Devon mom hung out on her quirky school run style

A mum who proudly wears quirky clothes and accessories to pick her kids up from school has revealed strangers are dragging her online for her fashion choices.

Zoe Smith, 24, from Devon, is a mum and looks after her five-year-old twins, Haylan and Hunter, who have autism, and four-year-old Harlen.

The mom opts for brightly colored wigs and hair dye, skimpy goth outfits with corsets and fishnet tights, and even sticky ears to look like a pixie.

But while she feels there is pressure on mothers to ‘conform’ by restricting more alternative style choices, when Zoe ditched her trademark look after giving birth to the twins, she felt like she was missing something and that she had “let down a part” of herself. .

Zoe Smith has received hate for her quirky personal style which includes pixie ears and ‘dead baby doll’ earrings

Zoe Smith with her son Harlen (left) and daughter Haylan.  Mom says her kids are supportive of her unique choices

Zoe Smith with her son Harlen (left) and daughter Haylan. Mom says her kids are supportive of her unique choices

Zoe decided to rediscover her wacky side after having her twins and realizing a more traditional look wasn't for her

Zoe decided to rediscover her wacky side after having her twins and realizing a more traditional look wasn’t for her

She decided to re-adopt her favorite clothes wholeheartedly during the lockdown and dyed her hair bright colors.

She even started racing around school in elaborate outfits including spiked boots, a full skeleton coat, and fairy makeup.

When it comes to her kids, Zoe says they’re supportive of her unique choices, explaining, “They all love my pixie ears.

When Zoe's non-verbal son Hunter sees her putting on makeup, he gives her a sweet look and lets it be known that he loves her pixie ears.

When Zoe’s non-verbal son Hunter sees her putting on makeup, he gives her a sweet look and lets it be known that he loves her pixie ears.

Harlen (pictured) sometimes asks her mum why she wears elf ears and often compliments the colors she wears

Harlen (pictured) sometimes asks her mum why she wears elf ears and often compliments the colors she wears

‘Hunter – who is non-verbal – always gives me the sweetest looks when he sees me with fairy makeup, ears and all.

“Sometimes he makes fun of me – one day I had dramatic black eyeshadow covering most of my face, and he did a double take and just made fun of me.

“The other two don’t usually mention my makeup unless it’s to complement the colors, but Harlen asked me several times, ‘Mom, why do you have elf ears?’

‘I don’t think he believes me when I tell him I’m part fairy!’

While the reaction to her unique look in public has been generally positive, Zoe online faced harsher criticism when she shared clips of her outfits on TikTok with her 179,000 followers.

While the reaction to her unique look in public has been generally positive, Zoe online faced harsher criticism when she shared clips of her outfits on TikTok with her 179,000 followers.

While she finds the public reaction to her clothes “overwhelmingly positive”, Zoe admits she gets a lot of stares and sometimes hears people laughing and talking about her on the street.

Her favorite earrings – a pair of dangling dead babies’ heads – made the biggest splash.

Zoe said: “People seem extremely shocked by the baby head earrings – above all, it seems to be the thing that has caused the most reaction.

‘How can you have dead babies on your ears when you have children?’ was my favorite, I had it a few times.

When she walks down the street in an extravagant outfit, the mother catches the eye and sometimes hears people laughing and talking about her

When she walks down the street in an extravagant outfit, the mother catches the eye and sometimes hears people laughing and talking about her

Zoe urges others not to be afraid to dress differently or change their style just because they have kids.  Pictured with Harlen

Zoe urges others not to be afraid to dress differently or change their style just because they have kids. Pictured with Harlen

‘These are doll heads, not at all realistic.;

“It’s usually silly things people choose, so I don’t mind – all the best people are weird, after all.”

While the reaction to her unique look in public has been generally positive, Zoe online faced harsher criticism when she shared clips of her outfits on TikTok with her 179,000 followers.

One person commented: “Imagine it’s your mother. Poor children.’

While some may think feral clothing is harmful to her children, Zoe maintains that she fosters an environment where her children feel safe to explore their identity without the negative attitude that often comes from many parents.

While some may think wild clothes are harmful to her children, Zoe maintains that she fosters an environment where her children feel safe to explore their identity without the negative attitude that often comes from many parents.

“You shouldn’t be a mother, your kids are embarrassed,” another user said. [sic]

Someone else added: ‘I thought people got out of it when they became mothers?

But Zoe insists that her clothing choices don’t affect her children – and instead teaches them to adopt their own styles.

She said: “From a parenting perspective, it really doesn’t matter what you look like.”

Lockdown saw Zoe embrace her colorful side and wear what she wanted without caring what others think

Lockdown saw Zoe embrace her colorful side and wear what she wanted without caring what others think

Zoe has started experimenting with makeup with her children and allows them to choose their own clothes and decide whether or not they want to have their hair cut.  Photographed with Harlen on a walk

Zoe has started experimenting with makeup with her children and allows them to choose their own clothes and decide whether or not they want to have their hair cut. Photographed with Harlen on a walk

“All that matters is that you model kindness and empathy, and be there for them when they need you – that’s it.”

“Women are told motherhood is a one-way street and anything else is morally wrong, but women don’t just lose all their interests once they have children.”

“The idea that we should give up a large part of ourselves as soon as we bring another life into the world is truly absurd.”

“It’s really harmful, a lot of new mums seem to say they lose parts of themselves along the way and I wonder if that’s part of why.”

Zoe will often race to school in elaborate outfits, including spiked boots, a full skeleton coat and fairy makeup.

Zoe will often race to school in elaborate outfits, including spiked boots, a full skeleton coat and fairy makeup.

Instead, the new mum is urging others to follow in her footsteps and adopt their own personal style, no matter how unique.

Zoe added, “Don’t be afraid to dress differently or change your style just because you have kids, or because you feel too old, or because you worry about what people think.”

“I feel like I’m setting an example that it’s okay to be who you want to be, that it’s okay to experiment with style and do things that go against what you want to be. others do.”

‘[My kids and I have] just started experimenting with makeup together, which is fun, they’re all allowed to choose their own clothes and decide whether or not they want a haircut.

“They will be allowed to dye their hair when they are a bit older, only with safe dyes of course.”

“Above all, I just want to foster an environment where my kids feel safe to explore their identity without the negative attitude that often comes from a lot of parents, and to be a safe space to fend off societal pressure to conform. “

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