Expertly melding both the style and mom worlds, these fashion industry insiders make looking chic around the clock beyond easy. And for that, we’re hanging on their every word.
The Feminine-Chic Mom
Name: Marina Levine
Children: 4-year-old Hugo and a baby girl due May 25
Crazy-Cool Job: Shoe designer (Founder of Due Farina and designer at Highline/Luxury Rebel)
Self-Described Style: Mod; feminine with an edge
Wardrobe Musts: Flowy skirts, colored jeans, denim shirts, statement necklaces and handbags, and chunky platform heels.
Favorite Brands: Marni, Chloé, Burberry, Proenza Schouler, Zara, J.Crew, Sonia Rykiel.
Style Philosophy: “Everything can be solved with bright red lipstick and a scarf.”
For Parents: “Give your child room to breathe. He/she will decide in due time whether they want to be a Rhodes Scholar or not…”
The Mom About Town
Name: Harriet Mays Powell
Children: Ten-year-old Isabel and nine-year-old Sam
Crazy-Cool Job: Founder and Editor in Chief of TheLookNow.com
Self-Described Style: Classic with a twist
Wardrobe Musts: Classic jackets (especially a black one and a trench), black skinny pants, white shirts, ballet flats, Lanvin/Marni blouses, simple dresses, fur scarves, cashmere cardigans, bold jewelry, and cocktail rings.
Favorite Brands: Lanvin, CÉLINE, Dries Van Noten, YSL, Chanel, Marni, and Maria Cornejo.
Style Philosophy: “The older I become, the bigger my accessories get.”
For Parents: “After a gazillion reprimands of “No, don’t do this!” or “Stop doing that,” sit back and remember to just laugh with your kids.”
The Timeless Mom
Name: Christin Rueger
Children: Three-year-old Scarlett and 11-month-old Harper
Crazy-Cool Job: Founder and Co-President of ChicChild.com, Former Director, Fashion and Retail Merchandising at Vogue
Self-Described Style: Timeless chic, current, and effortless
Wardrobe Musts: Denim and white jeans, blazers, T-shirts (“I can never have enough white or nautically striped tees”), blouses, tunics, statement necklaces, and stacked bangles/bracelets.
Favorite Brands: Ralph Lauren, Lela Rose, Collette by Collette Dinnigan, RED Valentino, Vionnet, and Elizabeth and James.
Style Philosophy: “I often just buy what I like without thinking too much about how, where, and what to wear it with. I am attracted to pieces that enhance my personal style rather than distract, and I love wearing both clothing and accessories in an unexpected way… such as a ball skirt with a t-shirt, or fancy jewelry with jeans.”
For Parents: “During challenging times, I always try to remember that children aren’t giving you a hard time, rather they are having a hard time.”
- By Cassandra Handley, Editorial Director
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