When I saw one of my favourite fashion bloggers wearing this dress, I had to see the rest of the Bec & Bridge summer 2012/13 collection and I fell in love. What a gorgeous collection of pieces that to me evoke long, lazy days in the south of Italy. Oh, if only the early signs of Fall weather (and also lack of time and $ to travel to the south of Europe) wasn’t the case!
Sorry readers, I feel I’ve been lacking in fashion inspiration as of late. I turn to my friend pinterest for some help. And she (because’s Pinterest is so obviously a girl) always delivers.
courageous coloured jeans…
and beautiful, beautiful blue.
and go through the sleepless nights, heart-burn, swollen ankles, stretch marks, hormonal behaviour, morning sickness and labour at the end of it all? Maybe not… but these clothes from Hatch Collection are certainly tempting!!
While it’s very difficult for Moms to embrace Spring 2012 trends such as bra tops, sheer shirts, tuxedo trousers and lace gowns on a daily basis, there are some trends for this Spring that we can try to bring into our Mom wardrobe. Here’s my top ten trends for Spring 2012.
Pleats: add a pleated skirt to a crisp t-shirt and ballet flats
Black and White: Mix super crisp white with bold black lines
Lace: for the girly dresser, think doilies that lined your Grandmother’s side tables (don’t forget your undergarments!)
Zigzags: perfect for our crazy up and down, hormonal Mommy days (think Missoni)
Summer suits: For the working Mama, I love this simple, yet sexy work look.
Draped pencil skirts: For work or for dressing up here’s a change from the classic pencil skirt, this Spring, add ruffles, ruching and folds to your skirt
Pastel separates: we love eating ice-cream sorbet, well, this time: wear it!
White: I know it shows all the stains, but at least you can bleach it! (just don’t wear it to a wedding, that’s tacky)
The Great Gatsby: Possibly my favourite fashion era, the flapper dresses are back! A great investment item for date nights, weddings and formal functions
Asymmetric hems: Add a bit of excitement to your skirt – and sexiness with a slanted hemline
Hyperbright florals: keep up with the print mixing and don’t be afraid to don the bright, bold florals including floral pants.
ok so this post is basically a ‘hint hint’ to husband but let’s just pose it as an ‘inspiration wish list for the holidays’ heheee…
a silk scarf like this one,
a sexy so-not-Mommy dress for NYE like this,
A sequiny blazer (would look amazing paired with a white tee and jeans),
A simple lace top,
some ‘Kate’ pumps,
A pair of red jeans and
and a black biker jacket.
Ok, maybe I’m being a little too ambitious?
That title conjures up thoughts of candy stores or bulk bins at the supermarket when you can find such delicious treats, bag them up and bring them home to indulge… trail mix, chocolate covered almonds, gummi bears… ok… SO mixing PRINTS is what I’m on about today. I’ve dabbled a little in it here and here but i’m not what one would call a ‘risky’ dresser… alternatively i am certainly a risk-free dresser putting myself in jeans and a t-shirt almost every day, but not only do i challenge myself but i challenge YOU darling reader to try mixing it up this season. Have some fun with your printed pieces, dabble with your colourful items and help us get through these cloudy cold days by getting yourself involved in pattern play!!! Here’s some inspiration:
floral+floral+stripe+swirly stripe = fabulous
stripes+stripes+bold colour = lovely, darling
gingham+floral+splashes of colour = gorgeous
tweed+ polka dots+floral+brown = simply chic
floral+stripes = simple and elegant
chambray + fun print+ leopard = incredible!!
print mixing: do it, i dare you!
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uh oh, i’m down three items: diamond studs, a silk shirt and a navy wool blazer… off to the shops then (gosh darn it hehe…)
what are you missing?
c/o the matchbookmag
Nothing more wonderful about summer than slipping on a loose cotton dress aka frock (don’t you just LOVE that word?). They make me feel nothing but feminine, light and pretty. There’s so many out there to suit a range of styles, shapes and sizes. I have some of these dresses and want, want, want more.
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Guest post by Corina
When the Simply Stylish Mom asked me to write a post for her blog, I had mixed feelings. Let me just make one thing clear…I definitely do not consider myself to be a Simply Stylish Mom, so at first I was a little apprehensive, because how could I possibly have anything to say about fashion and style. Don’t get me wrong, I like to look good, but I like what I like, and don’t necessarily follow any specific trends. What I am passionate about, and do have an eye for, are all things artsy and handmade (I dabble in the artsy and handmade “industry” a little myself). So you can imagine my relief when I realized I didn’t actually have to post specifically about fashion, style, or trends.
Now that I’ve cleared that up…I bring you Sandmaiden (aka Amanda Boyd). I was introduced to Amanda through my church community at Mosaic here in Vancouver. Sandmaiden is a one woman show, which makes her clothing and lingerie all the more fantastic. She makes everything by hand in the basement of her home! Her clothing and lingerie is absolutely gorgeous. The fabrics she chooses are to die for, and create such amazing texture, flow and structure to her clothing…all things that I love about her designs. It’s very organic, but sophisticated and simple all at the same time (that’s possible right Anna?). Here are 3 items that particularly stand out for me…but really, I love it all.
Guest post by Brianna
Simplystylishmom and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to body type, clothing size, and style preferences (which means we shop well together because we’re not fighting over clothes!). While checking out Vancouver’s new Anthropologie store last week, though, we found ourselves talking about something fashion-related we do have in common–opinionated husbands (who both happen to be named Mike). I had tried on a funky top with wild navy and cream stripes and a flowing, loose cut that both SSM and I liked. “I don’t know if it’ll pass the husband test, though,” I said. “He’ll either love it or hate it.” It had several elements he doesn’t usually love on me: horizontal stripes and a boxy fit. Sure enough, when I tried the top on at home for Mike, he didn’t like it–and I fell out of love (with the top, not the guy) too.
I’m a passionate and fairly radical feminist, so it might sound a little strange that I’d let my husband’s preferences impact my style choices. It’s definitely true that if I absolutely loved a garment and he hated it, I’d keep and wear the item anyway. It’s rare for that to actually happen, though. By some miracle, despite growing up in the furthest thing from a fashion-savvy environment, Mike’s developed an excellent grasp on what does and doesn’t look good on me (along with a few random pet peeves that he has no good explanation for). His dislikes includes shirts with collars; empire waists, sack dresses, and anything that could be construed as maternity clothing; leggings worn as pants (can’t argue with him there); anything a hipster would wear; anything my mom might wear; ruffly, fluffy, frilly, vintage-y or girly styles; horizontal stripes; and the pair of cropped slim cargo pants I tried on the other day at Superstore (apparently they looked like police pants to him…?). He likes me best in jeans, tanks, simple dresses or skirts, artsy details, saturated, muted, or earthy colors, punk or boho-inspired styles, clean lines, and traditionally figure-flattering looks (think wrap dresses, v necklines, and defined waists for my hourglass shape). SSM’s husband, on the other hand, doesn’t like her in green, dislikes pretty much everything on offer at Anthropologie, and made a point of asking her to be sure not to “let herself go” in 24/7 sweatpants and frumpy hair once she became a wife and mom. No worries there, obviously!
Although it might sound annoying to have such an opinionated partner, it’s mostly helpful and fun. On the rare occasion when I can drag him into a store, my husband is by far my best shopping buddy. He’s intimately familiar with my budget, the contents of my closet, my shape, my lifestyle, and my coloring. For the most part, the things he dislikes on me are things that objectively don’t suit me. When I start to fall for a totally unpractical or unflattering piece, he snaps me out of it. Sometimes he even finds perfect clothes that I’d overlooked, like the simple, swingy, dirt-cheap tank tops and shorter-than-I’d-normally-wear-but-magically-somehow-wearable rolled shorts I ended up buying last week at Superstore. He may not look forward to the actual act of shopping with me, but he gets to enjoy the fruits of that very occasional labor on a daily basis. Did I mention he cuts my hair for me, too?
As for the Breton-style tops and crisp white shirtdresses I bypass because of their husband-repelling stripes and collars–I mostly don’t mind. When I dress, I dress for myself first, and my husband next–he, along with my toddler, is one who has to look at me all day, and since the toddler would dress me in tutus and rainbow tights, she gets no vote. Besides, he does the same for me. Over the years, I’ve “helped” him revamp everything from his haircut to his glasses to his pants. No more pleated fronts or Grandpa plaid in his closet. We both think it’s nice to do what we reasonably can to look as attractive each other on an everyday basis–not just when we get dressed up to go out, which is such a rare event these days it may qualify for endangered status. I do steadfastly refuse to wear stilettos (or any heels, for that matter), get at tattoo, or go out in public in a miniskirt, but I’d say he gets a pretty good deal overall. In fact, thanks to each other’s influence, I think we both look much better now than we did when we met almost ten years ago.
I do know lots of women who say they dress for their friends more than they do for their significant others. If you have a romantic partner, do you take his or her opinions into consideration when choosing your clothes? Who would you say you dress for?