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We have known Lucy Sykes, the English-born, New York-based fashion editor and stylist, for years and have always admired her great style. The mother of two boys started a beautiful children’s line called Lucy Sykes right around the time when Cookie launched. We featured her in our first issue and then promptly made her a contributing editor. She is now a stylist and producer of fashion campaigns and shows, as well as an expert tastemaker at ThisNext, a social shopping site.We recently caught up with her at Cafe Cluny and noted her great casual ensemble.

Momfilter: Tell us what you’re wearing?

Lucy Sykes: I am wearing what we call in England a donkey jacket—fab. Heavy boiled wool, a rural country print that feels a bit Ralph. But the best part is that it’s from the new Talbots line–always love a quality get. I tend to wear skinny jeans or pants. These are Rag & Bone, which are always super flattering and are great quality. These sporty high-heeled booties from Tod’s have rubber soles. As for the massive Be&D tote, I have convinced myself it looks better–like an Hermes (I wish) bag–beaten up.

MF: What are some of your tricks?

LS: So there is my muffin top that I like to cover up a bit.

MF: Um….where?

LS: Well, that’s just it, I hide it. It seems that quite a few of my friends after having babies have a hard time with this area. Being mums on the run, we have to fake it until we can realistically deal with it. Since I like my legs I wear skinny jeans and high booties, which elongate the legs. The booties have a rubber sole, which make them just about bearable from drop off till late afternoon.

The coat hits just over my butt, which means no muffin top on display. Underneath I wear a nice ribbed black loose sweater that hits just below hips and covers the muffin area.

MF: What’s your secret weapon?

LS: Are you ready? Spanx, everyday. Why not? My hubby has no idea—who’s to know!


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Comments (4)


  1. Posted by: trish

    So smart looking. This is one of my fav parts of this new blog,

  2. That’s it. This week I’m making a space in my closet drawer for Spanx only. I don’t know why the thought had never occurred to me to where them every day instead of just with cocktail or business-wear. Especially now, when I’m dealing with a 5-week postpartum body with baby #2! Lucy has such great style, I always enjoy reading about her.

  3. Love the coat and booties! Ladies, Pilates, it’s all about the core and it works.

  4. Posted by: lauren

    ah! i love this. i was featured on talbot’s blog for wearing this same coat… and guess what?i live in oxford. must be a brit thing. :) either way, i will take it as validation. :)

    didn’t know of lucy. thanks for the introduction.

    {here’s me in the same coat!!}

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