As its Mothers Day soon I thought I would write a little blog about how our mums not only influence our style but the way we feel about ourselves.
I grew up with a mum who always knew how to dress, she loves clothes, and shoes and bags…and the list went on (its no wonder I ended up doing the job I do) But more importantly she taught the importance of dressing for yourself. How you get up and get dressed not matter how you feel, and you paint a smile on your face and get on with your day. She taught me to swallow my tears and to be strong, and face the day. But that she would always be that shoulder to cry on if I needed. It made me tougher, more independent but it certainly gave the drive and work ethic I needed in my career.
She also told me to put on some lippy and brush my hair before my husband came home from work – now you could argue that’s a little sexist or dated but her mother told her, and so on and so yes I actually do it!
From important career knowledge and lessons in love to the little things in life like how to write a thank-you note, my mum taught me (almost) everything I know. So it’s no surprise that she probably had an influence on my personal style, too. So in honour of Mother’s Day, I asked some of my clients to dish the best style advice they’ve ever received from their mums.
“It’s no surprise that my mum’s best style advice was actually related to beauty (I turned out to be a beauty editor after all!). She always taught me to take pride in my appearance and to care about how I was presenting myself to others—both of which start with investing in good skincare and knowing the power of a little lipstick and blush.” – Heather
“I’ll always remember when my mum told me, ‘Never leave your house without putting something extra on or taking something off.’ It’s the one fashion rule I religiously follow.” — Flavia.
“As a rule of thumb, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. My mum has encouraged me to dress my best even when I’m not feeling great, because a good outfit is a great mood-lifter.” — Lauren
“My mum had an uncanny ability to dress up every outfit with a scarf, whether it was worn loosely around her neck, draped across her shoulders, or tied up on her head. She was also never seen without a pair of earrings on; even if they are small, they have the ability to effortlessly finish your look.” — Maya
“Growing up, my mum was always worried that my clothes were too tight, so she’d make me take two different sizes into the dressing room the one I thought would fit, and the one she thought would fit. It annoyed me then, but I got in the habit of trying two sizes in everything whether it’s clothes, bathing suits, or shoes. I still do it to this day. It’s a good way to make sure I’m getting a perfect fit.” — Melanie
“My eminently practical mother always said, ‘Life is too short to wear uncomfortable clothes.’ And 11 years in New York City plus some experimental fashion choices (it’s a hazard of the job!) really put that mantra to the test—and proved her right. Even if I wear a four-inch heel, it’s one that I can walk comfortably in, and too-tight dresses or hemlines that require constant adjusting have no place in my closet.” — Rebecca, Senior Fashion Editor
“Wear nice underwear every day. The context, I believe, was in case I ended up at the doctor’s office and needed to undress for an exam. However, it’s a valid style rule for every day. Putting on something pretty, even if you’re the only one who sees it, is a simple way to feel good!” — Heather
So it seems our mums have shared some great advice with us, I love all the different advice and tips and I know my mum has influenced me a great deal. What style advice would you share with your daughter?
Happy Mothers Day Mum!
Dedicated to Rosemary Palmer. x
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