Rachel Zoe’s Very Practical Approach to Dressing Two Very Active Boys

The Rachel Zoe of 2019 is just as ambitious, successful, and caffeinated as she was back in 2008 when her TV show, The Rachel Zoe Project, catapulted her – and by extension, stylists in general – to the same level of fame as the celebrities she dressed.

There are, however, a few differences. She doesn’t have camera crews following her around all day (which, to be honest, is a shame for us because her chaotic life sounds super-entertaining), and there are two more VIPs to dress around her house: her sons Kaius Jagger, five and a half, and Skyler Morrison, eight.

While we could spend all day asking Rachel how to dress to ask for a promotion at work, or what to wear to that wedding where we might bump into our Very-Bad-Ex-Boyfriend-Who-We-Still-Want-To-Think-We’re-Hot, we instead asked her about her most important job: parenting.

What do you wish you could tell your pre-kid self?

I would say my biggest regret, on a conscious level, is that I wish I’d enjoyed my youth. I wish I enjoyed being a child more. I was in such a hurry to grow up. When I was eight, I wanted to be a teenager. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be in the workforce. And then all of sudden you’re an adult and you’re like, “Ugh, things just got so real!”

As a parent, it’s definitely something I’m very aware of – really allowing my children to be children and not letting them get too serious too quickly. I just really want them to be kids.

What does 7 AM in your house look like?

I always say if someone had a camera on from 6 AM until 8 AM, it’s literally an SNL skit. I wake up with two kids on top of my head, basically like puppies. Somehow in the middle of the night, and I have no idea when or at what time, they wander into my room. And then I wake up with one across my body horizontally and one sort of cuddled in front of me. I’m not complaining about it. It’s kind of the best way to wake up. I haven’t set an alarm clock since Skyler was born.

Then I just fly out of bed, start caffeinating, start making breakfast or packing lunches, start to ask them the first 10 times to brush their teeth, get dressed… On top of that, Roger is upstairs getting himself ready so that he can get them to school or camp somewhat on time. There are clothes everywhere. There’s food everywhere. And then I load up the car with backpacks and protein bars and coffee for Roger and water for the kids and then I close the door. I check emails for 10 minutes to make sure there’s nothing, like, urgent-urgent and then I race upstairs and get ready to go to the office. 

Do your kids already have strong opinions about what they want to wear?

With my boys, I lay their clothes out so they don’t have to think about it. I think if I wanted to, and I wanted them to be later for school or camp, I could have them start to do the process of picking it out. But to be honest, at this point it’s better for everybody. It just has to be comfortable for them. With Skyler, this year, he started to only want to wear Nike shoes to school and would ask me if he could wear his sports jersey. I was like, “Can we do Casual Friday?”

But at the end of the day, what I realized is, with two very active boys, the idea is to keep them happy and be somewhat happy with what they look like. I really try and buy things that are incredibly comfortable, but still look really cute so there’s no complaints. The only time Sky will say anything is if it’s in any way itchy or stiff.

What’s an unexpectedly awesome part of parenting?

Everything is a most distant second. They are SO first that it’s crazy. A night at home with my boys, it’s really just such a first choice. There’s nothing even close. I can’t believe it, but I think I kind of always knew it – I just love children. I just love being around children. Any events I do, I’m always like, “Bring kids!” I think they’re so much more interesting. They’re such an uncorrupt, innocent form of life. I think watching children interact and watching them adjust in their everyday lives, I learn from them every single day.

You’ve got one hour to yourself – how do you spend it?

This weekend, Roger took the boys to a Dodger game and I’m like, “Oh my God, what do I do? I have four hours! Do I take a shower? Do I start packing for my trip?” I started making lists! The amount I got accomplished in those four hours would have taken me three full days with my children around. If I happen to get a random hour on a weekend, I swear to you I will literally just sit in a bathrobe on a lounge chair outside and listen to the birds in solitude. And, like, call my sister.

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