My mom often modestly says she has no style. I beg to differ, seeing as how I often help myself to her closet. During her early twenties — in the heyday of the eighties — she fully embraced the fun and eclectic vibe of the eighties with acid-wash jeans, high-waisted pants, vibrant patterns and, to her chagrin, a perm. Overlooking that one bad hair decision, her sartorial memories inspired me as a teenager.
Contrary to the stereotype of bright leggings and oversized T-shirts, my mom’s style was more classic and simple with bold touches like colorful, geometric earrings, daring crop tops and patterned pants. Growing up, my mom passed down many of her accessories to me (or I took them from her jewelry box, but since she often takes shoes I’ve left at home, we’re even). I remember a pair of circular gray earrings that were one of my favorite pairs while I was in high school.
My mom always encouraged me to be bold and fashionable regardless of living in a less than fashionable town. Needless to say, this led to quite a few crazy outfits in high school on my part. However, I do not regret it at all. Her encouragement helped lead to my discovery of fashion and one of my greatest passions.
As a college student, I find myself reaching for many of the same pieces my mom opted for in her early twenties: high-waisted skirts, patterned skinny jeans and oversized sweaters. These trends have cycled through the years, and many of the styles made popular in the ’80s and ‘90s are making huge comebacks. But I like to think “like mother, like daughter.”
To celebrate Mother’s Day, I was asked to list five things I love about my mom. Keeping the list confined to only five things was extremely hard, but here are the top five things I love about my amazing mom:
- How she always knows what to do to make me feel better. Whether I’m stressed over a test, sick or just having a bad day, she has always been able to raise my spirits.
- Her willingness to try new things — whether it’s a latte (my mom was strongly anti-coffee until I introduced her to the wonderful world of chai tea lattes), a crazy bicycle contraption at the beach or Zumba.
- Her ability to have fun and find joy in the smallest things. We have a joke that she keeps me young since I tend to be the more serious of the two of us.
- Her seemingly never-ending patience. I can drag her around a mall for hours and she (usually) never complains, unless she needs a caffeine fix in which case we head to Starbucks (see #2).
- The unwavering support I receive from her. I feel confident to pursue my passions and dreams because I know she will always support me in my struggles and rejoice with me in my triumphs.