We all have style icons whom we turn to for inspiration.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to do something special with the one’s we cherish most; our mothers.
We dug through photo boxes and transported to the decades that came before us. Personally, seeing old photos of my mom when she was my age is a way for me to get to know her better. So much of her soul lives within me, it only makes sense that her personal style would be reflected in mine.
With the holiday coming up, The blog team and a few of our store girls found photos of our fashion muses back in the day looking stylish as ever. We re-styled their looks using a few of our favorite pieces to put a modern twist on their vintage styles. Like mother, like daughter, their style will forever stay present.
This image sums up my mother and her personal aesthetic perfectly: Sitting in the midst of chaos, dog on her lap, clad in quintessential jeans and a tee. While she continually disagrees with this statement, my mother’s style – particularly the finesse with which she navigated the ‘70s and ‘80s — has always been my greatest influence, and some of the most cherished items in my closet are pieces that were handed down from her to me. From what I can tell she has never fallen prey to fleeting trends, and while she may prefer sensible hiking boots to clogs these days, her DGAF attitude carries through as a reminder to always stay true to my own personal tastes, regardless of what everyone else is doing.
I’ve always admired my mom’s easy going and simplistic approach to style. From the way she naturally wears her hair to the sandals that are ever-present on her California feet. She’s a jeans and tee type of woman, a few pieces of simple gold jewelry decorate her hands. Some of my most treasured pieces now are things she’s passed down to me: a 1960s petite trench coat from Germany, a small leather clutch, a few gold watches, and an inscribed gold cuff with her initials. I love how they effortlessly fit into my wardrobe today.
The above photo of my mom and dad was taken in 1976 and captures both of their essences completely. My mom would spend the summers on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, riding her bike down the sandy streets to the nearest beach access where she would escape to the sun. Her style had 1970’s beach vibe written all over it; Embroidered cotton tops paired with straight leg Levi’s, summer dresses worn with moccasins, corduroy overshirts tied around her waist that she’d steal from my dad…she’s always kept it cool and casual. So much of her style is reflected in mine. When I spend weekends at the shore where she grew up, I can’t help but feel as though I’m re-living her sun soaked days. I’ll look down and notice my rolled up destroyed vintage Levi’s…my dads old flannel tied around my waist. I stop and just smile.
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My mom is an optimistic and upbeat soul which is apparent in her everyday life and it shines through in her dress. I love that the way she dresses perfectly complements her aura and attitude because after all, fashion is an expression of who we truly are. She always rocks her signature rings and a petite watch, one of my favorite things, they are staples in her ever changing look. Although her clothing tastes have evolved and changed through the years, she always stays true to what suits her best and tops it off with a infectious smile. Her support and love has always made me look up to her throughout my life so I can’t help but look to her style to inspire me as well.
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My mothers style has always been ‘fun’…which sounds like such a vague word to describe the entirety of her style but this is exactly what I have always saw and more importantly I identified with…I say this because she always involved me in her wardrobe since I can remember and now I incorporate a part of her into my everyday style …I can recall sitting on her bed as a child idolizing her as she got ready for the day or an evening out and she would be twirling around the room music in the background as she whipped clothes on and off till she found the perfect down to earth and whimsical outfit that always had that one standout detail that made her unique to anyone else walking down the street…no outfit was complete without my stamp of approval and I cherish that to this day!
Happy Mother’s Day!