In my opinion, fashion shouldn’t be taken too seriously. I kind of wish that I had access to the closet of a person from every possible setting in every possible era, so that I could fulfill whatever random creative urge I’m having that day. Getting dressed is easy if I’m in the mood to be comfortable because I just spend the day in ÉLISE pajamas, but what if I want to go full on Harajuku? It can be pretty hard now that I don’t have Asia’s markets at my fingertips. There was a time in Bangkok where my job had me dressing up in costumes several times a week, which was probably the most sartorially over the top period in my life. I spent my youth creating a fairytale world in which I dressed differently each day and generally to the extreme and I loved every minute of it. In case you haven’t seen it, a prime example is the day my friend dressed me up which I have linked here.

I’ve calmed down a little bit as I’ve moved into my 20s, but there are still days when I get an idea in my head and my outfits go off on a tangent. Case in point: this blog post. I have no idea why, but I was completely drawn to both this Paul Smith pinstripe suit and plaid midi skirt which are really more my mum’s era than mine. This got me thinking about all the clothes that I’ve taken from my mum’s closet over the years and really loved. So, in honour of the items which was slipped from my mother’s wardrobe over to mine, as well as the creative enjoyment I find in the racks of Verve Consignment (these silver Jimmy Choos!!!), I have put together some guidelines on how to raid and then rock your mother’s closet. If your mum isn’t nearby to “borrow” from, shopping consignment works well too.

  1. Knitwear. As long as it’s oversized, a sweater will look cool, so steal all your mum’s crewnecks, turtlenecks and cowl-necks. This is especially fun if you’re mum is obsessed with knitting like mine; I’m currently wearing a cardigan she knit with buttons made from the horns of an elk hunted by my grandpa back in the day. Cool, right?
  2. White Shirts. These might be even better if you steal them from your dad. Oversized and menswear inspired is key. Wear them with a skinny cropped trouser for instant Audrey Hepburn chic.
  3. Midi Skirts. I can’t get enough of midi skirts. I could happily spend the rest of time never showing anyone my knees. My favourite midi skirt is silk and the most grandma floral print you could ever imagine. I actually got it from my friend, but I’m sure my mum would have owned it if she had the chance.
  4. Linen Trousers. For your next tropical vacation. They’re pretty typical, but so comfortable if you think shorts are the devil.
  5. Jackets. Some people might disagree with me on this, but I’m convinced we can wear any shape and style of jacket, so long as it’s well tailored. Rock something from the 80s with shoulder pads, but just make sure it fits how it should.
  6. Jersey Dresses. Probably due to the iconic DVF wrap dress, most mum’s have a jersey dress of some sort in their closet. Jersey drapes beautifully and is oh-so-comfy, so you should probably take one from your mother.
  7. Loafers. My cousins and I just bought some vintage Ferragamo loafers which look exactly like the ones my grandma used to wear. Rock loafers from any period of time and it’s totally fine. These also look cool when stolen from dad.
  8. Handbags. I love those 90s handbags with a thin, short shoulder strap and little metal clasp. Bonus points if you find one that’s sparkly.
  9. Silk shirts. Forever and ever.

I would keep going, but I think I will leave it at that. What clothes do you steal from your mum? Let me know in the comments!

Photography by Alana Kumar.

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