We spoke to Zoë de Pass founder of the DRESS LIKE A MUM campaign that strives to break down the myth that mum’s tend to lose their sense of style as soon as they have kids.
Zoë, a mother of two, says:
“I am aware that when you become a mother you have A LOT less time for yourself and your priorities change, I am also aware that some women once they become a mother struggle with their fashion identity and feel that they should change the way they dress. I think mums should wear whatever they like, whatever they feel confident and happy wearing – I believe a good outfit can make for a better day!”
Through her website, popular Instagram channel and by creating content like this video where she highlights perceptions on ‘mum-dressing’, Zoë is inspiring women not to lose their love of clothes because they are pregnant or breastfeeding or at risk of having food thrown in their direction!
We asked Zoë a few questions about how she manages motherhood, fitness and style.
How do you stay active with young children?
Having two young children is a very active job – I am always picking them up and looking after them so I barely sit down from about 6.30am. I walk whenever possible and always take the stairs and never stand on the escalator – they are small things but it’s good to stay moving.
I also run about 5k once or twice a week as well as work out with my amazing personal trainer Eleanor – she is helping me tone up especially my tum and bum. I’ve not had a personal trainer before and have loved working with her, it’s really motivational but at the same time really fun. I feel like I have achieved something after a session with her.
What is the biggest challenge for you in maintaining your fitness routine?
Time and tiredness – if I’ve had a bad night’s sleep because of the kids sometimes sleep is more important than running. And because I’m a full time mum and running a business I have so little free time that I am always busy so it can be hard to work out when to do it which is why running and working out in the park is so good – as the clock starts as soon as I walk out the door.
What do you listen to get you motivated?
Recently I’ve been listening to podcasts while I run – there is one about Business Starts-Up which is really interesting and the Scummy Mummies ones are super funny.
What sport/class/activity are you hoping to try this year?
Some more yoga would be great and some skiing – I am a fairly good snowboarder but I want to be able to ski as well depending on the snow and weather.
3 x tips on how to style your active wear with everyday wear?
I always think it’s good to buy exercise clothes you really like wearing, that way you’ll already feel good even before you exercise and for me it’s added motivation! Plus if you end up wearing it post and pre exercise its all good because it’s an outfit you love anyway!
What is your favourite healthy recipe?
I love fish, giant couscous and kale or loads of vegetables. I am very lucky that my husband is a great cook and works for an organic veg company so we eat really well.
Who is your fitspo on instagram?
My friend Jenny (@mothersmeetings) is really great at motiving me to just get on with it!