asked what celeb moms have great style, our re-stylists Beckie and Martina
said, “Julianne Moore. She always looks amazing, great clothes and
age-appropriate. Sienna Miller is another one that always gets it right.” How
about a celebrity mom they’d like to re-style? “Well, that’s tough to answer,”
they said, “Celeb moms who don’t need re-styling, who don’t really need our
help, but who would be fun to work with? Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is fabulous and groovy. All of these women have great style
we’re all celebrities in our own way, but most of us moms do need their help. For the fourth installment of our Style School for Moms Series (click here for previous stories about Shopping Like A Pro, Closet Conquering Tips and Style Secrets, and Easy Fixes For Fashion Faux Pas) we asked Beckie and Martina for their re-style
advice for every type of New York
Trying to be stylish while dressing for work can be, well, hard
work. “Don’t be afraid to be a woman,” Beckie says. “We had a client who was a CEO who took off some time to have kids. She
had many militant, masculine Prada suits that screamed, ‘In order to be taken
seriously, I have to dress like a man.’ For her return to the workforce, we had
so much fun making her powerful and
feminine.” They put her into a Narciso Rodriguez suit, one with a dress that
showed her waist. It was paired with a jacket, so she could go straight from
the office to out to dinner at night. “Being feminine or sexy isn’t about
showing skin, but wearing something that accentuates who you are.”
Martina adds, “There are so many options today, a lot of
appropriate clothes for the office that work without being masculine.” They
point to stores like Zara, Club Monaco and Banana Republic for items that are
well-cut, but affordable. At the higher end, they mention Jil Sander for great,
minimalist suits and Zac Posen’s feminine, yet structured dresses.
Every Day Mom
“Jeans and a top is a great outfit for every mom,” Martina says.
“You need to get a good pair of jeans as a foundation of your wardrobe. You can
wear it in the summer with some groovy tops or in the winter with sweaters.”
They suggest spending a few extra dollars for well-made t-shirts and tops that
you can dress up or down. They may be more money, but by providing more outfit
options, you get more bang for your buck. “JCrew has great t-shirts. Also,
check out Barney’s COOP for shirts by A.L.C., Vince, Splendid or Alexander Wang.”
Whether you are a WOHM (work-out-of-home-mom) WAHM (work at home mom) or SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) a dress is a great thing and a time-saver—something we all
need. “If you have a good dress, you don’t have to think too much,” Martina
says. “Throw it on with your boots. Put a belt with it or a cardigan. You can
wear it solo or layer it and make it more interesting.” Beckie agrees, “Getting
a good dress that works for your body is one of our greatest recommendations.”
Schlepping the kiddos around the city when it’s 96 degrees and
still managing to look stylish is tougher than the Sunday Times crossword puzzle (or finding a free 10 minutes to even start
it). Beckie suggests getting one or two cotton dresses for summer. “I was on Fire Island and there was this women pedaling around
in the Nili Lotan dress, one of our favorite designers, and she looked amazing.
She wore this dress literally everyday!” They don’t have to be expensive,
Martina insists. They say grab a few from Zara or H&M, slip on sandals, and
head to the sand box in style!
For more of Beckie and Martina’s re-styling wisdom, visit beckiemartina.com.