4 effortlessly chic mums share lessons for Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day only a few days away, we turned to 4 stylish mums who made motherhood look effortlessly chic and sophisticated. Hear from Vanesa Lim, Celine Tan, Grace Chong and Ruth Tan; on the highs of motherhood and tips on looking good.

Vanesa Lim, founder of Lullypop

Lullypop was started by Vanesa as a passion project to bring in beautiful, functional and affordable products for fellow moms and bubs. The idea came to her as she was shopping for baby essentials before knowing her baby’s gender. Many of the products in the market came in designs/colours that were gender based. So being a neutrals lover, Vanesa was inspired to create a line of products with earth tone neutral designs.

(Vanesa is wearing our Zaynab Midi Dress)

What was the most surprising thing about becoming a mom?
The amount of love you have for your little one is unimaginable and unexplainable. Prior to having a child, I wasn’t that much of a baby person. I mean they were cute, but I just didn’t go squealing over their squishy cheeks. So having to experience a love like no other with this little human of mine was a pleasant surprise! It was a “love at first sight” for me and 11 months in, I still find myself staring all day at him in awe.

With all the changes your body and your lifestyle go through when you become a mum, how do you maintain a sense of your personal style?
I believe it starts with embracing the new changes. I’ve came to terms that tummy wobble, stretch marks, and widened hips are here to stay for a while. So I find picking clothes that are comfortable and make me feel my best helps! I’ve swapped out my wardrobe to include plenty of comfy staples and activewear!

Best lesson your mom gave you?
“Some things fall apart so that better things can fall together.” Life isn’t always a bed of roses and there are bound to be failures. But my mom has always reminded me to accept, learn, move on, and continue living life with happiness and positivity.

Finally, would you be able to share your best tip for looking good when you’ve got little kids for our community this Mother’s Day?
I feel it’s important to feel good about yourself to look good. So find a style that suits your lifestyle, put on outfits that make you feel comfortable and happy in your own skin!

Ruth Tan, Operations Manager of Yacht 21

An introvert and down-to-earth Mum - one who loves the simplicity of enjoying a good cup of tea in the afternoon while watching Disney + with my boy. I value the comfort of routine but also embrace smaller spontaneous moments in life. On weekends, I enjoy sitting around tables with family and friends, laughing and eating into the night :)

(Ruth is wearing a Yacht 21 denim jumpsuit from our previous collection, similar cut to our new Juana Tailored Jumpsuit.)

What was the most surprising thing about becoming a mom?
I guess I will still be able to exist as an “individual” rather than being labelled traditionally with the maternal gene, even though women are believed to be natural mothers. During my early stages of motherhood, I was often filled with guilt and grief. The constant worry that I will turn out to be a terrible mother never left me. Luckily, (with the support and advice given by my family) I realised I could actually develop my own parenting style, instead of focusing on that elusive maternal gene. There is actually no need to go through the motions and norms simply because that's what other parents would do. Reminding myself that being good enough is good enough.

With all the changes your body and your lifestyle go through when you become a mum, how do you maintain a sense of your personal style?
Although I do not own a distinctive personal style, my good rule of thumb is to go for timeless one-piece or easy-to-match basic pieces that are comfortable and go well with sneakers (a perfect addition to any easy-going outfit). They never go out of style and offer the ultimate combination of fashion and comfort. It helps to keep up with high-energy kids too.

Best lesson your mom gave you?
I remember when I was young, my mom used to tell me about the importance of being independent. She taught me to value hard work, and encouraged me to become self-sufficient. She believes that every woman should strive to be capable in their own ways and be financially stable. Nothing about adulthood is easy and I used to think that life was especially difficult. But in reality, I'm glad that I was able to learn how to become my own person and solve my own problems. Today, I'm glad to say I am ready for anything that life throws at me and would overcome challenges bravely.

Finally, would you be able to share your best tip for looking good when you’ve got little kids for our community this Mother’s Day?
Most importantly, don’t give up on your sense of personal identity. Loving yourself and being confident means looking good. If possible, take occasional time out to meet up with girlfriends or practise self-care. Treat yourself to a great haircut that flatters you, a good one that works without much maintenance needed. Kids would love to see their moms getting refreshed and recharged. 

Celine Tan, writer 

Celine Tan is a writer, editor and content creator who worked in the magazine industry for 20 years, before deciding on a break this year to spend more time with her kids Amber, 10 and Brennan, 5. She’s a big fan of jumpsuits, prints, coffee and wine, and will try anything once.

(Celine is wearing our Irma Tropical Print Jumpsuit)

What was the most surprising thing about becoming a mom?
That I could become a less selfish and self-centred person, and my heart could expand so much. Also how you relive everything you’ve already done before through your kids, and how different it feels this time round.


With all the changes your body and your lifestyle go through when you become a mum, how do you maintain a sense of your personal style?
Dressing well and looking good was important to my sense of self and identity, and when the kids came along, it wasn’t that hard to still look stylish, albeit with a few changes - like fewer short skirts and tight dresses, more jumpsuits and comfy outfits. We have so many choices these days, it’s easy to find clothing that suit your personal style and will still allow you to run after your kids.

Best lesson your mom gave you?
To be there, and to be present. She was always there for me, and I try to be there for my kids. It’s hard with our busy lives, but we try our best.

Best tip for looking good when you’ve got little kids for our community this Mother’s Day?
Be confident and always smile. Your hair, make-up and outfit won’t always look perfect or the way you’d like, especially with kids around, but if you wing it with great confidence and a big smile, everyone will think you look great anyway. Picking an outfit you feel comfortable and natural in is always a good start, and a cute jumpsuit with pockets works well for me too!

Grace Chong, founder of Forest Makers

Showcasing everyday things in a different style and light. Forest Makers is a place for handcrafted, eco-friendly, natural, artisanal products. Each product is carefully selected and sourced from designers or makers locally and around the world by Grace. 

(Grace is wearing our Denna Overlay Flutter Top)

What was the most surprising thing about becoming a mom?
It surprises me how motherhood can be the most rewarding experience yet it can also push your boundaries that surpasses imagination.

With all the changes your body and your lifestyle go through when you become a mum, how do you maintain a sense of your personal style?
As a mum, we shift from maternity clothes to nursing wear and then to post-nursing wear (hopefully pre-birth clothes). Maintaining personal style becomes secondary to functionality given that these few phases flash by so fast. I would usually shop for clothes which makes movement easier (e.g run after kids), are comfortable yet still stylish and versatile for weekends and weekdays (office). I have to confess that I have a wardrobe of Yacht 21 clothes which work very well for mummies like me.

Best lesson your mom gave you?
As a Christian from young, my mom taught me what the Bible teaches: to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.


Finally, would you be able to share your best tip for looking good when you’ve got little kids for our community this Mother’s Day?
Give yourself some personal space once in a while to rest and recharge by doing things that you like. It will keep your mind healthy and positive thus giving your face a natural shine or glow.