The 21 Most Stylish Celebrity Moms of All Time
If you ask us, being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. From giving their kids constant love, support, and good advice to schlepping them to school, soccer practice, and high school parties, moms have a lot on their plates. So when there’s a mom who not only finds the time to change out of her baby food-stained clothes, but also looks incredibly stylish, we tend to take notice. Here’s our definitive list of the most stylish celebrity moms. Go ahead, have a scroll.
1. Elizabeth Taylor
Combing through Mom’s closet and jewelry box is one of the most enjoyable things a style-conscious kid can do, and we can’t imagine a better wardrobe to scour through than Elizabeth Taylor’s. Though the late actress is known for her extensive — and incredibly impressive — jewelry collection, her clothes were arguably just as impressive.
Long before the days of platform heels and bandage dresses, Taylor understood there was a fine line between looking sultry and looking over the top. And whether she was in head-to-toe leopard, donning a dramatic turban abroad, or in a cleavage-baring evening gown, she walked that sartorial line beautifully.
2. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon looks so great for her age that her 17-year-old daughter, Ava, looks far more like her sister than her child. Having a young doppelgänger in the family, it makes perfect sense that Witherspoon is still dressing to the nines. She hasn’t lost her Southern roots and still loves of pops of color, but thanks to Ava, she’s able to keep up with the most happening, youthful trends.
3. Bianca Jagger
Today, the former Mrs. Mick Jagger is best known for being a social and human rights activist. But make no mistake, she was something of a style icon a few decades ago. It doesn’t take a fashion anthropologist to realize trends are cyclical, and the threads Jagger wore back in her heyday are aligned with today’s hottest looks. Chokers? Check. Wide-brimmed hats? Absolutely. Pantsuits that could rival Hillary Rodham Clinton’s collection? You bet. But then again, has ’70s fashion ever completely gone out of style?
4. Victoria Beckham
It’s no surprise Victoria Beckham is one of the best-dressed celebrity moms. As a fashion designer herself, we wouldn’t expect anything less. Interestingly, Beckham gave birth to three sons before having her only daughter, Harper. During her years in a male-dominated household, Beckham’s style evolved to be far more masculine. We can’t get enough of her androgynous, boss-woman staples.
5. Diana Ross
Diana Ross has been a household name for nearly 50 years, but she’s always remained as stylish as when she burst onto the scene as one-third of The Supremes. From glitzy gowns to elevated caftans, Ross has never been one to shy away from a fashion challenge — and we love her for that. In fact, all the sparkle and big hair has virtually become synonymous with her.
But perhaps the biggest example of Ross’s fashion cred is the style legacy that lives throughout the Ross name. Her daughter, Blackish star Tracee Ellis Ross, is quite the fashion girl herself — she even wore a sculptural Comme des Garçons frock to this year’s Met Gala.
6. Katie Holmes
For the last 11 years, we’ve watched Suri Cruise, daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, grow up before our eyes. From day one, Holmes and her daughter have been a fashionable dynamic duo. They’re more often than not seen wearing coordinating outfits inspired by Holmes’ preppy-casual sense of style. We hope their matching wardrobes don’t end as Suri becomes a teenager!
7. Jane Birkin
You know a celebrity is worthy of eternal sartorial praise when luxury fashion house Hermès names a bag after her. That’s right, we’re talking about Jane Birkin. Like many other moms who rule our list, Birkin knew how to dress up. Her sparkly, revealing looks (but not too revealing) are what Pinterest boards are made of.
But we personally love her laid-back styles she used to sport. It’s hard to look special, let alone chic, in something as ubiquitous as a T-shirt and jeans. Maybe it’s her slightly tousled hair, or maybe its her infectious nonchalance, but even in the simplest threads, Birkin proves she’s no average Jane.
8. Angelina Jolie
Since she has six children, you might expect Angelina Jolie’s style to take a backseat to getting her kids ready in the morning. However, this superwoman is just as fashionable now as she was prior to adopting her eldest son Maddox in 2001. From her chic airport attire to iconic red carpet looks, being a mom hasn’t put the slightest damper on Jolie’s signature all-black wardrobe.
9. Lauren Bacall
Designer Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” We’d like to think all of the women on the list are eternally stylish, but, as the years go by, some ladies hold onto their fashion roots better than others. Lauren Bacall is one of them. Naturally, Bacall’s style had a more youthful flair back in her heyday — our personal favorite is this exquisite denim on denim number — but she remained one to watch until her death in 2014. Gussied up in modern pearls, smart blazers, and the occasional plunging neckline, Bacall always embraced her preference for crisp, classic, and sometimes sexy style.
10. Jessica Alba
Believe it or not, motherhood had a hugely positive impact on Jessica Alba’s sense of style. There were no baggy sweatpants and oversized T-shirts for this hot mom. Shortly after the birth of her daughter Honor in 2008, Alba bounced back as one of the super-babes featured in the Campari calendar. On top of her bombshell bathing suit spread, Alba’s day-to-day sense of fashion has become increasingly polished. As founder of The Honest Company, it’s only fitting she mastered the corporate-chic look.
11. Princess Diana of Whales
Being stylish is practically ingrained in a royal’s DNA — and we have the list to prove it — but perhaps nobody has been more fashion-forward than Princess Diana of Whales. It’s been nearly 20 years since the royal’s untimely death, but Princess Diana is still adored by millions for her charitable efforts and enviable fashion.
Though her style skewed frilly while she was married to Prince Charles, she traded in her ruffles for what became her signature clean, classic style. But if you ask us, her most iconic look was her wedding gown by British designers Elizabeth and David Emanuel. You know, the one with the casual 25-foot train. If you want to see Princess Diana’s treasured frocks in the flesh, book a ticket to London and head over to the Kensington Palace’s latest exhibit.
12. Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco
Speaking of royals, it’d be almost criminal to not include Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. Another fashion icon who was gone too soon, Kelly’s life is something of a Cinderella story. The blonde beauty became popular by starring in Alfred Hitchcock films like Rear Window and eventually piqued the interest of Monaco’s Prince Rainier III. All the while, Kelly dressed just as glamorous as she did in her movies. Pearls, pastels, and deliciously feminine silhouettes — she wore pretty much everything that was big in the 1950s, and looked great doing it.
13. Jada Pinkett-Smith
The Smiths are all around a very suave and stylish family. Jada Pinkett-Smith, in particular, has set a great example for her kids, Jaden and Willow. Following in her fashionable footsteps, both of Pinkett-Smith’s children have joined the entertainment industry as musician-actors. You can always depend on the Smiths to win the award for best dressed family when they make group red carpet appearances.
14. Kate Hudson
Much like her own famous mother (actress Goldie Hawn), Kate Hudson knows exactly how to be a fashionable mom. Her sons, Ryder and Bingham, are two fortunate boys to have such a style star dressing them every day. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Hudson looks fabulous in just about everything she puts on thanks to her killer body.
15. Kate Moss
Dressing in the latest trends is easy. What’s hard? Finding a personal style that’s so unique to you that it transcends time. That’s why Kate Moss is on this list. Say what you will about her style — some people replicate on a regular basis while others are more partial to ladylike shapes and pearls — but Moss’ style is very much her own. A perfect blend of bohemian, rock-n-roll, and ’90s minimalism, her style sounds eclectic in theory. In reality? Far from it.
16. Emily Blunt
Having a baby certainly didn’t wilt this English rose. Emily Blunt looks more stylish now than ever before with daughters Hazel and Violet in her arms. We’re sure you noticed it yourself during her recent The Girl On The Train promo tour. Husband John Krasinski is certainly one lucky man.
17. Audrey Hepburn
We wouldn’t be surprised to find Audrey Hepburn’s photograph right next to “style” in the dictionary. Thanks to scene-stealing ensembles in Sabrina and her relationship with designer Hubert de Givenchy, Hepburn is a perennial fashion icon. A mother of two, Hepburn’s outfits consistently teetered nicely between sensibility and style. While the first outfit that comes to mind is the little black dress she wore as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, her fondness for simple flats and capri pants prove simple and stodgy are mutually exclusive.
18. Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie’s fashion sense has come seriously far since her days on The Simple Life. Gone are her low-waist flared jeans and halter tops. In fact, Richie’s ’90s style has done a complete 180, to the point that she’s started her own successful fashion line, House of Harlow. With two kids under the age of 10, Richie’s unrelenting dedication to maintaining her individuality is pretty inspiring.
19. Solange Knowles
With 20 Grammys and millions of adoring fans, it’s easy to think of Beyoncé as the biggest, baddest Knowles sister out there — but Solange is far from chop liver. In addition to her velvety voice and anthem-worthy album, A Seat of the Table, Knowles is arguably regarded as the more fashionable sister in some circles.
Don’t get us wrong, we love all the fanfare that comes with the ‘Yonce name, but the younger Knowles’ slew of under-the-radar, yet avant-garde, risks certainly pay off. A fan of color, prints, and outré silhouettes, Knowles isn’t one to follow trends. Instead, she sets them. Don’t believe us? Just look at the puffer jacket dress she wore to this year’s Met Gala. Indisputably out there, but she always offers an interesting perspective and breath of fresh air.
20. Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller has long been a bohemian fashion muse who finds ways to work her beachy aesthetic into every movie premiere and cover. So when Miller had her daughter, Marlowe, fashion didn’t suddenly cease to be a priority. Instead, this stunning mom now has a boho mini-me. We can’t wait to see how her little one’s personal style develops as she gets older.
21. Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani is one of those rare human beings that actually looks younger and hipper with each passing day. The ’90s were something of a style crisis for the pop singer, but since having her three sons, this hot mama has had a major fashion epiphany. While she still loves quirky hair styles and a bold, red lip, her sartorial choices are now always à la mode.
Aubrey Almanza also contributed to this article