March 08, 2013 03:00 PM

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Nicole Richie has enough on her plate, between Fashion Star, her clothing lines and looking perpetually chic. So when it comes to dressing the guys in her family — well, they’re on their own.

“I do not dress [husband] Joel [Madden]. Joel dresses himself,” the show mentor, 31, tells Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on Friday’s Live With Kelly and Michael. “And he dresses [3½-year-old son] Sparrow.”

Then she corrects herself: “Sparrow’s actually dressing himself now but he’s very particular,” she explains.

“So he needs the bandana tied around the belt, you know how Joel does it … he has to have all of his sleeves cut off of his shirts. He’s got a little curly mohawk now!”

As far as streamlining her own style, Richie — also mom to daughter Harlow, 5 — says she spends a little more on everyday items in her wardrobe, like jeans and t-shirts, then adds inexpensive extras.

“I feel like if you get really great basics, then you really can just accessorize them with different things and make different outfits.”

Fashion Star premieres Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC.

— Alex Apatoff

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