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Kim’s attempt to channel Jennifer Lopez’s daring Grammy look in 2000 is an epic fashion fail. Moms can be sexy, sure. But, an overly revealing gown on a brand new mom is unflattering and depressing. Her boob baring “look at me!” Givenchy gown smacks of a desperate attempt to reignite her pre-mom sex kitten image. And, showcases post-pregnancy droopy breasts. The truth? Sexiness is not contingent upon a hyper plunging dress with boob spillage. Inherently sultry, Kim can project sexiness in a far more appropriate décolleté bearing ensemble. A chic Saint Laurent tux jacket with a silky tank or a not-so-deep V neck gown would deliver a sporty, chic silhouette that emanates a “modern mom” vibe.
To really improve her silhouette, Kim requires perfectly fitting foundation garments. A bra is non-negotiable. The right bra with tension and lift like this underwire one from Wacoal will give her the coveted pertness of pre-pregnancy.
GLAM IT UP IN A SNAP!
Prest-o, Change-o. How can a mom transform easily from drab to fab? Its all about props. Simply stash a style emergency satchel in the car. Must haves: bronzer, lipstick, mascara, a scarf, glammifying earrings and few other freshening-up factors. Pull over to the side of the road and voila!!
COSMETIC POUCH: Forever 21 polka dot cosmetic pouch $5.80
COLORFUL SCARF: Zara printed scarf $25.90
STATEMENT EARRINGS: BaubleBar rose dewdrop earrings $34
EMERGENCY PLUCKING: Tweezerman mini slant tweezer $15
OILY HAIR: Bumble and bumble. spray hair powder $19
SWEATY/SMELLY: Travel size deodorant, available at local drug store for about $1
DEWY SKIN: Caudalie beauty elixir $18
PERFUME: Sample size perfumes from beauty counters are perfect to keep in your emergency satchel
BAD BREATH: Colgate wisp peppermint 16-count $4.99
WARDROBE MALFUNCTIONS: Hollywood double-sided fashion tape $5.22
BOLD LIPSTICK: Flower kiss stick velvet lip color $6.98
FAUX GLOW: Physicians Formula organic bronzer $11.98
ZIT BLASTING 101
They are the bane of every woman’s existence. Check out these DIY remedies for pimples
+ Apply ice cubes to the pimple to bring down any swelling
+ Apply Tea Tree Oil directly to the pimple. It won’t dry out the skin, and it starts treating the pimple right away
+ Aloe Vera or hydrocortisone will calm down the redness of a pimple
+ If you are prone to breakouts, take one or two antacid tablets—they’ll balance the skin’s acid levels and stop the breakout
+ If you can’t resist the urge to pop a pimple use two Q-tips instead of your fingers to avoid transferring bacteria from your hands to your face. Then, cover area with Neosporin
Lemon Juice fights inflammation of the skin, reduces redness, kills the bacteria in acne and can get rid of excess facial oils
+ My favorite zit product? Eve Lom Acne Dynaspot Treatment which eliminates spot breakouts quickly, without drying the skin
Fall is all about the little glam touches. Add these to your existing wardrobe to make your basics pop!
Wrap cuff: Whistles Calf Hair Lana Cuff $50.63
Chain Belt: Mango chain metal belt $49.99
Patterned tights: Spanx compression swiss dot tights $28
Clutch: Brahmin Hingham Clutch $345
1. Edge-ify some basics with a classic leather moto jacket: Zara motorcycle jacket with zips $119
2. An easy, breezy sheer top can be dressed up or down: Zara polka dot blouse $49.90
3. A drapey cotton tee is a wardrobe staple: Vince draped long sleeve tee $125
4. Skinny jeans with stretch is a woman’s BFF: Gap 1969 legging jean $69.95
5. The ultimate layering piece: DKNY classic cozy $195
6. Transform a neutral look with a colorful print scarf: Marc by Marc Jacobs mareika tulip scarf $168
7. Add style and height with a comfortable with easy to wear booties: J.Crew chelsea boot $268
8. Comfy, chic and perfectly preppy: Stubbs & Wooten scalamandre zebra flats $400
9. Bring some light to your face with geometric gold hoops: Heather Belle Co. everday perfection earrings $36
10. Add a side of feminine spike to your look: Eddie Borgo gold-plated cone bracelet $525
The blazer is a wardrobe workhorse staple. It can be dressed up or down. Made sexy or prim. It can transform jeans and a t shirt into a sporty fab statement.
For a mom, the blazer’s ability to snappily pull a look together deems it a must have power basic. To showcase the blazer’s versatility, I asked designer Marie Whitney of Two Penny Blue for 5 creative ways to style a blazer this fall.
Look 1: Working mom
Bold Blazer + Silk Pattern Top
"I love layering a bold blazer over a silk top in a fun print and pairing them with a basic black pant with a slimming cut (Theory is my go-to brand). The silk top under a blazer is a modern alternative to the button down look. Joie makes great silk tops for work, the prints are modern, but not juvenile and the fit is flattering especially but not too clingy in the tummy area which is a huge plus for moms."
Look 2: Running Errands
Blazer + Jeans + Flats
"I love keeping it casual with the kids - Throw your go-to blazer over a striped tee, distressed jeans skinny jeans with stretch for comfort, and a great pair of flats. Add some accessories for extra flair - pile on the bracelets, a bold cuff, add a scarf & sunglasses. And if you didn’t have time to spend on your hair - throw on a leather baseball cap - it’s and completely on trend this season."
Look 3: Weekend warrior
Blazer + Riding Boots + Scarf
"For weekend it’s back to basics, a great pair of jeans paired with riding boots, a blazer and scarf. Choose dark skinny jeans with a hint of stretch for comfort (and for hiding stains!) paired with classic riding boots."
Look 4: Dinner w/ friends
Blazer + Leather Pants + Booties
"For a night out with the girls pair a classic, tailored blazer with a pair of leather pants. Complete the look with a pair of booties for a fun twist."
Look 5: Date Night
Blazer + Dress
"Wear your blazer over a cocktail dress, add pumps and a statement necklace and hit the town. "
So. Why do women wear heels? A heel visually lengthens your silhouette, leanify the legs and glammify everything. They impact your walk by thrusting the hips forward which adds a sexy strut to your gait. Spikes? Forget it. Most of us bid adieu to Carrie Bradshaw stilettos the moment we gave birth. However, footwear options abound for women who like some height but require comfort.
Clockwise from top left: Asos strictly heel $54 \ Chinese Laundry ideal boot $89 \ Aldo kalliyan wedge $54.98 \ J.Crew MacAlister wedge boot $198 \ Stuart Weitzman bucksome wedge $395 \ Cole Haan adler tall boot $378 \ Asos apocalypse leather chelsea boot $92.82
Not all tanks are created equal. There are MOM TANKS and there are 20-something tanks. Twenty-something tanks are clingy and cropped. Mom Tanks are longer and have a draping detail designed to prevent showcasing tummy bulge, bra fat and plumbers crack. Some tanks have an empire waist which is super flattering for larger chested women. The fabrication of the tank make a huge difference as well. A harder, stiff fabric adds bulk and weight. A thin, soft fabric like jersey moves with its wearer imparting a sportier silhouette.
Whatever the season, whisper thin cotton or cashmere cotton tanks are the cornerstone of a versatile wardrobe. They have zero bulk and are perfect pairing partners to any layering piece. Wear as a base under knits and blazers. Wear with jeans, trousers skirts or leggings. Layer with a scarf and long necklaces.