Nicole Richie: Motherhood Hasn't Affected My Style

12/21/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

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Motherhood has changed Nicole Richie in many ways, but the star says she still has full ownership over her sense of style.

Unlike Kristin Cavallari and Christina Applegate, who say they’ve altered their way of dress since becoming moms, Richie recently told PEOPLE, “I wear all the same [types of] things I wore [before motherhood]. I’ll always stay true to me.”

Richie, mom to Harlow, 4½, and Sparrow, 3, acknowledges that “fashion is always changing,” so her style has evolved naturally over time, but, “There’s nothing specific that I’ve changed [because of motherhood].”

When it comes to fall and winter wear, the Fashion Star mentor — whose show kicks off on March 8 on NBC — doesn’t have “any dos or don’ts” necessarily, but she loves a “great statement pullover sweater,” she says. “Just a crewneck statement sweater paired with jeans or a knee-length skirt. I’m a big fan of Balenciaga and Alexander Wang. I stick to what works.”

However, comfort is also key. “I get up at 5:30 in the morning and I don’t really stop for anything until about 7 or 8 at night,” she adds. “I’m going all day so it’s important for me, for my lifestyle, to kind of just be comfortable and not really think about what I’m wearing. I’ve always been one to dress for comfort.”

Admitting she often has only 15 minutes to get ready before leaving the house — “Sometimes I look great, sometimes I look like I got ready in 15 minutes,” she jokes — Richie says she subscribes to some very succinct and helpful fashion advice.

“The best fashion advice I’ve ever received is to be yourself, not pay attention to trends, know your body and know how to express yourself.” Tell us: Moms, has your style changed since you’ve had kids? 

–Dahvi Shira, with additional reporting by Jackie Fields


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mammaboo on

she doesn’t have any style. i mean, look at the outfit she’s wearing in this article…she’s trying too hard. it’s as if her kids dressed her. never thought she even had a sense of style to begin with, let alone now that she’s a mother.

Anita Lee on

When celebrities have a lot of help (nannies, chief, household cleaning crew, etc.), many things would come easy! Celebrities could work out (to look & feel good!), have more time to wash the hair, get dressed & put make-up on. Just look at this photo, I can’t wear her beautiful outfit on a daily basis because 1) When I lean forward, people can see my breasts. 2) The necklaces are in my way. 3) The hat would be blown off with the wind outside in the park. 4) The pant is too tight so I can’t squat down & talk to my toddlers. 5) High heels, are you kidding?! 6) Even her bag, I need hands to hold on my kid’s hands or carry their things, not to carry a bag. I like Nichole because she has changed & improved for better in the past years but motherhood does affect the pre-baby style, one way or the other!

Carolyn on

But has she quit smoking?

Alisha on

Great for her and all but I wouldn’t wear anything like that. It would end up with paint, food, formula or baby drool on it. Things like that just aren’t practical for me with a 3 year old and 2 and half month old. Maybe for a night out but then I probably wouldn’t spend the money on some thing I would hardly wear. Motherhood is different when you are a ” celebrity”. If I had a nanny and a maid I would probably not change my style either. I know this is a celebrity magazine but maybe choose a more relatable celeb to talk about clothes after motherhood.

Tara on

motherhood hasn’t changed her style? she is still true to who she is? you mean, like, a drug addict? cuz she was on cocaine before her career took off.

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