To My Mam… My Original Style Influencer

 

To My Mam Mother's Day Style Inspo

 

As I’m sure you’ll know by now, this Sunday is Mother’s Day in the UK. I’m not usually too sentimental about it, but my Mum reeeeeeeally is; me and my brother are on pain of death to never forget to mark the day and, frankly, it’s the least we can do. I haven’t done anything here on the blog for Mother’s Day before, but this year I want to. Especially as I’ve been reflecting on just how much of the way I style clothes has been inspired by my mother. So, a good few months ago, I asked her to dig out some photos of her favourite outfits from when she was about the age I am now. Today’s outfit post is my own interpretation of my favourite one.

 

Mother's Day Image One

 

Before we get to the outfit I wanted to highlight some of the others she sent to me. I honestly love the selection of photos that my Mum chose. The photo above left was taken in 1974, when my Mum was 22, and the outfit is so splendid it just kills me. I can see where I got my mathcy-matchy tendencies from, but my Mum was (and still is) on a whole other level. Above right, taken in Paris the year before I was born (1982), the outfit my Mum is wearing is both classic but also pretty contemporary, those high waisted jeans are available everywhere, I basically own everything in this picture! The picture above center is my Mum, my Nan and me, taken at my christening. I threw that in because we’re cute – and my Nan was the coolest.

 

To My Mam Mother's Day Style Inspo

 

On to the outfit that I chose to recreate. Firstly, how beautiful is my Mam? I’m grateful that I have been blessed with these genes tbh, for many reasons, but the ‘fountain of youth’ aspect is probably my favourite. For as long as I can remember my my Mum has routinely looked a good 10-15 years younger than she is. Perhaps the strangest thing for me looking at these images side by side like this (other than it being painfully apparent that my Mum is infinitely more stylish than I am) is that I’m actually older now than my Mum was in the photo, about 6 years older in fact.

 

In the picture my Mum is 27, and this is what she wore when she got married to my Dad the first time round (her and my father were married twice, but that’s a story for another time). This was her second wedding so she didn’t want to do ‘the dress thing’ again (overall my Mum has been married 5 times, which is one of my favourite things about her, but that’s a story for another time too), instead they got married at the registry office with 20 guests and had a ball.

 

Her grey suit was from a small boutique called ‘Capricorn’ in Liverpool and cost £80, which in 1978 was some serious cash. The boutique was one of her favourite shops, I remember her telling me about an Ossie Clark piece she adored which was her ‘going out dress’ for a time, and that came from the same boutique. The blouse was from good old Country Casuals and cost £50, which my Mum wasn’t happy about but had committed to the hat so needed something that matched! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

Plus Size Burgundy Pussy Bow Shirt and Floppy Hat

 

Mothers Day Look Longline Shirt Check Duster Jacket and Jeans

 

My version of Mum’s outfit is much, much more casual. I wanted to be inspired by my Mum’s style but not replicate it exactly, much like I am in everyday life. I looked at this picture of my Mum and I knew how I’d style a similar look right away. The only thing I didn’t already have in my wardrobe was the hat, which cost £10 from Pilot (of all places). Disclaimer: I do not look good in hats, I’m afraid, and they’re usually too small for my head. This one is no exception, and as the photos were being taken I could feel the hat slowly creeping up ready to ping off the top of my head!

 

The duster jacket, by New Look Curves, has been featured many times before. As have the ASOS Curve skinnies, tan Simply Be shoes and charity shop bag. The longline sheer burgundy shirt is exactly the same as this black one that I’ve previously featured (with a peak of this gorgeous Curvy Kate bra underneath), and the ‘pussy bow’ was achieved by my old eBay ribbon trick.

 

Plus Size Mothers Day Outfit Recreation Longline shirt and duster jacket New Look Curves Simply Be ASOS Curve

 

Plus Size Longline Check Duster Jacket New Look Curves

 

So… Happy Mother’s Day to my Mam; my original inspiration and influence for style, attitude, life and simply EVERYTHING. In these last couple of years, the situations in which I’ve decided to act ‘more like my Mother’ have been the most positive and successful of my life. She fights hard, she’s interfering, infuriating, caring, positive, ridiculous, and burns so brightly in my life and the lives of those she chooses to let in. She’s my biggest cheerleader and the first to tell me when I’m being a prick. I love you, Mum. Thank you.

 

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  • Such a lovely idea for a blog post! How lovely do you look 🙂
    x

  • Fashion Du Jour LDN

    What a glorious tribute to your mam! My mum is also a fabulous fashionista and a fellow Liverpudlian and yes, they have such style! I am like you and am influenced by her style and love looking at her old outfit pics. I =n front, I have nabbed pieces from the 70s/80s that she still had and I wear them myself. You both look gorgeous and I love your casual spin. Plus that trick with the ribbon is fab!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

    • Thank you, Leigh. It must be something in those Liverpudlian genes! I wish my mother had kept more of her stuff from the 70’s and 80’s as I would definitely have been nabbing some of it for my own wardrobe too x

  • Jennifer Eastwell

    You look lovely! I love the outfit your wearing 🙂

  • Crystal Gareau

    This post makes me heart super happy. I love the photos and you look great. your mom too.

    • Oh thank you so much! I really appreciate that 😀 x

  • Always Carry On.

    How lovely do you both look??? Pair of babes x

  • Sarahjane

    What a unique Mother’s Day post! I think my mum would cringe at what she used to wear back in the day ha

  • Awh this is such a lovely post. You both have great style and I love that houndstooth jacket you are wearing! xo

    • Thank you so much, this coat has been great this winter, even though it’s just a duster jacket it’s really warm! x

  • Oh I’d definitely feel comfortable letting my Mum choose my outfit, I wish I lived closer to her because that’s a great blog post idea too! x