Style Mafia Bella!

Miami Swim Week.  What part of that statement doesn’t deliver excitement? 


A beach lined city of pulsating music, bikini clad models strutting the newest swimwear lines on floating swimming pool runways, Latino energy and fashion, fashion, fashion.  


I may never go home.  Seriously.

One event reversecommuter was lucky enough to attend was Coast’s rooftop party presenting a handpicked lot of designers and their incredible lines.  Designers included Acid NYC, Luxchillas, YannaK and Style Mafia.

Style Mafia is a Miami based line of beautifully designed clothing, incredible craftsmanship and seriously ridiculous-in-the-good-way pricing.  


Ruffles, pinstripes, off-the-shoulder tops, cropped frayed pants, scalloped tanks and tops, flirty crop tops and nautical striped flowing tops in a clever color assortment.


Valeska and Simmonett Perera are the mother/ daughter masterminds behind Style Mafia.  Creating a line that didn’t break the bank yet still delivered trend on fashion was the absolute goal.

No exaggeration, I saw the Maeve top in yellow and thought it was Fendi.  The price on the Maeve top is $69.  

Valeska (on the far left), having just returned from traveling abroad to Lebanon and Columbia, was not exhibiting any jet lag at the party, but rather was warm and friendly towards the crowd of Mafia Style fashionistas!

Redefining the Suburban Mommy Uniform

Sunday’s Boston Globe had a “must read” (literally their words describing the piece on the website)…


Written by reversecommuter.  Click here to read the column!

The quick & dirty summary is that a suburban mom (or an urban one), needs only 6 pieces to form a wardrobe. 

The most exciting part of this article is that more will follow, with my new gig as guest fashion columnist for the Boston Globe.  Pretty psyched!

xo reversecommuter 

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Heat waves mean getting creative at minimal dressing.  Naked only works in certain circles.


Rompers make it easy to keep cool and look great with clothes on!

What is better than a one piece wonder?  Iro’s georgette playsuit works perfectly well at keeping it cool during the day and then adding a little heat at night with a pair of gladiator sandals and a fun clutch.

Rompers are the equivalent of an adult onesie.  Why should the little ones get all the perks?  James Perse linen playsuit is a perfect example of simplistic pleasure.  And it doesn’t get much better than having it called a “playsuit” – it’s practically a dare to have fun!


For a more budget friendly option Tart’s strapless cotton romper (with a great price of $ 128) represents what just might be the single best piece of clothing you own on a disgustingly sticky hot humid day!


reversecommuter owns Tart’s “textured diamond” print (sadly sold out online) but the gray is absolutely available.  

Summer weather is supposed to be sticky and uncomfortably hot but with rompers the biggest dilemma will be which one will you wear first?

Two Piece Too Good

Bikinis.  The two piece wonder of swimsuits.


Simple in design, complicated in embracing.  Too many women give up the bikini after having children.  Too many women give up the bikini after a certain age.  “Pshaw” I say!  Go get yourself a bikini, own it with your sassy self and add an extra minute to your morning plank as bikini incentive!

Swimwear designers are people too, predominantly the female kind.  Shan, one of reversecommuter’s faves is founded and run by Chantal Levesque.  Click here to see previous posts!

Her designs are flattering, the vibrant prints and colors more enticing than a brand new box of crayolas, and Shan provides numerous options for both bikini tops and bottoms.


Triangles, over the should support, pads, high waist, full butt coverage, medium butt coverage, etc.  Chantal understands the Shan customer, and what a  Shan bikini needs to deliver in both cut and style.


MarysiaSwim is a new found love of reversecommuter’s.  Maria Dobrzanska Reeves founded MarysiaSwim based on a love of both surfing and style.  


Her trademark scalloped edge bikinis offer a sleek new take on the bikini.  Brilliant colors, hypnotizingly sexy prints and limited collections make purchasing MarysiaSwim pieces an absolute hobby! 

The Mott bikini is everything.

Décolleté over-exposure is so over.  Cover up your über sensitive skin with this design, and still look beyond fabulous!

The MarysiaSwim bandeau is magical.  Clearly when a swimsuit line is designed by an active mom with exceptional style and taste, the bandeau stays up even when you jump in to save your iPhone, which of course your child wanted to see if it could swim.  It can’t by the way.

Wimby Wear

 

Wimbledon 2016  just ended this past weekend, and I for one am a little sad.  Tennis is my bad habit.  Not only playing, but specifically watching major tournaments while simultaneously online shopping on my iPad/phone/ laptop for the outfits of the pros.  Naughty naughty naughty reversecommuter.

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A highly anticipated late June tennis tournament played on the All England Club grass courts in England since 1877, the fashion image conjured up is stuffy.

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reversecommuter is here to correct that bland boring fashion reputation.  Yes, players at Wimbledon do have to wear white.  Not cream nor off white – the Wimbledon official website has laid out the details clearly!

Please note if the players have any color on their tennis whites, it cannot be any larger than a one centimeter trim.  Pretty sure this Monreal London neon fold over skirt (on sale right now) might just be acceptable!

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Just to be perfectly clear, that includes warm up jackets and headbands and shoes!  Nike might have to dial down the do-rag swoosh

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True story, at the Miami Open 2016 I came uncomfortably close to purchasing one of these – I convinced myself that for sure I could/would rock the do-rag in the burbs.


Note to self – less champagne booth time prior to shopping time at the tennis majors.

Back to Wimby Whites…

Nike’s pleated white “dress” was the talk of London’s grass courts, and not all of it good.  Nike’s Premiere Slam dress was very short, very breezy and very busy moving in ways that didn’t exactly please the tennis players.  Belts were added (not a good look FYI), alterations were made to close the side slits, leggings were worn underneath, and the media went banookies!


Actually other than Canadian Genie Bouchard, not one single player had a positive comment towards the dress.


Naturally reversecommuter fell completely in love with it (blissfully unaware of the brewhaha) and managed to buy it before it completely sold out in both black and white.  Guess not everyone hated it after all!

Fun fact – that’s tennis legend Cliff Drysdale reversecommuter is standing beside, and he even commented on the dress!

Thankfully, Stella McCartney for adidas has many less volatile pieces in her collection  Her gorgeous prime knit white dress is divine!

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Monreal London could also contribute to the Wimby white dress with their Finish Line dress

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Sadly the red visor and multicolored (fabulous) tennis bag might have to be left in the locker room.

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Alo Yoga’s Goddess Bra Top  has the very best back around and could single handedly wake up the English audience.  For post Wimbledon wear, the Goddess comes in a veritable rainbow of happy sexy colors!

Now if you will excuse me I need to charge my iPad/cel phone / laptop for the Olympics – imagine the shopping!

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Pirates love this detail.

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Sailors too.  Luckily land-locked designers are fully embracing this too!

Monroe’s white lace up gives a major refresh to the perfect white tee.

 

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Apparently Alexander Wang is all about this trend with this entertaining Spring 2016 cotton sweater.  Is it just me or is this THE ultimate baseball sweater?

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Equipment’s cotton lace up blouse (ahem – totally on sale right now!) is a fantastic addition that will carry right into the Fall!

Alexander McQueen’s mini dress has a sporty take on the lace up detail that screams summer!

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Clearly this dress would be THE one piece wonder packed in that holiday suitcase, slap a pair of gladiator sandals and run from the beach to cocktails to dinner!

All that laces up doesn’t go in the front.  Take Red Valentino’s flirty black coat with the lace detail in the back.

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This coat would look phenomenal all dressed up OR paired with a favorite pair of jeans.  That sounds like a perfect purchase!

 

Jonathan Simkhai’s Pre-Spring lace up sleeved blouse is beyond on trend – it is everything.

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Slip off the blazer in the middle of the meeting – yup, even if it is a bake sale meeting, PTO meeting or an actual board meeting – these sleeves will Tie It All Up!

Weather or not…

Spring 2016 is the East is chilly, as in freezing cold!  

Allow reversecommuter to turn chilly lemons into lemonade.  

Spring collections are seconds away from going on sale.  No need to feel blue about your frozen baseball bleacher trapped body parts.  Warmer weather is (hopefully) just days away.

Retail is a strange business.  Fall 2016 collections will be on store floors & websites by mid June.  


Happily that means the spring collections need to be cleared out at discount prices!
Swimwear 2016 included.


Coveted designer labels such as Marysia Swim are already dropping prices online.

Dresses, on sale too.  Alexander Wang just sent out their VIP private sale announcement yesterday, and this awesome striped racer back dress is 40% off.  Ahoy there!


Sandals, ditto.


Yup, even the tassels magical unicorn of shoes (sexy, high heeled and comfy!), Aquazzura‘s wild thing!

A clever strategy right about now would be to go to all your favorite online shopping spots and fill up your wishlist basket.  


Then sit back, pour yourself a lovely glass of rosé and wait for the email to arrive trumpeting the beginning of the sales!

Don’tcha just love a happy ending?!