Who’s your mummy muse?
The just-released Wardrobe 101 For Mums is a style guide for those who don’t have hours to spend in front of the mirror, taking cues from Gwen Stefani, Miranda Kerr and other famous mothers. “You are doing the most important job in the world and deserve to look and feel wonderful,” writes author Dijanna Mulhearn. “So don’t strive for perfection—strive for self expression.” Take a look at the mummy muses in this exclusive extract…
1. Gwen Stefani, Rock Chic
Gwen Stefani is the ultimate inspiration for those who want to inject an element of playfulness into their wardrobe.
A punchy statement piece: Gwen loves a striking graphic. She is no stranger to a bold stripe, a busy pattern or an oversized print, and she clearly knows how to turn up the volume with colour.
Clever contrasting: Even when working casual looks, Gwen’s silhouette is always perfectly balanced. She contrasts something high-voltage against a quiet piece, baggy trousers against body-skimming tank tops, fuller tops against skinny legs and cropped tops against full skirts.
Eye-catching accessories: Gwen always layers her looks with eclectic accessories such as bright sunglasses, quirky hats and baseball caps.
2. Miranda Kerr, Model Mum
Miranda Kerr is the queen of classics. She takes simple ideas and familiar pieces and puts them together flawlessly.
A great bag: Miranda is a connoisseur of great handbags. Her bags are perfectly maintained as she knows a scuffed or shoddy bag will soil the very best outfits in a flash.
A structured blazer: She often teams this go-to garment with jeans, creating a cool mix of slick separates that’s hard to beat.
A smart accessory: Patterned slippers, embellished ballet flats, a brimmed hat or a lightweight scarf—Miranda always finishes off an outfit with something quietly special.
3. Jessica Alba, Cool Girl Next Door
Jessica Alba’s casual outfits exude a super-cool, humble yet hot girl-next-door energy. She favours relaxed shapes and muted tones, mastering urban chic with a feminine feel.
Denim: Jeans are essential to Jessica’s look and she always finds ways to have fun with them.
Roomy tops: Long loose knits or t-shirts that softly sway around her body rather than cling keep her looking relaxed and casual.
Accessories: She knows that a clever accessory will take your look from simply thrown on to perfectly styled.
4. Beyoncé, High-Voltage Glam
Beyoncé’s outfits always excite, with bright colours, graphic patterns and shiny embellishments.
Vibrant colours and patterns: Beyoncé’s dynamic personality and flair for entertainment are expressed through her love of vibrant colours and patterns.
Slinky tops: She keeps her tops slinky, skimming her body rather than clinging too tight.
Statement shoes: Bright, smart or shiny shoes are always part of her daily repertoire.
5. Kate Middleton, Regal Lady
The Duchess of Cambridge is a beacon of modern femininity. Her elegant style expertly combines high-end and high-street pieces in a preppy way that always feels timelessly sophisticated.
Pretty dresses: Kate is a consumate professional when it comes to working a dress. They often feature a feminine element including lace inserts, pretty prints or flirty hems.
Princess coats: They are sharp on the shoulder, nipped in at the waist and skim over the hips to a full skirt hemmed at the knee, maintaining her penchant for feminine shapes.
Wedge-heeled shoes: A comfortable alternative to the less supportive court shoe. Look for a cork or rope heel for a more versatile option that won’t look too heavy.