My mother inspired my style in a way different than most.
I never played dress-up in her closet and I never stole her makeup to play with. But that’s not to say I didn’t love playing. My “click shoes” were, by far, my favorite of my toys. (Those are heels; or at least they were when I was five.) I put bows in my hair and my socks always had ruffles on them, purple was my favorite color, and everything either matched perfectly, or not at all. The method behind the madness? My mother. I always had a say (or a cry) in my outfits, even when I wasn’t old enough to dress myself, and I always felt like a princess; an especially girly one. In a nutshell, my mom inspired my sartorial fondness by giving me the freedom to choose.
As I grew older, I realized that my fashion choices and my mom’s were insurmountably different. She likes comfort and I make “sacrifices” for style. She is an outdoorsy type, and I am most definitely not. She wears flat shoes and minimal accessories, and I wear heels until my feet bleed and my jewelry box is overflowing. She’s come to acknowledge and accept the fact that my closet will always be full and, in my book, a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes; or purses, for that matter.
There are times now when I’ll borrow a sweater from her on an especially cold day, and there are times when I’ll even borrow her makeup. (I’m not a fan of blue, glittery eye shadow anymore.) But I think our biggest fashion connection comes from her constant support for my creativity, as well as her own. My mom is an artist and so am I; I just paint with clothes, click shoes and all!
In honor of Mother’s Day, five things I love about my mom (though the list could go on forever):
- She is truly the kindest person I know, with the biggest heart.
- She has always believed in me and encouraged me to follow my dreams.
- She has taught me so much about life, and continues to do so.
- She always has my back, no matter what.
- Put simply: She’s my mom and I don’t know what I’d do without her.
Happy Mother’s Day to you, Mom, and to all the other wonderful moms out there!