Gwen Stefani, Chic Mommy

Posted on January 02, 2012

There’s something you should know, darlings: The Rossdale-Stefanis do not dress for zoo trips the way your family does.

Gwen Stefani takes her sons to the Zoo in LA.

Granted, it’s been a while since we’ve been to the zoo, but it seems to us things haven’t changed so much that suits for children are now the normal dress code. But hey, we wouldn’t bat an eye if that kid was wearing a Spider-Man costume, so maybe a suit should pass without comment. He does look cute, after all.

And so does she, we have to say. SUPER cute, in fact. We don’t love the cups on the jacket, which give the impression she’s wearing her bra outside her clothes, but the rest of it is chic and well put-together. Love the contrasting scarf, part of a perfectly paired plaid-and-stripe combination. Love the bag, boots and shades as well. We always have this argument about her, because Lo doesn’t always think she merits so much attention from the fashion world, but T always points to getups like this to show that the lady does have a pretty refined sense of style. Of course Lo counters with the suggestion that these are obviously rather carefully chosen ensembles, with the notion that photographs would be taken, and thus likely to have been stylist-generated. T can’t really fault him for that reasoning, since we both tend to deploy it against various celebrities when it strikes us. Sometimes, the pictures look a little too precious to be anything but planned and staged and it’s not really something you can prove either way.

 

[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews]

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1309281188 Sandy Dunn Cordell

      Much better than the junk people wear today. 

      • Anonymous

        AGREE! How fabulous would it be if the public at large decided to take at least a little pride in their appearance again? The typical uniform of choice in these parts consists of Spongebob pj pants, ill-fitting sweatshirts, and house slippers, crocs or the aptly-named Ugg boots. It’s actually a relief when I see someone in a plain t shirt and jeans!

        • Anonymous

          OMG YES.  Since when did it become ok to WEAR ONE’S PAJAMAS TO THE STORE??? Really?  Really?  I love you fashionablylate.   YES!

          • Anonymous

            Yesterday my husband and I were eating at a local pizza place when we realized that the cashier was wearing pajama pants. TO WORK.

      • Anonymous

        I think we should all make the resolution to dress every day as if we would be photographed (and of course subject to the ridicule of Bitter Kittens and Precious Unborn Fawns).

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

          Living in NYC, half of my thought process getting dressed is “Would Bill Cunningham or the Sartorialist be interested in taking my photo?” The real answer is probably no in most circumstances, but I dare to dream. 

          • Anonymous

            I live in Idaho and have the exact same fantasy.  Maybe the Sartorialist’s car will break down on a cross-country trip…

        • Anonymous

          Oh, lordie!  I agree with all these comments about how the general public tends to go out looking as if they had never heard of the word “dress.”  I agree that Gwen looks pretty darn fantastic here (except for the unfortunate cups), and I also like the fact that a child is wearing a suit. what I’m wearing, even if I’m just going out to grab a few things at the market.  But to dress every day as if we would be photographed?  As soon as some designers start paying me to wear their clothes, I’m in with that, and until then, uh-uh.

          • Anonymous

            Sorry!  The reply box is not liking me today.  And I can never save edits.  So line three should say, I’m willing to pay more attention to what I’m wearing…etc.

          • Anonymous

            I’ll also add that if I had the help she most  likely has with day-to-day tasks (and the kids), i would have the energy and desire to dress up more often for regular outings. As it is, I make an effort to not be the sloppy mom and some days I put in a lot more effort than that, but that’s all i can muster at this stage in my life.

      • Anonymous

        yeah, man, it’s so easy to wear gorgeous clothes when you make $7.50/hr.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

          Your clothes don’t have to be expensive for you to look put together. There are so many ways to get nice looking clothes for almost no money — thrift stores, discount store sales, online sales paired with promotion codes for added discounts, etc. It just takes some pride in yourself and a little effort. There’s a big difference between merely covering your body for warmth and comfort and projecting a stylish and flattering image that says you care about how you look.

          • Anonymous

             I actually sometimes feel guilty for how cheaply you can get many things (especially clothes) these days. 
            I was looking for Christmas gifts for a friends children (who like clothing as a gift) and  between sales and coupons I was shocked how low some of total bills were (and since this had been a HORRIBLE year – with that demon stealing my contract – I was appreciative that I could still find a way to get presents for the kids).

    • Anonymous

      Oh Gwennie you’re so pretty. But  your line at Target for girls is crapola. 

    • Anonymous

      Cute outfit, but hasn’t weather in LA been in the upper ’70s lately?  Won’t she be awfully hot?

      I went to the zoo here a few nights ago, and I didn’t see one single kid in a suit.

      • A. Valera

        I was just thinking the same thing.  It’s been in the upper 70s all week.

      • Anonymous

        Depends partly on the weight/breathability of the fabrics. If she’s wearing jegging-y pants, they actually might bleed a lot of heat. And she can always take off the scarf.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        Maybe she’s layered because they went early in the morning before it warmed up. Even though the afternoons have been gorgeous, mornings have still been in the 50s and low 60s.

    • Anonymous

      She looks cute, but that outfit just makes me squirm because it’s so skintight. That would drive me bananas. 

      • Anonymous

        B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

        (Sorry – couldn’t resist.)

    • Anonymous

      It seems somewhat unfair to have Junior dressed up so and Daddy (that was Daddy behind them on the cell phone, right?) looking like any other dad at the zoo, dress wise. I’d wonder if there was a birthday party or other childrens event to follow the zoo trip although don’t know as that type of dress is necessary for little boys anywhere anymore, short of pictures for Grannie.

      I’m with Lorenzo on this one.

      srq

      • http://twitter.com/bentley1530 F E B

         I recently saw her on TV say that her son dresses the way he wants to dress and she does not go shopping for him without him because if he does not like it he will not wear it. 

        • Anonymous

          Kids can be awfully stubborn about what they want to wear. They have so little control over much of their lives, that it’s good to let them make their own choices when appropriate. If he wants to wear a suit to the zoo, go for it. He looks so much better than most little kids. Love the sneakers with it.

          • Anonymous

            If he selected this outfit, good for him! Agreed, Sappho, about letting kids pick their clothes, there’s battles worth fighting over and don’t know as this is one if it’s reasonably appropriate. The shoes look brand new, perhaps Xmas present. Love rock star kids who go a bit different path from their parents [grin]. And kudos to parents who respect and listen to their children!

            srq

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

          I imagine the thought process: “But mommy, I don’t care what GROWN-UPS think of my clothes. I care what the ANIMALS think.”

        • Anonymous

          All of my kids have been allowed to wear what they want, except for the rare occasion with a dress code.

          My middle child started wearing dress clothes by choice when he was about 3.  Taught himself to tie his own tie when he was 8 and has added bow ties to the collection—no cheater ties allowed. Right now he’s rocking’ the waif look while he can.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555593309 Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

      I kinda dig the cups.  So homage to Madonna. :D

      • Anonymous

        Before I read the post I had actually thought the jacket was somehow sheer, showing her bra underneath!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think my son ever wanted to wear coordinate outfits with me.

    • Anonymous

      In the boy’s defense, when I was that age, I wouldn’t wear anything else.  I had just been in two aunt’s weddings, and decided formalwear was the only thing for me.

      Is that Gavin in the back of the first picture?  He’s rather underdressed compared to his family.

      • muzan-e

        Amen. If it’s a family destination, then let the boy choose! Although we hold to two limitations: nightwear, and anything that can’t reasonably survive a scoop of icecream.  Sometimes this results in very Harajuku-looking children, but that’s half the fun of having kids in the first place. *g*

    • Cheri Lee

      Yes celebs dress for paps, what can you do. Whatever her reasoning are she looks great here and her son probably just wants to do whatever mommy does.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        Maybe he identifies with the penguins he’s going to see.

    • mrslilypond

      The kiddo may have wanted to wear a suit, my cousins little guy is about the same age and he loves dressing up in his little suit to go out grocery shopping.

      • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

        i have a six year old who loves to wear a tie. But then we have to refer to him as “Mr. [his name]“. I am totally not kidding.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, gosh, that’s so cute!  You totally need to use that against him when he’s a teen-ager and wants to dress like a slob.

          • Anonymous

            Although, my son is 16 and has started wearing a sport coat, slacks, tie, and dress shoes to school at least once a week. He even asked for (and got) wingtips for Christmas. There is hope!

            • muzan-e

              Wingtips! Your son has class. *g*  

        • Anonymous

          One of my friends is a very granola environmental engineer who lives in tie-dye tshirts and Birkenstocks. The only time I ever saw her dressed up was when she was my bridesmaid. :) When her son was in grade school, he wore a button-down shirt, slacks, and tie every day. He also carried a briefcase and said he was going to be a lawyer and vote Republican when he grew up. Drove her crazy! (He now makes violins for a living and is exceedingly progressive.) 

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          That’s a hoot. I love that he expects to be called “Mr. [his name].” You should occasionally bow to him, just to see his reaction.

      • Anonymous

        I posted before – my good friend’s oldest son – a senior in high school now (a Jesuit school) has always been far more formal than other boys.  Won’t wear jeans or even khaki’s.  Always wants dress shirts and dress slacks on his Christmas list. –  I was shocked when he added cords this year.

    • Alisa Rivera

      There’s something you should know, darlings: The Rossdale-Stefanis do not dress for zoo trips the way your family does.

      You’ve obviously never been to the LA Zoo. Gwen’s outfit is pretty standard for that place. I always feel like a complete slob when I go with my son.

      • Lori

        This is true. Gwen’s outfit is pretty Yummy Mummy standard for the LA Zoo. The suit on the little guy is not the norm though. Not only was he virtually certainly the only suit-wearer at the zoo, it’s likely he was the only suit wearer for miles around. (When I lived in LA I often went entire weeks without seeing a single guy in a suit. I am not making that up.) As others have noted though he probably picked it himself and if so, good for him. I hope he had a wonderful time in it.

        • Anonymous

          I think that’s true of a lot of cities. I grew up (mostly) in Washington, DC and was always used seeing men and women in formal suits and uniforms. When I moved to Chicago, the only time I saw suits when when I went to the financial district. Otherwise, everyone was in business casual. My husband absolutely hates business casual and always wore a suit to the office. (He claims that business casual has been the downfall of modern civilization because you act differently when you’re dressed in a suit.)

    • Anonymous

      I think the cups are by far the best things I’ve seen on a jacket in weeks. Love it.

    • Anonymous

      If I had that outfit in my closet and it was form-fitted for my boobs, I would totally wear it to the zoo. Her son’s outfit is cute. Odd but cute.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

      BITCH has the Prada sunglasses that I covet SO BAD. AGH. 

      I swear, if I see another NYC rich bitch on the subway wearing them, I’ma shank her for her glasses.
      (I kid. Mostly. Gwennie looks fab. But I agree about the bra over the clothes thing. I do like that the construction of the jacket mimics a bustier, but the cups go too far.)

      • Anonymous

        Totally agree re: construction.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      I think she looks fantastic.  I love that she’s wearing flat boots – I was going to throw a hissy fit if she was there walking the zoo in heels of any sort.  So put together.  The one I feel bad for is the poor kid – nobody should have to wear a suit to the zoo!

    • Anonymous

      She looks amazing…so what if it’s planned/staged/carefully chosen for photo ops.  I hate the cups on the jacket as well…kind of a rocker chic thing though, I guess.  I typically loathe bright red lipstick. She’s one that I find can actually pull it off.  I have no qualms about it here although I wouldn’t mind seeing her soften it up for a change. 

      <3 Gwen. ;)

    • MilaXX

      Totally staged, and yes the kid looks cute but a bit silly going to the zoo in a 3 piece suit. Didn’t she just do a children’s line for Target? Why not dress the kid in that instead.

    • margaret meyers

      Everyone else at the zoo is wearing sh1t that’s too small or hiddy or trampy (or all three).  The hoi polloi looks pretty bad at the zoo.

    • Anonymous

      Man, would it have killed her to go a size up on the pants? And who takes their kid to the zoo in a suit, for crying out loud?

      • Anonymous

        I…don’t see anything wrong with the pants?

        • Anonymous

          Those trousers are so tight on her hips, I’m guessing that belt is the only reason why they’re not sliding down.

          • Anonymous

            But if they’re that tight, she wouldn’t need the belt, right?

            • Anonymous

              Dear lord. A belt keeps your trousers on where you want them to be, whether they are too small or too large. In her case, if she didn’t have a belt on, the trousers would slide too low for that jacket.

    • margaret meyers

      Is that Gavin in the background on the cell?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, the bra-cup detailing on the jacket is a step over the line, but the rest of her outfit is fab. She looks very comfy and appropriate, but so very stylish. The suit on her kid is funny. Why not? If he gets it dirty, who the hell is going to care? I think they can afford the dry cleaning.

    • Anonymous

      I think a fashionista can still employ a stylist.  She’s admitted in interviews that she loves clothes and maintains her figure so she can wear couture.

      Having had a child who was as likely to wear spiderman as he was dress clothes, I wouldn’t be surprised if the suit was a choice (said son is 15 now and spends more on clothes than I do).  And I think it’s awesome that little dude gets to wear sneakers with his suit!

    • Mariah J

      I completely agree, except for the black cups she looks awesome. She shouldn’t make her kid wear a suit to the zoo though, that’s just stupid.

    • Anonymous

      I certainly believe it was planned and staged, but I’m pretty willing to believe there wasn’t a stylist involved. Her style is so consistent (even if it’s not always GOOD, it’s always very HER), so perfectly suited to her, and so in tune with the look of her fashion line, that’s hard to imagine it’s not really coming from her.

      I love everything about this except for the black underboob patches.

    • Tamara Hogan

      I have to say that I love Gavin’s man-bun.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P5HNP4MUD3ZNKTM5F2WQDDLZ4U BarbaraW

       Maybe it was one of those “have breakfast with Santa at the zoo” things and he was dressed up for that. Our local zoo has events like that. The red tie could be kind of Christmassy in the right setting – as in sitting on Santa’s lap.

      Without the weird cups, that would definitely be a cute jacket. Nice outfit, cute kid. What’s not to like?

    • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

      Love the outfit, hate the cups, and can I please PLEASE shave her head?  I really want to shave her head.

    • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

      It’s all too tight, and like everything else she wears, screams LOOK AT ME, PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!  And part of being well dressed, to me, is understanding the environment.  Gavin in background seems to understand that walking around a dusty zoo is probably best left to much more casual clothes, but part of Gwen’s problem, for me, has always been her driving, compulsive need to have all the attention on her.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        The pants are too tight. I think the fit of the jacket is fine for her. And a big fat YES to everything else you said. She just irritates the crap out of me.

        Now is the time I’d be bitching about that damn plaid (because I will never pass up a chance to bitch about rash-inducing plaid), but the cups on the jacket are so stupid that the plaid barely bothers me.

    • Valerie Little

      I’m an equestrian, so I love this whole look, but I see no need whatsoever for the black bra cup detail on that adorable jacket. Ruins it.

    • Anonymous

      A suit? Well, at least the kid’s wearing shoes he can run in and doesn’t look too uncomfy. But a kid that age in a tie is definitely out of the norm for most occasions, not just the zoo. A Spiderman outfit (heck, the top to a pair of recognizably Spidey pajamas) would be more normal.

      But then, Gwen Stefani is not most kids’ mom & who knows what event they were coming from.

      ETA: I completely agree with your assessment of Ms. Stefani.

      • Anonymous

        I have a friend who’s oldest son is very much into dressing far more formally than also any other boy his age. 
        He will NOT wear jeans or knaki’s.  I was shocked that he put cords on his Christmas list; because almost every year it is dress pants and a dress shirt. 

    • Anonymous

      cute but no, I’ll still go to the zoo in jeans & a t-shirt. Sorry to offend anyone’s delicate sensibilities.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      “But hey, we wouldn’t bat an eye if that kid was wearing a Spider-Man costume”

      I wouldn’t bat an eye if Gwen were wearing a Spider-Man costume, considering some of the get-ups I’ve seen her in.

      Way to almost get it right, Gwen, but ruin it with those ridiculous bra cups on the jacket.

    • Anonymous

      I dress like this at the zoo.  Also the grocery store.  Though, it is my kid in the Spiderman costume.

    • Anonymous

      Who makes/lets a kid wear a tie to the zoo? Especially the LA zoo, where everything is spread out over half of Griffith Park. It’s also potentially dangerous in the petting zoo. Those goats will chew and pull on anything; they stole my kid’s hat, and they would have a field day with that tie.

      Maybe the kid’s channelling his inner Alex Keaton.

    • Anonymous

      Perfect.

    • Anonymous

      I want to echo all the comments here about how nicely dressed she looks for a day at the zoo and how refreshing it would be if everyone dressed with care.  It would be just great.

    • Anonymous

      Gwen’s music bugs me, but I think she has great style. 

    • Tiffany Lodge

      I want her outfit! But I agree about the weird cups on the jacket…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Lister-Korwan-Doherty/1332309111 Jane Lister-Korwan Doherty

      I love her bag who made it?

    • Patricia Biswanger

      I am really impressed because she’s wearing flat shoes (boots), not heels.

    • Anonymous

      She looks fan-freaking-tastic. Except for the cup thing of course. The kid in the suit, whatever. All I can say is I doubt he was forced to wear it and his mom just might have passed on the fashion bug, for better or for worse. It’s extremely rare to see young boys wearing suits, even in church, much less the ZOO. But, these are not normal people.

    • Anonymous

      I really do think Gwen has some distinctive personal style. It’s been 20 years of evolving versions of ska-punk, old school glamour influenced OC chola grrl drag (now with bonus harajuku flavor added!) that doesn’t speak to everyone, but I dig it. 

      • Anonymous

        yes, i love it too and you describe it perfectly.  it’s that low rider harajuku combo that i dig.  she had to have the weird cups or the whole look would have gone preppy.  i wonder what the other kid was wearing?

    • Anonymous

      A suit on a boy? Weddings and funerals only! Otherwise let the poor kid play!

    • http://twitter.com/myblackfriend myblackfriendsays

      I wonder if she ever gets tired of wearing that red lipstick.

    • Anonymous

      FABOO. I love it. I don’t care how staged it is, we should see more of this kind of glamour in public. Maybe it would shame the rest of us into not slubbing around in sweatshirts and baseball caps. GO Gwen!

    • Anonymous

      nice enough clothes, i wouldve avoided the visible bra business at what is essentially a kids event. still it’s all fine & dandy, just a little depressing when one knows what not only was in the world of R&R but also what mightve been, what coulda woulda shoulda been before the world gave us this. it’s needle-based hiv one has to thank for a whole lotta nothing going on in the decades since nobody knew what lurked when everybody did more or less as he or she thought for a moment desirable.

    • Anonymous

      it kind of bugs me that the plaid is matched perfectly in front but not at the side seams.  make up your mind now!

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Oh, how I love that bag. Ohh, how I need that bag.

    • Jessica Rowe

      I love it.  I want to go platinum just for this look.

    • Rebecca Johnson

      If we accept that the celebrity photo-op is not going away, I’d much rather see Gwen and her men out & about in chic little get-ups than starlets cavorting in bikinis on the beach. 

    • Anonymous

      She looks tres appropriate.  jeans and sneakers are too overrated.  As for her son, there is a story behind every child’s outfit.  My neighbor’s son wears cowboy boots with shorts in the summer.  Just because.  

    • Cathy S

      I think she looks really great but I feel sorry for her son; zoos are not made for boys in suits. How do you climb all over stuff in a suit?

    • Anonymous

      I adore the plaid jacket with the striped scarf, sometimes she hits it hard but I feel she usually misses rather mightily (but at least she took a swing amirite?). What I loathe are the boob-patches on her jacket, they remind me of the part in Mean Girls where they cut holes in the chest of Regina George’s shirt and end up starting a trend. That said, I feel the jacket might be too plain without them.

    • Anonymous

      I think the bra might be a cephalopod camouflaging itself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/amy.ennis Amy LeBaron Ennis

      I don’t care how sloppy dad Gavin looks. I’ll take one. On a stick. Thank you. 

    • Anonymous

      Id like to see more of Rossdale half of this couple.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

      THAT’S MY STROLLER!  Well, I have the twin version and she has the single, but still.  I don’t know why that delights me so much, but it does.  

      Maybe I just like knowing that she didn’t needlessly spend $1000 on a stroller, but opted for a more reasonable one?

    • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

      If you’re going to fault Gwen for what you guys said then the same can be said of ditzy’Rowland.