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It’s the only thing between you and the below freezing weather. It does a bit more than just shield you from frigid temperatures, it embraces you and comforts you. Of all these traits, the most impactful one may be the way a coat can transform, and some may even say define, your style. A coat. Yes, mama.
To those who say you should only invest in one great winter coat, we’re here to prove you absolutely wrong. You need a few.
A great coat is only as good as the occasion you wear it to–perfect example: I sure do love my The Northface ski jacket, but the day I wear it to a winter wedding with my cocktail attire is the exact moment my credibility will be shot to oblivion.
Every coat has its moment. If you’re fortunate, you’ll snag a coat that is versatile, warm and relatively practical. The next time you have a hang-up about how much a great coat can do for you, just imagine Olivia Pope in a ski jacket prancing in and out of the White House.
Makes sense now?
Here are 9 winter coats that go beyond the down-filled puffer.
This is the perfect weekend option. Pair it with distressed jeans, a blanket scarf and off you go.
Loving this coat. Super warm. Save it to for a girls night out. Not a date night option.
Ladies, you’ve been warned.
DKNY Faux fur jacket $495
You can keep the layers to a minimum when you cover yourself in luxury with this cashmere wrap coat.
Joseph Cashmere coat $966
H&M blanket coat $199
This menswear inspired coat is great with trousers or evening cocktail attire.
Carven Coat $1050
Get trendy at a steal.
River Island color block coat $220
Plum’s the word in this smart, long line wool coat.
For when you want to stop traffic.
Available at Amazon
Diane von Furstenberg coat $3200
A moto trench hybrid
Available at Amazon
Andrew Marc $895
Mother has a confession: seven months ago, I had a baby. Not just any baby either; I had my second baby. Every mother knows that the body is much less forgiving the second time around. My nine-pound bruiser was a game changer for my body, but I have managed to stay one chic momma, nevertheless. Here are five fashion rules to live by to keep looking fab after baby.
Supportive Undergarments Are A Must
Please consider investing in some post-natal shapewear. These undergarments have come a very long way, and they serve more purposes than vanity alone. Good post-natal shapewear can help to support the abdominal wall, relieve some residual back pain and help you regain your shape. In addition to all of that, post-natal shape wear can smooth out some of the lumps and bumps that may have grown more prominent after we deliver. So before picking out that fabulous outfit, consider spending a little time focusing on what’s underneath, because as Mother always says, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Maximize Your Maternity Wear
Do not avoid buying maternity wear or give it away as soon as you deliver. Instead I encourage you to do the opposite. Maternity fashion has evolved, so buy key a few pieces that you love and will wear while you are pregnant and in the months to follow. Doing so is not an indictment of your inability to loose weight; it took you nine months to get here, so it is only normal that your regular clothing wouldn’t fit for at least 3-5 months after you deliver. Get maternity clothes that are as fabulous as they are comfortable and rock them til they are literally falling off!
Create A Waist
No matter how much weight we gain, once that baby is out, we can all rediscover our waistlines. Pair a flowy top with leggings and a cropped jacket, throw a belt or sash around your favorite maternity dress, or don a peplum top. Also, wearing a dress with a fitted top and an “A line” bottom or a button down shirt tucked into a belted midi skirt will accentuate your shrinking waistline. And lets face it, there’s nothing like a shrinking waistline to make a new mother feel great about her clothes and herself!
Don’t Forget the Details
When it comes to post-natal fashion, you don’t need to focus on clothes alone. Instead, rely on a few of your favorite staples and play with accessories. Think statement pieces like chandelier earrings or a strong neckpiece combined with a simple outfit like skinny jeans and a white t-shirt. Add to that a simple hairstyle like a topknot or natural curls, a pair of sunglasses, and your favorite lipstick and you have created a quick, effortlessly chic look that gives maximum bang for your buck.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
Comfort is paramount for a new mother so finding that perfect pair of flats to pair with anything is important. However, there will be moments when even the most casual mommy wants to take her shoe game up a notch. Consider platforms and wedges for those moments when you want to raise the stakes with your shoe wear. These shoes are both fashionable and more comfortable than your traditional pump or stiletto. Throw a small pair of roll up flats in your bag and voila! You are now ready to put your best foot forward.
So there you have it; five fashion rules for postpartum fabulosity. Who cares if you have lost the weight or are fitting your old clothes three weeks after delivery? You grew a life inside you and ushered it safely into this world, and you’ve been changed. That’s not something to be ashamed of, it’s something to embrace. Yes your body may feel unfamiliar right now but you are fabulous. Whether your body goes back to where it was or it stays right where it is, follow these easy rules and there is no doubt that every one who sees you will think, “Wow! That is one chic momma!”
From Beyoncé’s style evolution to Gwyneth Paltrow’s classic looks, these are the celebrities we always have our eyes on when they hit the red carpet. Did we miss any of your favorites?
What’s trending this season? It’s a long (vest) story. Sleek. Polished. Streamlined. A long vest makes a big statement, but is still quite practical.
Check out three very different looks for inspiration on how to style this must-have piece for multiple occasions.
These iconic hairstyles changed the way women wore their hair around the world. Did you imitate one of these famous celebrity looks over the years? Do you have a favorite?
Your bundle of joy has arrived and your thrilled. The new baby smell has you high on love and the future. Lets be real though, baby aside, you want your body back! The good news is that now is the best time to lose the weight because the fat is simply dying to be melted off. Bad news is that it’ll be a process. With your new responsibilities the last thing a new mom should be worried about is the way her clothes fit. Your best bet is to use a low key high functioning camouflage like a great coat to hide your extra tummy pudge. Here are some great coat options that won’t let you down and hides new mom baby bulge.
Brushed wool blade coat by Wayne
Nothing is a task in this duster coat. Chic and easy is to be a top priority when running baby errands.
Faux Fur coat by Wayne
This is a favorite for its ole school rapper meets Manhattan’s upper east side, and the fact that you can hide a tire under there while still looking super fly.
Wrap coat by Avelon.
The baby on your hips wont hide your hips but this coat will. Layer it over form fitting clothing to avoid extra bulk.
Coat by One Teaspoon.
Animal print is your new best friend. Mommy mode has never been so cool.
Wool coat by Helmt Lang.
This cocoon coat is a blessing for a new mom on the go.
Textured check coat by Top Shop.
Don’t let the baby be the only one with crazy style
Longline bomber by Top Shop
Hide all that after-baby bulge and look really cool doing it.
Color block cape by Top Shop
Layer this bad boy over anything even a coat and the baby in a bundle.
Coat by Helmut Lang.
Stay warm in winter white.
Baby blues coat by Gucci.
A double breasted jacket is incredibly forgiving on any body type.
Cashmere coat by Adam Lippes
This coat speaks volumes…hides them too.
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In a fabulous spread for Good Housekeeping, the Walking Dead star proves it’s possible to look elegant but still feel crazy comfortable. Sonequa Martin-Green, 30, was photographed for the spread at West Virginia’s historic Greenbrier resort in their November issue (its 130th anniversary!), rocking sophisticated mom style in a chic sheath, graphic designs, faux fur and fun menswear-inspired looks.
But she can’t keep it together when anyone mentions her son. The actress says being son Kenric’s provider has helped her understand her own mother’s love.
“I just melt when you mention the fact that I’m a mother now,” she tells Good Housekeeping.
Martin-Green, who welcomed Kenric Justin Green II with her husband, actor Kenric Green, in January, says parenting has been both “profound” and “enlightening,” as well as strengthened her relationship with her husband.
“It’s really been divine having someone come from you and being responsible for their livelihood, for nurturing them,” says the star, who plays Sasha on the hit AMC show. “My heart just melts as I speak about it and frankly I think words can’t really describe it when I try. It’s almost going to make me cry.”
She says becoming a mother has also strengthened her relationship with her own mother.
“[Martin-Green’s mother] would always tell us how much she loved us and how she would be willing to do anything for us, and every now and then she would say, ‘You’ll get it one day,’ ” she shares. “Now I think of her and I tell her about it all the time. I just say, ‘I get it now, Mama, I get it.’ How much I love this boy I can now also redirect it and understand that she loves me in that same way.”
With her blog, Mattieologie.com, Mattie James is all about the theme: “live what you love.” She does that on a regular basis with her personal style and doesn’t think that had to change when her baby bump started to grow. (Daughter Maizah just turned a year old!)
“To be honest, the bump is a great accessory! For the most part, the only actual maternity piece I’ve purchased has been jeans. Other than that, I’ve gone a size up (medium) in tops and dresses and that works perfectly. Especially with dresses from Target, ZARA and H&M,” the Mattieologie blogger tells Mommynoire.
While most places offer maternity pieces that she could have purchased, Mattie just bought “regular” clothes and have them taken in to fit after the baby arrives. Smart!
All photos courtesy of Mattieologie.com.
“When I saw this dress in ZARA, I had a talk with Jesus about making it fit. I love the skirt on it and since it’s a medium (versus being a maternity dress) I plan on getting it taken in once I have baby to fit it. These shoes I scored from ZARA a couple of seasons ago still rock my world.”
“I’ve got to say, I’ve really been trying to wrap my head around my current schedule and throwing a baby into the mix. Aside from Mattieologie, I handle my daily duties as the style editor for CocoaFab in addition to maintaining my position at my 9 to 5. Throwing a newborn into the mix is challenging. My new favorite dress is from ZARA and don’t worry, the coffee was decaf!”
“Caught up with friends and family in a Target dress, Target hat, Bebe vest and Coach shoes.”
“Here, I’m wearing a cute dress from ZARA, that I would totally wear if I wasn’t pregnant. And that’s the perk of going a up a size or two versus buying straight maternity: you can get it taken in – instead of tossing or selling it – after baby.”
“A lot of people are scared of 30, but I embrace it and thank God for bringing me this far. As I became a mother for the first time last fall, joined forces with Hubs in a couple of business + creative ventures and take the Mattieologie brand to another level, the first year of my 30′s is looking pretty bright.”
“As I get older (you know, because I’m 30 now, *flips hair*), I’ve realized that my best decisions have come from instinct versus trend or emotion. I used to be really bad at saying “no” to people because I was afraid of them being upset with me or “not being there for them.” Or I wouldn’t say “no” to certain brand opportunities because I wouldn’t want to “miss out.” But I’ve learned saying yes to everything waters down your value.”
“I loved mixing all these patterns together to create an eclectic, girly look. Most of the colors in the dress and bag were in the same color family so it worked. I thought the shoes and glasses topped it off nicely.”
“When you believe you’re worthy, worthwhile opportunities present themselves to you. And so, when it comes to what I want in life, I make sure I see the ultraviolet version of myself. I’m beyond the spectrum, but only if I see it, say it and believe it.”
Via Instagram: “7 months. (27 weeks) ❤️ #babyologie is almost 2lbs, loves spicy food, gets very active when I listen to Kanye West & the World Cup song.”
Via Instagram: “My Saturday look goes something like…”
Dressing as a mom-to-be can be so daunting. Are you covering the bump? Showing off your belly? Do you need a professional and casual wardrobe? How much should you really spend?
From what we’ve learned, every woman has a different approach to that time in her life–while some feel the need and can afford a closet full of new maternity clothes, it may be more realistic for other pregnant women to invest in a few specific pieces. That’s why we love Hatch Collection pieces. You can wear their clothes during and after pregnancy and it’s not just a place to shop during pregnancy – you can wear it in all stages of life.
Their clothes make you feel effortless and cool, which is necessary for busy mom’s and moms-to-be. Hatch’s incredible fall collection – filled with cozy knits, beautiful blazers and silk pieces – makes it easy to find favorites that make sense for your lifestyle. Here are some of our favorites.
Union Jumpsuit, $278
Ready to meet your one-and-only for fall? The Union Jumpsuit in olive and black crepe is elegant without being stuffy, comfortable without being frumpy. This one-piece is our best solution for dress-up/dress-down, with a crisp shirt collar, placket front button closure and envelope breast pockets at front and dropped patch pockets that sit low on your toosh at back. Mellow but chic, The Union’s boxy shape is killer for all shapes and its rolled and tacked cuffs allow for easy styling during transitional months.
The Dahlia Dress, $218
A delicate day-to-night dress, The Dahlia will cut your line with a great pair of wedges or boots, and its streamlined silhouette provides the perfect base for a day of work into dinner with friends. Available in rich olive and black silk crepes, scarlett, and pebble print polysilks, The Dahlia Dress is shirred along a bound neckline with single button-and-loop closure at center back, and its loose, flattering sleeve is gathered into a demure bound cuff.
The Shirtdress, $268
This workwear classic is reimagined for fall in lavish olive and black silk crepes, allowing for bespoke details to come into focus: a crisp shirt collar tops the placket-front closure, envelope breast pockets and button cuffs reiterate the dress’s more formal quality, while a swing body and inset pockets offer convenience and comfort. The Shirtdress’s cantilevered hem will highlight your legs even as you accessorize with a heavy tight or knee sock.
The Onesie, $258
For endless softness and luxury, our merino/cashmere blend Onesie is the way to go. Adjustable straps and patch pockets on the bum will keep your fit fun and cool, so this ultimate comfort piece will ensure you feel as good as you look.
The Afternoon Dress, $218
Whether you’re going to a meeting or lunch with your friends, the Afternoon Dress is a sophisticated solution to day dressing. With an A-line cut in comfy Ponte, the shape glides right over the belly to flatter with style. It’s an easy staple as you grow, and delivers after you do as well!
Are you looking for inspiration for new hairstyles? We call it “hairspiration.” These stars slay every day with styles we wish we could rock with the same attitude and confidence. Take notes!