Wishing a very happy Mother’s Day to all of you mamas out there – especially to my mom, my mother in law, my sisters in law, my sister and my aunt! Moms are pretty special people and, I don’t know about you but, I don’t know what I would do without mine. I’m a little sad that I don’t get to see her today but I’m thankful that I got to spend almost 2 straight weeks with her recently! I’m mostly sad that she was visiting Charlie and me and I forgot to send her Mother’s Day gift home with her when she left on Monday. #facepalm
Today’s blog post is obviously a little bit different than the usual Sunday blog post because there’s an extra body here. For those of you that don’t know this beautiful lady, this is my sweet Momma, LuAnn. Today seemed like a fitting day to showcase her on the blog so I thought we would share a little mother daughter style with you today.
I think the outfit that my mom is wearing really sums up her style. It’s simple but put together and has just a touch of something trendy. She’s so cute because she always asks me if she’s too old to wear something. I always tell her no because a) she never asks me if she’s too old to wear a sequined crop top (in which case the answer would be “yes mom, you are too old for that”) and b) even it it were something super trendy, I know she would always style it in an age appropriate manner.
She always asks me for style advice which is silly because she always looks beautiful! The only thing I ever seem to do is pair something together that she wouldn’t have thought of… but it’s always with clothes that she already owns because she has great taste! Besides, even though I went to school for fashion, I feel like the core of my style is heavily influenced by mom. So, I’m sharing 3 things that my mom taught me about fashion.
If there is one thing that my mom taught me that is always in the back of my mind it’s to be modest. She taught me that you don’t have to show off all of your skin in order to look attractive. And she is 100% right! I typically feel cutest in really loose and flowy clothes. And even when I’m going for a “sexier” look, it’s typically just more fitted and has a sassy aspect to it (like a fun pair of heels or something), it’s never anything revealing. In fact, for me, I usually feel uncomfortable when I feel like too much of my skin is showing.
That leads me to the next thing that I learned from my mom – be comfortable. This is two fold. Naturally we all want to be comfortable in our clothes. It’s never fun when you’re wearing an itchy sweater or jeans so tight that they make your stomach hurt. If it’s not comfortable, chances are that’s going to show and you’re going to feel less confident.
The other aspect of being comfortable is that you should be comfortable in your appearance. If you feel like your skirt is too short and it makes you uncomfortable, you probably shouldn’t wear it. If you feel like the leather jacket is too edgy for your style and doesn’t match anything you own, you probably shouldn’t spend your money on it.
You Don’t Have to Break the Bank
The last thing my mom taught me is that you don’t have to break the bank to look nice. To me this means several things. First, and probably most obviously, you don’t need the most expensive clothes to be stylish. I definitely tend to spend less money on really trendy pieces that I know won’t be in style for long. That way I’m not worried about getting a lot of wear out of it. In other words, I’ll feel like I got my money’s worth even if it falls apart after only wearing it 3 times.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a believer in quality clothing so I don’t think you should always sacrifice quality for price. Which brings me to the second piece to all of this. Shop on sale and shop off season. Honestly, I rarely pay full price for my clothes. I know the way my favorite retailers operate so I typically hold out for a flash sale or wait for a coupon or loyal shopper reward. I’ll admit, I’m not always the best at shopping full-blown clearance because it’s usually off season and I have an issue with instant gratification (ergo… I buy it and want to wear it right it away). But that’s why I try to save money in other ways!
And, finally, think about what you’re buying before you buy it. It took me years to put this into practice and I still struggle with it from time to time. But, before you buy something, really take time to think about what you have that you can wear it with and how much you actually think you’ll wear it. We all see things that we instantly fall in love with and have to have. But if it’s one of those things that you’re just like “oh, it’s kinda cute,” ask if you can put it on hold for a day or two. If you’re still thinking about it then maybe you go back and buy it but, if not, it’s probably a sign you were smart not to impulsively spend your money.
Those are three of the most fundamental things that my mom has taught me about fashion. What are some things your mom taught you about clothes and dressing yourself? I don’t want it to go to her head or anything, but moms really do know best sometimes. 😉 Again, happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful moms and moms-to-be out there! Thanks for taking time out of your special day to hop over and meet my mom and read today’s post! Talk to ya soon!