This Season’s Most Unexpected Trend: Cowboy Booties

Left, Isabel Marant, Right, Mara Hoffman, Runway Show

Left, Isabel Marant, Right, Mara Hoffman, Runway Show

Cowboy boots are not normally something I would have considered to be a fashion trend, but designers such as Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, and many others have created some unique and embellished styles in this season.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley rocking a pair of cowboy booties

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley rocking a pair of cowboy booties

For a more modern take on the cowboy boots, pair ’em with a maxi skirt for a bohemian vibe, or with a motorcycle jacket for a more urban look.

ARSON Western Ankle Boots, $170.00

ARSON Western Ankle Boots, $170.00

Check out more of our top picks after the jump!

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Guest Post: Swimwear (for Moms) To Flatter Your Shape

Trendy Swimwear Designs For Moms

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Having children is one of the most joyous moments in life, but it comes with its share of drawbacks, and not just the lost sleep. Chief among those obstacles is the alteration, often permanent, to mommy’s figure. But rather than hiding away in the shadows, women are proudly rocking their newly minted mom bodies, and rightfully so. Summer’s uniform—the itsy bitsy swimsuit—shouldn’t stop them in their tracks.

If you’ve got kids, whether fresh from the oven or three years into high school, and you’re dreading the coming warm weather, never fear. Designers, once so dismissive of alternate body types, are now courting body diversity and offering every shape and size an opportunity to look fabulous and feel great. Already have invites to pool parties and beach days? Here are some of the best trends in swimwear for chic ladies who just happen to parent on the side.

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Not a mom? That’s ok; these styles look scorching on everyone.  I’m particular to the retro look, but there’s definitely something for everyone.

First off, everyone needs to invest in vintage-inspired fashion.  With the ongoing obsession with mid and high-rise waists on pants, skirts, and even underwear, it should come as no surprise the fashion is translated for swimwear too. This is a major boon for women with a paunch, aka “mommy tummy,” who want to camouflage their belly.

Mara Hoffman,

Mara Hoffman, Top $132, Bottom $132

Check out the geometric two-tone bandeau bikini above by Mara Hoffman. The strapless top shows off well-shaped shoulders while corralling the bust. The bottoms are playful and forgiving, with full coverage on the rear and that high-waist style everyone adores.

Norma Kamali, Top $215, Bottom $175

Norma Kamali, Top $215, Bottom $175

Another sophisticated yet wearable example of retro bikinis is the ruched two-piece halter combo from Norma Kamali, shown above. The pistachio-colored top inspires ice cream dreams while the flattering skirted bottom hides a whole host of issues, without ever looking like a swimsuit for trouble spots.

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Monday Must-Have: Mara Hoffman Metal Triangle Top

Mara Hoffman, $202

Mara Hoffman, $202

Fashion is a sexual, or sensual, thing, however you look at it.  It is essentially the seduction of your body to create an appealing physical appearance.  This top is representative of this, with its open back and vertical brass triangle arrangement.  Enjoy!