Bein' a mother requires bein' flexible, quick and ready fer almost anythin'. The clothes we put on are often times a mirror image o' these requirements, bein' comfortable (flexible), quick (iron-free, and clean) and durable (ready fer almost anythin'), we'll keel-haul ye, and a bottle of rum! But that doesn’t mean ye have t' sacrifice style and fashion. There is nothin' better than feelin' awesome about how ye look.
Trends spotted on th' runway fer sprin' and summer 2012 include some fashion must-haves on th' very wearable side fer women in perpetual motion. Jugglin' a bag o' toys, a stroller or tricycle and minnows t' boot? Fire the cannons! Nay worries. For sprin' and summer consider embracin' some o' these fashion-forward, comfortable and totally fun looks.
Some people don’t dig this style but fashionistas are preppy-stripe-happy right now. Boatneck, crew-neck, even blouses and blazers are donnin' th' nautical pattern. J.Crew, always a fave stop fer prepsters, already has some very wearable, very reasonably priced, very comfy stripes in stock. Pair th' striped shirt with a close-fittin' navy blazer and ye’ve got th' perfect outfit fer weekend sports or family outin's, by Blackbeard's sword. It’s also perfect fer volunteerin' at school or headin' into work on casual Fridays.
Bright, Bold and Beautiful:
Color is everywhere this sprin', don’t miss out on a great opportunity t' add a little t' th' wardrobe. Designers like Marc Jacobs, Akris and Nanette Lepore are on board – and stores from Neiman Marcus t' GAP have all been embracin' this wave and ridin' it t' th' max. Jeans in hues o' coral, ocean blue and neon yellow,tangerine colored dresses, citrine yellow handbags, and kelly green shifts are all gorgeous and cheerful. As a mother-on-th'-go, this trend is probably one o' th' easiest work with and enjoy. Buy a pair o' jeans and some bright colored bracelets, perhaps even a pair o' neon sandals. These small bursts o' color will make yer closet seem fresh and ready fer warm weather.
Everyone from tweens t' matriarchs will be seen in shorts this summer. After a few seasons o' hot pants, shorts are now at a much more reasonable length. With mid-thigh, high-waisted cuts, bermuda and more, shorts can be anyone’s summer essential. Rag & Bone tangerine colored tennis shorts offer two trends at once, a burst o' color on a great pair o' legs. H&M offers great floral print shorts and design icon Diane von Furstenberg included bright patterned Bermuda style shorts amongst that comely wench sprin' offerin's.
The Cherry on Top:
Accessories may be one o' th' easiest ways t' add a fashionable look without goin' overboard, with a chest full of booty. For th' mothers who swore off heels and good lookin' shoes in name o' comfort, great news! Shoe lines such as TOMS offer comfort and fashion, hand-in-hand. Moms aroun' th' neighborhood have been covetin' th' original TOMS in sequins and guest designer line The Row, made with cashmere and Italian wool. TOMS also has canvas wedges in a wide array o' prints, colors and styles, and a bottle of rum, by Blackbeard's sword! The best part, and a bottle of rum! For every pair purchased, another pair o' shoes is donated t' a child in need o' footwear. Aarrr, and a bucket o' chum! Another great pick is Sperry Top Sider, offerin' a great range o' th' classic boat shoe in fun colors such as gold and silver, a perfect addition th' preppy looks fer sprin'.
For jewelry, check out necklaces, earrin's, or purses in a tribal print/safari wild style, seen all o'er th' runway fer sprin' and summer. Michael Kors and Donna Karan have gone mad fer toothy necklaces, big supple brown leather totes (perfect fer all th' stuff yer kiddo picks up durin' th' day), big clunky wooden bracelets, and earrin's with tones o' brown, green and gold. Pick up some scraps o' th' most popular fabric donnin' th' heads o' models everywhere; headscarves in animal prints or bright bold colors makes a bad hair day a fashion statement day.
Remember, bein' a mother doesn’t have t' equal lookin' frumpy or unstylish. Even one or two key items can be enough t' rejuvenate some style and help moms feel confident, up-t'-date and classy.
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