Sunday, May 20, 2012

One of My Style Inspirations

Today is a special day... I'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to one of my style inspirations.... my mom!

From a young age, my mom has passed on to me a penchant for bows, polka dots, skirts, navy-inspired blouses, and classic, ladylike styles.  When she and her sisters were in high school and college, they used to have all of their clothes custom designed and custom made.  She and my aunts would flip through magazines together to look for style inspiration, then make trips to the fabric store together to pick out fabrics.  They would then take their designs to their tailor, who would sew together whatever they wanted in their sizes.

Photo of Mom and Dad from 1977 in Tokyo - The jacket Mom is wearing was designed by her and custom made for her.  I love the adorable stripes and collar.  Dad is looking stylish himself in a pinstriped suit.

My aunt (Dad's side - left) and Mom (right) at Yale in 1979 - Mom is stylish in a long, red wool coat, boots, and thick, straight-cut bangs


[Left:] Mom and Dad at Yale in 1977-  Plaid and a chic tote never go out of style. [Right:] Grandma and Mom in New York in 1981 - I love the white babydoll shirt Mom is wearing here.

I love looking through old photos of my mom from when she was in college and in her 20s... I definitely spotted some bell-bottom jeans, plaid shirts, and thick, straight bangs.  The bangs are totally chic and in still in style now.

Luckily for me, I get to borrow from her extensive closet and wear her hand-me-downs.  Mom generously donated an armful of her fine quality, wool pencil skirts to me recently, which I then tailored to my size.  There's a gray, wool Ralph Lauren skirt that I especially love for work.  I'll do an outfit post featuring the skirt soon.  Surprisingly, this was the first time I've ever had to alter something to make it looser... some of the waists on some of her older skirts (from when she was in her 40s) measured less than 22 inches (despite being a size 2 or 4)! This goes to show the extent of vanity sizing in the present (a 00 in J Crew usually accommodates a 24 inch + waist)...not to mention that my (also petite) mom was incredibly slender.

The pair of gold necklaces I wear in many of my photos are also from my mom.  She bought them a long time ago during a trip to Japan.  If there's one place where my mom and her sisters love to shop, it's Japan.

One great thing about my mom is that she doesn't get all hung up about labels and isn't a fashion snob.  If there's a design she likes, she'll buy it.  Not only that, she's also become more and more of a practical shopper... she always looks for great deals and bargains.

I've already thought of a perfect future birthday gift for her... an entire bedroom in her house remodeled and converted into a large, walk-in closet.  Happy Birthday to my fashionable, inspiring mom!

Do you borrow clothes from anyone? Who are your style inspirations?

Love, S 

1 comment:

  1. Hi S,

    I love this post! It's very well written and you must have had a lot of fun scanning these pictures. :) I love going through old pictures of my parents and seeing them when they were younger. It's often a different side that we forget in their role as 'our parents.'

    Lately I've been inspired by individual pieces more so than people but I appreciate it when someone is well dressed and hope I come off as effortlessly chic. If I see something eye catching I think about how it could work in my closet before it becomes a staple/favorite.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I love your suggestion to follow each other and hope you stop by from time to time.