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Summer has been great and all, but we have to admit we’re pretty psyched for September — especially since New York Fashion Week kicked-off this week, bringing everyone from actors to designers to models to influencers to stylish mamas who effortlessly strut from show to show in style.

A super inspiring season of what’s to come in fashion, we just love all of the creative energy that comes from fashion week, but there’s another place where we can find style inspo all the time: our heymama community. Not only are our heymamas skilled entrepreneurs and supermoms, they also know how to look good while they’re doing it all — whether that’s swinging their littles at the playground, heading a meeting, or enjoying a much-needed night out with their tribe. And since we are super inspired by our tribe (and know you will be, too!), we wanted to share a collection of 24 of the most fashionable moms in our community. Get to know these stylish moms and be sure to check out some of their fashion tips for upgrading your wardrobe, plus their own amusing experiences with fashion faux-pas, too. Read on…

1. Elizabeth Mathis, model, blogger

stylish mamas model mama Elizabeth Mathis in an all-denim look

Who is your style icon?

The beauty in style is that it constantly changes. Right now I am obsessed with Solange’s style. 

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

A great pair of jeans that fit amazingly well, a simple white tee and an updated take on the classic blazer.

What are you most excited to wear this Fall?

I am currently pregnant with baby number three, so to be honest, all I want is every single item from Hatch.  

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

This is kind of cheesy, but I am still in love with my wedding dress!  It was a Reem Acra design that combined both sides of chic and cool. I’m thinking about turning it into a cocktail dress so I can wear it forever!

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

Do you remember the boy duo, Kris Kross from the 90s?  I was obsessed with them!  Not only did they wear their clothes backwards, they also made a fashion statement by putting little vertical lines in their eyebrows.  I thought it was so cool so I did it too one day. Biggest mistake ever!  It took me years to grow my eyebrows back in full.

2. Steffy Degreff, lifestyle blogger 

Influencer Steffy Degreff wears stripes and overalls by the sea

Who is your style icon?

I absolutely love Iris Apfel, and wish I was as chic and creative as she is! I also love and am endlessly inspired by other Instagrammers and bloggers around the web!

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

Always a striped tee and overalls with some mules!

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

I am most excited about cozy fall sweaters. This one is on my wish list!

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

My most memorable fashion memory is finding the most perfect Pepto-Bismol pink polka dotted midi skirt when I was thrifting at the Goodwill near my house in high school. I wore that thing to death, and I think it cost me $2!

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

Oh, I’ve worn some awful awful vintage…think rainbow sequins, itchy wool and sticky polyester in the Miami heat!

 

3. Denise Vasi, actress

Actress, model and mama Denise Vasi with her daughter

Who is your style icon?

Gosh, I could never just name one. Jackie Kennedy, Diana Ross, Grace Jones, Audrey Hepburn…

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

My go-to’s are a great pair of jeans, a men’s X-small T-shirt, fierce heels or cute kicks and a chic bag. I definitely rely on my accessories to tie it all together.

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

I can not wait to rock my Saint Laurent motorcycle jacket, boots, and Nick Fouquet hats. I LOVE the fall!

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

For my first Mother’s Day, my hubby bought me a vintage Hermés “Kelly” bag that was made during my birth year. We were also in Paris which made it feel even more dreamy.

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

I once walked down a red carpet for an award ceremony with a dress that was, unbeknownst to me, way too see-through. I wasn’t wearing any panties or a bra either…

 

4. Tinamarie Clark, model and life coach

stylish mamas Tinamarie Clark with baby

Who is your style icon?

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

Levi’s Mom jeans with a white t-shirt, black blazer, and great gold vintage jewelry. 

What are you most excited to wear this Fall?

Over-the-knee boots! I love wearing them with skirts and jeans. 

What is your most memorable fashion memory?

A red dress I bought for $12 at Buffalo Exchange that looks like Oscar De La Renta!

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

When my fiancé surprised me with 20 Bergdorf Goodman boxes filled with jackets, sweaters and pants from the finest designers in the world. At the time, I had no idea who they were, so I had him return it all and told him they were “too old lady looking” for me (aka classic). I bought three shirts on the 5th floor instead.Every time I think about it I get sick to my stomach. He hasn’t done it since.

 

5. Jenny Greenstein, personal stylist and style coachstylish mamas Jenny Greenstein

Who is your style icon? 

I tend to pull inspiration from many, but if I had to call out one, it would be Sienna Miller. I love how she plays with style while always keeping her authentic bohemian sensibility at the foundation. She comes through in everything she wears and there is consistency.  

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time? 

Jumpsuits and dresses because it’s one-piece dressing and easy. I’m always switching up footwear and accessories to make the look casual or elevated when necessary. In general, I don’t like to overthink style and hate when it becomes fussy. If it does, it comes through in how we show up energetically.

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

I just bought this dress (case in point to above answer!) from Ganni that I’m super excited to wear. I live in my moto jacket through fall and I’m loving this oversized trench and skirt I just scooped up from Zara. I’m also obsessed with my new Dannijo earrings. My wish list item for the season are these Jensen Acne booties

What is your most memorable fashion memory?

I think I was my most confident fashion self when I was in 7th grade. I had yet to be overly influenced by friends and culture and really took some great risks. In middle school, my go-to looks were black knit bell bottoms and denim cut off shorts with tights and boots. Doesn’t sound groundbreaking now, but at the time, no one else was doing it. I didn’t give a f*ck what people thought and that’s what made it empowering. 

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep? 

I was so lost in college that my personal style reflected that. When I look back at photos from sophomore to senior year, it’s obvious that I felt unsure as a person and uncomfortable in my skin. I was stylistically all over the map.

 

6. Christine Alcalay, fashion designer

Fashion designer Christine Alcalay stylish mamas

Who is your style icon?

That’s a tough question! I’ve had so many phases of style inspiration from so many women. What they all have in common, however, is that they are all strong multifaceted women who exude elegance and confidence. Every season, I draw inspiration from a different muse, a constant reincarnation of the woman I strive to be and dress like. This fall, I’m inspired by Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Simone de Beauvoir. For me, style goes beyond fashion and is synonymous with character.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

My go-to is always a high-waisted pant or skirt and a tucked in top, be it a fun printed blouse, a silk button down or clean tee. I love showing my ankles and shoes. I always moisturize, comb my brows, mess up my hair and a red lip always helps with mama’s dark circles.

What are you most excited to wear this Fall?

I designed a poet sleeve v-neck wrap dress I cannot wait to wear to the first Metropolitan Opera of the season.

What is your most memorable fashion memory?

While I was studying fashion in Paris and had literally nothing to my name, I had a Scarlett O’Hara moment. A black curtain hung in front of the window in one of my studios all year long. The curtain was a little too short and it tempted me every day! Finally, one day, it became a dress. I still feel guilty to this day.

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

I’ve always been super adventurous and willing to try new things. I unfortunately decided to try a new hair stylist on my wedding day. I’m a no-fuss hair person and thought that there was really no way anyone could mess up a pixie cut. I left with my pixie teased and coiffed into an Elvis Presley do. I went home and tried washed it out a few minutes before I had to leave for the ceremony. The amount of hairspray in my hair kept it dance-proof, sweat-proof and wind-proof right through the following morning!

 

7. Deborah Hanekamp, shaman and reiki master

stylish mamas Mama Medicine

Who is your style icon?

Alicia Keys.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

A jumpsuit, lipgloss and sleek ponytail.

What are you most excited to wear this Fall?

I’m really looking forward to my weekend outfit of black Nudie jeans and my new Phillip Huang sweatshirt!

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

That moment I fit back into my tiny black, open-back Rebecca Taylor jumpsuit for my husband’s birthday party after having our daughter! Pure Bliss!

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

My Dansko with harem pants days are regrettably unforgettable!

 

8. Simone LeBlanc, founder of Simone LeBlanc Gifts

stylish mamas Simone LeBlanc in a pretty outfit outside

Who is your style icon?

Emmanuelle Alt.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

A bold lip, one standout piece of jewelry (either earrings or a bracelet), and a great heel of course. I try and keep it simple to save time, which, we’re all trying to do…! I love the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Golshan, Mobile Earrings by Jessica Winzelberg and suede pumps from Tabitha Simmons.

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

Celine’s folded low boot in calfskinCollege sweatshirt from the Great, and our new S/L monogrammed two-tone envelope clutch…launching at the end of September!

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

My wedding dress by Monique L’Huillier. It was the first dress I saw and I knew it was exactly right for me.

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

My teenage Francophile days. Every day, I dressed like Juliette Greco, which was actually kind of charming until I visited Cafe De Flore wearing a beret. The photos of me always make me giggle; I’m trying so hard! Oh, the things we do for fashion.

 

9. Jamie Erickson, events & catering expert

stylish mamas Jamie Scones Erickson

Who is your style icon?

I would have to say the classic beauties have always inspired my look. Ali MacGraw, Lauren Hutton, Jane Birken. Also, if I could live and dress in the world of Jenni Kayne, I would.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

Great vintage jeans, a good crisp t-shirt and a bandana or scarf around my neck. I’m also very big on jumpsuits. They make getting dressed happen in under a minute. Sunglasses and a wide brim straw or wool hat are always my must have accessories.

What are you most excited to wear this Fall?

Can’t wait for scarves, chunky knits + chelsea boots to be back. Wouldn’t mind if this Doên sweater, Ulla Johnson sweater, and Jesse Kamm pants made their way into my closet, too..

What is your most memorable fashion memory?

Digging through my mom’s closet and finding an original Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress from the 70’s.  She worked at Sak’s in her 20’s and has held onto some classic gems for my sister and I.

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

I would say looking back to a time before Keratin treatments, especially in the winter. Pale and frizzy = not my best look.

 

10. El Shane, stylist and lifestyle blogger

stylish mamas Stylist El Shane wears a maximalist outfit with cool sunglasses

Who is your style icon?

Currently, I’m drooling over Aureta‘s every move. She is the couture version of everything in my dreams!

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

This sounds like my every morning dilemma! In a crunch, I reach for a printed skirt and pair it with a like-colored printed top. I’ll throw on a printed sneaker or platform, depending on what my day looks like, some gold hoops, sunnies, a thick swipe of black liquid eyeliner, and I’m out the door in five!

What are you most excited to wear this Fall?

I’m on the waitlist for this Gucci fanny pack. As a working mom on the run, there’s nothing better than a hands-free, drool-worthy handbag that your daughter will most definitely want to steal one day.

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

It was 2008 and I was the Public Relations Coordinator for Diane von Furstenberg in NYC. My job description was what starry-eyed fashionista’s dreams are made of. DVF was and still is the President of the CFDA, so our access to incredible experiences was unchained. One afternoon I was told to “throw on” the most glamorous gown I could find in the archives closet and “throw on” some hair and makeup. Three hours later I was at the CFDA Awards, lounging with all of the Hollywood A-listers. I probably have 40 memories like that.

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

The answer is simple. Wearing a jumpsuit to a wild night out with your significant other. Cue: alone in the women’s bathroom, naked, helpless, jumpsuit on the dirty bathroom floor, in need of extra hands to zip and button you back up. We’ve all been there!

 

11. Samantha Wennerstrom, lifestyle blogger 

stylish mamas Samantha Wennerstrom

Who is your style icon?

Lauren Hutton and Jane Birkin.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

An oversized oxford shirt, loads of jewelry, a favorite pair of jeans and a statement heel.

What are you most excited to wear this Fall?

This Isabel Marant blazer I just bought!

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

Getting engaged in the most perfect crocheted dress by Rachel Zoe.

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

Oh boy, there’s a handful. Probably Rocket Dog sandals in high school. Yikes those were bad!

 

12. Nancy Deane, freelance writer and editor 

stylish mamas nancy deane

Who is your style icon?

I love Anine Bing’s laid-back California vibe, and Olivia Palermo can do no wrong.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

Anything by Ulla Johnson (her dresses are always perfect!) or jeans, leather jacket and great sunglasses.

What are you most excited to wear this Fall?

Again, Ulla Johnson! I recently splurged on the Gwendolyn Cardigan but I know I’m going to get a ton of wear out of it.

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

I’ve been super fortunate to have had some pretty great experiences so far! The best was having Diane Von Furstenberg herself style me in various outfits at her flagship store here in New York City, and the runner-up was having Gwyneth Paltrow pull looks for me at her Goop! pop-up. Needless to say, I bought everything they told me to buy.

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

This is definitely a win and not a fail but it’s pretty darn funny. When set up on a blind date with a potential new friend after moving to New York City, we both arrived in the EXACT. SAME. OUTFIT. A limited edition Isabel Marant for H&M dress and Rag & Bone booties. We’ve been inseparable ever since.

 

13. Ali Hynek, CEO and founder of Nena & Co.

stylish mamas: Ali Hynek

Who is your style icon?

I love the casual cool styling of Halley Elefante from @the_salty_blonde, and love that she showcases affordable looks.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

A simple dress is usually my go-to. I love Christy Dawn dresses so so much because I can play with my kids and then head straight to a meeting and feel like I look good!

What are you most excited to wear this Fall?

I’m always excited for chunky sweaters and boot weather. I have a passion for handmade and sustainable fashion, and so this winter I can’t wait to wear a sweater I bought at an artisan fair in Santa Fe.

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

Is it sad that my most memorable fashion moment is when I got married? It’s the only time that I have ever had a beautiful gown made by a designer just for me. And I’ve never felt so glamorous!

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

I think most of my fashion missteps were in high school! I would get to school and feel like, “What the heck am I wearing?!” Now I think fashion and personal style is all about self confidence. I don’t set rules for myself on what I can and can’t wear, and sometimes I may get a few funny looks but really, if I feel good, I think I look good!

 

14. Mignonne Smith, CEO and founder of Mignonne Gavigan

stylish mamas: Mignonne Smith

Who is your style icon?

It’s too tough to choose just one! I have a few: Shala Monroque, Zoe Kravitz, and Taylor Tomasi Hill.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

I feel the most comfortable in a pair of old, worn in jeans, a tie-dye t-shirt, cool sneaks, an MG necklace, loud earrings, and/or stacked bracelets. Developing your own sense of style is an evolutionary process and finding your go-to look when you are pinched for time means going back to your signatures and what makes you feel like your best self. I always say, when you see a more eccentric item you are drawn to, you should grab it and layer it into your evolving wardrobe as an accent to your beloved basics. When wearing MG, you can never go wrong by pairing pieces with something simpler up top like an easy button down or t-shirt. Our collections tend to skew more bold and color-forward, so you can rely on them to jazz up your overall look and make a unique statement. Adding one interesting, unexpected item to a casual look can take it to a whole other level – I promise you’ll get compliments.

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

The look I’m most excited about wearing this fall is a long, flowing floral dress paired with some suede thigh-high boots. And, if we’re getting specific – the Saint Laurent fully encrusted knee-high boots. They’re killer. (Spoiler alert: I’m a shoe junkie).

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

My first internship was with Marc Jacobs in his couture design studio on Spring street; the entire experience was eye-opening. I showed up in heels for my interview and shortly after getting the position, they quickly instructed me to wear flats every day unless Marc was in town because I’d be jetting around the city every day on foot running errands. Glamorous! I’ll never forget when Marc came into town – the whole office just lit up. Everyone worked tirelessly because they loved and valued him and believed in his vision and creative mind. To me, he is the pinnacle leader – always encouraging his employees and bringing joy and positivity to the work environment. His love and sheer passion for his craft and the world of fashion is intoxicating and stands as a continuous inspiration for me.

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

I lived in Paris with a French family and two of my best friends from my alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill. Whenever we walked out of the apartment to go out on the town, one of the friends (who was interning at Calvin Klein at the time) would tell me my outfit was crazy (too many accessories, textures, colors, glitter, etc., you name it). But, every time I’d look in the mirror, I couldn’t justify taking anything off. What can I say, more is more! Nothing ever changes, take me or leave me.

 

15. Pamelyn Rocco, founder of Bashery & Co.

Pamelyn Rocco stylish mamas

Who is your style icon?

Lauren Bacall!

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

A Stillwater bodysuit and distressed boyfriend jeans.

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

This velvet top and these velvet pants — but not together!

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

Designing all three of my wedding dresses. We got married in Bora Bora alone, then had both an East Coast and West Coast celebration.

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

It’s called the 90s! I look back and I can’t believe I thought anything I wore looked good!

 

16. Sacha Strebe, editorial director at My Domaine

Sacha Strobe of My Domaine is a fashionable mom and heymama member

Who is your style icon?

Hands down, Vogue Australia Fashion Director, Christine Centenera. I only wear black (Anna Wintour would not approve) and Centenera wears all-black like no other. She also is insanely talented and comes from a land Down Under like me, so I feel connected to her even though we’ve never met.  

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

My Nobody leather pants (it’s an Australian denim brand), vintage concert tee with a fine mesh or silk organza top layered underneath (I really love the mesh tops with a turtle neck too), simple gold hoops, and Balenciaga glove heels for work or evening (they go with everything), and my Schutz crocodile flats in the day. Sometimes I will wear a skirt over the top of my leather pants or leggings too. I love layering. If I’m feeling more feminine, I’ll wear a Dion Lee silk maxi skirt with a subtle split on the side, worn with a black silk Zara dress over the top and flats. I usually layer a mesh top under that too.

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

I cannot wait to wear my Josh Goot double-breasted blazer dress. Christine Centenera wore it and I’ve been obsessed ever since. It’s a few seasons old and I finally found it online after months of searching. Very happy.

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

Without a doubt, the most memorable is when I met Abbey Lee Kershaw backstage at the David Jones SS/11 show in Sydney, Australia. I was the fashion editor of a local newspaper and completely in awe of her. Kershaw had just been announced as the face of the Chanel campaign so there was a lot of buzz and excitement around her. Backstage I also met Catherine McNeil, Nicole Trunfio, and Alexandra Agoston who have all gone on to be international models and ambassadors.

And I have to include a second most memorable moment too because I also was invited to join Miranda Kerr and her mom in her Sheraton Hotel room in Sydney for tea and scones. This was in celebration of her Kora Organics launch before it became a global household name. She was incredibly friendly and down-to-earth, and she even gave us all a rose quartz crystal at the end which I still have on display at home.

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

There have been many but I don’t regret any of them. I have always loved to experiment with fashion and it’s through that process that I learned what really suits me and looks best. I would have to say the biggest misstep or period of experimentation was when I lived in London for two years at 21. I loved Topshop and was trialling the latest trends. One night I wore bright Barbie pink heels with grey sweat pants that had an elasticated hem at the ankle. I thought I was so cool and fashion-forward at the time, but I cringe a little looking back. Now I’ve seen so many cool girls wearing this heels with sweats combo.

 

17. Michelle Reeves, co-founder of The Accessory Junkie

stylish mamas Reeves, co-founder of The Accessory Junkie with a cool clutch

Who is your style icon?

I’m such a Diane Keaton fan — I love everything she wore in Annie Hall. The hats, the jackets… a simple tee with those high waisted pants. Swoon!

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

A hat is essential. As a working mama, I’m always in a hat figuratively and literally. I find this is the easiest way to add style to a simple outfit on the go. Racing through the airport, dropping kids off to school, emerging from a windy street into the office for a meeting, a hat saves the day…It’s my master accessory that elevates a very simple look into something quite put together. Did I mention it covers those bad hair days?

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

I have an obsession with jackets, and once Fall hits I can’t wait to wear them, but I’m always looking for ways to update how I style them. My business partner Ursula has finished curating our fall season for The Accessory Junkie and I’m so excited to wear these new fur cuffs coming in from Canada. I can put the cuffs on with any jacket or coat and it completely changes the look while adding much-needed warmth. I’m thinking leather leggings, these cuffs on a navy blazer with a bold chunky ring (just wait till you see the oversized rings coming in later this year!) for an early fall look.

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

Earlier this year, I saw John Mayer at the Hollywood Bowl. Invited backstage with my husband, we found ourselves in his dressing room meeting John and his friends. I was wearing jeans, a basic white tee and an oversized gold brocade bomber jacket. As soon as I walked in, everyone complimented and came over to touch the jacket. Needless to say, I felt like quite the rockstar!

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

Pretty much my entire twenties. I don’t think I can isolate a singular instance other than to say, I was still finding my style and definitely learned how to get it wrong before I got it right.

 

18. Ursula Lyon, founder of The Accessory Junkie 

stylish mamas Usual Lyon of The Accessory Junkie hails a taxi in NYC

Who is your style icon?

I don’t have a specific style icon, more of a style area. The 60s and 70s just do it for me. The music, the fashion, the vibe. But there is always Iris Apfel….

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

I live in a white t-shirt. From casual settings to formal events. It’s essentially my blank canvas for the day. I then layer on all sorts of accessories. Depending on my mood it might be: Vintage lucite bangles, with some classic Van Cleef, topped off with an amazing handmade piece from TheAccessoryJunkie.com.

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

I found these amazing cuffs in Paris — they are all handmade with recycled leather. How cool that you can do something good for the environment while also looking and feeling so fabulous!

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

Nothing beats the time I saw Aerosmith in Vegas. I got to hang out backstage with Steven Tyler and he let me style him for his show that night.

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

I let myself be talked into an awful green couch when I first had my kids. It ruined me. I questioned my strength and style for years….lol!   

 

19. Michelle Waugh, fashion designer

stylish mamas Michelle Waugh wears one of her coats

Who is your style icon?

Lauren Bacall. She is iconic in the way that myself, my mother and my daughter’s generation will most likely still obsess about her. She is eternal, classic, and daring, and nobody has ever made menswear look so sophisticated and alluring at the same time. From structured silhouettes to wide-leg trousers, she was unconventional and her style illustrated women’s seriousness, confidence, femininity and elegance in all the right ways.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

My baseline has always been a white crisp dress shirt with a statement sleeve along with a trouser. It’s minimalist, neutral, and I can always elevate my “uniform” easily, whether it’s adding a great slipper, one of my coats, or contrasting it with texture such as a knit.

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

I know I will be living in my Michelle Waugh coats this season. I’ve designed all of my pieces keeping the needs of busy mamas in mind. From large pockets to 100% cashmere comfort, they instantly make you look sophisticated, whether you are dressing them up or wearing them casually over your activewear. My two personal favorites are the Harper boyfriend coat and the Chloe long duster coat.

I also love Rachel Comey’s work and have just purchased her washed black legion pant. Fancying wearing these with big knits and the cashmere coats this fall.

Furthermore, I’m eyeing a tan bag for this season. I’m crushing on Nico Giani’s Frerea leather shoulder bag. And if I make it a big splurge, the Grace textured-leather shoulder bag by Mark Cross I’m swooning over. It’s expensive but I feel I would have it forever.  

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

My most memorable fashion memory would be this white vintage dress I bought at this hole in the wall store in Montreal for $20 back in 2010 (no tag on it so to this day I don’t know who made it). It was a comfortable dress so I wore it a lot but really nothing memorable. That summer, I met my husband in Southampton. We started dating pretty much immediately after meeting and when he proposed a year later, I remember asking him when did he know he wanted to get married. And he told me, “Ever since I saw you in that white dress back in Southampton”. So if you ask me, ladies, best $20 I’ve ever spent!

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

I love denim. I use to wear so much denim on denim and now looking back at those pictures it looked awful! The worst part is I then learned they call this look the Canadian tuxedo, and I’m actually Canadian so it was a little ironic. At the time I owned it and thought I was “rocking” it but now looking back I’m glad I didn’t show up in Southampton in a Canadian Tuxedo! Ha! Life could have been different!

 

20. Emily Hertz, lifestyle blogger

stylish mamas Emily Hertz of Born on Fifth wears stylish outfit

Who is your style icon?

I’ve always been drawn to Gwyneth Paltrow’s unfussy style, but lately Aerin Lauder is my go-to guru. She’s a mama that masters sophisticated yet understated elegance and I find myself taking cues from her daily on both the wardrobe and home front.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

I swear it took having a baby to finally figure out my uniform: high-waisted black jeans (typically Mother Denim), a tucked-in racerback tank (I love Stateside), a duster (like this one, which is on super sale) and some mules. These are my favorite for a day full of meetings, and these are good to run around in.

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

I am pretty shoe-obsessed, and these really speak to me! The pom poms are just enough to “finish” any outfit and I can easily dress them up or down. I’m all about investing in accessories like shoes and bags and wearing them to death. Zara is so good because it makes this strategy totally workable.

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

This is a toughie! I was in the city this past May for Create & Cultivate and walked around one afternoon wearing my favorite Roksanda top (which I bought at 3 a.m. in a stupor while up pumping for my then-newborn in February 2016). That day I walked right by and locked eyes with Leonardo DiCaprio on Madison Avenue, met and got sketched by new mama and illustrator Inslee Farris and then saw Jake Gyllenhaal at the bar at ABC V. Needless to say, that shirt has very positive vibes associated with it!

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

The year was 2004. I was a senior in high school. The O.C. was the biggest show and I was feeling extra (before it was a thing) because my parents let me get a prom dress that one of the characters had worn…It was a sort-of ombre blue to green silky BCBG number with a thigh-high slit.

I wasn’t totally aware of my body at this point, and I swear I might have developed hips like, the night before prom. As I was getting dressed, I realized that my underwear situation was not going to work. I called my mom into my room for help, and the only solution she could offer me was a pair of SPANX Footless Pantyhose that she wore with her work slacks. Of course, Spanx now makes a million different styles and perhaps, had it been a decade later, I would have put on Skinny Britches and called it a night, but back then it was slim pickings.

Now have you ever seen SPANX Footless Pantyhose? They’re literally the original product…Sara Blakely cut the feet out of a pair of pantyhose so she could have a smooth ass in white pants. Brilliant, right? Well the thigh-high slit had not been taken into consideration for this design. So I had to do some problem-solving of my own and instead of cutting the leg off and reverse engineering the SPANX like a sane human would have thought to do, I rolled the ankle band up my thigh and “hid it.”

By the end of the night my leg, which had, for all intents and purposes, a tourniquet wrapped around it, literally matched my blue ombre dress, I couldn’t walk and my date kept getting the wrong idea of how I wanted the night to end (because SPANX was not yet a household name…and, well, you get the idea!).

I ended up sharing this experience with Sara Blakely herself during my nearly decade-long career with the company…I guess everything happens for a reason!

 

21. Breegan Jane, interior designer and DJ

stylish mamas Interior designer Breegan Jane with her sons

Who is your style icon?

This is an interesting one for me, because while most think of strictly fashion when they hear the word “style”, my creative, interior designer’s brain goes beyond that into a few different areas. I’d say Lenny Kravitz is my style icon. Recently, my fashion compass has been leaning more towards a sort of bohemian, yet sophisticated style and palate; Lenny embodies all of that with his fashion choices. He also designed a line for CB2 that I absolutely love! He incorporated the use of natural woods with very ornate gold, matte finishes and touches of black and white; they were all elements I like to mix together when I’m designing. The same style in his clothing can be found in his design. Understated elegance with a hippy flair is a challenging design balance, but when properly executed it’s such a captivating look and feel. It says, “I’m here, but I’m not trying.” Lenny is my style icon because he’s been able to take his creativity as a musical artist and somehow infuse it into something visual, both in his design and fashion.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

This one is easy because I love it so! For me, it’s got to be a leather jacket, funky sunglasses and a bun. Everybody looks cooler in a leather jacket, not to mention its endless versatility. Leather jackets look good over red carpet dresses and equally as chic with jeans and a tee. Sunglasses let you skip on dramatic makeup looks while still appearing pulled together, and a big messy bun feels effortless and intentional. The entire look takes you from bum to rock star in seconds!

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

Coats! I’m a California girl, and our beautiful weather means we don’t get the opportunity to don coats and jackets very often. When the weather cools even in the slightest, I welcome the chance to pull out beautiful coats and jackets with edgy hardware and unique details. Coats are definitely more of an accessory than utility, but I adore them just the same.

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

I remember being in my early twenties and working in entertainment. My boss and I were slated to attend a big movie premiere, so he gave me a budget for my ensemble for the event. It was the first time I’d ever purchased such a big ticket item for my wardrobe, and I was elated. I found a gorgeous Armani dress and paired it with Yves Saint Laurent shoes. I can remember being in that room, full of celebrities, and feeling like one of them myself. Such a great memory!

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

I was 13 and already very much into fashion. It was Thanksgiving dinner with the family, and I decided on wearing leather pants for the day. I can just remember my uncle laughing at me, and I couldn’t figure out why! I recently found a photo of that day, and it was hilarious! The whole outfit was a fashion faux pas, but I guess I’ve always been a bit eclectic and set on doing things my way. We all go through our phases!

 

22. Kate Brennan, lifestyle blogger

stylish mamas Kate Brennan of The Chic Series styles a black top and sunglasses

Who is your style icon?

I have several. My grandmothers both laid the foundation of fashion for me. They were always polished and looked like classic beauties out of a 1950s movie — never overdone but somehow always glamorous. My mother always wore a bold lip and that’s where my sisters and I got our signature bright bold lip. Currently, I look to Olivia Palermo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Middleton and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy for fashion inspiration; classic style icons whose style always feels effortless yet polished.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

Without fail, a jumpsuit. What’s better than one single item that you can throw on and be out the door? I did love dresses, but that was before I was constantly bending over to pick up toys and kids. Jumpsuits allow me to be a mom and look chic with minimal effort. When all else fails, throw on dark sunglasses and a bold lip!

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

Anything velvet or blush pink. When the retail stores started pushing velvet in the summer months it was the last thing I wanted to wear, but now with the cooler temps I say, bring it on!  I love these blush pink velvet sneakers and this velvet wrap dress. If you want to dip a toe in with this trend, I love this inexpensive velvet kimono.

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

Long story short, my husband and I were set up on a “blind date”. He canceled on me several times so when he finally emailed me one day to say that he was free to meet that night, I thought, “I’ll show him!”. I went out on my lunch break at work and bought a sexy black dress.  Let me remind you this was a Tuesday and I showed up to meet him straight from work in a sexy black dress. I guess it must have worked because seven years later, here we are married with two little girls — and I still have the dress!

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

I first started blogging as a way to communicate with my members of my previous business. I had NO IDEA what I was doing. My husband used to take pictures of me on the sidewalks of the UWS on his iPad. And then with zero filters or editing I would upload them to my old blog – yikes! Oh, and did I mention that I was 6 months pregnant when I began?! I’m scared to google and see if I can find some of those old pictures because they were hideous – outfits, lighting and all. Let’s just say, I’ve come a long way since then!

 

23. Anna Liesemeyer, graphic designer

stylish mamas Anna Liesemeyer of In Honor of Designer wears striped dress and espadrilles

Who is your style icon?

Iris Apfel. She has always worn what makes her feel her best defying rules of age, exploring the use of color, and wearing whatever she chooses with confidence.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

A good pair of jeans, bell sleeved blouse, and a pair of heels. It’s easy and comfortable, but feminine and fun!

What are you most excited to wear this Fall?

I am itching to bust out a good jacket. I have my eye on this embroidered leather one, but also have a few favorite tried-and-trues in my closet that get better with time!

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

I got a gig with MarthaStewart.com a few years ago to dress up as Audrey Hepburn in five different looks from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She is one of the greatest style icons of our time, so it was extremely fun to play the part for a day. It definitely became my most memorable fashion moment!

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

Recently, I was supposed to speak in front of a large crowd about digital media, and I had a brand new baby. I ironed my dress the night before, and was proud of myself for actually getting ready on time for once! Lo and behold, half way to the event I look down to find a large milk stain on my dress from breastfeeding my baby before I left. I showed up to the event and hugged my handbag until a friend came to the rescue.

 

24. Nadine Abramcyk, founder of tenoverten

stylish mamas Abramcyk of tenoverten wears a fall outfit

Who is your style icon?

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy.

As a busy mama, having some go-to looks can save the day! What’s your go-to when you need to look amazing and are pinched for time?

I tend to feel my best when i’m wearing a tailored look but i also really like to be comfortable since I am on the go all day long between work and family life. I opt for a high-waisted jean and button down with a blazer when i need to feel my best but on a time crunch.

What are you most excited to wear this Fall?

I am most excited to wear my new extravagantly cozy Khaite sweater this Fall.

What is your most memorable fashion memory? 

My mom had a black evening dress made for my brother’s Bar Mitzvah almost 30 years ago and I now wear that very dress to almost every black tie affair I go to. It is so 80s with one big off the shoulder sleeve. I love the way it fits and makes me think of my mom every time I pull it out of my closet.

What’s been your biggest fashion fail or misstep?

I wore a lime green pant suit with a halter style top to my prom. I really thought I was cutting-edge going against the dress trend, but looking back, it was a pretty big misstep albeit funny!

 

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