Claudia, Stella, Sarah Jessica and Liv - too cool for school
Spare a thought for fellow mums at the schools where glamorous celebrity mums like Stella McCartney, Elle Macpherson and Claudia Schiffer rock up each morning looking catwalk-ready. The school gate gets treated to this season's lust-worthy pieces, glossy manes and of-the-moment heels. School gate fashion is big news... and coming to a playground near you!
There's no longer an escape from the fashion police, even at 8:30am surrounded by hoards of children and a sea of buggies. Despite the school-run being one of the more mundane tasks of family life, it seems to be having a fashion moment.
Just take a look at Stella's immaculate tailoring, SJP's achingly cool mismatched knits or Liv Tyler's 'it' dress making an appearance. School-run chic is well and truly on the curriculum. You won't find these ladies sprinting to the gates in their teddy bear print PJs and bed hair. Instead, the playground is quickly becoming the place to showcase your latest purchase or styling techniques.
Even school-run chic isn't your thing, make sure you check out our pick of the most stylish school-run celeb mums, so at you can have moan with your mum friends...
Claudia Schiffer - prep star
Queen of the school-run mums, Claudia Schiffer reigns supreme in this morning get-up oozing preppy flair. And those stellar accessories look anything but mumsy.
Never one to let her style cred slip, even if she's heading for the school gates rather than down the catwalk, Claudia teams her contrasting navy separates with a burst of camel hues, finished off with a gorgeous (and luxe) vintage scarf and bug-eyed sunglasses.
Ever the professional, she keeps her heels at a minimum but you'll never see her without freshly blow-dried hair and porcelain clear make-up.
Liv Tyler - old-school mama
Giving the mumsy look a contemporary spin, Liv Tyler looks every inch the 70s mum.
Her over-the-knee length denim button-up dress is from fellow school-run mum Stella McCartney's collection. And Stella took inspiration from her own mum's style. See the pattern?
Laid back Liv looks comfy and chic in this retro-inspired school-run attire, completed with a loose chignon, ruby lips and black ballet pumps. Throwing an impressive piece of studded arm candy into the mix, Liv ensures that her dressed-down doesn't mean dowdy.
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Samantha Cameron - laid back chic
Looking a world away from her usual fail-safe combo of shift dress and stiff tailoring, the Prime Minister's wife Samantha Cameron takes a whole different approach whilst doing the school-run.
And just because her hubby David Cameron is in politics, it hasn't stopped Sam having her finger firmly on the fashion pulse. Fresh faced and youthful, she layers in different shades of grey, complimented by a slimfit blazer and indigo denim jeans.
Samantha doesn't need an overt statement handbag or in-your-face bling - she accessorises with a smile and her favourite pair of silver hooped earrings. Class.
Sarah Jessica Parker - eclectic style queen
Showcasing the mismatched style that the mum-of-three is famous for, Sarah Jessica Parker ditches the sky scraping Manolos and slinky dresses when taking her son to school. Yet, SJP still rocks in the fashion stakes.
With her carefree half tucked in boyfriend-fit jeans, cream Uggs and clashing grey argyle knits, SJP cleverly mixes everyday wear with a dash of glam - that is, her signature Ray Ban 4099 sunglasses and understated white leather Chanel 2.55 bag.
Adding a floral vintage umbrella finishes off a look that her Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw would be proud of.
Stella McCartney - fashion darling
Fashion designer mum Stella McCartney seems to dress half the population of celebrity mums, so the pressure is on for her to trump them all in the style stakes. And boy does she succeed!
We almost feel the pain of fellow mums in the playground as Stella flounces in wearing achingly on-trend outfits and statement coats. Favouring oversized and loose fitting garments, as apposed to 'look at me' pieces, Stella needn't worry about showing off - she can dress head-to-toe in her own collection everyday of the week.
However, the down to earth mum-of-four manages to look incredibly chic and (dare we say it) normal. Except for the fact that she's rocking THE must-have coat of the season.
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