There was a great piece on Man Repeller this week where everyone on staff selected photos of their mothers and re-created their outfits using items in their own closets. I loved reading it and decided to spin off a version of my own. Here we go!
That's my mom and me in the first photo, and based on how small I am, it's probably 1980 and she's probably 30 or so. My mom reigns queen of sensible layering, and the plaid-shirt-over-turtleneck was one of her staple looks that decade. Considering it was also the decade when all three of her kids were infants, I can certainly appreciate why she was aiming for wardrobe pragmatism. Beyond her sensibly layered outfit, her long, dark, straight hair, parted down the middle, is very much how I think of her from this point in time.
To re-create this outfit, I had to imagine the bottom half, which was both fun and easy. I thought a corduroy skirt at a modest length would definitely be one of the items she'd have on. Could have been the same in denim, too. And I am sure she had a similar pair of Frye boots, though hers were with slightly higher heels, if I recall. I remember often wanting to be big enough to wear them when I saw them in her closet as a kid.
Here are a couple more photos of my mom with me from about the same time. Sensible layers, layers, layers. That's mom!
This next photo is baby me with my aunt Beth, who was a little older than my mom, I think. She was probably also in her 30s here.
That photo of both of us was taken at my grandparents' house (on my dad's side) and so I automatically have memories that are both dim and fond. It was a total "grandparent" house -- it had that smell of lots of years in it, and more nooks and crannies to explore than I ever possibly could have finished exploring.
My aunt was super stylish. She always reminded me of Princess Diana, actually, because she looked so fresh and effortlessly chic all of the time, even when she was in something as casual as a cable knit pullover.
Fortunately, I had more or less the exact sweater she's wearing here in my own closet. True story: it was a hand-me-down for one of my kids from our neighbor, but I snagged it for myself because it fit and I really wanted a cable knit pullover. Thanks, neighbors!
My grandma is forever my favorite person in the universe and I could fill an enormous book recounting every reason I adore her. Even though her feet aren’t showing in the photo, there’s a 90% chance she was wearing Birkenstocks (or alternatively, white tennis shoes). This outfit is one I can actually see myself wearing, which isn't really a surprise because we never ceased to find more ways that we were similar. I wore her prom dress to my own prom, and wore it again not too long ago to a garden party, which I blogged about here.
I tasked my two oldest kids with selecting this final outfit, and I am beyond delighted with what they chose. I asked them to pick an outfit that really expresses how they see me. What I ended up wearing is a skirt I frequently wear to work, a top I often use when I practice yoga, an old pair of tennis shoes I wear most weekends, and to top it off, a Banana Republic cardigan I use as my bathrobe. Haha, I do wear it every morning! Mother's Day certainly takes on a new dimension when you have kids of your own. When I reflect on the women who raised me and the children I am raising now, I realize how very good life is.
Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for reading!