Ignore the weather....the fashion calender says it's Spring, so dammit, I'm going to dress the part.
However, as a single NYC fashionista doin' my damndest to be faaaabulous, I can indulge in expensive fashion splurges and uncomfortable shoes. For us Sex & the City wanna-be's, a Jimmy Choo stiletto or white designer denim is a perfectly sensible option, but probably not for the practical new mom. But just because you now have a toddler, it doesn't mean you have to wear khakis, bob your hair, and generally turn off your sex appeal. (Same applies for new dads...except for the Jimmy Choos...and the bob).
Here's the sneak peek at the family-friendly Spring fashions that I will be discussing with Toni Senecal -- who, by the way is adorable & Fashiontribes's new fave lifestyle reporter! -- on the WB11 Evening News on Tuesday, April 19th:
Why not mesh style with comfort? Betsey Johnson makes an adorable full skirt, with a fun, flirty print & ethnic feel. Warning: if you wear a full skirt, make sure to pair it with a fitted tank or wifebeater -- otherwise it's Michelin Man time. Yikes! Pair with some bronze metallic flats from Steve Madden, a rope of Versani crystal-beaded necklaces and linear earrings, and a Yasmena wrist-purse (the Edie Falco fave) -- and you're cute, very Downtown Doll, and, yes, sexy.
For the dad with panache, Alexander Julian makes groovy stripey shirts (Note guys: stripes are huge for spring) that are great with your fave pair of jeans. Terra Plana makes a really comfy, stylish driving moccasin that screams "style" and "money" (you may have to fend off hot lookin' golddiggers wearing these kicks). Yasmena also has more masculine wrist-wallets (the man-wrist-wallet?!) in black with yellow reflective racing stripes. If dad's pulling diaper duty, Skip Hop makes a brown messenger-y Expo diaper bag that looks like Manhattan Portage, and is roomy enough to stash the enormous amount of stuff that babies require (diapers, sippy cups, etc. etc.) And the truly happin' hip dad can sport accessories like the Versani chunky ID style bracelet with wood inlay.
Can't give up all black? An easy way to introduce some color into your wardrobe -- really, this is a Spring fashion MUST -- is with a brightly hued bag. Skip Hop makes its Dash bag in peony pink; while it's a diaper bag, it's so sporty and fun looking you'd never know it. That's why stylish celeb moms like Courtney Cox Arquette and Heidi Klum both own and love them. They also easily transfer from shoulder to stroller, and can hang handily from any stroller.
For toddlers around 14 months old, Petit Patapon's got your back. We loved cute boy's rugby shirt in bold colors, and the polka dot dress for when she's having a princess moment -- they're made from canvas so they're durable, machine washable, and affordable. For adorable sneaks, check out the froggy kicks from Showoffboutique.com.
If your little ones are a little older - say around five - KicoKids makes groovy knit polo shirts, knee-length surfer shorts, and a mini-me version of the swing skirt with matching tank and cardigan. C'est chic.