I’m currently loving my mothers old skool wardrobe. I’m fascinated with the quality and the trends they adorned back in the day. Funny enough their trends are always recycled. I used to say I would never wear shoulder pads and that was true and valid until I came across items in her closet that I feel in love with. And as the saying goes by one of my favourites; “Never say never in fashion, because you’ll be wearing ‘never’ in two years’ time,” Alexa Chung.
There’s actually nothing not to love in my mom’s wardrobe. The jackets, the dresses, the pants, the coats. Heck, if my mom had a bigger foot, I’d also wear her old skool shoe collection.
I’m going to use this page post as a gallery to showcase some of the items I love my mom’s wardrobe and how I wore them.
Here we go:
The Strawberry/Chocolate Shirt
I wore this one to the SAFW A/W 2018 last year October. The fabric is such high quality, it needs to be pressed rather than ironed. I wore it back to front here, that’s how versatile it is. I’m looking forward to playing with it a bit more.
The Tribal Dress
It’s amazing what a pair of heels can do to a dress. Wore this beautiful dress to work with flat gold sandals and a launch party with green heels. I must admit, I was over dressed for the launch party because of the striking prints and maybe the length as well. But rather overdressed than underdressed any day.
The Trifle Dress
Of all of my mothers old skool dresses, this one is my favourite. The colour, the length and the fit is amazing. I wear it as a dress and a top. I dress it up or dress it down depending on the occasion. This one will be a national key point in my wardrobe for a long time. PS; she wants this dress back, lol.
The Cherrie Pop Dress
Another favourite (think I’ll say that with all the dresses), I also wear this one as a top with my short shorts and as a dress for a more laid back look. I initially wanted to cut this dress and make a top and skirt combo but my mom wouldn’t let me. Glad I listened to her because it’s versatile as it is. It’s a real cherrie pop!
Unfortunately, I only wear this dress when I’m lazing around the house. People I see at the shops nearby also get to see this beauty. The easiest, flowiest dress I own. Originally my mom wore it to the beach as a sarong and as a maternity dress when she was carrying me. I love the effortless design and maybe I should consider wearing it out as well. This dress actually has beautiful stories attached to it which makes it even more special.
The Sporty Chic
The common thread with all the clothes I borrowed from my mommy’s closet is the quality. I wish my mom also kept the track pants that go with this top. It has a school badge like embellishment on the left corner and gold buttons that add to it. I also love that it’s short sleeve. Over 20 years old and it still looks amazing.
And how can we end this (for now) without an item that has shoulder pads. At first, these shoulder pads freaked me out because they’re exaggerated but now I wear it because of the shoulder pads. Luckily enough it’s wearable as a summer jersey and as a winter top with layers underneath. I cannot emphasis the quality of clothes our parents wore. What happened to those times?
These are a few treasures I discovered from my mother’s wardrobe and this is only the tip of the ice-berg. I’ll update this page post with more looks from my mama’s wardrobe as time goes.
Do you have items from your parents that are national key points in your wardrobe?