Stylish Moms

Stylish Moms
Monday, May, 07, 2012 Simply put, modern-day moms are superheroes. Whether they're stay-at-home mums or working full-time, their ability to juggle it all is truly admirable. With Mother's Day on the horizon, we can't think of a better way to pay homage to these do-it-all dynamos than with a special edition of What Would She Wear. For style inspiration, we'd like to reference four celebrity moms--Michelle Williams, Beyonce Knowles, Jessica Alba, and Miranda Kerr--known for their effortlessly chic outfits and multi-tasking mom skills. We picked out a slew of on-point clothes and accessories that would suit any busy momma's lifestyle, yet still satisfy a trendsetter's taste for stylish ensembles.

Before we discuss the pieces, we think it's only appropriate to give credit to our roundup of celeb 'rents, who make mothering their tykes in style look incredibly easy! While on a stroll with daughter Matilda in Brooklyn, Williams wore Ray-Ban's Original Wayfarer Sunglasses ($150) in Black and A.P.C.'s Collar-Button Dress ($355) in Khaki under an olive trench for a classic outfit; meanwhile, Knowles was snapped with baby Blue Ivy in a fashion-forward look befitting the metropolitan momma, including a black blazer, Easton Pearson's Syriam Flag-Print Cropped Silk-Crepe Pants ($595), loafers, Eugenia Kim's Bianca Black Felt Fedora ($390, email customercare@eugeniakim.com to order), and The Row's Black/Black Leather Frame Sunglasses ($430). Alba, running errands with daughter Honor in Los Angeles, channeled effortless chic in a layered ensemble: a white t-shirt, Gap's Shrunken Denim Vest ($50) (which is sadly no longer available, though the label's Cut-Off Jacket ($65) is a similar alternative), AG Adriano Goldschmied's Super Skinny Ankle Leggings ($168) in Sulfur Nude, a cozy scarf, Ralph Lauren's bright orange Medium Saddle Bag ($1150), Salvatore Ferragamo's Flats ($665) in Bruck Multicolor, and Elizabeth and James Horatio Sunglasses ($155) in Milky Blue Frame/Brown Lens. Finally, Kerr, spotted in Sydney with son Flynn, exuded a ladylike vibe in a Stella McCartney white blazer, Bassik striped tank, Willow pleated mustard skirt, and Dior sunnies, accompanied by two standout accents: Bulgari's emerald Serpenti Shoulder Bag ($2150) and Maison Martin Margiela's crimson peep-toe pumps.

Loup Space Dye Cigarette Pants ($97) in Black Multi
If you take skinny jeans or black leggings out of the equation, moms aren't left with many options for comfortable yet chic pants! Thanks to Loup, however, we believe we've found the perfect wear-anywhere alternative. Made of soft French terry material with an elastic waist, this pair is ridiculously easy to slip on and off in a hurry, yet its narrow ankle-length silhouette is both elegant and modern. These laid-back slacks were practically designed for moms-on-the-go, though we're sure any style savant with a busy calendar would appreciate their versatility too!

Club Monaco Olivia Blazer ($229) in Alibaster
Nothing pulls an outfit together quite like a solid blazer, so we suggest snagging Club Monaco's classic rendition pronto! In a creamy eggshell hue that's perfect for combining with spring's pastel-colored offerings, this lightweight jacket is a wonderful layering option and suits a wide range of style sensibilities. Feminine dressers can sport the blazer over a pretty floral frock, while casual trendsetters can slip it on over a t-shirt and cropped trousers for a downtown-cool look.

Rebecca Taylor Tamara Croc Purse ($450) in Limone
After a quick glance at our fashionable celeb moms pictured above, you may notice a theme: they're fond of convenient cross-body carriers that don't restrict their movements! Should you desire that same hands-free ability, look no further than Rebecca Taylor's croc-embossed satchel. While it features an on-trend top handle, it also comes with an optional shoulder strap. And, like Alba and Kerr's purses, the bag's vibrant hue (lemon yellow, in this case) is sure to punch up your outfit.

Ann Taylor Garden Floral Dress ($158)
If you're looking for a piece that can transition easily from the office to a PTA meeting to a dinner date with friends, an all-occasion dress like this Ann Taylor number is your best bet. Black piping at the seams offers a sharp contrast to the frock's gorgeous floral print, resulting in a dress that blends femininity with a bit of edginess. Just add a tailored blazer and sleek pumps to channel a professional vibe, then wear it with bold jewelry and strappy heels for your after-hours events.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Marisa Sunglasses ($135, 888.709.5677) in Tortoise
Every mom needs a good pair of shades, preferably ones that combine durability with style! In our humble opinion, MICHAEL Michael Kors' tortoiseshell sunnies fit the bill perfectly. The frames are plastic, which means they won't suffer terribly after a lot of wear and tear, while round lenses and a cutout bridge detail make them stand out in a crowd.

Splendid Vintage Whisper Cotton Slub-Jersey T-Shirt ($68)
As Alba or any one of our yummy mummies above will tell you, creating a chic outfit is simple when you've start with the basics. Take this relaxed Splendid t-shirt, for example. We can think of a number of styling possibilities based around the wonderfully soft top; its pale taupe color is neutral enough to wear with spring's of-the-moment neon or printed pieces, or you could aim for a more laid-back look by tossing it on with a leather vest and jeans. Either way, the tee will surely serve as a trusty wardrobe staple all season long!

J. Crew Triple-Strip Necklace ($95) in Fresh Mango
As an accessory that rarely serves an actual function, jewelry isn't a vital component of most mom ensembles. But we'd be remiss not to include at least one must-have piece that adds a touch of glitz to her look! Featuring a hint of orange and pave-set crystals, J. Crew's link necklace is playful way of injecting any ensemble with a little sparkle. We have a feeling that our fashion-forward subjects would use the piece to dress up everything from breezy button-down shirts to shift dresses.

Ivanka Trump Anulio Flats ($110) in Medium Pink
It's not easy wearing heels and running around after your full-of-energy tot, which is why most mothers shelve their stilettos when they're on duty. That's precisely why we hunted down a pair of kicks you can actually stand to wear all day long: Ivanka Trump's patent leather flats. The heel is just under an inch, so the shoes still give you a boost in the height department, but allow you to run errands without complaining about blisters. We're also particularly fond of the shoe's cheerful pink hue, which livens up any ensemble with a splash of spring color!--Tiffany Tse

Photos of Beyonce Knowles and Miranda Kerr, courtesy of Splash News; photo of Michelle Williams, courtesy of INF; photo of Jessica Alba, courtesy of Wenn.
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