As an office full of daughters, we get a touch tenderhearted when we come across photos of our favorite trendsetters with their wee little girls in tow. There's something so cute about these yummy mummies and their mini-me kids, we simply had to share a few with you today. Consider it an ode to our own marvelous mothers-Carole, Kit, Mieko, Ruth, Rosario, Lynne, and Wendy.
No matter if you are sans children or have a whole brood, this stylish sextet offers outfit-inspiration for all. Whether you like Nicole Richie's classic denim jacket (a perfect pick) or momma Moss' oversized earrings (she started the trend!), today's story is full of highly wearable pieces that will easily fit into anyone's wardrobe. Of course, if clothes and accessories aren't your cup of tea, we can recommend a fashionable and fantastic alternative: Cynthia Rowley's Bicycle Built for Three ($1200, 212.242.3803). It looks much like the designer's Gossip Girl-featured cruiser, but Rowley designed this one with families in mind, complete with a baby seat. It's fancy, for sure, but it's also the only Mother's Day-oriented item we love!
In our pre-WWW days, we once interviewed Heidi Klum for a story and were struck by how down-to-earth and lovely she is in person. Klum's just as authentically casual in her off-duty clothing choices, as she demonstrated during a stroll through Soho last month with Leni, her darling chip-off-the-block daughter, by her side. The Project Runway star was spotted in Citizens of Humanity's Riley Boyfriend Selvage Jeans ($238), paired with a gorgeous Thomas Wylde Psycho Mozambique Overcoat ($2900) from the A/W 2008 collection, Supra Muska Skytop Sneakers ($120), and a festive Party Tiger Sweater ($82) by Something. While Klum kept things relatively sober (save for the zesty sweater), Leni preferred to be pretty in a pink via a Juicy Couture Kids' Trimmed Puffer Coat ($258), rugby-stripe dress, and tights-all in her favorite color.
There are loads of lovely moms in Hollywood, but few are as perfectly put together as Nicole Richie. Between her high-impact, low fuss bangs and easy-chic outfits, Richie's mastered the mommy mix. Of course, her gorgeous little girl is always turned out too; just check out Harlow's daring purple-and-red combo! The fashionable pair showed off their style sensibilities in West Hollywood last month, with Momma Richie in Paige Premium Denim's Vermont Denim Jacket ($198), an Urban Outfitters dress, Wolford tights, and Imitation of Christ booties and Harlow in See Kai Run's Monica Shoes ($32).
Could you imagine growing up with the glamorous Kate Moss as your mom? Maybe we're unrealistic, we think we could bear being told to eat our peas and pick up our rooms if these dictates were coming from the always artfully attired Ms. Moss. Especially if it meant that we'd have access to the Chanel dress, Zana velvet shawl, YSL sandals, and silver chandelier earrings that she wore to Leah Wood's wedding! (Lila Grace played dress-up in a vintage fur shrug that day.) While most of us don't have the bank account or body to buy and wear Moss' outfit, her earrings can be approximated with ease. Try ASOS' Ethnic Coin Hoop Earrings ($16), which are available in silver or gold, to get a similar statement style.
No disrespect meant, but we have vague memories of what our moms wore when we were little ones, and somehow we doubt they managed to pull off "understated cool" quite like Michelle Williams. The eighties were interesting in their own right, surely, but we don't remember seeing anything that was the equivalent of Balmain's Heart Tank ($777) or No. 6's Black Leather Buckle Boots ($340) in their closets! The actress showed off this enviable ensemble on a walk in Brooklyn with Matilda, who looked equally cute in a Lucy Sykes dress from the Spring 08 collection. If you'd like to emulate Williams' top, but are looking for something less pricey, try Rika's Elisa Blouse ($210) with a crisp pair of dark denim shorts and your favorite ankle booties.
Of all the darling daughters in today's story, we envy Claudia Schiffer's kiddo the most. As we learned in the recent British Vogue, an unimaginable clothing collection awaits Clementine, as her mother has a 30,000 square foot, climate-controlled warehouse full of stuff she picked up at shoots and shows over the past twenty-odd years. While we wonder about what that amazing treasure trove holds, at least we can enjoy the wonderful outfits Schiffer wears to drop off her tot at school. We love her retro preppy outfit, from her deep blue bell-bottom jeans to her natty vintage scarf. J Brand's The Doll Jeans ($187) in Indigo have the same look and feel as Schiffer's style, just add a neatly tied navy scarf around your neck (raid your mom's closet for thrifty alternatives).
The final photo in today's story gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "mom jeans" and shifts the implication from heinous to hot! Jessica Alba showed off her fine post-preggers form in Beverly Hills recently when she wore Genetic Denim's Shane Skinny Jean ($198) in Zinc to the park. Paired with breadandbutter's Cap Sleeve Boat Neck Top ($115) and Havaianas' Slim Flip Flop ($24) in Silver Moon and a green Salvatore Ferragamo Bag ($2750, 212.754.5258), Alba's look is casually cute. We appreciate how she dressed daughter Honor is similarly striped fare: her pink onesie is equally sweet.
Photo of Michelle Williams and Nicole Richie, from Splash; Photo of Jessica Alba, from INF; Photos of Claudia Schiffer, from Pacific Coast News; Photo of Heidi Klum, from Bauer Griffin; Photo of Kate Moss, from Getty Images.