Ralph Lauren and JCrew … gold and navy … blouses and blazers. My mother deserves the credit for my penchant for timeless, classic looks. But it was a style I never fully appreciated until I was at least 22. In high school, I wouldn’t be caught dead “dressed like mom”.
Shopping was always a battle back in those days … filled with conversations that sounded something like “But mommmm, I really want it.” and “Sorry Elena, but I will not let you out of the house with your stomach showing like that”.
I look back now and laugh, as I’m sure my mom does too. At the time I wanted to have my own style, dress my own way. I’d roll my eyes at the things my mom picked out. And she’d rolled her eyes at my selections.
Fast forward eight … maybe ten years, and here I am … a clone of my mom.
We’ll shop together and both grab the same things. We’ll pack for a trip and have at least four matching outfits. We’ll get tired of clothes and pass them back and forth for the other to have. Now that we live so far away, we even take pictures in dressing rooms for the other’s opinion before swiping our cards. I never thought I’d see the day…
I tell you this because the blouse I’m wearing today can be found in both of our closets.
While home for the Christmas holiday, my mom and I were both in The Limited browsing the sale racks. At the same exact moment we said “Oooo”, pulled out this shirt and turned to show the other. I laugh just thinking about it. There’s no way around it: like mother, like daughter.
Coincidentally, the Michael Kors bag I’m wearing was a birthday gift from my mom. Not so coincidentally, she owns it in black…
Thanks for teaching me a thing or two about fashion, Mom. Sorry it took so long for me to listen!
Blazer: JCrew (almost exact) // Shirt: The Limited (similar) // Jeans: Express (similar) // Boots: Aldo (loving these) // Bag: Michael Kors (similar) // Bracelets: JCrew, Lizzibeth & Lizzibeth (chunkier version here) // Watch: Marc Jacobs // Ring: family jeweler (almost exact)