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


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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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“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!

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.