Style lessons I learned from my mom
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Express Yourself2 of 13
"My mom taught me to always show off my own individual style. Rather than wear a traditional veil to her 1974 wedding, my artist mother chose a wide-brimmed hat. Like her, when it came to my own wedding, those long veils just weren't me. Instead, I designed a vintage-inspired blusher. I look back at those magical photos and love that we both stayed true to ourselves."
Waist Management3 of 13
"No matter the trends of the decade, my mom has always been an advocate of wearing the classics, particularly A-line dresses and nipped-in waistlines. We have pretty much the same straight-up-and-down figure and she taught me how to flatter it better with a belt or sash, or simply by choosing a dress with some built-in shape."
Invest Wisely4 of 13
"My mom has never believed in fast-fashion volume shopping. Her motto: Buy fewer pieces of high quality—and wear them again and again. She figured that out when she was young and didn't have a lot of money in the '50s. She only had a couple of sweater sets (the hot trend of that decade) in her wardrobe, but they were more expensive cashmere sets."
Keep It Simple5 of 13
"My mom always prefers black-and-white to the latest trendy prints. She taught me to keep my closet full of beautifully tailored LBDs that can be easily accessorized with a classic belt—a handsome man on your arm always helps too."
Jacket Required6 of 13
"One of many style lessons I've learned from my mom: You can never have too many leather jackets. I'm pretty sure she has one in every cut and color you can imagine! Whether paired with a feminine dress or classic T-shirt and jeans, a leather jacket makes any outfit look effortlessly cool—just like my mom."
Be Jeweled7 of 13
"I've always admired my mom's timeless jewelry—her gold heart-shaped locket, her classic bangles, her elegant cameo ring. She has worn them for as long as I can remember. Finding those special vintage pieces can be a challenge, so I borrow them whenever she lets me!"
Flaunt It8 of 13
"My mother has always been a firm believer that you can be covered up and still be sexy. She grew up in a time and place where showing too much skin was unfashionable, so she learned to accentuate her petite yet curvaceous silhouette without revealing too much. Her style taught me how clean and strong lines that draw attention to the shoulders, waist, and hips can flatter an hourglass figure."
Less Is More9 of 13
“My mom taught me that simple is better—classic, timeless clothes, little or no make up, healthy living and a good haircut is really all you need.”
Save Your Soles10 of 13
"My mother doesn't like wearing heels (much like me!) so for as long as I can remember the ballet flat has been her trusted shoe. I think she always looks so chic and elegant in them, proving you don't have to wear heels to look or feel great!"
Subtly Sexy11 of 13
"My mom was a big proponent of showing off your waist and your legs, as a way to be sexy without showing too much. And look at her great legs, why wouldn't she show them off!"
Go Vintage12 of 13
"My mother taught me to appreciate vintage pieces and family heirlooms—she's always wearing her own mother's vintage dresses. When I got married, I decided to wear my mother-in-law's bridal headpiece. It meant so much to both of us. Our weddings were linked and united 50 years apart!"
Natural Wonder13 of 13
"Born and raised a laid-back California girl, my mom taught me the art of understated style, like a fresh white dress in summer, to let your natural beauty shine."