Once upon a time, being told you dressed like a ‘mum’ was assumed to be a bad thing.
It conjured up images of ‘mum jeans’ and sensible walking shoes. It suggested your clothes were a little ill-fitting and you weren’t ‘hip’ or ‘with it’.
If dressing like a ‘mum’ means we’ve got the same taste as Bec Judd or Zoe Foster Blake, then count us in.
Here are four celebrities on how motherhood changed their style.
1. Sonia Kruger
She told the fashion writer, “I left the house the other day in tracksuit pants and ugg boots and I would never normally do that. Now when I go shopping, I go to the children’s section and that’s where I spend my money.”
It seems a far cry from the highly polished Sonia we’ve come to know on The Voice Australia.
2. Zoe Foster Blake
So, just to be clear, Zoe Foster Blake wore this outfit in Italy this week.
On our way to inhale some sushi at Zuma Rome because our pasta/pizza limit may have – finally, amazingly – been reached. Sidenote: This outfit sat in my suitcase until now due to Italy’s cool no-irons-in-hotels rule, which means unless you want to pay €400 to have an item pressed by housekeeping, you roll like creased lightning. Thus, every single one of my dresses was hung in the bathroom and ‘shower-steam-ironed’, and none of my shorts were worn. But as I’m in motion here, you can’t even tell it’s creased. Legend! #creasedlightning #traveltipz #showeriron #mysomewhere @expediaau A photo posted by ZOË FOSTER BLAKE (@zotheysay) on
I think I can speak on behalf of everyone in this office when I say none of us have looked that stylish.
However, Foster Blake has some invaluable fashion tips for mums when it comes to non-holiday life.
“Get a sort of uniform… have a great jacket, some good pants… You have to feel good in your clothes,” she explained on Mamamia’s I Don’t Know How She Does It podcast.
@hairbylaurenm can cut hair LONG, which is what I asked her to do today, and she bloody did it. I thiiiink it’s a combination of optical trickery, straightening up/thickening up the ends and removing any shitty, straggly layers, but I also have a hunch she uses witchcraft cos I saw a big cauldron in the cupboard and a newt jumped out of her pocket while she applied my tint. Ps I am finally wearing that @asos_white tracksuit onesie I posted about and subsequently bought ages ago. I’m untouchable in the casual-comfort stakes today. Unfriggentouchable.
A photo posted by ZOË FOSTER BLAKE (@zotheysay) on
The 35-year-old is also a big fan of the tracksuit onesie, describing it as “untouchable in the casual-comfort stakes.” After being announced as an ambassador for the new Westfield #ownyourstory campaign, Foster Blake shared her style story.
“When I became a mum, nothing I wore felt right. For many reasons: New body. New identity. New ambivalence about my previously-adored clothes. New interest in croissants and fleece. But I eventually got my sartorial mojo back. Or rather, I embraced a NEW one. It’s casual but effervescent, and it makes me feel happy,” she said.
We think she looks pretty bloody fantastic.
Zoe Foster Blake spoke to Holly Wainwright for ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’. Post continues below.
3. Dannii Minogue
For Dannii Minogue, being a mum has meant ditching the heels.
In an interview with The Joye, Minogue said, “I used to own just one pair of flat shoes and those were my sneakers for the gym! I now have expanded the flat shoes in my shoe-robe and only wear heels when I’m dressed up for an occasion.”
Red shoes for the red carpet @instylemag #womenofstyle awards in #Sydney last night! ???????? A photo posted by danniiminogue (@danniiminogue) on
“Being able to run with my son and get through a day of work and mummy duties requires a lot of daily steps (my Fitbit tells me so),” she added.
4. Bec Judd
In an interview for Mamamia’s podcast I Don’t Know How She Does It, Judd said her priorities have completely changed.
“I don’t want to walk down Chapel Street finding dresses, I want to spend time with my kids!”
Of course, her career means she still has to get red carpet ready every now and then, but ballgowns are certainly not part of her everyday attire.
This season’s Couture wrap on #rebeccajuddloves today. Story: @greer_deburgh Pic: @karlaotto A photo posted by Rebecca Judd (@becjudd) on
Judd also disclosed that after having her first baby, she returned home and asked; “Who is this woman who owned these clothes?! Can I still wear those clothes? They’re all my pre-mother clothes.”
It took some time, but in the months that followed she rediscovered herself. “I’m really lucky…I just buy a lot of stuff online. Online shopping is so good,” the TV presenter added. (Post continues after gallery.)
Indeed, it would seem that motherhood has a bearing on one’s fashion choices. Perhaps comfort is more of a consideration; you might need to take into an account your energetic toddler, who has you practically running marathons.
But if anyone tries to use the phrase “You dress like a mum” as a term of offence, then please – show them this picture.
Tonight is seriously the best @9postcards Ep ever! I get to hang out with cool girl @zotheysay who takes me to her fave places and I also have a quick snoop around her shit hot living room ????. Then I get to go to @coombeyarravalley and eat and eat and eat high tea. Life is good. 7:30pm on @channel9 (like in a few mins) and encores throughout the week/end on @9life. A photo posted by Rebecca Judd (@becjudd) on