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After all the running around and dressing up for events that took place at the end of the school year, it feels great to just bust loose and enjoy some easy, playful summer style.
We’re big into camo – the army green color is a great match for summer tans. Camo can be a fun focal point for summer style whether it’s just one pop in an all-white outfit (like a purse or shoes) or you’re building a whole look around an amazing pair of full-out camo cargo pants, like these Re/done cargos or some Sanctuary crops.
If camo pants aren’t your thing, go for a great army green – like these avocado stone-washed Nili Lotan Tel Aviv pants.
To honor my BFF Mara’s class and elegance, let’s add two amazing summer dresses into the mix. This Vince summer utility dress is very very good. I love the green, but it also comes in a rust that is really gorgeous. And let’s talk about the olive Paradise Dress by Aish – it works as a great dress in the hot summer months, you could use it as a beach cover-up on vacation, and then in the fall pair it up with some boots and a chunky sweater.
A great way to go with cargo pants for summer style is with a cute basic tee, like this Comme des Garçons Play tee made from raw Japanese cotton with a purple heart and their red signature heart appliqué. Or these muscle tanks – cut perfectly, a little lose and high under the armhole.
For an evening layer, depending on how the evenings are “in your neck of the woods”, add a pink or red moto jacket from Coach – lightweight lambskin that feels already broken in, and are also on sale.
Yeah, this one’s a splurge, but I love the look of something like casual like cargo pants topped off with something super high-end like a Gucci leather belt.
For shoes, these red Swedish Hasbeens go great with army green. I also love the contrast of the camo with the glam of my rose gold Birkenstocks. I wore these Nike Blazers happily all over Europe, but may consider an upgrade to the Golden Goose Superstars.
Saw these adorable mini-heart safety-pin earrings from Loren Stewart that could serve as a sweet counterpoint to the urban camo look. Sorta punk, but not very.
I have a picture of Gwen Stefani pinned to bulletin board above my desk in this awesome Norma Kamali coat – camo’s always in style, all year round!
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We are Pam and Mara, Grown and Flown’s new in-house fashion gurus. Based in Brooklyn, we’ve been friends for over 20 years, with four boys, many proms, graduations, beach vacations and birthday dinners between us.
Mara’s been living in jeans and t-shirts working in the fashion world in London, Milan, LA, and NYC, producing editorial and ad shoots for over two decades. Pam’s been suiting up for the corporate world as a chief marketing officer in the live entertainment/sports business.
We’ve always been a little obsessed with style and how we use clothes to help us feel attractive and self-confident. You’ll often find us yelling at each other over dressing room walls, or trading texts at midnight about that one pair of size 8 boots left on sale online at Nordstroms. But over time, we’ve found that dressing and feeling great has become much more challenging. And that’s even more frustrating now that every moment has turned into a photo opp.
We want to feel comfortable and appropriate with our style choices so that we can face the world each morning with confidence and ease. We’re in search of cool, effortless style that makes us feel amazing and powerful at this very age. Please join us at Grown & Flown as we venture forth into this new world together, and at Facebook and Instagram @thekoolestmoms.