by Fawnia Soo Hoo
courtesy imageAs you may have noticed via Jessica Alba's Instagram (well, if you stalk her feed like I do), the actress is in town and gracing New York Fashion Week with her ever-chic appearance. She made a stop at the Piperlime store in Soho Wednesday night and I was lucky enough to have a chat with the very gracious and engaging actress.
Yup, she's pretty much perfect. And in case you're wondering, Jessica is wearing a Skies are Blue short sleeve plaid buttondown, J. Brand Maria hi-rise skinny jeans, and Sam Edelman Desiree pumps, plus carrying a Clare Vivier flat clutch supreme.
As Piperlime's new guest editor, the working mom and The Honest Company founder talked to a group of us about lots of fashiony topics: how her childhood "very tomboy" style was influenced by 90s pop culture (Punky Brewster, Kelly Bundy, The Craft, No Doubt and "moments of 90210 and Clueless"); she's into the crop top ("I'm not mad at that), but the thigh high boot, not so much ("It cuts off your circulation"); and she's into her "third season" of cajoling her sneaker and loafer-loving husband Cash into trying out boots. Been there, girl. May the force be with you. And yay! The Style Icon was more than happy to answer a few of our burning questions, too.
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GLAMOUR: What's the difference between your Fashion Week shoes versus your "mommy" shoes for everyday?
Jessica Alba: Well I have my baby here. So during the day, I'm running around in wedges, sandals and flats. It's not a good look to topple over with a toddler in your arms! You know, I think as long as I'm going in and out and I have a car and not walking on subway grates, I can do a heel during Fashion Week. But otherwise, I'm trying to wear a more sensible shoes.
GLAMOUR: You're a working mom, so what are your style tips for going from the office to a red carpet or networking event?
JA: Oh it's totally different. Going from the office--bring a blazer. And a nice pump and a good clutch and just make sure whatever you're wearing in between that can go from day to night. That's what I've done and a lot of days--most days, I have to say--I ask my five year-old which shoe and she's usually right. Flat? Sandal? Pump or the boot? She just knows. She's really good with proportions and she always picks the right shoe.
GLAMOUR: So what back-to-school trends have you been noticing with your daughter?
JA: I have no idea. ... I don't even know. I feel like so much of what's out there for kids is so tacky. I feel like if anything, I'm eliminating and editing more than anything, because a lot of it's just crazy. They try to make your children look like working girls sometimes. We put leggings with everything and we taught our daughter how to compose herself and walk and sit in dresses and skirts.
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But some of the fashion for children is really inappropriate. So age appropriate is a big thing. And at my kid's school, they have this rule: no sandals and no boots. Only sneakers. So she's wearing sneakers and I'm into sneakers, but I'm a little sad that she can't wear her Docs.
courtesy image Jessica, in her NYFW flats, and younger daughter Haven Warren out and about in New York earlier in the day. All together now: AWWWWW.
Okay, so how cute are Jessica's daughters? I think my ovaries just buzzed a little bit. Do you agree with her back-to-school fashion assessment? How about her style advice?
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by Fawnia Soo Hoo