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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Bellaboo on

The only change in what I wear came as a result of the changes to my body, not as a result of becoming a Mother.

Dillon on

I definitely wear fewer heels and skirts now that I have a toddler. I still gravitate toward the same style of clothes, but I let practicality dictate a little more!

Jenny! on

I love how thoes pants fit her she looks great! I’ve always liked nicole, she seems to be an awesome mom. I am a step mom but that doesn’t change my style, guess due to not going through the changes a body does when ya got a kid on the way.

self-employed on

I feel sorry for the poor kid with the name “Sparrow”.

liarlairpantsonfire on

70’s-sock monkey. claasic. no need to change.

Tina on

Why would motherhood affect your style if you’re wealthy and don’t have to take public transporation or clean the house or any of the regular things that regular folks have to do everyday. You can still wear your heels while you carry the baby from the hotel door to the limousine.

LM on

Bellaboo – I’m the same. I may dress a little more mom-ish due to a few extra pounds around the middle (still working on it!), but other than that, I still have the same sense of style. What’s important to me is to have hair and make-up put together when I leave the house. And that doesn’t have to change with parenthood.

markus on

Nicole is awesome & a great mom!

TJ on

And this is something to be proud of? Why is she EVER in the spotlight anyway??

Beth on

Great outfit !!

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