Family Fashion

Real Mum’s Style

May 4, 2016

As Mother’s Day approaches for another year, I’m drawn to thoughts of my own Mother, who luckily for me, is alive & well & living only a few streets away from me & my 2 demanding children, piles of ironing & uncooked meals.

She’s a wonderful constant in my life & for that I’m super grateful.

I started thinking about ways my Mum has shaped my fashion sense & as I like to pretend I’m a fashion blogger at times, I thought I might take a purely self indulgent trip down memory lane & have a look at the fashion that has shaped my Mum & in turn me, over the years.  (Mum is going to be totally stoked with this idea – ha ha – NOT!).

Mothers Day

That’s my Mum on the right with my Grandpa’s new car.  Note the sassy pose!  Apparently the “handbag on her head” hairstyle was particularly trendy at this time…..

My Mum by Forty Up

My Mum has always, always changed her hair.  She would have been about 16 here, she still has eyebrows!  I wish I could see her entire outfit.

My Mum by Forty Up

This is my Mum on the left with two of her best friends.  This is the era of a dance every weekend, shoes, gloves & handbag!  My Mum still has a thing about “matching”.

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Getting older, probably 19?  Eyebrows are getting thinner!  Love the bow & the slightly coy expression, who me?

Mothers Day

Fast forward to 1974, yep that’s me as a bub admiring my Mum’s head to toe denim & dare I say Dr Scholls???!!!

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Perhaps my favourite photo of my Mum & I.  I have inherited her love of big sunglasses….

Mothers Day

Here’s my Mama & me, rocking the neck scarf & a t-shirt, I love t-shirts too!

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Ah, my baby brother.  But what about those wedges!!!  And Mum’s died her hair red!  Goodness knows how my Mum maintained that hairstyle (it’s naturally very wavy) with a newborn & 3 year old!!

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My 4th Birthday, yep, that’s my Dad, check out those boots!  But, it’s all about my Mum in her 70s park glamour!  She’s ditched that last hairstyle too thank goodness!

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The family that wears brown together, stays together.  Note, new hair….

Mothers Day

Not sure where we are, but it’s obviously the place for a beret!  It was probably hiding a bad hair day….

So I’m going to leave us here in the 80s.  From now on, my Mum goes back to work & the perm, shoulder pads & big earring kick right in.

The late 80s & 90s is where I found my own fashion feet, always firmly influenced by my Mama.

I started raiding her wardrobe as soon as I could fit into it.  Remember the Ken Done style knits & windcheaters?  Mum also rocked a pair of black leather pants she got made in Hong Kong which she’s just given to me.  I haven’t tried them on yet….  And shoes, it’s always been about the shoes.

Did your Mum rock some classic looks while you were growing up?  I’m so lucky to have these pics of my Mum that I treasure so much today.  Remember Mamas to take a photo of yourself in your fave outfit this weekend, it might end up being your kids fave photo of you one day!

 

 

 

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