8 Ultra-Cool Moms Show Off Their Killer Style

Whether motherhood is on your radar right now or you're just ramping up to lavish your own mother with gifts and hugs this weekend, moms are part of our history and biology and often have lots to teach in the ways of love, nurturing, and — yes — fashion, too.
Some of our most beloved friends in fashion are mothers themselves, and we've called upon their maternal insights to share some of the wisdom they've gained after popping out their broods. Just in time for Mother's Day, check out some bits of wisdom (both maternal and satorial!) that we've gleaned from the hot mommas in our world.
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Kristen Lee, creative director and head buyer of TenOverSix, and her son, Jackson Cole

What's the most surprising thing you've discovered about yourself since becoming a mother?
"I'm stronger than I thought."

How has your style changed since you've had kids?
"I've tried to be disciplined about my style since having a baby, as it seems like a slippery slope into comfy mommy-hood! I'm certainly more utilitarian on days, and I've been forced to embrace imperfection more and more (uh, look at my roots!). I also love to wear more flowy, silky, and loose pants now, and I have to wear less aggressive (i.e. dangerous) jewelry for sure."

What's the best advice you've ever gotten from your mother?
"Do what makes you happy."

Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Cole
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What's the one piece of advice you WISH you had gotten before becoming a mom?
"Enjoy sleeping in crazy late. You'll never sleep in again!"

If you could gift yourself a Mother's Day present, what would it be? "Sleeping in... or the Isabel Marant angora-fringed knit poncho!"

What are your favorite things to do your son?
"Everything. We love to just hang out, listen to music, dance, go on walks, go to the playground, hug, have coffee (and milk) dates, yoga, chase our dog around, eat granola snacks... I'll stop myself here…."

Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Cole
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Suzanne McGrath and Lauren McGrath, writers behind the book and blog, Good Bones Great Pieces

What's the most surprising thing you've discovered about yourself since becoming a mother?
Suzanne: "Being a mother has taught me to look at things from different perspectives other than just my own."

How has your style changed since you've had kids?
Suzanne: "It's gotten a lot better! Lauren has always loved fashion and has taught me a lot more about clothes than I've taught her."

What's the best advice you've ever gotten from your mother?
Lauren: "When I was younger she used to quote the book, The Little Engine That Could on a regular basis. She was particularly fond of repeating 'I think I can, I think I can' during challenging situations. I'm not going to lie, this line has been ingrained in my head ever since."

Photo: Courtesy of Lucas Allen.
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What's the one piece of advice you WISH you had gotten before becoming a mom?
Suzanne: "Don't give away all of your clothes because you're feeling fat and pregnant — your daughter will appreciate them someday!"

If you could gift yourself a Mother's Day present, what would it be?
Suzanne: "A new purse! I love the new YSL Muse 2 in beige with a flash of petal pink."

What are your favorite things to do together?
Lauren: "We love to go antiquing and cooking, and of course, blogging for our web site."

Photo: Courtesy of Lucas Allen.
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Doo.Ri, designer of her eponymous label, and her son, Kip Green

What's the most surprising thing you've discovered about yourself since becoming a mother?
"The ability to focus and set priorities in order. I feel I do not sweat the petty stuff anymore"

How has your style changed since you've had kids?
"There is a lot of planning ahead and organizing. I prepare a couple of go-to outfits that I feel great in so I can grab and go."

What's the best advice you've ever gotten from your mother?
"To sleep when he sleeps — this really got me through the beginning months."

Photo: Courtesy of Lucas Allen.
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What's the one piece of advice you WISH you had gotten before becoming a mom?
"To go out to as many movies and restaurants you can while you are pregnant — I have yet to go see a movie at a theater and I can no longer go to a restaurant on a whim — there is a lot of planning involved."

If you could gift yourself a Mother's Day present, what would it be?
"A day at the spa."

What are your favorite things to do with your son?
"Go to the zoo or park, take long walks, and read books."

Photo: Courtesy of Lucas Allen.
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Elisa Goodkind, founder of StyleLikeU, and her daughter Lily Mandelbaum, co-founder of StyleLikeU

What's the most surprising thing you've discovered about yourself since becoming a mother?
Elisa: "How your children are the greatest teachers."

How has your style changed since you've had kids?
Elisa: "It hasn't changed for that reason."

Photographed by Winnie Au
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What's the best advice you've ever gotten from your mother?
Lily: "My mom is always encouraging me to embrace my body. I've always had a love-hate relationship with my curves, and have somewhat envied my mom's boy-ish body, but over the years, she's continuously helped me to see how lucky I am to be tall and curvy and how it's only marketing that makes me feel that I need to be something else in order to be beautiful."

What's the one piece of advice you WISH you had gotten before becoming a mom?
Elisa: "Be whoever you want to be; the limits are only in your mind."

Photographed by Winnie Au
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If you could gift yourself a Mother's Day present, what would it be?
Elisa: "This season's Rick Owens sandal-boot in bronze. Otherwise, there are so many pieces of jewelry that I want —I couldn't choose between Victorian earrings or a Pamela Love cuff, to name a few."

What are your favorite things to do together?
Lily: "Flea market-hunting and relaxing at the Russian baths in the East Village!"

Photographed by Winnie Au
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Jade Sarita Arnott, designer at Arnsdorf, and her son, Pavlo Apostola

What's the most surprising thing you've discovered about yourself since becoming a mother?
"Probably my physical and mental endurance, both during the labor and those early months with a baby getting up so many times during the night. I've also learned to be fully present in the moment more, and my life feels so much richer and more rounded, it's no longer just about work or the anxiety of the next deadline. When he smiles at you, nothing else in the world matters in that moment, and it puts everything into perspective."

How has your style changed since you've had kids?
"My style has become a little more casual and I'm wearing more sportswear-inspired pieces than I previously did."

Photographed by Winnie Au
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What's the best advice you've ever gotten from your mother?
"That I will be the best mother my baby ever has."

What's the one piece of advice you WISH you had gotten before becoming a mom?
"To take lots of photos and little bits of video as babies change in an instant. We recently found a few minutes of footage of him as a newborn that we had recorded on our iPhone, and it was so precious."

Photographed by Winnie Au
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If you could gift yourself a Mother's Day present, what would it be? "A full body massage."

What are your favorite things to do with your son?
"Family bath time - every night my husband, Pavlo, and I jump in the bath together. Also going for walks, tickling him, kissing him, and singing and dancing together."

Photographed by Winnie Au
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Maryam Nassir Zadeh, owner of Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and her daughter, Anaïs Vida

What's the most surprising thing you've discovered about yourself since becoming a mother?
"I was surprised to feel more balanced than ever. I still feel like who I was before the baby, with a strong work ethic and the ability to manage, but now with someone to take care of. It is so grounding to have my dual life where, after work, there is something so real to come home to who is so important. It really gives perspective to how there is a limit to work, the proportion of things, and what really matters. Of course it's so challenging, but it can also be very calming to be in the presence and brilliance of your child."

How has your style changed since you've had kids?
"My style hasn't changed too much, but definitely lower shoes and maybe less precious fabrics, more cotton, denim, and things that are easy to throw in the wash. When I leave the house, what I'm wearing could get thrashed at any moment, so it helps to know I can just throw things in the wash and not deal with dry cleaning."

What's the best advice you've ever gotten from your mother?
"Family comes first. Make sure you put the interests of your family before anything else."

Photo: Courtesy of Maryam
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What's the one piece of advice you WISH you had gotten before becoming a mom?
"Just be prepared not to have control. The sooner you realize that, the more you can relax and go with the flow. It all works out, so enjoy the process! There are so many unexpected moments while raising a little one, that if you need control, you could go crazy."

If you could gift yourself a Mother's Day present, what would it be?
"A tropical vacation (with my nanny) so my husband and I could fully relax and have some quality time solo."

What are your favorite things to do together?
"Singing, dancing, cuddling, kissing, traveling, picnics outside, and swimming."

Photo: Courtesy of Maryam
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Judy Aldridge, blogger at Atlantis Home, and her daughter, Jane Aldridge, blogger at Sea of Shoes

What's the most surprising thing you've discovered about yourself since becoming a mother?
Judy: "I think the amount of patience I could have on different occasions. Carol had terrible colic as a baby and would cry at times for six hours straight — I never lost my composure, and could walk her for hours. That surprised me."

How has your style changed since you've had kids?
Judy: "When the girls were small, I think my sense of style went out the window. I was honestly happy if I could grab a T-shirt while shopping at the local Target. Now that the girls are older, I like to experiment a lot more, and have definitely gone back to my vintage roots. It really helps that both of my girls love fashion. I have some girlfriends with grown daughters who are not into fashion at all — they come over and hang out with Jane, Carol, and me."

What's the best advice you've ever gotten from your mother?
Jane: "My mom is a very effervescent spirit, she believes in living in the moment and appreciating the small things! You might not see this side of her from her blog, but she has a pretty far-out sense of humor. I have the most fun when I'm hanging out with my sister and my mom and our dogs. I realize how lucky I am to have that kind of relationship with them!"

Photo: Courtesy of Sea of Shoes
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What's the one piece of advice you WISH you had gotten before becoming a mom?
Judy: "Life is always unfolding before us — so really, no advice. It's true that we learn the most from our mistakes, so I wouldn't have wanted any different advice. My mother is a very practical person, and always gives good advice!"

If you could gift yourself a Mother's Day present, what would it be?
Judy: "I think I would like a day with my girls when Carol was 10 months old and Jane was almost 4 — that was a magical time. They were so precious! Just a day though!"

What are your favorite things to do together?
Jane: "We have fun doing boring everyday things...trips to Target, long lunches, hanging out in the kitchen, hitting Thrift Town, picking up magazines at Barnes & Noble. Something about the mundane seems to bring out the silly side of us and we always end up having a good time. The dogs are the happiest when we pile into bed with them and watch Bones or X-Files. I love when we go on family roadtrips to Tulsa and Austin. My mom is the best shopping partner in the world...we can't shop without each other!"

Photo: Courtesy of Sea of Shoes
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Joy Gryson, accessory designer for Olivia Harris By Joy Gryson, and her daughter, Olivia Harris

What's the most surprising thing you've discovered about yourself since becoming a mother?
"How much love I could have for a child. I was the youngest of three and never did any sort of babysitting as a teen, so I didn’t really have a huge affection for children. But the second Olivia was born, this overwhelming love came over me and continues to grow within."

How has your style changed since you've had kids?
"Since I still work, during the week, my style has not changed much. On the weekends however, is where you’ll see a major difference! I’m in flats and sneakers a lot more and over all, just much more casual so I can play with Olivia. We like to be very active and do as many outdoor activities as possible with her."

What's the best advice you've ever gotten from your mother?
"To be kind and mindful to all, no matter who they are or what they look like; to never judge a book by its cover!"

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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What's the one piece of advice you WISH you had gotten before becoming a mom?
"I wish someone had told me to travel and explore the world before having children. It’s much harder to do after you’ve had them, especially now, with Olivia in school."

If you could gift yourself a Mother's Day present, what would it be?
"A beautiful locket with a photo of Olivia. I’d love either her initials or birthday inscribed as well. I’d never take it off! Hint, hint."

What are your favorite things to do with your daughter?
"We both enjoy doing arts and crafts together. Olivia is super creative. We also play Wii Sports and Wii Dance – she gets her competitive streak from me so we never take a game lightly. Olivia’s also has been taking tennis lessons for the past 2 years. Tennis is my favorite sport by far - I’m so proud of her when I see her playing. We play together on the West Side Highway. For now, we just rally a lot, but I’m sure the official games will commence soon! Also, just cuddling in her bed and reading together. Right now, we’re into the Harry Potter series! There’s nothing better than just lying with her, completely relaxed and present."

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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