Archive for the ‘Maternity’ Category

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.

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.

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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.


 

 

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.

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.

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Crystals make glam happen.

 

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.

 

Stylish Moms We Love

 

Mothers come in all sizes, shapes and are valuable every place in the world — including the world’s major fashion cities.  Some of the industry’s biggest entrepeneurs are women who have followed their heads as well as their hearts to becoming the most noted figures in fashion as well as devoted moms.  Its a true inspiration for us all!

 

“Everything I do is a matter of heart, body and soul.” Donna Karan used the inspiration brought to life by her family, including daughter Gaby (pictured below) and Donna’s grandchildren to develop the now ubiquitous labels DKNY and DKNY kids.  The designer and philanthropist achieved her immense success based on an ability to take the function of daily rituals (including her life as a mom) and use it to create big things.

 

donna and gabby karan fragrance launch 2006

Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images

 

From the Catwalk to the Delivery Room — Four Times!

Heidi Klum may have retired after 13 years as head angel at Victoria’s Secret, but gave birth to all 4 of her adorable kids in the midst of being one of the most famous lingerie models ever!  Executive producer and host of Bravo’s reality hit Project Runway, Heidi frequently seen with husband Seal are frequently seen in places like NYC, Aspen and the west coast spending time with daughter Leni, 11 along with younger brothers Johan, Henry and youngest daughter Lou.

 

heidi klum seal kids

 

Rachel Zoe “I’m happier than I’ve ever been” the stylist wonderwoman admitted to People magazine recently that she is happy her 6-week old son, Skyler Morrison, looks more like her.  She and business partner husband Rodger Berman insist that managing Rachel’s enormous brand as new parents has been easy.

 

rachel zoe mother skyler morrison

 

 

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

 

Time is of the essence — Mother’s Day is  just 2 1/2 days away!

Stay out of that cheesy gift shop and don’t even think about hitting random clearance racks (save that for after M-day).  These Mother’s Day gift ideas (available now in department stores and their respective boutiques) will keep any maternal figure smiling and looking great, now and always.

Tiffany & Co.  Under $150

In a Word, Mom Simple luxury is something she’ll never forget.. plus it’s affordable enough to buy an extra one for yourself!  Sterling Silver Mom Heart Tag ($130 with chain, $80 without) at Tiffany & Co.

mom heart tag silver tiffany & co

Mom gave you her heart; now give her Tiffany's.

 

Everyday Muse

To the Museum We Go this beautifully artistic tote in floral is reminiscent of your very first watercolor painting.  Silvery metallic leather trims the carry-all Madison Floral Print Maggie Shoulder Bag ($298) at Coach.

 

Madison Maggie floral shoulder bag coach

Mom and the Maggie Impressionist Print Bag at Coach.

 

Summer Specs

Add a Little McQueen to her eyewear wardrobe from the fashion house that is fit for modern-day princesses and queens.   Two color choices in the retro-inspired Round Etched Frame Sunglasses by Alexander McQueen.  $325 each at Bloomingdales.

 

alexander mcqueen round etched frame sunglasses

Fit for your Queen.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Think in Pink! Flirty Fashions To Wear Now

Pink is a color of various moods, many shades and exciting memories.  This universally-loved hue is not just for the girly girls:  Any woman can show off pink fashions with looks that are full of spirit, not prissy.  Keep up with Spring’s omnipresent color trend wearing some of the coolest pink fashions to hit the Mamastyles scene.  This popular Spring palette is an easy way to feel beautiful — from pale pink to sherbet, pink offers a lift for any skin tone!

Asos rose skinny jean

Denim in pink!

Mid-Waist Jeans get rosy.   Dress this pair up or down; it’s hue is surprisingly versatile and doesn’t scream out.   Rose Skinny Jean at ASOS (about $62) create a smoother backside with curved pockets and seams.

See You In Miami $50 in a maternity dress that’s superbly sexy and versatile!  A low back and  sweetheart neckline still allows for bras; no hanging allowed.  See You In Miami Cha Cha Dress in a pink bulbs print ($44.99)  at Overstock.

 

See you in miami dress overstock

Ruffle up in pink print

 

.. Then Off to Rio! A generously cut, retro halter swimsuit is rouched all over for a body-loving fit.  Put it on at night with a printed maxi skirt.  Rio Halterneck Swimwear by Melissa Odabash ($200) at Net-a-Porter.

 

Melissa odabash halterneck swimsuit

A halter fit for Marilyn.