A fashion designer’s 12 top picks for Mother’s Day

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Everything you need to do Mother’s Day in style. (Photo: Emily Shalant, Nordstrom)

If you bought a dress to go to an event in the last 20 years from a known retail store, there’s a good chance I designed it! I have worked for a good amount of the big brands, creating dresses to make you feel pretty and special. It has been a great joy for me and not a bad way to get a paycheck either.

This year I launched my own collection under my own name Emily Shalant — and we opened just in time for Mother’s Day! I’m a single mom to two boys so I know the drill — you deserve something pretty and lovely for the big day. And of course, you can treat the mom in your life too.

Life has changed so much for us all in the past few years and we need our clothes to have flexibility, now more than ever. I want to be able to go to lunch, pick up my kids from school, head to the office and then throw on a nice pair of shoes and off to a dinner — all in the same outfit. It’s a big ask, but designers are more clued into this than ever. When I design, I want you to wear the item over and over again. My line focuses on separates because they’re much more versatile — you can pair a glam T-shirt with jeans or throw on a taffeta skirt with the same top and voila! You are ready to party!

My 12 picks for spring are below and if you buy them all you will have a fantastic capsule wardrobe. But even just a piece here or there can liven up what you already own.

So, ladies, let’s get ready to shop!

Nine West Dua Pointed Flats

Black mule shoe with gold studs.

Show your studs. (Photo: Nordstrom)

I have been waiting for someone to make an affordable version of this shoe from Valentino — thank you Nine West — and here it is just in time for Mother’s Day! I’ll be buying these Dua Pointed Flats and wearing them with white jeans and a linen jacket out at night or a midi skirt and silk blouse to a work meeting. And, they’re 30% off at Nordstrom right now!

$62 $89 at Nordstrom

BB Dakota Women’s Stage Presence Top

Tee with the fringe on top.  (Photo: Amazon)

Everyone needs a classic white T. (Photo: Amazon)

The embellished tee trend is available at so many price points and this is a really cute example of one you can get so much use out of. The fringe is fun and has such great movement when dancing! Tuck it into a pair of shorts with your new pink sneakers and it’s errand city. Pull it back to high waisted black trousers and the gold square toe shoes and you’re ready for that martini. And the spring monochromatic trend is killer (and takes 5 lbs off in photographs) so try it with the white jeans below. I think you will be impressed.

$37 at Amazon

Reebok Princess sneakers

pink lace-up sneaker with gold sole.

Pretty in pink. (Photo: Amazon)

When you’re running out the door to do some errands don’t forget these pink Reebok sneakers that I want to wear every single day forever. They’re just 50 bucks and will instantly make a simple dress or a pair of jeans so cute.

$50 at Amazon

Cece One Shoulder Crinkle Chiffon Blouse

Peek-a-boo shoulder.  (Photo: Nordstrom)

Well hello, peek-a-boo shoulder! (Photo: Nordstrom)

Pink is THE color for spring, being it powdery like a rose-flavored macaron or bright like an electric flamingo. The exposed shoulder on this top is sexy, but the delicate ruffle detail keeps it feminine. Loving the easy fit and I may pair her with the white jeans below and the pink sneakers above, and then just change shoes and tuck her in to the waist and meet friends for dinner later in the evening. Save 25% and grab this pretty blouse for $67.

$67 $89 at Nordstrom

Emily Shalant Mock Neck Crystal Beaded Top

White tank top with beaded detailing.

Day or night this top is right. (Photo: Emily Shalant)

This mock neck sleeveless tee from my line is hand beaded and embroided at the neck in crystal stones. It’s pretty fabulous and also comfy in seriously luxurious jersey. Sparkle was everywhere on the runway and this tee keeps the bling clean and sophisticated. And it’s so soft and stretchy. Put it with white jeans for Mother’s Day brunch, pair it back to a taffeta party skirt and you’re off to that engagement party. She’s a bit of a splurge but you will feel the luxe while you’re wearing it for sure.

$265 at Emily Shalant

Emily Shalant Midi Taffeta Skirt

A midi in classic navy.  (Photo: Emily Shalant)

A midi in classic navy. (Photo: Emily Shalant)

We all need a skirt like this one— it’s a sophisticated way to channel our inner princess. The midi length, which is really important this spring, looks fab with either flats or heels (see above picks) and can go to dinner with a cute short sleeve sweater, a brunch with a tee and a jean jacket or try one of the hand beaded tees from my line for an event.

$250 at Emily Shalant

Vince Camuto crepe de chine pull-on pants

Pull on style with ease.  (Photo: Nordstrom)

Pull on style with ease. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Possibly the best spring trend is the pull on pant in the cropped length – perfect for showing off your new shoes! Cute sneakers keep it daytime but the pointy flats and a beaded top will really elevate them. It’s a best of both worlds basic and I urge you to try one out.

$99 at Nordstrom

Marc Fisher LTD Mireya Ankle Strap Sandal

Gold strappy sandal.

Meet your must-have sexy strappy sandal for spring and summer. (Photo: Nordstrom)

If you’re in the market for a dress up shoe for this spring/ summer, try out the squared off toe which is a nice update to the classic sandal and all over the spring 22 runway. The wrap makes it sexy and the flat keeps it practical. This is a great way to freshen up your wardrobe with something trendy but still classic. Try this similar style from Steve Madden for $75 at Zappos.

$110 at Nordstrom

Tahari ASL Side Knot Jumpsuit

Black jumpsuit.

You’ll jump for joy over this comfy, chic jumpsuit. (Photo: Nordstrom)

I think we may all need to buy this jumpsuit by Tahari because I can see us wearing it everywhere. I like the tie detail at waist that will give you some shape but hide a little sin over there. The crop length makes it modern and will show off any one of the shoes mentioned here and really change the attitude of the outfit, taking it from day to night.

$139 at Nordstrom

Reiss Yasmin Embroidered Top

Everyone will be eyeing this eyelet.  (Photo: Nordstrom)

Everyone will be eyeing this eyelet. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Eyelet is huge this year and I find this top from Reiss to be the perfect dress up dress down version. It’s not inexpensive but it doesn’t look it either and somehow avoids falling into the bohemian category even though it’s an eyelet. It can go to an office with black pants, out at night in white jeans and gold strappy heels and to an event tucked into a party skirt with big sparkly tassel earrings.

$285 at Nordstrom

Democracy Women’s Ab Solution Straight Leg Jean

Get your summer whites.  (Photo: Amazon)

Get your summer whites. (Photo: Amazon)

I think we should all run out immediately and buy a fresh pair of white jeans. I’m loving the higher waists and the straight leg that is so flattering. This is a great pair back to those pink sneakers mentioned above or the gold wrap sandals you can take them anywhere.

$68 at Amazon

Club Monaco Deconstructed Stripe Double Breasted Notch Lapel Blazer

The perfect staple.  (Photo: Nordstrom Rack)

The perfect staple. (Photo: Nordstrom Rack)

An oversized blazer is a key item for spring — and this one from Club Monaco is very, well, French! You can throw it over anything, and you’ll get the ‘polished by accident’ look that those darn French people are so good at. I’m loving the oversized shape, so it covers the derriere! This one is on sale for 55% off.

$130 $289 at Nordstrom Rack

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