Rachel Pally is one of my favorite clothing designers in that she creates collections of comfortable classics that are both stylish and versatile, making you feel and look good without much effort.  I like to think of her pieces as easy elegance because you can throw one on for instantaneous style and yet they carry the same comfort of your favorite pair of yoga pants.  It just so happens that she is a recent new mother to an adorable little 5-month-old name Tao and I was lucky enough to catch up with her to find out how motherhood has influenced her style.
How old is your little one? Almost 5 months old.  Its going by so fast!

Three words to describe motherhood.  Incredible.  Challenging.  LOVE.

Has becoming a mother influenced your style?  If so, how?  So long, 5 inch heels!  At least for now!  I have been dressing the same but have been gravitating towards a pair of Isabel Marant clogs and flat sandals instead of my usual heels.  That and since I'm breastfeeding I have to always wear things that open in the front or can be pulled to the side.  Good thing I make stretchy jersey clothes!

What were your style staples during pregnancy?  Black leggings, black tight dresses, black tank tops, black long skirts.  BLACK BLACK BLACK.  How boring!  I lived in my Amelie dress.  I cut it for myself in 10 colors and prints and wore it almost every day.  Those were my only colorful items!

What pieces do you wear most often or think are must-have for every mother?  My long full skirt.  I wear it as a skirt and I wear it as a dress.  I wear it with a tank or with a sweater, with sandals or with boots.  I wear it constantly.  And I think that a good maxi dress and a little leather jacket makes the ultimate outfit.  The maxi for the comfort and the jacket for the cool.  Its a perfect balance.

Why should the Rachel Pally collection should be a staple in every mother's and mother-to-be's closet?  You look great and you feel great.  The Rachel Pally collection is so easy.  What more can you ask for?  In my office we call our clothes "adult pajamas".  There is no reason why you have to look sloppy just to be comfy.  And who has time to fuss with their outfits anymore?

What is most important to you in raising your children?  My mom always says "roots and wings".  Make sure to give your child a strong foundation with love and acceptance and also allow them to be themselves, grow on their own and be independent.  Thanks, Mom!

3 summer essentials for mothers?  3 summer essentials for little ones? Sunscreen (for both!), hats (for both!).  And outside time (for both!).  

For moms - Date nights with their partner!

And I think all kids need basic American Apparel t-shirts (I've already given up on all baby clothes with snaps)