What My Mum and Stepmom Taught Me About Fashion
When you hear that someone’s a child of divorce, your first thought isn’t usually #blessed. However, after my parents got divorced at age three, and my dad remarried an amazing woman who I love like a third parent, I realised that there can be some unexpected perks to the whole shebang.
One of the more superficial—but equally rewarding—results? Extra fashion advice! Although neither my mum nor my stepmom would consider themselves Louboutin-loving fashionistas, they’re both stylish in a pared-back and accessible way. They share certain strengths—the privileging of comfort, for one—while also harboring others that are totally foreign to the other person. Lucky for me, I grew up absorbing the best of both worlds!
Because their style advice is so universal, and had such a profound effect on my own clothing choices growing up, I thought I would gift you with this guide to their best tips.
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My mum taught me the importance of scarves, as she owns many iterations and has a tendency to finalise her outfits with one. They're such a versatile accessor, adding oomph to any look, and, on days that you need it, giving you something to shroud a bit of your hair with when it's not looking so hot.
Stuart Weitzman 5050 Stretch Suede Over the Knee Boots ($635)
Another organisation tip they bestowed on me is their penchant to frequently purge their closets of anything and everything that isn't getting worn. They were both Kondo-ing before we even knew who Kondo was! The only exceptions here are pieces you can see a future daughter loving for herself (because how fun is going through your parents' old gems?)
This is one of my favourite tips, and I follow it religiously. My dad didn't always understand my stepmom's choices (fashion wasn't exactly his forte), and I'm sure the same went for my mum's selects when they were married, but that never caused her to change her chosen ways. Both women have always stressed the important of putting yourself and your preferences before those of a potential suitor.
In middle and high school, I found myself borrowing from my stepmom's amazing collection of tanks and tees more than anything else, without realising that it was because I lacked anything comparable. As I got older I realised that I, too, needed to stock up on the best quality tops I could find and, like the black pants mentioned above, they get the most wear of anything in my closet.
I never realised how poor my sweater selection was until I moved to Chicago and was freezing in all of them. Whenever my mum or stepmom would visit and I borrowed one of their's, I was decidedly warmer and realised it was because there sweaters were truly well-made. I quickly got rid of the cheapos and, over time, invested in a few higher-quality options.