well!

Organic cotton may be more expensive than regular cotton or synthetic fabrics, but I have found that my organic clothing has lasted many years and it makes me feel good when I wear it because I know that is was grown ethically with the environment in mind and the health of people.

So, go organic if you can!

Below is a great example of a casual, pretty natural outfit for mamas. All of the fashion pieces consist of organic cotton, bamboo viscose, and recycled materials.

1 >> Short Sleeve Boxy V-neck Tee available at Blue Fly for $42

This relaxed fit tee is created from 100% organic cotton. The short cap sleeves and the V-neck make it feminine, and being a basic it is a great investment piece because this top will match practically everything in your closet! It also is a great choice to wear with your favorite necklace.

2 >> Vidorreta Jana Wedges available at 6pm.com for $44.99

These color block wedges utilize the natural material of rope to line the outside of the wedge, giving it a natural feel. They also have a natural rubber sole. The light lavender and rose pink shade work fabulously together.

3 >> Upstate Leather + Linen Handbag available at Rodale’s for $298

The handbag’s cream exterior is created from vintage recycled French textiles. The interior of the bag is lined with a fabric that is actually recycled painter’s drop cloths, can you believe it?! It is pretty incredible how recycled fabrics can be reinvented to create such a beautiful ecofriendly bag! The bag was Made in the USA, which means it was created to support the workers of the United States of America. The leather bottom and straps were sourced from locals in New York.

This bag will surely fit all of the essentials when you are on the go, your children’s toys, snacks, your phone, iPad and much more, making it a great option for the eco-conscious mamas!

4 >> FIG Clothing Ouadda Skirt available at 6pm.com for $42.99

Made of 64% bamboo viscose, 28% organic cotton, and 8% spandex, this gorgeous vibrant purple skirt is a great choice for summer. It is long, flowy, loose and drapes comfortably across the body, which makes it great for all mamas who are looking for comfort in their daily outfit.

5 >> Organic Lip Bloss in Sardinia Spirit available at Rodale’s for $15

Don’t forget to pack an organic lip gloss in your recycled handbag to moisten your lips throughout the day’s journey. This organic lip gloss offers a punch of color to your outfit while being made of all certified organic ingredients. A handy must have to have on you, especially when your lips are really dry. Choose from four options. We chose Sardinia Spirit a lovely shade of pink. As stated on Rodale’s website, “Sardinia Spirit elicits scenes of turquoise seas and white sandy beaches and stunning sunsets. This shimmery pink, fruity bloss is all about transforming your day into night with ease. Lightly scented and flavored with organic watermelon.” Sounds good to us!

As a mama, would you wear this outfit? What is your favorite piece? Let us know in the comments below!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

Armani Dresses Shine at Princess Charlene’s Royal Wedding In Monaco

Georgio Armani is no stranger to priceless style and royalty.  When the 77-year old Italian designer was commissioned to create looks for the wedding of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene Wittstock and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, Armani set his vision — and over 100 hours of labor — to create a glistening, off-shoulder gown of satin duchesse.  The amazing dress worn by the slender blonde princess was carefully designed to be  free of  “any obvious nostalgia” in regards the all-lace frock worn by Prince Albert’s late mother, the famed Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco.

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The Princess and her Prince were married at a religious ceremony on July 2. Photo via UK Daily Mail.

“The idea was to go with a completely modern look.”  Armani explained to Womens Wear Daily.  “Each person has their own individual and unique style, and style is an expression of the times.”

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Princess Charlene’s one-of-a-kind Armani Prive creation included golden floral designs embroidered by hand, mother-of-pearl teardrops and bedazzled with over 40,000 Swarovski crystal details. The gown was complete with 2 trains and a 20-foot veil of silk tulle, topped by an 88-carat “Diamond Spray” tiara designed by Lorenzo Baumer.  That is, folks, a wedding ensemble truly fit for a princess.

The new Princess of Monaco wasn’t the only vision in Armani Prive thoughout the weekend. Giorgio’s niece Roberta Armani wore a light pink satin for the wedding ceremony, while Princess Mathilde of Belgium chose a pretty cocktail dress that consisted of wisteria silk.  Charlene’s father Michael Wittstock and brothers Sean and Gareth were dressed in made to measure suits by Armani.

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.

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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.


 

 

 


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

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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