Sweater (tagless) - 2011 - swap (similar) / Banana Republic suit skirt - 2010 - $70 (similar) / Merona flats via Target - 2010 - $17 (similar)
Outfit analysis: This outfit is super-simple, but it really works. I really like the high neckline of this sweater, and it's a gorgeous color. I led a meeting this morning, and this outfit helped me feel confident and comfortable.
There's something about this outfit that reminds me of my mother. Perhaps it's her love of colors like this one, or the sweet flats similar to the ones she likes to wear (although she did rock some killer heels back in the day). Or maybe it's just that Mother's Day is looming and I'm missing my mommy (haven't seen her in two months). I'm pretty sure she sported outfits similar to this as a college student in Taiwan in the '70s, but with glasses and a bob instead of my half-grown-out 'do. I wish I had some photos to show you, but you'll just have to take my word for it. I look a lot like my mom, and if I age half as well as she has, I'll be in great shape for decades to come.
My mother and I may look alike, but our styles are very different. I am drawn toward saturated, solid colors with a strong preference for neutrals; my mom has a closet full of patterns and bright pinks, blues, and greens. My mother has a variety of silhouettes and shapes in her closet, while I tend to stick to shapes I know (boot cut jeans and pencil skirts). My mom could spend all day in one department store just browsing and browsing and browsing, while I am in and out like a bullet if I don't find what I'm looking for. But she taught me a lot of good lessons: the value of a few good pieces rather than a closet full of disposable fashion, living within our means by finding bargains and shopping sales, the importance of taking care of your skin, and, above all, that beauty is from within. Sure, I've gone through stages where I felt like an ugly duckling, but my mother never resorted to showing me the ins and outs of make-up to mask what I thought were defects. Instead, she showed me the importance of letting my personality shine through. I was a difficult daughter for many, many years (which I'm sure will come back to bite me should I ever have a daughter of my own), but I am so grateful for my mother and really prize our friendship now.
My mom and I at my wedding in 2007. Photo by Sargeant Photography.
How is your style influenced by your mother?