I wouldn't call her fashion-forward, though she's certainly aware of current trends, and she's not brand-conscious, though she owns a few pieces by significant designers; my mother just has an instinct about what cuts and fabrics flatter a woman's shape. She has a tailor's eye, sharpened by years of sewing clothes for me and my sister, and I always trust her judgement when she tells me that a skirt isn't hanging quite right or that the waistline of a dress is a bit too high. Of course, that also means I have to listen to her when she brushes aside my insecurities and tells me I look beautiful!
Mom's style angles classic, but I love how comfortable she is playing with patterns and colors. It was so much fun to see how she created outfits for work when I was living at home and these days, if I find myself bored by what's in my closet, I try to imagine how my mother would put pieces together and what jewelry she'd choose to jazz things up. We don't share exactly the same taste, especially when it comes to accessories, but it's a testament to her sense of style that her example is an inspiration regardless.
That's why it's so much fun to go shopping with her. Mom knows that, even if we're ostensibly browsing for me, she'll hear "Hey, Mom, what do you think of this?" and she'll look up to find me holding a hanger with her name written all over it. So I took the liberty of creating a springy weekend outfit for this Mothers' Day Frock Fridays post that I think my mom would enjoy wearing. To be honest, I could see myself in this outfit too - it's probably a good thing that she's petite and I can't steal her clothes!