By Chelsea Young and Gabby Richman / Photos by Claudia Johnstone / Hair by Christina Lopez and Maria Lebron; mMakeup by Gilbert Tellez, all of Style Exhibition, www.styleexhibition.com / Shot on location at The Phoenician
To celebrate Mother’s Day, we talked to eight women who hold the roles of both Mom and fashionista. From play dates to board meetings to date nights, each of these multitaskers set the style bar high everywhere they go, not letting the demands of motherhood keep them from looking (and feeling) fabulous. Here, they share some of their secrets to staying chic while raising kids.
Children: Greer, 8; Charlie, 5
What’s a typical day like for you? I wake up at 2:30 a.m. and drink lots of coffee, work on the forecast for the day, do my own hair and makeup, present my weather forecast for Good Morning Arizona (GMAZ) from 5 to 10 a.m., then meet with our team to plan the next day’s show. I leave work around lunchtime and try to squeeze in a workout before picking up the kids from school. Then we have homework time, go to Little League games, have dinner, then fall over (and asleep) around 8 p.m.
Best thing about being a mom: Watching my boys become each other’s best friends. They get along so well and their relationship with each other blows me away. It’s so amazing and sweet to watch.
Favorite family activities: Hiking, riding bikes and taking road trips.
Describe your style: Classic and relaxed.
Go-to look: For work, a bright-colored, solid sheath dress. You don’t want any patterns or prints that look too busy in front of the maps and weather graphics. Outside of work, jeans and a T-shirt.
Must-have item: My planner and my watch. I feel lost without them.
Top fashion indulgences: I probably spend more money on shoes than anything else. Cole Haan has become my favorite for being on my feet for five hours straight for GMAZ. I’ve had four foot surgeries, so if I want to wear heels – and I do – they need to be especially comfy.
Favorite brands: For work, I like Eliza J, Antonio Melani and Kendra Scott. After work, it’s Madewell and Lululemon.
Celebrity mom fashion icon: Reese Witherspoon.
How do you balance fashion and motherhood? Staying organized. I also love getting some help from services like Trunk Club. I have a stylist through the service that sends me work dresses and clothes for outside of work, too. It’s very convenient for busy moms!
Style advice for your children: Be yourself and don’t worry about what other people are wearing or thinking too much. And always accessorize with sunscreen!
Children: Mahek,15; Rehaan, 11; Ayaan, 8
What’s a typical day like for you?My days are anything but typical. My day starts at 6 a.m. and usually ends around 10 or 11 p.m. In those hours of the day, I drop the kids off at school, manage to hit the gym, plan out dinner, meet a few clients for my fashion design company (Nazila Couture), work on my collections and custom orders, and help the kids with homework and after-school activities. After dinner, I work for another two or three hours before bed.
Best thing about being a mom: There is a sudden harmony between the mom and child, a feeling of fulfillment and purpose. There is this connection and exchange of unconditional love that is hard to explain.
Favorite family activities: Having open-ended conversations at the end of the day about our day. I look forward to that the most!
Describe your style:Modern tribal and boho chic.
Go-to look: Day dresses with Oxford shoes.
Must-have item: A slim belt that accentuates my waist and makes the outfit look more polished.
Top fashion indulgences: Shoes by Stella McCartney.
Favorite brands: Victoria Beckham and Dries Van Noten.
Celebrity mom fashion icons:Victoria Beckham and Aishwarya Rai.
How do you balance fashion and motherhood?I have learned to declutter my closet on a regular basis; I keep what I know I will wear and that makes it easy to choose. A great pair of shoes can make any outfit look better.
How does being a mom influence your style?I stick to silhouettes that work for my shape, and choose quality over quantity and easy-to-care-for fabrics.
Any style tips for other moms?Opt for properly fitted clothes to conform to your shape and accentuate your focal points according to your shape.
Style advice for your children: They are mostly in school uniforms so they have a minimalistic approach to clothes and I like that. Wear what you like as long as it’s clean.
Children: Olivia, 5; William, 3
What’s a typical day like for you? Since leaving my medical sales job three years ago, I’ve traded conference calls for play dates, volunteer work, and being CEO of our household. Now with both of my kids attending preschool, I get to play a little more tennis and invest in activities that keep me balanced.
Best thing about being a mom: They’ve made me a better person by teaching me to slow down, appreciate the little joys in life, and be the best possible version of myself. I know that they’re watching me every day, and I don’t want to let them down.
Favorite family activities: Swimming, playing games and going to movies.
Describe your style: Casual with some edge.
Go-to look: I loooove the athleisure trend. A fun pair of brightly colored leggings, sneakers, and a sexy T-shirt is what you’ll find me in most mornings. I also like looks that easily transfer from day to night such as sundresses, distressed denim and coated leggings.
Must-have item: My Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses. I am never without them!
Top fashion indulgences: A great pair of stilettos. If I am heading out for the evening, I’ll often pair a casual tee with distressed denim and sky-high stilettos.
Favorite brands: Bailey 44, Parker, Elizabeth and James, and Rag & Bone.
Celebrity mom fashion icons: Miranda Kerr, Sienna Miller and Kate Hudson.
How do you balance fashion and motherhood? I keep it simple. I try not to spend too much time in front of the mirror and instead wear what makes me feel good. I am always on the go, and, most days, my style reflects my active lifestyle.
How does being a mom influence your style? I like to look my best without being overly consumed with my appearance. It’s something I have thought about a lot while raising a daughter. I definitely spend a lot less time getting ready these days!
Any style tips for other moms? Dress in whatever makes you feel confident.
Style advice for your children: If you feel good, you will look good.
Children: Camille, 6
What’s a typical day like for you?Busy! I work for Foundation Medicine, a biotech company with a mission of transforming cancer care. I travel quite a bit for work and am on calls and webinars constantly. Between that and juggling a home life, you can say each day is met with ruthless prioritization.
Best thing about being a mom: Being told “you are my most favorite person in the WHOLE world!” I mean … how can you possibly top that?
Favorite family activities:Camille is my little girly girl. We love doing mani-pedis, art projects and movie night. We are also a very active family, so when the weather is nice, we enjoy the park, going on bike rides, and dining alfresco.
Describe your style:Equal parts classic, edgy and glam.
Go-to look:Boyfriend jeans and a V-neck T-shirt tucked in the front with cute sandals or slip-on sneakers. If it’s chilly out, top that with a leather jacket or green army jacket.
Must-have item:A “fits you like a glove” LBD.
Favorite brands:My favorite bags are from Louis Vuitton in the classic monogram or Damier print. Primarily because it’s what I consider to be “utilitarian luxury.” I buy pieces to love and wear, so I want things that don’t need to be babied. I also love Madewell, M.Gemi, Rag & Bone, Rebecca Minkoff, and many of the labels carried at Nordstrom.
How do you balance fashion and motherhood?Like many things in my life, it’s all about maximizing efficiencies. I work from home, so most days you can find me very casual with about 10 percent effort. However, I can pull it together for events or fun nights out with 90 percent effort. Also, I don’t have a lot of time to shop, so I tap into personal shopping services like Trunk Club to do the legwork.
How does being a mom influence your style?I put a lot more emphasis on comfort, quality and versatility.
Style advice for Camille: One, clothing is all about self-expression. Wear what you want, when you want, and how you want it. And two, a girl’s best accessory is a pretty smile, so show them pearly whites!
Children: Taylor (stepdaughter), 16; Adelynn, 3; baby boy on the way
What’s a typical day like for you? An early wake-up call by my youngest, Adelynn, then off to school drop-off. And I always begin my day with a morning workout. I am then either in various philanthropy meetings or working on my current startup. Nights are always family time, movies or swimming!
Best thing about being a mom: Every day helps me become a better person. It has allowed me to not sweat the small things, realizing each day brings new energy and light because of the joy my kids bring.
Describe your style: Casual, sophisticated, dramatic and chic.
Go-to look: You can usually find me in a Nordstrom-bought sundress with a pair of Marc Fisher or Michael Kors wedges and Kendra Scott earrings.
Must-have item: My So Kate Christian Louboutin heels in nude. I can wear them casual with jeans and a T-shirt or dress them up with a cocktail dress for a night out.
Celebrity mom fashion icons: Chrissy Teigen has been my inspiration for pregnancy outfits. But when I’m not pregnant, Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr, Blake Lively and Heidi Klum.
How do you balance fashion and motherhood? I think the balance is all about how you feel and being confident in yourself. I enjoy getting dolled up, but a messy bun, jean shorts and a V-neck make me feel just as put together and makes it easy to interact with my babies.
How does being a mom influence your style? I have a 16-year-old who watches what I wear as an influence for her own wardrobe, and a 3-year-old who will soon do the same. I want them both to see me as a positive female influence for their fashion choices and find their own individuality in their style.
Any style tips for other moms? Confidence is key. Be you, and wear what makes you feel happy.
Style advice for your children: Don’t follow the crowd. Find the pieces that speak to you and wear them with confidence. I want my girls to know they are beautiful no matter what brand, designer or look they choose to wear. And advice for my son … always compliment your mother.
Children: Hadleigh, 5; Leighton, 2
What’s a typical day like for you? I co-own a promotional products company, B2B Promotional Group, and, like any working mom, I try and get a jump-start on the day, so I get up before my kids (or at least try), check emails, pack lunch, and get dressed. Breakfast for kids, coffee for me, and I am off to get Hadleigh to school. My business is growing, so there’s a lot of juggling, just as there is with motherhood.
Best thing about being a mom: I love watching them learn something new and how proud they are of themselves when they accomplish it. My children inspire me every day to do my best, to learn, to be more patient, and to be grateful for the many gifts this life has given me.
Describe your style: Comfortable and casual.
Go-to look: Jeans, a great pair of sneakers, and a nice fitting T-shirt is my go-to, but I enjoy changing it up when I have meetings or events where I get to be “fancy,” as my daughters say.
Celebrity mom fashion icons: Jessica Alba, who has proven that a woman can be a great mom, fashionable and an entrepreneur. And I think Kristin Cavallari has a good mix of comfortable, sophisticated and sexy style.
Favorite brands: Rag & Bone, Zara, Vince, Lululemon, Alo Yoga and Frame Denim.
How do you balance fashion and motherhood? It’s so easy to lose your sense of style because looking after yourself is often last on the list. But it is important to make sure you feel good about what you’re wearing. I may not have an entire morning devoted to getting myself ready, but I know the key pieces that make me feel good and I stick to those.
How does being a mom influence your style? I think motherhood and fashion in general have shifted my look to be more casual. Designers have made it easier for moms to be both comfortable and stylish. Overall, a lot of my favorite brands have geared their lines toward a more relaxed look, so you can feel good and be on-trend. It’s a great time to be a mom in the fashion world!
Any style tips for other moms? Get your kids dressed first – they take the longest.
Style advice for your children: You’re never fully dressed without a smile.
Children: Preston, 10; London, 9
What’s a typical day like for you? I get up at 5:45 a.m. so I have time to get a few things accomplished before I wake up my kids. After dropping them off at school, I head to a workout. As the owner of a personal/wardrobe styling business, Celina Style, every day is different and might include a closet edit, personal shopping, or working on a client’s seasonal makeover. At 3:10 p.m., it’s time to pick up the kids and head to baseball, soccer or karate followed by homework, dinner, reading and bedtime. Once the kids are tucked in, I finish up some work.
Best thing about being a mom: Watching these little reflections of you develop into their own vibrant personalities.
Favorite family activities: We love outdoor activities. If we’re not at baseball or soccer, we’re probably riding our bikes, barbecuing, or spending time with friends. In the summertime, we’re out of town or in the pool! There are even those days when we wake up on a lazy Saturday and spend the day in our pajamas baking, playing board games, watching movies, and ordering take out. Those are the best!
Describe your style: I love mixing it up! I’d describe my style as chic, classy, feminine and creative with a little edge.
Go-to look: All-white or all-black with a pop of color, which is usually my favorite gold cuff or turquoise pieces.
Must-have item: My turquoise from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Top fashion indulgences: Purses, shoes and anything leather.
Favorite brands: Saint Laurent, Celine, Zimmerman, Haute Hippie, Self-Portrait, Alexis, IRO, Solace, Helmut Lang, and Gunnibelle.
How does being a mom influence your style? I am a role model for my kids so it’s important to me that they see that I keep myself up and take pride in the way I present myself.
Any style tips for other moms? My best advice is take a chance every once in a while. Whether you’re a mom in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, or over, it’s OK to mix it up and have fun with your attire.
Style advice for your children: Don’t be consumed with your appearance, but always take pride in your presentation.
Children: Theo, 4; Oliver, 1
What’s a typical day like for you?It’s very different day to day. I drop Theo off at kindergarten, work with my business (also named Elina Casell) as a clothing designer, take the kiddos to different activities, and I work with charities. Their dad plays hockey, so we also go to hockey games. No two days are the same.
Best thing about being a mom:The unconditional love that you get from the kids and how honest and pure they are.
Favorite family activities:With the oldest, I like to just watch movies, play mini golf or do puzzles. With the little one, it’s just being around him. Snuggle time is my favorite with both.
Describe your style:I would describe it as sexy and sophisticated – it’s a fine mix of edgy and soft. I do like to keep it simple, and I think I have a little bit of a rocker chick in me. I also enjoy very feminine clothing, depending on my mood and where I’m going, but my everyday style is a little more edgy.
Go-to look: A great pair of skinny jeans with a basic top, leather jacket and heels.
Top fashion indulgences:Chanel purses and designer shoes.
Favorite brands:Maje, A.L.C., Helmut Lang, Valentino and AllSaints.
Do you style your kids?Yes, I do. I love it; it’s so much fun. I like to dress them in cool, edgy and sporty clothes. I’m not much for colors and prints and things like that. So, I keep it simple and stick to earthy tones. My boys enjoy it too!
Celebrity mom fashion icons:Sarah Jessica Parker, Miranda Kerr and Victoria Beckham.
How do you balance fashion and motherhood?I try to be simple in the way I dress. More comfortable and practical but in a fashionable way, and then I like to dress up more when I’m going out and doing other things without the kids.
Any style tips for other moms?You come a long way with a great pair of fitted skinny jeans, a nice T-shirt, and a cool pair of sunglasses.
Style advice for your children:Don’t overthink anything or over style. Especially when it comes to guys, I think that keeping it simple is the best way.