Claudia Schiffer: Over-Dressed or Sexy Styles Don’t Work for School Runs

06/06/2011 at 10:00 AM ET
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Like most moms, Claudia Schiffer drops her tots off at school in the morning. But unlike most moms, the supermodel gets photographed while doing it.

So what go-to pieces does the 40-year-old mother of three rely on?

“You can’t be too over-dressed or too sexy on the school run. It’s about being practical and comfortable,” shared Schiffer in the June 2011 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK.

The super stylish cover girl — who models beach-ready fashions (think floral-print swimwear and striped cover-ups) in the magazine — applies that pragmatic thinking to shopping as well.

“If I go into a store, I’m not one of those people who look around and aren’t sure. Five minutes and I’m out of there — most of the time I don’t even try things on.”

Lucky for us, she’s not letting any of that sartorial expertise go to waste. Later this year, Schiffer is launching a luxe collection of knitwear.

“I’ve worked far too long in the fashion industry that I could just sell out. I always knew I wanted to do something that I would love myself, something to be proud of. I’ve had a lot of friends who said I was insane. But for me, it’s not just about the money,” revealed Schiffer.

But just because she has more than a few years in the fashion business under her belt doesn’t mean she’s not a tad bit nervous about the line’s debut.

“It’s the first time I have put my name to something. I feel very confident, but also very nervous. Who knew? Maybe it will just be me, the only person in the whole world who likes it.”

But between her modeling work and new fashion collection, Schiffer, who welcomed daughter Cosima Violet, 13 months, in May 2010, still manages to put family first.

“I try to be at dinner with the kids. I want to put them to bed. I’m not one of those people who are addicted to their Blackberry. I put it away.”

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Marie on

Claudia is still beautiful! I have seen her in person & she looks fabulous. Cannot wait to see her new line.

sara on

Her husband is rumored to be father of January Jones’ baby. They both worked on the new Xmen movie together.

Iris on

What a horrible picture of her! I’m sorry but she looks very tired and her face looks just…weird.
Love what she says about the schoolruns.

Maggie on

Sarah S. on

I like her practicality and dutifullness–rates very high with me!

Sydney on

January does look like a young Claudia Schiffer!

Emilia on

I think I know which other star mom she is talking about with the “too sexy and over-dressed”, it’s another mom whose child is at the same school in London. I bet it’s Elle McPherson. Just google School Run Fashion and all you will see is images of Claudia, and Elle, and one is clearly identifiable as “too sexy and overdressed”! I believe the two are friends though, so I’m sure this isn’t meant to be in insult to Elle. But that’s who pops into my mind when reading this. Claudia always looks impeccable, stylish, casual and appropriate when delivering her kids to school.

MiB on

I think Claudia is beautiful and I really like her style, but she does look worn here. Hope everythihng is OK.

Jillian on

Emilia, seriously? She is making a general statement bc in their profession that’s how they dress.. She turns it off for school.