How Does Nicole Richie Know When Her Kids Love Her Outfit?

08/31/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Nicole Richie
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If you ask Nicole Richie, her style phases have all aligned with a pop culture moment. “I’ve gone through every stage from Punky Brewster to Clarissa Explains It All, Reality Bites, Clueless,” she tells PEOPLE. “I was that girl, constantly playing around with fashion, playing around with different hair colors, different hairstyles. I still do that, and I probably won’t be stopping for a while.”

However, “playing” with fashion can have its consequences. “I’m sure that in 10 years I’ll be looking back on some things I even wore now and think, ‘What the hell was I thinking?'” she jokes.

For as bold as she is with her statements, Richie actually considers her daily style quite basic. “I think of myself as kind of a jeans and T-shirt person who just accessorizes a lot. I am probably an over-accessorizer,” she says. “It’s really easy to change up jeans and a T-shirt with shoes and sunglasses and a bag. There’s a million different ways to go ahead and do that.”

That easy routine definitely has to do with being a mom. “I get ready in 20 minutes, and sometimes it looks like I got ready in 20 minutes,” she admits. And surprisingly, her kids take notice.

“I was wearing these polka-dot harem pants the other day and my daughter said to me, ‘Mom, why are you wearing your pajamas out?'” she recalls. “I was like, oh boy, already getting an opinion.”

While Harlow may be tough, Sparrow seems to be less of a critic. “My son always comes up to me and gives me a hug if he thinks I look pretty,” she shares. “Their biggest compliment to me if I’m wearing anything with sequins on it, they tell me that I look like a princess.”

The star, who just released her first fragrance, Nicole, and has a line for Macy’s hitting shelves on Sept. 12, hasn’t changed her entire wardrobe to suit her work as a mom, though. “I wear heels if I like them,” she says. “I’m lucky in the sense that I’m really good at walking in heels, but I definitely don’t wear them for height. I’m 5-ft., 1-in., so the tallest I’m ever getting is 5-ft., 5-in., so who cares about that? So if I’m wearing a heel it’s because I actually like the heel — I don’t sacrifice comfort for heels.” For more with Richie, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

–Reporting by Jackie FieldsĀ 

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Pam on

People did you really block me from commenting about Leann Rimes? Wow what a joke, I didn’t even say anything bad about her. I guess freedom of speech doesn’t exist on this site. Didn’t mean to get blocked from commenting.

Julie on

What a breath of fresh air to read this. Nicole has turned in to a lovely woman and seems to be a great mom. Even celebs need to rush at times, get ready quickly. LOL about the PJ comment. Even when I rush I would never wear out polka dot pants although she can probably pull them off and I can’t. So happy to see that Nicole worked through her teen years (into her 20s) and is normal, doesn’t do anything for attention like some celebs, and has a great marriage. YAY Nicole.

kimki on

What did you need to say, Pam? Tell us. We’re waiting with bated breath.

Sara on

I find it refreshing to see the person Nicole Richie has turned into. I never would have thought she would become such a well rounded woman who can actually be a role model for the younger generation.
Kudos.

Kimberly Harsh on

I, so love the way Nicole has turned her life around. A few years back I was extremely concerned about her, but not anymore. Way to go Nicole :)

Stephanie Flurry on

Completely different than the girl from that reality show. What was it – The Simple Life? I don’t remember. LOL

Kali on

I have a question: why would a creative woman like Nicole name her perfume “Nicole”, but name her son (who will grow up to be a man someday) Sparrow? How about her perfume – in a bird-shaped bottle being called “Sparrow” and her son being called … well .. Nick. Just sort of wierd.

Betty on

Pam, they won’t let you say anything bad about Jen A either.

Betty on

You got something there Kali!!!!

maryhelenc on

@Kali Sparrow is listed most baby name books as a male name, and personally I kind of like it. Sounds great with Harlow. Considering what some celebs name their kids, Sparrow, which is actually a name isn’t so bad.

Her clothing lines are House of Harlow and Winter Kate, which are her daughter’s names, so maybe she wanted her perfume to have a simple name. I don’t see anything wrong with that. It’s better than some celebs who give their perfumes the most pretentiously ridiculous names.

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